Man convicted in botched Xanax deal loses appeal

Published: 10/24/2014

A man found guilty of robbing a woman during a Xanax deal at a Columbus hotel recently lost his appeal when the 10th District Court of Appeals ruled that there was proper evidence to support his convictions.

The three-judge appellate panel released an opinion this week affirming the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas judgment finding Peter Hunter guilty of two counts of aggravated robbery and having a weapon while under disability.

Hunter’s case stemmed from a robbery at the Travelodge hotel on West Broad Street in March 2013.

Appeals court reverses sex-offender address verdict due to hearsay

Published: 10/24/2014

The First District Court of Appeals this week reversed the judgment of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas when it found the lower court improperly admitted hearsay as substantive evidence.

The defendant, Karl Heard, appealed from his conviction following a bench trial for failure to provide notice of a change of address under Ohio’s sex-offender-verification law.

Ohio Education Association wants to hit 'pause button' on new testing standards

Published: 10/24/2014

The Ohio Education Association has lauded the introduction of a bill that calls for a longer safe harbor on school performance rankings and teacher evaluations that are based on student achievement.

House Bill 642, sponsored by Rep. Teresa Fedor, D-Toledo, would establish a three-year suspension of high-stakes decisions based on student test scores in measuring student growth and evaluating teacher performance.  

The measure was filed into the Ohio General Assembly this week.

AARP: Boomer travelers increasingly pull out the luggage to celebrate achievements

Published: 10/24/2014

An increasing number of baby boomers are passing up planning a party in favor of planning a vacation to celebrate life’s milestones.

According to a research report from the AARP, many boomers have said packing their bags to recognize their birthday or anniversary beats a blowout shindig or a new piece of bling.

Such trips have been tagged as “celebration vacations.”

More than 75 percent of the study’s respondents said they have taken or intend to take a celebration vacation in the next two years.

Many boomers returning to the classroom

Published: 10/24/2014

According to the U.S. Department of Education, adult learners are the fastest growing educational demographic.

And Ohio gives older students a big boost with lifelong learning programs.

Under Ohio law, students who are 60 years of age and over can take free classes at public universities and community colleges along with their affiliated regional campuses.

Judges affirm domestic violence conviction in 'he said, she said' case

Published: 10/24/2014

Finding that the trial court properly assessed witness credibility, the 12th District Court of Appeals has affirmed a man’s conviction for domestic violence.

Defendant Adam Chasteen recently lost his appeal from the Hamilton Municipal Court alleging his conviction was against the manifest weight and sufficiency of the evidence.

The facts of the case state that Chasteen was charged with domestic violence and violation of a protection order in September 2013. Both charges were listed as first-degree misdemeanors.

Pet rents become apartment trend

Published: 10/24/2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Man’s best friend is taking a bite out of renters’ wallets.

Pet security deposits register in the hundreds of dollars and are getting steeper. Now, a monthly rental payment ranging from $10 to $50 is quickly becoming the norm, adding to the cost.

Apartment managers nationwide say they require some safety net against pet damage, while others won’t allow animals at all.

The rents and deposits pay for dog-poop picker-uppers, cleaning services and more, but some managers say they charge because they can.

New rules adopted in hopes of spurring home loans

Published: 10/24/2014

WASHINGTON — Buying a home may have gotten a little easier this week.

With the financial crisis and subprime mortgage bust receding further into history, the government is loosening some financial rules, hoping to inject more life into the country’s still-recovering housing market.

Buckeyes trying hard not to look past next two games to Michigan State

Published: 10/24/2014

COLUMBUS — There’s always the danger of a powerhouse looking past a couple of struggling teams to the marquee game on its schedule.

But Urban Meyer says that won’t be the case for No. 13 Ohio State at Penn State on Saturday.

“I think if you play a really bad team, that happens,” Meyer said. “Going on the road in front of 110,000 people, knowing we didn’t play great on Saturday, we expect to play great.”

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