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Opinions March 14, 2013

March 14, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Michael Bowser v. State of Indiana

71A03-1208-CR-361
Criminal. Affirms two convictions of Class C felony battery by means of a deadly weapon. The trial court did not abuse its discretion by denying Bowser’s motion for severance and there is sufficient evidence to sustain the convictions.

Gersh Zavodnik v. Brian Richards and Njgolfman.com a/k/a Savva's Golf Enterprises a/k/a ProGolfJerseyCity@yahoo.com and, Steve Panayiotov a/k/a Steve Panayiotou a/k/a Savva Panayiotou
49A02-1209-CC-750
Civil collection. Affirms dismissal of lawsuits against Giselle Guzman, Brian Richards and Steve Panayiotou. The lawsuits were similar to previous lawsuits that had been dismissed without prejudice under Indiana Trial Rule 41(E).

Sherri A. Cornejo v. Review Board of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Houchens Food Group, Inc. (NFP)
93A02-1210-EX-786
Agency action. Affirms determination Cornejo is ineligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

Citizens Financial Bank v. Richard Cooper and Peggy Cooper (NFP)

45A04-1208-PL-411
Civil plenary. Affirms grant of motion for garnishment order filed by Richard and Peggy Cooper.

Richard Lindsey v. City of Clinton, Indiana (NFP)
83A05-1206-MI-317
Miscellaneous. Affirms decision of the Police Department Merit Board for the city of Clinton to terminate Lindsey’s employment as a police officer.

John F. Minter-Bey III v. State of Indiana (NFP)

49A05-1205-PC-269
Criminal. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Heath Lord v. Ashley Lord (NFP)
32A04-1208-PO-422
Protective order. Reverses denial of Heath Lord’s motion to correct error, which challenged the issuance of a protective order against him.

Bennie Chamberlain v. State of Indiana (NFP)

79A02-1208-CR-670
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felonies stalking and criminal confinement, two counts of Class D felony residential entry, Class A misdemeanors battery and invasion of privacy and Chamberlain’s status as a habitual offender.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana decisions by IL deadline.
 

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