Greg Sowinski

Position: Reporter
E-Mail Address: gsowinski@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 419-993-2090

Latest Stories by Greg Sowinski

Former Ottawa councilman charged in traffic deaths

OTTAWA — A former Ottawa village councilman was charged Friday with two counts of misdemeanor vehicular homicide over a crash that killed two women. Each charge against Alan “Jeff” Ducey is a first-degree misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail. Ducey is scheduled for an arraignment Sept. 9 in Putnam Coun

WAPAKONETA — When Auglaize County commissioners made the decision to completely overhaul the courthouse they had to consider a steep $9 million price tag.
“It wasn't a hard choice,” Commissioner John Bergman said.
What started out as discussions in 1997 about the need for more office space evolved into the major undertaking that

Preserving history has a cost

WAPAKONETA — When Auglaize County commissioners made the decision to completely overhaul the courthouse they had to consider a steep $9 million price tag. “It wasn't a hard choice,” Commissioner John Bergman said. What started out as discussions in 1997 about the need for more office space evolved into the major undertaking that

THOSE WHO HAVE INFORMATION CAN CALL CRIME STOPPERS AT 419-229-7867
SOLVING CRIMES
Law-enforcement officials were looking for information about the crimes and people listed below. The program offers anonymous cash rewards up to $1,000 to those who provide information that leads to the apprehension and indictment of wanted suspects. Crime Stoppers

THOSE WHO HAVE INFORMATION CAN CALL CRIME STOPPERS AT 419-229-7867 SOLVING CRIMES Law-enforcement officials were looking for information about the crimes and people listed below. The program offers anonymous cash rewards up to $1,000 to those who provide information that leads to the apprehension and indictment of wanted suspects. Crime Stoppers

Police calls

Police calls as of 8:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, from the Lima Police Department, Allen County Sheriff's Office and Delphos Police Department. 1700 block of Brookwood, Lima — A 44-year-old woman reported Aug. 22 another person assaulted her. Superior Court, Lima — A 34-year-old woman reported Aug. 22 someone stole the face off her car

Police calls

2290 Elida Road, Lima — A woman reported Monday a theft from Dunham's Sports. 300 block of East Main Street, Beaverdam — A woman reported Tuesday a woman assaulted her. 1800 Brookhaven Drive, Lima — A deputy reported Friday finding juveniles trying to enter a building. 3700 block of Kissing Hollow, Lima — A woman reported

LIMA — A man who killed a young boy with a hammer and tried to kill his own son appeared via video at a hearing Wednesday to be informed of terms of parole should he ever be released.
The hearing was to advise Terry Watson that he would be under supervision for three years should he ever be released from prison. The hearing is required by la

Killer in 1996 murder case appears in court

LIMA — A man who killed a young boy with a hammer and tried to kill his own son appeared via video at a hearing Wednesday to be informed of terms of parole should he ever be released. The hearing was to advise Terry Watson that he would be under supervision for three years should he ever be released from prison. The hearing is required by la

Police calls

2820 W. Elm St., Lima — A woman reported Sunday her purse was stolen while she was at Regal Cinema. 1600 block of Edgewood Drive, Lima —A woman reported Sunday a man threatened to harm her. 3900 block of Stewart Road, Lima — A woman reported Sunday her ex-boyfriend grabbed her by her head after she told him to get a job. 2800 b

Lima removed from Rally accident lawsuit

LIMA — The city of Lima and a handful of city employees listed as defendants have been dismissed from lawsuits filed after an accident in which a woman crashed her car into a crowd of people at a Rally in the Square two years ago. The city of Lima, Kirk Neimeyer, Howard Elstro, Rick Stolley were dismissed this month along with General Motors

LIMA — Breast cancer survivors can enjoy a day of pampering Thursday at the Ohio State Beauty Academy to take their minds off the stresses of the disease. The event, “Surviving Cancer Beautifully” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Up to 75 women will be served with an array of free spa services ranging from manicures, pedicures,

LIMA — The trial date for a man accused of killing a man during a robbery has been pushed back to Dec. 16.
Valdis Stapleton Jr., 21, waived his right to a speedy trial Monday to give his attorney more time to prepare a defense. Stapleton is charged with aggravated murder, two counts of felonious assault, and aggravated burglary.
He is charg

