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Man in botched robbery of Miami U. student loses appeal

In an opinion released recently by the 12th District Court of Appeals, aggravated robbery and kidnapping convictions were affirmed for a man who played an active role in a drug deal that went bad.
Defendant Dravaughn Sparks was indicted in June 2013 for his role in a bad drug deal.
The state alleged that Sparks acted or was ... (full story)

Bill designed to wipe out patent trolls in Ohio

In sponsor testimony for House Bill 573, Rep. Kristina Roegner said the bill was drafted to send a message to “patent trolls.”
“They are not welcome in the state of Ohio,” she said.
The proposed legislation, which is before the House Judiciary Committee, would prohibit any person from making a bad fait ... (full story)

Income tax credits for donations to community foundations proposed

Proposed legislation that would provide tax credits for donations to community foundation endowment funds has been shifted to the Ohio Senate.
The proposed legislation, House Bill 408, jointly sponsored by Reps. Barbara Sears and Ron Amstutz, would authorize an income tax credit for donations to the permanent endowment fund of a ... (full story)

Shopkeeper in Ohio tired of dealing with floods

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — Warren Krout estimates he has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in inventory and office equipment at his pawn shop during the repeated flooding that plagued the city over the years.
He's finally had enough.
Krout sold his business, which sits less than a block from the Blanchard River near downt ... (full story)

Things to know about political mapmaking in Ohio

COLUMBUS (AP) — A bipartisan panel tasked with recommending changes to how Ohio draws its political maps is weighing potential ideas to overhaul the process.
The state alters legislative and U.S. House district boundaries every 10 years to reflect population shifts identified by the U.S. Census. Members of both major polit ... (full story)