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Influx of Unaccompanied Minors Affects Ohio Courts

Jeovani left the only home he’s ever known and traveled thousands of miles to come to Ohio. His family put their trust, and an undisclosed sum of money, in a complete stranger to get the 13-year-old from Honduras to the mother he had not seen since he was 3 when she moved to the United States. Jeovani's biological father aban ... (full story)

Mom who punched teenage daughter loses appeal

The 12th District Court of Appeals released an opinion recently denying a new trial for a woman found guilty of punching her 15-year-old daughter.
The three-judge appellate panel found Chrishawnda Zielinski’s newly discovered evidence unpersuasive and improper and affirmed the Warren County Court’s decision denying h ... (full story)

Great Lakes water level slump over, future unclear

Great Lakes water level slump over, future unclear

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Two unusually wet years have finally ended the lengthiest period on record of low Great Lakes water levels — a blessing for long-suffering cargo shippers and recreational boaters — although scientists said Tuesday it's uncertain whether the recovery is temporary or heralds a trend.
F ... (full story)

Jury convicts Ohio inmate of strangling cellmate

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — As a jury convicted an Ohio prisoner in the 2013 strangulation death of his cellmate this week, the slain man's family filed suit against the state for failing to protect him.
Jurors deliberated for about three hours Friday before convicting Logan Alan Murphy, of the Canton area, of aggravated murd ... (full story)

Revamp of map-making process clears Ohio Senate

Revamp of map-making process clears Ohio Senate

COLUMBUS (AP) — A bipartisan agreement to overhaul the way Ohio draws its legislative districts passed the state Senate early Friday morning, as lawmakers sought to give more balance to a political process long criticized as allowing the party in power to tilt the lines in their favor.
The state alters legislative and cong ... (full story)