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Tale of Two Cities: Warren man kidnapped, Detroit man defends self

Jason Storey's odyssey of terror began about 10 p.m. when he was carjacked by two masked men with a gun in the parking lot of Walgreens on West Market Street. He was ordered at gunpoint to get in his 2003 Pontiac Grand Am and drive them to a local bank. They forced him to make a withdrawal from the automatic teller machine. He withdrew $10 because he only had $16 in his account. They then locked...

Tale of Two Cities: Findlay man beaten & robbed, Anderson man defends self

Police said Jack K. George, a delivery worker for Domino's Pizza, was confronted by two men at 1801 Brookside Drive at about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, and one of the suspects hit him in the head with a wooden club. Police said George had pulled into a driveway at the Brookside Drive residence to deliver two pizzas when he was approached by a man. That man asked George to follow him to the rear of the...

''Victim Zone'' exclusions are BAD for law-abiding Ohio citizens

As the Ohio General Assembly looks ahead to committee consideration of HB12 and SB24, we believe serious consideration should be given to removing language involving the creation of "victim zones" in Ohio, where persons are prohibited from exercising their constitutional right to self-defense. Check out this latest account of a woman being attacked in a church: Greensboro Daily News, Greensboro,...

Tale of Two Cities: Toledo woman's neck broken, Angleton woman shoots back

Thomas D. White, 41, of 2548 Parkview Ave., Toledo, was arraigned yesterday after he was accused of severely beating a central-city woman in an assault during which he allegedly bound her hands and feet with duct tape and a coat hanger before dropping her off three miles from where the incident occurred. The 44-year-old victim suffered two broken hands, a broken jaw, several broken fingers, a...

Tale of Two Cities: Lebanon woman robbed, New Orleans woman gets apology

Jeremy W. White, of 4936 Bordeauz Lane (Mason), and Shane P. Prince, of 3505 W. Ohio, robbed a Maineville woman at gunpoint Nov. 13 after following her from her driveway into her garage. The next day, they robbed residents at apartment complexes near where Prince lived. This week, Prince and White were sentenced to 9 and 10 years respectively. Meanwhile, in a state that allows law-abiding...

Cincinnati's FOX19 News: ''Ohio House Expected to Pass CCW Bill''

A Thursday story from Cincinnati's WXIX FOX Channel 19 makes it clear: the Ohio House is expected to pass HB12, a concealed weapons bill introduced this week. Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) told FOX19 News he expects his chamber sometime soon will pass a bill that would have county sheriffs grant licenses allowing people to carry concealed weapons. Under current Ohio law, only...

ONN: Deborah Cook Nomination Approved

A Senate committee has approved the nomination of Ohio Supreme Court Justice Deborah Cook for a federal appeals judgeship in Cincinnati. As OFCC PAC has been reporting for the past two months, once Justice Cook is confirmed by the full Senate, it will be up to Gov. Taft to name replacement for her on the Ohio Supreme Court . Click here to read the full story from the Ohio News Network .

Toledo Blade Editorial: No, again, to concealed carry

The Toledo Blade has written their latest editorial opposing concealed carry reform . While their rhetoric about the threat to public safety is not new, their theories about why the House and Senate leadership are allowing the issue to come up, despite saying it wasn't a priority, are interesting. As always, educated letters to the editor of the Blade may be emailed by >clicking here.

Sen. Wachtmann (R-1) Introduces SB24 - Concealed Carry Licensure

Sen. Lynn Wachtmann, a Republican from Napoleon, introduced SB24 on Wednesday, along with 9 co-sponsors, that would allow citizens to carry concealed weapons. "It's substantially similar to the bill he introduced last year," said a Wachtmann aide. "The changes are minor and technical in nature." Commentary by Chad D. Baus: For those of you who are new to the history, SB130 is almost verbatim to...

Cincinnati Enquirer: Crime's up and arrests down

Cincinnati officers arrested almost 30 percent fewer suspects - about 18,000 people - last year, compared with 2000. Emergency calls increased more than 17 percent and violent crimes - murders, rapes and aggravated assaults, for example - jumped 40 percent. Criminal cases in Hamilton County courts declined 20 percent between 2000 and last year. Arrests by city police drive the county court...

