tv WLWT News 5 at Noon NBC February 4, 2016 12:00pm-12:30pm EST
[captioning made possible by wlwt-tv] >> from cincinnati' s wlwt, leading the way, this is wlwt news 5 at noon. lisa: now at noon, deja-vu for a local business as a huge it' s not the first time this has happened. mark: a deadly fire in lebanon now under investigation. what investigators say may have caused the blaze. lisa: but first, a youth pastor charged with sexually abusing a what we' re learning about the suspect and the alleged crimes. the suspect, 54 year joseph neimeyer, is now behind bars good afternoon, i' mark: i' wlwt news 5' s brian hamrick is live this noon with more on this
brian? brian: disturbing allegations. the victim is just seven years old, and according to police, this has been happening for 3 years. the suspect is joe niemeyer, he' s facing several charges -- including first degree rape and first degree sexual abuse. niemeyer was a youth pastor at the new banklick baptist church in walton. we talked to the pastor there who said people at the church were stunned by the charges. none of the crimes are believed to have happened at the church. in addition to being a youth pastor, we' ve learned niemeyer was also a foster parent with multiple foster children. police say niemeyer admitted the crimes, and that the victim also told police at children' s hospital about the abuse. niemeyer' s home.
church says they had done everything they could to try to protect the children there. pastor cochran: we' re very careful over here. we have a childrens department that is well protected. we have someone that is monitoring who goes in and who goes out. all of our people have criminal background checks. we take the precautions. brian: niemeyer is being held on a $100,000 cash bond. live, brian hamrick, wlwt news 5. mark: police say right now there is only one victim in this case. lisa: new developmonts after an early morning fire in lebanon claimed the life of a man in his bed. investigators say smoke detectors spared another person' s life. wlwt news 5' s dan griffin is in lebanon, where an entire neighborhood is saddened by the loss. dan: neighbors along kuntz court here in lebanon are calling this fire a tragedy. a 66-year-old man lost his life and investigators say it' s , highly probable he was smoking
this is what we saw just hours ago. lebanon fire, police, and emergency crews were all on-scene responding to the fire in the front bedroom. fire crews say wilson scott thacker died in the fire at 66-years-old. the lebanon fire chief says it appears this fire was accidental. the chief also says thacker' s mother woke up to the sounds of smoke detectors wailing. she ran to the neighbor' s house to call 911. >> my house is completely full of smoke. my two sons are in their bedrooms and i can' t get them out. >> i just can' t believe that happened. it is a tragedy. it' s something you definitely don' t expect. i don' t really know scott that well, he was more quiet just kept to himself, but the times i did see him he was really a nice person dan: lebanon police say thacker lived here with his brother and mother. both of them are staying in a hotel thanks to the american red cross. they say it could be several days before the family can come back inside to see how bad the damage is. we' re in lebanon, dan griffin, wlwt news 5. lisa: the fire chief tells us
bedroom. he also says two pets in the home got out safely. let' s check your forecast. miriah turner in for randi. miriah: a disturbance in the great lakes region is causing flurries closer to home. we have cooler temperatures and low level moisture causing flurries in indianapolis. fayette and union counties in indiana are showing flurries. fairview, cartersville, we have a live look with our webcam. you can see a few flakes flying. even a light dusting on some of the roofs. it will taper off this afternoon, but temperatures will get cooler. details, coming up. mark: it' s deja-vu for an anderson township nursery owner. five years after a sink hole swallowed up part of her
s happening again. problems for plants by s andrew setters is there live with a look at the damage. andrew? andrew: how big of a problem is this? take a look. that' s a pretty big problem. it is off of new england club drive in anderson township. the corner of the lot where plants by wolfangel sits has been chewed up by a sink hole. all the rain earlier this week washed away a lot of soil. the ground holds a storm water pipe. that pipe apparently broke, and the storm water flowing through it washed away the soil. open to sinkhole. this is the second time around for store owner barb henry. she went through a similar sinkhole problem when another piece of this pipe broke back in 2011. it caused a sinkhole in another spot, and rebuilding took years. >> the minute i pulled up close
dirt crumbling, i just honestly started crying. you think -- oh my gosh, my family is going to have to go through this again. andrew: this is a private storm water pipe on private property so it' s up to the property owner to make the repairs. this time around, it' s not barb. she sold off part of the property to the build after the last thing:. -- after the last sinkhole. the new property owner will have to figure out how to fix this, and a contractor has already been hired. live in anderson township, andrew setters, wlwt news 5. mark: anderson township officials are monitoring the sinkhole. doesn' t spread far enough to interfere with new england club drive nearby. the heavy rains also caused problems for columbia parkway this week with mudslides there, too. right now, part of the westbound lanes are closed as crews work to fix the issues there. outbound lanes are still open.
