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State v. Feidler 2023-T-0094CRIMINAL LAW - consecutive sentencing; R.C. 2953.08(G); R.C. 2929.14(C); trial court complied with R.C. 2929.14(C); sentences were not contrary to law.PattonTrumbull 5/28/2024 5/28/2024 2024-Ohio-2040
Bend-Fast, Inc. v. SBA Monarch Towers III, L.L.C. 2023-A-0053CIVIL - motion for judgment on the pleadings, Civ.R. 12(C); permanent trespass; continuous trespass; unauthorized, intentional acts; exclusive possession; ongoing control and conduct.PattonAshtabula 5/28/2024 5/28/2024 2024-Ohio-2036
State v. Hart 2023-A-0070CRIMINAL LAW - violating a protection order; R.C. 2919.27; sufficiency of evidence; protection order issued pursuant to R.C. 2903.214; service of protection order; R.C. 2929.27(D); Civ.R. 65.1(C).LucciAshtabula 5/28/2024 5/28/2024 2024-Ohio-2037
State v. Ward 2023-L-092CRIMINAL LAW - felony sentencing; R.C. 2953.08(G)(2); consecutive sentences; R.C. 2929.14(C)(4); failure to comply; fleeing immediately after the commission of a felony; R.C. 2921.331; unassigned error.LucciLake 5/28/2024 5/28/2024 2024-Ohio-2038
State v. Dietrich 2023-L-117CRIMINAL LAW - receiving stolen property; sufficiency of the evidence; manifest weight of the evidence; traffic violations; stop; Home Depot; theft; tools; invalid receipt; defendants left without paying; possession; constructive; circumstantial evidence; knowingly; sufficient, credible evidence to support conviction; sentence not contrary to law.LucciLake 5/28/2024 5/28/2024 2024-Ohio-2039
State v. Jones 2023-T-0095CRIMINAL LAW - guilty pleas; Crim.R. 11; plea colloquy; knowing, intelligent, and voluntary; Reagan Tokes Law; indefinite sentence; post-release control; complete failure to comply; prejudice.TrappTrumbull 5/28/2024 5/28/2024 2024-Ohio-2034
State v. Williams 2023-T-0096CRIMINAL LAW - community control sanctions; consecutive prison terms; consecutive sentencing; R.C. 2953.08(G); R.C. 2929.14(C); required findings to impose consecutive sentences were not made.PattonTrumbull 5/28/2024 5/28/2024 2024-Ohio-2041
Dilley v. Dilley 2024-G-0005DOMESTIC RELATIONS - termination of spousal support; failed to object and/or appeal; res judicata; attempt to relitigate; issues already decided.TrappGeauga 5/28/2024 5/28/2024 2024-Ohio-2035
State v. Wilmington 2024-P-0027APPELLATE REVIEW - Untimely appeal; App.R. 4(A)(1); App.R. 5(A); motion fails to advance justifiable and specific reasons for an almost two-year delay in perfecting appeal.TrappPortage 5/20/2024 5/20/2024 2024-Ohio-1941
State v. Washington 2023-P-0095CRIMINAL - A post-conviction motion to dismiss is a nullity; trial court did not err in denying appellant's post-conviction motions to dismiss.EklundPortage 5/20/2024 5/20/2024 2024-Ohio-1942
State v. Goldner 2023-T-0071CRIMINAL LAW - failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer; sufficiency of the evidence; identity; circumstantial evidence; manifest weight of the evidence; mistrial; courtroom outburst; invited error; prejudice; cumulative error.TrappTrumbull 5/13/2024 5/13/2024 2024-Ohio-1854
State ex rel. Chester v. Booth 2023-T-0079EXTRAORDINARY WRITS - petition for writ of mandamus; public records request; request for kites; insufficient funds in account; respondent hand-delivered once funds sufficient; affidavit; R.C. 2969.25(A); R.C. 2969.25(C); mandatory requirements; fail to comply; statutory damages denied.Per CuriamTrumbull 5/13/2024 5/13/2024 2024-Ohio-1858
State v. Ballish 2023-G-0044CRIMINAL LAW - misdemeanor sentencing; community control; probation; nonresidential community control sanctions; R.C. 2929.27; drug and alcohol use monitoring; goals of community control are rehabilitation, administering justice, and ensuring good behavior; community control condition must have some relationship to the crime of which the offender was convicted.LucciGeauga 5/13/2024 5/13/2024 2024-Ohio-1855
