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  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.

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

  Illegal Contact: Banned drugs found in athletic performance supplements

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

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

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

  Prosecutors track down NEO parents accused of not paying thousands in child support

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  Poll: President Trump faces uphill climb in 2020 in four key states including Ohio

  Community Police Commission to hold listening session on pursuits following death of 13-year-old East Cleveland girl

  Cleveland mother vanishes in 1997, never to be seen again. Now, Cleveland Police are turning up new leads in the case

  Daughters fight for answers 23 years after mother’s disappearance; Cleveland detectives revisit case

  ‘The CSI Effect’: Women flock to forensics after TV shows depict women in lead scientific roles

  Recognizing Hate: FBI begins counting its own hate crime cases in federal data, inaccurate numbers remain

  Cleveland homicides once again top 100 as city battles gun violence

The number of homicides in Cleveland dipped just slightly compared to 2018.

  4 of the top 5 repeat drunken drivers in the state are from Northeast Ohio

One of the most dangerous times to be on the road is during the New Years holiday, as scores of drunken drivers get behind the wheel.

  Watching Your Wallet: Make smart money moves before 2020

From maxing out retirement contributions to checking your car insurance rates, experts say there are a few smart financial steps to take before the new year starts.

  City must recognize PTSD for Cleveland EMS crews, judge rules

Cleveland EMS crews have been fighting the city for more than a year now to recognize PTSD as a part of their union contract. On Friday, a judge ruled in the union’s favor.

  Victims sue hotel chains, saying they ignored the signs of human trafficking

  Child exploitation arrests rise in Cleveland as federal agents crack down on predators

  Scam Squad of Cuyahoga County warns of fake online companies selling puppies

  Ohio sex assault survivors will soon be able to anonymously track their rape kits in continuing fight for justice

  Preying on patriotism: Sham veterans and first-responder charities ousted for deception, their professional fundraisers largely left unscathed

  Watching Your Wallet: Don’t break your gift budget this holiday season

  Cashing in on Charity: Donations meant to help sick children, wounded veterans, abused animals instead benefit for-profit fundraisers

Professional fundraisers are for-profit companies that contract with charities to solicit donations by telephone or through the mail. The industry is loosely regulated and can keep as much as 100% of donated dollars.

  Woman falls victim to ‘minister scam,' and now she’s speaking out

She was scammed out of hundreds of dollars. Now, a local woman is sharing her story in hopes that no one else falls for this tricky scheme.

  NEO communities could be getting thousands of lawsuit dollars for drug treatment and prevention programs

Northeast Ohio communities could be getting thousands of dollars for drug treatment and prevention programs. It’s part of a class action lawsuit against pharmacies and drug makers blamed for the opioid crisis.

  Millions of elderly Americans targeted every year for fraud

Thieves prey on the elderly, targeting millions of people every year, stealing their hard-earned cash and life savings.So how do you protect yourself or a loved one from becoming a victim?

  NEO landfills and quarries vulnerable to flooding from climate change, new report finds

Six Superfund sites in Northeast Ohio could be at risk for flooding, according to a new non-partisan report. It says climate change could damage these contaminated hazardous waste sites across the country.

  19 News introduces you to the Scam Squad

They call themselves the scam squad. It’s an organization right here in Cuyahoga County working to make sure your cash and identity are protected.

  Portage County Sheriff provides blank disc when jail assault video was promised

Still no video of inmate allegation that he was beaten at the Portage County Jail.

  Despite new law, Ohioans struggle to get lifesaving prescription refills: ’I shouldn’t have to beg for a drug that’s going to keep my daughter alive’

One family’s heartbreak is now helping to save the lives of thousands of people, and they’re hoping for more awareness about a life saving law.

  Families want awareness of lifesaving prescription law

Tonight at 11: After an Ohio law was passed, families are hoping to spread awareness to help save lives.

  Tracing serial killer Samuel Little’s Northeast Ohio roots: ‘They didn’t know who the hell was doing it’

Little confessed to killing 93 victims across the United States.

  The making of a serial killer: Tracing Samuel Little’s Northeast Ohio roots

Confessed serial killer Samuel Little was raised in Lorain and throughout all of the killings, he kept coming back home. 19 News is tracing his first steps into crime right here in Northeast Ohio.

  Video shows incident outside police station involving Cuyahoga County employee

A Cuyahoga County worker was caught on camera getting physical with a woman outside of a police station right as she was heading in to file a domestic violence report against him.

