Unattended food causes $8,000 in damage to Ridgeway Avenue home in Cincinnati

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Cincy crews began pretreating roads Tuesday, will go to 12-hour shifts at 7 a.m. Friday

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CPD District One looking for fugitive Wallace Duncan

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CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Police Department District One is asking for the public's help in searching for a fugitive.

If you observe Mr. Wallace Duncan, 45, a 5-foot, 9-inch, 145-lb. black male, please contact the Cincinnati Police Department.

Mr. Duncan has been charged with several theft offenses in the Over-the-Rhine area and the Main Street business area. If you see Mr. Duncan in your area, telephone John Taubee at (513) 352-1463.

House Speaker Boehner announces 8th Congressional District art competition, invites 8th District high school art students to submit entries

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CPD asking citizens to participate in UIC research survey about interactions with police officers

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CINCINNATI (February 21, 2014) - The Cincinnati Police Department is now seeking public comment from citizens to rate police officers they may have contact with.

Individuals who have interactions with Cincinnati Police Department officers can now rate those officers as part of the National Police Research Platform's Police Community Interaction (PCI) survey, administered by the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC).

The Cincinnati Police Department is offering many of the individuals whom they come into contact an opportunity to participate in a survey designed to collect information that could help improve police procedures and approaches not only the City of Cincinnati Police Department but also in the state and nationwide.

The goal of the PCI survey, administered through IUC's Center for Research and Justice, is to help collect data that will help establish new benchmarks for excellence in policing and thus help to improve the quality of police services delivered to the community. The Cincinnati Police Department is one of approximately 100 agencies to participate in this innovative national program. Based on a pilot program that is part of the National Police Research Pilot Program. administered by IUC researchers, participating agencies will be able to use the survey data to monitor their performance and improve their training programs.

Participating in the survey is simple. As police reports are filed, a blue postcard will be sent to community members asking them to take a survey. The survey is available in English or Spanish and can be taken either by telephone or online. The online survey can be accessed though a computer or by scanning a QR code with a smart phone or tablet device. The postcards will include a special code needed to participate in the survey to ensure that only one survey is completed for one encounter.

"The information gathered will assist the department with further improving service delivery to our community," commented Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffery Blackwell. "No one asked to participate in the survey should be concerned that the information could be used in other ways."

None of the information will be collected by the Cincinnati Police Department, since all responses will be managed by the UIC researchers.

Police encounters that involve traffic accidents and stops, as well as most non-violent crimes, will be part of the survey. other encounters resulting from domestic violence, sexual assaults or involving juveniles, will not be surveyed. We sincerely hope anyone who has had an interaction with one of our officers and receives the survey and provide us with honest feedback. Only then can we understand how our officers are interacting with the community and implement changes where they are needed,


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CINCINNATI (February 24, 2014) - City of Cincinnati District One Fire Chief Gregory A. Potter reported on a one-alarm structure fire in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati Monday, February 25, 2014.

At 1:51 p.m. Monday, February 25, 2014, the Cincinnati Emergency Communications Center received a report of a fire on the second floor of an apartment building at 757 Ridgeway Avenue, Cincinnati.

Initial arriving fire companies reported a working fire on the second floor of a large three-story multi-dwelling. An aggressive interior attack brought the fire under control in ten minutes. Fire damage was confined to the kitchen area of a second-floor apartment. However, there was extensive smoke damage throughout the apartment. Damage is estimated at $8,000. There were 37 firefighters that responded to this incident. Cause of the fire was determined to be unattended food. The tenants of the apartment of fire origin were not at home at the time of the fire. There was one displaced family.

Firefighter injured fighting one-alarm fire in Avondale Monday, February 24 with no civilian injuries; $40,000 in damages to structure

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CINCINNATI (February 24, 2014) - The CIncinnati Fire Department responded to a one-alarm structure fire at 10:29 a.m. Monday, February 24, 2014, in the Avondale community of Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Emergency Communications Center received a telephone call reporting a fire on the second floor of a residence at 3416 Larona Avenue, Cincinnati. Initial arriving units reported a working fire on the third floor of a large three-floor brick multi-unit family dwelling with an attic. All individuals had exited the building prior to the Cincinnati Fire Department's arrival. An aggressive interior attack was initiated and the fire was under control in 20 minutes.The fire was contained to the third floor and the attic.

