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Public access to the records and information of the Ohio state government is regulated by the Ohio Open Records Law, or as it is sometimes referred to, the Sunshine Law. This law mandates that all government records be made available for public inspection upon request. Included in the legislation are details of exemptions contained within the law and appeals procedures. The entire text of the law is available for download on the Ohio Attorney General's website. Ohio achieved statehood on March 1, 1803, and now has a population of almost 11.5 million residents, making it the seventh most populous state in the union, and entitling Ohio to 18 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ohio is nicknamed the 'Buckeye State'. Ohio State University is located in Columbus, which also serves as the state capital. The trade, transportation, and utilities sectors combine to be the largest employers in the state . Ohio is home to several nationally recognized corporations, including Proctor and Gamble, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Wendy's. Locate Ohio property records from individual county recorder's offices. Find all public records from Ohio state, city and counties in one easy place. Solicit criminal, court and vital records within the state of Ohio. See crime stats, census data, resident background information and Ohio employment data like income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the state. See current news and crime reports as well as links to law enforcement for criminal records. Explore real estate data, property and land values. Explore business statistics for the state and find information on firms and companies in Ohio. This site is updated regularly to bring you the most up to date information.

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Ohio Free Court Records Search

Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

  • Court Name:U.S. Bankruptcy Court Records for the Southern District of Ohio
    Case Number:1:18-bk-14187
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 16, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Bankruptcy Court Records for the Southern District of Ohio
    Case Number:3:18-bk-33377
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 15, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Civil Court Records for the Northern District of Ohio
    Case Number:3:18-cv-02654
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 16, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Civil Court Records for the Southern District of Ohio
    Case Number:2:18-cv-01466
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 15, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Criminal Court Records for the Northern District of Ohio
    Case Number:1:18-cr-00683-BYP-1
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 15, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Criminal Court Records for the Northern District of Ohio
    Case Number:1:18-cr-00689-JG-1
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 15, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov

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  • Q: How do I find an upcoming court date? (Ohio)
    By Mary
    Jun 05, 2018
    Reply:

    You can select the county where the filing is, thereafter look up that court's calendar online. Without knowing which county, it's hard to say specifically. Using Huron county as an example, select the county on this page, then go to the court link and the landing page will have an option to search their calendars.

    By abc123
    Jun 06, 2018
  • Q: Can I see an arrest report
    By B
    Oct 11, 2017
    Reply:

    Need to know if someone was charged and found guilty of Rape.

    By Christine
    Jan 03, 2018
    Reply:

    You can either request the police report directly from the department (which made the report) or look up cases filed in the criminal court of jurisdiction. Court calendars also show appearances online that are easy and open to public access. The public services available mostly depends on what the county or city puts online, some areas can have better online searches than others. There are list of recent arrests that are published online through local news organizations which show charges. Crime maps (if you know the location) can give you an incident number and will briefly describe what happened at that particular location.

    By AdamWest
    Jan 03, 2018
  • Q: I am searching for my biological father and his side of the family. All I know about my father is that he is a criminal. Is there a way of finding info about him without him finding out about me?
    By Rosebud
    Apr 22, 2017
    Reply:

    If you begin to search, within many of the records out there can be accessed online, you will notice that public records are accessible by anyone without notice to the person in the record. Criminal records which can be found with an online search in many cases, are routinely conducted by the public. Private companies (which have the same public records access as the average person) that conduct background checks, will specify that the person searched is not contacted or notified. Someone can check your records also and you would never know unless it's an employer or other exceptions. But, by general rule, anyone can request your court records and you wouldn't know it and court records are public. Note that public does not necessarily mean they're open and free to everyone. You may have to pay some fees for convenience, or a courthouse visit and copy fees.

    By cleo
    May 03, 2017
  • Q: There is a store being built next to my bait store how can I find out what is being built
    By Mr
    May 04, 2016
    Reply:

    The plans may have been submitted to the city for building permits/approval. You can check with the city/county government site, or just search for the city/county name and building permits or any agency which can guide you there. For Toledo it's the "Division of Building Inspection", you'll need to look up yours.

    By a1
    Jun 01, 2016
  • Q: I need to find out if a bankruptcy was filed in 2008 or 2009 in the northern district circuit court in ohio. how can I find this information online with no charges?
    By sandy
    Mar 19, 2016
    Reply:

    This link https://www.ohnb.uscourts.gov/ will take you to a keyword search window which you can narrow down by date. You can enter the party/filer's name or attorney name. Do the search using as many keywords as possible, there's no limit to how many times you can do the search.

    By admn1
    Mar 21, 2016
  • Q: How to find domestic violence records?
    By Todc
    Feb 03, 2016
    Reply:

    You can narrow crime maps to only show certain offenses. All areas are not covered, so depending on where, you can look up records of individual crimes street by street.