Missed Opportunity: Federal initiative meant to help poor neighborhoods benefits the rich

Neighborhoods with an average income of about six-figures are labeled “distressed” by the federal government.

Who killed Amy Mihaljevic? The missing pieces, and a killer on the run

This week marks 30 years since the disappearance of a 10-year-old girl from Bay Village.

  Northeast Ohio author, community search for answers in unsolved Amy Mihaljevic murder case 30 years later

It has now been 30 years since 10-year-old Amy Mihaljevic went missing from a Bay Village shopping center and was later found dead miles away in a field in Ashland County. The community's connection to this case runs deep.

  Hidden Damage: Wrecked, flooded border patrol truck sold at dealership without damage declared

A Virginia man bought a car from a dealership. The title and history looked clear, but it turned out the truck had a dangerous history.

  'They trusted me and I betrayed them.’ Ohio mom behind nationwide Facebook scam sentenced to prison

A Cleveland woman is headed to prison after using Facebook to defraud hundreds of victims across the United States and Canada.

  Carjacking suspect shot by police near Cleveland park indicted on new charges

A Cleveland man accused of carjacking an elderly woman in April has been indicted on new charges stemming from a shootout with police.

Trial begins for Ohio mom charged in nationwide Facebook scam

Investigators say Kim St. John-Stevenson used social media to help defraud hundreds of victims out of more than $300,000.

  Cleveland company files for bankruptcy, owes millions to schools across Ohio and US

A downtown Cleveland-based marketing and digital ticketing company has filed for bankruptcy, impacting thousands of schools across the country.

  4th former inmate claims brutality from corrections officers at Portage County Jail

Mother and sister of inmate demand answers.

  Fake Filters? Made-up addresses, strange receipts and copycat websites reveal knock-offs on the market

After several strange clues, a Michigan father questions whether his water filters are authentic. Experts say counterfeit filters are a growing problem in the United States.

  Akron mother murdered in 1991 was victim of serial killer Samuel Little

Police now confirm the 1991 slaying of an Akron woman was at the hands of convicted serial killer Samuel Little.

  FBI calls Lorain’s Samuel Little America’s deadliest serial killer; search continues for more victims

The FBI is now confirming Samuel Little is America's deadliest serial killer, and he's from right here in Northeast Ohio.

Man charged with grand theft following Westlake ‘missing money’ investigation

A North Ridgeville man has been charged following a months-long investigation into money missing from an employee association.

  Watching Your Wallet: Student loan debt reaches all-time high

College graduates now owe the most money in history; experts say it's best to pay it back sooner rather than later.

  Court documents give a glimpse into convicted killer George Brinkman’s defense as trial begins

Convicted killer George Brinkman is now on trial for the deaths of Gene and Bobby John, a Lake Township couple shot to death in their home in 2017. 19 News is looking into what experts the defense plans to call to the stand.

  Whistle-blower claims Cuyahoga County Jail inmate woes are, in part, due to staffing shortage

The Cuyahoga County Jail has been under intense scrutiny since 2018, and once again, the issues boiled over into public view.

  Cancer causing chemical could be lurking in your home: new app detects it

A professor originally from Northeast Ohio designed a first of its kind app that can detect formaldehyde in just 72 hours, protecting your family in just a few simple steps.

  Smartphone app detects formaldehyde inside your home in just 72 hours

Tonight at 11: It's hard to believe, but indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air. So how do you detect dangerous chemicals that may be lurking in your home?

  Ohio lawmaker wants to raise the age for expunging juvenile records after Dayton shooting

Next week marks two months since a gunman killed nine people and injured 27 others in a mass shooting in Dayton.

  Teens targeted in sexual extortion scams

Tonight at 11: The FBI is warning teens about increased cases in sextortion scams.

  Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson responds to ethics questions regarding homicide investigation involving grandson (video)

After weeks of dodging our cameras and our questions, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has finally broken his silence to 19 News regarding ethics concerns over a homicide investigation involving his grandson.

  Cleveland family seeks answers one year after mother of three was murdered

A father continues to search for answers one year after his daughter was brutally murdered.31-year-old Jasmine Washington was found dead hidden behind church steps in Slavic Village in Cleveland.

  Lake County student stocks up emergency supply of lifesaving drug during nationwide shortage

As families wait desperately for refills of a life-saving drug, one local student is making sure his classmates have access to EpiPens in the case of emergencies.