have to be closed to continue their work. no word on how long the closures may be in affect. lisa: the family who shared so much of their fight against cancer is now publicly sharing their loss, too. five-year-old taylor grant died thursday afternoon. we were there with taylor through the past few months as the 5-year-old bravely battled neuroblastoma. he inspired people to join team taylor in fundraising efforts, including the march for gold walk. taylor' s facebook page, letting people know he lost his cancer fight yesterday afternoon. she said, in part, there' s no more suffering or pain. he earned his wings. there will be a service open to haven' t been announced yet. mark: new details on a crash early this morning. a driver was taken to the hospital after a serious wreck on mitchell avenue in st. bernard. officials say the driver hit two poles near vine street around 3:00 this morning. the crash caused officials to temporarily shut down both lanes of mitchell. they have since been reopened.
the driver. lisa: more issues for hoverboards. this time it' s hitting close to home. mark: investigators are blaming a house fire on an exploding hoverboard. check out this damage in miamisburg. a 12-year-old was charging his hoverboard inside the house. his family says it began smoking and then exploded. they threw the board out of the home and doused it with water. chief jirka: it appears as if it burst apart. the batteries burst apart. it caught part of the house on -- of the house and carpeting on fire. >> don' t buy them. do your research before you buy them. we thought we were, but obviously, we weren' t. mark: several hoverboard brands have had battery pack issues, and retailers have pulled certain products as a result. the u.s. consumer product safety commission has had at least 48 fires in 20 states all caused by the lithium-ion battery packs. lisa: new details in the case of two middletown parents charged with endangering their eight children. mark: police say the tytus avenue home belonging to anthony and katina gevedon was covered
little food. katina recently pled guilty to four charges of child endangering. police say the other four charges were dropped at the request of the prosecution. lisa: west chester could be getting a new kroger marketplace after all. trustees are considering an agreement to settle court action regarding rezoning the property. developers wanted to build crossings on beckett at tylersville and princeton-glendale roads, but that rezoning request was initially denied. the issue will be discussed at the trustees meeting on february 23. mark: the hamilton county board of elections is now moving to norwood. the lease on the downtown building expires at the end of the year. the board has been scouring the area for a new home, and they voted unanimously to recommend a site in norwood on smith road. now, the plan has to get the stamp of approval from county here' s what the board is telling them. chairman triantafilou: this new free parking, it' bus lines, it' s right off of norwood lateral -- again, much
large majority of voters. so, i think that' s why you say -- you saw your board pass it on a bipartisan basis. mark: cincinnati' s mayor objects to the shift away from downtown, but the commission appears to support the plan to relocate the board of elections to norwood. when we continue, if you were expecting a tax refund, there could be a delay. lisa: why the irs had to stop processing returns, and how much of an impact it could have on your refund. mark: a popular man' s store preparing to close for good. miriah: temperatures topping out in the middle 30'
feel l >> you are watching cincinnati' s wlwt news 5, leading the way. lisa: welcome back. some major computer issues for the irs. mark: the tax agency was forced to stop accepting electronically filed tax returns yesterday. lisa: irs officials say it could affect refunds, but it doesn' t anticipate any "major disruptions." it' s unclear what triggered the hardware failure. while the irs is still assessing the scope of the outage, it
will get their refunds within 3-weeks. mark: some good news for tax season in indiana. the state is offering free federal and state filing to the indiana department of revenue works with tax preparing companies to help taxpayers who make $62,000 or less. nearly 2 million people qualify for the program, and the state says it has several advantages -- including faster refunds. up the road, the columbus airport is training employees to recognize signs of human trafficking. beginning this month, all 400 employees at port columbus will watch a 20-minute video on how -- 830--- a 30-minute video on how to recognize the signs. the cincinnati-northern kentucky international airport has investigators trained to detect trafficking, and has also trained employees to look for signs. mark: the nobel peace prize nominees are out, and the list includes republican presidential candidate, donald trump. reports say he was nominated by a mystery patron, who praised trump for encouraging peace with his strength ideology. trump is not expected to make
the winner of the nobel peace prize will be announced in the fall. lisa: the democratic battle in new hampshire. mark: last night, hillary clinton and bernie sanders clashed over who' s the true champion on so-called liberal politics. mrs. clinton: we share a lot of the same big progressive goals, but we have different ways of going about them. sen. sanders: i do not know any progressive who has a super pac and takes $15 million from wall street. that' s just not progressive. mark: looking back to iowa, clinton was named the winner, but sanders had a strong showing. his camp says he got a huge fundraising boost after the caucuses -- $3 million in just 24-hours. sanders has a strong lead in the new hampshire polls, but after the primary on tuesday, clinton has a chance to bounce back in
