Man who killed co-worker execution-style loses appeal

Published: 02/08/2016

A unanimous 5th District Court of Appeals recently affirmed the aggravated murder conviction of Peter Ortiz, an Alliance man who carried out an execution-style killing of his co-worker.

Appealing from the judgment of the Stark County Court of Common Pleas, which sentenced him to life in prison without parole, Ortiz argued that the jury at his trial should have been instructed on lesser offenses because there was no evidence that the murder was premeditated.

Lawmaker continues fight to ban the sale of toy guns

Published: 02/08/2016

In the wake of controversy sparked by the shooting death of a Cleveland boy by a police officer, a local Democrat lawmaker, Rep. Bill Patmon, is making the case for a ban on manufacture and sale of imitation firearms here in Ohio.

In the instance of Tamir Rice, the boy who was killed by the Cleveland police officer, he had in his possession a toy gun without the orange or pink tip at the end of the barrel to designate it was, indeed, a toy.

Columbus State Community College gets grant to prepare more students for college

Published: 02/08/2016

Columbus State Community College has been chosen to receive an $11.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help local high school students prepare for college.

As part of the “Investing in Innovation (i3)” competition the grant will fund a dramatic expansion of programs that are designed to enhance college and career readiness.

Roofing subcontractor who swindled elderly woman loses appeal

Published: 02/08/2016

A roofing subcontractor who swindled an elderly woman out of several hundred dollars recently had his appeal overruled by a divided 9th District Court of Appeals.

Defendant Lloyd McMillen appealed from the judgment of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, where he was convicted on one count of theft from the elderly then ordered to complete a year of community control and pay $330 in restitution.

McMillen’s appellate brief argued that the conviction was not supported by the sufficiency or the manifest weight of the evidence.

More transparency in private, charter school selection process sought

Published: 02/08/2016

House Education Committee members recently considered testimony on a measure that aims to provide Ohio parents with just as much data on any given private, charter school as would be available on the local, public school system when navigating educating options.

Cincinnati Republican Rep. Tom Brinkman, Jr. — sponsor of the bill — told committee members that House Bill 401 puts parents first by providing them with certain transparency protection while presenting sponsor testimony.

Few baby boomers take advantage of federal reverse mortgage program

Published: 02/08/2016

The leading cusp of the baby boom generation, though eligible now for several years, has shown little interest in a federally insured reverse mortgage that puts them in their dream home with a monthly stipend — all without the hassle of a mortgage payment.

Loan counselors and agencies alike agree that the usually trend-setting demographic appears to be trend-averse or, at least, unaware of what the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-backed Home Equity Conversion Mortgage for Purchase program can do for them.

Fear of Zika virus has altered plans for many destination weddings, babymoons

Published: 02/08/2016

Some travelers are trading in Caribbean and Latin American vacations for ski trips and Hawaii as they rethink destination weddings, babymoons and other getaways in light of the Zika virus.

The mosquito-borne virus can cause mild illness, but some travelers are worried about a possible link between the virus and babies born with smaller-than-normal heads, mostly in Brazil.

Columbus joins airports boosting human trafficking awareness

Published: 02/08/2016

COLUMBUS — The Columbus airport is joining its counterparts nationwide in training employees to recognize signs of human trafficking in an effort to curb exploitation.

Beginning this month, all 400 employees at Port Columbus International Airport will view a 30-minute video on spotting signs of trafficking. Workers include police officers, maintenance workers and people staffing information booths.

Updated plans for Detroit hockey arena development released

Published: 02/08/2016

DETROIT (AP) — A new hotel would be part of a planned development around the new Red Wings hockey arena just north of downtown Detroit, according to updated project details released by Olympia Entertainment.

The hotel could have as many as 400 rooms, the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News reported.

Seven developers have indicated an interest in building the hotel and at least 10 others are expected to bid on housing developments near the arena, according to the Free Press.

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