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Judges say pizza shop robber freely confessed to FBI agent

A man found guilty of robbing a Louisville, Ohio pizza shop lost his appeal when a three-judge panel recently found he freely confessed to an FBI agent without coercion.
The 5th District Court of Appeals affirmed the Stark County Court of Common Pleas ruling finding Perry Maurer guilty of aggravated robbery.
Maurer’s cas ... (full story)

Former school teacher wins appeal of sexual imposition, voyeurism convictions

The 10th District Court of Appeals recently sided with a former Wellington School teacher in a decision reversing his convictions for voyeurism and sexual imposition and ordering the lower court to review a detective’s affidavit seeking a search warrant.
Lawrence Dibble was first charged with 21 counts of voyeurism and one ... (full story)

Cops: Escaped murder suspect, 17, kidnapped elderly woman

COLUMBUS (AP) — A teenage murder suspect who escaped from police custody at a western Ohio hospital kidnapped a 70-year-old woman and forced her to give him a ride before he was caught, authorities said Saturday.
In a dramatic escape Friday night, 17-year-old Raymond Matthew Zimmerman was seen running away from the Springfi ... (full story)

New system gives Cleveland kids better chance at diversion

CLEVELAND (AP) — A new program instituted by prosecutors and court officials in northeast Ohio will try to give juveniles in Cleveland a better chance of entering diversion programs instead of being charged with crimes.
Cuyahoga County officials say the previous system resulted in roughly half of suburban juveniles having t ... (full story)

Police urged to directly engage minority communities

Police urged to directly engage minority communities

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police must demonstrate a commitment to directly engage the people they serve if relations between officers and minorities are going to improve, a criminal justice expert said at an Ohio public forum last Tuesday.
Mistrust of police only serves to make violent neighborhoods worse, said David Kennedy of the ... (full story)