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Portage juvenile court offers new diversion program

Portage juvenile court offers new diversion program<BR>

A teenager receives a citation for speeding or a similar offense, the teen or a parent pays the fine and points are assessed on the juvenile’s driver’s license. That’s the typical way that traffic offenses play out in court, said Portage County Juvenile/Probate Court Judge Robert Berger.
“The trouble with ... (full story)


State


To avoid overdoses, some test their heroin before taking it

To avoid overdoses, some test their heroin before taking it

NEW YORK (AP) — The newest tool in the fight against opioid overdoses is an inexpensive test strip that can help heroin users detect a potentially deadly contaminant in their drugs.
Sales of fentanyl test strips have exploded as a growing number of overdose-prevention programs hand them out to people who use illicit drugs.< ... (full story)


Ohio doctor groups divided over governor's race endorsement

COLUMBUS (AP) — Doctors in Ohio sparred Monday over which candidate in the state's fall governor's race is best for health care.
In July, Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine landed the coveted endorsement of the Ohio State Medical Association, the state's largest and oldest physician group.
In a letter sent Monday, n ... (full story)


Bhutanese refugees work to keep their culture alive

CLEVELAND (AP) — Refugees forced from their homes in the Asian kingdom of Bhutan have been working to create a new home in northeastern Ohio while also forming a community aimed at preserving their Bhutanese heritage.
More than 100,000 Bhutanese people were forced out of that country by its government in the 1990s, The Plai ... (full story)


GOP, Dems unite behind Senate bill fighting addictive drugs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats joined forces to speed legislation combating the misuse of opioids and other addictive drugs through Senate passage Monday, a rare campaign-season show of unity against a growing and deadly health care crisis.
The measure passed by a 99-1 vote Monday evening. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah ... (full story)


Former top Mahoning County official’s law license suspended

The Ohio Supreme Court recently suspended former Mahoning County Commissioner and Youngstown Mayor John A. McNally from practicing law based on criminal convictions for his role in the “Oakhill scandal.”
In a per curiam opinion, the Supreme Court disregarded the Board of Professional Conduct’s recommendation tha ... (full story)


Technology


Ohio Supreme Court creates interactive specialty court map

The Ohio Supreme Court, ever in the forefront of court technology, has put up an interactive online map that shows every specialty court in the state. The map is a quick and informative way for the public (or lawyers, researchers and teachers) to find whether an appropriate specialty docket exists in an offender’s jurisdiction ... (full story)