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Man Sentenced for Setting Fire to Attorney’s Office

Colton Andrews confessed to two counts of aggravated arson for starting the fire on March 5th at the offices on North Second Street.  He has been ordered to serve 6 years in prison and must pay more than $73,000 in restitution to the victims.  Phil Manogg, who shared the building with the local attorney Robin Green stated that the fire destroyed much of the business he and his wife started more than 30 years ago, Ambassador Title Agency. Assistant Licking County Prosecutor Brian Waltz stated that Andrews broke out a window and poured gasoline inside before setting it on fire. …

Driver in Fatal Christmas Eve Crash Intoxicated by Alcohol, Marijuana

On March 13, WBNS-TV reported that the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said it determined the at-fault driver in a fatal Christmas Eve crash on Interstate 270 (I-270) was intoxicated on multiple substances. The crash occurred on I-270 at U.S. Route 62 on December 24 around 3:30 p.m. when an eastbound black 2000 Ford Explorer lost control of the vehicle, crossed the median into the westbound lanes of I-270, and was struck by a Honda Civic. Tests showed the 38-year-old driver of the Explorer pronounced dead at the scene was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. The 39-year-old driver and…

Ohio Fighting Synthetic Drugs Problem

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WBNS-TV reported on March 2 that Reynoldsburg police said they believe an international substance known as betel nut was illegally imported to Columbus from Nepal or India. Police said several high school students who immigrated from Nepal were caught with betel nut after they were seen acting dazed and disoriented. “We believe there’s a euphoric effect but it also seems to affect their equilibrium,” Reynoldsburg Police Chief Jim O’Neill told WBNS. “There’s a general loss of balance and coordination that goes along with the use of this product.” Health experts told WBNS that betel nut is not a controlled substance…

Sentence Delayed for Former Employee in Bank Theft

National Security Bank, 828 Scioto, St has placed charges against employees for stealing thousands of dollars from the bank.  This past July, the Urbana Police Division found $391,000 total stolen from the bank starting back in 2009.  During that time, both Kristen S. Head and Kristie K. Shover were both employed with the bank. In December, Head plead guilty to aggravated theft which is a third degree felony and appeared in court for sentencing the follow Monday.  After more than an hour into the hearing, the hearing delayed and to be continued to February 15th. Read More about this article…

Annie’s Law Awaits Governor’s Stamp of Approval

Inspired by the 2013 incident where a repeat drunk driving offender hit and killed Annie Rooney as she rode her bike, Ohio lawmakers are waiting for the final go-ahead from Governor Kasich. House Bill 388, better known as “Annie’s Law,” purports to prevent repeat DUI offenders from putting other drivers and pedestrians in danger by imposing more strict precautions on repeat offenders. If Governor John Kasich approves of this bill, all automobiles owned by DUI offenders will require ignition interlock devices. These devices will require the driver to pass a Breathalyzer test to operate the vehicle. Also, this bill will…

Marshall Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking

Dylan J. Marshall pleaded guilty in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court to a fourth-degree felony of drug trafficking, a fifth-degree felony of four counts of possession of drugs, a third-degree felony for three counts of having weapon under disability, and a first-degree misdemeanor for obstructing justice. Read More about this article at Zanesville Times Recorder.

Drugs Big Business for Ohio Dealers

“People would be walking around shopping, and they wouldn’t know what was happening,” recalled Botbyl, of Norwalk, who has been clean for three years and is studying to be a pastor.  “You’d never meet the guy you talked to on the phone.” The heroin was from Mexico, and all the runners generally spoke Spanish with very little English known to them.  The Mexican cartels, mostly from South America or Mexico, control a great majority of the illegal drugs in Ohio. Read More about this article at WKYC.

‘Band of Thieves’ Ringleader Gets Max Sentence in Clark County Court

Accused ring leader of a crime ring in Clark County which had been named “Band of Thieves” which spanned over 11 different counties in Ohio and stole valuables that equated up to millions will be spending 27 years in prison. Ricky Terry pleaded guilty in August to more than a dozen charges which included engaging in corrupt activity, theft, and breaking and entering.  He received the maximum sentence at Clark County Common Pleas Court. Read More of the article on Dayton Daily News.

Supreme Court Rules Individuals Convicted of Domestic Violence Cannot Own a Gun

Supreme Court Rules Individuals Convicted of Domestic Violence Prohibited From Gun Ownership

Supreme Court Rules Individuals Convicted of Domestic Violence Cannot Own a Gun Today, in Voisine v. United States,  the Supreme Court ruled that individuals convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence are prohibited from owning a gun under U.S.C. §922(g)(9). In another Supreme Court case, United States v. Castleman, the Court established that an individual loses his or her gun rights after being convicted of intentional domestic assault; however, there was still a question of whether an individual could be prohibited from owing a gun when the domestic violence conduct was reckless and not intentional. Short Answer: Yes, an individual convicted of…

Coroner Didn’t Conduct Proper Death Investigation

Coroner, Dr. David Cummin who works for Hocking County has currently been battling with his fellow elected officials who have accused him of not doing his job.  Now, the Illinois couple whose son died in the state park in the county are also making the same claim against the coroner. The lawsuit was filed in December of 2015 in the federal court house in Columbus, accusing Dr. David Cummin along with others with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, County Sheriff’s office and the Hocking Valley Community Hospital in Logan, of conducting the investigation inadequately on December 9th, 2011, where…