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State v. Gaspare 2024-G-0006APPELLATE REVIEW - Untimely appeal; duplicate appeal; dismissed.LynchGeauga 2/20/2024 2/20/2024 2024-Ohio-636
Ponsart v. Arnold 2023-G-0030CIVIL- Summary judgment; Civ.R. 56; breach of contract; Recreational Vehicle Parks; R.C. 3729.12; campsite use agreements; campsite users; license; no breach where campground owners discontinued unwritten policy allowing the transfer of campsite use agreement with sale of private recreational vehicle where the policy was revocable and the campsite use agreement was nonassignable; tortious interference with a business relationship; campground owner had privilege to limit the transfer of campsite use agreements.EklundGeauga 2/20/2024 2/20/2024 2024-Ohio-640
Daniello v. Gray 2023-G-0011CIVIL - Modifying child support; R.C. 3119.79 permits a court to modify child support if there is a substantial change in circumstances not contemplated when the court issued the original child support order; child support; gross income; R.C. 2705.031(B)(1); R.C. 3121.43; collecting child support payments; R.C. 3119.23 provides a list of non-exhaustive factors for a court to consider when modifying child support; Civ.R. 53(D)(4)(d) requires a court to rule on objections, but it does not state that a magistrate cannot amend its decision.EklundGeauga 2/20/2024 2/20/2024 2024-Ohio-641
State v. Hogya 2023-L-063CRIMINAL - community control sanctions; technical violation; R.C. 2929.15(E)(2); ineffective assistance of counsel; speed trial violations; preliminary hearing; R.C. 2945.71(C); triple-count provision; R.C. 2945.71(E); jail-time credit; R.C. 2929.19(B)(2)(g)(i)LynchLake 2/20/2024 2/20/2024 2024-Ohio-639
Higginbottom v. Hunsinger-Stuff 2023-P-0079EXTRAORDINARY WRIT- petition for habeas corpus; lack of jurisdiction; R.C. 2725.03; petition must be filed in county institution is located.PattonPortage 2/20/2024 2/20/2024 2024-Ohio-631
Grimm v. Professional Dental Alliance, L.L.C. 2023-P-0054CIVIL - arbitration provision, loser pays clause, whether clause unconscionable, no factual findings in record and/or circumstances surrounding the agreement, reversed and remanded.TrappPortage 2/20/2024 2/20/2024 2024-Ohio-637
State v. Burrell 2023-P-0053CRIMINAL - sentencing; state's appeal; suspended sentence; prison term or community control required; sentence not authorized by statute; mootness; sentence served by defendant; relief can be afforded on appeal; no legitimate expectation of finality; jurisdiction to resentenceLynchPortage 2/20/2024 2/20/2024 2024-Ohio-638
In re K.R.J.C. 2023-T-0030JUVENILE - custody; termination of shared parenting; Juv.R. 40(D); magistrate's decision; objections; independent review; transcript; R.C. 3109.04; plain error; unsuitability finding not required in allocating parental rights and responsibilities between parents.LucciTrumbull 2/20/2024 2/20/2024 2024-Ohio-632
State v. Patterson 2024-T-0011APPELLATE REVIEW - Untimely appeal; App.R. 4(A)(1); motion to dismiss granted.PattonTrumbull 2/20/2024 2/20/2024 2024-Ohio-633
State v. Watson 2023-P-0056; 2023-P-0057CRIMINAL LAW - Anders v. California; guilty plea; knowing, intelligent, and voluntary; consecutive sentencing; R.C. 2929.14(C); revocation of community control.PattonPortage 2/12/2024 2/12/2024 2024-Ohio-504
State v. O'Neil 2023-L-050CRIMINAL LAW - aggravated burglary; kidnapping; potential juror misconduct; mistrial; plain error; separation of witnesses; ineffective assistance of trial counsel; harmful testimony; removal of jurors; prior convictions; sufficiency of the evidence; manifest weight of the evidence.TrappLake 2/12/2024 2/12/2024 2024-Ohio-512
State v. Grover 2022-A-0092CRIMINAL LAW - right to counsel; ineffective assistance of counsel; trial strategy; denial of motion for mistrial; R.C. 2945.83; jury instruction; duty to retreat; self-defense; manifest weight of the evidence; selective prosecution.PattonAshtabula 2/12/2024 2/12/2024 2024-Ohio-505
Schmoldt v. Schmoldt 2023-G-0018DOMESTIC RELATIONS - Adoption of magistrate's decision; abuse of discretion; motion to terminate shared parenting plan; R.C. 3109.04; contempt of court; failure to address issue in objection to magistrate's decision; finding of fact not supported by testimony or evidence.EklundGeauga 2/12/2024 2/12/2024 2024-Ohio-513
State v. Payne 2023-L-059CRIMINAL - Motion to suppress evidence; appellate review of a motion to suppress presents a mixed question of law and fact; warrantless arrest; probable cause; investigative stop; R.C. 2921.31(A); obstructing official business.EklundLake 2/5/2024 2/5/2024 2024-Ohio-396
