Budget cuts result in prisoner release; suspected in escape

The Youngstown Vindicator is reporting that the Mahoning County Sheriff's office has begun releasing prisoners, some convicted of gun crimes, from jail, claiming that budget cuts are forcing the issue. Some are being told they must return to finish their time when there is room in the jail. From the story: An Akron federal judge who concluded jail conditions violate inmates' civil rights wants no...

Carry, because you just never know...

You just never know, example #1: The Toledo Blade is reporting that a 23-year-old woman told police yesterday morning that she was shot while going to her car at her residence in the 900 block of Byrneport Drive at approximately 9:30 a.m.. From the story: Natasha Campbell told police she was walking to her car when a man wearing something over his face walked up to her and asked for change. When...

Ohio media credentials: How deep is the rabbit hole?

By Ken Hanson, Esq. Litigation Chair, Office of General Counsel Ohioans For Concealed Carry In response to an article published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer a few weeks ago, Ohioans For Concealed Carry submitted public records requests to the Department of Safety/ Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) to obtain any and all information on who has applied for and been issued media credentials,...

(No-guns) News station reports (no-guns) grocery store robbery

OhioCCW.org reader-submitted news: WYTV in Youngstown is reporting that another crime as occurred at a Sparkle Supermarket on the cities West side on Friday April 22. A known "no-guns zone", the West Side Sparkle prominently displays a no concealed weapons sign. This did not stop the criminal from entering the business and committing a strong armed robbery at gun point. Some may remember the...

Parking lot ban at hospital endangers patients & families

----- Original Message ----- From: (Name redacted at writer's request) To: OFCC Sent: Friday, April 22, 2005 Subject: Parking Lot Ban Dear Ohioans For Concealed Carry, On 4-21-05 my wife had to go to the Riverside Hospital in Columbus, Ohio for a very serious spinal cord operation. The surgery was set for us to be at the hospital at 5:30AM that morning. It takes us around 45 minutes to drive to...

Two sheriffs, two different idea of citizen involvement

In Lawrence County, when a wanted man was discovered breaking into a private vehicle, the Ironton Tribune reports that the owner of the car made a "citizen's arrest", holding the man until police arrived. Despite what many would consider to have been heroic act to keep a criminal off the streets, the newspaper reports Sheriff Tim Sexton is displeased. From the story: A West Virginia man was...

How (non) CHL-holders behave with guns

WCPO.com is reporting that a domestic disturbance resulting in gunfire and a high-speed chase last weekend in the Dayton area. Police say the men, Delbert Hopkins, 51, and David Stamper, 45, who both live on Highview Drive, met at Mulberry Square in Miami Township to fight over a girlfriend around 10 p.m. Thursday. During the fight, Hopkins pulled out a gun and fired a shot at Stamper but missed...

Public records release prompts growing concerns over media card issuance

On April 13, two public records requests were sent to the Ohio State Highway Patrol/ Department of Public Safety as part of a discovery process being conducted by Ohioans For Concealed Carry. In addition to OFCC News Manager Chad Baus’ request , the Litigation Chair in OFCC’s Office of General Counsel, Ken Hanson, submitted a request for information on the rules regarding issuance of Ohio Public...

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