Sunday, May 19 2013 11:06 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:06:31 GMT
(RNN) - Tornadoes have touched down in Oklahoma and Kansas, leaving a trail of damage.There are no reports of fatalities or injuries, but homes and businesses are damaged in Witchita, KS and outside ofFull Story >
A tornado outbreak in the Midwest caused heavy damage to homes and businesses and one death has been reported in Oklahoma. Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 9:37 PM EDT2013-05-20 01:37:49 GMT
Police are investigating a shooting a in South Fairmount. Authorities were notified of a shooting in the 1700 block of Queen City Avenue around 9 p.m. on Sunday evening. Little information is known atFull Story >
Authorities were notified of a shooting in the 1700 block of Queen City Avenue around 9 p.m. on Sunday evening.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:34 PM EDT2013-05-20 00:34:24 GMT
In gift shops, party supply stores and the like, it seems the nation has been swept with mustache madness. Drawing on the pop culture phenomenon, organizers of this year's CincItalia have tapped Cincinnati'sFull Story >
In gift shops, party supply stores and the like, it seems the nation has been swept with mustache madness. Drawing on the pop culture phenomenon, organizers of this year's CincItalia have tapped Cincinnati's most recognized mustachioed fellow to help judge the first ever CincItalia Mustache Contest: Mr. Redlegs.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:31 PM EDT2013-05-20 00:31:32 GMT
Authorities are investigating a shooting in Liberty Township. The shooting happened Sunday afternoon at the Countryside Village Mobile Home park off of State Route 4 in Liberty, Ohio. FOX19 has a crewFull Story >
The shooting happened Sunday afternoon at the Countryside Village Mobile Home park off of State Route 4 in Liberty, Ohio.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 7:03 PM EDT2013-05-19 23:03:59 GMT
Overnight there will continue to be a chance of a storm, but overall, the nighttime should be quiet with a low in the low 60s. Full Story >
Monday will be dry with many home thermometers topping out at 90° or higher. Look for pop-up showers Tuesday afternoon. Full Story >
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -
After a long day of listening to testimony on gun control, the members of the bipartisan legislative task force discussed how to properly deal with mental health issues on Tuesday.
The Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety held a public hearing to discuss various proposals and ideas for curbing gun violence in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton on Dec. 14.
On Dec. 14 , Adam Lanza, 20, shot and killed his mother while she slept in her bed before going to Sandy Hook Elementary School where he killed 20 children and six adults. He then killed himself as police entered the school.
One of the people who spoke in front of the task force Tuesday was Jennifer Maxwell, whose 6-year-old son Bryce escaped the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14.
Bryce was a student of Victoria Soto, who was shot and killed protecting her children. He ran away from the school that day and continues to have nightmares since the tragedy.
However, Jennifer Maxwell told the task force that she is more worried about her 12-year-old son, who suffers from multiple mental illnesses such as Asperger syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and how she has had a hard time getting him help.
"I have been trying for over nine years to get him the services that he needs," she said.
Maxwell said her older son gave her a bruise after fighting Bryce for the remote.
Lawmakers told Eyewitness News despite the amount of money being spent on mental health, there is a lack of coordination and there needs to be more help for younger children.
"It is our responsibility to provide all children an opportunity to develop survival skills to address the stress they encounter, " said Taina Amaro, whose niece, Anna Marquez Green, 6, was killed at Sandy Hook School.
Michaela Fissel was another person who spoke at the hearing and she told Eyewitness News that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. However, she said there weren't a lot of services when she was younger.
Fissel said today she is off medication and is working for the nonprofit National Alliance on Mental Illness of Connecticut that helps people with mental illness.
"I attempted suicide," she said. "The supports that I needed were not made available to me at that time. I was overly medicated and that was the solution."
While it is believed that Lanza suffered from mental illness, the public may never know more than that because his health records have been sealed due to confidentiality laws.
"I would argue that HIPAA laws do not protect someone that is dead and someone who has been involved in a crime," said mental health worker Sheila Matthews.
Leroy Gardner, who was diagnosed as bipolar, waited all day to testify and said the stigma of having a mental illness can be hard. He told Eyewitness News that some turn to drugs and violence because they can't cope.
"It needs more emphasis placed on that," Gardner said. "This is a serious aspect to public safety and community well being."
