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June 18, 2024

Education advocate Erin Gruwell to speak at Access to Justice Awards: Toledo Blade
Before she was portrayed by Hilary Swank in a 2007 Paramount feature film, before she founded the educational nonprofit Freedom Writers — before she became one of the most famous English teachers in the United States — Erin Gruwell thought she wanted to be a lawyer.

Advocates push for proof Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court not giving kids unqualified attorneys: Signal Cleveland
Dozens of advocates in Greater Cleveland Congregations shirts packed a state commission meeting Friday demanding that the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court be held accountable for assigning unqualified attorneys to represent children who face serious charges. 

Cuyahoga County corrections officer pleads not guilty to inmate harassment charges: WOIO
The Cuyahoga County corrections officer arrested for several charges of inmate harassment made his initial appearance in court Friday morning.

Local contractor sentenced in latest theft case: WKBN
A local contractor convicted in criminal cases in multiple counties entered a plea deal Monday in his newest case.

Judge orders $155K paid to fraud defendants, leaves open possibility of re-indictment: Toledo Blade
A Lucas County judge has awarded sanctions exceeding $150,000 to eight people charged last year with securities fraud in a case for which state prosecutors filed a dismissal motion early this month, but will allow a re-indictment if prosecutors choose to file one.

'Measure of a just society': Cincinnati settles 2018 tent city lawsuit: Cincinnati Enquirer
Six years ago, the city of Cincinnati forced Patrick Chin and dozens of people who were living in a tent camp downtown out of what they considered their homes.


June 17, 2024

Prosecutors drop case against Cleveland man who spent time in prison for shooting that his brother confessed to committing:
Cuyahoga County prosecutors on Thursday dropped all charges against a man whose 2011 attempted murder conviction was overturned after his brother confessed multiple times to the shooting.

Panel asked to reconsider new trial order in ’18 murder: The Vindicator
The Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office has filed a motion asking the 7th District Court of Appeals to reconsider the ruling it made June 6 overturning the 2022 conviction of Lavontae E. Knight of Youngstown, in the 2018 murder of Trevice Harris.

Man charged in Imperial Stewart case gets 3 years in prison: WBNS
A 19-year-old man charged in connection to the disappearance and death of 17-year-old Imperial Stewart last year has been sentenced to three years in prison, according to court documents.

Man found not guilty in 2016 shooting death on East Side: WKBN
Jurors on Monday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court found a man not guilty of a 2016 shooting death on the East Side.

Woman accused of murdering toddler at North Olmsted Giant Eagle faces judge: WOIO
The woman accused of stabbing three-year-old Julian Wood to death in the parking lot of the North Olmsted Giant Eagle store appeared before Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Russo Monday for a pre-trial hearing.

Gov. DeWine issues reprieve for Trumbull man on death row for murdering grandmother: WFMJ
Gov. Mike DeWine recently issued three reprieves for convicted murderers on death row in the state - including a Trumbull County man convicted of murdering his adoptive grandmother.

Watkins challenges convicted sex offender’s parole: Tribune Chronicle
The former owner of Warren Music Center who sexually assaulted numerous boys in 1992 is having his chance at parole disputed by the Trumbull County prosecutor.


June 14, 2024

Former county employee alleges he had to do yard work, move furniture at judge’s house: Dayton Daily News
A former Montgomery County courts employee was awarded $70,000 in a settlement for a civil rights lawsuit that alleged he was wrongfully terminated because of his disabilities after being forced to do work at a judge’s private home and law firm.

Cleveland woman agrees to spend life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering her 3-year-old son:
A Cleveland woman pleaded guilty this week to killing her 3-year-old son last year.

Former Lorain County corrections officer given jail time for beating mentally ill inmate: WOIO
A former Lorain County corrections officer has been found guilty of assaulting an inmate and falsifying the incident report.

17 year-old charged with murder in killing of 19-year-old in Youngstown: The Vindicator
At the end of an arraignment hearing Thursday in Mahoning County Juvenile Court, a court official told Lyndale Wilkins Jr., 17, he could hug his parents before he was taken back to the juvenile detention center.

Death penalty off table: The Vindicator
JaBrae L. Perry, 47, is no longer in danger of getting the death penalty in the Aug. 24, 2021, shooting deaths of his girlfriend, Ayanna Mills, 49, and her son, Brandon Bell, 28, at Mills’ home on Salt Springs Road.

Columbus family angered by prosecution deal in fatal stabbing of 17-year-old girl: WSYX
A Columbus family is still trying to come to terms with an unimaginable loss.

