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Home » Articles »   By Jim Phillips
Sunday, March 9,2014
Local NEWS

APD reserve officer may still be in mix for sheriff after all

Meanwhile, Sheriff Kelly appears to be appealing suspension decision

By Jim Phillips
An Athens Police reserve officer who had thought he was out of the running as a possible interim replacement for Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly said Friday that there may be a glimmer of legal hope for him yet.
Sunday, March 9,2014
Local NEWS

Man charged in alleged craigslist robbery scam

Indictment also names second suspect

By Jim Phillips
A 19-year-old man has been charged with three felony counts in connection with an incident in which he and another man allegedly used an online personals ad to lure a man to a promised "casual encounter" with a non-existent woman, then tried to rob him when he showed up.
Wednesday, March 5,2014
Local NEWS

New local co-op advances energy efficiency home by home

By Jim Phillips
Faced with the prospect of man-made climate change, and the potential environmental impacts of increased oil-and-gas drilling, some people may give in to a sense of hopelessness. While they might feel that America's heavy dependence on fossil fuel needs to change, and soon, they see the problem as overwhelming, and don't know how to make a start in their own lives.
Wednesday, March 5,2014
Local NEWS

Commissioners can pick interim sheriff if needed

By Jim Phillips
Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn has notified the county commissioners that in his legal opinion, they can name a short-term replacement for Sheriff Pat Kelly as soon as Kelly's suspension by a special state commission—which may or may not happen—becomes final within the next month.
Sunday, March 2,2014
Campus NEWS

Student convicted of felonious assault wants lower restitution

By Jim Phillips
Attorneys are disputing over how much in restitution a former Ohio University football player should have to pay another OU student whom he injured in an unprovoked, drunken attack.
Sunday, March 2,2014
Local NEWS

With one apparently out, two still in running for interim sheriff

By Jim Phillips
The field of candidates actively seeking to be considered as possible replacements for Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly appears to be down to two, after one of three men who had expressed an interest in the job was told his work history likely disqualifies him.
Friday, February 28,2014

Judge issues gag rule in sheriff's criminal case

Also lets his office dodge contempt-of-court bullet

By Jim Phillips
The judge hearing the criminal case against Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly on Friday imposed a gag rule on comments to the media. She also gave the sheriff's office a two-hour deadline to comply with all the subpoenas for evidence the Ohio Attorney General's office has issued it, or be held in contempt of court.
Wednesday, February 26,2014
Local NEWS

OU-Voinovich survey gives fracking impacts good review

Study looked at 17 east Ohio counties where deep-shale drilling has occurred

By Jim Phillips
A survey just released by Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs on views of shale oil-and-gas development in eastern Ohio counties seems to show that—among elected officials, at least—drilling and related activities in this region are seen as having mainly positive economic effects, with minimal downside in the form of environmental and public safety impacts.
Wednesday, February 26,2014
Local NEWS

High court hears potentially earth-shaking fracking case

By Jim Phillips
A case that promises to have major repercussions on the shale-drilling industry in Ohio was heard by the Ohio Supreme Court Wednesday. The case, which pits the city of Munroe Falls against the Beck Energy Corporation, has drawn in a number of Athens County businesses and one county village as "friends of the court" on the side of Munroe Falls.
Sunday, February 23,2014
Local NEWS

In letter to AG, sheriff responds to specific charges

By Jim Phillips
In the state law defining the process by which Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly might be suspended from office, there is a provision that allows Kelly to tell Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine either that Kelly is willing to go quietly, or that he refuses to step down voluntarily.
 
 
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