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  Who are you really engaging with on social media?

Cleveland 19 News investigating social media bots

  Cleveland 19 investigates escape room safety after 5 teenage girls killed in fire

SPECIAL REPORT: Con artists preying on Northeast Ohio addicts trying to get clean

Are Escape Rooms safe? Cleveland 19 news investigates

Addict brokers preying on vulnerable people in recovery

'Kids are very accessible to people who mean to do them harm’: Convicted sex offenders found on Facebook

Sex offenders skirting the Facebook ban

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  Is there a repeat drunk driver living near you? Here’s how to find out.

Nearly 5,500 Ohioans have five or more drunk driving convictions in the last 20 years

Calculating hate: Federally mandated count leaves out untold number of crimes in America

Punishing hate: Paper tiger laws serve up little to no penalties for attackers

Stories behind the sign: A closer look at the deaths on Ohio roads

Amherst homeowner claims windows caught yard on fire

  Homeowner claims windows setting fire to yard

A northeast Ohio man says his energy efficient windows are causing fires in his yard and even melting his neighbor’s siding. Cleveland 19 investigated and found the terrifying phenomenon is happening across the country.

Residents buried in slush and snow for days prompts Akron to apologize for slow response time

It’s been a slushy several days in Akron as the city continues to try to dig out after a winter storm hit over the weekend.

  ‘Shimming’ is the new credit card skimming scam: Here’s how to protect your money in Cleveland

A “shim” or “shimmer” is a paper-thin device embedded with a microchip and flash storage.

Cleveland EMS paramedics urge city to address job-related PTSD

The people we rely on to save us in an emergency could be facing a mental health crisis themselves. Cleveland 19 spoke to three Cleveland EMS paramedics and a former commander who shared their stories of PTSD and mental health trauma.

  Violence, mold and stenches: Former inmate describes 265 days in Cuyahoga County Jail.

Summit County engineer: Replacing guardrail not always a solution to keeping roads safe

Fire, police retirees file class action lawsuit against pension fund over benefit changes

Broken water line in Cleveland keeps leaking weeks after it was first reported

Ohio police and fire retirees express frustrations over online pension system

Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund under fire after deep cuts to retirees' medical coverage

  Why are some bodies going unburied for years? Cleveland 19 investigates

Cleveland 19′s investigative team uncovered an unusual situation at a Summit County funeral home.

3rd Ohio woman arraigned in connection with nationwide Facebook scam

A third woman charged in connection with a Facebook scam that defrauded over $300,000 from victims across the United States and Canada appeared in court Friday morning.

Strongsville City Schools launch fraud hotline after $70,000 theft from former employee

A state audit released Wednesday reveals a former Strongsville City Schools employee was ordered to repay thousands of dollars to the district.

Watching Your Wallet: How much could you earn if you invested your coffee money?

Financial experts from NerdWallet say saving and investing as little as $20 a week can amount to $170,000 in retirement money.

Family of 2 killed in Akron crash want answers: ‘Why has no one been arrested?’

Family of two killed in Akron crash fuming over lack of answers.

Homicides in Cleveland, Akron dip slightly in 2018

There have been 120 homicides in Cleveland in 2018, with four days left in the year. There were 130 homicides in 2017, according to police.

  New rule will force all U.S. hospitals to post prices for common procedures

This will allow patients to compare prices for medical procedures.

3 moms indicted in connection with Facebook scam that raked in over $300K from hundreds of victims across U.S., Canada

A major new development surfaced Wednesday in a lucrative Facebook scam first exposed by a Cleveland 19 undercover investigation in June 2017.

City of Cleveland denying PTSD support for EMS workers

The Cleveland Association of Rescue Employees union says paramedics, EMTs and dispatchers with Cleveland EMS don't have protocol in place to deal with PTSD after a call.

How safe are our bridges? We checked 5 in Northeast Ohio

ODOT says a bridge over I-76 in Akron is safe. The debris that fell on someone's car was actually from a conduit that protects utilities like cables. Cleveland19 is looking at inspection reports for other busy bridges in Northeast Ohio.

Federal documents reveal shocking details in Toledo domestic terror cases

A man and woman, both in their 20s, are accused in two unrelated cases.

Where are your speed camera fines going?

Do you wonder where the money from thousands of speed camera tickets is being spent?

UPDATE: Cleveland Police confirm NFL asked for Kareem Hunt details in February; department conducting internal investigation

Hunt was part of a violent confrontation in the hallway of the Metropolitan at the 9 hotel in Cleveland in February.The former Kansas City Chiefs running back apologized to the victim in a televised interview.

