Attorney General Mike DeWine

David Pepper is officially in the race against Republican incumbent Mike DeWine for Ohio's next attorney general, and he has harsh words for his his opponent. Pepper is using a recent report by the Dayton Daily News as ammunition; it found several instances where DeWine received campaign contributions from law firms seeking state work. The Democrat says this is evidence of a "pay-to-play" system.

The Ohio Attorney General says his office is monitoring complaints about propane prices and shortages and will work with other states to look for possible anti-competitive actions related to propane sales.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says Ohio consumers have been told that propane availability is limited and that increased demand and depleted inventories have led to price increases.

He says his office will monitor reports of potential price gouging or other unfair business practices related to the cold.

Ohio Attorney General candidate David Pepper says he would make advocating for voter rights a priority if elected Ohio's top law officer this fall.

The Cincinnati Democrat released his proposals Monday for addressing ballot access and election fairness.

Pepper criticizes Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine for defending laws passed by state lawmakers that courts later deemed unconstitutional.

DeWine told The Vindicator of Youngstown that he didn't pass or write the laws, but did what he's "supposed to do" by defending them in court.

Legislation in the Ohio House would allow production and sale of beer with higher alcohol content in the state.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that House Bill 391 would increase the maximum percentage from 12 to 21 percent. Democratic Rep. Dan Ramos has been promoting the measure, saying Ohio brewers need to be able to use the higher alcohol content to compete with beer in other states. The higher-alcohol beer couldn't have caffeine or other stimulants in it.

Ramos has bipartisan support from 20 co-sponsors in his latest effort to increase the beer's punch.

A Greene County grand jury has decided not to indict an officer involved in the July death of Yellow Springs resident Paul E. Schenck who was shot and killed in a standoff with police in late July.

The grand jury reviewed the testimony of six witnesses and then determined that the use of deadly force was appropriate in the case.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has formed a unit of his office to deal with what he says is a heroin epidemic in Ohio.

“Frankly we have to fight this epidemic at the grass roots level, community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, village by village, township by township, city by city," says DeWine.  "Communities have to get mad and simply say enough is enough. New information our office has recently collected suggests that, at a minimum, eleven people die each week in Ohio because of heroin. "

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An investigation over the death of Yellow Springs resident Paul E. Schenck is over. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine gave the report Tuesday morning. The report sheds light on the six hour standoff with police this summer that ended in Schenck's death, but leaves some questions unanswered.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation collected evidence over a three month period. BCI concluded that the 42-year-old Schenck was killed by a Greene County Sheriff's Deputy during the standoff and not by his own hand.

Attorney General Mike DeWine warns Ohioans to beware of veterans' charity scams and those who make false promises about helping veterans.

DeWine says his office has handled six cases this year involving veterans-related charities. They include an agreement with two individuals to stop illegal solicitations on behalf of a legitimate charity.

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.

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