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Akron police sergeant honored as “Officer of the Year”

It’s not uncommon for a police officer to write a traffic ticket or make an arrest, but when an officer helps to pass new stricter animal abuse laws, people are bound to take notice.
That’s exactly what happened to Akron Police Sergeant Kris Beitzel, who was honored on June 2 as Optimist Club Philip G. Barnes “ ... (full story)


Judges rule police had no compelling reason to enter noisy apartment

In the 9th District Court of Appeals, a panel of three judges recently found that the Summit County Court of Common Pleas properly granted a motion to suppress evidence obtained after an officer unlawfully entered a defendant’s home.
The state of Ohio filed the appeal challenging the Summit County court’s decision to ... (full story)


Sports


Indians honor AL pennant-winning 1995 team

CLEVELAND (AP) — Twenty years later, the 1995 Cleveland Indians are regarded as one of the most memorable teams in franchise history — even if they fell short of delivering a World Series title.
Several members of that American League pennant-winning team, including Jim Thome, Kenny Lofton and manager Mike Hargrove, w ... (full story)


Man who once scammed NHL gets 10 years for forgery charges

Man who once scammed NHL gets 10 years for forgery charges

Hockey League's New York Islanders was sentenced to 10 years in prison for another fraud case in northeast Ohio.
John Spano Jr., 50, pleaded guilty last month to 16 counts of forgery after being accused of collecting thousands of dollars in commissions from false accounts he'd created while working as a salesman for a company tha ... (full story)


Cavs coach says bond with LeBron 'more than meets the eye'

Cavs coach says bond with LeBron 'more than meets the eye'

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Even after guiding a team wrecked by injuries to the NBA Finals in his first season, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt can't escape a narrative that's shadowed him for months.
His relationship with superstar LeBron James remains a trendy, touchy topic.
As a national column recently painted a ... (full story)


State


Court upholds long sentence for man who trafficked minor for sex

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a 224-month prison sentence for a sex trafficker.
Taurus Devault pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to conspiring to use a facility in interstate commerce to promote prostitution and knowingly recruiting, enticing, or transporting a m ... (full story)


Minimum age of 18 to buy cough medicine proposed

A new measure in a series of government moves designed to combat the state’s drug epidemic has been introduced into the Ohio General Assembly.
House Bill 197, sponsored by Rep. Jeffrey Rezabek, R-Dayton, would require the purchaser of any product containing dextromethorphan to be age 18 or older.
Dextromethorphan is a dr ... (full story)


Ohio puts more tigers, bears, exotic snakes under lockdown

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is again cracking down on exotic animals, telling owners who don't yet have permits for their tigers, snakes and other wild creatures to put them under quarantine until the state can decide whether they should be removed.
The state sent out the orders last week to seven exotic animal owners who have ... (full story)


GOP almost set for '16, with only 3 governors left to get in

GOP almost set for '16, with only 3 governors left to get in

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — There was a time in Republican presidential politics when Chris Christie was a star, Scott Walker a mystery and John Kasich a memory.
Oh, how things can change.
Today, they are the last of the GOP's undeclareds — a trio of ambitious governors whose fortunes have shifted dramatically in recen ... (full story)