NRA-certified instructor indicted for selling fraudulent CCW certificates following Carl Monday investigation

A Portage County business owner and NRA certified instructor has been indicted for selling fraudulent firearms certificates following a Carl Monday investigation.

Watching Your Wallet: Strengthen your financial fitness before 2019

While many people think about health and wellness resolutions for the new year, financial experts recommend thinking about money goals too.

See the secret recordings that show how an undercover officer got an Ohio man to confess to his wife’s murder

What does it take to catch a killer?A bizarre murder case out of Stark County led detectives all the way to Tennessee after a 70-year-old woman never returned from a trip to Graceland.

Do Ohio limo and party bus companies pass the safety test?

After a tragic limo crash killed 20 people in upstate New York, Cleveland 19 began investigating Ohio bus and limo companies.

Northeast Ohio schools are teaching students how to 3D print: There’s one reason that could be dangerous

There has been a lot of talk about 3-D printers lately. The devices, which are still fairly costly but can be as cheap as $200, print actual objects from a single blueprint, typically out of plastic. So how safe are they?

‘She will be a flight risk’: Judge orders $100k bond for Facebook scammer who traveled to Dubai, China while under investigation

Sbeih-Maddox is accused of using social media to scam more than $300,000 from hundreds of victims across the United States and Canada.

Should more Ohio companies offer drug treatment for employed addicts like these businesses?

Serenite's entire staff is in recovery. Addicts are trained in the front and back of the house and earn a living while they earn their sobriety through the Recovery Center of Medina County.

$100,000 bond for Cleveland woman charged in nationwide Facebook scam

Sbeih-Maddox, who eluded law enforcement for more than a year, was arrested on a fugitive warrant in Las Vegas in August. She had been living under an alias at a Las Vegas youth homeless shelter since May.

Ohio congresswoman, clergy and judges wrote letters supporting ex-judge accused of murdering wife

An Ohio Congresswoman and several well-known judges and attorneys wrote supportive letters on the behalf of Lance Mason, a former judge accused of murdering his estranged wife in Shaker Heights over the weekend.

  They’re watching you: How to protect yourself from hidden cameras, illegal surveillance

It’s no secret we’re constantly being watched with all of today’s technology, but now more than ever, we’re hearing stories of people being caught on camera in places they would never imagine.

Multiple convicted felons working as city of Cleveland employees

Mayor Frank Jackson is defending the city’s policy of hiring convicted felons.

As domestic violence hits epidemic level, should laws be changed?

In Ohio, domestic violence can fall under a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances. Cleveland19 spoke to an expert who says laws cannot fix the problem, it's what happens outside of the courtroom that counts.

How to turn off video game messaging so sexual predators can’t contact your children

Learn how to turn off the chat and messaging functions on popular children's video games. We also heard back from some companies on their safety policies.

FBI teams up with Medina Police to track down 911 hoax caller

The FBI is now getting involved in the search for a man who called in an active shooter hoax to the Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital on Tuesday.

‘I thought he was going to kill me’: Soldier suffers traumatic brain injury following hazing incident during training

The 23-year old says he witnessed one of his training officers and others vandalizing vehicles and other government property used in the exercise. When Tanner threatened to report the incident, he says there was retaliation.

No-hit zones spark debate among parents

Spanking is a subject guaranteed to start a debate. But who should decide how to discipline children, parents or lawmakers?

Nuclear fallout: $15.5 billion in compensation and counting

Thousands of nuclear weapons workers are seeking compensation from a federal program that has ballooned far past initial projections - and some say they're being denied based on incorrect information.

Elderly Ohio man fatally shoots granddaughter, sparking debate over disarming seniors

When it comes to gun ownership, many are often faced with the question, “Should my aging loved one be armed?”

How investigators linked Richland County Boy Scout leader to videos of children undressing

Cleveland 19 is digging deeper as a Boy Scout leader sits in jail, accused of recording boys changing clothes.

Asking these questions could save you thousands of dollars on medical care

Typically, when someone is in the market for a new car or new appliances, they shop around to find the best price.

Watching Your Wallet: Company offering to help lower student debt under investigation

A company offering to help people reduce their student loan debt is now under investigation. One St. Louis woman says her debt actually increased after trying to work with the company.

Mice. Mold. Messes.

Hundreds of Americans live in deplorable rental properties and their landlord is the federal government. The properties need $50 billion in repairs. Uncle Sam now is hoping that private investors will save public housing.

Watching Your Wallet: Will Social Security be there when you retire?

Research shows many Americans are concerned with whether Social Security will be available when they retire, but many aren’t saving. NerdWallet experts help explain the realities of Social Security and what you can do.