Hundreds of people packed the hearing room Monday, waiting for their chance to weigh in on the gun control debate following the mass shooting in Newtown last month.
More than 1,300 people signed up to testify in front of the bipartisan legislative task force at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford Monday.
There are those who want more gun control and others who already claim there is more than enough.
"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I respect their opinion," said Neil Heslin. "I just wish they would respect mine and realize it could have been their child."
Heslin told lawmakers he dropped his son Jesse off at Sandy Hook Elementary School on the morning of Dec. 14.
Twenty minutes later, 6-year-old Jesse, 19 of his schoolmates and six educators were killed.
Heslin urged lawmakers to ban assault weapons like the one used in Newtown, as well as high-capacity magazines.
The group is looking at school safety, gun control and mental health issues. It's tasked with reviewing the current laws, along with taking the input from these public hearings and make recommendations for new legislation by March.
Connecticut lawmakers said there is pressure to act, adding the number of bills could end up in the hundreds.
"What are the odds of a meaningful number of them getting passed?" asked Sen. Scott Frantz. "A lot smaller than people think at this point."
On Wednesday, the entire 52-member Gun Violence Prevention & Child Safety Task Force will hold a public hearing at Newtown High School to hear from the community there.
The hearing will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Newtown High School Auditorium, at 12 Berkshire Rd. with registration starting at 4:30 p.m.
The public's comments will be limited to three minutes and preference will be given to victims, first responders and public officials. People can submit their testimony at the following link or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sunday, May 19 2013 4:02 PM EDT2013-05-19 20:02:29 GMT
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of an episode of 'The Brady Bunch' that was filmed at Kings Island, stars from the show are returning to the park.Barry Williams (Greg Brady), Christopher Knight (PeterFull Story >
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of an episode of 'The Brady Bunch' that was filmed at Kings Island, stars from the show returned to the park on Sunday.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 9:06 AM EDT2013-05-19 13:06:15 GMT
Powerball tickets are selling at a brisk pace with such a large jackpot at stake. Surging ticket sales have pushed the multi-state Powerball jackpot to a whopping $600 million. The odds of winning areFull Story >
It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials said Sunday. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 7 2013 9:23 PM EDT2013-05-08 01:23:28 GMT
An Oregon City man said he was shot in the back while he was longboarding in his neighborhood Friday night. Zach Losness described something stinging his back as he rode his long board, a longer versionFull Story >
An Oregon City man said he was shot in the back while he was longboarding in his neighborhood Friday night. Zach Losness described something stinging his back as he rode his long board.Full Story >
CLEVELAND (AP) - Two state legislators want to end the requirement for two license plates on vehicles in Ohio and require only one per vehicle. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/15UkzDK) reportsFull Story >
Two state legislators want to end the requirement for two license plates on vehicles in Ohio and require only one per vehicle.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 4:51 PM EDT2013-05-19 20:51:38 GMT
A trooper sustains minor injuries after a police chase Sunday morning. Dispatchers say it all started at a rest area near Lebanon. Dispatchers report that troopers spotted a woman driving a vehicle thatFull Story >
A 43-year-old woman is in custody after leading troopers on a 23-mile pursuit and crashing into a police cruiser in Warren County. Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-05-19 00:05:48 GMT
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A monkey is on the loose in Clermont County. The State Game Warden of Neville, Ohio states that he is looking for a loose monkey. It is unclear at this time where the monkey came from. Any sightingsFull Story >
A monkey on the loose in Clermont County was shot from a tree on Saturday afternoon.
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 4:24 AM EDT2013-05-19 08:24:11 GMT
DES MOINES, IOWA (KCCI/CNN) - A reunion between a special dog and a special man happened in Iowa Friday. Sgt. Ross Gundlach, a U.S. Marine, has a surprise reunion with Casey, a yellow Labrador that helpedFull Story >
A reunion between a special dog and a special man happened in Iowa Friday.Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 11:18 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:18:36 GMT
FOX19 has exclusively learned that as many as five people could be the first Cincinnati IRS employees to face disciplinary action for allegedly targeting Tea Party and Liberty groups applying for non-profit status. Full Story >
FOX19 has exclusively learned that as many as five people could be the first Cincinnati IRS employees to face disciplinary action, and possibly even criminal charges, for allegedly targeting Tea Party and Liberty groups applying for non-profit status.Full Story >