Trial over Ohio policeman’s slaying delayed until March

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — The trial for a man accused of fatally shooting an Ohio policeman has been delayed until March.
Herschel Jones III pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and other charges in the January slaying of Danville Officer Thomas Cottrell. The 34-year-old Cottrell was found behind the village’s municipal building, after Jones’ ex-girlfriend warned police that he was “looking to kill a cop.”
Judge Otho Eyster tells the Mount Vernon News (http://bit.ly/2cflCbu ) that the trial scheduled for Nov. 1 was pushed back after defense attorneys sought more time to prepare.
They also requested to move the trial, arguing that publicity about the potential death penalty case would make it difficult to find an impartial jury in Knox County. The judge says that issue could be raised as potential jurors are questioned.

Ohio’s largest solar project to be finished by year’s end

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — A new solar field set to become Ohio’s largest installation is on track to open by the end of the year.
The 20-megawatt solar field in Bowling Green in northwestern Ohio will surpass the 12-megawatt Wyandot Solar Farm in the north-central part of the state.
Bowling Green officials say about one-third of the city’s energy will come from renewable sources once the solar project in complete.
The Blade (http://bit.ly/2bSELf5 ) newspaper in Toledo reports that percentage is 1.5 percent across the state.
The Bowling Green solar field is the largest within an 80-megawatt project that will be spread across 26 sites that are mostly in Ohio.
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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

Strong storms flood roads, leave thousands without power

CINCINNATI (AP) — Strong storms have rolled through Ohio, flooding roads and leaving thousands of people without power.
Meteorologists say between 3 to 5 inches of rain fell within a couple of hours in the Cincinnati area Sunday night.
Parts of Interstate 71 and numerous other roads were closed due to high water, and several vehicles were stranded.
Strong winds also were reported. More than 12,000 Duke Energy customers were without power.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for northwestern Hamilton County until 11:15 p.m. Sunday.
Officials say several schools in the area will be closed on Monday due to flooding from the storms.

Crash involving horse trailer injures several in Ohio

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — State troopers say several people have been injured in a crash involving a car and a truck hauling a horse trailer.
The State Highway Patrol says the crash happened before 10 a.m. Sunday on Route 295 in Lucas County in northwest Ohio.
The patrol says a Honda Civic failed to yield the right of way at an intersection and was struck by the truck.
The patrol says the car’s driver was taken to a Toledo hospital with serious injuries. Troopers said his passenger, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken by helicopter to a hospital. Two other passengers were also taken to local hospitals for minor injuries.
The patrol said the truck’s driver and passengers also were taken to the hospital.  A horse in the trailer appeared uninjured.

