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how officials believe it started, and what we know about the victim so far. >> from cincinnati' s wlwt, leading the way, this is wlwt news 5 today. lisa: 5:00 a.m. on your thursday. good morning. i' m lisa cooney. mark: and i' m mark hayes. thanks for joining us. randi rico and kyla woods are in this morning with your weather and traffic. let' s go straight to randi rico for the forecast. things are changing quite a bit today. randi: i saw a lot of people going jacket free the last couple of days. today is a different story. starting out very close to freezing across greater cincinnati. 32 at cvg. a cool start. no big temperature climb expected today. it will stay breezy. a dry sweep across greater cincinnati.
flurry over top of downtown cincinnati and areas to the north. bundle up more than you have had to recently. temperatures right around 32 degrees. noon, 32 and breezy. 35 for the high. it will feel like the upper 20' s. sunshine as we roll into the weekend. kyla: our interstate travel rolling right along on this thursday. things a great out there. 275 looking good through my dear and up towards 71. we still have an accident on mitchell. use orchard as an alternate. it is not impacting our
across the river, 71, 75 looking smooth north and southbound at burlington pike. we will keep you updated. mark: breaking news this morning of a deadly fire in lebanon. wlwt news 5' s dan griffin is live at the scene, where officials say there was one fatality. another escape. dan, give us the latest. dan: it is a very active scene this morning with police, fire and investigative crews at a home here on kuntz court in lebanon. the scene also a symbol of sheer devastation. a man lost his life in a fire here just hours ago. this video here shows the scene a short while ago. investigators made there way here just after 2:00 a.m. what they found when they arrived, a man dead in a bedroom. they say they' re still working to identify him and haven' t elaborated much more than that. fire crews say it appears the fire started in that bedroom and it looks like it started in the bed.
home, in a moment of courage, ran out for help. >> an elderly female was able to evacuate because of a smoke detector that was inside. dan: this is one of those moments just showing how important smoke detectors can be in saving lives. the fire chief here tells us it appears this fire was an accident. we' re live in lebanon. dan griffin, wlwt news 5. mark: also breaking this morning, a boy that captured many hearts here in the greater cincinnati area has passed away. 5-year-old taylor grant had been battling a relapse of neuroblastoma since last march. his mom posted the news on social media late last night. multiple events have been held around the area rallying behind the brave boy. taylor even got to make a trip down to atlanta this past christmas, where he got the vip
team. so far funeral arrangements are still in the works. lisa: hoverboard dangers getting more attention this morning. wlwt news 5' s miriah turner is at the live alert desk to tells us about the latest hoverboard disaster here in ohio. miriah: an exploding hoverboard is to blame for this living room fire south of dayton. check out the damage it caused to a home in miamisburg. a 12-year-old was charging his hoverboard when his family says it began smoking and then exploded. they threw the board out of the home and doused it with water. >> it appears as if it burst apart. the batteries burst apart. it caught part of the house on fire and the carpet. >> don' t buy them. do your research before you buy them. we thought we were buying the right one and obviously we weren' t. miriah: fire officials say there wasn' t much for them to do once they got on scene. the family is just thankful they
fire from spreading. josh putnam thought he was just granting his son' s christmas wish when he got the toy, and even checked all the safety reviews for it online. from the live alert desk, i' m miriah turner. lisa: the fire worries continue to grow with hoverboards. the u.s. consumer product safety commission has had at least 48 fires in 20 states, all caused by the lithium-ion battery packs. the company that performs federally recognized safety and certifications has announced a testing program to make hoverboards safer. should ohio legalize marijuana? despite the measure failing last november, there' s still a push to pass it in the buckeye state. mark: but this time around, the focus is on medical use. wlwt news 5' s andrew setters is leading the way with the important discussion taking place today. good morning. andrew: a sweeping marijuana legalization effort failed at the polls back in november. the idea is not dead.
