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If there’s anything worse than religious
people who try to act morally superior and tell other people who they
can marry and where their soul will spend eternity after they kick the
bucket, it’s atheists who think other people care what they do and do
not believe in.
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Cincinnati’s 600-strong uniformed police
force will eventually be equipped with body cameras after a seven-month
pilot program involving West Side officers wrapped up last week.
0 Comments · Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Unemployment rates have fallen in 27 states since October
of last year, according to recent data from the Bureau of Labor
by Hannah McCartney
Thirty-two-year-old shot by police in Clifton was mild-mannered, acquaintances say
Roger Ramundo?First of
all, those who knew him called him by his middle name, Jeremy. On Wednesday, July
24, Jeremy was shot and killed by a Cincinnati Police Officer in what the CPD
is describing as a violent, “life or death struggle,” with a mentally ill,
violent and heavily armed man. Those who knew Roger Jeremy Ramundo, however,
remember him very differently.Thirty-two-year-old
Jeremy lived in a Clifton gaslight home with his mother, Peggy, and he liked to
eat on the patio at neighborhood bar Arlin’s Bar and Grill, the same place
where he lost his life in a struggle with police just blocks away from his
acquaintance of the family, who asked to remain unnamed, described Ramundo as a
gentle, bright and mild-mannered young man with good social skills. Ramundo formerly
worked up the street at Bruegger’s Bagels, where current CityBeat arts & culture editor Jac Kern worked with him from
2007-2008. “I always knew him to be a kind, gentle person,” she says, recalling
his fondness for discussing politics and attentive listening skills. According
to Kern, Ramundo was in a car accident years before that left him with
debilitating vision and hearing problems. He had also been diagnosed with
bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, both of which he’d been
prescribed medications for.But nobody,
it seemed, suspected he’d be the type of person to be involved in a deadly
police shootout. The Cincinnati Police Department today held a press conference
on the incident, during which Cincinnati Police Interim Chief Paul Humphries described
the actions of the five officers involved in the shootout as by-the-book, even
accounts began as an argument between Ramundo his mother at their home on
Thrall Avenue, a few blocks from Arlin’s, which escalated shortly after Ramundo
refused to go to his doctor’s appointment, according to a 911 call made by a
health care representative from the medical facility where Ramundo’s
appointment was scheduled. According to the health care representative, Ramundo’s
mother called her looking for help, explaining he’d become belligerent
following her requests to go to his appointment. She said he had been willfully
not taking his psychiatric medications, although it’s unclear for how long.In the 911
call, the health care representative says Peggy told her Ramundo had begun
threatening her, saying that if she called the cops, there would be a
“bloodbath.” She saw him take off up Ludlow Avenue and said on the phone call
she believed he was carrying his registered gun, a Sig Sauer .40 caliber pistol,
and guessed he might be on his way to his go-to hangout spot. Officers Jayne
Snelling and William Springer followed the mother’s tip and found him sitting on
the back patio at Arlin’s. An Arlin’s
bartender named Jocelyn was working that day and recalls Ramundo coming in
somewhat agitated. “He was asking about his glasses,” she says. “He seemed
frustrated about losing them, and he had me call another bartender to see if
they were here somewhere. After that, he asked for a glass of water, walked
outside and that was that."Jocelyn
continued: “I’m in total shock. He was just a sweet kid,” she said, although
she couldn’t remember seeing him in the bar for about three months prior. In total, five
CPD officers were dispatched to the scene, two of whom have had past positive
experiences with Ramundo, including Officer Snelling and Officer Bryan Gabel,
who later fired the shots that killed him.The
physical struggle began after peace-making efforts failed, Humphries says.
