Cleveland Police Officer Dies, Early Voting Numbers, Phony IRS Websites

The Cleveland Division of Police regretfully informed the public on their Facebook page that on Sunday, November 4, 2012, they lost one of their officers. It is reported that on Saturday, November 3, 2012 while on duty at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, the 14 year veteran of the Division suffered a sudden illness.  She was life flighted to University Hospitals and succumbed to that illness. The Division is busy notifying next of kin notifications and request that the family's privacy be respected.

As of Friday, November 2nd, more than 1.6 million Ohioans had already cast their ballots. Of the more than 1.3 million absentee ballots that have been mailed to voters during the absentee voting period, more than 1.1 million have already been returned or 85.5 percent. In addition, more than 495,000 voters had voted in person at their board of elections or designated vote center.  "Voting has gone smoothly in Ohio and we expect that trend to continue through the close of the polls on Election Day," Secretary Jon Husted said. "As voters continue to take advantage of the hours remaining to vote absentee in person and by mail, absentee voting for the 2012 is on track to surpass 2008." The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is open until 2 p.m. Monday.

The Internal Revenue Service is issuing a warning about a new tax scam that uses a website that mimics the IRS e-Services online registration page. The actual IRS e-Services page offers web-based products for tax preparers, not the general public. The phony web page looks almost identical to the real one. The IRS gets many reports of fake websites like this. Criminals use these sites to lure people into providing personal and financial information that may be used to steal the victim's money or identity.

Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager