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Cincinnati budget
5:15 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Council Committee to vote on budget motions Wednesday

Cincinnati City Council chamber
Michael Keating

A Cincinnati Council committee is expected to approve a budget plan Wednesday that now includes no layoffs for police officers and firefighters.  But about 60 other city employees will likely be out of work in a couple of weeks.  

Back in March the city manager proposed laying off 344 city workers including police officers and firefighters.

Right now there are three separate budget motions and the plan is to combine them in one large item for Wednesday vote.  

However the city's longer-term issue of spending more money than it takes in will continue.

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Hamilton County Sheriff
4:51 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Twenty arrested during sex offender compliance sweep

Deputies layout 15 guns collected from one sex offender's home.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

Law enforcement have been doing some "spring cleaning," checking up on Hamilton County's 1,350 registered sex offenders.

Sheriff Jim Neil says officers checked 1,114 addresses last week.

The large-scale, multi-agency operation is the first of its kind in the county since the Adam Walsh law went into effect in 2006. 

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Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
1:30 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Cincinnati Chamber CEO leaving

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber President and CEO Ellen van der Horst announced Tuesday that she will not renew her contract that ends early next year. The chamber will soon begin a search for her successor and van der Horst will stay on until her replacement is named.

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voter fraud
11:25 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Former poll worker pleads no contest in vote fraud

Melowese Richardson and her attorney, William Gallagher
Howard Wilkinson

Melowese Richardson, the Madisonville poll worker accused for voting illegally for herself and others over three elections, entered no contest pleas in court this morning to four of the eight charges against her.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Ruehlman accepted the plea bargain reached between Richardson's attorney and assistant county prosecutor William Anderson and found Richardson guilty of four counts of illegal voting.

The other four counts were dismissed.

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Cincinnati Casino
10:42 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Prosecutor putting casino cheaters on notice

Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

It may look like slight-of-hand but the charges being leveled against five casino-goers aren't so slight. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters is indicting five people for casino gaming offenses.

The alleged thieves are accused of stealing $50-$500 worth of chips. In Ohio, casino gaming offenses are felonies. If convicted on all charges, each defendant faces up to two years in prison.

Deters says the five were working individually. While the amounts stolen aren't very high, Deters says Tuesday's high-profile indictments are about sending a message to would-be cheaters.

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