Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:01 AM EDT2014-09-02 12:01:36 GMT
A Russian official is complaining that EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso breached confidentiality when he quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying Moscow could take over Kiev in two weeks if it wished.Full Story >
Russian military forces have been spotted in both major rebel-held cities in eastern Ukraine, an official said Tuesday, prompting Ukraine to declare it now has to fight the Russian army, not just the separatists.Full Story >
Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:50 AM EDT2014-09-02 09:50:09 GMT
Pete Rose will coach first base for the Florence Freedom on Tuesday, September 2. The Freedom will also retire Rose's #14 during the game that evening. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. against the RiverFull Story >
Pete Rose will coach first base for the Florence Freedom on Tuesday, September 2. The Freedom will also retire Rose's #14 during the game that evening.Full Story >
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
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On Monday, 19 Action News took you inside a place that is supposed to help troubled teens turn their lives around.
An exclusive investigation revealed another story.
Paul Orlousky reports on the disturbing, violent and out-of-control county detention center.
The new Juvenile Justice Center cost taxpayers $189 million dollars. It is filled with palatial appointments for judges, ornate designs and a detention center where juveniles are held that is simply out of control. Attacks on staff, on each other and destruction of property -- and we've got the video to prove it.
"You gain points by committing assaults in the detention center and as you gain points, you gain rank," said Judge Kristen Sweeney.
Judge Sweeney believes trouble at the detention center begins with the gang "The Heartless Felons," which encourages violence.
"Vandalism will get you a point. I think assaulting another resident will get you a point or two. Assaulting a detention officer is two or three points and the higher up you go the more rank you get in the gang," explained Judge Kristen Sweeney.
One video shows a young man with a homemade shank snatch another kid. He holds him hostage with the weapon at his throat, threatening to use it. Guards approach, try to talk him down as policy mandates. Finally, they disarm him. The bottom line, several times guards have been disciplined for using force with the attacker. The incidents are reviewed by the Sheriff's Department.
"In most cases, they've found no wrongdoing yet still people are still being disciplined. Up to termination?" asked Reporter Orlousky.
"Mostly termination," replied retired guard, Ed Reynolds.
Fight scenes are commonplace. A fight broke out in one dayroom, taking all the guards attention as young men run wild. In another room another fight. The one-on-one fight soon became a two, three and four-on-one beating of a juvenile. He is kicked in the head, the crotch and ribs with kid after kid jumping in and taking turns while he is held down. Guards are so outnumbered in the other room that this fight went on for minutes.
In another video we see a female staff member walking toward another who is escorting a young man. He charges, she tries to stave him off to no avail. In the end, she is hospitalized and on injury leave for more than a year.
Reynolds believes court rules handcuff guards.
"We went from one extreme to another and we have to find some kind of medium there that works for everybody. Keeps the kids safe but is not abusive," said Reynolds. "I mean, it's a really hard situation to figure out how to balance the kids and the staffs needs."
In the intake area, a young man refuses to cooperate. Guards keep their hands off him, talking him down. As he began to follow their commands, he attacked a manager.
"What's the consequences?" asked Reporter Orlousky.
"Nothing," answered Reynolds.
There is also criminal damage. Another video shows water gushing from a sprinkler head that has been intentionally damaged. Water floods the floor for more than a half hour, forcing staff to use furniture as a makeshift dam to protect other areas.
Speaking of furniture, as juveniles got agitated in another video they begin to turn furniture over, eventually using it to block the door to the dayroom to slow the advance of the guards who are marshalling outside.
"I don't know what I would do. They do need better ways of interacting with the kids once the fists start flying, it's true," Reynolds said.
As staff tries to enter chairs go flying, they had to climb over the pile of furniture, a compromising position to be put in when you are outnumbered.
The overriding question in all of this is why. It is something difficult for most everyone to understand and with the restrictions put on staff, impossible for them to change.
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Monday, September 1 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:29:04 GMT
Dozens of celebrity photos, including some alleged images of actress Jennifer Lawrence nude, began spreading all over the Internet on Sunday evening. Find out how to keep your photos secure here.Full Story >
Dozens of celebrity photos, including some alleged images of actress Jennifer Lawrence nude, began spreading all over the Internet on Sunday evening. Find out how to keep your photos secure here. Full Story >
Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer.Full Story >
It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer. Coroner Gary Hargrove said Janaya's body was found in a bathroom.Full Story >
Monday, September 1 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:17:32 GMT
A part-time computer science UC Professor is missing and his family is desperate to find him. Kentucky State Police says no one has seen or heard from Randy Russ since Aug. 17.Full Story >
A UC Professor is missing and his family is desperate to find him. Kentucky State Police says no one has seen or heard from Randy Russ since Aug. 17 Russ is a part-time computer science professor at UC.Full Story >
Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:29 AM EDT2014-09-02 04:29:46 GMT
McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize...Full Story >
McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the...Full Story >
Friday, July 18 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-07-18 10:53:02 GMT
"This tragedy has rocked the foundation of our community." With those words, Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes said what so many were feeling Thursday as news broke about the death of Janaya Thompson.Full Story >
"This tragedy has rocked the foundation of our community." With those words, Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes said what so many in Gulfport and on the entire Gulf Coast were feeling Thursday as news broke about the death of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson.Full Story >
Thursday, August 21 2014 11:59 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:59:09 GMT
A car smashed into the side of a hearse during a funeral procession Wednesday, knocking it on its side. The crash happened early Wednesday afternoon in Colerain Township. A funeral procession was headedFull Story >
A car smashed into the side of a hearse during a funeral procession Wednesday, knocking it on its side.Full Story >