Dalton, Bengals sharp early in 26-21 preseason loss at Jags

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals were so sharp against Jacksonville that Andy Dalton and several teammates were done long before halftime.
Dalton led the Bengals to two touchdowns in three possessions, earning him a little extra rest in a 26-21 loss to the Jaguars in the preseason Sunday night.
“It was a good outing for us,” said Dalton, who completed 6 of 10 passes for 77 yards and a TD. “Two touchdowns in the first half of a preseason game is pretty good, and we got them both ways. … It’s a good feeling to do it both ways.”
The Bengals (1-2) felt good on both sides of the ball, too. Dalton found Giovani Bernard for a 19-yard score on a third-down play, and then Jeremy Hill capped a 9-minute drive with a 1-yard scramble to the pylon. Defensively, the Bengals held Jacksonville to just 90 yards in the first half. Jacksonville’s first three drives: turnover, three-and-out and three-and-out.
Cincy’s only concern in the regular-season dress rehearsal was the health of three Pro Bowlers.
Receiver A.J. Green left in the first quarter with a bruised right knee, but said he’s fine. Cornerback Adam Jones strained his right calf in preseason warmups and did not play. And special teams ace Cedric Peerman broke his left forearm and could be out for the season.
“It’s unfortunate guys have injuries, but you can’t worry about that,” Dalton said. “You’ve got to worry just about the stuff you can control.”
Safety Tashaun Gipson (bruised knee) was Jacksonville’s only injured starter.
The Jaguars (1-2) had bigger problems — the offense and defense both failed to show — that raised questions about what’s supposed to the franchise’s most talented team in nearly a decade.
T.J. Yeldon fumbled on the opening possession. Center Brandon Linder and quarterback Blake Bortles each were flagged for false starts to open drives. And the left side of Jacksonville’s revamped offensive line was mostly manhandled.
“We kind of killed ourselves. We did some stupid things, really, at every position,” Bortles said. “They didn’t do necessarily anything to stop up, which is a good sign because it’s a good defense. … We were comfortable and confident in what we were doing. We just didn’t execute it and get things done.”
DEBUTS
Bengals: WR Brandon LaFell caught one pass in his Bengals debut. Signed in free agency to help replace Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, LaFell also drew a pass-interference penalty that set up a score.
Jaguars: Playing his first game since tearing a knee ligament last October, LT Kelvin Beachum looked rusty. And Luke Joeckel, the second overall pick in the 2013 draft, looked lost at times at LG.
ROOKIE WATCH
Bengals: WR Alex Erickson scored for the third straight game, stating his case to make the team. Erickson caught a 21-yard TD pass from AJ McCarron early in the third quarter. It was his second TD catch of the preseason. He also returned a punt for a touchdown.
Jaguars: DE Yannick Ngakoue got the start ahead of Dante Fowler Jr., but only because the Jaguars wanted to see Ngakoue get some snaps with the first-team defense. Ngakoue finished with two tackles.
POSITION BATTLES
Bengals: Second-round pick WR Tyler Boyd, vying to start opposite Green, had a 9-yard reception.
Jaguars: Fourth-year RB Joe Banyard ran 11 times for 54 yards, including a 7-yard TD run in the third quarter, and had his most extensive work of the preseason. Banyard and Corey Grant are competing to be the fourth-string back.
INJURY UPDATE
Bengals: LB Vontaze Burfict and TE Tyler Eifert were among a dozen players ruled out before the game.
Jaguars: Eight players were ruled out beforehand, including DT Roy Miller, rookie DT Sheldon Day and FS Peyton Thompson.
QUOTABLE
Bengals: “I do feel faster this year because I feel healthier.” — Hill.
Jaguars: “We played bad at every position and usually that is what happens when you play bad: you do not score a lot of points.” — Bortles.
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Rough week for Indians, drop series at Texas with 2-1 loss

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Except for one big game in Texas, the Cleveland Indians have struggled to score in the past week since leaving home.
“I don’t group it into weeks because it’s not productive,” manager Terry Francona said. “I think every game is totally different.”
The Indians still have a 4 1/2-game lead in the AL Central after losing three of four at the AL-best Texas Rangers, the latest by a 2-1 score on Sunday.
Danny Salazar (11-5) matched his season high with 10 strikeouts and allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings, but the Indians managed only one run in six innings against Derek Holland. The Texas lefty also benefited from two highlight-reel catches by left fielder Carlos Gomez.
Cleveland’s only win at Texas was 12-1 on Friday night. In the Indians’ other six games the past week, they scored a total of four runs. They had three consecutive games with one run at Oakland — winning one of them — before the series at Texas, where they were shut out in the games before and after the 12-run outburst.
“Every time we go home, it’s like we’re a different team. Not to say we can’t win on the road, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see some high-scoring games from us when we get home,” second baseman Jason Kipnis said. “It’s just the way things are going. Guys are still confident. … We’re still up 4 1/2, and you can’t take that lightly, how hard it is to catch us once we start playing our game.”
The Indians play their next 10 games at home, starting against Minnesota, the AL’s worst team. Second-place Detroit has lost its last two games, to the Los Angeles Angels.
In 11 games at home before going to Oakland and Texas, the Indians went 8-3 to increase their division lead from 3 1/2 games to seven.
Holland (6-6) allowed a run and four hits with five strikeouts in six innings, the same as in his return from the disabled list five days earlier in a loss at Cincinnati after missing two months with shoulder inflammation.
Ian Desmond and Jonathan Lucroy each had an RBI single for Texas, which has an 8 1/2-game lead over Houston and Seattle after both those AL West rivals lost Sunday.
Cleveland loaded the bases in the ninth against closer Sam Dyson, who allowing a single and then consecutive one-out walks before striking out pinch-hitter Tyler Naquin and retiring Abraham Almonte on a fly ball to end it. It was Dyson’s 29th save in 33 chances.
In the sixth, with two Indians still on base and two outs after Kipnis’ RBI single cut the margin to 2-1, Mike Napoli hit a hard liner to left. Gomez was sprinting back and reaching over his head when he made the catch.
That was an inning after Gomez made a leaping catch with his glove extended as his body crashed into the left-field wall to rob Jose Ramirez of a hit.
“He was the hero today,” Holland said. “I may have pitched a fairly good game … those are two big, huge catches.”
RUN AFTER REVIEW
Desmond’s run-scoring single in the second came on the first pitch after Elvis Andrus had been initially called out on a stolen base. The Rangers challenged and Andrus, who went to second while Nomar Mazara struck out, was ruled safe on a replay review that extended the inning.
NOTHING EXTRA
The Indians finished with six hits, and the Rangers had five. All of them were singles. It was only the third game in the 22-year history of the Rangers’ ballpark that didn’t include any extra-base hits. The previous one was against the Angels three years ago.
TRAINER’S ROOM
Indians: Just before the deep fly Gomez caught, Ramirez fouled a pitch off his right leg, just above his knee. … LF Brandon Guyer was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning. It was the third time in this series and MLB-high 28th time this season he was plunked.
Rangers: There was a short delay in the fourth inning when team photographer Kelly Gavin was struck on the back of the head by a foul ball hit into the photographer’s well at the far end of the Rangers dugout. Gavin got the rest of the day off, and team officials said she would be OK.
UP NEXT
Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer (9-6) starts the series opener against the Twins.

