OH3: 9-1-1 call about possible fire in def’s home justified FD entry; plain view resulted.

A 9-1-1 call about a fire in defendant’s home revealed by heavy black smoke from the chimney brought the fire and police departments who entered. The fire scene entry and the plain view were reasonable under Michigan v. Tyler. State v. Schleter, 2024-Ohio-514, 2024 Ohio App. LEXIS 513 (3d Dist. Feb. 12, 2024); State v. Pena, 2024-Ohio-515, 2024 Ohio App. LEXIS 495 (3d Dist. Feb. 12, 2024)* (girlfriend’s case).

The impoundment of defendant’s car after a traffic stop was reasonable because it was going to be left on the side of the road potentially impeding traffic. Failure to precisely follow impoundment rules doesn’t support suppression of evidence. United States v. Brown, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24025 (W.D. Okla. Feb. 12, 2024).*

“Here, the court’s references to selected facts in the search warrant affidavit are insufficient to enable appellate review. We cannot determine whether the affidavit contained additional facts not mentioned by the court. Even if we agreed with appellant that the court’s reasoning was flawed, we lack an adequate record to determine whether the court reached the right result for a different reason. … Because appellant failed to provide a record substantiating his claim of error, we cannot consider the issue on appeal.” Horton v. Commonwealth, 2024 Va. App. LEXIS 74 (Feb. 13, 2024) (unpublished). (We are seeing too many of these: procedural default for not putting the warrant papers into the record.).

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