Saturday, May 18 2013 6:15 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:15:38 GMT
Residents attending Maifest 2013 in Covington, Ky., will have the rare chance to touch a nearly 4-billion-year-old piece of moon rock at NASA's Driven to Explore traveling exhibit, a multimedia experienceFull Story >
Residents attending Maifest 2013 in Covington, Ky., will have the rare chance to touch a nearly 4-billion-year-old piece of moon rock at NASA's Driven to Explore traveling exhibit, a multimedia experience that immerses visitors in the story of NASA.Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:04 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:04:39 GMT
The Tri-State's Germania Society is celebrating the birth of spring with their second annual Maifest. The celebration began Friday and continues on Saturday, noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. Full Story >
The Tri-State's Germania Society is celebrating the birth of spring with their second annual Maifest. The celebration began Friday and continues on Saturday, noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.Full Story >
Witnesses in southwestern Virginia say a car has driven into a crowd at a parade. Several people appear to be hurt, but the nature of their injuries wasn't immediately known.Full Story >
About 50 to 60 people were injured Saturday when a driver described by witnesses as an elderly man drove his car into a group of hikers marching in a parade in a small Virginia mountain town.Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 5:53 PM EDT2013-05-18 21:53:20 GMT
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A monkey is on the loose in Clermont County. The State Game Warden of Neville, Ohio states that he is looking for a loose monkey. It is unclear at this time where the monkey came from. Any sightingsFull Story >
A monkey on the loose in Clermont County was shot from a tree on Saturday afternoon.
Heroin invaded Michelle Conda's life on April 23rd. Yet she'd never touched the stuff.
Conda, a music professor at the University of Cincinnati and professional pianist, was riding home from campus on her beloved red scooter. Along Harrison Avenue, just blocks from home, another driver appeared in her lane.
"All I saw is a van coming at me," Conda said.
She tried to swerve but says the van swerved, too.
It hit her head-on.
Suddenly, she became a pianist unable to play; a U.C. music professor unable to teach; a woman unable to move.
As she lay there bleeding on the asphalt, a Good Samaritan reached out.
"And she was the only one that would hold my hand," Conda recalled. "I was like, I just needed someone to hold my hand, I was in such pain. And nobody wanted to touch me, of course, because they're afraid of moving me."
Soon, an ambulance arrived to take her to the hospital.
And that's when she learned the truth.
"As I was in the van waiting to go away, the emergency van, I heard someone say something like, ‘We had another call at the same address for a heroin overdose,'" Conda remembers. "So then I started putting two and two together about what happened."
Conda had become the latest victim in the resurgence of a drug in Cincinnati that community leaders here say they haven't seen in decades.
Heroin is suddenly the "it" drug again.
A FOX19 News investigation reveals the costs: heroin overdoses skyrocketing by 670% between 2004 and 2010 in the emergency departments of Cincinnati and Hamilton County hospitals. Deaths from heroin jumping from 5 in 2010 in Campbell County, Kentucky, to 14 in just the first six months of this year.
"I would consider it alarming," said Dr. Mark Schweitzer, who's been the coroner of Campbell County since 1998. He provided FOX19 with the heroin death data for his county.
"When I first became coroner over 10 years ago," he said, "I never saw a heroin death. Most of the toxicology-related deaths that we were seeing were either prescription overdoses or other illegal drugs."
But now police agencies, doctors, and pharmacies are cracking down on addicts who were used to going from place-to-place to get their OxyContin high. With that crackdown, addicts are following the path of least resistance and are buying heroin from drug dealers. It's easier and it's cheaper.
"Typically a street dose of heroin will run anywhere between $10-$20 for a good high," said Capt. Stephen Luebbe, who oversees the Cincinnati Police Department's Narcotics and Vice Section.
An 80-mg OxyContin tablet can cost $65-$80, when purchased on the street.
According to Dr. Schweitzer, heroin's effect on the body is close to that of a prescription drug like OxyContin.
"Most people that are doing heroin, it's to function," said Dr. Schweitzer.
He went on to say that people typically use heroin for its calming effect.
"It's an effect to literally function and to be able to deal with life just day-to-day maybe," Dr. Schweitzer added.
Capt. Luebbe is noticing the trend on the street.
"It seems that we're seeing about a 30-40% increase in heroin, especially in the last year, maybe two years now," he said. "The cartels from Mexico are bringing it up through California, through Chicago down to Cincinnati, and some of it is also coming up through Atlanta into Cincinnati."
He says drug smugglers use Interstates 71, 74, and 75 to bring it here.
The driver of the van that hit Michelle Conda admitted to officers that "he passed out due to a heroin overdose and does not remember the events of the crash," according to the police report.
When FOX19 first visited Conda she was confined to a wheelchair. The crash had broken her left leg and severely injured her left arm and hand. For a piano player, that's not good.
"My life," she said, "my life has changed so much I can't even tell you."
No longer could she enjoy campfires in the backyard. She couldn't get there. Nor could she take a shower. It's on the second floor of her house. In fact, when we saw her, she had just started being able to get out of the hospital bed that had been installed in a room on the ground floor.
"Humility, I guess, is the lesson learned," she said quietly.
The driver who hit her has not yet been charged with a crime, according to Cincinnati Police. Conda says she has been told that another round of toxicology testing is needed before authorities decide whether to prosecute him.
And when you start asking Conda if she wants the justice system to punish him, she grows silent, pausing for long stretches.
"They have assured me that he will be prosecuted," she said. "But my mixed feelings are that I know this gentleman is a working person and – and that's a good thing – to be working."
There's another pregnant pause.
It's clear she's worried the consequences of the crash may end-up crippling the driver's life.
She speaks again.
"I just hope people would watch what they do when they drive," she said.
This week, FOX19 spoke to Conda to get an update on how she's been doing since we visited her. She says she's now able to walk – and with the help of only one crutch. She plans to be back on campus in August for the new semester.
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Friday, May 17 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:51:09 GMT
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati.Full Story >
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati. Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 10:45 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:45:31 GMT
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009. The group was asked about prayerFull Story >
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009.Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.Full Story >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:44:02 GMT
A bystander is in hot water after a late night crash in Middletown. Police say they were called to Verity Parkway to investigate a head on crash, An investigation revealed that a car driven by DanielFull Story >
An investigation revealed that a car driven by Daniel Guy Rich of Dallas, Texas had lost control and hit a PT Cruiser driven by a unnamed 17-year-old girl head on.
Wednesday, May 15 2013 9:50 PM EDT2013-05-16 01:50:03 GMT
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. WhileFull Story >
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. While others say the truth has still not been revealed. So what is true here? Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:47:49 GMT
A fire badly damages an Anderson Township home. It happened early Saturday morning at a home in the 8000 block of Pine Terrace Drive. Fire officials say they got a call that smoke was coming from theFull Story >
Fire officials say there is significant damage to the home's first floor.Full Story >