Country singer Slim Whitman has died at the age of 90 in Florida.Full Story >
Country singer Slim Whitman, the high-pitched yodeler who sold millions of records through ever-present TV ads in the 1980s and 1990s and whose song saved the world in the film comedy "Mars Attacks!," died Wednesday at a...Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:39 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:39:14 GMT
A worldwide pop star could be staying in the Queen City. According to multiple eye witnesses, Bruno Mars has been staying in downtown Cincinnati for at least the past week. Mars is set to kick off hisFull Story >
According to multiple eye witnesses, Bruno Mars has been staying in downtown Cincinnati for at least the past week.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:31 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:31:03 GMT
(CNN) – Hundreds headed out to a rally Wednesday in Washington, DC, in protest of the IRS. TV and radio host Glenn Beck, Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY; and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-MN, were among the speakersFull Story >
TV and radio host Glenn Beck, Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY; and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-MN, were among the speakers calling to "audit the IRS."Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:00 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:00:00 GMT
Police are investigating an aggravated robbery in East Price Hill. It happened around 12:30 p.m. at Purcell Avenue and Freddie Drive. Initial reports are that a victim was hit in the head during an attemptedFull Story >
Police are investigating an aggravated robbery in East Price Hill.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:58 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:58:21 GMT
Here's what you can expect Thursday on the FOX19 Morning News: Stay ahead of the weather with Katy Morgan and Frank Marzullo with the Storm Tracker Forecast starting at 4:30 a.m. More than 2,200 paddlersFull Story >
Watch the Morning News from 4:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. to learn money-saving tips, vote for military heroes, and get a sneak peek of a 1965 replica of Coney Island.Full Story >
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Sonya Balsley, the Dearborn County teen who went missing earlier this month, has been removed from her home by the Indiana Department of Child Services. Investigators say four to five guns were also taken from the home as a safety precaution.
Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit Detectives interviewed Sonya Balsley at the hospital Tuesday before she was released. They say she stated she was taken against her will from her backyard by two men.
"Sonya rested pretty good last night. She's quite frazzled, but she's doing fine," Sonya's father Erik Balsley said Wednesday.
Erik Balsley says his adopted daughter has kept fairly quiet about the details of what happened.
"Right now she's just really trying to get over the whole thing and not really talking about all of it too much," he said. "At this point I think it's best for her sanity to let her regain herself and her own thoughts before we force her into talking with us."
Erik and his wife Penny continue to believe their family was targeted.
"There's suspicion that it could be hate crime related because Sonya's African American. There's signs that some of it could be harassment," Erik said. "There's a lot of theories out there."
Wednesday he thanked the men and women who helped to look for Sonya.
"Thank you so much to all of the volunteers that came out to help and to my brothers at the Bright Fire Department for everything they did and all of the surrounding departments," Erik said holding back tears. "Without you guys she would not be here today."
He also made a plea for justice.
"The animals that took her and whatever else happened … we need to catch the animals that did this," Erik said.
Authorities are not releasing a description of the alleged abductors at this time. Detectives are continuing their investigation and the Dearborn County Sheriff's Department will be increasing patrols in the area.
Sonya Balsley, 16, had been last seen in the yard of her residence on Vineyard Court in Bright between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 3.
Balsley was found near a creek bed off Sneakville Road in Bright, Indiana just after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Officers say Sonya was alert and speaking to EMTs when they found her. An investigator says the location where she was found is between a mile and a mile and a half away from the girl's house by foot.
Her mother, Penny Balsley, says the family has taken in at-risk children in the past, and she believes one of the boys they had adopted could be responsible. She believes he may have been threatening the family. That young man was not living with the Balsleys at the time of the incident. The Balsleys have eight adopted children including Sonya.
Penny says they found the word 'woods' written in condensation on one of the windows at the home following the teen's disappearance.
Penny said her daughter went into the back yard Monday night to put bleach pucks in the pool and then disappeared.
"She was gone," Penny said. "She just vanished."
