Ann Thompson

Reporter & Midday Host

With more than 20 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.

She has reported from Japan and South Korea, Germany and Belgium as part of fellowships from the East-West Center and RIAS.

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Terrorism
3:56 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Federal grand jury indicts Cornell in Capitol plot

Chris Cornell has now been indicted for his alleged Capitol plot.
Butler County Sheriff

A federal grand jury has now indicted the Green Township man accused of planning an attack on the U.S. Capitol. Chris Cornell faces charges of attempting to kill officers and employees of the United States, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and solicitation to commit violence.

Cornell has a hearing Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in federal court.

Court documents say he planned to build, plant and detonate pipe bombs at and near the Capitol and then use firearms to shoot and kill employees and officers there.

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terrorism
3:03 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Dad: "no way" son could have planned Capitol attack

(center) John Cornell, father of Chris, says his son was dragged into this and "no way could have come up with this on his own."
Ann Thompson WVXU

Chris Cornell, a Green Township terrorist suspect, will continue to be held without bail in the Butler County Jail. Friday Magistrate Stephanie Bowman agreed with Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Mangan that he is a threat to the public and a flight risk.

Before the hearing, the suspect's father, John Cornell, told reporters there was "no way" his son could have come up with such a plan on his own.

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Terrorism
6:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Christopher Cornell due in court for alleged capitol plot

Christopher Lee Cornell, AKA Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah
Butler County Sheriff

ISIS sympathizer Christopher Cornell has a detention hearing set for Friday afternoon in front of Magistrate Stephanie Bowman.

The Green Township man was arrested Wednesday after trying to buy a couple of semi-automatic weapons and 600 rounds of ammunition in a plot that the FBI says Cornell told an informant about. The specifics are listed in the criminal complaint.

"build, plant and detonate pipe bombs at and near the U.S. Capitol, then use firearms to shoot and kill employees and officials in the U.S. Capitol."

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Newport Aquarium
3:39 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Brave enough for Newport Aquarium's shark bridge?

This shark could be beneath you beginning in April
Ann Thompson WVXU

Shark Bridge, scheduled for a mid-April opening at the Newport Aquarium, is not for the faint of heart.

The attraction features a 100-foot-long, V-shaped rope bridge suspended over the waters of the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit's 385,000-gallon tank.

The aquarium says, "It is the only suspension bridge in North America where guests can walk just inches above nearly two dozen lurking sharks."

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Wilmington
3:57 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Karson please come home

Karson has been missing since December 23.
Karson's Facebook page

Karson, the Wilmington police dog, has been missing for three weeks. The department and the community hold out hope the Belgian Malinois will return thanks to continued sightings in Greene County.

Police Chief Duane Weyand says the dog's handler was on vacation December 23 when Karson escaped from a boarding shelter in Wilmington.

Weyand says Karson, who has a Facebook page, is covering a lot of ground. He has been spotted in Cedarville, which is 25 miles away from Wilmington.

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