Man who set couch ablaze with sleeping girlfriend, daughters nearby loses appeal

Published: 12/18/2014

A judgment of conviction and sentence entered by the Lake County Court of Common Pleas in an arson case was affirmed this week by a panel of three judges in Ohio’s 11th District Court  of Appeals.

A jury found the defendant, Trevor Reed, guilty of one count of aggravated arson, a first-degree felony, after hearing evidence that he set a couch on fire while his girlfriend and two children were sleeping.

Appeal denied for man who declared himself a robber

Published: 12/18/2014

A man who reportedly declared himself a robber during his offense lost his appeal this week when the 12th District Court of Appeals ruled that the evidence against him was adequate to support his convictions.

Following a jury trial, the Butler County Court of Common Pleas found Reginald Palmer guilty of aggravated robbery, felonious assault and grand theft.

In his appeal, Palmer alleged that the trial court convicted him against the manifest weight of the evidence and allowed improper evidence against him.

Proposed legislation is designed to spur more natural gas development in the state

Published: 12/18/2014

Columbus 2020, the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce have rallied behind a Senate bill that would permit natural gas companies to apply for an infrastructure development rider to recover costs of certain economic development projects.

“As you know, economic development is very competitive,” said Kenny McDonald, Columbus 2020 chief economic officer, in recent proponent testimony for Senate Bill 391.

Man found with two duffel bags of marijuana loses appeal

Published: 12/18/2014

In the Ninth District Court of Appeals, a panel of three judges recently ruled that the Medina County Court of Common Pleas properly denied a man’s motion to suppress evidence of marijuana found in his car after he was pulled over for speeding.

Case summary states that, shortly before 8 p.m. on July 25, 2012, Sgt. Joel Smith stopped two cars on Interstate 71 for speeding. Shaun Graves was the driver of the second car, a rental.

Sixth Circuit affirms 210-month sentence for man who conspired to distribute heroin

Published: 12/18/2014

A three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed a 210-month prison term for a man who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin.

In an appeal from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Pedro Mendoza argued that the trial court issued an unreasonable sentence after failing to properly consider his past and his likely deportation.

Family of executed Ohio inmate sues expert witness

Published: 12/18/2014

COLUMBUS — The state’s former expert witness on lethal injection should have known that a condemned inmate would suffer because of a never used two-drug combo, the family of the inmate says in a lawsuit.

Memories of financial crisis fading as risks rise

Published: 12/18/2014

WASHINGTON — Six years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the lessons of the financial crisis may already be fading from collective memory.

Just last week:

• Congress acted to loosen the regulation of the high-risk investments that ignited the 2008 crisis.

• Housing regulators cut minimum down payments on home loans.

• The Institute of International Finance declared it “worrisome” that global indebtedness, as a share of world economic output, has reached record levels.

Marijuana fight riskier for Congress in states

Published: 12/18/2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s easy for Congress to meddle with the District of Columbia’s decision to legalize recreational use of marijuana, but taking on the states is a different matter.

A catch-all spending bill Congress passed last week contains a provision preventing the District from using federal money to implement any law or regulation that repeals or reduces marijuana-related penalties.

People finding their 'waze' to once-hidden streets

Published: 12/18/2014

LOS ANGELES — When the people whose houses hug the narrow warren of streets paralleling the busiest urban freeway in America began to see bumper-to-bumper traffic crawling by their homes a year or so ago, they were baffled.

When word spread that the explosively popular new smartphone app Waze was sending many of those cars through their neighborhood in a quest to shave five minutes off a daily rush-hour commute, they were angry and ready to fight back.

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