Police warn park-goers to be cautious about leaving valuables in their vehicles

Cleveland's WKYC.com is reporting that police are offering a word of caution after a rash of car break-ins at several area MetroParks. From the story: Police have arrested two suspects, David Lewis and Timothy Wallace and recovered much of the property stolen from MetroPark’s Euclid Creek and North Chagrin Reservation. But they say this kind of crime is not uncommon, especially as the parks...

Ohio denies press pass to concealed-carry backer

Regular readers of the Cleveland Plain Dealer will likely not be surprised that the following report contains less than half of the whole story. Commentary from OFCC's Chad Baus provided in blue . April 13, 2005 Julie Carr Smyth Cleveland Plain Dealer Columbus- A volunteer for one of Ohio's most vocal concealed-weapons groups tried last month to join an enemy camp of sorts: the press corps. Chad...

Armed robber disarms armed cop in ''no-guns'' credit union

The Associated Press is reporting that an armed robber man stole a gun from an off-duty suburban Westerville police officer during a robbery in a "no-guns" credit union Tuesday. From the story: Investigators said a man wearing a fake mustache and wielding his own gun went into the BMI Federal Credit Union in Westerville near the Columbus city limits around at 11:28 a.m. Tuesday. The robber put...

Law enforcement actions in bar undercover case causes firestorm

by Chad D. Baus "Quis custodet ipsos custodes?", Juvenal Who will guard the guards themselves? That is the question OFCC asked after news broke that special prosecutor Gary Nasal (Miami Co.) had failed to obtain an indictment from a Shelby County grand jury after an eight-month "investigation" into Sheriff Kevin O'Leary's illegal release of CHL-holders' private, protected information to the...

Activist protests citation at park

The Toledo Blade is reporting that the man who was cited on Saturday for violating a Toledo park rule which enforces a prohibition of concealed weapons in city parks, filed a police report yesterday indicating the city violated his civil rights. The newspaper reports Bruce Beatty also spoke with the city prosecutor's office and requested that the case be handled by a special prosecutor so there...

Violent crime down in Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Post is reporting that although (mostly gang-related) homicides continue to plague the city, violent crime is down so far this year compared to 2004. From the story: Violent crimes - murder, rape, robbery, felonious assault and burglary - are down 12 percent from the first three months of last year, according to police statistics released Monday for the first quarter of the year...

Good Samaritan helps woman after purse snatching

Dayton's WDTN.com is reporting that a Kettering woman was the victim of a purse snatching Monday evening, but that things turned out OK after a few quick-thinking citizens chased down the crooks. From the story: It all happened Monday night around seven in the Meijer’s parking lot at Stroop and Wilmington. The thieves grabbed the woman’s purse and then ran over toward the McDonald’s on Stroop...

LTE: Concealed-carry list not news

April 11, 2005 Ashland Times-Gazette Saturday, March 19, you wrote an editorial criticizing members of the state Legislature for threatening to restrict media access to lists of concealed carry permit holders. You find it absurd pro-self-defense people believe publishing lists of those who are exercising their right to defend themselves invites criminals to single them our for theft or attack...

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