Mentor v. Cleveland Elec. Illum. Co. 2023-L-060CIVIL- Summary judgment; Civ.R. 56; declaratory judgment; R.C. 4939.01(N); compatible public use; controlled by municipality; public way; R.C. 4039.08; right to order relocation of utility facilities at utility company's sole expense.EklundLake 2/5/2024 2/5/2024 2024-Ohio-397
Mentor v. Cleveland Elec. Illum. Co. 2023-L-041CIVL - summary judgment; common law; public utilities; utility easements; compensation; costs of relocation; public way; R.C. 4939.01(N); dedication plat; public improvements; R.C. 727.23LynchLake 2/5/2024 2/5/2024 2024-Ohio-399
State v. Lampert 2023-L-077CRIMINAL - felony sentencing; R.C. 2953.08(G)(2); consecutive sentences; R.C. 2929.14(C)(4); pandering sexually oriented material involving minors; necessary to protect the public from future harm; repeat offenses; great or unusual harm; mental health of offender; element of the offenseLynchLake 2/5/2024 2/5/2024 2024-Ohio-400
State v. Hennigan 2023-L-058CRIMINAL LAW- manifest weight; ineffective assistance of counsel; admission of evidence, abuse of discretion; failure to object; Google records; cell phone records.PattonLake 2/5/2024 2/5/2024 2024-Ohio-404
State v. Jones 2024-P-0003 & 2024-P-0004APPELLATE REVIEW - Sentencing continued; criminal cases; must be a sentence which amounts to disposition of a cause before there is a basis for appeal; premature appeal.EklundPortage 2/5/2024 2/5/2024 2024-Ohio-398
State v. Reyes 2022-P-0018CRIMINAL LAW - sex offender classification; retroactive application; Megan's Law; Adam Walsh Act; applicable statutory scheme determined by operation of law depending on date offense committed; void/voidable analysis inapplicable; motion to reclassify should not be recast as motion for postconviction relief.LucciPortage 2/5/2024 2/5/2024 2024-Ohio-403
State v. Schultz 2023-P-0040CRIMINAL LAW - violation of civil protection order; messages sent; potentially threatening; not specifically relating to permissible communications; supervised visits; circumstantial evidence; both parties lived in Portage County and no evidence presented that they were outside the county; venue established; sufficiency of the evidence; manifest weight of the evidence; adequate, credible evidence.LucciPortage 2/5/2024 2/5/2024 2024-Ohio-405
State v. Kirklin 2023-P-0043CRIMINAL LAW - motion to dismiss conviction; former Crim.R. 32(B); claimed void judgment; voidable issues; could have previously raised; res judicata.LucciPortage 2/5/2024 2/5/2024 2024-Ohio-406
State v. Williams 2023-T-0021CRIMINAL - Aggravated Robbery; sufficiency of the evidence; in attempting or committing a theft offense; contemporaneous; one continuous occurrence; injury occurred while committing theft offense; ongoing offense; immediately fleeingLynchTrumbull 2/5/2024 2/5/2024 2024-Ohio-401
State v. Newton 2023-T-0050CRIMINAL - grand jury transcripts; particularized need; Crim.R. 6(E); ineffective assistance of counselLynchTrumbull 2/5/2024 2/5/2024 2024-Ohio-402
State v. Mallard 2023-T-0020CRIMINAL - consecutive sentences; R.C. 2929.14(C)(4), appropriate findings, supported by record; guilty plea, right to bench trial, no requirement to advise.TrappTrumbull 1/29/2024 1/29/2024 2024-Ohio-297
State ex rel. Chester v. Booth 2023-T-0082EXTRAORDINARY WRIT - Petition for writ of mandamus; requirement of R.C. 2969.25 to provide affidavit of inmate of prior actions is mandatory; R.C. 2731.04.EklundTrumbull 1/29/2024 1/29/2024 2024-Ohio-298
State v. Reese 2023-T-0060CRIMINAL - Sentencing; motion to correct judgment; Crim.R. 36; nunc pro tunc; R.C. 2941.25; merger; trial court's judgment entry of sentence was irregular and plainly erroneous; Crim.R. 52(B); plain error; defects in sentencing entry are voidable, not void; appellant failed to challenge his sentencing on prior direct appeal; res judicata.EklundTrumbull 1/22/2024 1/22/2024 2024-Ohio-210
State v. Harris 2023-T-0061CRIMINAL - Jail-time credit; R.C. 2929.19(B)(2)(g)(iii); R.C. 2967.191(A); a defendant held on bond is not entitled to jail-time credit for presentence detention if he is serving a sentence on an unrelated case; R.C. 2967.191 requires application of all due jail-time credit and a stated prison sentence must be shortened by the amount of time spent in jail.EklundTrumbull 1/22/2024 1/22/2024 2024-Ohio-214
State ex rel. Chester v. Doherty 2023-P-0081ORIGINAL ACTION - mandamus; affidavit of prior civil actions; R.C. 2969.25(A)Per CuriamPortage 1/22/2024 1/22/2024 2024-Ohio-218