Officers reported they saw Ramundo reaching toward his waistband, where he held
his pistol.Gabel was the first to make physical contact with Ramundo, trying to “control
his arm,” according to Humphries. That led the other officers to become
involved in a scuffle that shortly thereafter prompted Officer Kelly Jackson to
deploy a five-second Taser sting to Ramundo’s back, which they say sent Ramundo
to the ground.Jackson
again deployed her Taser onto Ramundo’s back, which, according to Humphries,
had little to no effect after the initial five-second deploy. On a third
attempt, the Taser failed to work, according to Humphries, at which point
Jackson signaled another officer to deploy another Taser.Snelling
attempted to do so, but mistakenly Tased another officer in the struggle, who
was on top of Ramundo’s back. Gabel allegedly saw Ramundo raise his gun, when he fired his first and
shot. Officer Reginald Lane had taken the Tased officer's spot on top of
Ramundo, attempting to subdue him and retrieve his gun. That's when
Humphries says all five officers saw him trying to bring the gun up
again, this time aimed toward the officers.Gabel fired
two shots into Ramundo’s lower left back. He died in the hospital three hours later.
says Ramundo was also carrying two magazines, mace and a folding knife. His mother,
the acquaintance says, is an outspoken advocate on mental health issues,
particularly Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), on which she’s published a book.
Peggy “always spoke preciously” of Jeremy, the acquaintance notes.
disorder, when untreated, can cause those affected to experience “mood
episodes,” which, in severe cases, sometimes result in impulsive, violent
behavior. An estimated 2.3 million Americans suffer from bipolar disorder.
0 Comments · Thursday, May 2, 2013
MONDAY APRIL 29: Cincinnati police were kept busy today
searching for a large monkey on the loose near Union Terminal. Witnesses
on the scene said the primate ran through a tunnel near Dalton Avenue.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 30, 2013
There was trouble at the University of Cincinnati the night of Aug. 6, 2011.
Real, life-and-death trouble.
by Andy Brownfield
Posted In: Police
at 02:43 PM | Permalink
Pursuit of teenagers resulted in crash, injuries not in compliance with department policy
An internal police investigation determined that officers
acted improperly in a July 10 car chase that ended up with one child
seriously injured and four teenagers hurt.
The Professional Standards Section investigation, dated
Sept. 4, determined that Specialist Diana Cloud violated department
policy and procedure when she pursued a car full of the youths, who had
allegedly stolen snacks from a Norwood United Dairy Farmers.
Two of the five girls allegedly took the snacks from the
store and got into a car driven by a 16-year-old. Cloud, who
investigated the alleged theft, saw the car drive near the UDF and
pursued it in her cruiser. During
the chase — in which Cloud reached 75 miles per hour in a 35-mph zone —
the girls’ car crashed into a steel utility pole, sending one to the
hospital with a fractured skull and bleeding brain.
The investigation found that Cloud’s pursuit was not in
compliance with department procedure because of her failure to stop at
an intersection, driving more than 20 mph over the speed limit and
failure to turn on her digital voice recorder during the chase.
The report determined that the girls’ injuries were a result of the driver’s inability to control her car.
A May 2011 CityBeat look at a study of police car chases found that almost 40 percent of them result in accidents.
A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study
examining deaths resulting from police pursuits found that more than
6,000 crashes and 7,500 deaths were caused by such chases. Almost 2,000
of those deaths — recorded nationally between 1982 and 2008 — were
The Cincinnati Police Department has a policy in place
since the early 1990s dictating when to chase or not to chase, when to
break off pursuit and how to conduct chases as safely as possible.
According to the investigation into the July 10 pursuit,
Specialist Cloud had decided to break off her pursuit due to the high
speed just before the crash occurred, but could not report her decision
due to high radio traffic.
by Danny Cross
The Kentucky Speedway and state of Kentucky will find out
soon whether the $10 million they spent on highway infrastructure
improvements in response to last year’s traffic mess at a NASCAR race
was worth it. The Speedway and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will hold
a news conference today to outline plans to actually get all of the
race attendees into the venue to watch the race rather than sit in
traffic all day and get super mad.
A Cincinnati police officer with a long record of wrecking
police vehicles was arrested on Monday and charged with assaulting a
woman who he’s already been charged with assaulting once before. The
Enquirer detailed the disciplinary history of officer Kevin Jones, who was also charged with two counts of assault from an incident that occurred May 19.