Shaker Heights Schools mum on ‘personnel matters’ involving principal, teacher placed on leave

It has now been one day since Shaker Heights High School Principal Jonathan Kuehnle has been placed on paid administrative leave, but parents are still not aware of the reason why.

Is Lake Erie vulnerable for undocumented immigrant crossings? Authorities relying on app

You won't find any walls or fences marking the line between the United States and Canada. And you can't do much to reinforce Lake Erie. The U.S.-Canadian border stretches 5,525 miles. It's the longest and busiest land boundary in the world.

You’re in a political ad. (But you don’t know who’s behind it)

Political organizations with shadowy origins are spending millions on Facebook ads, and some people featured in the ads don't know who the groups are either.

Dangerous chemicals could be lurking in your furniture: What to know about off-gassing

Imagine buying a new furniture set and noticing a strong, chemical odor in your house days, even months later.For some people, headaches, asthma, allergies and serious diseases like cancer may follow.It's called furniture off-gassing. Furniture can release toxic chemicals into the air we breathe.

Reporter shares her personal experience with toxic chemicals and her baby boy

The eye-opening investigation serves as a warning sign for parents.

Sexual predators are targeting your children playing video games in Northeast Ohio

Strangers are preying on children and teens playing video games. They message them, posing as kids themselves, sometimes turning an innocent conversation into something that could become much more dangerous.

Watching Your Wallet: Travel More, Spend Less

Brad Barrett took $4,000 Disney trip for a family of four for only $150. Seriously.

Highland Hills investigation centers around mayor’s son but charges not filed

Highland Hills police recently conducted an investigation that centered around Rolando Nash, the son of Highland Hills Mayor Robert Nash.

Ohio’s legal marijuana: What the government really thinks

“Sixteen years ago, while I was giving birth to a son--while healthy and perfect in every way--did not make it. I lost more than half my body’s blood volume.”

Watching Your Wallet: Budget now for holiday spending

Planning travel and shopping months in advance can pay off in the long run, financial experts say.

Euclid apartment residents complain of roaches, mold in apartments

Out-of-state property owners are under scrutiny after another apartment complex caught fire.

Garfield Heights sex offender charged with raping teen who died during Instagram date

A Lake County grand jury has indicted a convicted sex offender in connection with the December 2017 death of a teenager in a Mentor hotel.

Documents uncover history of 130 code violations at Loganberry Ridge Apartments, residents call it ‘unsafe nightmare’

Documents obtained by Cleveland 19 News show a history of code violations at an apartment complex where multiple fires have left residents homeless.

Apartment complex owner responds to residents' safety concerns following fatal fire in Richmond Heights

Cleveland 19 is digging deeper into the company that owns Loganberry Ridge Apartments in Richmond Heights.

Report: Customers are overpaying on a quarter of all prescriptions

A new study shows patients are overpaying on prescriptions sometimes because they are using insurance, rather than paying the cash price.

Big Pharma was supposed to self-police fentanyl prescriptions. It failed. Patients died.

Internal documents show lax enforcement, missed opportunities by the federal government.

You can help uncover political ad targeting on Facebook

Use the Facebook Political Ad Collector to help categorize ads and understand why they are targeting you.

Cleveland mom charged in nationwide Facebook scam is fighting extradition to Ohio

It looks alleged Facebook scammer Zienup Sbeih-Maddox won't be leaving Las Vegas. At least not yet.

Digging machine left beside strewn together casket at Avon cemetery gravesite, family says

Burying a loved one is hard enough. But one family from North Ridgeville will never forget the day of their father's funeral, for all of the wrong reasons. They say the cemetery workers took them to an unfinished grave. Cleveland19 Investigator Sara Goldenberg found this was only the beginning of their problems.

Conneaut councilman, business owner accused of sexually assaulting teens has extensive background in youth athletics

A Conneaut councilman accused of raping five teenagers between 1997 and 2005 has been suspended from working with young athletes pending the outcome of a criminal investigation.

Ohio police warn parents viral 'Momo challenge' can lead to bullying, self-harm

A new online challenge is taking bullying to another level and it could be deadly. It's called the Momo challenge and in some cases, it pushes teens to harm themselves. It starts with a text or phone call through the messenger WhatsApp. Kids and teens try to reach a fictional online character named Momo. The shocking image started as a Japanese sculpture and went viral on social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube.

Why is Cleveland still struggling to fill school crossing guard positions? Carl Monday investigates

For the past four years, Cleveland 19 has been documenting the alarming lack of crossing guards at the start of the school year in Cleveland.