Murderer denied habeas relief

Published: 07/31/2014

A panel of judges in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit this week affirmed the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio’s denial of habeas relief for a convicted murder.

Michael Dean Scott was convicted in the Stark County Court of Common Pleas of two murders and the aggravated robbery and kidnapping of one of his victims. He was subsequently sentenced to death.

Bill: No driver's ed, no license until 21

Published: 07/31/2014

A bill that would modify state law related to graduated driver’s licenses has been expanded to include provisions concerning driver’s education courses.

In addition to generally prohibiting all probationary driver’s license holders from operating a motor vehicle between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless the holder is accompanied by a parent or guardian, House Bill 204 would raise the age of a driver’s licensure without a training course to 21.

Court affirms convictions for man who stashed heroin in highway patrol cruiser

Published: 07/31/2014

The 12th District Court of Appeals recently affirmed two drug convictions for a man who left a bag of heroin in the back of a police cruiser.

Defendant Matthew Estes was indicted and charged with possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia following a traffic accident in July 2012.

The facts of the case stated that Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Joe Luebbers was dispatched to the scene of a car accident on Interstate 71 in Warren County. When he arrived, he found Estes was a passenger in one of the vehicles involved.

Court affirms bindover decision for minor with lengthy criminal record

Published: 07/31/2014

The 10th District Court of Appeals recently ruled that a local juvenile court properly bound over a 16-year-old boy for prosecution in adult court on charges of robbery and aggravated robbery.

Khalief Balams was indicted and charged with robbery, aggravated robbery and aggravated rioting in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations, Juvenile Branch.

The juvenile court judge found that Balams was 16 years old at the time of the alleged offenses.

Proposed legislation would ban in-state sales of powdered alcohol

Published: 07/31/2014

State Reps. Ron Gerberry, D-Canfield, and Jim Buchy, R-Greenville, have introduced a bipartisan bill into the legislature focused on powdered and crystalline alcohol.

House Bill 594, which was filed into the Ohio General Assembly earlier this month, would ban the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol within the state.

The product, also known as Palcohol, is freeze-dried alcohol in powdered form that can be mixed with water to make a cocktail.

Appeal for intervention denied convicted thief, forger

Published: 07/31/2014

A Lake County man who argued that he deserved intervention in lieu of conviction had his appeal overruled this week by a panel of judges in the 11th District Court of Appeals.

Timothy Cebula had entered guilty pleas to two counts of forgery and one count of theft in the Lake County Court of Common pleas. Before entering the pleas, he filed a motion for intervention in lieu of conviction, or ILC.

The trial court denied the motion, leading to Cebula’s appeal, where he argued that he should have been granted a hearing on the matter.

Avoiding plane crashes as air traffic doubles

Published: 07/31/2014

NEW YORK (AP) — More travelers are flying than ever before, creating a daunting challenge for airlines: keep passengers safe in an ever more crowded airspace.

Each day, 8.3 million people around the globe — roughly the population of New York City — step aboard an airplane. They almost always land safely.

Some flights, however, are safer than others.

SC mom's arrest sparks child care debate

Published: 07/31/2014

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Plenty of working parents can relate to the dilemma Debra Harrell faced when her 9-year-old daughter asked to play unsupervised in a park this summer. How do you find the time and money for child care when school is out?

Harrell’s answer to that question got her arrested. She spent the night in jail, temporarily lost custody of her girl for 17 days, thought she lost her job, and still faces 10 years in prison if convicted of felony child neglect.

Strahan goes from DE to TV to Hall of Fame

Published: 07/31/2014

Michael Strahan had one objective in mind when he came to the New York Giants as a second-round draft pick in 1993 out of Texas Southern.

“My goal when I first started was just to make a little money so I didn’t have to move back to my parents’ house,” he says. “I didn’t want to disappoint my parents. So that was my goal, to kind of just make my parents proud, make them happy, play as hard and just do the best I could do.”

Aronia berry gaining market foothold in U.S.

Published: 07/31/2014

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa — A new fruit that research says packs more antioxidants than popular “superfoods” like blueberries, acai berries and goji berries is establishing itself in the aisles of mainstream grocery stores, showing up in everything from juices to powdered supplements to baby food.

'Pawn Stars' TV star plans stores near famous shop

Published: 07/31/2014

LAS VEGAS — The long parade of tourists who regularly stop by the downtown Las Vegas shop featured on the History Channel reality show “Pawn Stars” could soon have something better to do while waiting in line.

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