Politico says President Obama’s recent announcement of a
new immigration policy that allows many young immigrants who have never
been in trouble with the law to stay in the country, and even travel
across its borders, was a really smart move. The policy is not permanent, which leaves Mitt
Romney to answer the question of whether or not he would repeal it if
elected. The idea is reportedly similar to legislation that Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a potential Romney running mate, has been considering introducing. “This is a stroke of political genius,” Bruce Morrison
told me. A former Democratic congressman from Connecticut, Morrison was
chairman of the House Immigration Subcommittee, a member of the U.S.
Commission on Immigration Reform and House author of the Immigration Act
of 1990. He’s now an immigration attorney and lobbies on a wide variety
of immigration issues.
“Obama has taken Rubio’s idea and put it into action,”
Morrison said. “He has given these people a work permit, the ability to
remain in this country, but no permanent status.” Their legal status can
be terminated at any time. “But it won’t be terminated by Obama,”
Morrison said.A breast cancer survivor who has undergone a double
mastectomy has been allowed to swim topless by the Seattle Department of
Parks and Recreation after stating that wearing a bathing suit over her
chest causes pain. (Jodi) Jaecks opted against reconstructive surgery. "I don't see a need to fake having breasts," she said.
"My ultimate goal is to change policy at beaches and
pools, to increase people's awareness of cancer and the realities of the
human condition," Jaecks told Reuters.LeBron James and the Miami Heat won the NBA title last
night, completing a 4 games to 1 series victory over the Oklahoma
Thunder. It is the first title for James, who has been widely mocked for
stating that he’d like to win more titles than Michael Jordan’s six.
James, who is 27, won his first a year younger than Jordan did, thought Jordan then won the title in six of eight years.
Two alien plants planets around the same star apparently rise in
the night sky of each other, looking like a giant full moon. The
planets, Kepler-36b and Kepler-36c, are 1,200 light-years from Earth and 1.2 million miles apart, the closes two planets known.
by Danny Cross
After 18 months in the courts, Democrat
Tracie Hunter has won a Hamilton County Juvenile Court judgeship, but
a GOP challenge to the court's acceptance of Hunter's challenge is
likely to follow. Republican John Williams led hunter by 23 votes on
election night 2010, but Hunter filed a lawsuit over provisional
ballots cast at incorrect polling stations that weren't counted. After a
recount of 286 provisional ballots, Hunter moved ahead by 74 votes.
Republican board of election members reportedly plan to argue that
the 286 should not have been recounted.
The Enquirer's Mark Curnutte today
offered an analysis of recently released census data that shows a
steady growth of the regional Hispanic population and a growth of
minority population in areas outside the city that were once largely
white. Cincinnati's data suggests that the city and region are
slightly different than the nation's overall trend, which in 2011 for
the first time found a majority of the country's under 1-year-old
population minority (50.4 percent), up from 49.5 percent in 2010.
Included in The Enquirer's story, which
included a profile of a Mexican-American Florence family that moved
to Northern Kentucky eight years ago from Los Angeles:
A decrease of 1.3 percentage points in Hamilton County’s
black population under 5 was countered by increases in the black
population under 5 in each of the region’s six other core counties:
Butler, Clermont and Warren in Ohio and Boone, Campbell and Kenton in
Overall, the regional population of Hispanic children under 5
years rose from 7,583 in 2010 to 8,032 in 2011, a proportional
increase of 0.4 percentage points to 6.1 percent.
The family of a teenager fatally shot
by a Cincinnati police officer on Fountain Square last summer has
filed a federal lawsuit alleging police used excessive force and
violated 16-year-old Davon Mullins' constitutional rights. Police
say Mullins pulled a handgun, but the lawsuit says he had been
disarmed before officer Oscar Cyranek shot him multiple times.
Cincinnati's Bike Month revelers and
Over-the-Rhine residents received some good news this week when Reser
Bicycle Outfitters announced the opening of an OTR location. The
store could open by June 1 in the 1400 block of Vine Street.
Legislation regulating ownership and
breeding of exotic animals has been approved by the Ohio House Agriculture
and Natural Resources Committee, 17-4. Senate Bill 310 could get
through the full House and Senate next week and be signed by Gov.