ohio' s marijuana laws. two state senators are on a state-wide listening tour. senators dave burke and kenny
yuko want to hear from you. they' ll stop at the university of cincinnati to hold a forum, specifically about medical marijuana and the idea of loosening restrictions for people with a medical need. had the marijuana legalization effort been approved last fall, ohio would have been the first state to go for full legalization without legalizing medical marijuana first. the senators will hear from patients today about how medical marijuana could impact their lives the forum takes place . today at 11:00 at uc. reporting live, andrew setters, wlwt news 5. mark: thank you. the irs experiencing major computer issues in the midst of tax season. the agency is now saying it has stopped accepting electronically filed tax returns because of a hardware failure. irs officials say it could affect refunds, but says it doesn' t aniticpate major
the computer system issue forced the shutdown of several tax processing systems, including the e-file system. while the irs said
it is still assessing the scope of the outage, it expects 90% of taxpayers will receive refunds within three weeks. lisa: the hamilton county board of elections is now moving to norwood. the lease on the downtown the year. the board has been scouring the area for a new home. they' ve now voted unanimously to recommend a smith road site in norwood. it' ll be up to county here' s what the board is telling them now. >> this new location has an abundance of free parking. it' s along several bus lines. it' s right off of norwood lateral. again, much more central and accessible to a large majority of voters. so, i think that' s why you saw your board pass it on a bipartisan basis. lisa: 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. mark: let'
kyla: checking out on this accident on mitchell and it is close a portion of the rhone between fine -- vine and leonard. that will get you around the closure using orchard. we have been telling about these all week long. between 11:00 and 5:00 a.m., you' ll see some closures along those lanes and on the ramps. this is 75 and hopple. no closures this morning. let' s check in with randi rico. february has returned. randi: it has a one day only special. we will warm things up for the weekend.
february-ish turn next week. most places pretty close to freezing. 32 in madison. temperatures slide a little bit over the next couple of hours. cloudy, breezy, 28 for the morning rush. lunchtime, feeling like 25. by the drive home, breezy and cool, 34. the skies do clear out. it will be a cold night ahead. mark: thank you. the countdown is on to the new hampshire primaries. lisa: the democratic debate set for tonight with the final two candidates battling it out on stage. mark: the university of cincinnati taking a hard look at its police force. how it intends to make sure that events like the fatal traffic stop of samuel dubose never
mark: good morning and welcome back. 32 degrees as we take a live look outside. checking today' s headlines. democratic presidential candidates hillary clinton and bernie sanders will debate issues and present their best selves to new hampshire voters tonight. the two-hour debate will take place in durham at the johnson theater. coverage begins at 9:00 on msnbc. "meet the press" moderator chuck todd and msnbc anchor rachel maddow will moderate. lisa: also today, the house oversight and government reform committee will hold a hearing on the rising cost of prescription drugs. the embattled former ceo of turing pharmaceuticals, martin shkreli, and others will testify. the hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:00 this morning on
mark: the sexual assault case against bill cosby will move forward. a judge refused to throw out the charges against the comedian wednesday. in a two-day hearing, cosby' s lawyers tried to argue that a former district attorney granted him immunity from prosecution when he testified during a civil case. the judge said witness credibility was a factor in his decision, but didn' t elaborate. the case will now head to a preliminary hearing next month. uc police getting top-to-bottom scrutiny. lisa: president santa ono called for an exhaustive review, and it sounds like that' s exactly what is about to take place. miriah turner tells us more now. miriah: lisa and mark, the department is going under the microscope, and according to the chairman of uc' s comunity advisory council, there is the potential for significant changes in staff and leadership. uc has selected exiger, a nationally recognized police monitoring firm, to conduct a comprehensive review of all polices, procedures, practices and training involving its
team of 12 people to examine the challenges faced by ucpd, develop a strategic plan to fix issues, recommend new policies and procedures, and provide a roadmap to implement and sustain changes, all of which would take place in six months time. the review team will meet with people both on campus and out in the community. a site visit is planned for this month. they' ll put together an interim report in april. lisa? lisa: the review and overhaul of the university of cincinnati police department was set in motion with what prosecutors say should have been a routine traffic stop. it was sunday night, july 19th of last year, when sam dubose was stopped in mount auburn for a missing front license plate. 10 days later, ray tensing was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter. his bond was set at $1 million. the next day, he was released on bond and has remained out ever since. last month, january 18th, the university announced it reached a $5.3 million settlement with
both financial compensation as dubose' s children. another pretrial is now set for next week. >> cincinnati' s certified most accurate forecast. randi: we made it to february, four days ago at this point. today it will feel like winter for one day only. cloudy, breezy, and cold all day. pretty decent timing of the return of 40' s and 50' s. we do have cloudy skies. we had some flurries and light drizzle overnight. most of that has come to an end. most places in the low 30' s.
