Thursday, December 6 2012 6:13 AM EST2012-12-06 11:13:39 GMT
"These cameras are just affecting revenue all over this town." That is according to Holly Calhoun who manages the Elmwood Place Quick Mart. She says business has dropped because people are afraid ofFull Story >
Business in Elmwood Place has dropped because people are afraid of getting speeding tickets while driving through the village.Full Story >
Thursday, November 29 2012 7:53 PM EST2012-11-30 00:53:18 GMT
A restraining order will be filed in Hamilton County Common Pleas court Thursday asking a judge to stop the operations of the "Robo-cameras" in Elmwood Place. Those are the cameras that catch speedersFull Story >
A restraining order filed in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court on Thursday, asking a judge to stop the operations of the "Robo-cameras" in Elmwood Place.Full Story >
Tuesday, November 13 2012 11:23 PM EST2012-11-14 04:23:12 GMT
Residents of Elmwood Place showed up for a council meeting Tuesday night to talk about two things; the speed trap cameras and whether the mayor should resign. The issue of the robotic cameras clockingFull Story >
Residents of Elmwood Place showed up for a council meeting Tuesday night to talk about two things; the speed trap cameras and whether the mayor should resign. Full Story >
Thursday, October 18 2012 9:26 AM EDT2012-10-18 13:26:16 GMT
Elmwood Place Village Police Chief William Peskin sat down exclusively with FOX19 to talk about the village's controversial speed camera program. He argues the survey before the cameras were enforcedFull Story >
Elmwood Place Village Police Chief William Peskin sat down exclusively with FOX19 to talk about the village's controversial speed camera program.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 11:37 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:37:58 GMT
Police in Salisbury are investigating after they say a man confessed to fatally stabbing his girlfriend and using her blood to draw a heart on a building. According to police, the unidentified man toldFull Story >
Police in Salisbury are investigating after they say a man confessed to fatally stabbing his girlfriend and using her blood to draw a heart on a building.Full Story >
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."Full Story >
A truck hauling an oversized load struck an overhead bridge girder on the major interstate between Seattle and Canada, sending a section of the span and two vehicles into the Skagit River below. All three occupants suffered...Full Story >
Britain's Ministry of Defense says a Typhoon jet has been launched to investigate an incident involving a civilian aircraft.Full Story >
Two men were arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft Friday after a U.K. fighter jet was scrambled to divert their plane as it traveled from Pakistan to Britain, officials said. The incident further rattled the U.K....Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 10:46 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:46:44 GMT
(RNN) - A deadly tornado ripped through Moore, OK, killing 24 people. The EF-5 tornado had wind speeds of at least 200 mph and was roughly two miles wide. Among the dead were children who took shelterFull Story >
A deadly EF-5 tornado, a murder suspect with links to the Boston bombing suspects and a British soldier brutally killed by alleged terrorists dominated headlines this week.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 10:43 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:43:18 GMT
A 19-year-old Clifton resident was arrested on Wednesday for aggravated burglary and numerous counts of drug possession. According to the Cincinnati Police Department, Kyle "Lucky" McNamara was armedFull Story >
A 19-year-old Clifton resident was arrested on Wednesday for aggravated burglary and numerous counts of drug possession.Full Story >
ELMWOOD PLACE, OH (FOX19) -
A FOX19 investigation reveals how much money a controversial speed camera program has generated for a local village, and where that money could be headed.
According to Elmwood Place officials, the speed camera program has brought in $470,000 so far. That amount equals nearly half of the village's projected general fund budget for next year.
Optotraffic retains 40 percent of the total profits.
"To us that is a big chunk of money," Jerald Robertson said.
The village's secretary says currently most of the money generated by the speed cameras is sitting in the bank, waiting to be budgeted for 2013.
"I think [council is] going to be prudent and sit on it for a while and really make an educated decision on what to do with the money," Police Chief William Peskin said.
"I think my fellow council people are sensible people," argued Robertson. "I don't think they're going to do anything wild."
The village secretary tells FOX19 $50,000 of the nearly half a million dollars has been put in this year's public safety budget, but no one at the village was able to clarify why the money was reappropriated.
"I'm not sure because nothing's been added to this point to my budget," Peskin told FOX19 following a citation hearing.
"I haven't been given the figures and hopefully by this meeting next Tuesday night those figures will be available," Robertson said.
Robertson wrote up a list of proposed uses for the funds including saving most of it, paying off a significant loan, updating the town hall's heating and air conditioning, and even passing it on to village employees.
"Perhaps give some of our salaries a raise which they haven't had in years," Robertson offered Wednesday.
According to village documents obtained by FOX19, the village mayor makes just under $7,000 a year. The Fire Chief makes $9.50 an hour based on a 2000 ordinance. The village Police Chief makes a $41,600 base salary and has not had a raise since 2006.
Chief Peskin says he would like to see the village purchase two new cruisers with the money, add on another full-time officer since he is currently the only one, and hire three new part-time positions.
While Robertson is in favor of raises, he is not convinced the village needs to take on new employees
"I question the wisdom of that because in two years that money will be gone in salary and we'll be right back where we were," he argued.
Robertson wants to make tangible purchases with the speed camera funds.
"I think to have something positive to show for it," Robertson said. "When we go out and buy equipment we need we can say ‘look there it is'. We have something to show for our money."
"People are not happy that they're going to be giving up their money so no matter how we spend it it's not going to make a difference to them I don't believe," Peskin said.
"These funds can put us in a reasonably decent financial situation for the next few years unless we go out and blow it on a bunch of stuff that we have nothing in hand when the dust settles," Robertson said.
Peskin says these days only about one percent of cars moving through the village are going fast enough to get a ticket, which means the cameras' cash flow could be drying up.
"This is not the never-ending piggy bank that everybody believes it to be," Peskin said.
FOX19 also spoke with council woman Claudia Wiles. Wiles says she would like to see the money help give a facelift to the Vine Street business district and update the local parks, among other investments.
The next village council meeting is slated for next Tuesday night.
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:17:47 GMT
Heads are starting to roll at the IRS. A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leaveFull Story >
A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leave Thursday. We have learned more about Lois Lerner's connections to Cindy Thomas, the highest ranking Cincinnati employee in this IRS division.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 9:13 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:13:57 GMT
A man was found shot to death in Over-the-Rhine overnight. It was just before 3A-M when Cincinnati dispatch received a call about a man bleeding from the head near the intersection of Goose Alley andFull Story >
Cincinnati police have released the name of a man who was shot and killed early Friday morning in OTR. 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 >
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 >
Friday, May 24 2013 6:32 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:32:47 GMT
Cincinnati police are looking for a pickup that hit a police cruiser in Avondale. It happened just before 4:00 Friday morning. Police say the truck hit the cruiser, an unmarked SUV, at Reading and Victory. ThereFull Story >
Cincinnati police are looking for a pickup that hit a police cruiser in Avondale.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 9:20 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:20:42 GMT
An Ohio police officer and his wife face aggravated child neglect charges after their young children were left unsupervised in a truck outside a Panama City Beach bar. Bay County Jail officials say 35-year-oldFull Story >
An Ohio police officer and his wife face aggravated child neglect charges after their young children were left unsupervised in a truck outside a Panama City Beach bar.Full Story >