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Blog Posts in July, 2011

  • Former Teacher Receives New Trial Date on Sexual Battery Charges

    Today, Warren County Court of Common Pleas Judge Robert Peeler set a new trial date for former Mason High School teacher Stacy Schuler who was accused of having sex with several male students in February of 2011. Schuler, 33, faces 16 counts of sexual battery and 3 counts of providing alcohol to minors . The trial, initially set for August 8, 2011, has been rescheduled to begin October 24, 2011, ...
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  • Ohio Representative Martin Charged With Drunken Driving

    Ohio House of Representative Jarrod Martin (R) of Beavercreek, Ohio, was cited Friday for drunken driving in Jackson County. Martin was pulled over at approximately 10:55 p.m. after Ohio State Highway Patrolmen observed him swerving over the center line while hauling a trailer without a taillight. Because there were two juveniles in the vehicle at the time Martin was cited, he was also cited for ...
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  • What Happens When A Driver is Pulled Over for DUI/OVI

    A DUI/OVI charge usually begins when a law enforcement officer effectuates a traffic stop upon an individual. There are many reasons why an officer may choose to stop a driver. Most commonly, the officer will have observed the driver do one or more of the following: engage in behavior such as swerving that indicates intoxication, commit one or more traffic violations such as speeding, operate a ...
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  • Ohio Department of Public Safety Unveils New Website

    Wednesday, the Ohio Department of Public Safety's (ODPS) Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) unveiled a web site designed to provide statistics based on crime data gathered using the Ohio Incident Based Reporting System (OIBRS). OIBRS is modeled after the FBI's National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) and is a voluntary crime-reporting program in which Ohio law enforcement agencies ...
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  • Summit County Judge Sets Retrial for Ross

    Yesterday afternoon Summit County Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter scheduled a November 28, 2011, re-trial of Denny Ross in connection with his involvement in the 1999 death of Akron woman Hannah Hill. Ross was first tried in the fall 2000, but then-trial judge, Jane Bond , now retired, declared a mistrial over juror misconduct during deliberations. Bond ended the trial after one juror allegedly ...
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  • Ohio Speaker Batchelder Calls for Resignation of Mecklenborg After Charge of Drunk Driving

    Today Ohio Speaker of the House of Representatives William Batchelder called for the resignation of fellow House member Robert Mecklenborg who was arrested in Indiana in April on a drunken driving charge. A videotape of Mecklenborg's arrest shows him refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test and failing several field sobriety tests. Blood tests reportedly placed Mecklenborg's blood alcohol content ...
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  • Akron Woman Arrested For Driving Car Into Crowd.

    An Akron woman accused of driving her car into a crowd of people following a fight at a local bar Wednesday night has turned herself in to Akron Police. Twenty-four-year-old Lashawndra Weems was booked into the Summit County Jail Thursday and has been charged with six counts of felonious assault . Weems allegedly drove her car into a crowd that had gathered to watch a fight involving four women in ...
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  • O.R.C. 4511.19, et seq. - Ohio DUI / OVI Law

    Ohio law provides that it is unlawful for any person under the influence of: (1) alcohol; (2) a drug of abuse; or (3) a combination of alcohol and a drug of abuse to operate a motor vehicle. Further, it is illegal for any person having blood-alcohol-concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher to operate a motor vehicle. This type of offense, often known as a "per se" violation, would apply regardless of ...
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  • O.R.C. 4511.191 - Ohio Implied Consent / Administrative License Suspension Law

    Ohio's "Implied Consent" law provides in part that "[a]ny person who operates a vehicle, streetcar, or trackless trolley upon a highway or any public or private property used by the public for vehicular travel or parking within this state or who is in physical control of a vehicle, streetcar, or trackless trolley shall be deemed to have given consent to a chemical test or tests of the person's ...
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  • Judge Allows Challenge to Intoxilyzer 8000

    Last Friday, Athens County Municipal Court Judge William Grim issued a ruling in an OVI case that would allow defense attorneys to challenge results of the Intoxilyzer 8000, the alcohol breath-testing machine predominantly used by law enforcement throughout Ohio. The decision may be the beginning of the end for the 1984 Ohio Supreme Court decision State v. Vega , 12 Ohio St.3d 185, 465 N.E.2d 1303 ...
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  • Kasich Signs Prison Bill

    Wednesday, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 86 designed to remedy the problem of overcrowding in Ohio prisons by sending nonviolent felons to rehabilitation facilities instead of prison, and releasing other inmates sooner. According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction , the legislation is expected to shrink Ohio's prison population to about 47,000 inmates by 2015 and ...
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