Damage is estimated at $40,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Cincinnati Fire Department's Fire Investigation Unit. There were 42 firefighters operating at this incident, with one minor injury to a firefighter. There were no injuries to civilians. The American Red Cross is assisting the displacement of one family, consisting of four adults and three children.

Cincinnati Police Department welcomes home Officer Colleen Deegan from Afghanistan deployment

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CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Police Department welcomes home Officer Colleen Deegan.

Officer Deegan has been assigned to the Cincinnati Police Department's Fugitive Apprehension Squad from 99-months deployment in Afghanistan.

WASHINGTON, D.C (February 17, 2014) - Congressman John Boehner invited high school students from the 8th Congressional District to compete in the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, which is now open for registrations.

"The Congressional Art Competition gives high school students from our local area with the opportunity to share their work with the entire country," Boehner said. "Each year, I am always impressed to see so many talented young artists in the 8th District and I'm looking forward to this year's competition."

The Grand Prize entry will hand in the U.S. Capital for one year. The winner will receive two round-trip plane tickets, courtesy of a national airline, to attend an awards ceremony with winners from other Congressional districts in Washington, D.C., in June, 2014, and he or she will be eligible for a $3,000 scholarship to a renowned college of art and design.

Students may receive further details by accessing Boehner's website at:


CINCINNATI (February 13, 1014) - City of Cincinnati Public Services crews began pretreating roads on Tuesday, February 12, 2014 for Friday, February 14, 2014, snow.


Public Service crews are continuing to pretreat roads on Thursday, February 13, 2014. The crews will be switching to 12-hour shifts at 7 a.m. Friday, February 14, 2014.

Cincy police officers Noel, Minella honored by Cincinnati Citizens' Police Association

CINCINNATI (February 12, 2014) - Cincinnati Police Department officers Jane Noel and Richard Minella were honored Tuesday, February 12, 2014, at the Cincinnati Citizens' Police Association luncheon as outstanding officers for February, 2014.

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Cincinnati's high today 20, with northeast winds around 7 MPH; low 5, with NE winds around six

The National Weather Service reports that Cincinnati's high today will be around 20, with northeast winds around seven miles per hour.


Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around five. Northeast winds will be around six miles per hour, becoming calm in the evening.

Butler County Emergency Management offering National Weather Service training

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Burlington, Ky. (January 22, 2014) - Boone County, Ky., Emergency Management has announced Severe Weather Spotter training, presented by the National Weather Service, at 6:30 p.m. February 11, 2014. at the Boone County (Ky.) Public Safety Campus, 3000 Conrad Lane, Burlington, Kentucky.


The training is free and open to the public. Learn to recognize severe weather conditions and report them to the National Weather Service.


Space is limited. To register, telephone the Boone County (Ky.) Emergency Management at (859) 334-2279.

City finishing Elm Street trackwork; Liberty Street open to traffic at 12 noon Monday

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CINCINNATI (January 17, 2014) - City of Cincinnati construction crews are working day and night to finish the Elm Street trackwork across Liberty Street.


The city scheduled this work over the long Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend to minimize the impact on traffic in the area.


Right now, the city is on track to re-open Liberty Street at about 12 noon Monday, ahead of schedule.


Silence from President Obama, Rev. Jackson and Rev. Sharpton on Chicago shootings

A total of thirteen people were shot in Chicago Thursday evening in a south Chicago park. Those shot were mostly juveniles, including a three-year-old boy.


According to Dean Reynolds of CBS News' report, this was probably the result of gang violence.


This was probably African-American on African-American violence.


What was the reaction of the President and the Justice Brothers (Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton)?


We checked the Rainbow PUSH website for a press release from the Rev. Jackson. Silence.


We checked the White House website for a press release from President Obama on these shootings in his hometown. Silence.


We checked the National Action Network website for a press release from Rev. Sharpton. Silence,


I suppose that these two civil rights leaders and the President of the United States of America have better things to do than to comment on black-on-black violence.