Man who ran an after-hours bar in his southwest Ohio home loses appeal

Published: 10/31/2014

A Butler County man lost his appeal this week when the 12th District Court of Appeals ruled that there was ample evidence establishing that he was illegally operating an after-hours bar in his home.

Defendant Larry Little appealed from his convictions in the Middletown Municipal Court for one count of selling alcohol without a permit and one count of selling alcohol to an underage person.

He argued that those convictions were against the manifest weight and sufficiency of the evidence.

Attempted murder conviction upheld

Published: 10/31/2014

In Ohio’s Sixth District Court of Appeals, a panel of three judges recently affirmed the judgment of the Erie County Court of Common Pleas which convicted Demetreus Keahey of felonious assault, attempted murder, having a weapon under disability and improperly discharging a firearm into a habitation.

After a jury found him guilty, Keahey was sentenced to 23 years in prison by the trial court.

Beekeepers hope license plate boosts exposure

Published: 10/31/2014

Backed by a wave of proponent testimony, the Ohio House has unanimously passed a measure designed to support the state’s beekeepers.

House Bill 474 would create the Ohio State Beekeepers Association license plate. Each contribution of $15 for the plate would be paid to the association and used to promote beekeeping, provide educational information about beekeeping and support other state and local beekeeping programs.

Bank robber nabbed by alert citizen loses his appeal

Published: 10/31/2014

The judgment of the Lake County Court of Common Pleas was affirmed this week when the 11th District Court of Appeals declined to address a bank robber’s single assignment of error on appeal.

The defendant, Ronald Jeffries, was tried by a jury and found guilty of receiving stolen property, tampering with evidence and money laundering.

The trial court then merged all three counts for the purposes of sentencing and chose to sentence Jeffries to two years in prison on the money laundering count.

Mandatory suicide prevention programs recommended for Ohio universities

Published: 10/31/2014

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has joined a pair of state lawmakers in calling for the enactment of a piece of proposed legislation that would require each public institution of higher education to have a suicide prevention program.

“According to the CDC, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people in Ohio between the ages of 15 and 24,” DeWine said.

Small business divided over minimum wage votes

Published: 10/31/2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Workers in five states could get a raise after Election Day.

Some small business owners say raising the minimum wage will pressure their companies, forcing them to cut employees’ hours or jobs. Others say it’s the right thing to do for workers and the economy.

Minimum wage referendums are on Tuesday’s ballots in Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota, where minimums range from $6.25 to $8.25 an hour.  

Historic California drought takes bite out of state's rice harvest

Published: 10/31/2014

WOODLAND, Calif. (AP) — California’s deepening drought is shrinking its rice harvest, and that’s bad news for farmers, migratory birds and sushi lovers.

The $5 billion industry exports rice to more than 100 countries and specializes in premium grains used in risotto, paella and sushi.

Nearly all U.S. sushi restaurants use medium-grain rice grown in the Sacramento Valley.

The rice harvest is just the latest victim of California’s historic drought, which has sharply reduced crop production as it enters its fourth year.

Retail skirmish blocks Apple Pay at checkout line

Published: 10/31/2014

NEW YORK — Plan on paying in stores with your shiny new iPhone 6? Not so fast.

Retailer resistance to Apple Pay had been expected because Apple hasn’t offered incentives to install pricey point-of-sale terminals and train staff on its new mobile payment system. But the decision to not accept Apple Pay by retailers that already have contactless terminals in the checkout line is a “skirmish” rooted in competition.

One game likely to decide Big Ten East; West is a mess

Published: 10/31/2014

Two things are apparent in the Big Ten as November approaches.

The Ohio State-Michigan State game in two weeks will decide the winner of the East Division unless both inexplicably hit the skids. The West is a jumbled mess with no clear favorite among the four top contenders.

Ohio State-Michigan State for months has been looked at as the conference’s marquee regular-season game, with the winner likely representing the league’s best chance for a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

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