two different locations. little miami, we haven' t seen a reading in over a day. taking a look at the more important reading toward downtown cincinnati, now above action stage, 40 feet. it will crest saturday afternoon. expect the usual floating spots near coney. right now most places in the low 30' s. there is a bit of a breeze and colder air. s s this afternoon, as temperatures climb to the mid-and upper 30' s. futurecast will show clouds around this morning and trying to clear them out by sunset
a cold start to the day on friday. 35 degrees today the expected high and clouds not clearing until the evening. 43 tomorrow, back above average. 51 degrees on sunday. they can be cooler next week. all in all not too bad. kyla: swapped out the coats last night. not a lot of extra time needed on the roads. we' re seeing a clear start on our interstates. we do have an accident on mitchell. this is 471, still showing green conditions.
a quick five minutes over to the daniel carter beard bridge, where we see clear lanes. starting to pick up on the northbound side. we will let you know once the accident clears on mitchell. still closed between vine and leonard. lisa: a history teacher turned singing sensation. mark: how an ohio teacher is headed to chicago for the opportunity of a lifetime. lisa: promoting safety on the street for pedestrians. the local councilman' s effort to reduce the number of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities in the queen city. mark: taking a live look outside this morning. 32 degrees out the re. stay with us. you' re waking up to cincinnati'
lisa: good morning and welcome back on your thursday. making cincinnati' s streets safe for everyone including cyclists and pedestrians. mark: one cincinnati councilman wants the city to pinpoint the most dangerous intersections and fix them. kyla: concerns are rising after two recent fatal accidents. in the past two months, a runner and bicyclist made headlines, after being hit and killed by a car. now, councilman p.g. sittenfeld is coming forward, saying he'
in a motion, sittenfeld is calling for the city to identify the most dangerous intersections in connection to people being hit by vehicles. he says a study to find them would be essentially free, and the costs of improvements would be well worth it. >> i think it' s critical that the city take a proactive approach to make sure that pedestrians and cyclists, no matter where in the city, no matter the neighborhood, are safe wherever they are. kyla: with the flying pig not far off, runners are everywhere. they say a study like this could make a big difference, saving lives and raising awareness to people on the sidewalk and roads. councilman sittenfeld says he expects results from the study in about 45 days. mark? mark: thank you. in liberty township, a new family-friendly movie experience to the cobb liberty luxury theater. the sensory friendly-film series will lessen the intensity of some movies. the theater will include brighter lighting and lower sound levels. movie-goers are also encouraged to sing along and interact in ways you wouldn' t normally do during a movie.
for adults. lisa: sounds like fun. teacher is hoping to make it big with his voice, so he' s trying out for nbc' s hit show "the voice." >> maybe im amazed at the way you love me all the time lisa: damon mollenkopf, known to his students as mr. mo, sent a tape to the show producers, thanks to the encouragement from his students, and he got some good feedback. mr. mo is now headed to the windy city this weekend to audition. >> i probably would not have done this if they hadn' t kept badgering and badgering badgering in a good way. lisa: mr. mo plans to sing "100 ways" by quincy jones. he says if the judges do turn their chairs for him, he will opt to be on christina aguilera' s team. the season premiere of "the voice" is february 29th. mark: nobody is going to blame him for that choice. randi: that is awesome.
