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Twenty-Two Face Heroin Charges in Circleville, Pickaway County Drug Investigations

Twenty-Two Face Heroin Charges in Circleville, Pickaway County Drug Investigations

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Circleville Police Chief Harold W. Gray, Pickaway County Sheriff Robert Radcliff, Pickaway County Prosecutor Judy Wolford, and Circleville Mayor Don McIlroy announced on Dember 18, 2013 that 22 people are facing heroin trafficking charges as a result of ongoing drug investigations by the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), Circleville Police Department, and Pickaway County Sheriff's Office.


News Conference on Bobby Thompson Sentencing

News Conference on Bobby Thompson Sentencing

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will hold a media availability in Columbus this morning and in Cleveland this afternoon following the sentencing of John Donald Cody, also known as "Bobby Thompson." The Ohio Attorney General's Office spent years investigating Cody, who is believed to have collected more than $2 million of Ohioans' money and tens of millions from residents in 40 other states who thought they were donating to military veterans via Cody's fraudulent U.S. Navy Veterans Association. Cody was convicted on Nov. 14, 2013, on 23 charges.


Attorney General DeWine Helps Open FDR Boys & Girls Club in Cleveland

Attorney General DeWine Helps Open FDR Boys & Girls Club in Cleveland

Attorney General Mike DeWine visited the new FDR Elementary Boys & Girls Club to officially launch Cleveland's first full service Boys & Girls Club based in a school. Attorney General DeWine dedicated $4.35 million in funding to the Ohio Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs from the national mortgage settlement to help neighborhoods and families recover from the foreclosure crisis. The Glenville neighborhood has been significantly affected by mortgage foreclosure, with more than 1,000 foreclosure filings since 2008.


Attorney General DeWine News Conference on Heroin Epidemic

Attorney General DeWine News Conference on Heroin Epidemic

On November 18, 2013, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a new effort aimed at combating the growing epidemic of heroin overdoses, addiction, and trafficking in the state. Attorney General DeWine shared data gathered by his office that shows a continuing increase in heroin overdose deaths.


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine Keynote Address at Neighborhood Revitalization Conference

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine Keynote Address at Neighborhood Revitalization Conference

On October 22, 2013, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine gave the keynote address at a neighborhood revitalization conference in Columbus. The conference, "Revitalizing Ohio's Vacant Properties: Tools and Policies to Transform Communities," was sponsored by the Greater Ohio Policy Center and Thriving Communities Institute. The conference discussed techniques and strategies to address vacant and abandoned property challenges and generate redevelopment opportunities.

DeWine devoted $75 million from the 2012 National Mortgage Settlement to help demolish abandoned properties in all 88 Ohio counties. By removing blighted and abandoned homes, neighborhoods are stabilized and can begin the process of rebuilding and revitalization. Under DeWine's leadership, Ohio was commended as the largest state to use 100% of its mortgage settlement dollars on housing and related programs, according to a report by the Enterprise Foundation.


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine Testimony on Violent Career Criminal Act

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine Testimony on Violent Career Criminal Act

On October 22, 2013, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine offered proponent testimony in the Ohio Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Senate Bill 121, the Violent Career Criminal Act. Sponsored by State Senator Jim Hughes (R-Columbus), the Violent Career Criminal Act is aimed at decreasing violent gun crimes by proposing longer prison sentences for certain repeat offenders convicted of a crime involving a firearm. SB 121 also changes prison terms for some repeat offenders convicted of gun specifications.


Attorney General DeWine Unveils Methamphetamine Container Program

Attorney General DeWine Unveils Methamphetamine Container Program

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine unveiled five new methamphetamine chemical storage containers that will help cut costs and save time associated with meth lab clean-up.

The units were installed as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Authorized Central Storage Container Program and are now regionally located in the following locations:

  • Athens Ohio Highway Patrol Post
  • Canton Ohio Highway Patrol Post
  • Lebanon Ohio Highway Patrol Post
  • Columbus Police Impound Lot
  • Putnam County Sheriff's Office

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