Snyder v. Leroy Twp. Bd. of Zoning Appeals 2023-L-101ZONING - administrative appeal; township zoning restrictions; R.C. 2506.04; court of appeals review limited to questions of law; abuse of discretion; area variance; practical difficulties test; whether area restriction unreasonably deprives property owner of a permitted use of property; Duncan factors.LucciLake 5/13/2024 5/13/2024 2024-Ohio-1856
Jones v. Russell 2023-P-0100CIVIL - magistrate’s decision; Civ.R. 53; judgment issued day prior to filing of magistrate’s decision; appellant’s duty to provide a transcript for appellate review; arbitration agreement; motion to dismiss; Civ.R. 12(B)(1); subject matter jurisdiction; Civ.R. 12(B)(6); failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted; Civ.R. 12(B)(6) movant may not rely on allegations or evidence outside the complaint unless court converts the motion to a motion for summary judgment; stay pending arbitration.LucciPortage 5/13/2024 5/13/2024 2024-Ohio-1857
State ex rel. Ames v. Portage Cty. Bd. of Commrs. 2023-P-0082CIVIL - Open Meetings Act; R.C. 121.22; denial of summary judgment; subsequent trial; moot or harmless; pure question of law; bench trial; notice rule; reasonableness; executive sessions; permitted purposes; laundry list; presumption of regularity; burden of proof; licensee or regulated individual; non-statutory reasons; harmless violations; full and accurate meeting minutes; true intent.TrappPortage 5/13/2024 5/13/2024 2024-Ohio-1852
State v. Requel 2023-T-0062CRIMINAL LAW - motion to dismiss appointed counsel; duty to inquire; ineffective assistance; specificity of complaints; breakdown in commination; prejudice; overwhelming evidence of guilt.TrappTrumbull 5/13/2024 5/13/2024 2024-Ohio-1853
State v. Francis 2023-T-0089CRIMINAL - motion to vacate; void judgment; plea colloquy; no contest; Crim.R. 11(B)(2); res judicata.LynchTrumbull 5/6/2024 5/6/2024 2024-Ohio-1746
State v. Birdsong 2022-A-0115CRIMINAL LAW - aggravated trafficking in drugs; trafficking in cocaine; additional indictment for theft; speedy trial; ineffective assistance of counsel; R.C. 2945.71; R.C. 2945.72; separate charges of theft unrelated to drug charges; one-day-for-one-day count; tolling events; no deficiency in performance; no ineffective assistance; manifest weight of the evidence; constructive possession; proximity to contraband; indicia of trafficking; bindles; baggies; in console; driver switched to passenger seat; verdict supported by sufficient, credible evidence.LucciAshtabula 5/6/2024 5/6/2024 2024-Ohio-1744
Elser v. Johnson 2023-T-0081CIVIL - municipal court; breach of contract; fraud; business owner; electrical improvements; electrician; defendant not bonded or licensed in Ohio; plaintiff aware of defendant's qualifications; trial court in best position to adjudicate credibility of witnesses; judgment not against the manifest weight of the evidence.LucciTrumbull 5/6/2024 5/6/2024 2024-Ohio-1745
Morrison v. Morrison 2023-G-0015DOMESTIC RELATIONS - divorce; objections to magistrate's decision; timely objections; excusable neglect; abuse of discretion; three-day mailing rule does not apply; continuance; termination of counsel; previous continuances; inconvenience to parties and the court; pro se; scope of questions; termination of hearing; prejudiceLynchGeauga 5/6/2024 5/6/2024 2024-Ohio-1741
State v. Cunningham 2023-P-0084CRIMINAL - Violating a Protection Order; R.C. 2919.27; competence to stand trial; R.C. 2945.37; when competency raised after the start of trial a court must hold a hearing only for good cause shown or on the court's own motion; due process requires court to sua sponte hold a competency hearing when presented with sufficient indicia of incompetence; abuse of discretion; mental illness is not synonymous with incompetency; despite peculiar nature of appellant's trial testimony, appellant did not demonstrate sufficient indicia of incompetency to find trial court abused its discretion by not sua sponte holding a hearing.EklundPortage 5/6/2024 5/6/2024 2024-Ohio-1739
