Articles by Lisa Cornwell and Dan Sewell

Family of Teen Who Died Trapped in Car Sues Cincinnati Over 911 Response

The family of a 16-year-old student who died trapped in a vehicle after a failed response to his two heartrending 911 calls has sued the city of Cincinnati, Ohio. The wrongful death lawsuit filed in Hamilton County charges the city, …

Ohio Parents Test School Liability in Bullying, Child Suicide Case

The parents of an 8-year-old Ohio boy who hanged himself from his bunk bed with a necktie want school officials held responsible, testing the issue of school liability in suicides blamed on bullying. The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the …

Ohio’s High Court Again Upholds Cities’ Use of Traffic Cameras

The Ohio Supreme Court on July 26 upheld cities’ use of traffic camera enforcement for a third time, striking down as unconstitutional legislative restrictions that included requiring a police officer to be present. The ruling was 5-2 in support of …

Ohio Supreme Court Takes Up Dayton Traffic Cameras Case

For the third time in less than a decade, the use of traffic cameras by Ohio cities is before the state Supreme Court. Attorneys for the city of Dayton are urging the justices to reject a law passed by the …

Tractor-Trailer Hitches Being Investigated After Ohio Crash

On a twisty, snow-lined hill that the locals call “Devil’s Backbone,” a 12-ton semi-trailer came loose from its tractor and plowed into an oncoming line of pre-dawn commuters. At 40 miles per hour, the trailer struck the side of one …

FBI Enters Battle Over Traffic Cameras in Ohio

The ongoing clash over traffic camera enforcement in Ohio isn’t slowing down. The FBI is now involved, investigating possible public corruption over camera vendor dealings in Columbus and Cincinnati. State lawmakers who saw last year’s bill to sharply restrict camera …

State Sued by Family of Worker Killed in Ohio Overpass Collapse

The parents of a worker killed when a highway overpass collapsed have sued Ohio’s Department of Transportation, charging negligence and carelessness. They sued on behalf of the estate and family members of Brandon Carl. The 35-year-old father of four from …

Company in Ohio Overpass Collapse Had Strong Safety Track Record

Tons of concrete and steel covered the southbound lanes of a major artery in Ohio on Jan. 20 after an overpass collapse during demolition work left one worker dead, a tractor-trailer driver injured and police considering what the potential toll …

December Was Ohio’s Deadliest Month for Fires in 2014

A string of multiple-fatality home blazes made December Ohio’s deadliest fire month of 2014 and pushed the year’s death toll to 115. Statistics requested by The Associated Press from the state fire marshal’s office show 16 people were killed by …

Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Use of Traffic Cameras

A divided Ohio Supreme Court again upheld use of traffic camera enforcement by the state’s municipalities, reversing a lower court after a year of legal setbacks for camera advocates. The Supreme Court justices ruled 4-3 to stick to their 2008 …