Appeal denied for man who participated in middle-of-the-night home burglary

Published: 01/26/2015

In the 6th District Court of Appeals a panel of three judges recently affirmed the judgment of the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas which sentenced defendant Travis Edwards to consecutive prison terms for his role in a home invasion and robbery.

Case summary states that, on Dec. 5, 2013, Edwards and several codefendants entered a home occupied by James Eden, his father and several minor children.

Three Columbus properties to get historic preservation tax breaks

Published: 01/26/2015

Three Columbus properties are included in a slate of buildings that have been awarded $41.8 million in the latest funding round of the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program.

The Ohio Development Services Agency, which oversees the program, has announced that 31 applicants planning to rehabilitate 35 historic buildings have been approved for tax credits.

The awards include projects that will create new office, hotel, retail and event spaces.

Man who molested granddaughters loses appeal

Published: 01/26/2015

A three-judge panel in the 12th District Court of Appeals recently ruled that a man who molested his granddaughters was properly classified as a sexual predator.

The appellate judges affirmed the Butler County Court of Common Pleas ruling classifying Ronald Dunsmore as a sexual predator after finding there was a high risk that he would repeat his behavior.

Court's incorrect jury instructions prompts reversal of burglary conviction

Published: 01/26/2015

A woman’s convictions for aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery with gun specifications were reversed last week when the 12th District Court of Appeals ruled that her trial court incorrectly answered the jury’s questions.

Christia Frymire appealed her conviction from the Butler County Court of Common Pleas, asserting that the lower court incorrectly instructed the jury that she need not have had knowledge of the firearm to be convicted as a complicitor to aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.

Community banks team up to reduce regulatory costs

Published: 01/26/2015

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency recently released a white paper entitled “An Opportunity for Community Banks: Working Together Collaboratively.”

The paper is an expression of the OCC’s views on collaborative efforts by community banks to pool or share resources in order to reduce costs and leverage expertise.

Hard-hit worker wonders where the economic resurgence is

Published: 01/26/2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Ask Joshua Thevenin — who since last month has been a newspaper salesman, fireworks vendor and telemarketer — what he thinks about assertions the economy is roaring toward recovery and you’ll get a sigh and a shake of his head.

“I don’t see it. If it is, I don’t know where,” he said.

Lately, everyone from economists to President Barack Obama himself are bullish on the economy.

No-tip restaurant offers food for thought on pay, benefits

Published: 01/26/2015

PHILADELPHIA — Customers to Girard Brasserie and Bruncherie might be in for a surprise when they read the note attached to their bills: “Tipping is not necessary.”

That’s food for thought in an industry where servers depend on gratuities for the bulk of their pay. Yet staff at the French-inspired restaurant earn about $13 an hour, and they get sick time, vacation days and health insurance.

Winter lobsters could bolster fishery during shrimp shutdown

Published: 01/26/2015

PORTLAND, Maine — Fresh-caught Maine lobster might be a little more affordable this winter because the continued shutdown of the state’s shrimp season is keeping some lobstermen at sea deeper into the winter than usual.

Many Maine lobstermen use the shrimp season as a source of income during the winter, when lobsters are both in lower demand and harder to catch. But regulators have shut down the shrimp season for two straight years because of a collapsed shrimp population.

Ohio State could fuel impending Big Ten renaissance

Published: 01/26/2015

Ohio State’s thrashing of Oregon in the title game was more than just an ego boost for the Big Ten.

It may have also signaled an impending renaissance for a league that looked finished four months ago.

The Big Ten was the only league in the country to beat three ranked teams in bowl games — and that was before Ohio State’s victory over the Ducks. The conference was also the only one with two teams in the top five of the final poll.

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