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State Looking Into Mental Illness Reporting Disparities

Figures compiled by the AG find some counties like Cuyahoga reporting thousands of cases of people ordered to receive mental illness treatment by judges, while other counties such as Lake or Delaware reported few or none.
August 26, 2013

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has ordered its regional field representatives to survey Ohio’s probate courts to figure out why numbers vary so widely across the state.

Marijuana Proposal Stricken Down By Ohio A.G.

The proponents needed DeWine's approval before gathering the roughly 386,000 valid signatures needed by next July to get the issue before voters in Nov. 2014.
13, 2013

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize the use of marijuana in the state.

Grand Jury Considering Steubenville Rape Case Meets Again

Lady Justice sits atop the Jefferson County Courthouse in downtown Steubenville. A grand jury will consider whether other crimes occurred in the case.
August 12, 2013

A grand jury meets to consider whether other crimes occurred in the Steubenville rape case.

Panel Seeks School Floor Plans, Online Access

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7, 2013

A task force wants every Ohio school to submit floor plans and other key information about their buildings so it can be accessed by first responders in the vent on an emergency.

State Playing Catch-Up As Drug Makers Tweak Ingredients

Packages can be as cheap as $10 and authorities say the drugs can cause users to behave in bizarre and dangerous ways.
3, 2013

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the state’s crackdown on synthetic drugs is being thwarted by chemical tweaking of the drugs to keep them legal.

State GOP Leaders Want Borges’ Tax Issues Resolved By Friday

Matt Borges, pictured here with 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, says his tax problems came after a home sale was improperly reported as income.
April 23, 2013

Elected officials who signed a letter endorsing Matthew Borges as the next chairman of the Ohio Republican Party have asked him to resolve and explain the tax liens he’s accrued before Friday’s election.

Task Force Issues Recommendations On Child Welfare System

DeWine's office held child safety summits in the state following a rash of deaths among children whom the system failed.
8, 2013

A new report says Ohio should reduce the number of times a child enters and exits the foster care system and give foster parents more input into court proceedings involving the children in their care.

State Health Officials Tell Hospitals To Shelve Rape Kits

DeWine declined to blame the problem on the non-profit employing developmentally disabled people. He called it an issue of "poor supervision."
28, 2013

Attorney General Mike DeWine says investigators noticed a problem with the kits from Pickaway Diversified Industries when several kits from obviously-unrelated cases tested positive for the same DNA.

AG Mike DeWine: System Failure Led To Deadly Police Chase

Attorney General Mike DeWine says a lack of supervision and a failure of the system led to Cleveland police shooting in November in which 137 bullets were fired.
February 5, 2013

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says lack of proper supervision and failures in the system led to a chaotic November police chase in Cleveland with 13 officers firing 137 rounds, killing two people.

Some Parents Troubled Schools Yet to Give AG Safety Plans

Twelve Franklin County schools still have not submitted safety plans to the Ohio Attorney General.
20, 2012

Ohio schools are required by law to have a safety plan, and it’s supposed to be submitted to the state attorney general’s office. But some Franklin County schools still have no plan on file. WOSU reports some parents are troubled by administrators’ inaction.