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Solicitation Stings Changing in Ohio, but Alleged Offenders Still Have Options for Defenses

Law enforcement officers and agencies throughout the country are changing the way in which they target those suspected of prostitution and solicitation. In some instances, agencies even have utilized online solicitation websites to garner arrests and more information into the local prostitution business. In Ohio, some law enforcement agencies have used the adult entertainment classified…
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Proposed Ohio Bill Would Allow Concealed Carry Without Permits

Ohio legislators have proposed a bill earlier this legislative session that would allow some residents in the state to carry a concealed firearm without a permit and without the appropriate training. According to Cleveland.com, House Bill 147 would allow anyone age 21 or older in Ohio to carry any concealed firearm not specifically banned by…
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Proposed Marijuana Legalization Could Create Millions in Tax Revenue, Says Supporters

A constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana could lead to more than $550 million in annual tax revenue, according to some of the amendment’s supporters. ResponsibleOhio, a committee trying to legalize marijuana for personal and medicinal use in Ohio, released initial tax revenue projections for its legalization proposal, saying the plan could generate $554 million…
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Massage Parlor Raids Could Lead to Solicitation for Prostitution Charges

Agents with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force raided four Ohio massage parlors suspected of prostitution last month, resulting in the arrest of two people who now face criminal charges. Xiao Shuang Chao and Qing Xu, both from Columbus, were arrested, although they denied their involvement in charges…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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