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  Cleveland company files for bankruptcy, owes millions to schools across Ohio and US

A downtown Cleveland-based marketing and digital ticketing company has filed for bankruptcy, impacting thousands of schools across the country.

  Akron mother murdered in 1991 was victim of serial killer Samuel Little

  FBI calls Lorain’s Samuel Little America’s deadliest serial killer; search continues for more victims

Man charged with grand theft following Westlake ‘missing money’ investigation

  Watching Your Wallet: Student loan debt reaches all-time high

  Court documents give a glimpse into convicted killer George Brinkman’s defense as trial begins

  Whistle-blower claims Cuyahoga County Jail inmate woes are, in part, due to staffing shortage

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  Cancer causing chemical could be lurking in your home: new app detects it

  Smartphone app detects formaldehyde inside your home in just 72 hours

  Ohio lawmaker wants to raise the age for expunging juvenile records after Dayton shooting

  Teens targeted in sexual extortion scams

  Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson responds to ethics questions regarding homicide investigation involving grandson (video)

  Cleveland family seeks answers one year after mother of three was murdered

  Lake County student stocks up emergency supply of lifesaving drug during nationwide shortage

As families wait desperately for refills of a life-saving drug, one local student is making sure his classmates have access to EpiPens in the case of emergencies.

Former Bedford city worker who embezzled $50,000 sentenced to 2 weekends in jail

A former Bedford city employee will spend the next two weekends in jail after admitting she stole thousands of dollars from the city’s water department.

  Dangerous shortage of life-saving drugs puts parents in fear for school season

A dangerous shortage of a life-saving drug and continued high costs are putting many parents in fear as they send their children back to school.

  Families fearful of life-saving drug shortage: ‘I’m still waiting for that refill’

The drug that once saved Chase’s life comes at a high cost, and now, it also comes with a wait list.

  Cleveland mayor on grandson’s case: ‘You can choose to believe the media, or you can believe me’

  LISTEN: Police calls detail moments after mayor’s grandson allegedly attacked woman

  City department manager fired after botched investigation into employees sleeping on the job

  GPS ankle monitor shortage means Cleveland mayor’s grandson stuck in jail despite posting bond

  Sources say Cleveland mayor told officers not to use body cams while investigating grandson

  Dangerous house fires caused by something many homeowners don’t check

  Dryer fires pose risk from cause many don’t check

Sunday at 6:30 p.m.: An estimated five people die each year from dryer fires. It can also cause thousands of dollars in damage to homes.

  Cleveland Law Department says CMHA detective withheld evidence relating to felony assault case against Mayor Frank Jackson’s grandson

Questions continue to swirl over whether Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson was involved in his grandson’s most recent criminal case.

  Local Attorney launched obscenity laced tirade at Brooklyn Police Officers (video)

19 News has obtained exclusive video of a profanity filled confrontation between a well-known attorney and members of the City of Brooklyn Police Department.

  Aisha’s Law draws support and skepticism as legislators work to shield at-risk domestic violence victims

A bill named Aisha’s Law seeks to reform Ohio's domestic violence laws, but it may face hurdles to pass.

  Questions mount over police disciplinary procedures after 19 News uncovers history of suspensions against accused Cleveland officer

On Monday, the officer accused of urinating on a 12-year-old girl and videotaping it pleaded not guilty. In court, the officer froze when the judge asked if he wanted to plead not guilty. It took Solomon Nhiwatawa more than one minute to respond to the judge.

  Former North Olmsted funeral director accused of ripping off more than a dozen clients, many of them elderly, speaks out

“It got co-mingled, and I’m apologizing and I’m sorry for that. It just happened. With the funeral home accounts. When the funeral home dissolved itself, it went to paying off other expenditures.”

  Locked Down: Inside the prison where inmates set each other on fire and gangs have more power than guards

Widespread concern about understaffing in Mississippi's prisons has people calling for a change. They say inmates, correctional officers and surrounding communities are in danger.

  Cleveland City Council approves grant for gunshot detection technology

City leaders are looking into gunshot detection technology to help with crime fighting in Cleveland’s Fourth District.

  Could Florida’s new student threat database work in Ohio?

Tracking student threats has become a priority for many schools.Now Florida just activated a database that will compile all of this under a new law. 19News is getting answers on whether this could help here in Ohio.

  Do you have unclaimed treasures in Ohio’s ‘lost and found?’

Precious metals, coins, stamps, foreign or domestic currency; who could forget they own items like this?

  Measure of Hate documentary explores the undercounting of crimes in America

InvestigateTV shows issues with undercounting hate crimes, including the FBI failing to meet a federal mandate to report. After months of reporting on this issue, this documentary also highlights results of the investigation, including police departments amending their records.