if you are heading out this morning to get ready for the flying pig, it will feel like february outside. 6:00 this evening, cool and 33. you have to bundle up just a little bit more. remember to snap a selfie and send them to me on twitter or post them on facebook. we will be sharing as we train for the pig. we take a look at the forecast for the weekend. temperatures up into the upper 40' s and low 50' s. guys? mark: the pressure to win turning up the competition between democratic presidential candidates. lisa: how they battled over which candidate is the most progressive in this 2016 race. dan: we' re learning new
this is "wlwt news 5 today." mark: i' m mark hayes. lisa: and i' m lisa cooney. randi rico and kyla woods are in this morning with your weather and traffic. randi: i have just noticed great news. we are in the halfway point in winter. mark: we can make it. we can. [laughter] randi: today, it will feel more like winter. we only have 45 days to go. as we take a look at the temperatures, 32 degrees at cvg. most places are hanging out right around freezing. it is a cool start to the day and it would be awesome if this was our jumping off point. most places don' t move much temperature-wise as we get into the afternoon.
they will not break until 4:00 this afternoon. plan on it being cloudy and breezy. flurry. not seeing much left over of that. at 8:00, cloudy, breezy, and some towns may be in the upper 20' s. 28 to 30 the morning rush. lunchtime, 32. cloudy skies, breezy, your feel-like temperature mid 20. it does feel like february today, but that won' t last. temperatures will climb as we head into the weekend. kyla, what is going on? kyla: there is an accident on mitchell between vine and leonard and they have closed all lanes between those two points. your recommended alternate routes will be north of it at orchard and it' s it right around this roger bacon high school. you do want to avoid that stretch of mitchell at least
we'll keep you updated. heading out this morning to the airport, no delays on the interstate , and hopefully none in the air. 74 is clear and moving right along that harrison pike. we will check again on that accident. mark: breaking news -- a house fire in lebanon has turned deadly. lebanon dispatch responded to a fire on kuntz court around 2:15 a.m. dan, good morning. dan: good morning. we are learning the name of the man who was killed in the fire. investigators are telling us his name is wilson scott. he lived behind us. they said he lived in the home with his mother and his brother. they are telling us his brother happened to be at work when this fire happen. we got video right now showing the scene a short while ago.
here just after 2:00 a.m.. they found him dead in the bedroom. they are saying that smoking in bed may have been the cause of this fire. they have fire investigators here. the state fire marshal and state detectives looking through the scene trying to figure out how this all played out. what we can take from all of this is that there is sheer devastation. the family is coming together at a neighbor' s home. they are absolutely heartbroken by this. investigators are gathering them together as they were through this scene. we will continue to follow this story and bring you the very latest as we move through this morning. for now, we are live in lebanon. dan griffin, the view of the beauty. mark: condolences for it -- for tyler grand.
andrew: taylor grant has earned his wings. that was part of the message delivered by his mom on facebook. we have been there for the long, difficult journey from raising money to raising awareness about cancer. he inspired people to join team taylor in fundraising efforts, including the march for gold walk. his mother said there is no more suffering our pain. what we know about funeral arrangements is pretty limited. it will be a public service for people to come together and mourn. it is too early for details to be released. we'll keep you posted. reporting live, andrew setters. lisa: thank you. commitment 2016, the democratic candidates trading some of their sharpest attacks in the granite
miriah turner is at the live alert desk with a recap of last night' s townhall. miriah: the democratic battle in new hampshire is heating up with the candidates going after each other like never before. the hillary clinton and bernie sanders clashed over who is a true champion over so-called liberal politics. , big progressive goals, but we about them. >> i do not know any progressive $50 million from wall street. [applause] miriah: even though hillary clinton was to quit the winner in iowa by a thin margin, the sanders can' t fit he a huge fundraising boost after the caucuses. $3 million in just three hours. the pressure is on bernie sanders. if he does not do well in new hampshire, the road gets tougher.
