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Court rules delayed indictment did not violate speedy trial rights

The Franklin County Court of Common Pleas properly dismissed a man’s robbery charges due to a speedy trial violation but must still consider two counts of the indictment, according to a recent ruling from the 10th District Court of Appeals.
The state appealed to the three-judge appellate panel and argued that the trial cou ... (full story)

Proposal would stiffen penalties for selling illegal drugs to pregnant women

State Reps. Wes Retherford and Margaret Conditt have partnered to sponsor a bill focused on stiffening criminal penalties for those who knowingly sell narcotics to pregnant women.
“The number of pregnant women who consume or abuse illegal drugs, like many other narcotic statistics in Ohio, is rapidly increasing,” sai ... (full story)

Iraq vet cited for owning 14 therapeutic pet ducks

Iraq vet cited for owning 14 therapeutic pet ducks

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio (AP) — An Army veteran who hurt his back during the Iraq War is worried a citation will result in him losing his 14 pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic.
Darin Welker said officials in the village of West Lafayette told him to get rid of the ducks in May and cited him for a minor misdemeanor on Jun ... (full story)

Ohio rakes in $45 million in online taxes

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Online sales tax collections have hit an all-time high in Ohio this budget year, reaching $45 million, a 68 percent increase over the past five years.
The money continues to pour in this year after Ohio officially joined a multi-state effort to streamline sales tax for online purchases in January. The O ... (full story)

New raffle devices this fall for Ohio vets' posts

COLUMBUS (AP) — Lottery officials say 700 next-generation electronic raffle machines will be installed at Ohio veterans' posts and fraternal organizations in September and probably be in opeartion by the following month.
About 200 facilities will get the charitable games that the Ohio Lottery Commission was cleared to buy ... (full story)