July 31, 2014

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Sore back lands Indians’ Talbot on DL

The Indians placed right-hander Mitch Talbot on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain Friday and optioned right-hander Jess Todd to Triple-A Columbus. Cleveland also recalled right-hander Jensen Lewis and purchased the contract of righty Justin Germano from Columbus. “We were looking for a guy who could give us minimum three innings today Read More…

Elections officials: Voting by mail means more errors, costs

CLEVELAND — Elections officials in major Ohio counties say a surge in people voting by mail has been accompanied by a rise in ballot errors that cost time and money. More than 6,000 voters in the county that includes Cleveland made mistakes with mail-in ballots for the May primary. Some left off necessary signatures or Read More…

Child abuse trial starts for mom in Dallas

DALLAS — The defense for the mother of three children found starving in a hotel bathroom portrayed her Wednesday as another victim of her abusive boyfriend. But prosecutors said while she gave birth, “she’s no mom,” and the woman’s brother, a Lorain resident, testified for the prosecution Abneris Santiago, 31, was charged with injury to Read More…

Addresses soon to be left off vehicle registration cards

COLUMBUS — Changes coming to Ohio motor vehicle registrations are meant to cut down on personal information that could be found by someone breaking into a car. Registration certificates currently show the vehicle owner’s home address. Starting Aug. 9, motorists will see certificates with a portion that won’t have the address, and they’ll be instructed Read More…

Ohio man KOs gas meter, causing leak, evacuations

MIDDLETOWN — Fire officials in Ohio say a man hitting a punching bag accidentally knocked out his gas meter, causing a natural gas leak that evacuated nearby homes. Authorities in Middletown say when the unidentified man struck the meter Tuesday evening, it fell off the wall and gas spewed out. Deputy Fire Chief Tom Snively Read More…

Ohio signs for ‘Wildman Road’ swiped too often

XENIA — An Ohio county has given up on replacing the frequently stolen signs for a rural thoroughfare named “Wildman Road.” Greene County Engineer Robert Geyer in southwest Ohio explains that the signs vanish too quickly, probably to decorate bedrooms, garages and dorm rooms. He says the unusually named road is “out in the boonies,” Read More…

Highway worker struck, killed on the job on I-271

RICHFIELD — A construction worker has been struck and killed while on the job along an interstate highway in Ohio. The State Highway Patrol says 41-year-old Randy Roginski was hit by a passing vehicle late Tuesday night. He’d been standing on the right shoulder alongside a single lane of traffic open on Interstate 271 just Read More…

Ohio a finalist for millions of dollars in education funding

ATLANTA — Ohio is among 18 states that have been named finalists in the second round of the federal “Race to the Top” school reform grant competition, providing a chance to win a share of $3 billion. The other states are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Read More…

Mixed showing for Ohio in child well-being study

COLUMBUS — An annual report finds Ohio has made progress on keeping teenagers in school but has more children living in single-parent households. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2010 Kids Count Data Book also shows an increase in Ohio children living in poverty, from 16 percent in 2000 to 19 percent in 2008 — before Read More…

Police find woman, 2 kids walking naked down street

CINCINNATI — Police in Cincinnati say they found a woman and two children walking naked along a city street. Officers who encountered the three Monday night took the woman to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. The children, both under the age of 10, were placed in the custody of family services. Police say the Read More…