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Heroin and Other Drugs on the Rise in Central Ohio, Report Says

Ohio is one of several states that has a problem with substance abuse, and according to a recently released report, some commonly used illegal drugs are becoming more readily available in Central Ohio. A February report from the Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network released earlier this month says crack cocaine, black-tar heroin and opioid painkillers are more prevalent on the streets. The use of… Read more

Violent Crime Incidences Decreasing Throughout Ohio, FBI reports

Ohio reported more than 30,000 incidents of violent crime in 2013, but according to a recent report from the Federal Bureau of Investigations, The Buckeye State still had a decrease in violent offenses compared to the previous year. The FBI's annual report released late last year shows Ohio's violent crime rate in 2013 dropped more than 8 percent from the previous year, according to Cleveland.com.… Read more

Misunderstanding of Law Still Could Produce Reasonable Suspicion

If a police officer stops a driver based on a mistaken understanding of the law, the driver's Fourth Amendment rights have not been violated, according to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month. The court ruled 8-1 in Heien v. North Carolina, a case in which an officer stopped a driver who was traveling with only one working brake light. The officer cited a brake light malfunction as the reason for… Read more

Proposed Bill Could Change Regulations for Concealed-Handgun Permits

New legislation passed in the Ohio Senate could create substantial changes in the state's rules and procedures for issuing concealed-handgun permits if the law is signed into effect by the governor. House Bill 234, as approved by the Senate, ultimately would make it easier for Ohio residents to legally carry a concealed weapon. The bill cleared the Senate 24-6, according to Cleveland.com, and now… Read more

Traffic Fatalities Increase Throughout Ohio So Far This Year

Law enforcement officers throughout Ohio plan to focus on decreasing the amount of distracted and impaired drivers on the roadway after new statistics show a large increase in traffic fatalities. According to The Columbus Dispatch, figures from the beginning of the year to Dec. 1 show 925 traffic fatalities in Ohio, a number that totals seven more than a year ago at that time. The state last year had… Read more

Law Enforcement Agencies Prepare for 'Blackout Wednesday' Drinking

The holidays are supposed to be times spent with family and friends. However, in recent years the night before Thanksgiving has been dubbed "Blackout Wednesday," a day in which people begin a long period of binge drinking. This day, according to officials, is the start of the worst period for alcohol-related incidents, OVI arrests and reckless driving cases nationwide. The period from Thanksgiving… Read more

Proposed Bill Seeking Cell Phone Restrictions for Drivers

Ohio drivers could have new restrictions when getting behind the wheel if a bill seeking to ban cell phone use in some areas and make texting while driving a primary traffic offense gains support in the legislature. House Bill 637, sponsored by State Representative Rex Damschroder, would prohibit the use of any electronic wireless communication device in a school zone during hours when children are… Read more

New Ohio Law Changes Who Can Have Criminal Records Sealed

Ohio is one of several states that has taken measures to help residents seal their criminal records. Now, a new state law is giving more people the opportunity to suppress past convictions. Senate Bill 143 amended the definition of "eligible offender" who may apply for sealing under the Conviction Record Sealing Law. Previously the law only permitted the sealing of one felony and one misdemeanor conviction… Read more

Supreme Court Ruling Says Drivers Can Challenge Breathalyzer Results

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that defendants facing drunk driving charges can challenge the accuracy of their breathalyzer tests, potentially changing the outcome of thousands of cases throughout the state. Defendants now will be allowed to challenge the information received from their tests by obtaining data from prior results generated by the alcohol tester into which they blew,… Read more

Proposed Bill Could Require More People To Register As Sex Offenders

A bill proposed in the Ohio legislature last month could require people convicted of public indecency to register as sex offenders if children were their intended targets. Sen. Tim Schaffer, R-Lancaster, introduced Senate Bill 358 in September in response to an incident earlier this year in Baltimore, Ohio, according to Cleveland.com. Police caught a 46-year-old man flashing school buses from the window… Read more

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