"I ran through the garage and I'm screaming ‘Sonya'. No response," Penny recalled. "And by this time, the dog was jumping and running and barking back and forth to that corner gate."
"The last thing we know is that she was seen in the back yard [Monday] afternoon," Dearborn County Detective Shane McHenry told FOX19. "We got the call about six thirty last night when our deputies were dispatched to this location."
Sonya's mom was convinced she had been taken.
"I don't think it was past five minutes. I know it wasn't," Penny Balsley said. "They must have been back there waiting."
"For about two months now we've been getting some harassments and some threats and we just thought it was kids' play," father Erik Balsley said.
"They had been writing since it's been raining in the condensation at night," Mrs. Balsley said. "Like they wrote a couple of nights ago ‘gonna kill you', or ‘kill you' and you can still see that up there. But then they wrote ‘woods' and that was not there."
"I am familiar with the threats and the reports that have been made," Detective McHenry said. "Unfortunately we've not been able to pinpoint any particular person. Or come up with a particular suspect."
Neighbors who spoke with FOX19 say they never witnessed any of the harassment alleged by the Balsley family.
While they took the concerns into consideration, officers kept their options open Tuesday.
"We don't want to be narrow-minded and zero in on something and that not be the case and we've wasted all of that time," McHenry explained.
Police spent the day Tuesday searching the property, knocking on neighbors' doors. They also called in air support from Hamilton County.
Investigators say the teen has special needs and that it has been difficult to get a full statement regarding what transpired between Monday night and Tuesday afternoon.
Sonya was removed from the family home by the Indiana Department of Child Services on Thursday. On Friday, investigators said they are continuing to look into every allegation, but that they have been unable to substantiate claims of an abduction.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:17 AM EDT2013-06-19 10:17:41 GMT
New this morning from Colerain Township - D'schon Powell is facing robbery and resisteing arrest charges in Colerain Township after he knocked down a store security loss prevention officer who was questioningFull Story >
A man is facing robbery and resisting arrest charges in Colerain Township after he allegedly knocked down a store security loss prevention officer who was questioning him about some items in a bag. Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:51 AM EDT2013-06-19 15:51:38 GMT
Police are in the 2400 block of Canterbury Avenue in Golf Manor investigating the report of two people shot. Few details are available at this time but canine units and an ambulance are on the scene. FOX19Full Story >
Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies and Golf Manor Police are investigating a shooting in the 2400 block of Canterbury in Golf Manor. Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:20 AM EDT2013-06-19 10:20:38 GMT
Companies from throughout the tri-state area will be looking to fill more than 3,500 job openings during a career fair at the Radisson Hotel in Covington. The event is Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ThereFull Story >
Companies from throughout the tri-state area will be looking to fill more than 3,500 job openings during a career fair at the Radisson Hotel in Covington.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:13 AM EDT2013-06-19 11:13:50 GMT
The Cincinnati Zoo will be taking a variety of animals to Great American Ballpark for Zoo Night on Wednesday, June 19 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Fans will be able to meet face-to-face with one-of-a-kindFull Story >
The Cincinnati Zoo will be taking a variety of animals to Great American Ballpark for Zoo Night on Wednesday, June 19 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.Full Story >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:34 PM EDT2013-06-19 02:34:44 GMT
Four people have charged for holding a mother and her child captive for years. Jordie Callahan, Jessica Hunt, Daniel J. Brown and a fourth person are accused of engaging in human trafficking. AccordingFull Story >
Four people have been arrested for holding a mother and her child captive for years in Ashland.
According to the charges, the suspects used beatings, threats of death and threats of attacks from pit bulls and large snakes to hold a woman and her child against their will for two years.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:31 AM EDT2013-06-19 11:31:59 GMT
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is urging Ohio to scrap a plan that could put a highway through a beloved 80-acre wooded area that residents of the village of Mariemont use for hiking andFull Story >
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is urging Ohio to scrap a plan that could put a highway through a beloved 80-acre wooded area that residents of the village of Mariemont use for hiking and gardening.Full Story >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeFull Story >
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.Full Story >
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