Eastland Mall owner faces $1,000 daily fines for lack of progress at shopping center: Columbus Dispatch
The owner of the shuttered and vacant former Eastland Mall has again been found in contempt of court for failing to secure and make improvements to the deteriorating property and bring it up to code, court records show.

Supreme Court strikes down Trump-era ban on bump stocks, gun accessories used in 2017 Vegas massacre: Associated Press
The Supreme Court on Friday struck down a Trump-era ban on bump stocks, a gun accessory that allows semiautomatic weapons to fire rapidly like machine guns and was used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.


June 13, 2024

Ohio Supreme Court will not consider reinstating conviction of Cleveland man after brother’s confession:
The Ohio Supreme Court this week chose not to review the case of a man whose 2011 conviction was overturned after he spent eight years in prison for a shooting that his brother confessed to committing.

George Wagner IV appeals conviction, wants new trial in 2016 Pike County killings: Cincinnati Enquirer
One of four original suspects in the 2016 Pike County massacre case is appealing his conviction for the crimes.

Former Liberty Union teacher Raymond Williamson sent to prison on sex charge: Lancaster Eagle Gazette
Calling him a predator, barracuda and shark in the water, Fairfield County Common Pleas Court Judge David Trimmer on Wednesday sentenced former Liberty Union High School teacher Raymond Seth Williamson to four years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a female student.

Man ordered to treatment in strangulation case: The Vindicator
A Youngstown man will receive probation and court-ordered therapy after pleading guilty to abusing his ex-girlfriend in February.

Co-defendant names Turner as killer in ’16 East Side death: The Vindicator
Ranee Fitzgerald, who is married to aggravated murder defendant D’Aundre Turner and has a child with him, testified Wednesday she set up a March 16, 2016, meeting with Omar R. Croom, 22, near the ESA Apartments on the East Side at Turner’s direction and saw Turner shoot Croom.

Trial to begin for Akron woman who was body slammed by police officer: Akron Beacon Journal
A 24-year-old Akron woman who was body-slammed by an Akron Police Department officer during a chaotic family argument in January is scheduled to appear before a panel of jurors Thursday for the start of her trial.

Cincinnati settles suit against Vinebrook Homes: Cincinnati Enquirer
After villifying one of the city's biggest property owners, Cincinnati city leaders have agreed to "not discriminate" against Vinebrook Homes after a lawsuit against the single-family rental home operator was dismissed.

Lead attorneys: East Palestine residents shouldn't throw away Kroll mailers: Canton Repository
Lead attorneys say more than 2,100 claims have been submitted that seek part of the $600 million settlement with Norfolk Southern.

Former Columbus police officer pleads guilty to stealing cocaine to sell it: WBNS
A former Columbus police officer pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, according to United States Attorney Kenneth Parker.

Unanimous Supreme Court preserves access to widely used abortion medication: Associated Press
The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously preserved access to a medication that was used in nearly two-thirds of all abortions in the U.S. last year, in the court’s first abortion decision since conservative justices overturned Roe v. Wade two years ago.


June 12, 2024

Warren man convicted of murder has appeal denied: Tribune Chronicle
A Warren man serving a 42-to-47.5-year sentence without parole in Lake Erie Correctional Institution had his appeal denied by the 11th District Court of Appeals.

State files response in infant murder case: Toledo Blade
Prosecutors have filed a request with the Ohio 6th District Court of Appeals seeking permission to appeal Judge Stacy Cook’s decision to grant Ahmad Williams a new trial in the death of his infant son.

Wrongfully convicted man who spent 20 years on Ohio's death row files lawsuit: Cincinnati Enquirer
A man who was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1985 and spent 20 years on Ohio’s death row before being exonerated is now seeking acknowledgment from the state for the suffering he endured.

Clinton County family upset over plea deal for loved one’s accused killer: WXIX
A Clinton County family is upset after prosecutors reached a plea deal with the defendant accused of killing their loved one.

Prosecutor: Ohio man who posted Snapchat videos of 2021 homicide 'mutilated' victim: Columbus Dispatch
Franklin County Assistant Prosecutor Cory Helffrich did not mince words when he spoke to a jury Tuesday morning.

Cleveland woman pleads guilty to 2023 murder of 3-year-old son: WKYC
A Cleveland woman has pleaded guilty in the 2023 killing of her 3-year-old son, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office confirmed to 3News on Tuesday.

Sex for money allegations unfold in Youngstown murder case testimony: WKBN
Defense attorney Frank Cassese said Tuesday in opening statements in Daundre Turner‘s murder trial that the main witness for the prosecution only gave a statement against his client to stay out of prison.

