Friday, August 1 2014 7:38 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:38:15 GMT
The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large...Full Story >
Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric is appealing to politicians not to be "an obstacle" in the process of transition as Iraq nears a deadline to select its next prime minister.Full Story >
Friday, August 1 2014 7:22 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:22:40 GMT
A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has gone into effect following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting.Full Story >
A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled Friday as violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying one of its soldiers may have been abducted.Full Story >
Friday, August 1 2014 6:33 AM EDT2014-08-01 10:33:39 GMT
Ukrainian authorities said Friday that at least 10 government troops were killed in an ambush by pro-Russian separatists in an area near the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but international inspectors...Full Story >
A team of several dozen international investigators descended Friday on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine to begin combing an area now designated as a crime scene.Full Story >
Friday, August 1 2014 6:19 AM EDT2014-08-01 10:19:58 GMT
British Pvt. John Parr set off on his reconnaissance bike on the lookout for German troops amid the rolling farmland and woods south of Brussels in August 1914. It was the last anyone saw of 'Ole Man' Parr,...Full Story >
British Pvt. John Parr set off on his reconnaissance bike on the lookout for German troops amid the rolling farmland and woods south of Brussels in August 1914. It was the last anyone saw of 'Ole Man' Parr, the...Full Story >
BROWN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -
Has as a feud between two elected officials compromised death investigations?
It's an issue that's raising eyebrows and concern in Brown County. Our FOX19 Investigative team has been looking into issues there for months.
Brown County is just a 45 minute drive east of Cincinnati. Five-hundred square miles of farmland and small towns, it's a place with a slower pace where citizens are proud of its past.
The county was the boyhood home of Ulysses S. Grant.
A stroll down Main Street in Georgetown reveals a Rockwellian picture of Americana -- plenty of patriotism and pick-ups. But lately, talk in the county has turned very unpleasant.
"There's a standing joke, if you want to murder somebody, come to Brown County," said Susan Green.
On December 13, 2013, Green's husband and son found a man dead in a quaint house on Blue Sky Park Road.
"When I got out to the house, it was pretty much chaos," Green recalled.
The Greens had rented the home to Josh Carter, a longtime family friend. The 31-year-old had apparently shot himself.
Green told FOX19 when they arrived at the house, Brown County Sheriff's deputies had already left the scene. She said deputies left the house unlocked and the gun unsecured as distraught family were on the way.
"I was devastated," she said. "I mean helpless, terrified."
911 caller: "We need a deputy here now. This kid's dad will come here and run in the scene. We don't want that, he'll go nuts."
Josh's father, Ken Carter, told FOX19 he's also upset that deputies left, but he is equally critical of the coroner's behavior that night.
"They shouldn't have left, they should have stayed," Carter said. "[The coroner] was talking about everything except what happened to my son, and my son's lying there dead."
911 caller: "This is ridiculous. Just because Judith and Dwayne don't get along, don't mean we can't have a sheriff here until the coroner gets here."
"Judith" in that 911 call is Dr. Judith Varnau, the Brown County Coroner. Dwayne Wenninger is the Brown County Sheriff.
Since Varnau was elected in December 2012, there's been growing concern about the working relationship between the two agencies and how death investigations are handled.
There is a personal and political back story as well.
Varnau's husband unsuccessfully ran for sheriff in 2008 and later lost a lawsuit to remove Wenninger from office.
"They're bickering," Carter said. "I'm very embarrassed about how public officials are treating these scenes."
In recent months, some families have accused Varnau of botching death scene investigations. One family filed a federal lawsuit, alleging the coroner declared their loved one's death a suicide without a meaningful investigation. The documents also allege the coroner mishandled the scene, along with her husband, Dennis Varnau, who works as his wife's office assistant.
The plaintiffs allege Dr. Varnau left behind a shotgun and chunks of the deceased' skull.
Last Friday, attorneys for Dr. Varnau and her husband filed a motion denying their allegations and asking the court to review the "limited nature of that (coroner) office's limited authority and by extension its limited responsibility under both state and federal law."
The motion also reads that the county coroner has no responsibility over crime scene clean-up.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations continues to investigate the Goldson death as well as others in Brown County.
FOX19 looked through BCI records and found in 2012, before Varnau was elected, BCI was requested in one death investigation. In 2013, state investigators were called in on five deaths and so far in 2014, state investigators have been requested on four death investigations.
The attorney general's office released a statement to fOX19, which read:
"We've been working directly with representatives from the (Brown County) sheriff's office, coroner's office and the prosecutor's office to help achieve a better working relationship between those agencies. BCI is always available to assist in investigations upon request."
Earlier this month, the prosecutor, coroner and sheriff's offices signed a new agreement that clarifies their responsibilities at death scenes.
Thursday, July 31 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:48:50 GMT
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife. Police say the man entered the store on North Bend Road with the knife around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.Full Story >
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife.Full Story >
Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:12:13 GMT
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.Full Story >
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.