Cleveland 19 Investigative Unit

  Could Florida’s new student threat database work in Ohio?

Tracking student threats has become a priority for many schools.Now Florida just activated a database that will compile all of this under a new law. 19News is getting answers on whether this could help here in Ohio.

  How ‘Geauga’s Child’, a 26-year-old cold case, was solved by detectives (timeline)

  Watching Your Wallet: Decade-by-decade, experts help you save for retirement

  ’We are disappointed in the process’: Cleveland City Council questioned over lead legislation that could prove costly

  Calls to human trafficking hotlines from survivors soar

  New law requires Cleveland landlords to have lead-safe homes

  19 Investigates: Donated bone and tissue used for cosmetic industry research nationally, but not in Northeast Ohio

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Former Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center superintendent quits after just 5 hours on job, says it was ‘personal decision’

  Citations issued to driver who caused I-77 mess that left 100 drivers with flat tires

  Fake Filters? Companies falsely claim to have prestigious water safety certification

  New leader overseeing police reform in Cleveland says change won’t slow them down

  Untested Waters: Feds take small steps toward inspecting more seafood

  Would you donate organs, tissue if used for cosmetic surgeries?

  Investigators look for more victims of Boy Scout leader facing child porn charges

Federal investigators are looking for more possible victims of a boy scout leader charged with producing child pornography. Thomas Close, known as "Aqua Joe," is accused of secretly recording boys changing after swimming.

  Behind the scenes: How 12 Cuyahoga County investigators solve suspicious deaths around Cleveland

Investigator Sara Goldenberg has an inside look at how death investigators rely on science to find out how victims like this died.

  Cleveland hotels fight human trafficking during All-Star Game

Hotels are preparing for the thousands of fans making their way to Cleveland for the MLB All-Star Game.But employees are also on the lookout for human trafficking.

  Safety steps you need to take before getting into an Uber or Lyft during MLB All-Star Week

Hundreds of people will turn to Uber and Lyft for rides in and around Cleveland during the MLB All-Star Game. 19News is checking on the latest ways you can protect yourself when you order a ride share.

  Meth cases triple in Lorain County, but heroin and fentanyl still on top

  19 Investigates: Meth cases flood into Northeast Ohio, purer and more dangerous than before

  Lorain County builder responds to homeowner’s complaints after they come to 19 News

  Meth cases soar in many Northeast Ohio counties, supplied by Mexican drug cartels

Watching Your Wallet: Experts say to shop around for the best deals on car insurance and cell phone plans

  Cleveland man and woman plead not guilty to trafficking 13-year-old girl; judge sets bond at $250,000

City of Mansfield’s fire hydrant inspection process ‘under review’ following fatal arson

One day after a three-year-old girl was killed in a fire, Mansfield city leaders said they’re reviewing the fire hydrant inspection process.

  19 News investigation into use of Cleveland Water Department equipment for private jobs widens after resignation

More Cleveland Water Department workers investigated for using city property on private jobs.

  Cuyahoga County sued over 2017 death of woman at problem-plagued jail

The daughter of a Cuyahoga County Jail inmate, who died while serving a three-day sentence for a DUI, filed a federal lawsuit against the county.

  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.

  Cleveland wants to spend $300,000 on a study about upgrading coin-fed parking meters

Web parking meter app likely to be studied in Cleveland.

  Ohio company tests products for child-resistant features

19 News investigated how child safety product testing works.

  Ohio sees dangerous increasing cases of accidental torch oil ingestion

Ohio is seeing dangerous increasing cases of accidental torch oil ingestion among children, especially during summer months.

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

Only a teaspoon of torch fuel oil can kill a child, doctors said. In Ohio, there are increasing cases of accidental ingestion among children and it’s causing doctors and parents to warn others about the dangers.

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

East Cleveland promises quick fix to missing warning signs at traffic cam sites.

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

19 News is investigating after a murder suspect was released from jail by mistake. Jacquise Drewery did not post his $1 million bond, but he was a free man from last Friday night to Monday afternoon.

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

The nearly 30-minute live video shows Amy Stewart, a representative for Cleveland Animal Save, at the scene of the crash, filming crew members tossing chickens into a dumpster.

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

Cuyahoga County hiring of an employee at a big salary and paid living expenses questioned. Employee left in less than a year.

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

The officers involved are just two out of five who have been indicted for incidents involving inmates at the county jail.

  CDC warns swimmers about potential for pool chemical injuries

In a newly released report, the CDC is warning swimmers about the dangers of pool chemicals.

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

Have you ever heard of rogue movers? Consumer experts explain they’ll charge you more than you agreed and your stuff may arrive damaged or never even get there at all.

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

Several former student athletes at Ohio State are charging the school still hasn’t come clean about the alleged sexual abuse by a team doctor in the 1980s and ‘90s.

  Families to attend town hall demanding repairs at Resthaven cemetery

A couple hundred people are expected to gather at a townhall Tuesday night, demanding repairs at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon.

  BBB warns of ‘rogue movers’ holding your stuff hostage

Tonight at 11: BBB warns of companies called “rogue movers” that hold your items hostage. Have you ever heard of rogue movers? Consumer experts say they’ll charge you more than you agreed and your stuff may arrive damaged or never even get there at all.

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

BOB strollers, made by Britax, are the subject of a Consumer Product Safety Commission investigation, but no recall has been issued.

Watching Your Wallet: Spring housing market secrets revealed

Want to get top dollar for your home this spring? Or are you looking to buy your first home? NerdWallet gives tips for those on both sides of the equation.

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

The “zombie” drug is back in some Ohio neighborhoods. But this time, it’s being mixed with opioids.

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

Ohioans are remembering fallen officers from our state during police week.One hundred and six law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty across the nation last year.

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

Scientists are using forensic genetics to help solve decades-old cold cases.

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

Family claims it was pressured to donate organs of a teenage girl who died at the expense of determining her cause of death.

  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.