Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:02 PM EDT2013-05-22 03:02:49 GMT
Does population have anything to do with tornadoes and the damage they leave behind? Or, are storms getting stronger? Take a look around Butler County. It's no secret the area is growing and developing.Full Story >
Does population have anything to do with tornadoes and the damage they leave behind? Or, are storms getting stronger?Full Story >
Seems we see more and more of them every week -- panhandlers claiming to be in need of a helping hand.
But are their claims real?
Panhandlers -- on street corners, at plaza entrances, even on highway exit ramps. 19 Action News reporter Paul Orlousky decided to take a look at the situation after a viewer called about a two man operation in Painesville where the same guys one day claimed to have diabetes, the next day to be homeless and another day needing to feed a family.
On a blustery winter morning, seeing a guy with a sign outside a busy shopping plaza might tug at your heartstrings.
And as we saw, it did for lots of folks who stopped and handed over cash but then we notice a second man seeking cash, at the other plaza entrance with a nearly identical looking sign made of the identical material with a different message. We wondered what was up...
"I see you over there and him over here or vice versa. You guys working together," asked reporter Paul Orlousky.
"No. No," stated the panhandler.
"No, you don't know one another," asked Paul.
"Get that f***in thing outta my face," yelled the panhandler.
Well several times we had seen the pair comparing notes, taking lunch together, and arriving at the plaza at the same time. The second man also denied they were a team.
"I noticed the guy over at the other end, you at this one, you guys working together," said reporter Paul Orlousky? "No no. No not at all. No," said the second panhandler.
We had received complaints from people who said the men sometimes switched signs and used other signs claiming health problems. We also checked out a claim they requested cash when people offered food.
"Well, OK I'm going into the store can I get you some food, something like that for you guys like a food card," said an undercover reporter. "Yeah food card," said the panhandler. "OK, well let me know I'll see what I can do for you," said the undercover reporter.
A food card is used exactly like cash, a $50.00 card can be used for a carton of cigarettes that this guy might enjoy. But also for alcohol and not just food.
"You ask for food cards? That's cash," said Paul Orlousky. "I didn't ask for food cards," denied the panhandler.
19 Action News received other complaints including the pair stalking people at a nearby bank ATM, frightening them. Even approaching people going into a dialysis center.
Before long they left their posts, they had been out on the sidewalk by Giant Eagle. Previously they'd been at the doors of the store. The Sheriff's department says they've done all they can they can't stop them from harassing people. Other people say they've just been darn rude.
People at the homeless coalition say a panhandler can make between $15 and $45 a day depending on how long they stay out.
No doubt people are moved by a sympathetic looking figure.
If you want to help send your dollars to a reputable organization that helps those in need --a charity or the homeless coalition.
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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