Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:20 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:20:17 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionFull Story >
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. Full Story >
U.S. officials say they have identified five men they believe might be behind the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year. The officials say they have enough evidence to justify seizing them...Full Story >
The U.S. has identified five men who might be responsible for the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year, and has enough evidence to justify seizing them by military force as suspected terrorists,...Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:46 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:46:29 GMT
Among the devastation from Monday's tornado in Moore, Okla. was two school buildings. So, are local schools ready if the worst happens? "It makes me nervous more than anything," said Jamie Klauke, theFull Story >
Among the devastation from Monday's tornado in Moore, Okla. was two school buildings. So, are local schools ready if the worst happens?Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:41 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:41:37 GMT
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History. Before Monday's EF5 tornado in Oklahoma, there had only been 58 in the United States since 1950, when reliable records began. That number isFull Story >
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History.Full Story >
Saint Vivian School, a Cincinnati Archdiocese institution that educates kids in Finneytown from pre-K to the 8th grade, is among 22 schools in the FOX19 viewing area listed by Ohio's attorney general as not filing a school safety plan with his office.
With the flag flying at half-staff outside on the school grounds, in honor of the children and educators gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, Saint Vivian's principal sat behind his desk one morning this week holding a copy of the document.
"The basis of this originated in 2006," said Stephen Zinser, referred to by students here as Mr. Z. "At that time, we felt they should have had a copy. But for whatever reason they didn't."
A spokesman for Attorney General Mike DeWine says schools must update their plans and re-submit them every three years. Zinser e-mailed a copy to DeWine's office Monday and Saint Vivian is now in compliance, FOX19 has confirmed with DeWine's spokesman.
"There's not a day that goes by, when I walk into this building, I don't feel what can we do to keep our kids safe," Zinser said.
A monitor next to his window provides a continuous video stream from cameras at the school. His secretary also has camera feeds coming into a monitor on her desk and recently alerted him to a cab driver who'd been parked outside for a long time. In this residential neighborhood, taxis are not common --- especially near the school. It turned out to be nothing. But it shows how vigilant Tri-State educators have become following a series of mass shootings in the U.S. this year alone, including one near Cleveland.
Attorney General DeWine clearly believes armed security officers need to be posted at schools, though he says he doesn't want to intrude on local leaders' decision making process.
"I would say that I guess if I was on the school board, I think that I would think about having someone in that school who is very well trained, who has a gun under lock and key that no one can get access to but them," DeWine said in Cincinnati this week.
There are no armed officers at Saint Vivian, just teachers walking their classes to lunch and recess through the hallways. Little eyes spy Mr. Z, who's giving them a hand signal that to them means "silent hug." Some kids need a real hug and wrap their arms around his waist, smiles on their faces and his.
"These children become our own children," he said. "These children spend more time with us in school than they do with their families at home. So when I refer to them as my kids, they are my kids."
And he says he'll do all he can to protect them.
"But I think as we've learned, unfortunately, if someone wants to get into the building --- just like they did in Connecticut --- unfortunately they will get in," Zinser said.
FOX19 contacted all 22 schools in our viewing area that were on Attorney General DeWine's list, which we obtained just hours after the shootings in Newtown on Friday. Of those that got back to us, here is how they explained what led them to be labeled as non-compliant when it comes to filing a safety plan and floor plans with the attorney general:
The school administrator who covers both College Hill Leadership Academy and Theodore Roosevelt Public Community School says the paperwork was not submitted by the previous administrator. But he says he submitted it within the past week.
The Goddard School's administrator believes that it was a lack of a filed plan for his pre-school which led his institution to being listed. It is located within the same building as the school's kindergarten. He has since sent the paperwork via overnight delivery to DeWine's office.
A mixed-up address may have led to North College Hill Middle School being on the list, according to its administrator. He says the issue has been resolved.
Greater Ohio Virtual School in Warren County rarely has students in its building but it ended-up on the attorney general's list. Its administrator says he's in the process of turning-in a safety plan and floor plans to DeWine's office.
St. John the Baptist, part of the Cincinnati Archdiocese, is on the list because its previous administrator did not submit the required paperwork, according to the current administrator. She says she just became aware in November that the attorney general needed a copy of the plans. And she says she was in the process of refining the safety plan when the attorney general released the list last Friday.
Lebanon Christian School's administrator says he has now filed plans with the attorney general's office.
Rabbi Ezriel Dzialoszynski, dean of RITSS High School, part of the Bais Yaakov of Cincinnati, says his school submitted their paperwork on November 19th. And he is not sure why his institution was listed.
Kinder Garden School in West Chester re-submitted its plans on Monday.
A spokesman for Cincinnati State STEM Academy tells FOX19, "The AG's list is outdated. The STEM Academy is fully compliant."
We asked a spokesman for Attorney General DeWine about that and he responded that the list provided to FOX19 only includes schools that "do not have a plan in the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway (OHLEG)" computer system.
"In October, our office sent letters to more than 2,000 schools which either had no plan on file or had not updated their safety plan in the past three years, as required by law," said DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney. "We will continue outreach to schools that we have no record of receiving any safety plan or whose plans have not been updated within the past three years."
FOX19 did not get any response from the following institutions on the list:
From "you didn't build that" to "I like to fire people," many election year statements were less than truthful. But it was something from Mitt Romney that PolitiFact chose as its "Lie of the Year."Full Story >
From "you didn't build that" to "I like to fire people," many election year statements were less than truthful. But it was something from Mitt Romney that PolitiFact chose as its "Lie of the Year." Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundFull Story >
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastFull Story >
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:44 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:44:48 GMT
Eastbound 275 is closed this morning at the Kellogg due to a roll-over accident with an entrapment. The one car accident happened just after 3A-M. The car landed in the median. One person was takenFull Story >
Officers say speed and alcohol are suspected to be factors in the crash. Jones was wearing his seatbelt. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:35:49 GMT
(RNN) - On May 3, 1999, an F5 tornado touched down near Chickasha, OK and cut northeast through the state before dissipating near Midwest City, OK.Monday's tornado that devastated Moore, OK closely followedFull Story >
In 1999, Oklahoma City saw an F5 tornado that caused more than $1 billion in damage. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:22 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:22:59 GMT
Cincinnati Firefighters are responding to a fire in the 1800 of Jackson Street in Lincoln Heights. Witnesses reported seeing flames on the back side of the building. The location was known as "The SugarFull Story >
Crews from Woodlawn, Evendale and Wyoming are on the scene. The fire is out but the building is still smoking. Full Story >
A 23-year-old father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive. Police were called to the parking lot of Headland's State Park in Painesville Township on Sunday around 10:15 p.m. afterFull Story >
A Lake County, Ohio father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:39 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:39:58 GMT
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley. It happened just before 10 p.m. Monday night at the location on Madison Road. Initial reports are that two men with guns enteredFull Story >
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:00:13 GMT
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office. She retired in January 2013 as an Area Manager in Exempt Organizations Determinations. Esrig saysFull Story >
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office.Full Story >
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