Friday, November 11 2011 1:59 PM EST2011-11-11 18:59:32 GMT
The Jefferson County Sheriff is investigating another Amish beard attack! However, the sheriff says there will be no arrests because the victims refuse to press charges. The sheriff says an Amish coupleFull Story >
Thursday, October 6 2011 7:05 PM EDT2011-10-06 23:05:59 GMT
Hair-raising assaults taking center stage in an Amish community near Bergholz. 19 Action News has learned Numerous members of the Amish community near Bergholz are under investigation by at least fourFull Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:30 AM EDT2013-05-22 10:30:09 GMT
JOPLIN, MO (RNN) - Two years after a devastating tornado ripped through Joplin, MO, new landscape is emerging, but there is still work to be done. Joplin was hit by an EF-5 tornado on May, 22, 2001, thatFull Story >
Two years after a devastating tornado ripped through Joplin, MO, new landscape is emerging, but there is still work to be done.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:28 AM EDT2013-05-22 10:28:50 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 6:19 AM EDT2013-05-22 10:19:00 GMT
Funeral services are set for a Ft. Thomas man killed in Afghanistan. Visitation for Michael Bradford will be Friday at the Ft. Thomas Mess Hall from 4:00 until 7:30. Funeral services will beginFull Story >
Visitation for Michael Bradford will be Friday at the Ft. Thomas Mess Hall from 4:00 until 7:30. Full Story >
The jury in the Amish beard bandits trial resumed deliberations this morning at 9 a.m.
The case for more than a dozen members of a break-away Amish group concluded late last week, and jurors started deliberating last Thursday.
16 men face federal hate crime charges for a series of hair-cutting attacks on other members of the Amish community. The attacks happened in Jefferson, Trumbull, Holmes and Carroll Counties.
During closing arguments, the prosecutor said it was a case of lawless violence in the name of religion, and said it was a brazen ambush.
A Holmes County Detective showed the jury several bags of evidence that was full of human hair.
Detective Bill Mullet walked the jury through the October 2011 attack on two Amish men in their own home by followers of Amish Bishop Sam Mullet.
Sam Mullet and 15 of his followers are on trial for hate crimes in connection with the cutting off of beards and hair of other Amish. Detective Mullet told the jury about the attack of Bishop Ray Hertzenberger and his son.
The bishop's hair and beard were cut, and he was bleeding from both sides of his head. The attackers also took pictures.
The Amish attackers used 8-inch horse shears to shave the men.
The detective showed the jury the hair of both men he collected from the floor of their home.
Andy Hertzberger told the jury that last October, a group of Sam Mullet's followers went to his house. They attacked his dad, Bishop Raymond Hertzberger, and cut off his beard and hair.
The detective testified that defendant Levi Miller admitted to the attacks and said that if he knew he was going to get caught, he would have cut a lot more beards off.
Barbara Miller, the sister of Sam Mullet, testified about when she and her husband were attacked by Mullet's followers, and said she was terrified.
Miller told the jury about a September 2011 attack on her and her husband. She said her own children, who lived with Mullet on his 800-acre compound in Jefferson County, attacked them with a group of Mullet followers.
Her hair was cut and her husband's beard was sheared. Miller told the jury she was terrified, and it was a horrific for her to see her kids attack her husband.
Nancy Miller Burkholder, Barbara's daughter, admitted she was part of the group of Mullet followers who cut her mother's hair and her father's beard in September of 2011. She says it was done out of compassion and love. She believed her parents were straying from the right way of living and had to be brought back to the correct path in order to get into heaven. Nancy, who is Sam Mullet's niece, told the jury her parents had been verbally abusive to her brothers who also participated into the attack at her parents home in Trumbull County. 19 Action News Reporter Scott Taylor is reporting that Nancy testified she heard her mother, tell the attackers while they cut her hair, "God please forgive them." Nancy broke down in tears on the witness stand when one of the defense lawyers asked her if testifying in the case was difficult for her.
Nancy Mullet, the daughter-in-law of Sam Mullet, testified while she was living on Mullet's 800 acre compound in Jefferson County with her husband, Eli, her father-in-law told her the only way to help her troubled marriage with his son was to follow his orders. While Eli was in the hospital, Nancy says Sam told her to hug and kiss him. Then he asked her to sit on his lap like all the other daughter-in-laws. It eventually turned sexual and Nancy testified that Sam told her that if they ever leave the compound, Eli would kill her and their six children. Nancy also testified Mullet had so much control over people living at the compound that he would read any letters coming in or going out. Nancy and Eli were eventually able to break away from Sam Mullet and now live in Pennsylvania.
Prosecutors say Sam Mullet ordered the violent hair cuts. The attacks were meant to humiliate and punish the people Mullet does not believe are faithful enough.
According to the affidavit, the defendants conspired to carry out a series of assaults against fellow Amish individuals with whom they were having a religiously-based dispute.
In doing so, the defendants forcibly restrained multiple Amish men and cut off their beards and head hair with scissors and battery-powered clippers, causing bodily injury to these men while also injuring others who attempted to stop the attacks. In the Amish religion, a man's beard is considered sacred.
Mullet's son, Johnny, said he did it to help end a family feud, and it had noting to do with being Amish.
If convicted, Mullet could spend the next 20 years in jail.
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 >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastFull Story >
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:50 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:50:22 GMT
MOORE, OK (RNN) – In one of the few positive stories to come from the deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma, an elderly woman was reunited with a four-legged friend she thought was dead. Barbara Garcia, a residentFull Story >
Elderly resident Barbara Garcia frantically called for her dog after the tornado had leveled her house, but with no success.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 >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:21 AM EDT2013-05-21 05:21:10 GMT
An antibiotic so popular many people know it by name has some unpopular attention from the federal government. The Food and Drug Administration has said that this could be a matter of life and death forFull Story >
An antibiotic so popular many people know it by name has some unpopular attention from the federal government. The Food and Drug Administration has said that this could be a matter of life and death for some patients who use azithromycin, which is also known as Zithromax or Z-pack.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 >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:16:48 GMT
MOORE, OK - The Oklahoma County Sheriff's office tweeted a photo of a frightened, muddy dog Monday after the deadly EF-5 tornado ripped through the town.The comment accompanying the photo said, "scared,Full Story >
A heartbreaking photo of a little dog guarding the body of his owner, who was killed in the Moore, OK, tornado, is going viral.Full Story >
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