Monday, May 20 2013 10:22 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:22:26 GMT
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley. It happened just before 10 p.m. Monday night at the location on Madison Road. Initial reports are that two men with guns enteredFull Story >
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:22 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:22:00 GMT
CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The schedule for one of the country's best high school football showcases is about to be released, but here's a sneak peek at some of the match-ups. The following eight games willFull Story >
It's the 16th year of the Crosstown Showdown high school football event.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:08 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:08:33 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundFull Story >
At least 51 have died in a storm the National Weather Service described as large and violent.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:06 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:06:19 GMT
A Dearborn County jury has convicted a man of beating an Indiana woman to death with a skillet and a pepper grinder. Charles Stephenson faces life in prison for the murder of Leigh Jennings, 67. SentencingFull Story >
A Dearborn County jury has convicted a man of beating an Indiana woman to death with a skillet and a pepper grinder. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:00:13 GMT
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office. She retired in January 2013 as an Area Manager in Exempt Organizations Determinations. Esrig saysFull Story >
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office.Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
A violent gang that profited by selling fake documents and sending money back to Mexico has been disrupted in Cincinnati, FOX19 News has learned.
Mexican crime bosses planted men in Cincinnati and 18 other U.S. cities, producing "an unparalleled 30,000 fraudulent documents" during a two-year reign and "sent approximately $1,000,000 in illegal profits back to Mexico," according to federal documents turned over to FOX19 by the U.S. Attorney's Office in eastern Virginia, where the case has gone to court.
The gang was a threat to national security, say federal prosecutors. After all, they point out, some of the 9/11 hijackers used fake documents from other sources.
But Butler County, Ohio Sheriff Richard Jones believes it's also a threat to neighborhood safety.
"If you bump into one of these people or you accidentally knock on their door – you're at the wrong address – and, hey, they don't know that you're not the police," he said.
Details of the year-long investigation by Homeland Security and immigration authorities were first reported by our sister station, WWBT-TV in Richmond, Virginia.
Among the revelations:
A 17-year-old was killed in Little Rock, Arkansas after being lured inside a trailer because the gang suspected he was trying to take over their turf.
The crime scene was so bloody even a federal judge was shocked.
"The most god awful, horrific, brutal homicide he'd ever seen," as U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride recalls him saying. "This from a judge who's been in law enforcement for 30 years."
The gang's national leader, "El Muerto," wanted his cell in Cincinnati and throughout the country to listen as a fellow gang member suspected of stealing from the group was tortured. Federal documents say the man was beaten, his feet put in water, jumper cables attached to his bare chest.
You can hear the man screaming in the secret recording made by federal agents.
They were listening to this macabre conference call live and risked their case by calling in local police to save the man's life.
"There was a swift response and ultimately the individual was able to make it out of there safe," said Homeland Security Special Agent Michael Lamonea.
The man ended-up in the trauma unit of a hospital with severe cuts and two cracked vertebrae.
Meanwhile, FOX19 News has learned, a similar violent attack was planned against competitors just across the river from Cincinnati in Convington, Kentucky.
We've also confirmed the leader of the U.S. operation, "El Muerto" – whose real name is Israel Cruz Millan – was in Cincinnati in 2009.
Federal court documents FOX19 obtained show the Cincinnati cell leader had been attacked by rival fake document makers and "El Muerto" wanted revenge.
But one of the gang members told the feds that he was never able to find his rivals.
Money was really what the gang was interested in. And over two years, they sent a million dollars back to Mexico.
FOX19 is able to show you – for the first time – details of a Western Union transaction between gang members that originated in Cincinnati.
We called the phone number with the 513 area code. It goes to an unidentified voicemail box.
When the feds moved-in in Cincinnati on November 18, 2010, court documents say they found cell members "in possession of fraudulent documents, as well as items related to the production of fraudulent identifications."
What worries federal authorities and Sheriff Jones, who's busted fake document rings in Butler County, is how good these documents look. It's very hard to tell the fakes from real U.S. documents.
"That's how good they are," said Sheriff Jones. "Police officers can't tell…And the police officers are the first ones that stop these people that are here illegally. They can't tell. No one can tell – other than if you're a federal agent and you're trained in this."
U.S. Attorney MacBride points out that these fake documents are for people in this country illegally who may have committed a crime or are planning one.
Federal prosecutors have now convicted 30 people for crimes related to this case.
Monday, May 20 2013 3:10 PM EDT2013-05-20 19:10:48 GMT
Several people are arrested after a raid at a Sycamore Township motel. Deputies raided the Drake Motel, located on Reading Road, on Monday morning. Several people were arrested at the scene but no namesFull Story >
Several people have been arrested after a raid at a Sycamore Township motel. 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 >
Experts say the officer who killed a Long Island college student and a home invasion suspect on Friday was confronted with a split-second choice.Full Story >
As a grieving family prepared for the funeral of a Hofstra University junior killed by a police officer's bullet during a standoff with an armed intruder, some on Monday questioned whether police should have waited for...Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 11:30 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:30:16 GMT
Authorities are investigating a shooting in Liberty Township. The shooting happened Sunday afternoon at the Countryside Village Mobile Home park off of State Route 4 in Liberty, Ohio. FOX19 has a crewFull Story >
The shooting happened Sunday afternoon at the Countryside Village Mobile Home park off of State Route 4 in Liberty, Ohio.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 6:51 AM EDT2013-05-20 10:51:11 GMT
As we continue our series, "Around the World in Cincinnati," our Tracey Johnson shares the connection they have with the Nigerian community here in the tri state. Tracey says that she knew it would beFull Story >
Tracey says that she knew it would be a trip of a lifetime for her family but she never imagined that their first trip to west Africa would not be the last.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 >
Sunday, May 19 2013 5:33 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:33:10 GMT
Warren County authorities are investigating two bodies found in a home on Sunday. Officials were called to a residence in the 3900 block of Riley Avenue in South Lebanon around 10 a.m. Sunday morning. LittleFull Story >
Warren County authorities are investigating two bodies found in a home on Sunday. Officials were called to a residence in the 3900 block of Riley Avenue in South Lebanon around 10 a.m. Sunday morning.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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