McGilton v. McGilton 2023-P-0098APPELLATE REVIEW - App.R. 4(A); thirty-day rule; Civ.R. 58(B); untimely appeal.PattonPortage 1/22/2024 1/22/2024 2024-Ohio-219
State ex rel. Chester v. Doherty 2023-P-0077ORIGINAL ACTION - mandamus; adequate remedy in the course of lawPer CuriamPortage 1/22/2024 1/22/2024 2024-Ohio-217
State v. Glavic 2023-L-064CRIMINAL - Aggravated Possession of Drugs; confrontation clause; Officer's testimony about unavailable declarant's testimonial statement was proper because it was used to explain the officer's subsequent investigative activities; jail phone call authentication; Evid.R. 901; Crim.R. 52(B); plain error; "auditory testimonial theory:" sponsoring witnesses heard audio recording at the time it was made; "silent witness theory:" sponsoring witness testifies as to the reliability of the process or system that produced the evidence; manifest weight of the evidence.EklundLake 1/22/2024 1/22/2024 2024-Ohio-209
State v. Brown 2023-L-119 & 2023-L-120APPLELLATE REVIEW - App.R. 4(A)(1); untimely appeals; App.R. 5(A) provides a remedy for filing an untimely criminal appeal.LynchLake 1/22/2024 1/22/2024 2024-Ohio-216
State v. Drummond 2023-A-0071APPELLATE REVIEW - Postconviction; civil in nature; App.R. 4(A)(1); untimely appeal.TrappAshtabula 1/22/2024 1/22/2024 2024-Ohio-215
Ray v. Lake Royale Landowners Assn. 2023-P-0048APPELLATE REVIEW - denial of a preliminary injunction is not a final appealable order.PattonPortage 1/19/2024 1/22/2024 2024-Ohio-220
In re I.G.C. 2023-P-0026 & 2023-P-0027JUVENILE LAW - grant of legal custody; abuse of discretion standard of review; best interests of the child.PattonPortage 1/16/2024 1/16/2024 2024-Ohio-145
State ex rel. Ames v. Portage Cty. Bd. of Commrs. 2023-P-0044CIVIL - R.C. 121.22; Open Meetings Act; summary judgment; Civ.R. 56(C); leave to file motion for summary judgment; Civ.R. 56(B); attachments to pleadings; Civ.R. 56(E); meeting defined as any prearranged discussion of the public business of the public body by a majority of its members; impromptu discussions; observation space; executive session; deliberations; formal action.LucciPortage 1/16/2024 1/16/2024 2024-Ohio-146
Slodov v. Eagle Ridge Subdivision Property Owners Assn., Inc. 2023-G-0021CIVIL LAW - homeowner association assessment fees; property lien; small claims court; the purpose of small claims court; collateral estoppel; res judicata.PattonGeauga 1/16/2024 1/16/2024 2024-Ohio-143
State v. Polizzi 2020-L-016 & 2020-L-017CRIMINAL LAW - felony sentencing; remand from Supreme Court of Ohio; State v. Gwynne; standard of review; consecutive sentencing entry; R.C. 2929.14(C)(4); reconsideration granted; former opinion vacated; same legal standard that was in place prior to December 2022.LucciLake 1/16/2024 1/16/2024 2024-Ohio-142
State v. Corrao 2023-L-040CRIMINAL LAW - consecutive sentencing; R.C. 2953.08(G); R.C. 2953.08(G)(2)(b); R.C. 2929.14; R.C. 2929.11; R.C. 2929.12; appellate courts give deference to the trial court, and the sentence must be clearly and convincingly not supported by the record or otherwise contrary to law before a reviewing court can modify the sentence.PattonLake 1/16/2024 1/16/2024 2024-Ohio-144
In re L.C. 2023-T-0058JUVENILE - termination of parental rights; permanent custody; natural mother; magistrate's decision; failure to object; ineffective assistance of counsel; Juv.R. 40(D); R.C. 2151.414; guardian ad litem for parent appearing to be mentally incompetent; R.C. 2151.281; plain error; ability to understand and participate in the proceedings.LucciTrumbull 1/16/2024 1/16/2024 2024-Ohio-147
State v. Foti 2023-L-071 & 2023-L-072CRIMINAL - motion to suppress; traffic stop; prolonged detention; reasonable suspicion; request for identificationLynchLake 1/8/2024 1/8/2024 2024-Ohio-39
Bellissimo v. Tripoint Med. 2023-L-037CIVIL LAW- wrongful death, directed verdict, Civ.R. 50(A), sufficiency of the evidence.PattonLake 1/8/2024 1/8/2024 2024-Ohio-40
Copper Creek Lodge, L.L.C. v. Pride One Constr. Servs., L.L.C. 2023-P-0093APPELLATE REVIEW - denial of a stay pending arbitration in a commercial construction contract is not a final appealable order; R.C. 2711.02(D)LynchPortage 1/8/2024 1/8/2024 2024-Ohio-38
State ex rel. Chester v. Lowery 2023-T-0078EXTRAORDINARY WRIT - petition for writ of mandamus; requirement of R.C. 2969.25 to provide affidavit of inmate of prior actions is mandatory.EklundTrumbull 1/8/2024 1/8/2024 2024-Ohio-41