Program would expand benefits for disabled Ohioans

Published: 05/27/2015

Ohio is on track to join 10 states that have enacted Achieve a Better Living Experience legislation.

The program, also known as ABLE, permits states to provide for the establishment of tax-favored ABLE accounts to provide assistance to disabled individuals who are the account beneficiaries.

“For far too long, a life of poverty has been the unintended outcome of our national policy to help disabled Americans,” said Rep. Jonathan Dever, R-Cincinnati.

Split court will allow second trial after mistrial in rape case

Published: 05/27/2015

In the 8th District Court of Appeals, a three-judge appellate panel was recently divided when it considered whether a defendant could be prosecuted a second time after his first trial ended in a mistrial.

Writing on behalf of the majority, Judge Eileen T. Gallagher held that the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas could proceed with a second trial in the state’s case against Kevin Kelly.

Kelly was indicted in 2012 on five counts relating to the 1996 rape and kidnapping of two victims, a male and a female ages 14 and 18, respectively.

Drunk driver loses appeal after claiming she didn't get speedy trial

Published: 05/27/2015

The 1st District Court of Appeals last week ruled that a Cincinnati woman was not denied her right to a speedy trial.

Gabriella Prince appealed from the judgment of the Hamilton County Municipal court where she was convicted of OVI and a marked-lanes violation after a hit-skip accident.

Prince contended that the Hamilton County court waited until the last minute to begin her trial and then granted a continuance at the request of the state as a “sham to circumvent her speedy trial rights.”

Proposal would allow first responders to also treat injured animals

Published: 05/27/2015

A Salem lawmaker has filed a bill into the Ohio General Assembly that would authorize emergency personnel to stabilize an injured animal in an emergency.

“The purpose of the bill is simple,” Rep. Tim Ginter recently told members of the House Health and Aging Committee.

“The language simply states that an EMT can provide stabilizing care to an animal in an emergency situation. This permissive language clears up a question that many EMTs have when dealing with an emergency.”

Court affirms 8-year prison term for Butler County meth dealer

Published: 05/27/2015

A woman convicted of aggravated possession recently lost her appeal of an eight-year prison term.

The 12th District Court of Appeals recently affirmed a Butler County Court of Common Pleas ruling sentencing Shawna Mason to eight years behind bars after she pleaded guilty to a single count of aggravated possession.

The facts of the case state that Mason was first indicted on charges of aggravated possession and aggravated trafficking.

Demilitarizing the cops: States retool police training

Published: 05/27/2015

BURIEN, Wash. (AP) — When prosecutor Dan Satterberg used to visit Washington state’s police academy, the seas would part before him.

Recruits would snap to attention, backs to the walls, and allow him to pass.

Now, they greet him and start a conversation.

“It takes a lot longer to walk down the halls,” said Satterberg, the elected prosecutor in Seattle’s King County.

Bucking for trouble: Not even helmets help pro bull riders stave off concussions

Published: 05/27/2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Kasey Hayes hopped on the bovine beast trapped in the narrow holding pen like he’d done hundreds of times.

He adjusted a tight rope on his left hand, found his balance and signaled he was ready to dominate the bull for the next eight seconds — or, at least, hoped to.

The red metal gate swung open. The bull’s spine rolled, the animal charged forward and stood on its rear legs.

The crowd cheered as the first ride on this March evening appeared promising.

Tuk-tuk taxi maker aims to make inroads in U.S. with tuk tuk photo

Published: 05/27/2015

DENVER — They’re ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing.

Now, a company that manufactures the tuk-tuk — the three-wheeled motorized rickshaws that have moved the masses for more than half a century — aims to make inroads in the United States.

Small business is key in presidential campaign playbook

Published: 05/27/2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses aren’t in the dire straits they were four years ago, but presidential candidates aren’t letting go of an issue they think will get them votes.

Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton has made small business one of the top items on her campaign agenda. Republican Ted Cruz says the primary problems hurting small companies are the health care law, taxes and government regulations. Republican Rand Paul says the tax law is burdening small business and slowing the economy.

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