Cleveland 19 Investigative Unit

  19 News investigates how child safety product testing works

19 News is investigating the dangers of torch oil and why more children are getting sick from accidentally drinking the fluid.

  Ohio sees dangerous increasing cases of accidental torch oil ingestion

  19 News Investigates: Summer dangers that could be in your backyard

  Unmarked traffic camera prompts East Cleveland to post new signs after 19 News report

  Euclid and Cuyahoga County making changes after murder suspect mistakenly released from jail

Animal rights group captures gruesome video of chickens being thrown into dumpster after crash

  Cuyahoga County spent a bundle attracting an employee who stayed only months

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  Video shows Cuyahoga County Jail officers pummeling inmate, sending shock waves throughout community

  CDC warns swimmers about potential for pool chemical injuries

  ‘They have your stuff hostage’: Woman says moving company refused to unload truck without additional payment

  Former Ohio State students contradict Congressman Jim Jordan’s claim he was unaware of sexual abuse of athletes

  Families to attend town hall demanding repairs at Resthaven cemetery

  BBB warns of ‘rogue movers’ holding your stuff hostage

Roundup weedkiller woes: What kinds of pesticides are our schools spraying?

The debate over the safety of Roundup weedkiller continues after a jury ordered Bayer to pay more than $2 billion in damages to a California couple that claimed they got cancer from using the weedkiller for years.

  Roundup weedkiller debate: local schools, city go pesticide-free over safety concerns

Some local parents are pushing for change, asking schools to ban pesticides as the debate over the safety of Roundup weedkiller intensifies.

Parents want pesticides banned at schools after Roundup weed killer debate

Tonight at 11: Some parents are pushing for change, asking schools to ban pesticides as the debate over the safety of Roundup weedkiller intensifies.

  Distraught Hudson family issues safe-sleep warning after losing newborn

The parents of an infant who died in an unsafe sleep situation at a babysitter want to warn other parents about common and dangerous mistakes.

  Wheels on popular BOB strollers are coming off while parents are running, but no recalls have been issued

Watching Your Wallet: Spring housing market secrets revealed

  Ohio paramedics warn about return of ‘zombie’ drug now being mixed with fentanyl

  Shootings, car crashes, drownings and accidents: 106 officers died across US in 2018

  DNA Detectives: Scientists combining forensics with genealogy break ‘unsolvable’ cases

  Family accuses local coroner of allowing organ donation at the expense of finding out why a teenager died

  19 Investigates gift of life versus cause of death

Tonight at 11, an Amherst mother wants to know how her healthy daughter with no medical problems died.

  Former Richland County Boy Scouts leader embroiled in child porn scandal back in court soon

Parents and children of Troop 406 in Shelby trusted him as their scout leader.But last November, federal agents arrested 39-year-old Thomas Close of Richland County.

  Deadly gas could be lurking in Northeast Ohio classrooms: 19 Investigates

19 News is investigating how a deadly gas that could be lurking in our schools.

  Cleveland City Council got the silent treatment during Cleveland Hopkins International Airport computer hack

Cleveland Council members kept in the dark over Cleveland Hopkins International Airport ransomware hack.

  Stories behind the signs: Push to limit distracted driving in Ohio after increase in deaths

At the end of April 2019, 296 people have died on Ohio roads. That's up four fatalities from this time last year.

  Reagan Tokes Act gets a second chance at Ohio state capitol building

The Reagan Tokes Act focuses on changing Ohio’s criminal justice system. Part of it became law last December, changing how violent offenders are sentenced to prison.

  Failed and Forgotten

The deaths of hundreds of children because of abuse or neglect goes unnoticed every year by agencies that protect kids. Congress and a 45-year-old law are largely to blame.

  A trifecta of failures puts kids at risk

When children die because of abuse or neglect, child protection agencies are often blamed – they are underfunded and overworked. But there are many other culprits who failed children.

  Digital rollbacks: Millions of cars have false mileage on odometers

Carfax experts say there are potentially more than one million cars on the roads with false odometer readings - meaning their mileage has been rolled back to make the vehicles look like they have less wear and tear.

  Time sheets reveal Cleveland employee was on the job for months with active arrest warrant: 19 Investigates

Time sheets obtained by 19 News detail just how long a city employee was on the job while a warrant was out for his arrest.

  City officials: No hacking, no ransom demanded in Cleveland Hopkins International Airport malware incident

Ransomware demand at the center of the Cleveland Hopkins Airport cyber attack.

