Saturday, August 23 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-08-23 17:15:26 GMT
A senior Hamas leader says the group signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court. Such a step could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations.Full Story >
Witnesses say an Israeli airstrike has collapsed a 12-story apartment tower in central Gaza City.Full Story >
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Organizers expect up to 5,000 people to attend a march protesting the death of an unarmed black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a white New York police officer.Full Story >
Thousands of people expressing grief, anger and hope for a better future have taken to New York City streets to protest the chokehold death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.Full Story >
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Iceland's Meteorological Office is reporting a surge in seismic activity at the restless Bardarbunga volcano, but sees no evidence yet of any eruptions.Full Story >
Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano began erupting Saturday under the country's largest glacier after a week of seismic activity rattled the area with thousands of earthquakes, the country's Meteorological Office said.Full Story >
Hamilton County officials say that Juvenile Court Judge
Tracie Hunter is recovering at home after falling ill during a court proceeding
FOX19 was in Hunter's courtroom covering a hearing for four juveniles
accused of beating a man because they were bored. A short time after we left,
Hunter called for a break.
The magistrate later came into the courtroom announcing that
closing arguments were now being written out. It was later revealed that an
ambulance took Hunter to the hospital for an undisclosed reason.
Meanwhile, controversy has been growing about the backlog of
cases in Judge Hunter's courtroom. Several attorneys say they have cases
languishing in the system with no resolution.
It's so bad, that the Ohio Supreme Court is now involved.
About a month ago, the Ohio Supreme Court designated retired judge Thomas Lipps
to hear the pending cases in Hamilton County Juvenile Court. He's assigned to
that job through January 2014.
Through a Freedom of Information request, FOX19 has obtained
a stack of documents related to lawyer complaints about pending court cases on
the docket of Juvenile Court Fudge Tracie Hunter.
The paperwork alleges that courtroom delays may have put
children in Hamilton County at risk.
Many child abuse, custody and foster cases are heard in
juvenile court. This paperwork says Hunter's court docket has numerous cases that
have been pending for over 120 days.
That's far beyond the normal court delays.
In correspondence FOX19 obtained, fellow Juvenile Court
Judge John Williams asked Hunter about the delays.
Hunter responded that she inherited the pending cases.
She went on to say an attorney who worked for her
"suggested that my objection docket would move more quickly if I did as
She also recommended an independent audit for juvenile
Supporters of Tracie Hunter have also been vocal, including
former City Councilmember Cecil Thomas. Thomas says Hunter has been the target
of hatred and ill-will as the first African American judge elected to Hamilton
County's Juvenile Court.
We continue to try and reach Hunter, Williams and other
players involved in this story.
Friday, August 22 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-08-22 17:17:39 GMT
Portland city leaders are considering a plan to build tiny houses for homeless people to help get them off the streets. The tiny houses would be about 200 square feet and look a lot like the ones at TheFull Story >
The tiny houses would be about 200 square feet and look a lot like the ones at The Caravan Tiny House Hotel in northeast Portland.Full Story >