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Lyndi Trischler has a passion for police work. She became a Florence Police officer in February 2012. Last year, she welcomed her first daughter and a few months later became pregnant with her firstMore >>
Lyndi Trischler has a passion for police work. That's why she became a Florence Police officer in 2012. Now, she says, she is forced to choose between her job and her family.More >>
Dashcam footage captures an amazingly acrobatic motorcycle accident. As a car switches lanes, a motorcyclist slams into the vehicle's rear bumper. The motorcyclists is launched into the air, flips andMore >>
Dashcam footage captures an amazingly acrobatic motorcycle accident.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on byMore >>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.More >>
A new proposal at the federal level aims to make more money available for cities to remove blight. Ohio Senator Rob Portman visited Toledo Friday to promote the Neighborhood Safety Act.
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur is backing a companion bill in the House. If approved, more money would be committed for the fight against blight in Toledo and cities across the country.
A $7 million fund was created with money from the Ohio Attorney General's Office, the city of Toledo, as well as the Lucas County Land Bank program. So far that fund has paid for the demolition of 556 vacant structures, with a goal of 800 by the end of the year.
Portman says his bill would earmark even more money for demolitions.
"This is a hazard for the neighborhood. It really creates a public safety problem. It's also about the neighbors and the values of their homes. When you have abandoned buildings, it drags down home values for everybody," explained Portman.
Steve McNeil says he has noticed the difference in his north Toledo neighborhood with more eyesore houses being torn down.
"It's a good thing for the neighborhood. These houses are just here. It's dangerous," said McNeil.
He also says tearing down eyesore houses is only the start for improving neighborhoods.
"That's just a step. Just one step. [There are] more steps to it than that," said McNeil.
Mayor Bell says he appreciates any financial help the city can get for the cause.
"We need to be able to take care of this, because we're putting a lot of people in jeopardy if we can't," said Bell.