Court rules murderer’s statements to police are valid

Published: 07/28/2014

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed the judgment of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in its ruling that a murder suspect’s statements during police interviews were voluntary despite his repeated requests for a lawyer.

The circuit court’s opinion, authored by Judge Kathleen O’Malley, who sat by designation, outlined the events leading to the arrest and interrogation of William Bush.

Conviction stands for Detroit man who sold crack in Mansfield

Published: 07/28/2014

A Fifth District Court of Appeals panel recently affirmed convictions for a Detroit man found selling crack cocaine in Mansfield.

The METRICH Enforcement Unit, a branch of law enforcement focusing on drug trafficking in Metro-Richland County, began investigating a man from Detroit in early 2009.

The investigation stemmed from information that the man, known as Moe, was selling crack cocaine from a house in Mansfield.

Officers were able to use a confidential informant to make controlled drug purchases from Moe in February and April 2009.

House Judiciary Committee revises medical ‘apology statute’ legislation

Published: 07/28/2014

State lawmakers have moved to amend a piece of proposed legislation that would allow doctors to offer apologies to patients and families without being held liable.

The House Judiciary committee removed several provisions from House Bill 276 but kept the broader application of Ohio’s ‘apology statute’ in place.

As introduced, the bill, sponsored by Rep. Peter Stautberg, R-Cincinnati, would have abolished the “loss of chance” liability theory created by the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Appeals court rules defendant can keep forfeited property

Published: 07/26/2014

A panel of judges in the First District Court of Appeals recently ruled that the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas should have granted a defendant’s motion to return property seized pursuant to a search warrant.

The defendant, Byron Germany, was convicted of several drug offenses.

On the day he was sentenced to prison, he filed a motion to have various items that the state had obtained during a search of his property returned to him.

Senator proposes naming highway after ex-Gov. Strickland

Published: 07/28/2014

A stretch of highway currently designated as the Marine Corps League Memorial Highway could be used to honor former Governor Ted Strickland.

Senate Bill 256 would designate a portion of U.S. Route 33 in Hocking and Athens County as the “Governor Ted Strickland Highway.”

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville.

Turning 50, Upward Bound still opens pathway to college

Published: 07/28/2014

Nervous but determined, the 15-year-old boy walked into a conference room in Columbus for a fateful interview.

If it went well, perhaps he’d have a chance to be the first member of his impoverished family to attend college.

That was 34 years ago, but Wil Haygood — the renowned journalist and author whose writing inspired the film “The Butler” — says he remembers it “like it was yesterday.”

“I knew in my heart and soul that this was a monumental moment for little Wil Haygood,” he recalled.

Get paid for posts? Social networking’s new twist

Published: 07/28/2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared —except the money those posts produce.

At least two services are trying to change that. Bubblews, a social network that recently came out of out of an extended test phase, pays users for posts that attract traffic and advertisers. Another company, Bonzo Me, has been doing something similar since early July.

Women business owners face gender gap, report says

Published: 07/28/2014

NEW YORK — Women who own small business are still far behind their male counterparts when it comes to getting loans and government contracts, a congressional report said Wednesday.

The report by Democratic staffers of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee found that while businesses owned by women account for 30 percent of small companies, they receive only 4.4 percent of the total dollars in conventional small-business loans. That amounts to $1 for every $23 loaned.

Jeter turns small part of attention to business world

Published: 07/28/2014

NEW YORK — Pedestrians craned their necks as Derek Jeter stood in front of a food truck parked across the street from Central Park.

As the New York Yankees captain winds down his baseball life, part of his attention already is turning to his future business career.

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