bill clinton campaigned for his wife in south carolina will -- while hillary tried to make up ground in new hampshire. she even delayed a trip to boston to spend more time in new hampshire. the latest democratic debate is msnbc starting at 9:00. lisa: you can see more from the heated town hall on our website. we have the 6 takeaways from last night, and the strengths and weaknesses of both campaigns. it is all on wlwt.com. mark: a downtown clothing store is closing its doors after 6 decades in cincinnati. the signs are up at house of adam on vine street. the going out of business sale starts today. the store opened in 1955. no word on when it will close for good. lisa: as wlwt news 5 celebrates black history month, we' re talking to local leaders about the challenges they' ve encountered along the way. mark: today, we talk with judge nadine allen, who has been on
judge allen: i woke up to this newspaper article. i was a newbie. i was a new candidate. i was a new judge. and the article said they were opposing my appointment. they were going to take back my seat. and they were livid about my appointment. and so i started in 1985 in a political hailstorm. i' m the product of a divorced household also. so i usually ask these young people, how many of you have a single mom? how many of you have a single parent raising you? and a lot of them raise their hands. and they think that is a barrier. it is not a barrier at all. nobody in my family went to college. i' m the first college graduate. one of my goals has been to improve the criminal justice system. that has been my obsession. and it took obsession because many of the programs i started talking about were cast aside. the response was that will never happen. we'
but i kept meeting with people. i met to death. it takes a lot of work to get change made. you can' t just jump as one person and shout and make it happen. mark: we have the complete interview with judge allen on wlwt.com, as well as moments in black history month. look under the features section. >> cincinnati' s certified most accurate forecast. miriah: we are celebrating half way day. have boy through winter. 45-days down, 45-days to go. 65-days until opening day. we had warmer temperatures this week coupled with spring-like storms on tuesday evening into wednesday morning. the ohio river is a little swollen. at last check the river level
we will crest saturday afternoon at 43-feet. action stage is 40-feet. we are looking at a little flooding on coney island, but not on the bank. flood stage is 52-feet. we will be below action stage on monday. temperatures are falling and it is feeling like february. spring will come back just soon enough. you can see a disturbance to the north causing flurries in indianapolis and in the eastern most communities. high pressure will make its way in. with that as southerly breeze. a warm-up for the weekend. for those that are not ready to let go of 50 degree temperatures, they are coming back, but then they will be gone next week. the roller coaster will continue. flurries to the west.
fayette, union, franklin counties, they have seen flurries. on our camera in cartersville, they had a little dusting on the grassy are areas. liberty, roseburg, you have seen a few flakes this morning and afternoon. they are dissipating. our temperatures have been pretty cool, and they will stay cool this afternoon. it will feel like the 20' s. our temperatures are staying in s. 30' s this afternoon here the wind chill is something to factor in carried the wind is out of the west at 12 miles per hour feeling like 23. like winter. they' re breaking apart this evening. there is no blanket of cloud cover to hold in our heating.
it will feel like the teens. the clouds moving out this evening at 11:00 tonight. on friday, gorgeous, sunny skies. as soon as we get through today, they will break apart this evening was sunshine for friday, saturday, sunday, and warmer temperatures. cloudy, breezy, when that of the west, 23-degrees. clearing means it will be cooler. full blast sunshine and 50 by sunday. february next week. no longer electronic business model. mark: new details about the plan bookstores.
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s plans." there was talk that amazon would open 400 physical bookstores. barnes & noble and amazon declined to comment. movie experience to families with children who need it. starting this weekend, and lasting until june, cobb theaters will show a movie lineup each weekend that will feature a brighter auditorium with lowered sound levels. guests are encouraged to be themselves and interact with each other without the worry of distracting other guests. all of the films will begin at 10:00 a.m. on saturday. this weekend' s showing is "kung fu panda 3." mark: an expansion of the creation museum is one stop closer to becoming a reality. the boone county planning and zoning commission approved a plan to add a three-story building on the property. the creation museum also wants to add parking lots and a space for traveling exhibits. the plan still needs to go to the fiscal court for approval. mike hovath with the creation museum says the proposed changes would ease traffic issues around
mr. hovath: we' ve experienced a lot of success with the museum. we expect even more people coming with the ark opening this we' re positioning ourselves, preparing for the additional crowds we expect. mark: the boone county fiscal court is expected to make a decision this spring. the museum also wants to add more attractions at least every two years. lisa: the ohio riverfront is getting a makeover. we are now seeing the plans for a project in dayton, kentucky. the biggest addition is the riverfront commons trail, connecting ludlow to fort thomas. the entire project is estimated at $24 million, and could take up to 15 years to complete, depending on funding. miriah: that is so exciting. i love all the trails that are coming. now we have the red bikes , we are becoming a healthy community. it makes you think about
-- about spring. we have had some spring-like days. we should get up to the middle 30' s. it will only feel like the middle to upper 20' s this afternoon. into the evening, because the clouds move out, that blanket of cloud cover keeps us warm overnight -- we will be freezing . it will be 20 degrees and feel like the teens. sunshine building on friday, sticking around saturday and sunday, temperatures up to 50. the roller coaster keeps going back into the 30'