Monday, July 28 2014 5:47 AM EDT2014-07-28 09:47:04 GMT
Israel and Hamas have lowered the pace of the fighting in the three-week-old Gaza war as international efforts intensify to end the conflict that has already killed 1,030 Palestinians and 43 Israeli soldiers.Full Story >
Israeli jets pounded three Hamas sites in Gaza on Monday after a rocket was launched at Israel, disrupting a relative lull in the war-torn territory at the start of a major Muslim holiday.Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 5:01 AM EDT2014-07-28 09:01:08 GMT
BY: Megan O'Rourke Vicious dog owners are the target of a new proposal that will be introduced next week by a Cincinnati councilman. Councilman Chris Seelbach said his proposal is different because itFull Story >
Vicious dog owners are the target of a new proposal that will be introduced next week by a Cincinnati councilman.Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 4:51 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:51:51 GMT
Damage was reported in several areas of Highland County Sunday night after a strong storm went through the area. According to the National Weather Service, numerous trees and power lines were blown downFull Story >
Damage was reported in several areas of Highland County Sunday night after a strong storm went through the area.Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 4:48 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:48:16 GMT
A man was airlifted to the hospital late Sunday night after a pedestrian-involved crash. Police are investigating the hit and run reported just before midnight in Butler County. Officials say a pedestrianFull Story >
A man was airlifted to the hospital late Sunday night after a pedestrian-involved crash.Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
The homeless sleeping on or near the Hamilton County Courthouse are eventually going to have to find a new place to sleep at night.
Officials say they've received numerous complaints of garbage and people urinating on county property.
On Thursday, Sheriff Jim Neil announced a new plan to help these people out. The three-phased initiative intends to provide treatment to those in need while cleaning up the various properties.
Addiction, economic hardship or a mental illness are just three factors that can lead individuals to become homeless.
Rick Schulte and Jessica Pandozzi have slept at the courthouse a few times, and they say drugs are the biggest issue.
"Heroin is an epidemic in this city, and they're not addressing the issue and that's the biggest homeless issue," Schulte told FOX19.
During phase one, deputies will allow the homeless to sleep outside county property and use restrooms in the justice center, but they're also beginning an outreach program.
"There will be communication with the homeless population to identify who they are and what their needs are to determine their purpose for being on the campus," Sheriff Neil explained.
After about a month, phase two begins. This is when the county will pair the homeless with human service professionals to help them with their problem. If they refuse help and continue to sleep on county property, they'll be kicked out.
"Arrest is always a last resort but the idea is to find real-time solutions for the population," said Neil.
"Some of them are going to turn it away and not want the help. They enjoy living like this but you have a lot of people that don't want to live like this no more," Schulte said.
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and county administration are both putting $20,000 into this initiative to hire neighborhood liaison officers that will help patrol these buildings around the clock.
"I know for a fact a lot of people would jump all over the opportunity to get clean and get their life back and be a productive member of society again. It's not like we've all been like this our whole lives," said Schulte.
Pandozzi says they know 90% of the people that stay overnight at the courthouse on a regular basis, and she hopes the outreach goes the extra mile for those that welcome it.
"If you don't have any help afterwards, they're going to be right back out here on the streets so I don't think it's really going to do anything unless they find long term help for people," she said.
"This is a problem that's not going to go away and that we have to deal with it in a long term way," added Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Hartmann.
Sheriff Neil says they're trying to use a soft and compassionate approach with this plan. He adds this is something that will help the homeless, but it's also about the people that use these buildings everyday to make sure it's safe and clean for everyone.
Depending on how phases one and two go, the sheriff's office will begin phase three which includes cleaning and repairing the county properties.
The Hamilton County Courthouse is located near the intersection of Main Street and Central Parkway in downtown Cincinnati.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity. According to WATE in Tennessee, the Sullivan CountyFull Story >
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity.Full Story >
Sunday, July 27 2014 9:32 AM EDT2014-07-27 13:32:04 GMT
The Lockland man who went missing on Friday was found dead in his car on Saturday. James Rolman, 72, was found in his car inside a silo at an abandoned trucking company at 205 Smalley Road Saturday in Lockland. Full Story >
The Lockland man who went missing on Friday was found dead in his car on Saturday. Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 3:21 AM EDT2014-07-28 07:21:57 GMT
A homicide victim has been identified after leading a police on a low-speed chase Saturday. According to court documents, Christopher R. McFerron was arrested after he fled from police on InterstatesFull Story >
A man has been arrested after leading a police on a low-speed chase Saturday.Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 12:11 AM EDT2014-07-28 04:11:46 GMT
Since Israel's ground offensive began nearly three weeks ago a series of pro-Israel rallies have been held around the county. One such rally held today here in Cincinnati.Full Story >
Since Israel's ground offensive began nearly three weeks ago a series of pro-Israel rallies have been held around the county. One such rally held today here in Cincinnati. The main message expressed during today's rally was "I stand with Israel.Full Story >