his wife as sanders, who received secret service protection yesterday because -- hillary clinton is delaying a plan fundraising trip to boston until the primary. another debate is set for tonight. lisa: thanks, miriah. after campaigning is heating up and more candidates are dropping out. rand paul and rick santorum both dropped out. santorum did not stop there. he announced he is throwing his support behind marco rubio. rubio placed third in iowa caucuses and tight ted cruz and donald trump. he is calling for new voting in iowa, or for the results to be nullified. mark: florida governor rick scott has declared a health emergency in four counties in the state. at least cases of the
have been detected in florida found in miami-dade, lee, hillsborough and santa rosa counties. disease while traveling -- health officials believe the people contracted the disease while traveling overseas. the zika virus has been linked to brain deformities in babies. more potential health problems associated with flint' s toxic water crisis are surfacing. health officials are investigating if the lead-tainted water is causing skin rashes. the michigan department of health and human services says that while rashes are common, and can have many causes. they want to make sure there aren' t more cases as a result of flint' s lead-laced water. they' re planning to personally interview residents who report skin rashes and test the water in their homes. yesterday, a hearing was held on capitol hill about flint' s water crisis. lawmakers are vowing to get to the bottom of it. lisa: a car slammed into an apartment complex almost taking out to men. the suv narrowly missed jonathan james by inches and seconds. he was in the middle of a haircut when says he heard a
way. one witness says it looked like the man driving meant to hit a break at a stop sign on mchenry. but hit the gas instead. the man ran to pull the lever out of the car. he says, the driver was shaken up. >> he was in shock. he was just trying -- he said, all my god, oh my god. >> we had a loud noise and was like boom. was a shock to me. lisa: first responders said the driver is excited to be ok, but the building suffered a big-time damage. no word on if charges will be filed. mark: a downtown clothing store closing its doors after six decades in cincinnati. the signs are up at the house of adam on vine street. the going-out-of-business sale starts today. the store opened in 1955.
lisa: happening today, athletic directors for the big 12 conference is meeting in dallas. conference expansion is to be the big topic of discussion. u.c. need moved to the big 12. -- u.c. may move to the big 12. let' s check in with randi. february. -- feeling a whole lot more like february. randi: would not be too surprised as we head to the next hours, temperature slide into the upper 20' s. there is a bit of a windchill. temperatures feeling like the mid and upper 20' s thanks to a breeze. as the kids head out to the bastad, they will neither winter
feels like temperatures in the upper teens. later, cloudy, cool and 35. kyla, i know you are -- they are going to put up a fight because you let them where the lighter stuff. kyla: put on the heavy coat today. stuff does change. and it can change quickly. good morning, everyone. speaking of things quickly changing, along i-71, north and southbound at jeremiah morrow, this is one of our key construction spots. this is a single day closure. one-time only, north and southbound starting at 7:30 this morning. it is a daytime closure and should wrap up around noon. these are moving along just fine on both sides of the bridge. no lane closures as you are heading up north found in further into warren county. around lunchtime, you may run
randi: good morning, everybody. the time is now 5:42. friday is oh so close and warmer and will be here by the weekend. with cloudy skies. you may get a little sunshine just before sunset tonight. if you are heading out the door to know. it feels like february. the last couple of days have been a bit of a case. with temperatures way above normal. it will be cloudy, breezy, cool. sunny and one or arrived just in time for the weekend. enjoy it because it looks like there is another prolonged cold stretch. mark: an expansion of the creation museum is one step closer to becoming a reality. the boone county planning and zoning commission approved a plan to add a three-story building on the property.
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 the museum as expansions move forward. >> we have experienced a lot of success with the museum. we are positioning ourselves in preparing for the additional crowds. mark: the museum also wants to add more attractions at least every two years. the boone county fiscal court is expected to make a decision this spring. lisa: a new kroger marketplace could be coming to westchester after all. the township announced that trustees will consider an agreement regarding rezoning a property. developers wanted to build crossings on glendale road, but the zoning request was denied.
trustees meeting february 23. home depot is hiring 80,000 seasonal workers. a sign spring is just around the corner and the housing market remains strong. home depot has been hiring about 80,000 seasonal workers every year for a decade and about half of them turn into permanent employees. the seasonal hiring means each home depot store will higher 40 to 45 workers. a company spokesman says spring is their christmas. we are approaching severe 5:45, weather season here in cincinnati. mark: and while snow is still more likely than thunder. hamilton county emergency management is asking for your help when it comes to sirens. wlwt news 5' s miriah turner has the details. maria, good morning. miriah: on the first was af every month, you hit the sirens across the region. it is a test with a automatically radial back to headquarters making sure the software are working.