State v. Tinker 2023-A-0068CRIMINAL - Gross Abuse of a Corpse; Obstructing Justice; Tampering with Evidence; consecutive sentence; R.C. 2929.14(C)(4); course of conduct; proportionality; seriousness of conduct; criminal record; lack of remorseLynchAshtabula 5/6/2024 5/6/2024 2024-Ohio-1740
Requa v. Conneaut City Aud. 2023-A-0067CIVIL - The Unemployment Compensation Review Commission; administrative appeal to the court of common pleas; R.C. 4141.281(D)(5); Ohio Adm.Code 4146–25–01; request for review; R.C. 4141.281(D)(6); appellee's nonappearance at unemployment compensation hearing.EklundAshtabula 5/6/2024 5/6/2024 2024-Ohio-1738
Harris v. City of Kirtland, Inc. 2024-L-033APPELLATE REVIEW - trial court judgment can only be reviewed on appeal if it constitutes a final order pursuant to R.C. 2505.02 and Civ.R. 54(B); multiple claims and parties remain pending; interlocutory order; no mandatory language that there is no just reason for delay; lack of a final and appealable order.LynchLake 5/6/2024 5/6/2024 2024-Ohio-1743
State v. Heltzel 2023-T-0088CRIMINAL - not guilty by reason of insanity; commitment to mental health facility; least restrictive alternative; conditional release; nonsecured status; R.C. 2945.401(E); threat to public safety; past history; history of noncompliance; burden of proof on prosecutor; abuse of discretion; Equal ProtectionLynchTrumbull 5/6/2024 5/6/2024 2024-Ohio-1742
State v. Blosser 2023-P-0070 & 2023-P-0071CRIMINAL LAW - sentencing; R.C. 2953.08(G); prison sentence; compliance with the statutory requirements; remanded to correct sentencing entry.PattonPortage 4/29/2024 4/29/2024 2024-Ohio-1649
State v. Parks 2023-T-0102CRIMINAL LAW - sentencing; R.C. 2953.08(G); prison sentence; consecutive sentences; R.C. 2929.14; compliance with the statutory requirements.PattonTrumbull 4/29/2024 4/29/2024 2024-Ohio-1650
State v. Tenney 2024-T-0028APPELLATE REVIEW - App.R. 5(A); motion for leave to file a delayed appeal; notice of appeal must filed in the trial court concurrently with the filing of the motion in the court of appeals; matter dismissed.TrappTrumbull 4/29/2024 4/29/2024 2024-Ohio-1652
State ex rel. Ames v. Freedom Twp. Bd. of Trustees 2023-P-0069CIVIL - R.C. 121.22(I)(2)(a); if the trial court issues an injunction pursuant to R.C. 121.22(I)(1), the trial court is then required to award the complaining party all court costs; R.C.121.22(I)(2)(a) is clear and unambiguous.EklundPortage 4/29/2024 4/29/2024 2024-Ohio-1645
State v. Corteggiano 2023-A-0065CRIMINAL LAW - Crim.R. 29; sufficiency of the evidence; aggravated menacing; R.C. 2903.21(A); knowingly; R.C. 2901.22.LucciAshtabula 4/29/2024 4/29/2024 2024-Ohio-1653
State v. Naylor 2023-P-0015 & 2023-P-0021CRIMINAL LAW - aggravated vehicular homicide; R.C. 2903.06; aggravated vehicular assault; R.C. 2903.08; operating a vehicle under the influence of a listed metabolite of a controlled substance; R.C. 4511.19(A)(j)(viii)(II); proposed expert testimony; actual impairment; proximate cause; reliability of testing; mass spectrometry; prosecutorial misconduct; per se offense; sufficiency of the evidence; unconstitutional vagueness; substantive due process; nunc pro tunc sentencing entry; clerical mistakes.TrappPortage 4/29/2024 4/29/2024 2024-Ohio-1648
In re Hetmanski v. Hetmanski 2023-T-0065CIVIL - Dissolution; separation agreement; contract law; motion to show cause; trial court's adoption of magistrate's decision; abuse of discretion; trial court in best position to weigh evidence; agreement must be read as a whole; no indication trial court failed to review transcript; parol evidence rule; parol evidence cannot contradict the terms of the integrated agreement; trial court's conclusions about parol evidence were incorrect but reviewing courts reverse judgments not reasons; waiver.EklundTrumbull 4/29/2024 4/29/2024 2024-Ohio-1646
Redding v. United States Parachute Assn. 2024-G-0014APPELLATE REVIEW - Lack of final appealable order; attorney fees amount not awarded and not disposed of in entry on appeal.LucciGeauga 4/29/2024 4/29/2024 2024-Ohio-1651
