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3 Found Shot Downtown Near Great American Ball Park

Gun violence in Cincinnati injured three more people. The latest occurred on Sunday, July 26, 2020, near Great American Ball Park. Police responded to a call on Sunday at about 10:30 p.m. at Pete Rose Way near Broadway Street. They found three male victims with apparent gunshot wounds.  The victims went to the University of… read more

Man Indicted in Cincinnati’s First-Ever Federal Murder Case, DOJ Says

It began in January when police were searching for a fourth suspect in connection with a fatal shooting in Wilmington. Three men had already been arrested and charged with murder before Joshua Cordell Lee Williams surrendered to Xenia police. Law enforcement suspected the men of being involved in the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Layne Hall… read more

Police Look to Repair Rift With Community as City Shooting Deaths Climb

Homicides caused by shootings have increased in Cincinnati by 50 percent from 2019 to 2020. There have already been over 50 shooting deaths this year. Last year, there were 73 homicides. Law enforcement agencies have been hampered this year by the coronavirus and then the riots that took over the city. Assistant Chief Paul Neudigate… read more

Cincinnati Homicides on the Rise

Several reports have come out in the past few months detailing the rise in Cincinnati homicides in 2020. One of the most recent news stories reports a 65% increase in homicides. The increase was based on the homicide numbers for the first half of 2020 compared to the first half of 2019. As of the… read more

Butler County Pastor Pleads Guilty in Child Sex Crime Case

A pastor in Butler County pled guilty to charges of enticement and coercion earlier in June 2020. Before proceeding, we want to warn you that some of the details of the case may be disturbing. Cesar Agusto Guerrero, Jr. admitted that he engaged in sexual acts twice with a 17-year old girl. The sexual acts… read more

How Safe is Cincinnati, OH?

Cincinnati, Ohio hosts more than 25 million tourists every year, including 1.5 million visitors who attended the three-day BLINK Festival in October 2019. With the billions of dollars tourism pours into the local economy, the question of crime naturally comes up. Just how safe is Cincinnati? Cincinnati’s Crime Rate Cincinnati’s crime rate is considerably lower… read more

What If I Don’t Show Up for Jury Duty?

If you’re selected to serve on a jury in Cincinnati, you’ll get a notice in the mail from Hamilton County Courts.  You can postpone it once, but if you keep putting it off you’re risking jail time and heavy fines. What’s Ohio’s Penalty for Missing Jury Duty? According to the Ohio Bar Association, you could… read more

Do Ankle Bracelets Have Microphones?

Often, judges will require someone to wear an ankle bracelet. This is a normal step for first-time and non-violent offenders, as well as those about to go on parole.  The ankle bracelets transmit a GPS signal, making it easier for authorities to track your location. In addition, some ankle bracelets also have microphones designed to… read more

Bail 101: How Does Bail Work?

An arrest in Ohio could mean sitting in jail until the court hears your case. However, the court may release some individuals under a bail agreement. Bail allows a person to remain free pending their court hearing on criminal charges. How Does Bail Work in Ohio? Bail is the amount of money you must pay… read more

Is It Legal to Shoot an Intruder in Ohio?

Whether you live in a house, apartment, or trailer, you should be able to enjoy a sense of security in your own home. What can you legally do, then, to defend yourself if you find an intruder has broken into your home? Do you have the legal right to defend yourself? In short, the laws… read more