Court sets plea deal deadline for defendant in fatal arson: Tribune Chronicle
The attorneys for a capital murder defendant in a fatal arson case have until June 28 to come up with a plea agreement, which would prevent a trial set for July 23 where she could be sentenced to death.

Judge to fan who crashed Reds game: 'Everybody thinks you landed that backflip': Cincinnati Enquirer
Before William Hendon was shocked by a Taser and arrested by Cincinnati police while on the field at Great American Ball Park during a Cincinnati Reds game Tuesday night, he did a backflip.

City erred in eviction dispute, judge rules: The Vindicator
A judge ruled that Youngstown intentionally failed and refused to provide requested evidence to Carrier Services Group, the last tenant at 20 Federal Place that is seeking more than $500,000 in damages from the city in an eviction lawsuit.

Kosar sues podcasting company over ceremonial bet that led to his firing from Browns radio gig:
Former Browns star quarterback Bernie Kosar has sued the owner of a digital media company, accusing him of wrongfully firing him and forcing him to place the bet that ultimately cost Kosar his radio job with the Browns last year.

Upper Arlington joins lawsuit against Ohio school voucher program: WCMH
A lawsuit taking on a controversial state program is getting another supporter.


June 11, 2024

Got a stalker? New online tool tells you how to get a protection order in Ohio: Columbus Dispatch
Victims of stalking or sexual violence in Ohio now have a new tool to walk them through how to get a civil protection order from the courts.

Appeals court overturns man’s conviction in 2018 Youngstown murder case: WKBN
The Seventh District Court of Appeals last week overturned a man’s 2022 murder conviction in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

'A lot of carelessness and laziness': Dad gets prison in death of diabetic child fed soda: Cincinnati Enquirer
The father of a 4-year-old Clermont County girl, who prosecutors say died of complications from diabetes after being fed mostly Mountain Dew through a baby bottle, was sentenced Tuesday to at least seven years in prison.

Man gets probation for assaulting officers: The Vindicator
Keishaun Sims, 26, of Austintown, was sentenced to three years of probation and no prison time Monday in the videotaped assault of two Youngstown police officers in the lobby of the Youngstown Police Department on Sept. 19, 2023.

Remaining defendants in boys' homicides take plea deals: Toledo Blade
The remaining three defendants on trial for their alleged roles in the December, 2022, disappearance and murder of two teenage boys all pleaded guilty to lesser and amended charges Monday morning in Lucas County Common Pleas Court.

Crestline fire chief pleads guilty to felony charges: WSYX
A public official in Richland County has pleaded guilty to two felony counts in court on Monday.

Father of boy slain in North Olmsted Giant Eagle attack tells judge ‘keep this monster behind bars’:
The father of 3-year-old Julian Wood told a judge on Monday that he did not want the woman accused of fatally stabbing the boy outside the North Olmsted Giant Eagle to be free on bond.

Boardman man goes on trial in robbery, murder: The Vindicator
Opening statements are expected to be gin this morning in the aggravated murder trial of Daundre Turner, 26, of Boardman. Turner is charged in the 2016 shooting death of Omar R. Croom, 22, whose body was found on Early Road on March 16, 2016.

Price-fixing lawsuits against world’s top tire-makers to be decided in Rubber City:
A slew of price-fixing lawsuits against the world’s top tire-makers will be decided in the Rubber City.


June 10, 2024

FOP president seeking authority to take legal action against juvenile court judge: WCPO
Cincinnati's Fraternal Order of Police president is calling for change in the juvenile court system, saying judges are "putting the public in danger."

Several Ohio courts issue warnings about jury duty scam calls: WOSU
Columbus residents have become a target for a phone scam that attempts to convince victims that a warrant is out for their arrest for missing jury duty.

Pro bowler Brandon Novak sentenced to nearly 5 years in prison for child porn: Columbus Dispatch
A professional bowler from Chillicothe whom U.S. marshals arrested in February at a Professional Bowling Association tournament in Indianapolis has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison on child pornography charges.

Trial begins Monday in fatal stabbing in fight between Ohio teen girls: Columbus Dispatch
Was a fight between two teenage girls that turned deadly deliberate or an act of self-defense?

Ohio State wrestler Sammy Sasso's suspected teen shooter now charged as an adult: Columbus Dispatch
A teenager who is accused of shooting and seriously injuring Ohio State University wrestler Sammy Sasso is now charged as an adult.

Negligence lawsuit filed by Chase Bank worker killed in Realty Tower blast: WFMJ
The family of the Chase Bank employee who died in the May 28th explosion at the Realty Tower have filed a lawsuit alleging negligence on the part of several entities including the building’s owners, contractors who were working in the building, and the natural gas supplier.

