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Prosecutor: Wife’s cooperation not needed to pursue charges against Butler County RV business owner - Hamilton Journal News

Posted: 06 Mar 2019 05:35 AM PST

West Chester Twp. police charged Couch, 51, of Tamarron Drive in West Chester Twp., early Saturday morning for felonious assault and misdemeanor domestic violence. The court documents say police allege he "did knowingly cause serious physical harm to Shelley Couch" when he punched his wife in the face "multiple times and slammed her head onto a paved driveway multiple times."

Couch was arraigned by a magistrate Monday morning. Bond was set at $16,000 and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for this afternoon. A protection order was also issued for Couch to stay away from his wife. He was free on bond within hours.

At the arraignment, Assistant County Prosecutor Jim Monk indicated Gmoser intended to take the case directly to a grand jury for consideration. Gmoser told the Journal-News on Tuesday the scheduled preliminary hearing would be continued and he would present the case to a grand jury next week.

Couch's attorney, Erik Niehaus, said he has no objection.

"We want the process to be fair and transparent, and if he thinks that is the best way to proceed, I have no objection," Niehaus said.

Gmoser said evidence from police and the hospital, not just the victim, will determine the facts.

"This woman was screaming for help. She was apparently injured to the point where she had to go to a hospital and we will get to the bottom of the seriousness of those injuries," Gmoser said.

The prosecutor said in the case of a felony charge, cooperation from a victim is not needed.

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"I am always concerned when I have injuries that do not rise to the level of anything more that a misdemeanor. I don't like to chase those cases on misdemeanors because it may be a case where the parties can work something out and I don't want to interfere with those given the criminal context," Gmoser said.

"However, in a felony charge, the victim is merely a witness in the case. This is a case brought by the state of Ohio. I handle murder cases all the time where the victim is dead. We don't need the victim to tell me what they want to do."

Niehaus said during Monday's arraignment that he talked to Shelley Couch, who told him she was not opposed to Jeffery Couch being released on bond if a protection order were issued.

Niehaus said during the hearing that he talked to the alleged victim by phone on Sunday.

"She told me she was not in fear of him," Niehaus said. "She indicated to me that she has no fractures … I don't believe there was serious physical harm in this matter, so I am not sure felonious assault is even in play in this case from what I have heard so far."

Couch is the owner of Jeff Couch's RV Nation in Trenton. He was booked into the Butler County Jail and held without bond over the weekend. He was charged at 1:34 a.m. Saturday after police said he assaulted his wife on the way home from an event.

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Business owner pushes for tax code fix | News, Sports, Jobs - Parkersburg News

Posted: 05 Mar 2019 09:08 PM PST

PARKERSBURG — A local franchise owner is headed to Washington, D.C., this week to ask legislators to fix a mistake in federal tax code he says will damage small businesses if left unchanged.

Matt Herridge is co-owner of Charlton Management Inc., which operates eight Burger King restaurants and two Qdobas in West Virginia and Ohio. A technical error in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, also known as TCJA, turned a 15-year depreciation schedule for qualified improvement property, or QIP, into a 39-year schedule.

Herridge testified in November at an Internal Revenue Service hearing about the potentially damaging effects of the mistake. Herridge is the president of the Ohio River Coalition, a regional branch of the National Franchisee Association.

"The law, as is currently written, not only places me and my coalition colleagues at an extreme economic disadvantage, but provides the exact opposite result to that which was intended," he said in his testimony. "TCJA intended to provide business owners like me with both 100 percent bonus depreciation and a 15-year depreciation schedule for QIP. (Due to the mistake) the law now excludes business owners like me from taking advantage of both the intended 15-year recovery period and bonus depreciation."

Herridge said the error is costing small business owners, which use those funds to reinvest in developing, expanding and remodeling their businesses, as well as construction and related industries which also rely on those renovation projects.

On Monday, Herridge did an interview with CNBC, and said he is trying to bring more public attention to the issue. Herridge said it has been a particularly frustrating issue because it arises from a technical error and was never intended to affect small business owners in this way.

"Everyone agrees on that: It was a mistake," he said. "That's part of what has been so frustrating about this as a small business owner. We see something that seems to be really easy to resolve, but it ends up being difficult to get done. In the meantime, its affecting real businesses, real people."

Herridge said lawmakers are expected to introduce a standalone bill to correct the error, and he will spend the next two days in Washington, D.C., urging legislators to support and quickly pass the bill.

"I've not talked to all of our representatives yet, but I'm convinced they'll all support this," he said. "We're hoping this standalone bill to fix the error will pass through Congress relatively quickly."

