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Articles and Blog Posts From 2016

Annie's Law Awaits Governor's Stamp of Approval

Inspired by the 2013 incident where a repeat drunk driving offender hit and killed Annie Rooney as she rode her bike, Ohio lawmakers are waiting for the final go-ahead from Governor Kasich. House Bill 388, better known as "Annie's Law," purports to prevent repeat DUI offenders from putting other drivers and pedestrians in danger by imposing more strict precautions on repeat offenders. If Governor… Read more

Marshall Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking

Dylan J. Marshall pleaded guilty in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court to a fourth-degree felony of drug trafficking, a fifth-degree felony of four counts of possession of drugs, a third-degree felony for three counts of having weapon under disability, and a first-degree misdemeanor for obstructing justice. Read More about this article at Zanesville Times Recorder. Read more

Drugs Big Business for Ohio Dealers

"People would be walking around shopping, and they wouldn't know what was happening," recalled Botbyl, of Norwalk, who has been clean for three years and is studying to be a pastor.  "You'd never meet the guy you talked to on the phone." The heroin was from Mexico, and all the runners generally spoke Spanish with very little English known to them.  The Mexican cartels, mostly from South America or… Read more

'Band of Thieves' Ringleader Gets Max Sentence in Clark County Court

Accused ring leader of a crime ring in Clark County which had been named "Band of Thieves" which spanned over 11 different counties in Ohio and stole valuables that equated up to millions will be spending 27 years in prison. Ricky Terry pleaded guilty in August to more than a dozen charges which included engaging in corrupt activity, theft, and breaking and entering.  He received the maximum sentence… Read more

Supreme Court Rules Individuals Convicted of Domestic Violence Cannot Own a Gun

Supreme Court Rules Individuals Convicted of Domestic Violence Cannot Own a Gun Today, in Voisine v. United States,  the Supreme Court ruled that individuals convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence are prohibited from owning a gun under U.S.C. §922(g)(9). In another Supreme Court case, United States v. Castleman, the Court established that an individual loses his or her gun rights after being convicted… Read more

Coroner Didn't Conduct Proper Death Investigation

Coroner, Dr. David Cummin who works for Hocking County has currently been battling with his fellow elected officials who have accused him of not doing his job.  Now, the Illinois couple whose son died in the state park in the county are also making the same claim against the coroner. The lawsuit was filed in December of 2015 in the federal court house in Columbus, accusing Dr. David Cummin along with… Read more

Just Because You Don't Think It's a Sex Crime, Does Not Mean It Isn't: An Overview of Sexual Imposition Laws in Ohio

The average person has a general idea of what constitutes rape or sexual battery, but are not aware that certain reckless behavior or sexual contact with an impaired person constitutes the criminal offense of sexual imposition. What is Sexual Imposition? According to Ohio Rev. Code § 2907.06, it is a criminal offense for a person to have sexual contact, cause another person to have sexual contact,… Read more

Second Amendment and Gun Rights of Ohio Residents

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, which grants Americans the right to keep and bear arms, has been a constant topic of debate since it's ratification in 1791. Originally, construed to allow individuals the right to keep and bear arms connected to necessary militia service, the United States Supreme Court held in 2008 that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to… Read more

Illinois Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Sex With a Minor

Paul P. Schildhouse, 56, from Aurora, Illinois pleaded guilty on March 22nd, 2016 to one count of attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, which is a fourth-degree felony at Pickaway County Common Pleas Court.  Schildhouse is facing a maximum of 18 months in prison along with a $5,000 fine and plans to be sentenced following a pre-sentence investigation done by the court.  He will also be required… Read more

Domestic Violence Address Confidentiality

Domestic violence is a criminal offense the state of Ohio takes very seriously. For several years, the state of Ohio has allocated considerable resources to special law enforcement investigation units and prosecution teams  dedicated to resolving domestic violence crimes, including rape, stalking, and sexual battery. Prosecution and convictions for domestic violence has risen; however, these measures… Read more

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