Crime

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State officials are turning up the heat on repeat convicts who continue to ignore the law and carry guns.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says there’s a small population of Ohioans that are wreaking havoc on communities. These are criminals who have been in and out of prison for violent crimes at least twice and continue to carry firearms. DeWine is supporting a bill in the Senate that would increase the possibility for more jail time if these repeat offenders are caught with a gun.

Judge Throws Out Ohio Inmates' Lethal Injection Lawsuit

Feb 19, 2015

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by four death row inmates who challenged a new Ohio law that shields the names of companies providing lethal injection drugs.

The inmates argue the law violates free speech rights. They sought to stop the provisions from taking effect in March.

But Judge Gregory Frost ruled Tuesday that the inmates lacked standing to challenge the law. He wrote that the law doesn't suppress speech or the ability to oppose the death penalty.

The FBI says up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspected gang associate wanted on racketeering, drug and weapons charges in Ohio.
 
The agency announced the reward Wednesday for 33-year-old Andre Martin Brown, who's described as an associate of the Short North Posse in Columbus. The FBI says he's known as "Paco" and should be considered armed and dangerous.
 

A photograph of Justin Back, signed in memorial by friends and community members, hangs in the home of Sandy and Mark Case.
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A bill known as “Justin’s Law” will be introduced to the Ohio legislature soon.  The bill would allow for stiffer penalties for adults and juveniles convicted of aggravated murder.

About a year a ago, two 19-year-old men broke into the Warren County home of 18-year-old Justin Back. They stole some minor possessions and murdered Back.    

Police: Teen Shot by Shopper Tried To Steal Shoes

Dec 23, 2014
Dayton Mall
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Police are studying mall surveillance video as they investigate the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old Ohio boy after authorities say he tried to rob a shopper in a quest to obtain popular, limited-edition athletic shoes.

Miami Township police say a man with a concealed weapon permit fired his gun after he and another man were accosted Saturday morning by three teens on a sidewalk outside the Dayton Mall.

Police say one teen showed a gun and demanded the men turn over their newly bought shoes before he was shot.

Police: Shopper Shot Teen After Robbery Attempt

Dec 22, 2014
Dayton Mall
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Police in southwest Ohio say a shopper fatally shot a 16-year-old boy after an alleged robbery attempt outside an Ohio shopping mall.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence for a Cincinnati man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and two young children.

Mark Pickens was sentenced to die in 2010 after a jury found him guilty in the shootings of 19-year-old Noelle Washington, her infant son and a 3-year-old girl she was babysitting a year earlier.

The court's ruling issued Tuesday rejected Pickens' arguments that questioned testimony at the trial and how the jurors were selected.

Pickens was 19 at the time of the shootings.

Ohio Police Say Man Painted Gun To Resemble Toy

Dec 12, 2014
.380 caliber gun police found on Orlando Lowery
Hamilton County Police photo release

Authorities in southwest Ohio say they have arrested a man with a loaded handgun painted red to resemble a toy gun.

The arrest Friday came just four days after legislation was introduced in Ohio to require that lookalike guns be brightly colored or otherwise marked. That bill came in the aftermath of two police fatal shootings in less than four months of young people in the state who were holding lookalike guns.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says it's "a scary thought" that guns would be painted to mislead police into thinking the guns weren't real.

Family Attorney Says Traficant 'Very Critical'

Sep 25, 2014

An attorney for the family of former U.S. Rep. James Traficant says Traficant remains in "very critical" condition after being injured in an accident on his farm outside of Youngstown in northeast Ohio.
 
Heidi Hanni says Traficant is being kept as comfortable as possible and confirmed that he is not conscious. She disputed reports that the former congressman from Ohio is being kept in a medically induced coma. She says he is being sedated for a number of reasons, including pain management.
 

Ohio Teen Sentenced To 4 Years For 'Knockout Game'

Sep 9, 2014
Prison
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A 17-year-old Ohio boy convicted on charges of attacking and robbing two men as part of the so-called "knockout game" has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Prosecutors in southwest Ohio's Montgomery County say the former Stivers High School student was convicted as an adult of two counts of robbery last month. He and two other teens were charged in attacks on homeless men in Dayton last spring.

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