  A cold blooded killer: Inside George Brinkman’s confession to killing a mother and her two daughters

A mother and her two daughters were brutally murdered one summer day in North Royalton. 19 Investigates gives you a look inside the entire case file.

  Inside the case and confession of George Brinkman, convicted of murdering a mother and her two daughters

42-year-old Suzanne Taylor and her daughters Taylor, 21 and Kylie Pifer, 18, were found dead inside their home on Ridge Road in North Royalton. We take you inside the killer's confession tonight at 11.

  Will Ohio AG help homeowners who have unfinished jobs with questionable contractor?

Angry homeowners are flooding the Ohio Attorney General's Office with complaints over questionable contractor Tom Cutura.

  Trump citizenship question could cost Ohio congressional seats, federal funding after 2020 US Census

It looks like a citizenship question could be appearing on the 2020 U.S. Census after a legal battle made its way to the Supreme Court.

  Northeast Ohio contractor, banned from work in Avon and Avon Lake, faces fresh wave of scrutiny from potential victims

Tom Cutura may not be the best man for the job.

  Cleveland condo owners have had it with contractor delays

Condo owners begin Facebook campaign after shoddy work not repaired by contractor.

  19 News Investigates: No law to protect families fighting for better upkeep of private cemeteries

“When you bury someone that you love, you expect the place to be kept up."

  Cleveland employee worked with an active felony warrant for 4 months

A 19 News investigation uncovered a Cleveland employee was working for the city with an active felony arrest warrant.

  Veteran’s mom fights cemetery over gravesite disrepair

19 News Investigates tonight at 11: Many say their loved ones have been disrespected at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon. Grave markers have been cracked and grave sites at the cemetery have been flooded.

  Health concerns surface after Bay Village firefighters report feeling ill while on the job

Fire station health concerns being addressed.

Watching Your Wallet: Experts give advice on reining in your tax refund

Rather than taking a tax refund check and splurging on a quick shopping spree, NerdWallet advises people make smart spending – or saving - plans.

  Three Cleveland men wrongly convicted of murder still looking for answers

Kwame Ajamu and two other men have waited years and still haven't received for Cleveland Police to turn over documents from a public records request revealing why they became the suspects in a 1975 murder.

Medina impostor previously called in bomb threat, reported fake gas leak, pretended to be sex trafficking victim, and the list goes on

A man who claimed he was a missing Chicago-area teen is actually a 23-year-old Medina man with a criminal history, according to officials.

  USPS worker charged in connection with theft of checks disputes her guilty plea

Woman who pleaded guilty to charges related to theft of checks now says she didn't plead guilty.

  USPS worker with criminal history still on the job, despite taking plea deal in mail theft case

A local postal worker is still on the job, despite pleading guilty to passing bad checks police say were stolen from the mail.

  Undercounting hate: FBI will not report its hate crime numbers again this year as required by law

The Uniform Crime Reporting Act of 1988 requires federal law enforcement agencies to submit information about their cases to a federal database maintained by the FBI; however, those agencies are currently not submitting data, including information about hate crimes.

  Cleveland Clinic patient shocked by $2,300 bill for medications in hospital

Woman has advice on how to avoid what happened to her; a $2,300 bill for hospital prescriptions.

  Suspect in University Heights construction site hit-and-run vindicated in 1975 murder

If the name Wiley Bridgeman sounds familiar, there’s a good reason.

  Stories behind the signs: Pedestrian deaths hit 30-year high

This year, 207 people have died on Ohio roadways. On Friday, March 15, Camilo Gabriel, a Cleveland father and husband, crossed the road with his wife, Vilma, to go to a medical appointment at Metro Health. That's when a white SUV headed toward the couple.

  North Royalton police officer’s arrest reports show disturbing similarities in dozens of OVI charges

North Royalton Police Officer Steven Zahursky's arrest reports show troubling similarities.

  Cleveland woman calls 911 to report ‘nasty and raw’ chicken gyro

“They know I like everything well done and cooked up fresh,” the caller told the police dispatcher.

  East Cleveland woman ‘on way to work’ during dangerous high-speed chase had suspended license, prior traffic violations (video)

The East Cleveland woman accused of leading several law enforcement agencies on a dangerous high-speed chase last Friday is no stranger to traffic stops.

