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Medical marijuana becomes legal in Ohio today

Published: Thursday, September 08, 2016 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 08, 2016 @ 6:53 AM

Medical marijuana becomes legal in Ohio on Thursday, but no sites are yet allowed to sell it and no doctors are certified to prescribe it. The wait for patients may be 2 years.

Medical marijuana becomes legal in Ohio today.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed the bill earlier this year to legalize cannabis for medical use.

The bill will not allow marijuana to be smoked. It will have to be used in patches, vapors, edibles, etc. The bill also does not allow for users to grow marijuana at home.

The Ohio Department of Commerce, State Medical Board and Board of Pharmacy will supervise the use of medical marijuana in the state.

Last year, ResponsibleOhio put a proposed constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot that would have legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use and granted exclusive growing rights to the 10 investor groups bankrolling the campaign. Voters soundly rejected the proposal. But polls showed that 80 to 90 percent of Ohioans favor legalizing medical marijuana.

Conditions eligible for medical marijuana in Ohio

AIDS, ALS, Alzheimer’s, cancer, chronic pain, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or other seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, spinal cord conditions, Tourette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury and sickle cell anemia.

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Can you ID Clark’s Pharmacy robbers in Brookville?

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 8:48 PM



Brookville Police Department
(Brookville Police Department)

Two men robbed Clark’s Pharmacy Saturday afternoon of cash and prescription pills.

The armed robbery was reported around 12:40 p.m. at the drugstore, 430 Arlington Road, in Brookville.

Both suspects are described as men in their 20s. One was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, sweatpants and a ball cap. The other was wearing a gray/black hoodie with dark jeans, a ball cap and bright blue Nike’s/Jays, according to the Brookville police department.

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One of the two suspects showed a handgun during the robbery. They got away with an undetermined amount of money and prescription medication. Both left Clark’s Pharmacy toward north Arlington Road. They are believed to be driving a silver 2010 Nissan Maxima with an Indiana license plate, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to call Brookville police at 937-833-4357 or 937-833-2001.

Texas sheriff threatens to charge driver over graphic anti-Trump sticker

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 1:38 PM

Driver With Anti-Trump Sticker Threatened With Charges By Texas Sheriff

A Texas sheriff is getting angry feedback from free speech advocates after he wrote a Facebook post, which has since been deleted, threatening charges against a driver for a profane anti-Trump sticker on the window of her truck.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls posted a photo on his Facebook page Wednesday that showed a white GMC Sierra with a window decal that reads, “(EXPLETIVE) TRUMP AND (EXPLETIVE) YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM.” The photo shared by Nehls was censored to block a portion of the offending word.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, shared this photo of a profane anti-Trump sticker on a truck, seeking the owner. Nehls said he was considering filing disorderly conduct charges against the owner.((Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls))

Similar images found online indicate that Nehls also blocked out a middle finger aimed at those reading the sticker. 

In Nehls’ now-deleted post, which was saved and shared by the ACLU, the sheriff asked anyone who knows the owner of the truck to contact his office. 

“I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck, as it is often seen along FM 359,” Nehls wrote. “Our prosecutor has informed us she would accept disorderly conduct charges regarding it, but I feel we could come to an agreement regarding a modification to it.”

The ACLU, in turn, asked the driver of the truck to contact the ACLU of Texas. 

“No, Sheriff Troy E. Nehls, you can’t prosecute speech just because it contains words you don’t like,” the ACLU’s post read

The Texas branch of the organization also spoke out, posting on Facebook details of the constitutional protections for profane and indecent speech.

“Constitutional Law 101: You can’t ban speech just because it has (expletive) in it,” the post read. “Hey truck owner, feel free to contact the ACLU of Texas.”

The driver of the truck, Karen Fonseca, did reach out to the Houston Chronicle. Fonseca, 46, said the truck is her husband’s, but she often drives it.

She also said she used to work for Nehls in the county jail.

Fonseca told the Chronicle that the sticker attracted plenty of attention even before the sheriff learned of it. People often honk their horns and take pictures.

“It’s not to cause hate or animosity,” Fonseca told the newspaper. “It’s just our freedom of speech, and we’re exercising it.”

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She said police officers have pulled her over because of the sticker, but that they failed to come up with a reason to ticket her. She said she has no plan to contact her former boss about modifying the sticker. 

Fort Bend District Attorney John Healey told the Chronicle that the sticker does not constitute a criminal offense, no matter what one of his own prosecutors may have told Nehls. 

“I did not believe it was a prosecutable case based on the definition of disorderly conduct,” Healey said. 

Both Healey and Nehls are Republicans, the Chronicle reported. Though Healey is not running for re-election, Nehls is considering a bid for Congress. 

The sheriff said his concern was that the language on the sticker could cause a dangerous confrontation.

“Many families have called that have seen that truck on our county roadways and are very offended by the language on the truck,” Nehls said. “I think they’re walking a fine line.”

Truck driver with anti-Trump bumper sticker arrested on unrelated charge

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 8:18 PM

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, shared this photo of a profane anti-Trump sticker on a truck, seeking the owner. Nehls said he was considering filing disorderly conduct charges against the owner. (Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls)
Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, shared this photo of a profane anti-Trump sticker on a truck, seeking the owner. Nehls said he was considering filing disorderly conduct charges against the owner. (Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls)

The Texas driver of a truck sporting a large anti-Trump window decal was arrested Thursday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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The truck, and its driver, Karen Fonseca, gained notoriety after a sheriff threatened a charge of disorderly conduct for the decal reading, “(EXPLETIVE) TRUMP AND (EXPLETIVE) YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM.” 

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls posted a photo of the truck Wednesday on Facebook saying, “If you know who owns this truck or it is yours, I would like to discuss it with you.” The photo, which was met with spirited debate by Facebook commentors, has since been removed.

Fonseca was booked in jail for an unrelated fraud charge. 

The sheriff’s office released this statement in response to the attention the situation received:

"The Sheriff made the post on his Personal page. The objective of the post was to find the owner/driver of the truck and have a conversation with them in order to prevent a potential altercation between the truck driver and those offended by the message. Since the owner of the truck has been identified, the Sheriff took down the post. Due to the hate messages he has been receiving towards his wife and children, the Sheriff will not be commenting on the matter further."

Of the decal Fonseca said, “It's not to cause hate or animosity. It's just our freedom of speech and we're exercising it.”

Entire city of Greenville under boil advisory

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 6:09 PM

Residents must boil tap water before using for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing food until further notice.

The boil water advisory applies to the entire City of Greenville Public Water System.

Tap water should be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute, according to a release issued Saturday evening.

The advisory was issued due to high turbidity, or cloudiness, in the water supply.

The water plant routinely monitors water for turbidity to make sure it is properly filtered. Samples taken Saturday had higher levels for about seven minutes due to a mechanical failure. 

“Because of the elevated turbidity, there is an increased chance that your drinking water may contain harmful microbes,” the release stated.

Crews are in the area to collect water samples.

The boil advisory likely will remain in effect for the next three or more days until the quality of the water can be determined.

For more information, contact the City of Greenville Water Department at 937-548-2415 or the Greenville Utility Billing Department at 937-548-1815.