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“Just a Hunch” Isn’t a Good Enough Reason for an Arrest

Police officers are trained professionals, and many of them have developed sharp instincts for observing criminal behavior; that is, they have a hunch when something isn’t right. But a hunch is still an insufficient reason for an arrest, as an Ohio court recently ruled. A nervous woman arouses police suspicion Ranger Lukas Hammermeister was on […]

Manslaughter – a Less Culpable Homicide

In Geauga County, Ohio, Rita Greifenstein, a 66-year-old woman, shot and killed her 68-year-old husband in their kitchen. Mrs. Greifenstein claimed that she shot her husband in self-defense. The police stated that the two had been arguing for hours before the gunshot. The prosecutor decided to charge her with voluntary manslaughter after determining that her […]

Soliciting a Prostitute Is Soliciting a Problem

This summer, police conducted separate sting operations in three northwest Ohio hotels to catch suspects soliciting prostitutes. All told, the police arrested 21 people who were charged with solicitation. There are two ways to solicit prostitution in Ohio In Ohio, the offense of soliciting a prostitute has two sections: You shall not solicit another person […]