Man who drunkenly confessed to friends about murder has appeal denied

Published: 05/26/2015

A Canton man recently lost his argument before the 5th District Court of Appeals when the judicial panel ruled that there was ample evidence supporting his aggravated murder and aggravated arson convictions.

In his appeal from the Stark County Court of Common Pleas, Chester Ray Crank asserted that he was convicted against the manifest weight and sufficiency of the evidence.

After a thorough review, the appellate panel disagreed.

Another effort made to ban replica gun sales

Published: 05/26/2015

A bill that would regulate the sale and appearance of imitation firearms has gained some movement in the legislature.

House Bill 16, sponsored by Rep. Alicia Reece, D-Cincinnati, was introduced into the Ohio General Assembly in late January and recently had its first hearing before the House State Government Committee.

Motorist wins appeal as search for gun ruled illegal

Published: 05/26/2015

The judgment of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas was reversed last week in the case of Dmitri Prince, who was indicted for violating concealed carry laws.

A panel of three judges in the 9th District Court of Appeals determined that the trial court failed to address specific issues during a hearing before granting Prince’s motion to suppress evidence discovered during a traffic stop.

Driver who assaulted police officer after stopped for speeding loses appeal

Published: 05/26/2015

A Munroe Falls man who assaulted a police officer recently had his conviction affirmed by the 9th District Court of Appeals.

Taylor Kepich appealed from the Summit County Court of Common Pleas’ imposition of a maximum 18-month prison term for the assault of Officer Frederick Jones of the Munroe Falls Police Department.

Case summary states that Jones clocked Kepich as traveling 64 miles per hour in a 35-mile-per-hour zone on Nov. 3, 2013.

Jones activated his cruiser’s lights in order to conduct a traffic stop.

Court affirms man’s career offender status after he was caught dealing drugs

Published: 05/26/2015

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit recently affirmed a man’s prison sentence and career offender status as implemented by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

The federal judges rejected Douglas Kittrells’ assertion that a technicality excluded him from being labeled a “career offender.”

Kittrells’ case stemmed from allegations that he dealt cocaine. For that offense, he pleaded guilty to one count of drug conspiracy.

Bill would broaden Ag. Dept.’s authority to quarantine diseased animals

Published: 05/26/2015

A House committee has cleared a piece of proposed legislation that would update various sections of state law related to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Among its provisions, House Bill 131, sponsored by Rep. Dorothy Pelanda, R-Marysville, would require one member of the existing Farmland Preservation Advisory Board to represent an Ohio university other than The Ohio State University.

Century-old water rights holders seek to voluntarily reduce their water usage

Published: 05/26/2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California farmers who hold rights to water that date as far back as the Gold Rush are bracing for their first state-ordered conservation in decades, as a record drought prompts some of the deepest cuts yet in the country’s most productive agricultural state.

After telling cities and towns to slash use by 25 percent and curtailing water deliveries to some farmers and others, state officials said they would start mandatory cuts last week to the state’s oldest rights holders, historically spared from water restrictions.

Young widows face unique obstacles compared to their older counterparts

Published: 05/26/2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Nine days after her husband died unexpectedly, Sheryl Sandberg took to Facebook to describe her return to the sidelines for her daughter’s soccer game.

There, a grandmother who had been widowed prematurely years earlier offered her a chair.

It was a small but telling gesture that touched dozens of younger widows like Sandberg, who at 45 has two small children to raise in “this terrible, terrible club that no one wants to join,” as one of her sympathetic Facebook commenters put it.

Why many experts missed this: Cheap oil can hurt U.S. economy

Published: 05/26/2015

WASHINGTON — If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy.

It hasn’t worked out that way.

The economy is thought to have shrunk in the January-March quarter and may barely grow for the first half of 2015 — thanks in part to sharp cuts in energy drilling. And despite their savings at the gas pump, consumers have slowed rather than increased their spending.

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