Appellate court says search warrant used to find marijuana in home was illegal

Published: 09/19/2014

In an opinion recently released by the Sixth District Court of Appeals, a three-judge panel ruled that the Norwalk Municipal Court should have granted a defendant’s motion to suppress evidence seized from his home pursuant to a search warrant.

The higher court held that the Huron County Sheriff’s Office provided insufficient information to establish probable cause in its affidavit for a search warrant and “any well-trained officer should have known” that the subsequent search was illegal.

Akron man who sent a threatening letter to Florida circuit court loses appeal

Published: 09/19/2014

A panel of federal judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed a man’s conviction for mailing a threatening communication to a Florida court.

Brian Horton filed a motion to dismiss the indictment against him for insufficiency.

When the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio denied that motion, he pleaded guilty and appealed to the Sixth Circuit.

Proposal would increase number of school safety drills

Published: 09/19/2014

A House bill that would amend state law governing school safety drills will now be vetted before the Senate.

House Bill 178, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Phillips, D-Athens, would require the principal or director of each public or private school to conduct six school fire drills and three school safety drills each year if the school has smoke detectors or a sprinkler system.

If the school does not have smoke detectors or a sprinkler system, officials would have to conduct nine fire drills and three safety drills each year.

Felon who used mom's credit card without permission will return to prison

Published: 09/19/2014

A three-judge appellate panel in the Ninth District Court of Appeals recently decided that the Medina County Court of Common Pleas properly sentenced a defendant on charges of receiving stolen property.

The case stemmed from Jamie Maynard’s unauthorized use of a credit card that belonged to her mother and stepfather.

Maynard admitted to law enforcement that her theft stemmed from a drug dependency and, though she initially pleaded not guilty, Maynard decided to enter a plea of no contest.

Dayton police chief backs insurance verification system

Published: 09/19/2014

The chief of police for the city of Dayton has offered his endorsement of a bill that would require the registrar of Motor Vehicles to establish an electronic motor vehicle insurance verification system.

“We are all familiar with the human cost of traffic crashes. The economic impact, both individually and collectively, is significant as well,” Bruce Pijanowski said.

Hospitals struggled to deal with variety of issues during Superstorm Sandy, report says

Published: 09/19/2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Northeast nearly two years ago, hospitals found themselves dealing with surges in patients, lost power supplies and employees who couldn’t get to work — problems that a new federal report finds they were not prepared to handle.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Inspector General Office released a study Wednesday on the emergency preparedness and response during the storm at 172 hospitals in the hardest-hit areas of New York, most of Connecticut and all of New Jersey.

New probe shows website has significant security flaws

Published: 09/19/2014

WASHINGTON (AP) —, the health insurance website serving more than 5 million Americans, has significant security flaws that put users’ personal information at risk, nonpartisan congressional investigators have concluded.

The Government Accountability Office said the Obama administration must resolve more than 20 specific security issues related to who can get into the system, who can make changes in it and what to do in case the complex network fails.

Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for rebound

Published: 09/19/2014

WASHINGTON — Advertised as a path to an affordable retirement, federally insured reverse mortgages are showing signs of a rebound, drawing the scrutiny of regulators seeking to reduce historically high default rates that have cost the government billions.

Industry analysts expect strong growth as the housing market improves, particularly in once hard-hit Sun Belt areas including Phoenix, Miami and San Diego, California, and aging Americans find value in growing old in their homes.

Cincinnati QB Legaux returns from gruesome knee injury

Published: 09/19/2014

CINCINNATI — Munchie Legaux’s grandmother and aunt decided to fly in for Cincinnati’s home opener. Even if the fifth-year senior quarterback got on the field for only one play, they weren’t about it miss it.

Not with all that he’s been through: The doctors saying that his career was finished, the knee acting up even as he beat the odds and made nearly a full comeback in less than a year.

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