6 indicted, 15 others sought in theft ring

Lancaster Eagle Gazette – April 16, 2014 LANCASTER — Twenty-one people are facing charges related to a retail theft ring that was active for approximately one year and spanned multiple Ohio counties, prosecutors said. Some of the people allegedly involved in this retail theft ring, which targeted major chain stores in Fairfield, Licking, Union and FranklinRead More

Editorial – Useful Grant

Times Leader – April 16, 2014 RAPE CRISIS programs and centers in Ohio serve a vital function. Funding, however, is always critical to their effectiveness. A recent grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s office will help the cause. The state office awarded nearly $1 million in funding of 25 rape crisis programs and centers inRead More

Fourth Street eyesore reduced to rubble

The Newark Advocate – April 15, 2014 NEWARK — The deteriorating three-story brick structure on North Fourth Street, connected to the downtown Arcade, finally came down Monday. More than three years after the fire department ordered the evacuation and closure of the former Chilcote and Jones building at 20-22 N. Fourth St., the unsafe structure wasRead More

Dozens indicted in ongoing drug battle

The Marion Star - Apr. 11, 2014 MARION — More arrests were made following a two-year federal investigation of a drug trafficking ring within the county. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Thursday that more than three dozen people are now facing charges as a result of a large-scale investigation focusing on the trafficking and possession ofRead More

Services increase for Ohio sexual assault victims

WBNS 10TV – April 8, 2014 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says 13 additional counties have access to comprehensive services for victims of sexual assault. DeWine says 49 counties now provide all core sexual assault services, and 38 counties offer some. He says one county — Clinton, in southern Ohio —Read More

Van Wert YWCA receives funds for Crime Victim’s Rights Week

The Delphos Herald•  Wednesday April 9, 2014 VAN WERT — The YWCA of Van Wert County is among 10 agencies in the state to split $10,000 from Ohio Attorney General MIke DeWine. The awards are being made in honor of National Crime Victims’ Week. The funds are to pay for awareness campaigns throughout this week. “WeRead More

Community expresses concerns about drug abuse

The Lima News  •  Monday April 7, 2014 7:18 PM LIMA — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine conducted a drug abuse community forum at Lima Community Church in Lima Monday to hear the community’s concerns about drug abuse. The meeting gave community members an opportunity to discuss drug abuse concerns with DeWine and a panelRead More

State crime lab speeded up: DeWine

The Courier  •  Tuesday April 8, 2014 The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has done excellent work for years, but agents “never were in too big a hurry to get it done,” Ohio’s attorney general said Monday. Mike DeWine told Findlay Rotary Club members he has worked to bring urgency to the state’s crime lab. ThoseRead More

Thanks to lab, cops make quick arrest in schoolgirl rape

The Columbus Dispatch  •  Saturday April 5, 2014 6:39 AM A group of scientists at the state’s crime laboratory who were appalled by the rape of a Columbus schoolgirl earlier this week is credited with fast-tracking the forensic testing that led to an arrest. Sgt. David Pelphrey, a supervisor in the Columbus Police Division’s sexual-assault unit, said the partnershipRead More

Attorney General Mike DeWine announces more than 1,000 DNA hits from rape kit initiative

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that a statewide rape kit testing initiative his office headed in late 2011 has now resulted in more than 1,000 DNA hits to potential rapists in previously unprosecuted cases – many going back decades. DeWine’s office said as of yesterday, 1,104 DNA profiles had hit orRead More

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