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Lowering the bar for underage drinking still an unpopular idea

Unless you are from another country, another planet or live in the state of denial, you know that the minimum age for being able to legally drink alcohol in Ohio is 21.

That's the minimum drinking age in every state and has been since 1984, when then-President Ronald Reagan signed legislation that withheld federal transportation funds to states that didn't adopt the 21-year-old limit.

History teaches us that one of the big reasons the law was passed was to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities due to drunk driving by young adults. This was a particularly sensitive issue in situations when young people, old enough to drive but too young to drink in one state, would travel to a neighboring state with a lower drinking age. 

Caution: Divorce debt splits are irrelevant to creditors

When a couple divorces, the reaction is sure to vary among friends, family and others concerned. Some may express sympathy. Others might wonder why it didn't happen sooner. Still others may limit their reaction to offering heartfelt advice on how to get through what can be a complicated process based on their own experiences.

Their expressions and opinions, while surely well intended, are irrelevant because your situation is not their situation. This may be particularly true in matters related to division of assets and debts. And perhaps the parties least interested in the specifics of how a couple plans to handle debt are those to whom money is owed. 

Ohio policy expands parents' view of online sex predators

The Internet has a distinction perhaps of being what authorities call the epitome of the "21st-century crime scene." That is particularly true when it comes to instances of alleged predatory sexual behavior toward juveniles. So much can happen behind the shield of the electronic curtain.

According to law enforcement, this kind of activity has for years involved possible predators trolling for young victims in the broad pool of the Internet. But officials say that more recently, offenders have taken a more focused approach, using the environment of online gaming to hunt, remaining anonymous behind fake names or online identities known as "gamertags."

Partner violence more likely from women than men, study suggests

When the subject of domestic violence comes up in polite conversation chances are good that the first thing that comes to the minds of Ohio readers is of a man assaulting a woman.

That is a stereotype that researchers acknowledge has formed on the basis of social experience. Formal scientific studies, accepting the premise, have been done looking into the reasons for male violence toward women. The conclusion they have tended to come to is that domestic violence stems from patriarchal conventions that inspire men to try to control female behavior.

But that isn't always the case. Women have the capacity for violence, too. And now there is a study out of England that seems to lend credence to the notion that they are not afraid to be aggressive to exercise control over their partners. 

Navy submariner wages absentee fight for child custody

Military service can pose all sorts of unique challenges to families. This can prove especially true when child custody issues surface in the wake of a divorce.

Regardless of whether it's the mom or the dad who might be absent due to a call to duty, concerns over the best interests of the child are bound to take precedence. That often leads to disputes that can only be resolved by a judge.  

This point is highlighted well by one case that involves an Ohio-based mother and a Washington state-based Navy father and their 6-year-old daughter. All the elements together seem to reflect something of a perfect storm involving father's rights, mother's rights, military service and child custody.

Promising Ohio college athlete charged with drug possession

Fans of Ohio State University's football team may have been surprised to hear of a promising player's recent arrest. However, one day after the story broke, concerning his supposed involvement in an altercation, new details surfaced that Tracy Sprinkle is also facing charges of drug possession and related offenses. This young man may seek as much information as possible as he works to clear his name in this matter.

A local sports report that is affiliated with Sports Illustrated first ran a story that announced a local freshman football player had been arrested in connection with a disturbance outside of a business establishment. While that may or may not have bothered some of the fans and supporters of the team, the next morning, an updated report carried more details of alleged crimes. The revised story revealed that Sprinkle has now been charged with various drug offenses.

Ohio man receives jail time in connection to drunk driving charge

An Ohio man who was arrested in connection to two accidents within one week has been sentenced to serve almost one and a half years in jail. The man, who was facing charges that included vehicular assault, was sentenced for drunk driving. The imposed sentence is almost the maximum time stipulated under state laws.

The 31-year-old driver was arrested and charged after an accident earlier this year. He is alleged to have hit another car while he was driving under the influence. In addition, when he purportedly attempted to help the victim in the other car, he is alleged to have stabbed the woman in the leg accidentally while apparently attempting to deflate the air bag.

72 charged with drug trafficking, other crimes in Ohio sting

In an investigation that incorporated several different Ohio law enforcement agencies and took about a year to carry out, 72 individuals have now been charged with several serious crimes. One man, in particular, is facing charges of drug trafficking in connection with his alleged status as the leader of a gang. The purported gang is alleged to have carried out its operations across several Ohio counties.

Investigators say they have custody of a little over half of those facing charges. Reportedly, the whereabouts of about 30 of the individuals is unknown. All are facing a variety of charges of differing severity. Police say that the sting targeted drug users as well as those selling and manufacturing the drugs.

Ohio officer and wife arrested on drug possession charges

An officer with an Ohio police department has recently been accused of engaging in criminal activity and is also facing disciplinary action from his department superiors. The man and his wife have been arrested and charged with drug possession. The couple is now awaiting further court proceedings in this matter.

It has not been reported as to what led to the police filing charges or conducting a search of the couple's home. The man, who is 56, was purportedly arrested while still at work. His wife was taken into police custody later while she was in their home.

New show treats divorce and property division as entertainment

Few decisions in life are as important as deciding that marriage is the next, best step in a relationship. Conversely, the decision to end a marriage is equally momentous and is most likely not entered into lightly. That may make the idea of a television series that approaches the decision as entertainment that much harder to swallow. However, there will probably be viewers in Ohio that may tune in just to satisfy their curiosity over how others handle some of the finer details of a divorce.

The premise of the new show, called "Untying the Knot" and airing on the Bravo channel, is to highlight the difficulties that can exist when a couple is attempting to split up the property and assets that they have accumulated during their marriage. The show is led by a woman who has experience in divorce and mediation, and according to descriptions written about the series premiere, she is the only one truly invested in making the show successful. Each airing of the series has the same three sections: home visit, an appraisal of the value and the decision of the show's judge.

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