• A victory came on October 19, 2009 for Ohio bars and restaurants facing fines for breaking the state smoking ban. Up to that point, enforcement methods essentially required small businesses to enforce the smoking ban for the government. The 1851 Center points out that it's the government's law and that the state should be required to enforce its own laws.  That's what the statute said and that's what the court has said. "I think we've been cited about 12 times and it's up to about $33,000," Dick Allen said; he owns Zenos Bar in the Harrison West neighborhood of Columbus.   The state's 10th District Court of Appeals ruled that the way the ban is enforced is unfair, 10TV's Kurt Ludlow reported. It

  •      On the morning of December 1, 2008, law enforcement officers forcefully entered the Stowers' residence, without first announcing they were police or stating the purpose of the visit. With guns drawn, officers swiftly and immediately moved to the upstairs of the home, finding eight children in the middle of a home-schooling lesson. Officers then moved the mother, Jacqueline Stowers, and her children to their living room where they were held for more than six hours. Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and Lorain County Health Department agents forcefully raided the home and unlawfully seized the family's personal food supply, cell phones and personal computers. What was the crime alleged against Mr. and Mrs. Stowers that required such use of