May 4, 2015

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VIDEO: Ohio women prisoners weave mats for homeless

MARYSVILLE — Inmates at Ohio’s prison for women are making mats for homeless people using an all-too-familiar artifact of the modern world: plastic grocery bags. About a dozen residents on a prison unit where women get help preparing to re-enter society work on the 6-foot by 4-foot sleeping mats, which are crocheted. Each mat requires Read More…

Students can win scholarships in video contest on scams

COLUMBUS — Ohio high school students have a chance to win scholarships by producing videos educating consumers about scams. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says students will have until Dec. 14 to submit a 60-second video on the importance of being aware of scams and avoiding them. DeWine says the contest gives students a chance Read More…

Ohio State far from perfect despite beating UAB, improving to 4-0

COLUMBUS — Despite its imperfect play, Ohio State is still unbeaten. Braxton Miller ran for two touchdowns and No. 16 Ohio State overcame a lethargic, mistake-filled and enigmatic effort to hold off UAB 29-15 Saturday. Coach Urban Meyer narrowed the problems to “offense, defense and special teams,” expressed his disappointment and said his players have Read More…

Ubaldo Jimenez walks help keep Indians stumbling against Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ubaldo Jimenez and the Cleveland Indians just can’t seem to find a way to stop the insanity. Jimenez was knocked out in the fifth inning Saturday and the last-place Indians went on to a 5-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Cord Phelps hit a two-run homer for Cleveland, which has Read More…

Indians squander early chance, lose sixth straight game against Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Cleveland Indians had a great opportunity to give Justin Masterson an early lead Friday night. That chance quickly evaporated, just like it usually does when Masterson is on the mound. Luis Mendoza pitched into the seventh inning in his first start since a bout with strep throat, leading the Kansas Read More…

Just one person registered so far under exotic animal law

COLUMBUS — Ohio officials are ramping up their efforts to reach out to owners who now have to register their dangerous, wild animals with the state. The Ohio Department of Agriculture says one person has registered since the law took effect a couple of weeks ago, on Sept. 5. Three others tried, but had incomplete Read More…

Unemployment rate in Ohio steady for third month

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s unemployment rate has held steady for the third month in a row after nearly a year of slight month-to-month decreases in the jobless rate. The state Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that seasonally adjusted joblessness in Ohio was again 7.2 percent in August, staying at its lowest level since Read More…

Toledo police seize $3.1 million in psychedelic mushrooms

TOLEDO — Toledo police say more than 135 pounds of psychedelic mushrooms seized from several northwest Ohio homes have an estimated value of $3.1 million. Three men have been charged with drug-related felony counts in connection with the alleged growing operation. It was discovered early this week by police responding to a report of a Read More…

VIDEO: Amish guilty of hate crimes in Ohio beard-cuttings

CLEVELAND — Sixteen men and women who rejected lenient plea deals are facing lengthy prison terms for their convictions in the hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio. The trial focused on an internal Amish dispute and offered a rare and sometimes lurid glimpse into the closed and usually self-regulating community of believers. Read More…

Leader guilty of hate crimes in Amish hair-cutting attacks

CLEVELAND — The leader of an Amish breakaway group in Ohio has been found guilty of hate crimes by orchestrating the beard- and hair-cutting attacks against members of his own faith in a dispute over religious differences. The jury on Thursday found Samuel Mullet Sr. guilty of planning the attacks last fall in eastern Ohio. Read More…