Death sentence upheld for man who bludgeoned ex-girlfriend to death

Published: 08/29/2014

A convicted killer recently lost his appeal when the Fifth District Court of Appeals rejected his allegation that his trial counsel talked him out of a plea deal that could have saved his life.

The Licking County Court of Common Pleas found Phillip Elmore guilty of aggravated murder for the June 2002 slaying of his ex-girlfriend.

The facts of the case state that while 47-year-old Pamela Annarino was attending her son’s wedding, Elmore broke into her Newark home and waited for her.

Man who killed victim over drugs loses appeal

Published: 08/29/2014

In a recent opinion released by the Second District Court of Appeals, the judgment of Ohio’s Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas was affirmed, upholding the conviction of Gudonavon Taylor on several counts of murder and felonious assault.

Taylor had appealed last year but his convictions were affirmed and his 41-year-to-life sentence was upheld.

He filed a motion to reopen his appeal and, after denying it initially, the Second District agreed to address the appeal a second time.

Legislation designed to clarify do-not-resuscitate directives

Published: 08/29/2014

Prompted by a pattern of inconsistent interpretation, Sen. Peggy Lehner has introduced a bill into the Ohio General Assembly that would sunset Ohio’s Do-Not-Resuscitate Comfort Care protocol and calls for the use of Medical Order Life Sustaining Treatment or MOLST forms.

“Though DNR protocol was intended to offer a portable DNR that would be honored across care settings while offering immunity to health care providers in the withholding of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, DNR-CC protocol has been inconsistently interpreted,” said Lehner, R-Kettering.

Recognition of Ohio's role in Freedom Summer voting campaign sought

Published: 08/29/2014

House Bill 557 was crafted to memorialize the efforts surrounding Freedom Summer and honor the role Ohio played in the battle for voting equality.

The proposed legislation, sponsored by Reps. Tim Derickson, R-Springboro, and Dale Mallory, D-Cincinnati, would designate June 20 as “Freedom Summer Day” in Ohio.

“In June 1964, Freedom Summer was a campaign whose central goal was registering as many African Americans voters as possible in Mississippi, a state which historically excluded African Americans from voting,” Derickson said.

Maximum sentence upheld for man with long criminal record

Published: 08/29/2014

A panel of judges in the Ninth District Court of Appeals recently affirmed the judgment of the Medina County Court of Common Pleas, which sentenced a defendant to a maximum prison term after he violated the terms of his community control.

Mark Fernandez was indicted in July 2012 on one count of third-degree felony robbery.

Following a guilty verdict, the trial court sentenced Fernandez to three years of community control with “intensive supervision.”

Fernandez was also classified as a high risk offender.

No postconviction relief for man who failed to challenge venue at trial

Published: 08/29/2014

In a decision released earlier this week, the 12th District Court of Appeals rejected a man’s challenge that he was tried in an improper venue.

Mahmud Morrar appealed the decision of the Madison County Court of Common Pleas finding his argument that he was tried in an improper venue was barred by the doctrine of res judicata.

Morrar was first charged after he fired a gun into the home of his business associates.

Following the shooting, Morrar led police on a chase but was ultimately apprehended.

Video games come of age as spectator sport

Published: 08/29/2014

NEW YORK — Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play “Pac-Man.” And for decades, kids have gathered in living rooms to marvel at how others master games like “Street Fighter II” and “Super Mario Bros.”

But today there’s Twitch, the online network that attracts millions of visitors, most of whom watch live and recorded footage of other people playing video games — in much the same way that football fans tune in to ESPN.

Bourbon production reaches high point since '70s

Published: 08/29/2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In a business where patience is part of the process, Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation.

To put it in bartenders’ lingo: Distillers are putting up the tab for millions of rounds of bourbon years before they are even ordered. The production poses an inherent risk, but hitting the moment right — a big supply meshing with big demand — could mean a serious payday for companies big and small.

Buckeyes think they have more, better linebackers this season

Published: 08/29/2014

COLUMBUS — Joshua Perry says he’s ready for his closeup.

The Ohio State linebacker played well while learning the job a year ago. Now he’s being counted on heavily to replace first-round draft pick Ryan Shazier and shepherd several new players through their first season with the fifth-ranked Buckeyes.

Perry is being counted on to fill in for last year’s leading tackler, Ryan Shazier, who was taken with the No. 15 pick in the first round of the NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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