July 31, 2014

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New federal aid could help 50,000 unemployed Ohians avoid foreclosure

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration plans to send $600 million to help unemployed homeowners avoid foreclosure in five states. The Treasury Department says mortgage-assistance proposals submitted by North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island and South Carolina received approval. The states estimate their efforts could help up to 50,000 homeowners. The administration is directing $2.1 billion Read More…

Man arrested for pushing stroller while drunk

MANSFIELD — Police in Ohio say a man who appeared drunk while pushing his two young sons in a stroller has been charged with child endangering and intoxication. Twenty-four-year-old Steven Melendez planned to tell a judge he does not deserve jail. A court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday. An officer in Mansfield who made the Read More…

Indians 6, Red Sox 5: Pain back as Santana is hurt

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BOSTON — Cleveland’s kids tested well — both on and off the field. Fausto Carmona rebounded from his worst start of the season with seven solid innings, Shelley Duncan had a career-high four hits and the Indians held on to beat the Boston Red Sox 6-5 on Monday night. Facing a Red Sox team that Read More…

Woman wandering with backpack of cash leads to big drug bust

COLUMBUS — Authorities in Ohio say a bust of prescription pills started with the discovery of a woman wandering around with $117,000 cash in a backpack. The Franklin County Sheriff’s office in Columbus says 21-year-old Alexes Akers was “incoherent” when a deputy noticed her Sunday night in a parking lot near suburban Grove City. The Read More…

Judge: Vacant homeowners owe neighbors

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland housing court judge wants owners of vacant, neglected properties to compensate neighbors whose property values and safety are put at risk. Two out-of-state firms that own empty and run-down Cleveland houses face restitution hearings before Judge Raymond Pianka later this month. The judge has already issued fines totaling more than $900,000 Read More…

Indians 5, Blue Jays 4: Gomez looks like veteran, wins another

TORONTO — He’s only 24, but Asdrubal Cabrera is about the closest thing the Cleveland Indians have to a clubhouse leader these days. He showed why Sunday. Cabrera hit a two-run homer, Jason Donald added a solo shot and the Indians beat the Blue Jays 5-4, their sixth win in seven games against Toronto. “We Read More…

Win a new car — or a buggy, if you’re Amish

CLEVELAND — To spur blood donations, an Ohio Red Cross chapter is offering people who give a pint of blood the chance to win a car — or buggy, if they’re Amish. Spokeswoman Christy Chapman in Cleveland says the Red Cross didn’t want to leave its many Amish donors out of the giveaway. The organization’s Read More…

Funeral today for Cleveland woman who was stabbed to death

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland marriage counselor will be laid to rest, a little over a week after a tip from her 4-year-old son led authorities to find her body with multiple stab wounds. Tonya Hunter’s husband is charged with aggravated murder. Hunter’s funeral is scheduled for Monday at a church in suburban Warrensville Heights. Sunday’s Read More…

Littering in Cincinnati will cost you — $500 or $1,000

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati has made it a lot more expensive for anyone caught littering in the city. Over the weekend, fines jumped to a mandatory $1,000 for dumping out a trash can and to $500 for throwing something out a car window or dropping a cigarette butt onto the sidewalk. A statewide anti-litter law carries Read More…

Ohio gas drops 8 cents from last week, 5 cents below national average

COLUMBUS — Ohio gas prices are down 8 cents from last week and are a nickel cheaper than the national average. The latest survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express shows the state’s average price for regular-grade gasoline has fallen from $2.76 per gallon last Monday to the current Read More…