  Cleveland woman avoids scam before paying utility bill at Bitcoin kiosk

When just about any new technology is developed there is someone who will find a way to abuse it.

  Former Teenage Republicans chairman convicted in 2006 sex case indicted on new rape charges

A convicted sex offender and former attorney, who once led the National Teenage Republicans and Michigan Federation of Young Republicans organizations, is accused of raping a woman last summer in Euclid.

  Insurance company hand-delivers refund check to 81-year-old woman after Cleveland 19 investigation

Woman gets refund from insurance company after Cleveland 19 gets involved.

  'Justice hasn’t been served for her’: 6 years after her death, Aliza Sherman’s murder remains unsolved

For Jan Lash, those words have been echoing for six long painful years.

  Lakewood Clerk of Courts Office admits mistake after haggling with woman over traffic fine

Court error leaves woman owing additional fines that could have led to her arrest if not paid.

  Watching Your Wallet: Thousands of consumer complaints hidden in federal watchdog database

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides information about financial institutions, including complaints. But NerdWallet and InvestigateTV have found examples of complaints that don't show up in the database.

  East Cleveland woman who paid old debt can’t buy new home because city didn’t cash her checks

Cleveland 19 gets answers clearing woman's credit history.

  Cleveland city employee pulls in more than $12,000 in overtime in just over a month

Cleveland city employees raked in about $5.2 million in overtime in just over one month in 2019. At this pace, some employees could double their salary by the end of the year.

  Cleveland city employees pull in $5.2 million in overtime in just over a month

The Cleveland19 Investigative Unit reviewed city employee overtime from January 1 to February 5 of this year. The highest overtime earner was a police sergeant, who pulled in more than $12,000 in OT during that time period.

  USPS mail carrier in Broadview Heights grabs camera when confronted about parking in handicap spot (video)

Are postal carriers trained to avoid parking in handicap spots?

  Cleveland 19 investigates violent felons working for city government

After two recent high-profile cases of city employees being charged with violent and even deadly crimes, Cleveland 19 started investigating The City of Cleveland’s hiring practices.

  Cleveland 19 investigates city hiring practices

After two recent high-profile cases of city employees being charged with violent and even deadly crimes, Cleveland 19 started investigating The City of Cleveland’s hiring practices.

  Cleveland City Hall accused of deliberately impeding public record requests

Cleveland 19 News investigation into allegations the City of Cleveland is deliberately slowing down responses to legitimate public record requests.

  Cleveland’s deliberate slow response times to public record requests became ‘life and death’ situation

Cleveland 19 investigation into accusation Cleveland is deliberately delaying responses to public record requests.

  Cleveland EMS workers speak out after assaults, ask city for change in policy

We rely on them to save our lives in emergencies, but who's looking out for paramedics and EMTs when the people they're supposed to save turn violent?Cleveland19 found in Cleveland, ambulances sometimes beat police to the scene, putting paramedics’ lives at risk in dangerous situations.

  EMS workers demand changes from city after paramedics assaulted

Paramedics and EMTs save our lives in emergencies, but who is looking out for them when the people they're supposed to save turn violent?

  Convicted sex offender standing trial for rape, manslaughter of Cleveland teen

A Cleveland 19 investigation in 2018 led to the reopening of the case and Harris’ six count indictment.

  Move Over: Why does this law matter?

The story behind the signs airs Thursday night at 6 p.m.

  Experiment shows your home is probably not as hack proof as you thought

We’ve all grown to love, and in many cases depend, on technology. Our phones do more than ever, our televisions are tracking your habits, we even have devices that take care of our grocery lists and orders.

  Watching Your Wallet: Experts explain the new tax code in simple terms

With sweeping tax code changes affecting this year's filings, experts from NerdWallet help explain how the changes will work for different people.

  Who are you really engaging with on social media?

Cleveland 19 News investigating social media bots

  Cleveland 19 investigates social media bots

Thursday on Cleveland 19 News at 11 p.m.

  Untested water: 99.9 percent of foreign fish goes without testing for unsafe drugs

According to government reports, there is evidence that the main oversight agency for seafood, the Food and Drug Administration, has failed to meet new mandates to increase inspections at foreign food facilities.

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

Five teenage girls were killed while playing a challenge room game in Poland. Now, Cleveland 19 is getting answers about if the games called “escape rooms” are safe.

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

Cleveland 19 discovered recovery is worth something, and not just to the families of addicts.