Death sentence stands for inmate scheduled for execution next month

Published: 04/21/2014

In a recently released opinion, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed the judgment of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio which upheld the death penalty for Arthur Tyler.

Tyler’s appeal requested relief from the denial of his petition for a writ of habeas corpus in 2002.

He argued that his trial court gave illegal instructions to a hung jury, resulting in his death sentence.

Bill would revamp auto repair shop regulations

Published: 04/21/2014

In stumping for the passage of a bill that would expand the jurisdiction of the Motor Vehicle Repair Board, Andy Fiffick of Rad Air Complete Car Care and Tire Centers said his industry has become a reflection of common sense, morality and personal responsibility taking a backseat to personal gain.

“Sadly, the moral values and ethics of our industry are being taken over and trampled upon by those unscrupulous repair shops that openly violate the laws and regulations designed to keep Ohioans safe,” he said.

State loses appeal against mayor charged with coercing voters

Published: 04/21/2014

The 12th District Court of Appeals recently refused to disturb a final verdict from a common pleas court that dismissed charges alleging a former mayor interfered with civil rights during the voting process.

The state alleged in its appeal that the Brown County Court of Common Pleas wrongfully dismissed charges against Garland Renchen, former mayor of the village of Aberdeen, because he inappropriately coerced community members into voting for him.

Man who bribed wife to drop assault charges loses appeal

Published: 04/21/2014

The Fifth District Court of Appeals recently affirmed a lower court’s decision not to merge a man’s convictions as allied offenses but ruled that it improperly issued consecutive sentences and remanded the case.

The three-judge appellate panel held that the Muskingum County Court of Common Pleas erroneously ordered consecutive prison terms for Brock Chidester without first making the required findings.

Horse riding time offers therapeutic benefits

Published: 04/19/2014

GREEN OAK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Josie Parker has little to no balance, and walking without a cane would find her stumbling or falling.

Parker has peripheral neuropathy, which is damage to the peripheral nervous system — the communications network that transmits information from the brain and spinal cord to the body.

Her neurologist suggested that she try equine therapy and although she “had issues” with how and whether it would work, she agreed to try.

A year after background check defeat, modest goals

Published: 04/21/2014

WASHINGTON — Democratic worries about this November’s elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama’s effort to pass new curbs on firearms.

Drone targets West Virginia real estate market

Published: 04/21/2014

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The owners of a drone that began flying the skies over Greenbrier County last month come in peace, although they do plan to eventually target local real estate.

Paul and Richard Grist of Lewisburg’s Foxfire Realty are testing the commercial possibilities of using the camera-mounted, four-propeller, remote-controlled helicopter to provide panoramic aerial views of the farms and country estates they are marketing on behalf of their clients.

Florida bitcoin case tests money laundering limits

Published: 04/21/2014

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Two police officers burst through a hotel room door with guns drawn, yelling “Police! Get Down!” just after an alleged money laundering transaction went down. But instead of briefcases stuffed with a drug dealer’s cash, this exchange involved an undercover officer with supposedly stolen credit cards and the virtual currency bitcoin.

At Boston Marathon, a chance to finally finish

Published: 04/21/2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Just one tiny misstep at mile 15 of the Boston Marathon last spring ruined any chance of amputee runner Jeff Glasbrenner breaking four hours.

He stumbled over a pothole, opening a cut where his running blade attached below his right knee. Glasbrenner cursed his luck as he stopped every mile to clean the wound.

That bump in the road just may have kept the 41-year-old from being in the midst of the chaos. He was three blocks from the finish when the marathon was halted by the two bomb explosions.

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