Reckless driver loses appeal despite jurors sleeping during video

Published: 04/18/2014

A defendant convicted of failing to comply with the order or signal of a police officer failed to prove that sleeping jurors missed large or critical portions of his trial and that prejudice occurred as a result, according to the Second District Court of Appeals.

The defendant, Kyle Jones, was sentenced to three years in prison and a five-year driver’s license suspension following his jury trial.

Man who robbed victim at gunpoint loses appeal

Published: 04/18/2014

Finding that a man’s convictions for aggravated robbery and felonious assault involved separate victims, the Fourth District Court of Appeals recently rejected his claim that those convictions should merge.

A multi-count indictment was brought against Warren Love in February 2013, alleging that he robbed a man at gunpoint and then shot another man as he fled the scene.

Safe Driving Awareness Month bill will move to House after Senate approval

Published: 04/18/2014

Local sports anchor Dom Tiberi told members of the Ohio Senate that he doesn’t want his 21-year-old daughter’s death to be in vain.

The lawmakers responded by unanimously passing Senate Bill 294.

The proposed legislation, inspired by the death of Maria Tiberi, would designate September as Safe Driving Awareness Month. The measure aims to increase public awareness about distracted driving.

Question leading to arrest was not subject to Miranda warnings, court rules

Published: 04/18/2014

The Second District Court of Appeals recently ruled that a defendant was not in custody and therefore not subject to Miranda warnings when he gave an officer information about illegal items in his car that led to his arrest.

The defendant, Dkarl Cross, appealed from his conviction and sentence in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas for carrying a concealed weapon and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.

Cincinnati minority business program spurred other similar initiatives around the nation

Published: 04/18/2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Mel Gravely says his construction company might not exist today if he didn’t have mentors to guide it.

Gravely’s company, TriVersity, joined a program called a minority business accelerator even before he bought a controlling interest in the Cincinnati-based company in 2006.

It helped the company get started and win contracts that have helped Triversity’s revenue double.

“I don’t make any move at all without getting the input of the accelerator,” Gravely says.

Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies

Published: 04/18/2014

WASHINGTON — Negative campaigning and mudslinging may be a fact of life in American politics, but can false accusations made in the heat of an election be punished as a crime?

That debate makes its way to the Supreme Court next week as the justices consider a challenge to an Ohio law that bars false statements about political candidates during a campaign. The case has attracted national attention, with groups across the political spectrum criticizing the law as a restriction on the First Amendment right to free speech.

Why high oil prices are good for airlines

Published: 04/18/2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs.

But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business.

In the past six years, airlines have overhauled the way they operate to adjust to this new reality.

They’ve shown more discipline by offering fewer seats, which ensures airfares are high enough to cover costs.

Unprofitable routes have been eliminated. And every expense has been scrutinized.

Congress is giving states the transportation blues

Published: 04/18/2014

DAYTON — On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government’s Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay needed repairs and improvements.

Urban students take their best shots at squash

Published: 04/18/2014

PHILADELPHIA — Sakora Miller remembers being puzzled when a group of strangers visited her gym class in tough west Philadelphia and offered to teach them a sport.

Everyone already knew how to play basketball, the most popular game in the neighborhood, she recalled thinking. What else is there?

“They were like, (it’s) squash,” she said. “And I was like, I’m not learning that. It’s not for me.”

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