Regulations for used tire sales sought

Published: 04/16/2014

Sen. Tom Patton has introduced a bill into the legislature that would regulate the sale of used tires.

The proposed legislation, Senate Bill 289, would require used tire sellers to provide written notice to consumers of the age and history of purchased used tires.

Appellate court upholds convictions of father who sexually abused his daughter

Published: 04/16/2014

A panel of three judges in the Eighth District Court of Appeals recently found little merit to a man’s appeal from the judgment of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas convicting him of several counts of gross sexual imposition and rape.

The defendant, Albert Finklea, was originally charged with 12 counts each of kidnapping, rape and gross sexual imposition for the abusive sexual relationship he had with his own daughter since 2002.

Frequent gas thief loses appeal

Published: 04/16/2014

The Fifth District Court of Appeals recently affirmed a man’s theft convictions after finding there was ample evidence showing he stole gas numerous times from his local gas station.

Eafrom O. Cheatham took his case to the three-judge appellate panel following his conviction in the Ashland County Municipal Court.

He asserted that the lower court convicted him against the manifest weight and sufficiency of the evidence.

Lawmaker wants to put dent in backlog of rape kits

Published: 04/16/2014

A Warren lawmaker is pushing for the Senate Criminal Justice committee to back a bill crafted to help eliminate the backlog of rape kits.

“In 2011, (Ohio Attorney General) Mike DeWine issued an open call to law enforcement offices to send all untested rape kits to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation for processing,” said Sen. Capri Cafaro in recent sponsor testimony for Senate Bill 316.

“This resulted in an increased number of untested kits to be submitted.”

Chances of getting audited by IRS lowest in years

Published: 04/16/2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — As millions of Americans raced to meet Tuesday’s tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years.

Budget cuts and new responsibilities are straining the Internal Revenue Service’s ability to police tax returns.

This year, the IRS will have fewer agents auditing returns than at any time since at least the 1980s.

Taxpayer services are suffering, too, with millions of phone calls to the IRS going unanswered.

Obama, Republicans compete for support among women

Published: 04/16/2014

WASHINGTON — After months on the defensive over his health law, a more combative President Barack Obama has emerged to fight about gender politics, leading to an election-year competition with Republicans for support from women.

No single group will be more important to Democrats’ fortunes, say White House advisers, than unmarried women, who are likely to go Democratic — if they vote, and that’s far from certain when trust in Washington is low.

Country Music Museum grows to match genre

Published: 04/16/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is no longer bursting at the seams, thanks to a $100 million expansion that has more than doubled its space and allowed it to add more interactive and contemporary exhibits.

The museum on Tuesday will unveil the final part of the expansion, two new exhibit galleries and a behind-the-scenes gallery of ongoing archival projects, which will likely draw more fans of contemporary country music.

Tribe banks on syrup for sweet relief from poverty

Published: 04/16/2014

PRENTISS TOWNSHIP, Maine — The members of the Passamaquoddy tribe have looked under their feet for a bottled water plant and have turned to the sky for a wind farm. But it’s the forest that will be the first to deliver as the impoverished tribe seeks to become one of the biggest maple syrup operations in Maine.

The tribe, which owns 60,000 acres of land near the Canadian border in western Maine, has big plans for the syrup operation deep in the woods. Operating this season with nearly 3,000 taps, the tribe plans to expand over the next three years to 60,000.

Can Bubba be more than golf's local hero?

Published: 04/16/2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. — He plays a sexy game of golf, owns two green jackets and — in what constitutes a show of major respect in these parts —Bubba Watson made rabid Georgia Bulldog fans take a break from spring football to watch some golf this weekend.

Asked which of those last two was the bigger accomplishment, Watson didn’t hesitate.

“Well, obviously,” he smiled, “you always say, ‘Go Dawgs!’”

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