Casual fundraiser was a hit, so Bar Foundation is doing it again

Published: 01/30/2015

Last March, the Columbus Bar Foundation broke away from its customary gala fundraiser to host Jeans & Jewels at Shadowbox Live.

“It was completely different than anything we had done before,” said Marion Smithberger, CBF executive director, adding that the sold-out event was a hit with attendees.

Man who helped set victim on fire while he was alive loses appeal to 10th District

Published: 01/30/2015

A man found guilty of burning another man to death lost his appeal this week when the 10th District Court of Appeals found that his convictions for aggravated arson and murder could not merge.

Shane Albert appealed his convictions from the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, arguing that the trial court wrongfully admitted graphic photos of his alleged victim and failed to properly merge his convictions.

The three-judge appellate panel, however, found no merit to those claims and affirmed the lower court’s ruling.

Court of appeals upholds drug dealer's conviction

Published: 01/30/2015

The United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio this week in a drug case.

The defendant, Jamaica Heflin, was convicted by a jury of two counts of possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

According to case summary, Heflin was arrested in the early morning hours of June 9, 2011 after police stopped a red pickup truck at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Toledo. Heflin was a passenger in the vehicle.

Court of appeals upholds seven-year sentence for robber

Published: 01/30/2015

A three-judge panel in the 3rd District Court of Appeals recently affirmed a seven-year prison term for a man found guilty of aggravated robbery.

Derick Curry Jr. appealed his sentence from the Hancock County Court of Common Pleas, arguing it was disproportionate to his crime and he should have been given the minimum three-year sentence.

The facts of the case stated that Curry and his co-defendant, Tyrel Jones, entered a Findlay apartment in December 2013 with the intention of robbing its occupants.

The next big thing in banking could be an app on your smartphone

Published: 01/30/2015

Anywhere people go these days, it seems as though they are bound to see someone walking around thumbing through apps and texts on their smartphone.

As people have become more interested in the hand-held devices, they have also started relying on them to manage all the details of their lives, including their finances.

In fact, Forrester Research has predicted that twice as many customers will be researching financial products on their smartphones and tablets this year as compared to 2014.

It's a good time to buy a vacation home - if you do your homework

Published: 01/30/2015

If you think vacation homes are a luxury only for the rich, think again.

In 2013, United States Census Bureau data indicated that 8 million vacation homes and 43.7 million investment units existed alongside 74.7 million owner-occupied homes.

The National Association of Realtors’ 2014 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey reported that vacation home sales jumped 29.7 percent in 2013 to an estimated 717,000.

That is in comparison to investment home sales, which fell 8.5 percent.

Renting out homes for Super Bowl can bring big bucks

Published: 01/30/2015

PHOENIX (AP) — Hundreds of people gather every year to hobnob with A-list celebrities at a charity bash thrown in the Super Bowl’s host city.

But instead of heading to a trendy nightclub or swanky restaurant, organizers this year are throwing the party inside a private home. 

The location reflects a trend in the Phoenix area, where homeowners have been renting their houses and condos to out-of-towners, a move that can bring big earnings for those willing to take the risk.

Distillers get hopping mad for new liquor flavoring trend

Published: 01/30/2015

A new flavor is brewing in the world of craft liquors as distillers borrow from the beer world and add hops for an aromatic twist.

Once ubiquitous, parking garages fall to the wrecking ball

Published: 01/30/2015

DES MOINES, Iowa — They were supposed to be saviors of downtown, drawing people by offering parking as plentiful as at any suburban shopping mall.

But decades after cities tore down buildings and replaced them with parking structures, communities across the country are demolishing the garages and putting up buildings again, confident that more people will be drawn to lively offices, hotels and housing.

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