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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Wheel of Justice Will Keep On Turning (Next Week)

The "Wheel of Justice" will return next Wednesday to Channel 12's morning news after a two-week hiatus. It has not been canceled. The past two weeks the segment was postponed due to bad weather, though anchors John Lomax and Anna Townsend haven't explained to viewers why it was absent.
Deb Dixon had planned to celebrate the 1-year anniversary on Feb. 7 with Mayor Mallory and Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher, but it was dropped because of the snow last week. The anniversary will be celebrated next Wednesday, says Elbert Tucker, news director.
Ch 12 started the spinning the "Wheel" -- a carnival wheel plastered with fugitives' mugs shots -- last February after Mallory challenged citizens and the media to do more to help solve the city's crime problem. The pointer lands on a suspect, and efforts are made by police jurisdictions to locate and arrest that person. At least 52 people have been captured in a year from the "Wheel," I'm told. It's corny, but it works.


at 2/14/2007 12:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suppose ANY criminals off the street is a good thing - but the wheel does seem to go for low hanging fruit. For instance when this thing launched last year - police were still searching for the "blue eyed rapist." Why wasn't HE on the wheel? Instead of petty thieves - how about the Tri-State's Most Wanted?

at 2/14/2007 3:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the Blue-Eyed Rapist would not be on it because he was already getting plenty of TV coverage. I think the purpose of the wheel is to get the face of lesser known criminals out there so they can get caught.

at 2/14/2007 6:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey kiese what happened to robert hatcher from westwood on american idol last night.

at 2/15/2007 7:55 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

the wheel is stupid but not as bad as 12's Student Crime Tracker. They actually reported that a kid was suspended for cursing at his is this newsworthy?

at 2/15/2007 1:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 7:55 - a better question is: is cursing at a principal even a crime??? Sounds like a violation of student code rather than a violation of law.

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