Friday, August 1 2014 7:38 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:38:15 GMT
The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large...Full Story >
Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric is appealing to politicians not to be "an obstacle" in the process of transition as Iraq nears a deadline to select its next prime minister.Full Story >
Friday, August 1 2014 7:22 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:22:40 GMT
A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has gone into effect following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting.Full Story >
A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled Friday as violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying one of its soldiers may have been abducted.Full Story >
Friday, August 1 2014 6:33 AM EDT2014-08-01 10:33:39 GMT
Ukrainian authorities said Friday that at least 10 government troops were killed in an ambush by pro-Russian separatists in an area near the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but international inspectors...Full Story >
A team of several dozen international investigators descended Friday on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine to begin combing an area now designated as a crime scene.Full Story >
Friday, August 1 2014 6:19 AM EDT2014-08-01 10:19:58 GMT
British Pvt. John Parr set off on his reconnaissance bike on the lookout for German troops amid the rolling farmland and woods south of Brussels in August 1914. It was the last anyone saw of 'Ole Man' Parr,...Full Story >
British Pvt. John Parr set off on his reconnaissance bike on the lookout for German troops amid the rolling farmland and woods south of Brussels in August 1914. It was the last anyone saw of 'Ole Man' Parr, the...Full Story >
Five families are suing Amanda Kitcho, accusing her of causing their disabled children emotional distress, as well as subjecting them to "assault" and "battery."
As FOX19 previously reported, teacher's aides and a librarian were horrified by how they saw Kitcho interacting with her students. They notified school leaders and officials at the Kings Local School District but say nothing was done for months. Eventually, Kitcho left the district as part of an agreement that the district would mislead the media about the results of its internal investigation and with the promise that she would get a letter of recommendation.
The federal lawsuit, filed today, focuses on a little girl identified as H.M. She has a congenital disorder that leaves her with a short life expectancy.
The families' attorneys write that H.M. was subjected to Kitcho's "mistreatment and torture" for seven months.
Though her mother told the school not to let H.M. crawl, the lawsuit contends H.M. was forced to crawl to the bathroom connected to the classroom if she needed to go, rather than use her specialized walker. A witness quotes Kitcho as saying, "I'm not putting her in that damn thing every time she's got to move from center to center. She can crawl."
One witness described it as like watching "a dying dog trying to get to the side of the road. That's how pathetic it looked to me," the lawsuit says.
Court documents also say Kitcho would tape H.M. into a chair and make her stay in the bathroom as punishment.
With H.M. screaming in the bathroom one day, a witness says Kitcho responded like a child herself.
"I hate you," the lawsuit quotes Kitcho telling H.M. "I hate you."
It also details other allegations that FOX19 has reported on before, including that Kitcho would eat her students' food --- food that their parents had sent with them for the day.
Kitcho isn't the only defendant in the lawsuit. So are former Columbia principal Jerry Gasper and current principal Shelley Detmer-Bogaert.
The lawsuit accuses Detmer-Bogaert of participating in the cover-up of what was happening inside Kitcho's classroom.
"On at least one occasion while H.M. was in the bathroom crying and screaming to be let out, Defendant Detmer-Bogaert, the assistant principal of Columbia at that time, came into the classroom," the lawsuit states. "The abuse was too obvious for her not to have seen. Rather than intervene, she exited the classroom, allowing the abuse to continue that day and beyond."
FOX19 reached Kitcho's attorney, John R. Doll of Dayton, this afternoon. He said he has not yet seen the lawsuit and can't comment on it. Last year, he told FOX19 these were just "spurious allegations."
We have also e-mailed principal Detmer-Bogaert but have not yet received a response.
Thursday, July 31 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:48:50 GMT
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife. Police say the man entered the store on North Bend Road with the knife around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.Full Story >
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife.Full Story >
Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:12:13 GMT
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.Full Story >
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.