Greg Sowinski

Position: Reporter
E-Mail Address: gsowinski@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 567-242-0464

Latest Stories by Greg Sowinski

Widow of doctor killed in 2006 crash may have buyer for home

LIMA — The widow of a doctor killed during a fiery crash with a tanker truck in 2006 may finally have a buyer for the home she was building with her husband for their eight children. There's a problem, however. The potential sale is tied up in a legal battle. Earlier this month, an Auglaize County judge granted a motion to move the lawsuit

Van Wert man ordered back to prison over double fatal

VAN WERT — A man who killed two people in a traffic crash was sent back to prison for eight years Thursday. Luke Reinhart, 35, of Van Wert, admitted to violation his probation by not reporting to his probation officer since July 2013 and failing a drug test in July 2013. He was convicted of two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide. Reinha

Police calls

Police calls as of 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, from the Lima Police Department and Allen County Sheriff's Office. 691 S. Main St., Lima — An officer was called to Dollar General over a shoplifter. 300 block of South Elizabeth Street, Lima — A man called police Monday to report a theft from a locker at the YMCA. 700 block of North Ma

Bargain Center sold

LIMA — In a world dominated by corporate ownership, Eric Fritz and his family were not afraid to take on the titans of the business world. Fritz knows the key to success lies in good employees who understand customer service and have a deep well of knowledge. Fritz, his son, Jeff, and a friend, Andrew Mancinotti will put that philosophy to w

Fresh Encounter acquires Chief Supermarkets

LIMA — Chief Supermarkets has a new owner. Fresh Encounter has acquired Defiance-based Chief Supermarkets. Chief is a retail grocery store chain with stores in northwestern Ohio. The acquisition includes all Chief Supermarkets and a few other retail locations such as Boots BBQ. “The Chief locations will increase our retail footprint i

Police calls

800 block of Broadway Street, Lima — A woman reported Sunday someone broke out a window on her vehicle. Her car battery was stolen. 100 block of Charwood Drive, Lima — Police were called Sunday to a home over a report of child abuse. A woman said another person was watching her child and she later saw injuries to her child. 400 block

Allen County Common Pleas Court records

COURT RECORD Allen County Common Pleas Dispositions/Nov. 12 Robbie D. Elwood, 27, of Forest, found guilty of importuning. Sentence: seven months prison, labeled a Tier 1 sex offender. Laquetrius L. Young, 23, of 610 E. Third St., found guilty of burglary. Sentence: three years prison. David J. Brincefield, 31, of Middlepoint, found guilty of d

LIMA — A Lima man has been charged with murder with a firearm in the home-invasion death of another man.
Markquis L. Hall, 25, of 1044 S. Union St., also is charged with aggravated burglary with a firearm, felonious assault with a firearm, having weapons while under disability; and improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation or

Man charged in burglary death

LIMA — A Lima man has been charged with murder with a firearm in the home-invasion death of another man. Markquis L. Hall, 25, of 1044 S. Union St., also is charged with aggravated burglary with a firearm, felonious assault with a firearm, having weapons while under disability; and improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation or

Primrose director killed in traffic crash

LIMA — The executive director of a local senior care facility and the mother of a backup quarterback for the Denver Broncos was killed Monday in a traffic crash on a slick road. Carla M. Dysert, 56, of Ada, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash in the 9200 block of state Route 81 near Napoleon Road, Allen County Sheriff Chief Deputy

November grand jury returns indictments

An Allen County grand jury returned 20 public indictments this month. Those indicted and their charges are: Stephen M. Ashley Sr., 36, of 100 E. Second St., breaking and entering. Curtis D. Thompson Jr., 18, of 1143 Holmes Ave., improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. Kevin W. Murphy, 33, of 801 Richie Ave., Apt. 7, two counts of operat

Lima man indicted in stabbing of girlfriend

LIMA — A man accused of stabbing his girlfriend was indicted by an Allen County grand jury on charges of attempted murder and two counts of felonious assault. James Dinsmore, 28, of Lima, is facing charges that carry up to 22 years in prison. He is charged in the Oct. 5 incident at 652½ S. West St., where the couple lived together. Nat

