Tuesday, February 12 2013 4:58 PM EST2013-02-12 21:58:36 GMT
Evidence in the abuse investigation involving former special needs teacher Amanda Kitcho reached the desk of Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell, he confirms to FOX19's investigative team. However,Full Story >
Evidence in the abuse investigation involving former special needs teacher Amanda Kitcho reached the desk of Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell, he confirms to FOX19's investigative team. However, because no child suffered "serious physical harm" Fornshell says there was no basis to charge Kitcho with a felony and he declined to prosecute her.Full Story >
An Internal Revenue Service supervisor in Washington says she was personally involved in scrutinizing some of the earliest applications from tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status, including some requests that languished for more than a year without action.Full Story >
Residents in the West McMicken neighborhood took to the streets on Monday to fight prostitution in the area, something they call a persistent problem.Full Story >
KINGS MILLS, OH (FOX19) -
A lawsuit obtained by FOX19 is raising allegations of special needs students being abused at an elementary school in the Kings Local School District in Warren County.
Sources connected to Columbia Elementary tell FOX19 that a teacher's aide witnessed a teacher mistreating some of her special needs students on multiple occasions, some of the details of which are now contained in the lawsuit. The lawsuit quotes the former aide as saying the teacher abused the special needs students in ways that included "seclusion, restraint, physical abuse (such as pushing and shoving), verbal abuse and other emotional abuse."
On page 12 of the lawsuit, the identity of the teacher is revealed as Amanda Kitcho, whose LinkedIn profile shows that she has left the teaching profession and is now a bridal consultant.
The sources came forward to FOX19 before the lawsuit was filed by a member of the taxpayer group COAST, which is seeking records pertaining to the investigation and how much it's cost the district.
Superintendent Valerie Browning e-mailed us a statement today which says, in part, "I believe these (allegations) of child abuse are unsubstantiated and have been investigated by law enforcement and found to be untrue."
But Dr. Browning concedes she put Kitcho on administrative leave. Dr. Browning also told us that the district's own investigation "revealed that the teacher's approach and philosophy…was not consistent" with the district's. Last January, while putting Kitcho on administrative leave, Dr. Browning ordered Kitcho to stay away from the school. However, she allowed her to continue drawing her salary for eight months.
Kings Local School District entered into a separation agreement with Kitcho, which is now part of the court record. In the document, Becky Holloway, who was the school board president last year, agreed that "If the media contacts the Board, the Board will say Ms. Kitcho resigned for personal reasons and an investigation revealed no wrongdoing on her part."
But that's not all.
Assistant superintendent Tina Blair signed a recommendation letter for the former teacher in which she said Kitcho had created "an environment of respect and rapport."
However, the superintendent is now telling FOX19 that it was not the environment she wanted.
FOX19 was able to reach Kitcho tonight. She asked her attorney to contact us.
"In this case, it appears, after a thorough investigation, that Ms. Kitcho has been exonerated," Dayton attorney John R. Doll said in an e-mail responding to our questions.
The lawsuit filed by a member of COAST is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to order the school district to turn over more records about what happened. FOX19 has requested those same records, along with others we feel are vital to bringing out more facts about this case.
Monday, June 17 2013 9:16 AM EDT2013-06-17 13:16:14 GMT
Multiple injuries have been reported in a head-on collision on Route 42 at South Fork Road. Two helicopters and multiple engines have been requested to assist. Highway traffic is backed up extensivelyFull Story >
Police have identified a mother who was killed in a head-on crash on Sunday in Verona. Full Story >
Monday, June 17 2013 11:13 AM EDT2013-06-17 15:13:15 GMT
(CNN) - The deaths of five infants and dozens of injuries or falls have led federal regulators to stop the sales of a popular baby recliner. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said it got numerousFull Story >
The deaths of five infants and dozens of injuries or falls have led federal regulators to stop the sales of a popular baby recliner.Full Story >
Sunday, June 16 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-06-16 23:16:29 GMT
A deer went Krogering on Saturday evening in Newport, Kentucky. The horned buck walked right into the store with the aid of the automatic door. When it tried to run back out, the door had shut and theFull Story >
A deer went Krogering on Saturday evening in Newport, Kentucky. The horned buck walked right into the store with the aid of the automatic door.Full Story >
Monday, June 17 2013 8:39 AM EDT2013-06-17 12:39:47 GMT
HOKKAIDO, JAPAN (AVN/CNN) - Someone bought a watermelon for more than $3,000 at an auction in Japan. Watermelons from Toma are popular as gifts in the country. They have darker skins and have a sweeterFull Story >
Someone bought a watermelon for more than $3,000 at an auction in Japan.Full Story >
Monday, June 17 2013 12:03 PM EDT2013-06-17 16:03:57 GMT
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has announced a plea by information in a vehicular homicide case from 2011. Paul Lallier, 64, is charged with one count of vehicular homicide and one county of obstructingFull Story >
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has announced a plea by information in a vehicular homicide case from 2011.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:55 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:55:59 GMT
Thirty parkgoers were stuck on The Beast for Tuesday afternoon. Kings Island says the ride was climbing the second hill when a safety mechanism kicked on and didn't release the car. Officials say theFull Story >
Kings Island says the ride was climbing the second hill when a safety mechanism kicked on and didn't release the car.Full Story >
Sunday, June 16 2013 4:06 PM EDT2013-06-16 20:06:19 GMT
A Williamstown, Ky. Man was flown to the hospital after a tire smashed through his windshield on northbound I-75 near Walton. Authorities say that 41-year-old Sandra Slater was driving her pickup truckFull Story >
A Williamstown, Ky. Man was flown to the hospital after a tire smashed through his windshield on northbound I-75 near Walton.
Monday, June 17 2013 9:57 AM EDT2013-06-17 13:57:30 GMT
(CNN) - According to a new CNN/ORC poll, just 45 percent of Americans believe the President is doing a good job. President Obama can't seem to get out from under his dark cloud- fueling the fall in hisFull Story >
The drop in President Barack Obama's popularity comes on the heels of a leak that revealed the NSA has been conducting a large data-mining operation on American citizens.Full Story >
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