John Kasich soon afterward. The ban on the acquisition, sale and
breeding of certain species would take affect 90 days later.
Europe is preparing for Greece to
completely duck out of the Eurozone. The world markets are feeling
Mitt Romney has released his first
general election TV ad. And he's giving cookies to the media.Former Senator John Edwards will learn
his fate today, as a jury was set to deliberate this morning on charges that Edwards used campaign funds to
conceal an affair during his run for president.
More than 200 pages of documents,
photos and audio recordings were released yesterday
offering further details about what happened the night George
Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
The documents include an FBI audio
analysis of the 911 call placed by a resident that captured yells and
screams. Two FBI examiners said they could not determine whether it
was Martin or Zimmerman yelling because of the poor quality of the
recording and the "extreme emotional state" of screamer.
The AP is live-blogging Facebook's
stock market debut. Why does Bono have so much Facebook?
Cell phone maker Nokia has accused
Apple of programming bias into its interactive Siri voice search by
making it answer the question “What is the best smartphone ever?”
by stating “"Wait... there are other phones?" The answer
had apparently previously been “Nokia's Lumia 900.” Apple won't
say whether or not it changed Siri's answer after finding the glitch.
A new study suggests that nighttime
fasting can go a long way toward keeping you slim even if you eat bad
stuff during the day.
Scientists have found a car-sized
The private space launch is scheduled for
4:55 a.m. Saturday, and there will be alcohol involved.
by Danny Cross
Lawsuit against Sgt. Andrew Mitchell filed one day before anniversary of shooting
The estate of David
“Bones” Hebert filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Cincinnati
Police Sgt. Andrew Mitchell alleging wrongful death and battery in
the April 18, 2011, shooting death of the 40-year-old musician. The
plaintiff in the case is listed as Paul Carmack, administrator of the
estate of David Hebert.
The lawsuit claims that
Hebert was complying with instructions given by an investigating
officer when he was shot and killed by Mitchell. The suit claims
excessive force was used and that Mitchell “acted intentionally,
recklessly, wantonly, and with deliberate indifference to the
constitutional rights of Mr. Hebert.”
Hebert was shot and
killed by Mitchell after officers responded to a
911 call around 3 a.m. during which an intoxicated man alleged to
have been robbed by Hebert and assaulted with a pirate sword. Hebert
was located sitting on a sidewalk on Chase Avenue in Northside about
10 minutes later. During subsequent questioning, officers say Hebert
drew a knife and moved toward an investigating officer, causing
Mitchell to believe the officer’s life was in danger. Mitchell shot
Hebert twice, killing him. Toxicology reports found Hebert to have a
blood alcohol content of 0.33 at the time of his death, along with
marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms in his system.
cleared police of any wrongdoing, but Friends of Bones says the facts
from the investigations show Hebert complied with police
orders during the encounter.
The lawsuit demands a
trial by jury and compensatory and punitive damages, along with
attorney’s fees, costs, disbursements and additional relief as the
court deems proper. The suit, which is embedded below, was published
on the “Friends of Bones” website (www.friendsofbones.org).
The incident has drawn
considerable media attention, especially this week in conjunction
with the anniversary of the shooting.
Enquirer on Monday published a story titled “Reports: Cops came
too close in killing of David 'Bones' Hebert” comparing accounts of
the incident in public records to standard Cincinnati Police
Department guidelines, which concluded that “police officers got
dangerously close and failed to have a plan before approaching
Hebert, who police thought was carrying a sword or large knife.”
Magazine’s May issue will feature a story, “Salvaging Bones,”
which is subtitled: “David Hebert was a lot of things: the
dreadlocked maker of burritos; a punk rocker; a womanizing, tatted-up
former Jesus freak with a kind heart and a wild streak. What he
wasn’t was a guy you’d expect to find dead at the end of a police
Sept. 14, 2011 published a story titled “Digging Up Answers for
Bones” in which friends and family of Hebert alleged that Hamilton
County Prosecutor Joe Deters’ closing of the investigation was
CityBeat on May
4, 2011 published a story titled “A Shot in the Dark,” detailing
the early questions that surrounded the incident.