West FURginia Guide: Book lists pet-friendly attractions

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Dog lovers can get a guide of pet-friendly attractions in West Virginia.
The free, 20-page booklet lists places to go and things to do while accompanied by pets on leashes.
The state Division of Tourism released the “West FURginia Guide” last week.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2bv2l4N) reports that among such available attractions are several restaurants and eateries, dog-friendly cabins at state parks, and sternwheeler cruises to Blennerhassett Island State Historical Park.
Copies of the guide are available by calling (800) 225-5982, or by visiting www.GoToWV.com .
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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.

Deadline to register for disaster assistance extended

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Federal officials say the deadline for West Virginia storm survivors to register for federal disaster assistance has been extended to Sept. 7.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the extension was granted at the request of West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.
The governor cited a continued flow of new applications for federal assistance in the wake of severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides that devastated parts of the state in late June.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has also extended its deadline to Sept. 7 for filing physical disaster loan applications.
The SBA offers low-interest loans to businesses, homeowners and renters. SBA disaster loans may recover repairs, rebuilding as well as the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged real estate and personal property.

3 disaster recovery centers set to close in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal officials say three disaster recovery centers set up following devastating flooding that hit West Virginia in June are closing this week.
The officials say the recovery centers are in White Sulphur Springs and Rainelle in Greenbrier County and at Clendenin in Kanawha County.
The centers are scheduled to close at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Officials say many of the services that were available at the disaster recovery centers are still available on the FEMA helpline. The helpline at 800-621-3362 operates from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.

Italy seeks better ways to house people homeless from quake

ROME (AP) — With thousands left homeless after Italy’s earthquake, authorities are debating how to provide warmer, sturdier housing for them besides the rows of emergency blue tents set up in the Apennine Mountains, where even summer nights can get chilly.
Nearly 2,700 people needing shelter following the Aug. 24 temblor are staying in 58 tent camps or other shelters arranged by Italy’s Civil Protection agency. Others are staying in a gym in the hardest-hit town, Amatrice, while others, fearful of looting, are often sleeping in cars near their damaged homes.
Italy’s lobbying group for farmers, Coldiretti, said Monday that farm animals, most of them sheep and cows, also need warm shelters at night, since 90 percent of the stalls or barns have been damaged in the Amatrice area.
Italian architect Renzo Piano met Premier Matteo Renzi on Sunday. Speaking in an interview Sunday in Corriere della Sera newspaper, Piano proposed building temporary wooden homes near the three devastated towns in central Italy so that traumatized people could stay near their roots.
No housing decisions have been announced, and details of Renzi’s meeting with Piano weren’t immediately known.
The death toll Monday stood at 290. Authorities are using bulldozers with high crane-style arms to tear down some of the most dangerous building overhangs in Amatrice.
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This story corrects that farm lobby said it needs shelters for animals since barns are destroyed, not that it won’t let people use them. It also corrects that Piano’s proposal was made in a newspaper interview.