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Ohio gun owners stock up on silencers
Other headlines: Trial courts, underage drinkings, dog hauler

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  • Civil and criminal trials tail off
  • Ohio gun owners stock up on silencers
  • Bill would encourage underage drinkers to report medical emergencies
  • Dog hauler stuffs 62 pooches into minivan 
  • Civil and criminal trials in Ohio hit historic lows
    The number of criminal and civil cases that go to trial in Ohio has reached a historic low.

    Based on numbers from the Ohio Supreme Court, The Columbus Dispatch reports that just 2.5 percent of criminal cases in the state's common pleas courts were resolved by going to trial in 2012.

    Experts give a number of reasons for the low trial rates, including the escalating cost of taking civil cases to trial and tougher sentencing laws that make criminal defendants more willing to take plea deals.

    Common pleas courts handle felony crimes and civil disputes involving more than $15,000.

    Ohio gun owners stock up on silencers
    More Ohio gun owners are trying to keep their weapons quiet. 

    Silencers, according to the Dayton Daily News, are one of the fastest-growing segments of the firearms market — and registrations skyrocketed last year in Ohio.

    The Buckeye State saw the second largest increase in silencer registrations in the nation.

    State lawmakers are considering allowing hunters to use silencers, which could be part of the rise.

    Gun advocates said silencers reduce hearing problems related to loud gunfire and increase shooting accuracy. They said suppressors are safety devices that unfairly have a bad reputation.

    Some gun-control groups say silencers can pose safety risks, allowing violent criminals to shoot people without attracting attention.

    Bill would encourage under age drinkers to report medical emergencies
    A bill to make it easier for underage drinkers to get medical aid in an emergency is being floated in the Ohio House.

    The so-called Good Samaritan policy would shield from prosecution underage youth who call 911 to report dangerous over drinking.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports 19 states have laws providing limited immunity to those who call for help when a young person is in danger of a drug or alcohol overdose.

    A handful of Ohio colleges have a similar policy in place.

    Backers of the bill say the change would encourage underage users to seek help and avert the potentially deadly consequences of over drinking.

    Dog hauler stuffs 62 pooches into minivan
    Authorities say an Indiana dog breeder whose minivan broke down in central Ohio was transporting 62 dogs, with four or five to a crate.

    The head of the Licking County Humane Society says the animals were stacked "bottom to top" in the van when it was discovered Saturday in the parking lot of a hotel east of Columbus.

    The driver said he was taking 50 dogs and 12 puppies to an animal rescue in New Jersey.

    Authorities took the dogs to local animal shelters.

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