Purses being stolen outside day cares

17 taken recently in Butler Co. By Janice Morse The Cincinnati Enquirer A warning to suburban moms: Don't leave your purse in plain sight as you dash into a day-care center - not even for a minute, not even in a locked car. Day-care operators are again seeing a surge in purse thefts from unattended cars in their parking lots - 17 in the past couple weeks throughout Butler County, Sgt. Thomas E...

Tale of Two Cities: Cincinnati car-jack victim shot 4x; Buffalo man spared

A 31-year-old man was in serious condition Wednesday night at University Hospital after being shot four times in Avondale. The man, whose identity was not immediately available, was approached by two or three people after he got out of his car in the 800 block of Blair Avenue about 9 p.m., said Cincinnati Police Sgt. Richard Sulfsted.Witnesses said they heard shouting, then some shots, Sulfsted...

Tale of Two Cities: Cincinnati armed robber at large; Atlanta robber in jail

Hamilton County authorities are still looking for the man who robbed the Graeter's Ice Cream parlor at 3301 Westbourne Drive, Green Township. A black man in his early 20s armed with a handgun entered the store about 6:50 p.m. on Tuesday and demanded money from the cashier. He took an undetermined amount of cash and fled on foot, heading south on Westbourne Drive. Meanwhile, in a state that allows...

Gun Grabbers Visit OFCC PAC Website

More than 600 votes have been logged in to OFCC PAC's current poll question, pondering whether or not CCW Reform deserves to be a legislative priority in 2003. One day last week, the poll got some publicity from an unlikely source: the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence. On January 15, Toby Hoover forwarded OFCC PAC's announcement (nearly word for word), concerning the pending introduction of...

Tale of Two Cities: Thieves in Youngstown? Get a dog; In Charleston? Get a gun!

Youngstown Police have been diligently working to solve a rash of burglaries in the Brownlee Woods and Buckeye Circle areas of the city, police officials assured members of a local block watch. City Councilman John Nittoli, D-7th, block watch president, said there had been six or seven home burglaries in the area since Christmas. He urged residents to be alert and call police when they see...

Tale of Two Cities: Dayton Man Abducted; Burlington Man Spared

Dr. Major K. Lee III, 61, said he was closing his office at 6000 Sycamore Woods Blvd. when three men approached him. After a scuffle, one assailant forced him at gunpoint into his two-seater car while another followed in a second car. The third assailant remained at Lee’s office. Lee persuaded the assailants to take him to an automatic teller machine after they threatened to kill him, Trotwood...

Dispatch: U.S. Senate finally to hear court nominees from Ohio

As of this morning, former Ohio Solicitor Jeffrey S. Sutton and Ohio Supreme Court Justice Deborah L. Cook have waited precisely 630 days. Nearly two years since President Bush nominated them to the federal appeals bench, Sutton and Cook finally will have the opportunity today to answer their critics in a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sutton and Cook are just part of a struggle...

Will the Republican-led Senate again be the stumbling block to CCW Reform?

In a story covering the introduction of the House's new concealed carry reform bill, HB12, the Cincinnati Enquirer mentions a fresh quote from Senate President's spokeperson which may raise questions about this body's willingness to act on this bill, which would recognize our Constitutional right to self-defense. "Maggie Mitchell, spokeswoman for majority Senate Republicans, said the bill is not...

Plain Dealer: Democrats drop complaint over O'Connor's election ads

A vitriolic disagreement between the Ohio Democratic Party and Supreme Court Justice Maureen O'Connor has ended with a whimper. Party Chairman Denny White agreed Monday to withdraw an elections-law complaint claiming that O'Connor, former lieutenant governor, misrepresented herself as a judge in a TV commercial while campaigning for the court seat she won Nov. 5. "It was a pure economic decision...

Cincinnati Enquirer: Man shot in apparent break-in

A Golf Manor man was shot and killed Friday morning after he and another man apparently tried to break into a Walnut Hills townhouse, Cincinnati police said. Michael Harris, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene. "The shooting may have been the result of an attempted home invasion robbery where the occupant ... was defending himself," Cincinnati Police Lt. Kurt Byrd said. No charges have been...

