Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:52 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:52:21 GMT
The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Arizona to carry out its third execution in the past year Wednesday following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs.Full Story >
A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.Full Story >
Commissioner looks to fund rail from downtown to CVG (VIDEO)
Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:29:05 GMT
The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.Full Story >
The chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee said Wednesday there is still time for Congress to approve a landmark bill to improve health care services for veterans, despite deep disagreement over how much...Full Story >
Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:27:22 GMT
The city of Hamilton is looking at a $25,000 way to fight back against vandalism problems plaguing some its parks. Full Story >
Hamilton is looking at a $25,000 way to fight back against vandalism problems plaguing some its parks. Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
An eight week investigation into an unused pile of road salt is complete.
The City of Cincinnati found that the public works department should not have paid $316,000 for more salt on December 6, while roughly $400,000 worth of salt sat unused for about a year off of Beekman Street.
"It's a poor decision of the city's public services department that they would allow salt to remain at the Beekman Street address for nine months, they really forgot all about it," says Winburn.
But on December 6, the public works department spent $316,000 on 4,900 tons of new salt.
"They actually invested over $314,000 of tax-payers money that they did not have to use at that time," explains Winburn.
In a memo FOX19 obtained, interim city manager Scott Stiles says the December 6 purchase "did not need to be spent yet" and "a better practice would have been for public services to have used the salt at the Beekman temporary location before ordering additional salt".
"Really, Saltgate had the potential of being a government waste project, it had the potential. If the whistle blowers did not come to us, guess what? That salt would still be out at a place we call Saltgate," says Winburn.
Under an agreement with their salt provider, the city pays just more than $60 per ton for road salt. That means the 6,500 tons sitting at the Beekman location was worth roughly $400,000.
Luckily for the city, it's still usable and the majority of the salt has been moved.
Winburn says he just hopes this same error doesn't happen again.
"There is a lack of public trust with the city's department of public service," Winburn.
Winburn says they're now getting ready to conduct a formal investigation and review of the public works department.
FOX19 did reach out to the public works department repeatedly for comment, but they haven't returned our calls.
Interim city manager Scott Stiles says they will use the remainder of the salt at the Beekman pile before ordering more salt.
BRADENTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - People are outraged after a Florida couple was caught having sex on a public beach Sunday afternoon in front of dozens of people including children. Bradenton Beach policeFull Story >
People are outraged after a Florida couple was caught having sex on a public beach Sunday afternoon in front of dozens of people including children.Full Story >
Monday, July 21 2014 8:22 AM EDT2014-07-21 12:22:54 GMT
State officials issued an ultimatum at East Fork State Park last month, saying swimming in the lake is at your own risk. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources found the lake to have 3,000%Full Story >
State officials issued an ultimatum at East Fork State Park last month, saying swimming in the lake is at your own risk. Full Story >
Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-07-23 12:10:49 GMT
A man walked into the Engine 5 firehouse in Over-the-Rhine Wednesday morning, saying he was shot. He was transported to University of Cincinnati Hospital Medical Center but his identity and conditionFull Story >
A man walked into the Engine 5 firehouse in Over-the-Rhine Wednesday morning, saying he was shot.Full Story >