Family of woman struck, killed by Metro bus sues driver, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority: WCPO
The family of a woman who was struck and killed by a Metro driver is now suing the driver as well as the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, which operates Metro.


June 7, 2024

Judge orders new trial for 1 of 5 convicted in 1992 homicide: Toledo Blade
Citing exculpatory evidence that Toledo police failed to turn over to either defense lawyers or prosecutors, a Lucas County judge has granted a new trial to one of five men convicted of murder in a Toledo man’s 1992 death.

'You don't deserve to be outside of prison walls,' Portage judge tells child rapist: Ravenna Record-Courier
Scott A. Boerio could someday be released from prison, but near the conclusion of his sentencing hearing Thursday morning in Portage County Common Pleas Court, Judge Becky Doherty said that wouldn't be her choice.

Canton man sentenced to prison for providing fentanyl to Massillon man who died: Massillon Independent
A Canton man who pleaded guilty to providing a fatal dose of fentanyl to a Massillon man in 2023 has been sentenced to six to nine years in state prison.

John Carter pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in 2011 killing of Katelyn Markham: Cincinnati Enquirer
John Carter, Katelyn Markham’s fiancé facing two murder charges in connection to her 2011 death, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in a Butler County courtroom Friday morning.

'It’s going to affect people’s lives': Lucas County to begin operating conviction integrity unit: WTOL
Lucas County will soon become the fifth county in Ohio with a conviction integrity unit.

Accused killer who posted videos of fatal attack on Snapchat set for Monday trial: Columbus Dispatch
A man accused of posting videos of himself beating another man to death on Snapchat is set to go to trial Monday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

Frenchko fights Malloy’s legal expenses: Tribune Chronicle
Commissioner Niki Frenchko sought to get a vote to prevent Trumbull County from paying for the legal defense of Commissioner Denny Malloy due to him talking about a possible $1 settlement offer made to Frenchko in a lawsuit she filed against her fellow commissioners.


June 6, 2024

Reducing recidivism a high court priority: The Courier
Thousands of Ohioans leave jails and prisons each year and state officials and local residents continually work to make their reentry into regular society smoother and make it stick.

Warren man granted new trial after successful appeal: Tribune Chronicle
The Ohio 11th District Court of Appeals granted a new trial in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court for a Warren man convicted of stealing six motorized scooters from a Larchmont Avenue store.

'I hope the rest of your life is a living hell': Mother of slain 23-year-old speaks out in court: WBNS
The mother whose 23-year-old son was shot and killed at a south Columbus apartment complex earlier this week advocated that the accused killers be punished for their crime.

Boardman man gets probation and treatment in arson case: The Vindicator
A man was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation with intensive outpatient supervision with a mental health component for a fire he set in July at a home in Boardman.

Butler Twp. quadruple murder suspect now found competent; sides argue next steps: Dayton Daily News
A man accused of killing four people in Butler Twp. in 2022 has been ruled competent to stand trial by a doctor at the mental health facility where he’s received treatment over the past six months.

Another student sues Cleveland Heights-University Heights schools over accusations of lackluster investigations:
A lawsuit filed by a Cleveland Heights-University Heights student accuses the district of failing to investigate or act after a boy attacked an 11-year-old classmate.


June 5, 2024

Man, woman receive life sentences in beating death of man's mother: Toledo Blade
A 34-year-old Sylvania Township man and his 18-year-old girlfriend entered no-contest pleas Tuesday in Lucas County Common Pleas Court to aggravated murder and abuse of a corpse for killing the man’s mother last year. 

Ohio woman who helped orchestrate 2014 double gang murder gets life sentence: Columbus Dispatch
After nearly a decade and three trials, the families of Robert Bass and Charod Houchins finally got to have their voices heard Tuesday in a Franklin County courtroom.

Man pleads guilty, is sentenced in shooting that killed pregnant woman: Cincinnati Enquirer
A man who prosecutors said killed a pregnant woman when he fired multiple shots at a home after a dispute about a laser pointer pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter and other charges, officials said.

Judge sets $1 million bond for suspect accused of killing toddler in North Olmsted:
A woman accused of killing a toddler in a grocery store parking lot refused to look at a judge Tuesday during her first court appearance.

Salem woman sentenced to one year in prison for deadly hit skip crash: WFMJ
A Salem woman who pled guilty in March to her involvement in a deadly hit skip crash has learned her fate on Tuesday.

3 men sentenced for vandalizing iconic Parma flamingo statue: WEWS
The great flamingo caper has been resolved.

