Attorney General Mike DeWine

Attorney General Mike DeWine says Ohio's crime lab has processed almost 21 hundred previously untested rape kits in its effort to solve more reported sexual assaults with the help of DNA matches.

He says more than 500 kits were tested last month, and investigators found nearly 200 matches with DNA in a criminal database.

More than 4,500 rape kits have been submitted by law enforcement agencies.

Ohio's attorney general's office plans to start a system later this month to stop former government employees from accessing Ohio's law enforcement database.

Attorney General Mike DeWine's office is making security changes to the database that includes stricter password standards.

Police and court employees who leave their job don't automatically lose access to the database and its personal information about nearly all Ohioans.

Some are able to get into the system for up to a year.

An advisory panel appointed by Ohio's attorney general is expected to start reviewing the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement.

Attorney General Mike DeWine has named two former Ohio Supreme Court justices to the panel, along with a county prosecutor, a sheriff and others.

The group planned to have its first meeting Tuesday at the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation in London.

The state's attorney general has named two former Ohio Supreme Court justices to a commission that will study the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which had asked for a commission seat, was absent from Attorney General Mike DeWine's list on Thursday. Included were former high court justices Yvette McGee Brown and Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, a county prosecutor, a sheriff and a police chief.

For nearly three months, law enforcement around the state have been able to run driver’s license photos through a facial recognition software. The attorney general says it’s a good program to have, but critics are concerned about the way they found out about it.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize the use of marijuana in the state.

DeWine on Monday rejected the proposal saying the petition's summary was not "fair and truthful."

A DeWine spokesman says the proposed regulatory scheme did not restrict the use of cannabis to medicinal purposes.

The Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) has released a preliminary report regarding a July 30 standoff at a Yellow Springs residence that lasted nearly six hours.

During a morning press conference, Yellow Springs Council President Judith Hempling and Vice-President Lori Askeland released a detailed statement about the recent standoff situation involving Paul E. Schenck.

The state's attorney general is urging Ohioans to watch out for scams involving utilities after two people reported losing about $800 each after unsolicited phone calls.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says the caller claimed to represent a utility company and demanded payment.  He says dozens of other consumers have said they've received unsolicited calls about lowering their energy rates.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office says local law enforcement agencies reported 30 human-trafficking cases in the state in the past year.

The numbers were released Thursday as part of a new Ohio law requiring local agencies to collect data on human trafficking cases and report it to Attorney General Mike DeWine's office.

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