Appeal rejected for man who hired a hit man to murder his estranged wife

Published: 03/31/2015

A man who conspired to kill his estranged wife recently lost his appeal when a three-judge appellate panel rejected his claims that there was not enough credible evidence against him.

The 10th District Court of Appeals recently affirmed a Franklin County Court of Common Pleas ruling convicting Daniel Lytle of aggravated burglary, kidnapping, abduction, violation of a protection order and conspiracy to commit murder.

Lytle’s charges came to light after a series of threats and violent acts toward his estranged wife, Tammy.

Thief who robbed victim as he walked along street loses appeal

Published: 03/31/2015

Three judges impaneled in the 8th District Court of Appeals last week ruled that the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas properly denied a motion to suppress a victim’s identification of the man who robbed him.

The defendant, Javon Davis, was charged with aggravated robbery with a firearm specification, kidnapping with a firearm specification, carrying a concealed weapon, theft and having a weapon under disability.

Eating french fries while driving could be illegal under distracted driving bill

Published: 03/31/2015

Members of a House committee have accepted changes to a bill that would create an offense of distracted driving.

House Bill 86, sponsored by Rep. Cheryl Grossman, R-Grove City, states that “distracted” means engaging in any activity that is not necessary to the operation of a motor vehicle, motorcycle, snowmobile, locomotive, watercraft or aircraft and impairs, or reasonably would be expected to impair, the ability of the operator to drive.

The definition also includes using a handheld electronic communications device with certain exceptions.

Residents atop failing Buckeye Lake dam concerned about plan to replace it

Published: 03/31/2015

BUCKEYE LAKE — J-me Braig smiles fondly as she talks about the six generations of her family that have loved Buckeye Lake. She’s in good spirits, considering a recent report warned that the 4.1-mile earthen dam into which her home is built could fail catastrophically and flood neighborhoods behind it, threatening 3,000 people.

Bill would require hunting license applicants to acknowledge if they're felons or not

Published: 03/31/2015

A Cleveland lawmaker has filed a bill into the Ohio General Assembly that would require an applicant for a hunting license to specify whether he or she has ever been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a felony.

“HB 79 introduces a necessary requirement for those individuals who wish to apply for and obtain a hunting license,” said Rep. Patmon, a Democrat and sponsor of the bill.

Under current state law, hunting license applicants must provide his or her name, date of birth, weight, height and place of residence.

Sex offender loses appeal to have post-release control stipulation dropped

Published: 03/31/2015

The 5th District Court of Appeals recently affirmed a five-year term of post-release control and community notification requirements for a Delaware County man convicted of gross sexual imposition.

In a recently released opinion, the three-judge appellate panel affirmed a Delaware County Court of Common Pleas ruling denying Duane Stewart’s motions to vacate his post-release control and community reporting requirements.

Oil council: Shale won't last, drilling in Arctic waters off of Alaska needed now

Published: 03/31/2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a new study.

The U.S. has drastically cut imports and transformed itself into the world’s biggest producer of oil and natural gas by tapping huge reserves in shale rock formations.

But the government predicts that the shale boom won’t last much beyond the next decade.

Vulnerable rural areas often lack backup plan when Internet service goes down

Published: 03/31/2015

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones.

They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation’s Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.

Because Internet service is largely unregulated by the federal government and the states, decisions about network reliability are left to service providers.

From new logos to New Coke: when corporations make mistakes

Published: 03/31/2015

NEW YORK — It was a tempest in a coffee cup.

Mega coffee chain Starbucks wanted to spark a conversation about race when it asked baristas to write “Race Together” on customers’ cups as part of a broader effort, but people standing in line for their morning java were not amused. Many voiced complaints on social media and elsewhere that they didn’t want a debate with their brew and Starbucks ended the campaign Sunday, although they said the campaign was always meant to be brief.

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