    By adm
    Mar 15, 2016
  • Q: Home value truth real-estate person LYING ?
    By z
    Feb 10, 2016
    Reply:

    You can try to narrow down the value as much as possible with the information online's of recent real estate closed sales, including the price per square feet for that area with other comparable sales.

    By aa
    Mar 14, 2016
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Ohio Free Arrest Records

Published current arrests, charges and information released by law enforcement and news

Ohio Most Wanted and Warrants

View a list of names, offender descriptions, location, charges and other information of persons wanted by police and sheriffs

  • Domestic Violence 2919.25A
    November 28, 2017
    Source: hancockcrimestoppers.org
  • Obstructing Justice – 2921.32A(1)
    November 28, 2017
    Source: hancockcrimestoppers.org
  • Possession Of Heroin 2925.11A
    November 28, 2017
    Source: hancockcrimestoppers.org
  • Burglary 0 2911.12(A)(3)
    November 28, 2017
    Source: hancockcrimestoppers.org
  • Agg Poss of Drugs – 2925.11A
    November 28, 2017
    Source: hancockcrimestoppers.org
  • Illegal Assembly – 2925.041(A) 2925.041(A)
    November 28, 2017
    Source: hancockcrimestoppers.org

Ohio Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Shamaria Hinton
    Shamaria Hinton, Age Now: 14, Missing: 10/24/2018. Missing From Cleveland, Oh. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Cleveland Police Department (ohio) 1-216-621-1234.
    November 15, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Francisco Silva
    Francisco Silva, Age Now: 17, Missing: 10/30/2018. Missing From Columbus, Oh. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Franklin County Sheriff's Office (ohio) 1-614-525-3333.
    November 15, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Jonathan Mcclaughlin
    Jonathan Mcclaughlin, Age Now: 16, Missing: 10/30/2018. Missing From Huber Heights, Oh. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Huber Heights Police Department (ohio) 1-937-233-1565.
    November 15, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Aniya Peterson
    Aniya Peterson, Age Now: 15, Missing: 10/20/2018. Missing From Cleveland, Oh. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: East Cleveland Police Department (ohio) 1-216-451-1234.
    November 08, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Adrionna Mills
    Adrionna Mills, Age Now: 17, Missing: 09/23/2018. Missing From Columbus, Oh. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Franklin County Sheriff's Office (ohio) 1-614-525-3333.
    November 07, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Dawn Vazquez
    Dawn Vazquez, Age Now: 15, Missing: 08/09/2018. Missing From Youngstown, Oh. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Youngstown Police Department (ohio) 1-330-747-7911.
    November 07, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com

Ohio Recent Criminal Activity Reports

Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

Ohio Missing People

Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Missing Person • Crystal Ann Corbin • Morgan County • 48 Years Old
    January 12, 2017
    Source: missing.report

Ohio Latest Crime Records (Updated 11/16/2018)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    33,030
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    464
  • Rape:
    5,042
  • Robbery:
    12,753
  • Aggravated Assault:
    14,771
  • Total Property Crime:
    324,528
  • Burglary:
    78,845
  • Larceny Theft:
    227,668
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    18,015

Ohio Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    11,536,504
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    11,353,150
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    2%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    183,364
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    11,353,140
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    739,526
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    6%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    2,714,341
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    24%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    14%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    1,605,316
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    9,539,437
  • State's black resident population
    1,407,681
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    25,292
  • State's Asian resident population
    192,233
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    4,066
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    237,765
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    354,674
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    9,359,263
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    83%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    12%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    81%
  • Vital Statistics


    Births and deaths occurring in Ohio
  • Births
    150,879
  • Deaths
    106,534
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    1,160
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    85%
  • Resident Background Information


    Education and background history of Ohio Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    4%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    6%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    87%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    24%
  • Total number of Veterans
    951,024
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data


    Households located in Ohio
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    23 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    5,094,126
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    311,057
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    7%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    70%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $134,500
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    23%
  • Total number of households
    4,526,164
  • Average size of households
    2
  • Ohio Employment Data


    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $24,830
  • Statewide income of median households in Ohio
    $45,467
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    15%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $395,614
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $34,468
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    5,970,188
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    611,220
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    10%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    6,829,647
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    -6,041
  • People employed by the government
    840,774
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    299,768,776
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    43,892
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    263,761
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    706,539
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    17,779,905
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of Ohio
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    898,205
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    6%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    2%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    28%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    295,890,890
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    135,575,279
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    138,816,008
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    12,049
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and Ohio territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
    13,343
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    2,193,953
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    13,956,563
  • Size in square miles of land
    40,948
  • Population per square mile
    282
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