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  ‘It’s just a tool to have. If we need it, we’ve got it': Parma police say mine resistant truck will help in extreme situations

19 Investigates discovered that Ohio departments have actually been getting significantly less equipment from the military in recent years, as the militarization of police continues to be a citizen concern.

  Opioid epidemic continues in midst of pandemic, fentanyl overdoses climb in Ohio

  Former Sterilite employee says person watched during urine drug test to ensure there was no ‘cheating’

  Families of Ohio nursing home residents plead to visit as Covid-19 cases rise by more than 500 in a week

  Hundreds of complaints called in on businesses during pandemic, but no fines issued in Ohio

  Nearly 2,000 Ohio nursing home residents have died from Covid-19

  Advocate starts petition to lift nursing home visitor ban in Ohio

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  Numbers from Ohio’s AG Office show more Ohioans are reporting losing money in a romance scam during the pandemic than this time last year

  Ohio lawmakers unveil plan for major police reforms

  Predators target children online at alarming rates during pandemic

  Ohio National Guard ramps up testing at nursing homes as death toll continues to swell

  Lawmakers could waive claimants’ obligation to give back ‘overpayments’ from unemployment systems

  23 police departments in Cuyahoga County lack state certification of policing policies

  Ohioans out of work for a 2nd time this year frustrated as they try to re-enter the unemployment system

Several Ohioans are frustrated, trying to re-enter the unemployment system they thought they wouldn’t need any more this year.

  DEA dismantles narcotics ring operating in Ohio and West Virginia

Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration busted up a major drug operation peddling dangerous substances from Cleveland, thru Ohio and into West Virginia.

  What lessons can be learned after Ohio nursing homes battered by coronavirus pandemic?

Nursing homes make up about 70 percent of deaths from the virus in Ohio.

  Cleveland homicide rate up 55% compared to last year

At least 16 homicides have been reported in the last 17 days, according to records.

  Cleveland bail worker says he was unfairly targeted and arrested by police over curfew violation

  Federal charges filed against 2 Pennsylvania men; task force will continue to investigate civil unrest in Cleveland

  New federal data: Nationwide nursing home deaths from COVID-19 hit almost 32,000

  Cleveland police insider writes anonymous letter alleging gross incompetence for how department handled protest

  Cleveland City Council plans Stand in Solidarity rally in city’s Hough Neighborhood

  19 Investigates: A few protesters out of 100 may have used fake, out-of-state addresses

  Where were Cleveland’s mayor and police chief during the protests?

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Police Chief Calvin Williams were out of sight while peaceful protests turned violent on Saturday.

  Cleveland leaders still say out-of-state protesters caused violence despite opposing evidence

Cleveland Police said Monday night, they launched an investigation to see where the protesters are really from.

  Downtown shutdown; curfew leads to confusion

The confusion over Cleveland’s curfew has left some people stranded and others feeling trapped.

  Arrested protesters in Cleveland mostly local, not from outside of Ohio

The Cleveland police chief said over the weekend most protesters were from out of state.

  Rally in downtown Cleveland to support Ohio’s incarcerated during COVID-19 crisis

A crowd gathered in downtown Cleveland Friday to support Ohio’s incarcerated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Nearly 1,400 pandemic-related complaints called in on Cuyahoga County businesses

Locally owned restaurants, salons, gyms and smoke shops and even chain stores in Cuyahoga County have had complaints called in on them.

  Covid-19 reaches Ohio juvenile detention centers, advocates call for mass testing in Cleveland

Efforts were made and precautions taken, but it wasn’t enough to stop the coronavirus from reaching Ohio’s juvenile detention facilities, including the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center.

  Ohio woman sees fraudulent charges on account days after her unemployment application data may have been exposed

Bernadette Nolen says she’s locked out of her Netspend account, after someone made $3000 dollars in fraudulent charges Saturday.

  Reverend still looking for answers after arrest in daughter’s 2018 Slavic Village murder

Jasmine, a 31-year-old mother of three, was beaten to death in 2018. Police just made an arrest in her case.

  Nursing home advocates speak out against state bills that would allow legal immunity during pandemic

Nursing home advocates said the bills would strip away accountability when their loved ones need it the most.

  Apartment building without hot water for weeks during COVID-19 crisis

A Cleveland Heights apartment building has been without hot water which has made life difficult for the residents during the pandemic.

  Death toll from COVID-19 in Ohio nursing homes reaches more than 1,200

1,247 nursing home residents have died from COVID-19.

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

Incorrect tech support numbers posted on the internet lead to scammers trying to trick consumers into giving up their credit card information.