residents and businesses to adopt sirens to keep an eye on the equipment making sure it is working properly during tests. it they' re looking to have two flu people to three people per sirens. adoptions will be based on proximity. if you want to help her learn more about the adoption program, we will have the link to the website -- wlwt.com. speaking of the weather, let' s check in with meteorologist randi rico. randi: 45 days until spring arrives. the last couple of days, you can have thunderstorms in the winter, too. today, getting back on track. it will feel like february. not feeling as mild. audi and breezy today. temperatures in the 30' s.
you can see clouds in ohio, kentucky, and indiana. even some light snow outside cleveland. for us, we had a little bit of patchy drizzle and a stray flurry overnight. it appears to be out of. we are looking drive for the next several days, which is good because we had a whole lot of rain over the last few days in the river levels went up. we are keeping an eye on the ohio river. over the last 24 hours, it could go above action stage. it will chris on saturday afternoon at 43.7 feet and fall back down below 40 feet by monday morning. keeping that flooding issue centralized, but with the breeze and the river running high, it looks kind of cool i the river. 32 degrees. winds out of the northwest at 10 miles per hour. at noon, 32.
in the late afternoon, that is when the crowd start to clear out. futurecast, cloudy skies to start the day. lunchtime, pretty much thing deal. in the afternoon, the clouds thinned and we will be cleared tonight. in the wintertime, without a blanket of clouds, it can be cold. tonight, dipping down to 20 degrees. today, 35, breezy, cloudy. even though it starts out cold for your friday morning, we will jump back about average. 43 friday afternoon. the six on sunday. -- 46 on sunday. next week, 20' s and 30' s for a big chunk of next week. kyla: in st. bernard, we are seeing great conditions. 13 minutes on 275.
split into downtown. 60 minutes right now to butler county. that closure is on mitchell -- 16 minutes right now to butler county. that closure is still on mitchell. we' ll check again for you at the top of the hour. mark: thank you, members of the community at a local business coming together for one brave little boy. >> it is important to give back when you have the opportunity. so why would you? lisa: the kyle or strong fundraiser. mark: and teases for super bowl ads are coming out by the dozens building anticipation for the big game. how celebrities seem to be the popular thing for those ads. [laughter] lisa: hope it is a great start for you. 5:49.
kyla woods has more of the event. just spectacular! kyla: we have in keeping up with kyler. it has been almost a month since kyler was released from the intensive care unit at children' s hospital. his mom says he is doing great and moving mountains every day. weather was diagnosed with an and operable bring tuber. --an an inoperable brain tumore. volunteers spend the day selling t-shirts, stickers, and decals. >> for people to come out and do something for a child they never met, i don' t know, it puts faith back in you. kyla: they tells us it was one
kyler' s family tells us they plan on attending another event. lisa: we are taking some stories trending. mark: with super bowl sunday around the corner, and teasers are pouring out. >> cheerleaders? >> at that you are the experts at these parties. [laughter] mark: a new ad features actor alec baldwin trying to throw the perfect super bowl party. amazon says the super bowl ad is a great chance to tell viewers all about and go. -- echo. lisa: another ad shows amy schumer. bud light' s sponsor anheuser-busch will show a few
they are the official beer of the nfl. mark: british actors helen mirren is starring in an ad with a more serious tone taking on drunk driving. celebrities are one of the biggest components of this year' s round of ads with 33 celebrities appearing this year. i believe that is a list celebrities. [laughter] who were paid a lot of money. mark: tax trouble for the irs. to file electronically. mark: a live look at the scene from a deadly fire in lebanon. more information for the man who died coming up at 6:00. randi: staying cool from start to finish. s and your
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lisa: new details on a daily fire in lebanon overnight in what investigators are saying about how it started. mark: computer problems for the irs. what could be for your tax return. lisa: and a brave battle ends. >> from cincinnati' s wlwt, leading the way. this is "wlwt news 5 today." lisa: we have an update on breaking news we have been following. a live look in lebanon, ohio right now. we are learning a fire has been the life of a 66-year-old man. we will bring you the latest on the investigation coming up. 6:00 a.m. on your thursday. good morning, to you. i' m lisa cooney. mark: & mark hayes. -- and i' m mark hayes.