  How ‘Geauga’s Child’, a 26-year-old cold case, was solved by detectives (timeline)

The mother of 'Geauga's Child' is set to face a judge Tuesday. The 26-year-old cold case that gripped Northeast Ohio was finally solved just weeks ago.

  Watching Your Wallet: Decade-by-decade, experts help you save for retirement

By retirement, financial experts say you should have at least eight times your annual salary saved up. NerdWallet explains how to get there, decade-by-decade.

  ’We are disappointed in the process’: Cleveland City Council questioned over lead legislation that could prove costly

A realtors associations says they’re disappointed with the way Cleveland City Council handled an independent study that estimated costs for a new lead ordinance.

  Calls to human trafficking hotlines from survivors soar

Human trafficking cases reported to the national hotline soared 25 percent last year. Callers reported 443 cases here in Ohio.Ohio ranks fourth in the nation for reported human trafficking cases.

  New law requires Cleveland landlords to have lead-safe homes

Statistics show nearly half of Ohio children with lead poisoning live in Cuyahoga County.

  19 Investigates: Donated bone and tissue used for cosmetic industry research nationally, but not in Northeast Ohio

As 19 News discovered, the reality is while skin and tissue donations are used to treat patients with all sorts of devasting injuries from burns to accident victims, they’re also used for something else. Cosmetic research.

Former Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center superintendent quits after just 5 hours on job, says it was ‘personal decision’

He started work on Monday and quit just five hours later. The new superintendent of Cuyahoga County’s Juvenile Detention Center didn’t even last a full day on the job.

  Citations issued to driver who caused I-77 mess that left 100 drivers with flat tires

More than 100 drivers on I-77 were left with flat tires after a truck dumped a load of scrap metal during rush hour Tuesday. We learned today the driver was with a company called NAT Services Inc. based in Cuyahoga Heights.

  Fake Filters? Companies falsely claim to have prestigious water safety certification

With water quality and safety concerns across the country, many families are turning to water filters. But there are counterfeit filters and filters carrying fake certification marks.

  New leader overseeing police reform in Cleveland says change won’t slow them down

A new leader is now overseeing federal oversight of Cleveland Police. The consent decree is in its fourth year.

  Untested Waters: Feds take small steps toward inspecting more seafood

The FDA has a new strategy for imported food safety, and Congress has increased seafood inspection funds. But the U.S. still lags behind some other countries when it comes to inspections and regulations.

  Would you donate organs, tissue if used for cosmetic surgeries?

As 19 News discovered, the reality is while skin and tissue donations are used to treat patients with all sorts of devastating injuries from burns to accident victims, they’re also used for something else.

  Investigators look for more victims of Boy Scout leader facing child porn charges

Federal investigators are looking for more possible victims of a boy scout leader charged with producing child pornography. Thomas Close, known as "Aqua Joe," is accused of secretly recording boys changing after swimming.

  Behind the scenes: How 12 Cuyahoga County investigators solve suspicious deaths around Cleveland

Investigator Sara Goldenberg has an inside look at how death investigators rely on science to find out how victims like this died.

  Cleveland hotels fight human trafficking during All-Star Game

Hotels are preparing for the thousands of fans making their way to Cleveland for the MLB All-Star Game.But employees are also on the lookout for human trafficking.

  Safety steps you need to take before getting into an Uber or Lyft during MLB All-Star Week

Hundreds of people will turn to Uber and Lyft for rides in and around Cleveland during the MLB All-Star Game. 19News is checking on the latest ways you can protect yourself when you order a ride share.

  Meth cases triple in Lorain County, but heroin and fentanyl still on top

Meth submissions to the Lorain County crime lab more than tripled in the last three years and 2019 is on pace to be another big year for meth there.

  19 Investigates: Meth cases flood into Northeast Ohio, purer and more dangerous than before

The meth flooding into Northeast Ohio is purer than ever before, making it more potent and possibly more deadly.

  Lorain County builder responds to homeowner’s complaints after they come to 19 News

Builder responds to homeowners complaints after they reach out to 19 News for help.

  Meth cases soar in many Northeast Ohio counties, supplied by Mexican drug cartels

The meth flooding into Northeast Ohio is purer than ever before, making it more potent and possibly more deadly.

Watching Your Wallet: Experts say to shop around for the best deals on car insurance and cell phone plans

A NerdWallet financial expert offers tips on saving money on car insurance and cell phone bills: Watch this and don't pay for what you don't need.

  Cleveland man and woman plead not guilty to trafficking 13-year-old girl; judge sets bond at $250,000

A man and woman from Cleveland, who are facing human trafficking charges involving a 13-year-old girl, appeared before a judge Friday morning.

