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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.

Grand Jury: No Indictments In Schenck Case

Jan 2, 2014

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. "

Wayne Baker / WYSO

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.

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.

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