  UPDATE: ‘A victory for domestic violence survivors across Ohio’: Aisha’s Law moves forward after Ohio House approval

The bipartisan bill was named after Aisha Fraser, a former Shaker Heights school teacher who was brutally murdered by her ex-husband following years of domestic abuse.

  Push for mass testing at Ohio prisons as COVID-19 continues to surge

There has been no stopping the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio’s prisons.

  Crackdown on bars and restaurants not following new safety protocols

A warning today from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to bars and restaurants not following new safety protocols.

  Nearly 700 Ohio nursing home residents died in past four weeks from COVID-19

19 Investigates spoke to a nursing home advocate who said the latest numbers are alarming, even if it's a small number in relation to cases.

  Dozens of nursing homes cited for infection-related deficiencies early this year now have COVID-19 cases

An analysis of state nursing home inspections and records of COVID-19 infections associated with nursing homes by the Washington Post reveals dozens of facilities had infection-related violations in the months before coronavirus infections.

  Ohio state bill would shield businesses, health care providers from COVID-19-related lawsuits

Opponents say the bill would take away accountability.

  Concerns grow following attacks on corrections officers at Cuyahoga County Jail

Concern is growing after two corrections officers at the Cuyahoga County Jail were attacked by inmates recently.

  More than 2,800 layoffs in northeast Ohio in last two weeks, many furloughs extended

Last week, unemployment numbers slowed down across the U.S. and here in Ohio. But the pain is ongoing for families in every corner of our state.

  Lorain corrections officer says guards are being short-changed by the state

It's been reported nationwide that several of Ohio's prisons have more positive cases of COVID-19 concentrated in one place than anywhere in the country.

  Public companies with big salaries cashing in on small business loans in Ohio

19 News has uncovered local public companies with hefty salaries cashing in on low interest loans intended to keep small business operating during the COVID-19 crisis.

  Nearly 1,100 business complaints over not complying with coronavirus orders called into Cuyahoga County

The calls started around the time Governor Mike DeWine issued a stay-at-home order in mid-March and all non-essential businesses were ordered to close.

  19 Investigates: COVID-19 testing availability in nursing homes not always equal

19 Investigates found the amount of testing available for COVID-19 in nursing homes isn't necessarily equal.

  Bay Village couple one of many fighting for a refund from United Airlines

The financial trouble the airlines face continues to cause confusion for those trying to cancel upcoming travel.

  Inspection reports show COVID-19 cases affect one star and five star nursing homes

19 Investigates took a deeper look at two nursing homes in northeast Ohio with some of the most COVID-19 cases in the state.

  Dataminr analysis predicts 3 Ohio counties will be next coronavirus hotspots

A new study finds there may be 22 undiscovered coronavirus hotspots across the country in states that are starting to ease stay-at-home restrictions. Three of those hotspots are in Ohio.

  Perspective on the numbers after 276 nursing home residents die from COVID-19 in two weeks

276 nursing home residents have died from COVID-19 in Ohio in the last 14 days, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Those numbers are just a glimpse of what nursing homes are dealing with during the pandemic.

  276 Ohio nursing home residents have died in 14 days, according to the state

Nearly 300 nursing home patients have died from COVID-19 in Ohio in the last 14 days.

  19 Investigates, tracks cases of COVID-19 at local police departments

19 Investigates wanted to know how many police officers in northeast Ohio have contracted COVID-19. So we checked in with local police departments for a look at the numbers.

  19 Investigates: how many first responders in Ohio have contracted COVID-19?

How many first responders in Ohio have contracted COVID-19 since the virus first hit?19 Investigates found there's no easy way to get an answer, and no public database is leaving many police and fire departments in the dark.

  ODJFS has approved 400,000 Ohioans for unemployment; 250,000 more claims pending

Ohioans who have successfully filed for unemployment are beginning to see bigger amounts deposited in their accounts.

  Ohioans wondering whether state’s reorganization of filing weekly claims will help expedite approval process

The unemployment office is reorganizing the way people file their weekly claims.

  Are new call takers at Ohio’s unemployment offices proving effective?

In the last few weeks, the state has gone from having a couple hundred employees answering the phones, to nearly a thousand.

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Robocalls have turned from the usual social security fraud scams to coronavirus-related messages. The FTC says some are peddling fake products, and others are looking to cash in on stimulus checks.

