Tuesday, September 25 2012 6:20 AM EDT2012-09-25 10:20:59 GMT
Local and state officials are serving several arrest and search warrants Monday morning at various locations throughout Dearborn County. Investigators are serving 108 arrests warrants and 19 search warrantsFull Story >
Local, state and federal officials served several arrest and search warrants Monday morning at restaurants, homes and businesses throughout southeast Indiana.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:35 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:35:44 GMT
The efforts of an Evansville girl baking up a storm to help those battling cancer is continuing. The Caze kitchen and cafeteria was still buzzing long after the school day was over. An army of pink bakersFull Story >
The Caze kitchen and cafeteria was still buzzing long after the school day was over. An army of pink bakers measured, mixed and made dozens and dozens of cupcakes. Those cupcakes to help those with cancer.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:18 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:18:24 GMT
The Cincinnati Tea Party announced that it will protest the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. The protest will begin at Fountain Square at noon on TuesdayFull Story >
The Cincinnati Tea Party announced that it will protest the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:04 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:04:28 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 >
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.Full Story >
It was a rare moment in relations between the media and the government: In 2008, FBI Director Robert Mueller called the top editors at The New York Times and The Washington Post to apologize.Full Story >
It was a rare moment in relations between the media and the government: In 2008, FBI Director Robert Mueller called the top editors at The New York Times and The Washington Post to apologize because the bureau had improperly...Full Story >
LAWRENCEBURG, IN (FOX19) -
More than one hundred people charged following a controversial restaurant raid are no longer in trouble with the law.
"This is one of the worst, most troubling abuses of power that has happened in the time that I've been here and I don't want it to happen again," Dearborn County attorney Doug Garner said Wednesday.
"We didn't take advantage of these people," argued prosecutor Aaron Negangard. "In fact, in my opinion, we helped."
The raid took place in September at Acapulco restaurants in Southeast Indiana.
Dearborn Circuit Court documents filed Friday show charges have been dismissed for all but two people. According to the Dearborn County Sheriff's Department, Adolfo Lopez and Benito Lopez are still facing charges. The owners' charges include forgery, perjury and corrupt business influence. Prosecutors say more than $4.4 million in business income went unreported between 2008 and 2012.
Prosecutor Aaron Negangard told FOX19 they decided to drop the charges on the other individuals because they believe the evidence shows many of the people arrested were actually victims; arguing they were being exploited by the owner of the business.
Doug Garner, the defense attorney representing one of the owners, believes that concern for the employees is disingenuous citing how those same employees were first arrested and held in jail in ‘horrific conditions without specific evidence that each individual person committed a crime'.
"The question is not: ‘Why did these charges get dismissed?' The question is: ‘Why did they get filed to begin with?'" argued Garner.
"There was no investigation into ‘Did this individual person fill out this paperwork using a fake social security number?' That's not anywhere in here," he said referencing court documents. "They just rounded everybody up and threw them all in jail and it just shows a total callous disregard of the consequences of being arrested."
On the other side, Negangard argues they had probable cause to justify the arrest warrant for the 109 people.
"We did investigate that those people were working there and that the social security numbers that they used were false," he said.
Ultimately 40 to 50 people went to jail.
"Many of these people did nothing wrong and yet had to spend a day, two days, three days, four days locked up in Dearborn County jail simply because they were workers at a Mexican restaurant," Garner said.
Garner believes the employee's immigration status may have been used to encourage statements.
"It was in furtherance of their investigation is why these people were arrested to begin with," he argued. "Not necessarily that they thought these people had committed any crimes, but they were witnesses that they thought they could get information from and they certainly could."
Negangard, however, maintains the employees arrested were guilty of identity deception and were justly jailed.
"If we wanted to expend the amount of resources on that we could still, but my job as the prosecutor is to exercise some discretion and try to get focus, limited resources, on those who are most culpable," he told FOX19.
Negangard argues the owner of the restaurant was the biggest exploiter of the individuals. He alleged the owner underpaid workers and forced them to give back portions of earnings in certain cases.
"I would say that the process in this case has shown that we're relentlessly pursuing justice," he argued.
While most of the employees were held for a matter of days, FOX19 confirmed at least one man was held in jail until last Friday. Negangard says some people were deported following their arrests, but not on charges related to this case.
Benito Lopez is out on bond. Adolfo Lopez is currently being held at a jail in Dearborn County. His trial date is set for February 4th.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:01 AM EDT2013-05-21 06:01:07 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 >
At least 51 have died in a storm the National Weather Service described as large and violent.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 6:49 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:49:54 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 >
Around 3:00 a.m., a car flipped over on the highway, near the Kellogg exit, and hit the median. 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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