Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:12 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:12:52 GMT
A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with second degree murder after his 5-year-old sister died Sunday. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Detectives say the boy admitted to practicing "WWE" moves on theMore >>
A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with second degree murder after his 5-year-old sister died Sunday. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Detectives say the boy admitted to practicing "WWE" moves on the girl, even after she told him that she was in pain.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 4:10 PM EDT2013-06-18 20:10:44 GMT
WWL-TV reports there has been a possible explosion in Washington Parish early Tuesday morning. The station stated on its website officials are on their way to the town of Isabel to investigate. According toMore >>
There was a gas line explosion early Tuesday morning, according to Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal. The gas fire is out, but trees in the area are still burning. More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-06-18 14:36:47 GMT
Louisiana State Police reports I-10 East is closed at Whiskey Bay on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge due to multiple crashes. Traffic on I-10 East is being diverted onto I-49 North.Drivers trying to get toMore >>
Louisiana State Police said I-10 East was closed for a while Tuesday morning due to multiple crashes near Whiskey Bay on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:18 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:18:50 GMT
A man accused of stealing air conditioners was arrested on theft and drug charges Monday. Johnny Williams Jr., 34, of Hammond, faces charges of felony theft and possession of marijuana. The Tangipahoa ParishMore >>
A man accused of stealing air conditioners was arrested on theft and drug charges Monday. Witnesses said they saw him take the units. More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:37 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:37:41 GMT
Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in finding a suspected rapist. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office reported Justo Venegas, 31, is wanted on a charge of forcible rape. Chief DeputyMore >>
Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in finding a suspected rapist. He is wanted for forcible rape involving a girl. More >>
SOUTH FAIRMOUNT, OH (FOX19) -
A business is growing in Cincinnati, but its success is about more than just the bottom line. It's about helping people whose lives have hit rock bottom due to addiction.
Keifer Moreland's story could easily have ended at the age of 12.
"I was a heroin addict, and my lifestyle was out of control," said Moreland.
In November of 2010, with the help of the City Gospel Mission, he got clean.
And then, he got hired at Green Recycling Works, a business that works in cooperation with the Mission. It picks up recyclables, sorts them, and sells them. It's been up and running for 3 months now, and already lives are being changed.
For Moreland, now a 20-year-old, it's not just a job. The company's director, former Citibank executive Matthew Long, now hires former addicts and teaches them how to hold down a job, be accountable, and rejoin society.
"It's absolutely insane. I go back and think about when I met some of these guys, and where they were coming into the Mission at that point in time, and now, I can have a business expense and reach into my pocket and hand them cash and know that it isn't going to get used for drugs," said Long.
Moreland graduated from the Mission's Exodus program, and says although he still has a long way to go, he's worked hard and had tremendous help becoming a new man.
"I'm rebuilding my relationships and I'm rebuilding my life really," he said.
Long goes above and beyond to help his employees succeed, making himself personally available to them 24/7, something he says makes a difference in keeping people on track. The company also prides itself on removing some of the common stumbling blocks to people re-entering society. They provide employees bus tokens until their first paycheck, uniforms down to the steel toe boots needed, and moral support to help them learn the ins and outs of being part of a workforce.
"I look at Keifer and really from 12 to 19 he was a user. He was stoned," said Long. "There's no other way to describe it. And now I look at Keifer and he's 20 years old. I think back to when I was 20, what was still ahead of me in my life? And if we can keep him off of drugs and alcohol, what's ahead for him? It's tremendous."
But ultimately the job Moreland is doing is only temporary. It is his time with Green Recycling Works, his clean drug tests, his on-time attendance and trustworthiness that will hopefully earn him a full time job and possibly lead him to a career.
To those who may be concerned about hiring someone with a criminal record, Long says he personally stands behind his men. After 25 years with Citibank and several more as a church pastor, Long says he knows what people want in a new hire, and the company has strict standards for its workers.
This year, Keifer Moreland and his entire family had Thanksgiving dinner for the first time in Moreland's life. Now, as Christmas approaches, he wants only one thing.
"Just being with my family," he said. "The materialistic things are there but really the relationship with my family and that they accept me back is the biggest Christmas gift that I could receive."
Green Recycling Works needs customers in order to be successful, and ultimately employ more people recovering from addiction. It offers great rates, and a way to give back to others at the same time. If your organization needs a recycling service, you can reach them at 513-800-8855 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org