City of Mansfield’s fire hydrant inspection process ‘under review’ following fatal arson

One day after a three-year-old girl was killed in a fire, Mansfield city leaders said they’re reviewing the fire hydrant inspection process.

  19 News investigation into use of Cleveland Water Department equipment for private jobs widens after resignation

More Cleveland Water Department workers investigated for using city property on private jobs.

  Cuyahoga County sued over 2017 death of woman at problem-plagued jail

The daughter of a Cuyahoga County Jail inmate, who died while serving a three-day sentence for a DUI, filed a federal lawsuit against the county.

  19 News investigates how child safety product testing works

19 News is investigating the dangers of torch oil and why more children are getting sick from accidentally drinking the fluid.

  Cleveland wants to spend $300,000 on a study about upgrading coin-fed parking meters

Web parking meter app likely to be studied in Cleveland.

  Ohio company tests products for child-resistant features

19 News investigated how child safety product testing works.

  Ohio sees dangerous increasing cases of accidental torch oil ingestion

Ohio is seeing dangerous increasing cases of accidental torch oil ingestion among children, especially during summer months.

  19 News Investigates: Summer dangers that could be in your backyard

Only a teaspoon of torch fuel oil can kill a child, doctors said. In Ohio, there are increasing cases of accidental ingestion among children and it’s causing doctors and parents to warn others about the dangers.

  Unmarked traffic camera prompts East Cleveland to post new signs after 19 News report

East Cleveland promises quick fix to missing warning signs at traffic cam sites.

  Euclid and Cuyahoga County making changes after murder suspect mistakenly released from jail

19 News is investigating after a murder suspect was released from jail by mistake. Jacquise Drewery did not post his $1 million bond, but he was a free man from last Friday night to Monday afternoon.

Animal rights group captures gruesome video of chickens being thrown into dumpster after crash

The nearly 30-minute live video shows Amy Stewart, a representative for Cleveland Animal Save, at the scene of the crash, filming crew members tossing chickens into a dumpster.

  Cuyahoga County spent a bundle attracting an employee who stayed only months

Cuyahoga County hiring of an employee at a big salary and paid living expenses questioned. Employee left in less than a year.

  Video shows Cuyahoga County Jail officers pummeling inmate, sending shock waves throughout community

The officers involved are just two out of five who have been indicted for incidents involving inmates at the county jail.

  CDC warns swimmers about potential for pool chemical injuries

In a newly released report, the CDC is warning swimmers about the dangers of pool chemicals.

  ‘They have your stuff hostage’: Woman says moving company refused to unload truck without additional payment

Have you ever heard of rogue movers? Consumer experts explain they’ll charge you more than you agreed and your stuff may arrive damaged or never even get there at all.

  Former Ohio State students contradict Congressman Jim Jordan’s claim he was unaware of sexual abuse of athletes

Several former student athletes at Ohio State are charging the school still hasn’t come clean about the alleged sexual abuse by a team doctor in the 1980s and ‘90s.

  Families to attend town hall demanding repairs at Resthaven cemetery

A couple hundred people are expected to gather at a townhall Tuesday night, demanding repairs at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon.

  BBB warns of ‘rogue movers’ holding your stuff hostage

Tonight at 11: BBB warns of companies called “rogue movers” that hold your items hostage. Have you ever heard of rogue movers? Consumer experts say they’ll charge you more than you agreed and your stuff may arrive damaged or never even get there at all.

Roundup weedkiller woes: What kinds of pesticides are our schools spraying?

The debate over the safety of Roundup weedkiller continues after a jury ordered Bayer to pay more than $2 billion in damages to a California couple that claimed they got cancer from using the weedkiller for years.

  Roundup weedkiller debate: local schools, city go pesticide-free over safety concerns

Some local parents are pushing for change, asking schools to ban pesticides as the debate over the safety of Roundup weedkiller intensifies.

Parents want pesticides banned at schools after Roundup weed killer debate

Tonight at 11: Some parents are pushing for change, asking schools to ban pesticides as the debate over the safety of Roundup weedkiller intensifies.

  Distraught Hudson family issues safe-sleep warning after losing newborn

The parents of an infant who died in an unsafe sleep situation at a babysitter want to warn other parents about common and dangerous mistakes.

  Wheels on popular BOB strollers are coming off while parents are running, but no recalls have been issued

BOB strollers, made by Britax, are the subject of a Consumer Product Safety Commission investigation, but no recall has been issued.

Watching Your Wallet: Spring housing market secrets revealed

Want to get top dollar for your home this spring? Or are you looking to buy your first home? NerdWallet gives tips for those on both sides of the equation.

  Ohio paramedics warn about return of ‘zombie’ drug now being mixed with fentanyl

The “zombie” drug is back in some Ohio neighborhoods. But this time, it’s being mixed with opioids.