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Assessing Ohio’s first-ever sales tax holiday

Earlier this month, shoppers around the state took part in a three day Sales Tax Holiday codified into law by the Ohio General Assembly last year through Senate Bill 243. From Friday, August 7th through Sunday, August 9th, Ohioans were able to get a head start on their back-to-school shopping while avoiding sales and use tax on item ... (full story)


Free community program helps citizens plan for the future

Summit County Probate Court Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer, Fiscal Officer Kristen M. Scalise CPA, CFE and Clerk of Courts Daniel M. Horrigan are pleased to announce a new community program titled “Your Family Matters: Options to Protect Your Heirs and Assets.”
The program will kick-off with its inaugural presentation at ... (full story)


Youngstown police detective among 2015 OSBA Leadership Academy graduates

Throughout his life, retired U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Colonel and Youngstown Police Department Det. Sgt. Donald Patrick Scott has sought to improve his knowledge and skill set, while embracing new challenges.
Now he’s following the same path as a new attorney, graduating from The Ohio State Bar Association Leadership Academy ... (full story)


National


Slaying of Indiana girl shook her family, state 20 years ago

Slaying of Indiana girl shook her family, state 20 years ago

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — On a warm August morning 20 years ago, 8-year-old Sarah Paulsen took off on her bike to find frogs.
The next day she was going to start second grade at Aylesworth Elementary School in Portage.
"She was so excited. She had gotten the teacher she wanted," her mother said, recalling they had j ... (full story)


Abandoned Chicago railway reborn as commuter corridor

Abandoned Chicago railway reborn as commuter corridor

CHICAGO (AP) — On an abandoned Chicago railway line cutting between the treetops, bike commuters zip by walkers and joggers, all traversing a ribbon of concrete undulating through a lush landscape where clattering freight cars once ferried everything from coal to furniture.
This relic of the city's industrial past is now a ... (full story)


State


Southwest Ohio college dedicates new 1-stop drone center

Southwest Ohio college dedicates new 1-stop drone center

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A new one-stop center for the design, construction and testing of drones is ready for use at a college in southwest Ohio.
Sinclair Community College held a dedication Monday for its $5 million National Unmanned Aerial Systems Training and Certification Center. The center will provide students with access ... (full story)


Convictions upheld for investor who bilked BWC

An opinion recently released by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied relief to a former investment advisor who defrauded the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
Mark Lay had filed a motion to vacate his convictions and sentences under Section 2255 of the Constitution. That motion was denied by the U.S. District Co ... (full story)


Assault conviction stands despite victim's denial

The 5th District Court of Appeals recently affirmed a Canton man’s felonious assault conviction after a witness claimed he struck his girlfriend multiple times during an argument.
In his appeal from the Stark County Court of Common Pleas, Aaron Lecory Johnson asserted that his conviction was against the manifest weight of t ... (full story)


Capital's renamed FYLaw unveils partner program

The Family and Youth Law Center at Capital University Law School has launched a new partner program to go with its new name.
The center, formerly the National Center for Adoption Law & Policy, debuted the venture in June.
“In structuring the program, we gave a lot of thought to the ways we have traditionally engaged ... (full story)


Clinton likens GOP's views on women to those of terrorists

CLEVELAND (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday drew parallels between terrorist organizations and the field of Republican candidates for president when it comes to their views on women, telling an Ohio audience her potential GOP rivals were pushing "out of date" policies.
"Now extreme views about women? ... (full story)


Judges rule court properly determined defendant understood his guilty plea

In a recent split decision, the 10th District Court of Appeals affirmed that a man understood the rights he was waiving when he pleaded guilty to aggravated murder with a firearm specification.
The 2-1 opinion overruled Terrille Ellis’ argument that the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas established only that he entered ... (full story)