OVI checkpoint planned this week

LIMA — The Ohio State Highway Patrol will set up a checkpoint sometime this week to look for drunken drivers and remove them from the road, the patrol announced Monday. The location of the checkpoint will be announced the morning of the day it will be set up. The patrol is urging people ahead of time to not get behind the wheel if they've be

Police calls

900 block of West Market Street, Lima — An officer was called Thursday to check on a person walking down the street. 300 block of Harrison Avenue, Lima — Police were called Thursday to Lima Senior High School over several stolen bikes. 1 Spartan Way, Lima — An officer was called Thursday to handle a teen who was creating a distu

Police calls

Police calls as of 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 14, from the Lima Police Department and Allen County Sheriff's Office. South Metcalf and West Spring streets, Lima — An officer stopped a car just before 3 a.m. Thursday for failing to signal from the curb. Officers smelled marijuana coming from the car. Officers searched the car and found marijuana

COLUMBUS — A report released this morning by the state prison system into the escape at a local prison two months ago indicated the inmates may have been planning the escape for more than a year.
On June 9, 2013, a guard wrote an incident report about finding discarded wooden cabinets containing old flashlights and batteries in the maintenan

Report: Oakwood prison escape plan started year earlier

COLUMBUS — A report released this morning by the state prison system into the escape at a local prison two months ago indicated the inmates may have been planning the escape for more than a year. On June 9, 2013, a guard wrote an incident report about finding discarded wooden cabinets containing old flashlights and batteries in the maintenan

Marriages and divorces

MARRIAGES Ben E. Diepenbrock, 64, Lima, and Patricia L. Welch, 62, Lima; Dustin L. Busch, 32, Lima, and Crystal E. Stephens, 36, Lima; Justin A. Laman, 25, Lima, and Amanda M. Adams, 23, Lima; Gregory L. Smith, 55, Lima, and Carole R. Goodwin, 49, Lima; Randall L. Rudy, 34, Lima, and Susan M. Hufford, 34, Lima; Thomas M. Pettigrew, 64, Lima, and A

Police calls

Police calls as of 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, from the Lima Police Department and Allen County Sheriff's Office. South McDonel and Elm streets, Lima — An officer stopped a car Monday after smelling marijuana coming from it. Officers located a marijuana cigarette inside. 500 block of North Main Street, Lima — A man reported Monday so

LIMA — A prosecutor asked a judge Wednesday to sentence a woman who raped an 11-year-old girl to prison for the rest of her life.
Tina Hill faced a maximum of 234 years in prison on 30 sex charges. The 41-year sentence she received, in all likelihood, translates to a life sentence for the 43-year-old Hill.
Assistant Prosecutor Terri Kohlrie

Judge gives female child rapist 41 years in prison

LIMA — A prosecutor asked a judge Wednesday to sentence a woman who raped an 11-year-old girl to prison for the rest of her life. Tina Hill faced a maximum of 234 years in prison on 30 sex charges. The 41-year sentence she received, in all likelihood, translates to a life sentence for the 43-year-old Hill. Assistant Prosecutor Terri Kohlrie

WAPAKONETA — A first-grade teacher at Cridersville Elementary School has been suspended without pay because of the filing of numerous rape and other sex charges involving a child against her.
Wapakoneta schools Superintendent Keith Horner said Lori A. Anderson, 50, will remain on suspension until the outcome of her criminal case. She was hir

First-grade teacher suspended after rape charges

WAPAKONETA — A first-grade teacher at Cridersville Elementary School has been suspended without pay because of the filing of numerous rape and other sex charges involving a child against her. Wapakoneta schools Superintendent Keith Horner said Lori A. Anderson, 50, will remain on suspension until the outcome of her criminal case. She was hir

Police calls

1200 block of East Hanthorn Road, Lima — A man reported Tuesday someone stole copper wire. 11400 block of Spencerville Road, Lima — A woman reported Tuesday a vehicle passed a stopped school bus. 900 block of Williams Street, Lima — A woman reported Monday someone stole her purse. 2100 block of Stewart Road, Lima — A woma





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