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 >
Tuesday, February 12 2013 9:09 AM EST2013-02-12 14:09:15 GMT
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 ElementaryFull Story >
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.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:34 AM EDT2013-05-22 13:34:51 GMT
A La Salle High School student who attempted suicide in a classroom last month has left the hospital to begin rehab. The student's family has released the following statement through University of CincinnatiFull Story >
A La Salle High School student who attempted suicide in a classroom last month has left the hospital to begin rehab.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:06 AM EDT2013-05-22 13:06:01 GMT
ORLANDO, FL (RNN) – A man with possible ties to a Boston Marathon bombing suspect was shot and killed after the FBI interviewed him early Wednesday. The FBI confirmed a special agent fatally shot a manFull Story >
The FBI confirmed a special agent fatally shot a man in custody while conducting "official duties," spokesman Dave Couvertier told NBC News. In a WESH interview, a friend identified the deceased as Ibragim Todashev, 27.Full Story >
Some parents in Warren County are up-in-arms after learning last night from a FOX19 investigation of the Kings Local School District Board's campaign of secrecy surrounding allegations that a former teacher may have mistreated special needs students at Columbia Elementary.
Now, FOX19 has obtained a copy of the written district policy on how school employees should handle "cases of suspected child abuse or neglect." In the very first directive, school employees are told they "shall not contact the child's family."
We contacted every board member today and asked them if they were willing to sit down with us to explain why that policy is in place. Instead, board president Bonnie Baker-Hicks sent us a statement that, she revealed, had been approved by their lawyer. The statement said school leaders "communicate with parents as appropriate." It also said the district complies with Ohio law. But there is no law mandating parents be informed of possible child abuse, according to Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell.
"I know as a parent what my preference would be," he added.
No board member responded to further inquiries from FOX19 about the policy after Baker-Hicks sent the statement this afternoon.
Cincinnati attorney Chris Finney, who's suing the school district for records detailing the district's investigation, tells FOX19 parents who had a child in Amanda Kitcho's class were never told by school leaders that their son or daughter may have been the victim of verbal or physical abuse. At least one family found out when they received an anonymous letter, said Finney.
He filed the lawsuit that put the allegations into the public record. Specifically, in the court documents, he cites a teacher's aide in Kitcho's classroom who said some students were pushed and shoved and verbally abused.
Kitcho's attorney, John R. Doll of Dayton, said last night a criminal investigation "exonerated" her.
Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell told FOX19 today he found the allegations "disturbing." However, he said he could not pursue felony charges against Kitcho because there was no evidence or allegation that a student suffered "serious physical harm." He also revealed that it was his office which received the initial report of possible abuse, which he forwarded to sheriff's investigators.
Doll did not respond today to FOX19's questions about the prosecutor's comments and other information we learned about Kitcho, including the fact that she now works part-time at a Catholic Church.
Father Jan K. Schmidt of St. Margaret of York Church in Loveland says Kitcho's position is "entirely clerical." In response to a FOX19 inquiry he also told us, "She does not have direct contact with children."
We learned of Kitcho's hiring after obtaining the church's bulletin from February 3 in which Father Schmidt announced that she was now a part of the church's staff.
To view Kings' Abuse Notification Policy, click here.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:16 AM EDT2013-05-22 11:16:10 GMT
A big clean up is underway at Amelia High School following a prank. Several trees were toilet papered and the sign in front of the school was also changed. No word on any suspects in the prankFull Story >
No word on any suspects in the prank or if the school system plans to punish those responsible.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:09 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:09:30 GMT
A Warren County government office is evacuated after a suspicious powder is found. The Health and Human Services Center building on East Street in Lebanon was evacuated just after 11:00 on Monday. PoliceFull Story >
Police say that HAZMAT crews and the FBI were called to investigate the powder. The FBI has since left. Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:06 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:06:35 GMT
A suspect in a wild police chase in Reading earlier this month is arrested after a chase in Warren County. The Warren County chase started near Little Miami High School around 11:30 Tuesday night whenFull Story >
A suspect in a wild police chase in Reading earlier this month is arrested after a chase in Warren County.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:21 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:21:47 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,Full Story >
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:42 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:42:17 GMT
A mother who missed her college graduation in order to attend her daughter's dance recital received a surprise ceremony on Monday. Kara Perkins agreed to go along when one of her friends said she neededFull Story >
A mother who missed her college graduation in order to attend her daughter's dance recital received a surprise ceremony on Monday.Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.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 >
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 >
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