Rep. Aslanides (R-94) Introduces HB12 - Concealed Carry Licensure

Rep. Jim Aslanides, a Republican from Coshocton, introduced HB12 on Tuesday, along with 55 bipartisan co-sponsors, that would allow citizens to carry concealed weapons. "It's substantially similar to what the House passed in March," said Aslanides. "The changes are minor and were meant to make the bill a little bit better." House Speaker Larry Householder said Tuesday that he expected the House...

Brookings Institution tries to revive poorly researched CCW/Crime study

The Brookings Institution , a liberal research group based in Washington D.C., is attempting to revive interest in a flawed study on the effects of CCW on crime , entitled "Shooting Down the More Guns, Less Crime Hypothesis", by John J. Donohue III. Donohue first issued his report in October of last year, but it received little attention. John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime , evaluated and...

Nationally renowned police chief suggests arms can keep businesses safe

About two dozen frustrated James Island business owners met with Charleston (SC) Police Chief Reuben Greenberg, several Charleston police officers and Charleston County sheriff's deputies, to discuss protection against a rash of robberies and burglaries along a stretch of Folly Road. Greenberg told them that robberies, burglaries and rapes are a fact of life for communities across the country. "...

Sanford (NC) church congregation robbed at gunpoint; one man shot

Herein lies the problem with the creation of "victim zones" in Ohio, where persons are prohibited from exercising their right to carry: "Two Sanford men are being held in the Lee County Jail on $100,000 bond each, accused of entering a church service Wednesday night, shooting a parishioner and robbing several others. Witnesses said they were conducting service when two African-American males...

Quid Pro Quo?: Taft sends cash & promotions to Ohio State Patrol

OFCC supporter Ed, has been making some rather keen observations on actions Bob Taft has taken to reward the Ohio State Patrol in the weeks following its adamant opposition to HB274: • "Col. Kenneth Morckel (Superintendent of OSP) was appointed by the governor to be the next Director of the Dept. of Public Safety." • The Governor's various proposed tax increases includes a proposed a 2 cent per...

Cincinnati Post Editorial: Money Before Safety

The Cincinnati Post has published an editorial, entitled "Putting First Things First", in which they voice their approval of reports that the concealed carry debate has been put on the back burner. Their reasoning? Legislators need not have the emotional debate on their hands while trying to fix Ohio's budget woes. We've prepared a few thoughts for you to consider as you read the piece: 1) Are...

Letter to the Editor: "Gun-carrying legislation could help cut crime"

A pro-CCW reform letter to the editor was printed in the Thursday, January 23 edition of the Canton Repository . An excerpt is reprinted here: I don’t agree with the State Highway Patrol’s opposing the Ohio Senate gun-carrying legislation (“Ohio Senate approves gun-carrying legislation,” Dec. 7). Law abiding citizens, like myself, who want to be prepared and are not planning on hurting a police...

Tale of Two Cities: Rapist in Columbus? Call for help; Baton Rouge? Get a gun!

For more than a decade, a rapist has prowled the Linden area, attacking women in their beds at night. His attacks have been so sporadic -- he takes a breather for months and even years between assaults -- that many Linden residents thought the suspect had been caught. Last night, Columbus police held a meeting to warn Linden residents that the rapist remains at large, on the prowl and he's...

Taft State of the State: Protecting 'our most vulnerable populations'

Bob Taft delivered his gave his 2003 State of the State address last evening, and focused his remarks on repairing Ohio's budget woes. But we wish he'd be a bit more consistent with his values, and focus a couple of his quotes on the issue of concealed carry reform as well. "We'll continue to protect our most vulnerable populations, including children and pregnant women." "In the difficult days...

U.S. Supreme Court declines to review financial limits for Akron campaigns

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday opted not to review the strict campaign finance restrictions approved by Akron voters in 1998 -- meaning those long-abated rules might finally go into effect for this year's city elections. Because the case never actually went to trial -- U.S. District Court Judge Dan Polster found the charter change had constitutionality problems and threw it out before a trial...

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