Local business owner purchases building in Brushfork, Save-A-Lot - WVVA TV

Posted: 05 Mar 2019 04:23 PM PST

The Save-A-Lot property in Brushfork has a new owner who's taking steps to fix up the property, in the hopes of bringing more businesses along U.S. Route 52.

Phil Akers is a Chief Operating Member for Planet Powersports in Brushfork.

He recently purchased the Save-A-Lot property from the previous owner, a company located in North Carolina.

Akers hopes fixing up the property will help to build the community up, bringing more shopping options to the area to benefit the entire community.

"We're excited about the prospects in place that want to come and lease the property," said Akers. "We're going to spend a lot of money fixing it up but the end result will be great."

Akers says LED lighting has been placed in the parking lot, helping to give the area good eye appeal from the road.

Local business owner reacts to Gov. Whitmer's proposed gas tax -

Posted: 05 Mar 2019 03:51 PM PST

GENESEE COUNTY, Mich. - The 45 cent gas tax hike would mean big changes for some small businesses.

Crystufer Reed uses 12-thousand gallons of fuel a year to run his landscaping business.

From cars, to snow blowers, to hedge trimmers and lawnmowers, Reed argues a lot of his equipment never even hits the actual road.

He says the costs would have to be passed down to customers.

Crystufer Reed, owner of Firststep Lawcare said, "Our insurance rates here in Genesee County are already on a high tax rate, I mean you're in a low impoverished area, why continue cutting at people's bottom lines."

Under this proposal, the first 15 cent gas tax increase would be October 1.

By October of 2020, drivers would be paying 45 cents more.

The Governor says it would generate 2-point-5 billion dollars a year to fix the state's roads.

Local business owner starts Kirkland's first vendor show - Kirkland Reporter

Posted: 06 Mar 2019 08:30 AM PST

A local small business owner will launch Kirkland's first women's vendor show on March 30, providing smaller vendors with a chance to exhibit without competing with established vendors and corporations.

The inaugural Kirkland Women's Show will take place at Kamiakin Middle School and host 27 local vendors. Kristina Perdue, who organized the show, and her fellow vendors will feature numerous products from cosmetics and jewelry to honey and original artwork.

Perdue, a vendor for cosmetic distributor SeneGence International, had been traveling miles outside the Eastside to set up shop at the nearest vendors show. Eventually, she decided to create her own show in favor of competing for a spot that was sometimes hours away.

"I'm really excited [to] meet other vendors from the area… There weren't any vendor shows in the area, there weren't any on the Eastside," Perdue said. "The biggest problem I found was the cost to run a show."

Originally, the show was scheduled to open in February, but "Snowmageddon" delayed the event until late March.

This is the largest event Perdue has organized and she built the show up from scratch on her own. After looking at various expensive venues in September of 2018, she settled on Kamiakin Middle School because she had seen other bazaars and shows within other school districts.

"When I started this, I honestly didn't think I can do it," Perdue said. "It was exciting in the sense that I accomplished something I didn't know how to do. The turning point for me was when I signed the paperwork for Kamiakin Middle School."

Once the venue was booked, Perdue began pursuing vendors to exhibit at her show. She said the demand was evident as she found a wide support for the show as soon as she posted about it online.

"My phone started blowing up immediately," Perdue said.

Tami Donnelly, owner of Freebird Studios alongside her daughter, has been running her studio since 2013. She is excited for the show because of the opportunity for small businesses to get their name out and meet locals.

"I'm excited to show my works and to get people to come out and support small businesses," Donnelly said. "I think it's important that Kristina put this together, because it helps us all out, the vendors and the buyers. I hope this show is very successful and it becomes a regular event that people will look forward to."

Kathy Dorosz, owner of Drizzle D's Hot and Spicy Honey, started the business in 2016 and typically sells at events all across Washington, including Pierce County, Thurston County, Kitsap County and Lewis County. She said she is excited for the Kirkland show as an opportunity to share her product with Eastsiders who haven't had a nearby vendor show.

"Events are a great way for attendees to support women-owned small businesses who are passionate about what they are selling," Dorosz said. "Nothing brings me more joy than repeat customers following me around to my events to re-stock their Drizzle D's. I'm so excited to be able to share my product with those who live on the Eastside."

The Kirkland Women's Show may continue in the future, but it will depend on how well-attended this first event is. Perdue said she hopes to see about 150 people come and see her and the other vendors.

Currently, Perdue is printing posters and posting fliers around Kirkland in an effort to build up excitement once again for the Kirkland Women's Show later this month.

"[Running] a small business is challenging, especially to have it take off," Perdue said. "Because bigger corporate companies are more well known, people are going to more often go with what they know. [This show] also provides opportunities for vendors to interact with people, learn from their mistakes and be better at bigger shows."

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