Friday, May 24 2013 2:55 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:55:03 GMT
Several crews are on the scene of a working fire in Florence.The fire is at a house on Maher Road / Tonya Drive near Dixie. FOX19 has learned that the blaze involves a house, a garage and a fifth wheelFull Story >
Several crews have been called to the scene of a working fire in Florence.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 2:28 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:28:55 GMT
Several Cincinnati car dealerships are giving away $50 gift cards to active and retired military and veterans starting on Monday though June 2. In partnership with a non-profit military charity calledFull Story >
Active and retired military can stop by the following Performance Group locations now through Sunday, June 2 to receive a free $50 gift card.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 1:39 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:39:49 GMT
On Friday, the Ohio Attorney General's Missing Children Clearinghouse annual 2012 report was released. According to report, a total of 19,219 reports of missing children were made in 2012. Of those children,Full Story >
Attorney General DeWine attended a balloon launch at Columbus Preparatory Academy in honor of National Missing Children's Day, which is observed on May 25th. Children released 690 balloons representing each missing child in Ohio.Full Story >
(RNN) - The bizarre, heartbreaking story of Florida man who died after a sinkhole opened up beneath his bed last week and swallowed him makes for a frightening narrative.
But such events are so uncommon, most Americans shouldn't worry about it happening to them.
"Deaths due to sinkholes are extremely rare and to my knowledge, there are only three that have occurred in Florida dating to the 1960s," said Dr. Jon Arthur, state geologist with the Florida Geological Survey.
That total includes the recent death of Jeff Bush, who died after a sinkhole formed beneath his Tampa-area home. Rescuers used specialized equipment, but still were not able to locate his body. The sinkhole that took his life is now his final resting place. Crews began demolishing his home on Sunday and filled in the hole with gravel in an attempt to stabilize it.
The US Geological Survey says states where the most damage from sinkholes usually happens are Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
In states where sinkholes are common, tests and surveys are available that can determine if one is likely to develop on a home site. However Arthur says the tests are so expensive, most homeowners and builders typically forego them.
But there are some common-sense practices people can employ to protect themselves.
"Once you're in the home, you want to be observant of your home," he said.
"Not every crack in your home means a sinkhole. There are a lot of reasons the land can subside and you can have cracks in your wall and foundation. If these cracks grow and continue to grow - doors and windows that used to open easily are now more difficult - you have something going on. It could be related to a sinkhole or just compaction of sediment."
Sinkholes form when ground water circulates through and dissolves certain types of soft rock, usually limestone, salt, gypsum, anhydrite and dolomite.
As the rocks dissolve, caverns form and eventually, there is not enough strength to support the land above, triggering a sinkhole.
A sudden collapse can vary in size from a few feet to hundreds of acres and can range from 1-to-100 feet deep.
"Roads, buildings, landfills, storm water ponds, most of them occur out and about in fields and forests," Arthur said.
Human activity can also trigger sinkholes, where groundwater pumping, new construction and development and groundwater manipulation occur.
In 2011, a Florida man died while drilling a well after a sinkhole opened up beneath him and his truck.
As for sinkholes like the one that took the life of Bush?
"It's just rare," Arthur said.
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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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 1:23 PM EDT2013-05-22 17:23:38 GMT
A Charlotte mother is teaching her young son a lesson, by having him arrested, after he stole her Pop-Tarts, according to a police report. According to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police report, officersFull Story >
A Charlotte mother is teaching her young son a lesson, by having him arrested, after he stole her Pop-Tarts, according to a police report.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 of drilling equipment hit an overhead bridge girder on the major route between Seattle and Canada, sending a section of the interstate into the river below as the driver watched the...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 >
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