Craig Cheatham, WCPO

Craig Cheatham


Cincinnati, OH, United States

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Past articles by Craig:

State lawmaker wants legislative hearings on correctional centers after I-Team investigation into River City

After reviewing the findings of WCPO 9’s investigation of the River City Correctional Center, state Rep. Cecil Thomas is calling for a state legislative hearing to question officials under oath. → Read More

West Chester to pay $28k settlement to man who claimed he was racially profiled by police

West Chester Township trustees agreed to pay a settlement to a man who claims police officers racially profiled him while searching for a shoplifting suspect in a grocery store. → Read More

Switch that turns Glock handgun into machine gun is law enforcement's 'top priority' in Cincinnati

Federal and local law enforcement announced on Wednesday that they're prioritizing the prosecution of people who possess Glock switches, the device that turns the firearm into a machine gun. → Read More

'Inaccurate and contradictory' statements undermine Ohio government's credibility following train derailment

Environmental attorney Dave Altman said the Ohio government has 'shot itself in the foot' on credibility following the East Palestine train derailment. → Read More

Cincinnati teen charged with four murders when he was 14 will be prosecuted as adult

A teen who was 14 in 2021 when he was charged with four murders in Cincinnati will be prosecuted as an adult. A juvenile court judge made the ruling on Monday. → Read More

How did a woman who has profound disabilities get her throat slashed in a Fairfield facility?

A woman with profound disabilities had her throat slashed in a Fairfield facility. The incident happened in 2021. The woman's father is suing Takoda Trails, the facility where his daughter lives. → Read More

Hamilton County Commissioners refuse to discuss inmate violence and escapes at county-owned facility

Hamilton County Commissioners refused to discuss issues at the county-owned River City Correctional Center, which is overseen by a volunteer board. Staff are county government employees. → Read More

Cincinnati's police oversight agency sees 47% increase in 'serious complaints' about city police in 2022

There was a 47% increase in 'serious complaints' in 2022 to Cincinnati's police oversight agency, according to a Citizen Complaint Authority report presented Tuesday to a city council committee. → Read More

River City Correctional Center focusing more on security and higher-risk offenders

The River City Correctional Center's executive director said the facility is focusing more on security and higher risk offenders. Scott McVey said the facility is using new tools to monitor inmates. → Read More

Ex-Cincinnati officer pleads guilty to 'dereliction of duty' for failing to properly investigate sex crimes

Former Cincinnati officer Christopher Schroder pleaded guilty Wednesday to 'dereliction of duty' for failing to properly investigate sex crimes. He was sentenced to 5 years probation. → Read More

Miss Kentucky on Covington school board after teaching contract wasn't renewed partly due to 'poor work ethic'

Hannah Edelen, the current Miss Kentucky, was elected to the Covington school board after the superintendent didn't renew her teaching contract due partly to her "poor work ethic and work attitude." → Read More

Feds: Ex-ICE deportation officer used ICE databases as 'hunting grounds for victims'

Federal prosecutors say ex-ICE deportation officer Andrew Golobic used ICE databases as 'hunting grounds for victims.' Golobic is charged with sex trafficking women he supervised in an ICE program. → Read More

'They need to shut it down': Ex-inmate speaks out about River City Correctional Center's issues

Ex-River City Correctional Center staff and inmates said high employee turnover, staff with active criminal cases and security problems have undermined the facility's mission for offenders. → Read More

Was a citizen complaint against Cincinnati police used as a bargaining chip in a criminal case?

Was a complaint against Cincinnati police a bargaining chip in a criminal case? The Citizen Complaint Authority is "concerned" about a defense attorney's request to withdraw her client's complaint. → Read More

River City Correctional Center employee with active arrest warrants supervised inmates for months

The River City Correctional Center hired a 'resident supervisor' who was on probation for robbery. A second employee supervised inmates for three months while she had warrants for her arrest. → Read More

Chinese spy sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for conspiracy to steal GE Aviation trade secrets

A Chinese spy was sentenced on Wednesday to 20 years in prison for conspiring to steal GE Aviation trade secrets. Federal prosecutors said Yanjun Xu was the first Chinese spy extradited to the U.S. → Read More

Hamilton County deputy reinstated two years after getting fired for 'excessive force'

A Hamilton County deputy has been reinstated after getting fired for "excessive force" in 2020. Jesse Franklin was found not guilty of assault. An arbitrator ordered him reinstated with back pay. → Read More

Cincinnati federal prosecutors recommend 300-months in prison for Chinese spy who stole trade secrets from GE

Federal prosecutors recommend a 300-month prison sentence for the Chinese spy convicted to conspiring to steal trade secrets from Evendale-based GE Aviation. Yanjun Xu will be sentenced on Nov. 15. → Read More

Butler County father and son sentenced to 12 months probation in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

A Butler County father and son were sentenced on Friday in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot investigation. Paul Seymour Sr. and Paul Seymour Jr. received 12 months probation for illegally demonstrating. → Read More

After I-Team investigation, River City Correctional Center has fewer violent offenders

The River City Correctional Center has 50% fewer parole violators who went to prison for violent crimes than it had in July. The changes follow a series of incidents exposed by the WCPO 9 I-Team. → Read More