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Ohio police say drug suspect attempted to flee

Police in Ohio have reported that a 32-year-old man was taken into custody on firearm and drug charges following a brief foot pursuit on March 29 in Mahoning County. Reports suggest that officers with the Youngstown Police Department say the sequence of events began when they noticed the man's car illegally parked in a handicapped space outside a bar on Southern Boulevard. Officers had been searching for the car in connection with a drug transaction that had allegedly taken place in the area.

According to a YPD report, the man exited his vehicle and attempted to flee the scene on foot when he saw officers approaching. Police say that a handgun fell from the man's waistband as he attempted to elude officers during a brief pursuit, which ended just a block away on Ravenwood Avenue. After subduing the man, police allegedly discovered $817 in cash and 12 Oxycontin pills in his possession.

Ohio woman facing OVI and child endangerment charges

Police in Ohio say that a woman taken into custody for drunk driving on the evening of March 12 had a blood alcohol level of .227 percent while her young daughter was in the car with her. She is facing several charges, including operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident and child endangerment. The woman is said to have told officers that she began drinking after returning home from a dental appointment and did not recall getting behind the wheel.

Reports indicate that the Goshen Police Department received calls about an erratic driver at approximately 7:00 p.m. A motorist told the 911 dispatcher that a woman traveling at between 80 mph and 100 mph had run him off the road. He also reported that he had seen a young child in the car. A nearby resident says that he observed the woman attempting to maneuver her Honda Civic sedan out of his front yard a short time later.

3 men arrested in Mexican cartel case

On March 7, police arrested three Columbus men in connection with a federal drug and money laundering case. The defendants are among dozens of people arrested in three states for allegedly helping Mexico's Sinaloa Drug Cartel traffic cocaine, heroin and fentanyl in Ohio.

The defendants, age 41, 40 and 37, have been charged with money laundering, conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. Two of the defendants were additionally charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The problem with underage drinking on college campuses

Alcohol use by underage drinkers is a major problem on college campuses. The high rate of underage drinking is not surprising given that less than half of the student body is old enough to legally consume. When faced with under aged drinking, colleges can either ignore the problem or enforce the drinking laws.

Students and advocacy groups have advocated for lowering the legal drinking age to 21. Proponents of the change site the fact that they can vote and join the military at age 18, but the opposition worries that lowering the drinking age would increase exposure to alcohol in younger age groups.

Man faces drug charges after Ohio raid

Police in Ohio raided a home at just before 9 p.m. on Feb. 20. The home was located on the 4500 block of Grover Drive, and police say that an 18-year-old man was taken into custody. When police arrived, they said that they witnessed him giving drugs to a woman in the driveway. Authorities discovered that a 2-year-old boy was present in the home at the time of the raid.

Heroin, crack cocaine and a shotgun were also found in the home along with ammunition and drug paraphernalia. After being taken into custody, the man was sent to Mahoning County correctional facility. He faces charges of possession of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia as well as trafficking heroin around a minor.

Caught with drugs on campus? The consequences could be serious

Let's face it: Lots of college students smoke weed occasionally, or use illicit Adderall to help them study for a big test. It seems like everyone is doing it, so it doesn't seem like a big deal.

The truth is, it might not be. If you're caught by campus police and subjected only to school discipline, you might get away relatively unscathed. Unfortunately, you can't count on that.

Can police force you to take an OVI test?

Police officers can often be intimidating, regardless of whether you have even committed a crime. The many stories of power abuse and excessive force have cast a shadow on law enforcement. As a result, many Ohio residents want as little to do with police as possible.

This concern may come up during a traffic stop if an officer asks you to complete field sobriety tests or blow into a breathalyzer. It’s important to know your rights – and possible consequences – if you don’t want to comply.

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