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A letter from Dave Yost: Human trafficking turns girls into slaves

I wish Julia Roberts and Richard Gere had never made “Pretty Woman.” That movie, a Cinderella story about a prostitute who finds love and a good man in the course of her working life, begs a question: Why should society tell two adults that one cannot pay the other for sex?


Record-setting deputy has volunteered with Meigs County for 66 years

At 91, Howard Mullen owns an official Meigs County Sheriff's Office deputy’s uniform, a 1947 Ford kitted out like an old-time police car and the record as Ohio’s longest-certified law officer. But since he started in 1953, he has always served the sheriff’s office on a part-time, volunteer basis.


A letter from Dave Yost: Announcing new science-based efforts to fight addiction

Battling the opioid epidemic — and saving lives — must encompass a holistic approach, one involving law enforcement, treatment, education and prevention. That last component calls for a thorough exploration of what we can do to stop more people from falling victim to opioid addiction. 


Brain injury a hidden risk for domestic violence victims

For years now, people have recognized the serious effects of traumatic brain injury on pro football players and young athletes. Now Ohio advocates for domestic violence survivors are connecting the dots for a population whose most common injuries, according to the CDC, involve the head, neck and face.


Q&A: Carol O’Brien, deputy attorney general for law enforcement

What does your job entail? I oversee seven “sections” within the Attorney General’s Office: the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, Special Prosecutions, the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, Health Care Fraud, Crime Victims and Criminal Justice. There are about 670 employees within those sections, and their responsibilities are wide-ranging. 

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