Trial delayed in murder case

LIMA — The trial date for a man accused of killing a man during a robbery has been pushed back to Dec. 16. Valdis Stapleton Jr., 21, waived his right to a speedy trial Monday to give his attorney more time to prepare a defense. Stapleton is charged with aggravated murder, two counts of felonious assault, and aggravated burglary. He is charg

Police calls

2750 Harding Highway, Lima — A deputy took a girl under 21 into custody at the Allen County Fair on Friday for being intoxicated and causing a disturbance. 2600 Elida Road, Lima — A man reported Wednesday stealing items from Macy's Department Store. 2400 Harding Highway, Lima — The lost prevention officer at a store reported Thu

Police calls as of 8:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, from the Lima Police Department and Allen County Sheriff's Office. 700 block of South Elizabeth Street, Lima – A 24-year-old woman reported Wednesday someone stole items from her. 1200 block of McCullough Street, Lima – A 48-year-old man reported Tuesday someone broke into his home and sto

Marriages and divorces

MARRIAGES Thomas R. Osborn, 25, Williamsburg, and Jacqueline M. Baker, 24, Bluffton; Justin R. Noland, 19, Lima, and Jessica L. Treisch, 18, Wooster; Andrew M. Vancil, 22, Summerfield, N.C., and Helen E. Logsdon, 22, Lima; John D. Englehardt, 29, Dublin, and Kayla R. Wellbaum, 27, Lima; Eric D. Krahn, 21, Lima, and Laura R. Clingerman, 19, Elida;

LIMA — When detectives were working hard to try to identify Lima's mystery woman sitting in jail refusing to tell them who she really was they were sure of one thing: she was wanted somewhere.
The hunch proved to be true. The woman, identified as 40-year-old Ann Marie Miller, was wanted in at least one other state on a number of charges, inc

'Mystery woman's' path to prison

LIMA — When detectives were working hard to try to identify Lima's mystery woman sitting in jail refusing to tell them who she really was they were sure of one thing: she was wanted somewhere. The hunch proved to be true. The woman, identified as 40-year-old Ann Marie Miller, was wanted in at least one other state on a number of charges, inc

THOSE WHO HAVE INFORMATION CAN CALL CRIME STOPPERS AT 419-229-7867
SOLVING CRIMES
Law-enforcement officials were looking for information about the crimes and people listed below. The program offers anonymous cash rewards up to $1,000 to those who provide information that leads to the apprehension and indictment of wanted suspects. Crime Stoppers

THOSE WHO HAVE INFORMATION CAN CALL CRIME STOPPERS AT 419-229-7867 SOLVING CRIMES Law-enforcement officials were looking for information about the crimes and people listed below. The program offers anonymous cash rewards up to $1,000 to those who provide information that leads to the apprehension and indictment of wanted suspects. Crime Stoppers

Police calls

Police calls as of 8:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, from the Lima Police Department and Allen County Sheriff's Office. 1000 block of Bellefontaine Avenue, Lima – A woman reported Sunday someone stole her medicine out of her purse, which was inside her truck. 1500 block of Deerfield Drive, Lima – A woman reported Sunday her son was unruly.

Crash that killed 2 under prosecutor's review

OTTAWA — A prosecutor continues to review the investigation against a former village councilman involved in a crash that killed two women in June. No charges have been filed against Alan “Jeff” Ducey, but the Ohio State Highway Patrol has turned the case over to the Putnam County Prosecutor's Office for a decision. A spokeswoman

Police calls

600 block of St. Andrews Blvd., Lima — A woman reported Tuesday someone forced entry into her home and stole items. 100 block of South Rumbaugh Road, Lima — A man reported Monday someone tried to use his identity. 800 block of St. Johns Avenue, Lima — A deputy reported Wednesday a person was in possession of a stolen license pla

Grand jury returns indictments

An Allen County grand jury returned 24 public indictments this month. Those indicted and their charges are: Tyson D. Wheeler, 36, of 13 Superior Court, burglary, grand theft when property is a firearm or dangerous ordnance, grand theft of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering, and four counts of receiving stolen property. Andrew J. Stocklin, 29,

Police calls

Vine Street and Atlantic Avenue, Lima — An officer arrested a 31-year-old man Sunday for drunken driving. The man was pulled over on a traffic violation and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent. Police also found marijuana pocket. Collett Street and Brice Avenue, Lima — Police arrested three men Sunday for possession of cocaine fo




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