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He's described as America's deadliest serial killer. And for more than 40 years he slipped through the cracks of the criminal justice system. A drifter who went in and out of jail but managed to avoid detection in what he claims are 93 killings.

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Ohio has its first success in identifying skeletal remains using a technology not previously available to the state's crime labs.

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Cincinnati has been dealing with a significant increase in shootings and homicides. But some residents told a City Council committee Tuesday that smaller violations are plaguing their neighborhoods.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, Interim City Manager Paula Boggs Muething and Police Chief Eliot Isaac are asking City Council for $1 million to address a recent spike in gun violence in some neighborhoods. 

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The Cincinnati Police Department is tracking an alarming increase in the number of homicides and shootings in the city for 2020.

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Cincinnati Police commanders and the head of Cincinnati's Fraternal Order of Police want Hamilton County judges to start sending more people to jail. FOP President Dan Hils says 149 people have been shot in the city this year; 101 of those happened since stay-at-home orders went into effect.

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The Cincinnati Police Department is tracking an increase in violent crime this year. 

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A suspected serial rapist is in custody thanks to Cincinnati police running his DNA through a genealogy website. The DNA matched a family member, leading police to arrest the suspect some two decades after the crimes.

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About 100 people marched through the streets of Over-the-Rhine near Grant Park Thursday against the recent spike in violence that has claimed nearly two dozen lives in the city.

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Fifteen-year-old Ja'seon Tolliver says police officers stopped him and his friend while the police searched for a robber at a nearby store. Police asked if the two teenage boys were involved and they said no. Ja'seon says the boys cooperated with the officers' request for their information. The situation changed though, he says, when Ja'seon's friend jogged off to catch his basketball.

In Special Session, Council Debates How To Best Curb Crime

Jul 18, 2019
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Cincinnati City Council unanimously approved a resolution to address the increase in summer violence at a Thursday meeting.

CPD And Community Members Clash Over Reasons For Youth Violence

Jul 11, 2019
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The Cincinnati Police Department wants to increase police presence in crime hot spots in hopes of reducing violent crime.

Lawmakers want to require law enforcement to record interrogations with suspects accused of murder and sexual assault. Backers say this could help avoid wrongful convictions and add support for investigators. 

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It was called the "Crime of the Century."

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Teenagers accused and convicted of serious crimes face harsh sentences when tried as adults.

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The popularity of true crime stories seems to be at an all-time high. The first season of the NPR podcast Serial, which re-examined the murder of a Baltimore high school student, smashed download records in 2014. The Netflix documentary Making a Murderer had more than 19 million viewers in its first month. The comedy true crime podcast My Favorite Murder soared to popularity in 2018. The show is live in Cincinnati on March 16 and tickets are sold out.

The suspect and victim in Monday's abduction from Ohio State University's Mansfield campus were pronounced dead following a multi-state police chase that ended with gunfire in Kentucky.

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The woman accused of stealing nearly $4 million from the Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau (Meet NKY) pleaded not guilty on Monday morning.

Many Pike County residents were relieved when authorities arrested six people in connection with the killing of eight members of the Rhoden family in 2016. But the question now is how that local officials will be able to afford to prosecute those cases. A bill is being proposed to help in those cases.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced Friday the creation of a new task force in Cleveland aimed at taking down drug trafficking and violent crime.

A mix of federal and local agencies – including the FBI, the US Attorney, and the Cleveland police -- will work in one building as the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Strike Force.

“Those agencies have diverse capabilities,” said Rosenstein. “By working together with a single mission, we know they can make an impact in dismantling drug organizations here and internationally.”

How To Recognize And Prevent Elder Fraud

Oct 24, 2018
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According to the U. S. Department of Justice, scams targeting senior citizens are increasing dramatically, with an estimated $3 billion stolen from seniors each year. Phishing schemes to obtain personal information such as bank account or credit card numbers, callers claiming to be IRS or Medicare agents and representatives from fake charities looking for donations are just three of the most common scams directed at seniors.

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A court has ruled that when Kentucky voters weigh in on whether to add new rights for crime victims in the state Constitution this November, the results should not be certified.

Universities throughout Ohio are reporting crime statistics on their campuses as part of the Clery Act – a law that requires colleges that receive federal funding to make known crime statistics for the past three years. But State Auditor Dave Yost says he thinks the process for doing this needs to be improved. 

Gov. John Kasich is adding more oversight on local officials to make sure they’re entering crucial information into a national criminal database. The system is used to make sure people convicted of violent crimes can’t get a gun. But Kasich says there are gaps. 

Analyzing The HBO Crime Drama, "The Wire"

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The HBO series “The Wire” has received critical acclaim for its accurate and unglamorized portrayal of crime and law enforcement in the city of Baltimore. University of Cincinnati English and History professor Dr.

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A "no-snitch" mentality and witness intimidation make it difficult to prosecute known criminals for their crimes, especially shootings and homicides. Police may have a viable suspect in a case, but often cannot charge the individual because witnesses are unwilling to come forward. 

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A suspect is in custody following a shooting Thursday night in Deerfield Township and a subsequent manhunt that lasted seven hours.

Warren County authorities say 19-year-old Mohammed Abdou Laghaoui shot a female sheriff's deputy who was responding to a domestic situation  at an apartment complex. Another man was also shot

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Many times media reports about crime include the number for Crime Stoppers, 352-3040. People call with tips that police use to identify suspects or find people who are evading arrest.  

In its 35 years, Greater Cincinnati Crime Stoppers has paid out more than $2 million in reward money and helped solve 16,000 crimes.  

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Cincinnati Police are analyzing crime data in Westwood to determine who and what are causing violent crime to spike and how the community can help stop it.

In a meeting Friday, Crime Analyst Joe Lorenz told new District 3 Captain Aaron Jones and the Vice President of the Westwood Civic Association Shawntee Stallworth Schramm the intersections of Boudinot and Harrison and Harrison and McHenry are some of the worst spots for drug and gang related crime.

So far this year there have been 35 shootings in Westwood, compared to 10 last year.

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Cincinnati's police chief told Council's Law and Public Safety Committee Monday about his plans to reassign 24 officers to patrol duties to combat an increase of shootings in the city.  

Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said until recently shootings had decreased.

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