State ex rel. Ames v. Troy Twp. Bd. of Trustees 2023-G-0043APPELLATE REVIEW - R.C. 2505.02; partial denial of summary judgment; lack of jurisdiction; appeal dismissed.TrappGeauga 4/23/2024 4/29/2024 2024-Ohio-1647
State v. Kovach 2024-G-0017CRIMINAL - Appeal dismissed; a trial court’s denying a motion to waive court costs is a final appealable order; App.R. 4(A)(1); untimely appeal; a motion for reconsideration of a final judgment in the trial court is a nullity.EklundGeauga 4/22/2024 4/22/2024 2024-Ohio-1531
In re Jackson 2024-T-0026APPELLATE REVIEW - App.R. 4(A); thirty-day rule; Civ.R. 58(B); untimely appeal.PattonTrumbull 4/22/2024 4/22/2024 2024-Ohio-1525
Homestead Interiors, Inc. v. Hines 2023-G-0040CIVIL - final order; attorney feesLynchGeauga 4/22/2024 4/22/2024 2024-Ohio-1527
Haun v. Haun 2023-P-0049DOMESTIC RELATIONS - spousal support; consideration of support factors; child support; statutory factors; unjust; possession of children; needs of children; lifestyle of children; credibility of witnesses; contempt; purge; challenge to propriety of evidence; attorney fees; abuse of discretionLynchPortage 4/22/2024 4/22/2024 2024-Ohio-1526
State v. Zampini-Solarek 2023-L-056CRIMINAL - Article I, Section 10a(B) of the Ohio Constitution; Marsy's Law; standing; right to full and timely restitution; R.C. 2929.20(K); community control imposed following judicial release; a trial court’s decision whether or not to revoke community control following judicial release; abuse of discretion; R.C. 2929.20(K) is discretionary.EklundLake 4/22/2024 4/22/2024 2024-Ohio-1532
In re Marriage of Krejci 2023-A-0054CIVIL - parental rights and responsibilities; shared parenting; attorney fees; R.C. 3105.73(B); child support deviationLynchAshtabula 4/22/2024 4/22/2024 2024-Ohio-1529
State v. Rutter 2023-A-0056CRIMINAL - sentencing; R.C. 2929.12; seriousness/recidivism factors; trial court expressly reviewed; no independent appellate review.TrappAshtabula 4/22/2024 4/22/2024 2024-Ohio-1528
State v. Szuch Fishery 12, L.L.C. 2024-A-0010, 2024-A-0011, 2024-A-0012APPELLATE REVIEW - state appeal; order for in camera review; denial of motion to quash subpoenas; cross-appeal; no immediate right to appeal absent direct appeal from conviction; lack of a final appealable order.EklundAshtabula 4/15/2024 4/15/2024 2024-Ohio-1431
Bahner v. Marketplace Mall 2024-G-0009APPELLATE REVIEW - R.C. 2505.02(B); appeal from magistrate's order is not a final appealable order; Civ.R. 53(D)(2)(a)(i); lack of jurisdiction.EklundGeauga 4/15/2024 4/15/2024 2024-Ohio-1430
State v. Kraynak 2023-G-0037CRIMINAL LAW - state's appeal; dismissal of criminal complaint; Crim.R. 12; trial of the general issue; invited error; harmless error.LucciGeauga 4/15/2024 4/15/2024 2024-Ohio-1428
State v. O'Brien-Devilliers 2023-A-0058CRIMINAL - petty misdemeanor, Crim.R. 11(E), effect of guilty plea, trial court failed completely, no showing of prejudice necessary, guilty pleas, vacated.TrappAshtabula 4/15/2024 4/15/2024 2024-Ohio-1432
State v. Millard 2023-P-0041CRIMINAL LAW - suppression hearing; mixed question of law and fact; marked lanes; R.C. 4511.33; traffic violation provides probable cause; trial court correctly applied the law to the facts.PattonPortage 4/9/2024 4/9/2024 2024-Ohio-1342
State v. Wyatt 2024-L-020APPELLATE REVIEW - App.R. 5(A); motion for leave to file a delayed appeal; concurrently with the filing of the motion, notice of appeal must be filed in the trial court.LucciLake 4/9/2024 4/9/2024 2024-Ohio-1346
State v. Barna 2023-T-0068 & 2023-T-0069CRIMINAL LAW - misdemeanor theft; separate felonies in a different district; R.C. 2929.41; concurrent sentences; sentencing occurred for both cases on the same date; time-served; dismiss; moot.LucciTrumbull 4/9/2024 4/9/2024 2024-Ohio-1350
Dailey v. Miller 2023-G-0010CIVIL - foreclosure; foreign judgment lien; motion to vacate; full faith and credit; lack of jurisdiction; collateral attack; res judicata; motion to dismiss; counterclaims; summary judgment; homestead exemption; equity; lien priority.TrappGeauga 4/9/2024 4/9/2024 2024-Ohio-1340