Crime

Ohio Dem Leader: Cincinnati Council Should Focus On Crime

Jul 17, 2015
Keith Lanser

The chairman of Ohio's Democratic Party is calling on current Cincinnati council members to focus on a solution for the city's recent crime spike.

Chairman and former city councilman David Pepper tells The Cincinnati Enquirer the increase in crime is a crisis. He says Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, who's running for U.S. Senate, should put in the time to make a difference in the community.

The Ohio Supreme Court is considering the role of the school bus driver for student safety.
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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a senior prank that damaged 24 school buses has led to felony charges against four students in Clark County.

County sheriff's officials say the teens are accused of removing valve stems from tires on buses used by Northwestern Local School District in Springfield. Authorities say the vandalism forced school officials to cancel all classes in the 2,000-student district on Friday. School officials estimate repairs will cost thousands of dollars.

Fugitive On Lam Since 1959 Waives Extradition

May 6, 2015

A fugitive who had been on the lam since walking away from a prison farm in 1959 won't fight his extradition back to Ohio after his arrest in Florida.

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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.

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