Judges rule police legally searched car parked in high-crime area

Published: 05/29/2015

The 10th District Court of Appeals recently ruled that police had reasonable suspicion to search a man’s car after seeing it backed into a parking space in a high-crime area.

In a 2-1 opinion released this week, the appellate court affirmed the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas decision denying Edward Young’s motion to suppress the evidence against him.

Convictions affirmed for pair who took part in Internet pill mill

Published: 05/29/2015

The United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit recently ruled that two individuals who took part in an online prescription drug conspiracy were properly found guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

The defendants, Vinesh Darji and Audrey Rovedo, were two of 12 individuals defendants prosecuted under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

Proposed bill would remove Humane Society's prosecutorial powers

Published: 05/29/2015

On its face, Rep. Steve Hambley says House Bill 198 may seem like an animal abuse issue.

However, Hambley, R-Cuyahoga Falls, says the proposed legislation is more of a basic law and order issue that primarily deals with the structure of local government.

HB 198 would abolish the Humane Society’s authority to employ an attorney to prosecute certain violations of law dealing with animal cruelty or acts involving mistreatment or nonsupport of children.

Appellate court affirms dismissal of 20-year-old kidnapping, rape indictment

Published: 05/29/2015

The 8th District Court of Appeals ruled recently that a Cuyahoga County man cannot be prosecuted for offenses of aggravated burglary, kidnapping and rape that were committed in 1993.

The defendant, Andre Webber, was indicted in 2013 in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas for the crimes that he allegedly committed when he was 14 years old.

The charges were brought after a rape kit made its way to DNA analysis and implicated Webber.

Lengthy sentence upheld for man who raped stepdaughters

Published: 05/29/2015

The 12th District Court of Appeals recently affirmed a 30 years to life prison sentence for a man found guilty of raping his two young stepdaughters.

Jason Setty appealed his sentence from the Clermont County Court of Common Pleas, arguing that the trial court should not have imposed such a harsh sentence on remand from the appellate court.

The district court, however, disagreed and found that the record properly supported the sentence.

New law would shield retailers from customers who improperly dispose of fuels

Published: 05/29/2015

A pair of companion bills have been filed into the Ohio General Assembly that would create a qualified immunity for the dispensing of incompatible motor fuel and limit the state’s product liability law with respect to motor fuel and motor fuel additives.

The proposal also would prohibit an insurer from denying a claim on the basis that a underground storage tank is not compatible with a motor fuel if the state fire marshal has determined otherwise.

Love not war wins for small businesses and large companies

Published: 05/29/2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Imagine a world where David and Goliath are best buds. Well it’s becoming reality more frequently in the business world.

Boston Beer Co., maker of Sam Adams, mentors and lends money to small craft brewers.

It hopes their sales will grow and take grocery store shelf space from brands like Budweiser, Miller and Coors.

“The best way for us to grow at Sam Adams is by having more craft beers out there,” Boston Beer Chairman Jim Koch says.

The Catholic church's dance with science

Published: 05/29/2015

From Galileo to genetics, the Roman Catholic Church has danced with science, sometimes in a high-tension tango but more often in a supportive waltz.

Pope Francis is about to introduce a new twist: global warming.

The field of genetics was started by a Catholic cleric, Gregor Mendel. Entire aspects of astronomy, including the genesis of the Big Bang theory, began with members of the Catholic clergy.

While some religions reject evolution, Catholicism has said for 65 years that it fits with the story of creation.

California looks Down Under for drought advice, solutions

Published: 05/29/2015

SYDNEY (AP) — California’s longest and sharpest drought on record has its increasingly desperate water stewards looking for solutions in Australia, the world’s driest inhabited continent.

The struggle to survive with little water is a constant thread in the history of Australia, whose people now view drought as an inevitable feature of the land poet Dorothea Mackellar dubbed “a sunburnt country.”

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