Armed Craigslist robber loses appeal

Published: 02/27/2015

The 10th District Court of Appeals recently affirmed multiple robbery convictions for a man who used a Craigslist advertisement to rob two men at gunpoint.

The three-judge appellate panel rejected Christopher Thompson’s claim that the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas convicted him of offenses that were not supported by the manifest weight or sufficiency of the evidence.

Appeal of assault conviction denied for man in bar fight

Published: 02/27/2015

The judgment of the Ashtabula County Court of Common Pleas was recently affirmed by the 11th District Court of Appeals, which held that Christopher Soller was properly convicted on two counts of felonious assault despite hearsay evidence that was admitted at his trial.

Increased awareness of rare genetic liver disorder sought

Published: 02/27/2015

Ohioan Ann Dissinger has joined a McDermott lawmaker in pushing for November to be designated as “Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Awareness Month.”

Alpha-1 is a genetic liver disorder.

“I was diagnosed with Alpha-1 in October of 2010, and started augmentation therapy in December of 2010,” Dissinger said in recent proponent testimony for House Bill 29.

Court upholds maximum sentence for man who molested young family members

Published: 02/27/2015

In a recently released opinion, the 12th District Court of Appeals affirmed maximum consecutive sentences for a man found guilty of molesting his daughter and two young nieces.

Jeffery Todd appealed his 25-year prison sentence from the Clermont County Court of Common Pleas, arguing that he was a first-time offender and should not be subject to such a harsh penalty.

The three-judge appellate panel found that the trial court made all the required findings to support its sentence and rejected Todd’s assertions.

Bill would allow schools to sell brownies and cookies for fundraisers 30 days a year

Published: 02/27/2015

Rep. Stephanie Kunze, R-Hilliard, is stumping for a new bill that would require the state board of education to create permissive guidelines for schools in the state for enforcing nutritional guidelines under the USDA Smart Snack requirements.

As of July 2014, Kunze said schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program are required to abide by a set of rules regarding snack foods.

Missing boy, missing files: Rough paper trail in '79 case

Published: 02/27/2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Trying a man for murder in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz has come with obstacles created by the passage of time: Many witnesses, including the lead detective, have died. Memories of those still alive have faded.

And the piles of investigative records from the case include untold missing documents — some of them in three boxes discovered in a police storage room in just the past few days, even as the trial is well underway.

Both parties face risks as health care law Supreme Court case approaches

Published: 02/27/2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty-two out of 24. And 206 to 96.

Those numbers tell much about the political impact of a Supreme Court case in which conservatives and Republicans hope to demolish a pillar of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

The justices hear arguments next week.

The plaintiffs say subsidies that help millions of Americans afford private insurance are illegal.

A criminal justice advocate wages his own battle

Published: 02/27/2015

SALT LAKE CITY — The CEO of a Utah company that has emerged as a key player in a national movement to overhaul the justice system is a repeat offender himself.

Sean Hosman’s dual roles as advocate for change and repeat visitor at county jails provide a striking case study in an expanding national effort to use insurance industry methods to help predict future crimes and steer defendants toward treatment.

Oil boom's end threatens pain for much of Latin America

Published: 02/27/2015

PUERTO GAITAN, Colombia (AP) — Soaring oil prices the past decade transformed this rural backwater into Colombia’s richest city as nearby fields pumped black gold, drawing new businesses, international pop stars and vanity art projects such as the biblical-themed arch that towers over these sweltering grasslands.

Now, crashing crude prices have the 45,000 residents of Puerto Gaitan bracing for a big fall, or already packing their bags. Many are questioning how the windfall was spent.

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