Columbus Bar Association members vie for leadership positions

Published: 04/24/2015

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Columbus Bar Association members soon will be voting for their 2015-16 Board of Governors.

As part of the election process, eight members have been nominated to run for the Board of Governors and one candidate was nominated for the office of secretary/treasurer.

Only members who have been elected to at least one full term and currently serve on the Board of Governors are eligible nominees for secretary/treasurer.

Driver caught with cocaine after rear-ending another car loses appeal

Published: 04/24/2015

The judgment of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas was affirmed this week when the 1st District Court of Appeals ruled that the lower court properly denied a motion to suppress evidence from a defendant who pleaded no contest to possession of cocaine and tampering with evidence.

Case summary states that the defendant, Randy Campbell, was driving a car when he rear-ended another vehicle.

Officer Thomas Stanton responded to the scene and placed Campbell in his cruiser so that they could discuss the accident.

Drug dealer who said lawyer 'tricked' him into plea deal has appeal denied

Published: 04/24/2015

A three-judge panel recently affirmed a Scioto County Court of Common Pleas decision denying a man’s post-sentence motion to withdraw a guilty plea in his drug trafficking case.

The 4th District Court of Appeals ruled that Anthony Owens could have raised his argument and filed his request to withdraw his guilty plea in a direct appeal.

However, because he failed to do so until eight months after he entered the plea, the court held that his actions were not timely.

Another effort underway to create community learning center program in Ohio

Published: 04/24/2015

A bipartisan bill that would permit underperforming schools to restructure into community learning centers has been refiled into the Ohio General Assembly.

“This bill will develop a way in which a school can be a focal point in our communities and reach out to those in need,” said Rep. Andrew Brenner, R-Powell, adding that he was inspired to stump for the bill’s provisions after visiting the Oyler School in Cincinnati with Driehaus.

Court must determine man's sex offender registration requirement

Published: 04/24/2015

In a case of whether or not a man was required to register as a sex offender, the judgment of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas was reversed by the 1st District Court of Appeals this week.

The lower court denied a motion to withdraw a guilty plea from defendant Gerald Ferguson last year.

The reviewing court ruled that Ferguson had a reasonable basis for his motion.

Case summary states that, in California in 1983, Ferguson was convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age.

Bill would honor African-American Ohioan who played in majors in late 1800s

Published: 04/24/2015

A slate of 10 state lawmakers have backed an effort to pay homage to the first African-American major league baseball player under contract.

House Bill 87 would designate Oct. 7 as Moses Fleetwood Walker Day in honor of the unsung Ohioan.

Central Ohio home sales, prices rising

Published: 04/24/2015

Central Ohio saw an increase in home sales last month despite the lagging number of homes available for sale in the region, according to Columbus Realtors.

The 2,147 houses, condos and townhomes sold in March were up 47.8 percent over the previous month (1,453) and 16.6 percent over the previous year (1,842).

Year to date, home sales are up 7 percent compared to first quarter of 2014.

Visa quotas are an obstacle for small businesses in search of skilled employees

Published: 04/24/2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Some small business owners say government quotas are keeping them from finding the highly skilled help they need.

H-1B visas allow foreigners with college degrees to work in the U.S. for up to six years.

There’s such high demand for employees adept in technology and other skilled fields that nearly two-thirds of the applications will be denied.

Congress set a limit of 65,000 for visas for workers with bachelor’s degrees, and 20,000 for those with master’s degrees.

Low wages, trade deals luring auto plants and jobs to Mexico

Published: 04/24/2015

DETROIT — Mexico has become the most attractive place in North America to build new automobile factories, a shift that has siphoned jobs from the U.S. and Canada, yet helped keep car and truck prices in check for consumers.

In the past two years, eight automakers have opened or announced new plants or expansions in Mexico. Just last week, Toyota announced a new plant in Guanajuato to build the popular Corolla, work now done in Canada, while Ford unveiled plans for Mexican engine and transmission factories.

Huskers' Riley, Wisconsin's Chryst inherit high expectations

Published: 04/24/2015

Wisconsin has played in three Big Ten championship games and two Rose Bowls the last four years, and Nebraska has won 70 percent of its games since 2008.

Both have new coaches who’ve spent the spring getting to know their players and teaching them new ways of doing things. Unlike most first-year coaches who are tasked with rebuilding downtrodden programs, Paul Chryst and Mike Riley are expected to keep the wins coming at a high rate without missing a beat.

Does that make the job more difficult?

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