FBI Agent Testifies in Sittenfeld Trial + Hunted Plant Thief

Hello, neighbors. It’s Friday in Cincinnati and I’m back in your inbox with everything you need to know about what’s happening in the community today. Follow the latest news.

First, today’s weather forecast:

Rather sunny and pleasant. High: 87 Low: 60.

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Here are the top three stories from today in Cincinnati:

  1. FBI Special Agent Nathan Halbrook, who led the investigation against three Cincinnati City Council members that led to corruption charges, told jurors on Wednesday that the investigation began in 2017. Agent Halbrook said he joined the investigation in January 2018, just before Chinedum Ndukwe began working as a paid FBI informant, and introduced him to adviser PG Sittenfeld. Sittenfeld, 37, was charged in 2020 with two counts of honest wire fraud, bribery and attempted extortion by a government official. (FOX19)
  2. A Cincinnati homeowner chased a man, who was stealing his plants, off his porch and onto his steps. The plant thief was filmed and according to owner Jessica Haynes he looks a lot like the same man who was filmed on March 25 stealing two plants from a Fleming Street porch around the corner from his house. The video shows the man walking towards a dark colored SUV, possibly a Mazda. (Local 12)
  3. WalletHub, a personal finance website, released a study that ranked Ohio No. 6 in the nation for summer travel. The study found that Ohio ranks #1 in having the lowest average car repair costs, #12 in overall cost, #16 in operations, and #27 in safety. According to the site, 80% of American adults are planning a road trip this summer. (Cincinnati CityBeat)

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Today in Cincinnati:

  • 10th Annual Meagan Toothman Memorial Golf Tournament At the Ivy Hills Country Club (7:30 a.m.)
  • Garden crew At the Greater Cincinnati Weavers Guild (9:00 a.m.)
  • Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers with special guest CARM At the Taft Theater (8:00 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Come meet Nicole, Freckles, Rochelle, and many more animals waiting to be fostered or adopted at Cincinnati-area animal shelters. View their photos, read their articles, and find out how you can make a difference in their lives at the link. (Cincinnati crest)
  • Just because it’s hot doesn’t mean your garden has to suffer! Find out what you need to know about gardening in hot summer weather. (WVXU)
  • Come to Tequila Fest Cincinnati 2022 at Fountain Square on Saturday, June 25 from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Take part in a 50/50 raffle, special beer, food trucks and shows. (Google)

You are now in the loop and ready to start this Friday on the right foot. I’ll see you in your inbox tomorrow morning with your next update!

Carla Varner

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