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Greg Sowinski

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E-Mail Address: gsowinski@civitasmedia.com
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Police calls

Police calls as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24 from the Lima Police Department and Allen County Sheriff's Office: 1800 block of East Fourth Street, Lima — A representative of D&D Truck and Equipment reported Tuesday someone stole a trailer from behind the business. 927 N. Cable Road, Lima — The manager at Game Stop reported Tuesd

Group plans rally for Sunday

LIMA — A group of local pastors will hold a rally in the Town Square on Sunday they hope will spur a better relationship with police and citizens. The rally is being held in Lima during a time police have been criticized across the nation for their treatment against people, particularly several high-profile cases involving the killings of bl

Police calls

Police calls as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, from the Lima Police Department and Allen County Sheriff's Office. North Elizabeth and West North streets, Lima — Police were called Monday to the scene of a traffic accident. 400 block of West Market Street, Lima — A man reported Tuesday someone stole items from his car while it was in a

LIMA — The West Ohio Food Bank helps distribute 6 million meals a year.
The problem is that number is only about half of the meals people in an 11-county area need.
“The reality is there are still households in these 11 counties that need help,” said Tom Swickrath, a food procurement specialist at the food bank. “We just d

Food banks face shortage

LIMA — The West Ohio Food Bank helps distribute 6 million meals a year. The problem is that number is only about half of the meals people in an 11-county area need. “The reality is there are still households in these 11 counties that need help,” said Tom Swickrath, a food procurement specialist at the food bank. “We just d

Police calls

Police calls as of 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, from the Lima Police Department and Allen County Sheriff's Office: 1000 block of Carlisle Avenue, Lima — A man reported Thursday wheels were stolen off his porch. 1500 block of South Main Street, Lima — A woman reported Thursday another woman started a fight with her over a dispute about m

LIMA — With just over a month before the start of a death penalty trial for a man accused of killing two, potential jurors offering up excuses but little proof to back the reasons they want out of jury duty may find themselves in the courtroom explaining why.
Judge Jeffrey Reed said Monday he will send out summons with letters telling people

Court to question people wanting out of jury duty

LIMA — With just over a month before the start of a death penalty trial for a man accused of killing two, potential jurors offering up excuses but little proof to back the reasons they want out of jury duty may find themselves in the courtroom explaining why. Judge Jeffrey Reed said Monday he will send out summons with letters telling people

COLUMBUS — A suspended first-grade teacher at Cridersville Elementary School has linked herself and her ex-husband to numerous sex charges involving a child, according to court records.
“There is corroboration of (the victim's) statements by other persons in the home and the defendant's codefendant in this matter, Lori A. Anderson. Ms.

Teacher admitted to sexually abusing child

COLUMBUS — A suspended first-grade teacher at Cridersville Elementary School has linked herself and her ex-husband to numerous sex charges involving a child, according to court records. “There is corroboration of (the victim's) statements by other persons in the home and the defendant's codefendant in this matter, Lori A. Anderson. Ms.

Allen County Common Pleas dispositions

COURT RECORD Allen County Common Pleas Disposition/Dec. 17 William Cole Jr., 46, address unavailable, found guilty of two counts of burglary, breaking and entering, and receiving stolen property. Sentence: 5.5 years prison, pay $2,511 restitution. Robert T. Curry, 59, of Angola, Ind., found guilty of robbery and rape. Sentence: 13 years prison,

Police calls

Police calls as of 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, from the Lima Police Department and Allen County Sheriff's Office. 800 block of Linden Street, Lima — Police were called Thursday to a home where a break in occurred. 2450 Allentown Road, Lima — A woman reported Wednesday her purse was stolen at Walmart. 503 N. Cable Road, Lima — A

House fire causes $13,500 in damage

AMERICAN TOWNSHIP — No one was injured Thursday in a house fire. The fire at 4613 East Road was reported at 11:20 a.m. The fire was found above the fireplace in the wall, said Chief Tom Hadding, of the American Township Fire Department. “We had fire in the wall, and it ran up in the second floor and attic,” Hadding said. The ho

Hit and run in Hardin Co.

