Ohio judge says efficiency not good case for cameras
Written by DAN SEWELL, Associated Press   
Friday, 20 December 2013 07:12

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio judge rebuffed an argument Thursday that traffic cameras make law enforcement more efficient, stating sharply that violating motorists' rights isn't the American way.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman cited authoritarian regimes such as Cuba and North Korea as expedient, while saying the U.S. democratic system "can be messy."

"But it's a nice mess to have," Ruehlman said.

The Cincinnati-area village of Elmwood Place wants the judge, who in March ordered a halt to its camera use, to rule against motorists who are seeking nearly $1.8 million in refunds of speeding fines and fees. Attorneys for the motorists say Ruehlman should order the refunds without a trial, since he has already compared the speed cameras to a rigged card game.

Ruehlman said he will issue his decision Jan. 23.

Ohio AG gives job creation compliance mixed grade
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 20 December 2013 07:09

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Attorney General says just over half of companies receiving state economic development awards last year were fully compliant with the requirements of those awards, such as job creation or retention.

The report by Attorney General Mike DeWine is an annual study required by lawmakers to gauge the outcome when companies receive grants and other awards.

DeWine's study released Thursday found that of the 266 awards with a performance requirement in 2012, 120 or about 45 percent were not compliant.

Awards issued by the Ohio Department Services Agency fall into four main categories: workforce awards, grants, tax credits and loans.



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Ohio authorities charge dozens in drug bust
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 07:05
Ohio police admit to force in OSU student's arrest
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 07:07

Columbus police officers accused in a federal civil-rights lawsuit of using excessive force on an Ohio State University student over what later amounted to a litter violation said in a court filing Wednesday that they punched the young man up to seven times, sprayed mace in his face and hog-tied him, but that they did nothing wrong.

In their first response to the lawsuit, filed in October by 21-year-old Joseph Hines, of Jackson, Mich., the officers said their actions came during the course of an arrest, that they were "acting under color of law" and that they should be immune from being sued.

"Defendants deny that they violated any constitutionally protected right or any law," according to the filing.

NE Ohio mom accused of assaulting two teens near school
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 07:04

BEDFORD, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio woman accused of punching two students outside a high school and taking a loaded gun onto school property has been charged with two counts of assault.

Police allege Falesia Clark went to Bedford High School on Monday to confront a teenage girl who apparently was involved in an online dispute with Clark's daughter. Police allege the 45-year-old Bedford woman punched the girl and another student who tried to intervene. They suffered minor injuries.

Police later found a pistol in Clark's purse.

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