A House committee taking Congress' latest look at the Internal Revenue Service's mistreatment of tea party groups will apparently have to do so without input from the star witness.Full Story >
The Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the storm over the agency's targeting of conservative groups has told Congress she did nothing wrong and has invoked her constitutional right to not answer...Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:21 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:21:28 GMT
ORLANDO, FL (RNN) – A man with possible ties to a Boston Marathon bombing suspect was shot and killed after the FBI interviewed him early Wednesday. The FBI confirmed a special agent fatally shot a manFull Story >
The FBI confirmed a special agent fatally shot a man in custody while conducting "official duties," spokesman Dave Couvertier told NBC News. In a WESH interview, a friend identified the deceased as Ibragim Todashev, 27.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:18 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:18:20 GMT
Motorcycle riders from throughout the tri-state area will depart for Washington D.C. today for a Memorial Day weekend rally honoring military prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action. Nearly oneFull Story >
Motorcycle riders from throughout the tri-state area will depart for Washington, D.C. on Wednesday for a Memorial Day weekend rally honoring military prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action. Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:16 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:16:01 GMT
A driver was taken to the hospital after a crash Wednesday morning in the West End. It happened around 9 a.m. at the intersection of Central Avenue and Liberty. Witnesses say the driver of a car ranFull Story >
A driver was taken to the hospital after a crash Wednesday morning in the West End.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:34 AM EDT2013-05-22 13:34:51 GMT
A La Salle High School student who attempted suicide in a classroom last month has left the hospital to begin rehab. The student's family has released the following statement through University of CincinnatiFull Story >
A La Salle High School student who attempted suicide in a classroom last month has left the hospital to begin rehab.Full Story >
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Former Ben-Gal Cheerleader and high school teacher Sarah Jones spoke publicly for the first time about the charges against her.
Joined by her mother, Cheryl Jones, who is also facing charges, Jones spoke with their attorney Eric Deters on his radio show on Real Talk 1160 on Tuesday morning. Deters devoted the entire show to the case.
Sarah Jones was indicted back in March on charges of having a sexual relationship with a student while she taught at Dixie Heights High School. The 27-year-old Jones is facing first degree sex abuse charges and a charge of unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited acts. Both charges are felonies and punishable by up to five years in prison.
Deters filed a motion to dismiss on Monday for the tampering with evidence charge against Cheryl Jones. The motion states that the facts that prosecutors are presenting are not true and that the detective who presented the case lied to the grand jury.
Cheryl Jones denied the charges on Tuesday morning. She retired as principal from Twenhofel Middle School after being put on administrative leave.
Deters also filed a motion to dismiss Tuesday for the charges against Sarah Jones, stating that prosecutors offered no proof of sexual abuse, based upon grand jury testimony.
"The Commonwealth does not have a single witness that there was any sex," the motion states. "There is not a single sealed text message that would reflect there was sex in any state, much less Kentucky. There is no confession. There is no admission. There is only speculative conjecture."
Both motions will be heard in court on July 30.
Jones briefly answered some questions from reporters following the radio show. She said she's trying to be patient through the ordeal, and make it through the day. She said the whole thing was started by high school girls.
"The biggest challenge of teaching high school is rumors," she said. "That's what this is. This whole thing has gotten completely out of control.
"At the end of the day, everyone will know the truth," she said.
When FOX19's Dave Culbreth asked if Jones had an improper relationship with a student, Deters said, "Just so you know, I've already told her, I'm not stupid, the first question these news people are going to ask is that question and I can't blame them but you can't answer it."
"Why?" asked Culbreth.
"Because it's part of our trial strategy. We don't have to airmail what our strategy is and it would destroy that and that's why we can't answer that question," said Deters.
"But don't you think that if viewers are watching that's their question?" asked Culbreth.
"Absolutely," said Deters.
"And what they wanna know?" asked Culbreth.
"Absolutely. I will say this, as charged, she is not guilty of those charges," said Deters.
"What might she be guilty of?" asked Culbreth.
"I'm not gonna say anything about that because any time we answer a question relative to that you run the risk of there being an admission that can be used," said Deters.
"What's on the text messages then? Why did the police feel that there were......?"
"They're sealed. We can't talk about it," said Deters.
"Sarah, many people would say that a 26-year-old woman should not be exchanging text messages of any kind with a 17-year-old boy. What would be your answer to that?" asked Culbreth.
"Don't answer that question," said Deters to Jones.
"It's like serving time and she hasn't been convicted," said Deters about Jones having been on home incarceration for 17 weeks.
"Do you think that it has to do with the fact that there was an insistence in her continuing to be able to have contact with the alleged victim?" asked Culbreth.
"No. No," said Deters.
"In a sexual abuse case it would be unreasonable to have contact with the alleged victim and I never requested for that to happen," said Jones.
"What was your relationship with the alleged victim?" asked Culbreth.
"Don't answer that question," said Deters to Jones.
"Why not?" asked Culbreth.
"Because I don't want her to," said Deters.
Sarah and Cheryl Jones also spent some time Tuesday morning talking about their teaching backgrounds, how Sarah got to be a Ben-Gal, and the lawsuit she filed against the website, thedirty.com, which claimed that she had STDs from having sex with Bengals players.
On June 11, attorney Charles T. Lester Jr. filed a motion asking a judge to suppress all text messages between Sarah Jones and the alleged victim. An Oct. 10 trial date was set that day.
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Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:16 AM EDT2013-05-22 11:16:10 GMT
A big clean up is underway at Amelia High School following a prank. Several trees were toilet papered and the sign in front of the school was also changed. No word on any suspects in the prankFull Story >
No word on any suspects in the prank or if the school system plans to punish those responsible.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:09 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:09:30 GMT
A Warren County government office is evacuated after a suspicious powder is found. The Health and Human Services Center building on East Street in Lebanon was evacuated just after 11:00 on Monday. PoliceFull Story >
Police say that HAZMAT crews and the FBI were called to investigate the powder. The FBI has since left. Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:06 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:06:35 GMT
A suspect in a wild police chase in Reading earlier this month is arrested after a chase in Warren County. The Warren County chase started near Little Miami High School around 11:30 Tuesday night whenFull Story >
A suspect in a wild police chase in Reading earlier this month is arrested after a chase in Warren County.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 >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:42 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:42:17 GMT
A mother who missed her college graduation in order to attend her daughter's dance recital received a surprise ceremony on Monday. Kara Perkins agreed to go along when one of her friends said she neededFull Story >
A mother who missed her college graduation in order to attend her daughter's dance recital received a surprise ceremony on Monday.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 >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:41 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:41:37 GMT
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History. Before Monday's EF5 tornado in Oklahoma, there had only been 58 in the United States since 1950, when reliable records began. That number isFull Story >
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History.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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