Fewer Ohio ex-cons
returning to prison
COLUMBUS - The number of inmates returning to prison is at an all-time low in Ohio, says the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
According to a news release, 28.7 percent of inmates are returning to prison after serving their time.
Ohio's previous recidivism rate was 31.2 percent, still well below the national average of about 43 percent.
"I am excited to see yet another decline in the number of people who are returning to prison, and I believe the rate of the decline is particularly significant," said ODRC Director Gary Mohr.
Recidivism is calculated on a three-year time period. The current rate is based on offenders released in 2009. During that time period, 4.68 percent of offenders returned to prison on a technical violation of supervision or a supervision sanction, while 23.99 percent returned on a new felony commitment.
suspends two employees
WARREN - Trumbull County commissioners on Wednesday suspended without pay an employee in the Sanitary Engineer's Office and another in the Department of Job and Family Services.
Evangeline Posey, a draftperson in the Sanitary Engineer's Office, will serve her three-day suspension today, Friday and Monday. Effie Deuble, an E/R specialist in JFS, will serve her five-day suspension March 5 to 7 and 12 to 13.
Both suspensions are related to tardiness and attendance issues.
SOUTHINGTON - A traffic crash involving two semi-trucks shut down the intersection of U.S. Route 422 and state Route 534 for several hours on Wednesday.
Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol said one of the drivers was transported to an area hospital, but they do not believe anyone was seriously injured.
Trumbull County seeks
new custodial worker
WARREN - Trumbull County commissioners hung the ''Help Wanted'' sign in the county maintenance department.
Commissioners on Wednesday agreed to post the position for a custodial worker through March 8. The person hired will earn $9.77 an hour for the first six months and then $10.04 an hour thereafter.
The position is in Local 2493 American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
fees double Friday
WARREN - Today is the last day for dog owners in Trumbull and Mahoning counties to register their animals without paying an additional fee.
The cost if $14 in Trumbull County and $15 in Mahoning County through today, but the registration fees double on Friday.
The increased cost includes a late fee.
In Trumbull County, dog tags can be bought online at www.dog-licenses.us/oh/trumbull. There will be an additional processing fee of $2 a tag bought online. Licenses also can be purchased at the Dog Warden's office, 7501 Anderson Ave., Howland, or on the third floor of the county administration building, 160 High St. N.W., Warren.