MOUNT VICTORY — Two people changing a flat tire, including an 82-year-old man, were struck by a driver in a pickup truck Thursday evening. Authorities hope to identify the truck, which drove away. Lauren James, 82, of Kenton, was flown by medical helicopter to Riverside Hospital in Columbus with non-life threatening injuries. Jordan Long, 21

Marriages and divorces

MARRIAGES Joel W. Mengerink, 41, Continental, and Tracey E. Curl, 44, Lima; Robert Baker, 64, Lima, and Brandon N. Maze, 34, Lima; Kurtis D. Klingaman, 27, Tekonsha, Mich., and Hannah E. Winegardner, 22, Lima; Devin A. Horn, 21, Lima, and Elizabeth A. Wildenhaus, 20, Sidney; Matthew R. Dillon, 34, Lima, and Angela K. Wentz, 32, Lima; Robert Long,

Police calls

Police calls as of 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, from the Lima Police Department and Allen County Sheriff's Office. South Metcalf and West Kibby streets, Lima — A police officer stopped a car Tuesday and observed drug paraphernalia in the car. The man in the car was arrested. 1500 block of Harding Highway, Lima — Police were called Tue

ChemTrade leader speaks

CAIRO — A company many people may not know exists in Allen County is a large producer of sulfuric acid for the local companies. ChemTrade makes 160 tons of sulfuric acid a day that is used in various products, applications or industries such as batteries, water treatment, the semi-conductor and paper industry, said Fred Boeheim, the plant ma

LIMA — Following a local weekend protest amid a national backdrop of criticism against police over allegations of excessive force, Lima Police fired back against a Spencerville man's claims police unjustly assaulted him.
Tyler Paxson said he was not breaking the law when police attacked him. He produced pictures that showed a badly bruised a

Police respond to man's claim

LIMA — Following a local weekend protest amid a national backdrop of criticism against police over allegations of excessive force, Lima Police fired back against a Spencerville man's claims police unjustly assaulted him. Tyler Paxson said he was not breaking the law when police attacked him. He produced pictures that showed a badly bruised a

Police calls

Police calls as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, from the Lima Police Department and Allen County Sheriff's Office. 500 block of West Kibby Street, Lima — A woman reported Sunday her windshield was cracked and may have been hit by a BB. 2000 block of North Metcalf Street, Lima — An officer was called to a home Sunday over a child cust

LIMA — A deputy arrested a man trying to cut his way through a wall to get into Applesbee's on Elida Road early Wednesday.
A deputy responding to a burglar alarm at 3:20 a.m. found 45-year-old Oscar S. Walton inside an outside storage room attached to the building at the corner of Eastown and Elida roads, said Chief Deputy Jimmy Everett of t

Man caught cutting into Applebee's

LIMA — A deputy arrested a man trying to cut his way through a wall to get into Applesbee's on Elida Road early Wednesday. A deputy responding to a burglar alarm at 3:20 a.m. found 45-year-old Oscar S. Walton inside an outside storage room attached to the building at the corner of Eastown and Elida roads, said Chief Deputy Jimmy Everett of t

LIMA — Tracy had surgery on her foot in October after hurting it more than two years ago.
She's been out of work after losing her job and was unable to work with an injured foot that just wasn't healing. The doctor decided to perform surgery to fix it and she will be down for another nine months.
“I was hoping it would get better and

Mother of 4 struggling this year

LIMA — Tracy had surgery on her foot in October after hurting it more than two years ago. She's been out of work after losing her job and was unable to work with an injured foot that just wasn't healing. The doctor decided to perform surgery to fix it and she will be down for another nine months. “I was hoping it would get better and

December indictments by Allen County grand jury

The Allen County grand jury returned 22 public indictments this month. Those indicted and their charges are:Adam B. Lynn, 34, of 734 S. Main St., felonious assault with a repeat violent offender specification.Chris S. Gallant, 27, of 800 S. Woodlawn Ave., Apt. F, burglary.Brian J. Matheny, 43, of East Jordan, Mich., aggravated robbery.William D. Sh

LIMA — A hunter looking for deer came across a grisly discovery Tuesday morning, discovering the body of a missing inmate from a local prison alternative program hanging from a tree.
The hunter made the discovery around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, just after he came down from a tree stand, said Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish.
The body of 31-year-old

Escaped WORTH inmate found hanging from tree

LIMA — A hunter looking for deer came across a grisly discovery Tuesday morning, discovering the body of a missing inmate from a local prison alternative program hanging from a tree. The hunter made the discovery around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, just after he came down from a tree stand, said Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish. The body of 31-year-old





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