Circleville man who used blackmail to have sex with 14-year-old loses appeal

Published: 10/02/2014

A Fourth District Court of Appeals panel recently affirmed maximum consecutive sentences for a man who extorted a 14-year-old girl for sex.

Before the three-judge appellate panel, Paul Andrew McClain argued that his convictions for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor were against the manifest weight of the evidence and that the Pickaway County Court of Common Pleas improperly sentenced him to a maximum prison term.

Cristo Rey school equips students with iPads and opportunity

Published: 10/02/2014

Last year Columbus became home to one of 28 Cristo Rey private Catholic schools across the country.

For a short period, the school made its home in a temporary Franklinton building of barely 8,000 square feet.

Last week, however, the school held a garden party to celebrate the completion of renovations on their new, permanent location: the former Ohio State School for the Deaf on East Town Street.

Proposed legislation would create ward's bill of rights

Published: 10/02/2014

Sen. Shannon Jones has introduced a bill into the Ohio General Assembly designed to address the state’s lack of guidelines or written policies for appointed guardians.

“The guardianship system’s intent is to protect Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Jones, R-Springboro.

Southwest Ohio woman who posted spiteful sex video with minor online loses appeal

Published: 10/02/2014

A panel of judges in the Second District Court of Appeals recently ruled that the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas properly imposed a sentence in a pandering case.

Defendant Takeya Clemons appealed the two-year prison sentence she received after she entered a guilty plea to one count of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor.

The charge arose from an incident in which Clemons, 20, videotaped herself having sex with a 16-year-old girl and then posted the video to her Facebook account out of spite, according to case summary.

Proposal would give restaurants a tax break for food donations

Published: 10/02/2014

The Ohio Restaurant Association has endorsed a bill that would create a refundable income tax or commercial activity tax credit for a business that donates food inventory to charitable organizations.

The refund would be equal to a percentage of a federal income tax deduction taken by the business for the same donation.

Court reverses decision granting early release in identity fraud case

Published: 10/02/2014

The 10th District Court of Appeals recently reversed a lower court’s decision granting a man early judicial release after he was convicted of felony identity fraud.

The three-judge appellate panel ruled that the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas failed to consider all of the required factors prior to granting Daniel Nichter early release from prison.

The facts of the case state that Nichter was charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, theft, identity fraud, forgery and receiving stolen property in December 2010.

Ohio third-graders face high-stakes reading targets

Published: 10/02/2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The games, ice cream and play rehearsals that 9-year-old Joshua Rowell experienced during summer school this year weren’t just for fun.

Joshua, like thousands of Ohio third-graders, had missed a state literacy target on a standardized test.

He faced being held back in third grade unless his reading skills improved.

New museum in Bristol, Va. marks the 'Birthplace of Country Music'

Published: 10/02/2014

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — The sounds of some of the earliest country music recordings are filling a new museum.

But the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is not located in Nashville.

Instead, it’s in Bristol, a small town on the Tennessee-Virginia state line.

The museum aims to tell the story of the Bristol Sessions, a series of historic recording sessions that took place here in 1927 and helped spread what was then known as “hillbilly music” to the rest of the country.

Road salt supply low, demand high as winter looms

Published: 10/02/2014

DETROIT — The reward for surviving last winter’s frigid temperatures and record snowfall, several states are learning, is drastic price increases for road salt — and that’s if they can even get it.

Replenishing stockpiles is proving challenging, especially for some Midwestern states, after salt supplies were depleted to tame icy roads last winter. And price increases of at least 20 percent have been common in places including Boston and Raleigh, North Carolina.

No. 20 Ohio State gears up for first Big Ten game against Maryland

Published: 10/02/2014

COLUMBUS — Just about everything during Saturday’s 50-28 victory over Cincinnati went well for No. 20 Ohio State.

It’s the few things that didn’t that haunt coach Urban Meyer.

“I hear someone say, ‘Just take away those four plays ...’” Meyer said. “But you can’t just take away those four plays. That’s part of the game.”

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