Pharmacists: Doctors writing prescriptions for possible COVID-19 treatment at expense of chronically-ill patients

Lupus patients say they are unable to get refills of their hydroxychloroquine after the announcement of clinical trials to study the drug for possible coronavirus treatment. Pharmacists say some doctors are writing prescriptions for friends and family members.

  Warning for parents: More kids online means risks for child predators are up

An important warning for parents right now. More kids are home, passing their time on tablets, computers and playing video games after Ohio issued a “stay-at-home” order due to the coronavirus. 19 Investigates found more child predators may be taking advantage of them during this time.

  Northeast Ohio construction worker says no precautions being taken against coronavirus

Industries and businesses across Ohio and the nation are on hold due to the coronavirus. So why are construction projects in Northeast Ohio still in full swing?Some workers worry their health is on the line.

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel insurance likely won’t cover coronavirus-related cancellations

Travel insurance will cover cancellations in very limited situations, and pandemics aren't generally one of those. InvestigateTV looks at vacation refund policies.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

InvestigateTV is monitoring coronavirus COVID-19 cases around the country and updating information here frequently.

  Watching Your Wallet: With coronavirus causing market volatility, financial experts help you watch your nest egg

With coronavirus COVID-19 impacting the economy, financial experts give you ideas on how to focus on long-range planning.

  Sanitized: Online listings for hand sanitizer, disinfectant advertise inflated prices

InvestigateTV finds hand sanitizer and wipes with majorly inflated prices; state attorneys general ask consumers to report price gouging.

  19 Investigates: do schools know who’s driving your kids to school?

19 News Investigators have uncovered a disturbing trend that could be putting the safety of your children at risk on their bus ride to school.

  Evidence photos reveal exclusive new details in murder investigation linked to Cleveland mayor’s grandson

19 News investigators have uncovered never-before-seen evidence from a homicide investigation involving the grandson of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

  Newly obtained body camera footage shows response to Cleveland mayor’s home during homicide investigation

After more than six months of repeated public records requests, 19 News investigators just obtained portions of police body camera footage showing the initial police response to the Cleveland mayor’s home in connection with a homicide investigation.

  Congress takes up insurance rate discrimination

A House subcommittee is considering making changes to insurance laws to stop car insurance companies from basing rates on factors like credit scores.

  Tallmadge school bus aide facing sex charges had criminal past, why did he get the job?

Police say Howard Franklin Jr. allegedly touched five girls between the ages of 6 and 9 inappropriately on a school bus last September.

  Uncovering lies to solve a cold case: Experts reveal challenges at CrowdSolve

Cold cases present many challenges for investigators. Uncovering lies from decades ago is one of them. 19 News caught up with a former US Marshal and FBI agent at CrowdSolve to ask them how they detect deception.

  Novice detectives and experts come together to tackle Newburgh Heights cold case at CrowdSolve: Chicago

Imagine crowdsourcing to solve a crime.Law enforcement officials, criminology experts and professors think this could be a model for the future. They gathered with true crime fans at CrimeCon CrowdSolve in Chicago this weekend, presented by the Oxygen network, to focus on a local cold case.

  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

Drivers with less education or jobs that typically pay less may face higher car insurance rates, according to an industry insider.

  Old Brooklyn Winery owner faces criminal charges after couple claims he ripped them off

Old Brooklyn Winery owner faces criminal charges after couple claims he ripped them off

  Patriot Penalty: Deployed service members come home to find higher auto insurance rates

Service members who cancel their car insurance to serve overseas may come back to find higher rate quotes after telling companies they didn't have coverage because of deployment.

  Costly Care: Medicare charged hundreds more than drug’s cost at cash value

A man noticed his insurance paid all of one medication, but then he discovered the federal government was billed hundreds more than market value.

  Illegal Contact: Banned drugs found in athletic performance supplements

Current and former NFL players say they have tested positive for drugs because of contaminated supplements. Scientists say it's a problem not just for athletes but anyone taking supplements - particularly those in performance-enhancement categories like weight loss and muscle building.

  Protect your family from TV tip-overs before the Big Game this Sunday

It's a popular time of the year to buy a TV as we get closer to the "big game."But sadly, in the time it takes to watch the game eight children will be rushed to the emergency room.

  Debris pile at recycling center called ‘hazardous’ by Ohio Attorney General

The Ohio Attorney General is calling a massive pile of debris at a local recycling center hazardous, a year after a fire on that same property.“This mountain of debris could at any second become the fuel for a raging inferno,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said.

  ‘Our number one goal is to get people to pay their child support’: Authorities arrest parents accused of not paying thousands

19 News followed investigators as they searched for parents accused of not paying thousands of dollars in child support