Former Bedford city worker who embezzled $50,000 sentenced to 2 weekends in jail

A former Bedford city employee will spend the next two weekends in jail after admitting she stole thousands of dollars from the city’s water department.

  Dangerous shortage of life-saving drugs puts parents in fear for school season

A dangerous shortage of a life-saving drug and continued high costs are putting many parents in fear as they send their children back to school.

  Families fearful of life-saving drug shortage: ‘I’m still waiting for that refill’

The drug that once saved Chase’s life comes at a high cost, and now, it also comes with a wait list.

  Cleveland mayor on grandson’s case: ‘You can choose to believe the media, or you can believe me’

After more than two weeks of questions, Mayor Frank Jackson broke his silence regarding questions about his grandson, but the mayor did it in an interview conducted by City Hall.

  LISTEN: Police calls detail moments after mayor’s grandson allegedly attacked woman

For the first time, we’re hearing radio traffic between dispatchers and police as emergency crews responded to a woman that was attacked in Cleveland.

  City department manager fired after botched investigation into employees sleeping on the job

19 News has learned incompetence went to the top at Cleveland Public Power when it came to employees sleeping on the job. It's an update to an exclusive 19 News investigation, from nearly three years ago.

  GPS ankle monitor shortage means Cleveland mayor’s grandson stuck in jail despite posting bond

Despite posting bond earlier this week, Frank Q. Jackson is still locked up in the Cuyahoga County Jail.

  Sources say Cleveland mayor told officers not to use body cams while investigating grandson

Police are investigating a homicide on the west side of Cleveland that killed a 33-year-old man. There are now questions on whether Mayor Jackson may have interfered with that homicide case after it led officers to his doorstep.

  Dangerous house fires caused by something many homeowners don’t check

An estimated five people die each year from dryer fires. It can also cause thousands of dollars in damage to homes.

  Dryer fires pose risk from cause many don’t check

Sunday at 6:30 p.m.: An estimated five people die each year from dryer fires. It can also cause thousands of dollars in damage to homes.

  Cleveland Law Department says CMHA detective withheld evidence relating to felony assault case against Mayor Frank Jackson’s grandson

Questions continue to swirl over whether Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson was involved in his grandson’s most recent criminal case.

  Local Attorney launched obscenity laced tirade at Brooklyn Police Officers (video)

19 News has obtained exclusive video of a profanity filled confrontation between a well-known attorney and members of the City of Brooklyn Police Department.

  Aisha’s Law draws support and skepticism as legislators work to shield at-risk domestic violence victims

A bill named Aisha’s Law seeks to reform Ohio's domestic violence laws, but it may face hurdles to pass.

  Questions mount over police disciplinary procedures after 19 News uncovers history of suspensions against accused Cleveland officer

On Monday, the officer accused of urinating on a 12-year-old girl and videotaping it pleaded not guilty. In court, the officer froze when the judge asked if he wanted to plead not guilty. It took Solomon Nhiwatawa more than one minute to respond to the judge.

  Former North Olmsted funeral director accused of ripping off more than a dozen clients, many of them elderly, speaks out

“It got co-mingled, and I’m apologizing and I’m sorry for that. It just happened. With the funeral home accounts. When the funeral home dissolved itself, it went to paying off other expenditures.”

  Locked Down: Inside the prison where inmates set each other on fire and gangs have more power than guards

Widespread concern about understaffing in Mississippi's prisons has people calling for a change. They say inmates, correctional officers and surrounding communities are in danger.

  Cleveland City Council approves grant for gunshot detection technology

City leaders are looking into gunshot detection technology to help with crime fighting in Cleveland’s Fourth District.

  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.

  Do you have unclaimed treasures in Ohio’s ‘lost and found?’

Precious metals, coins, stamps, foreign or domestic currency; who could forget they own items like this?

  Measure of Hate documentary explores the undercounting of crimes in America

InvestigateTV shows issues with undercounting hate crimes, including the FBI failing to meet a federal mandate to report. After months of reporting on this issue, this documentary also highlights results of the investigation, including police departments amending their records.

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

The mother of 'Geauga's Child' is set to face a judge Tuesday. The 26-year-old cold case that gripped Northeast Ohio was finally solved just weeks ago.

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

By retirement, financial experts say you should have at least eight times your annual salary saved up. NerdWallet explains how to get there, decade-by-decade.

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

A realtors associations says they’re disappointed with the way Cleveland City Council handled an independent study that estimated costs for a new lead ordinance.