Tana Weingartner

Reporter / Digital News Editor

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Most recently, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists. She served on the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Board of Directors from 2007 - 2009.

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The fate of former UC Police Officer Ray Tensing is now in the hands of a Hamilton County Jury. Closing arguments concluded Wednesday morning in the trial of Tensing for the shooting death of motorist Sam DuBose during a 2015 traffic stop.

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Ray Tensing took the stand in his own defense Tuesday. He's charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Sam DuBose during a 2015 traffic stop. Through tears, Tensing described how DuBose seemed "squirrely" and "nervous," making Tensing feel like "something wasn't right." He said the incident happened in a "split second."

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The defense has begun calling witnesses in the trial of former UC Police Officer Ray Tensing for the shooting death of Sam DuBose. The prosecution wrapped up its case Monday by calling several witnesses from the Hamilton County Crime Lab, including a forensic gun specialist and a deputy coroner.

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A police use-of-force expert says he doesn't believe former UC Police Officer Ray Tensing was justified in shooting Sam DuBose during a 2015 traffic stop.

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A forensic video analyst says Sam DuBose's car began moving 800 milliseconds, or eight-tenths of a second, before former UC Police Officer Ray Tensing fatally shot him. Grant Fredericks testified Tensing was not dragged by DuBose's car.

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University of Cincinnati police officers David Lindenschmidt and Philip Kidd say they did not see former officer Ray Tensing being dragged on the day he shot and killed Sam DuBose during a traffic stop. Both men testified Wednesday they saw Tensing standing by DuBose's car and heard tires squealing followed by a gun shot.

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Opening statements in the trial of Ray Tensing are complete. Prosecutors will begin calling witnesses Wednesday morning.

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Here's a bit of a mystery for you now. Journalists on a behind-the-scenes tour last week traipsed to a far corner on the lowest level of Union Terminal, past the boilers and chillers. They were there to see the building's new electrical system, part of the $212 million renovation currently underway. But something else drew their attention.

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Jury selection is complete for the murder trial of Ray Tensing. Four white women, two African-American women, and six white men compose the jury. Four alternates were also seated.

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An enhanced 911 service in use in Colerain Township could soon be expanded county-wide. The CARE Initiative allows people to voluntarily provide extra information such as medical conditions to the County's Communications Center. That way first responders have a better idea of how to help people if they get an emergency call.

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Hamilton County Judge Megan Shanahan has ruled Sam DuBose's medical records, previous criminal history, and the fact that marijuana was found in his system may not be submitted into evidence.

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Preliminary proceedings are underway in the trial of former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing. He's accused of murder in the shooting death of Sam DuBuse during an off-campus traffic stop last year.

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Hamilton County is opening Courtroom B in the Justice Center as a public viewing site for the upcoming trial of former UC police officer Ray Tensing.

The University of Cincinnati's Board of Trustees has approved hiring an outside monitor for three years to help oversee its police department.

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Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence rallied supporters Monday in Mason telling a crowd at the Manor House that he and Donald Trump will create jobs, lead on the world stage, repeal Obamacare, and chose a Supreme Court justice that will uphold the constitution.

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