Zoning decision overturned: Muskingum County can move forward with new jail: Zanesville Times Recorder
The Muskingum County Common Pleas Court has reversed a decision by the City of Zanesville Board of Zoning Appeals denying an application by the Board of Muskingum County Commissioners for a conditional use permit to construct a new county jail at the former Mosaic Tile plant site in Zanesville, according to a news release from the commissioners.

Defense team: Don’t allow parts of plea to be rescinded in Rowan case: The Vindicator
Lawyers for Kimonie Bryant, a defendant in the September 2020 shooting death of Rowan Sweeney, say a judge should find Bryant breached his plea agreement and set the case for trial, or find he did not and enforce the plea and sentencing agreement.

A former Nelsonville City Council member has filed legal action against city officials: WOUB
A former Nelsonville City Council member is accusing city officials of conducting public business in private and is demanding release of their conversations. 

Legal experts: Cleveland police need more oversight on surveillance technology use: Signal Cleveland
As Cleveland police use more surveillance technology, legal experts say the city needs more oversight.


June 4, 2024

Ex-Warren police officer’s rape trial reset: Tribune Chronicle
A former police officer and defendant facing over 20 charges in a rape case has added another lawyer to his defense.

Hamilton County chief probation officer charged, accused of attacking 63-year-old man after Bengals game: WXIX
The chief probation officer of Hamilton County Municipal Court has been charged after he was accused of attacking a man last year after a Bengals game.

Men convicted in boys' deaths get maximum sentences: 2 life terms each: Toledo Blade
A Lucas County judge sentenced two men to consecutive life sentences, one without possibility of parole, for the December, 2022, murders of two teenage boys whose bodies were found in a burned-out house’s basement 12 days after they disappeared.

Ohio woman admits to role in 2021 killing, running human and drug trafficking rings: Columbus Dispatch
A woman who prosecutors said helped run a sprawling human and drug trafficking ring and played a role in a 2021 homicide will spend at least 28 years in prison. 

Man accused of ramming Kettering cruisers gets probation: Dayton Daily News
A man who pleaded guilty to charges connected to ramming two Kettering police cruisers during a traffic stop has been sentenced to probation.

Daviduk takes plea deal in arson, murder: Tribune Chronicle
An aggravated murder defendant has accepted a plea deal that he previously rejected last week in Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas.

Seven AGs pen amicus brief in case challenging Ohio voting restrictions: Ohio Capital Journal
Last week, the Attorneys General of half a dozen states and the District of Columbia filed an amicus brief in a case challenging Ohio voting restrictions.

Woman who woke up during surgery after IV tube came loose sues Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital:
A woman who had surgery at the Cleveland Clinic’s Medina Hospital to treat her thyroid cancer was awake for a portion of the procedure because doctors failed to properly administer her anesthesia, according to a lawsuit filed last week.


June 3, 2024

Judges consider new trial for man convicted in 1985 Youngstown murder: The Vindicator
Three judges from the 7th District Court of Appeals heard oral arguments from attorneys for convicted murderer Bennie Adams and from the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office on whether Adams should get a new trial in the 1985 aggravated murder of Youngstown State University student Gina Tenney, 19, who was Adams’ upstairs neighbor in an Ohio Avenue duplex.

Court officer lauds responders, victim of Youngstown explosion: Tribune Chronicle
Mahoning clerk of courts impressed by selflessness, bravery of deputies, and person hurt in blast.

Delinquent: A stolen pizza landed Tyson in the juvenile justice system. ‘Hope’ led him out:
Tyson had skipped lunch and remembers being “really hungry” that day in April 2023.

Cleveland father who says infant son accidentally choked to death on baby wipe gets life in prison:
A father was sentenced to life in prison Friday after a jury convicted him of murdering his infant son by stuffing a baby wipe down his throat.

Former Columbus probationary officer arrested for driving while drunk pleads guilty to reckless operation: WBNS
A former Columbus probationary officer pleaded guilty to reckless operation after police say she drove on Interstate 70 while drunk earlier this year.

Casey Goodson shooting: Prosecutors seek to dismiss murder charge against Jason Meade: Columbus Dispatch
Special prosecutors have filed a motion asking a judge to dismiss one of the two murder charges filed against a former Franklin County Sheriff's deputy who fatally shot a Black man entering his grandmother's home.

Imprisoned former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder pleads not guilty to new charges: Associated Press
Imprisoned former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder pleaded not guilty Friday to 10 additional felony counts brought against him by the state.

Dying Behind Bars: At least 220 people died in Ohio jails over 4 years: Columbus Dispatch
Investigation found that jail personnel ignored serious medical conditions and injuries, withheld life-saving medicine and did not adequately monitor prisoners at risk for suicide.