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Two Ottawa house fires under investigation

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OTTAWA — Two suspicious fires occurred this morning in Ottawa in two abandoned houses owned by the village. Now officials are looking for help in figuring out who set them.The first, at 315 N. Perry St., was called in by a driver at 5:11 a.m., according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. The Ottawa and Glandorf fire departments responded.The Ottawa Fire Department called in the second fire, at 529 W. Third St., at 7:19 a.m. while they were still on scene at the first fire. The Leipsic and Kalida Fire Departments responded, but once the fire at the first house was under control the Ottawa Fire Department took over. All mutual aid fire departments were back in service by 10:36 a.m., with the Ottawa Fire Department remaining on scene.


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Lima bystander dies when fleeing vehicle crashes

LIMA — A 21-year-old Lima man died early Friday after another vehicle eluding police ran a red light and struck the car in which he was a passenger.Devontae Williams, 21, of Lima, was transported from the scene of the accident at the intersection at Kibby Street and Central Avenue by emergency squad to St. Rita’s Medical Center. He later died from his injuries there, according to a press release from Major Chip Protsman of the Lima Police Department.

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Speakers: Be skeptical, even paranoid, about Wi-Fi usage

LIMA — Awareness is key when it comes to Internet usage and Wi-Fi, speakers at the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce’s Wake, Rattle and Roll this morning told attendees.We live in a connected world, Nicholas Moore, chairman of, told attendees, and wireless Internet is everywhere. However, when using free Wi-Fi, most data is transferred in clear text, which makes it easy to access.Jessika Phillips, president of NOW Marketing Group, also attended ...

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Summer slam raffle to have 77 drawings

LIMA — The West Ohio Food Bank’s Summer Slam Raffle will be held on Aug. 2.Tickets are $50, and tickets are eligible to win more than once. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and close at 6:30 p.m. Raffle drawings begin at 12 p.m., and tickets will be drawn every five minutes until 6:05 p.m. Food and refreshments are available.Attendees must be 18 or older to purchase a ticket, and gun winners must pass a background check. The event will be held at 1380 East Kibby St.,...

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Faster, easier unveiled

The Lima News is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week's launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:• Easier to read headlines with one-click accessibility to stories.&...

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Cloverdale man dies in early morning ATV accident

CLOVERDALE — A Cloverdale man died early Friday morning after hit all-terrain vehicle struck a surface drain, causing the ATV to roll and eject the driver.Andrew Altenburger, 28, of Cloverdale, was pronounced dead at the scene by Putnam County Coroner Dr. Anna Horstman, according to a press release from Sgt. Kevin Siefker of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 2:20 a.m. Friday saying there had bee...

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Wetzel brings motorcycles and hard rock to Van Wert County

GROVER HILL, Ohio — Fans of motorcycles and hard rock music will be flocking to northeast Van Wert County this weekend for Wetzelland, one of the area’s largest rock festivals, boasting between 5,000 and 8,000 visitors per year.This event got its start 28 years ago as a motorcycle rally, and for Danny McPhail, it keeps growing as the years go by.“It’s become bigger and better every year,” he said.

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Lake Festival a tradition in Celina

CELINA — For the past 53 years, the last full weekend in July has heralded the arrival of the Celina Lake Festival.“It’s definitely established here,” festival co-chair Kevin Pyle said. “People plan trips to come home and visit family for the weekend around this festival.”Attracting tens of thousands of visitors every year, the Celina Lake Festival offers something for everyone, including some things found nowhere else.

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Auglaize County Fair returns Sunday

WAPAKONETA — Fair season is set to arrive once again in Auglaize County.Running Sunday through Saturday, this year’s Auglaize County Fair promises something for everyone. According to Fred Piehl, publicity chairman for the fair, one of the first events will honor some of the county’s talented youth.“We’re bringing back the high school band show the first day, sponsored by Happy Daz,” he said. “John Heaphy’s bringing the Bee...

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Upcoming area festivals and fireworks

LIMA — With summer now in full swing, festival season has arrived once again. Below is a list of some of the festivals going on this week our area.Organizing a festival and want it listed? Send your information to Craig Kelly at BREMEN93rd annual New Bremen Firemen’s PicnicSaturdayCrown Pavilion, West Plum Street

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Sex Tape – R

The Story“It was a very minor thinking mishap,” says Jay Hargrove (Jason Segel). But wife Annie (Cameron Diaz) doesn’t buy it. “What did you do?” she says incredulously. “Did you forget to erase the f—-ing sex tape?” Jay and Annie, hoping to revive their uninspired sex life, video themselves in every position known to “The Joy of Sex.” Now, apparently, it’s on the iPads Jay gave to his friends and customers. ThatR...

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Letter: Charity Car Show thankful for help

Our heartfelt thanks to the hundreds of people who took part in The Charity Car Show with proceeds benefiting the Children’s Christmas Fund, Heartbeat of Lima, Our Daily Bread, and the Veterans Food Pantry. So many people volunteer their time to help put on this extraordinary car show. This year the show was enhanced by the American Bombshells professional trio who sang patriotic songs from past and present and mingled with the crowd. The entertainment was underwritten by J’s Amer...

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Lottery for Thursday, July 24

DAILY (Thursday)Pick 3: 8-3-4 day, 8-8-3 nightPick 4: 9-5-6-1 day, 6-8-1-9 nightPick 5: 8-0-6-1-5 day, 3-0-3-1-2 nightRolling Cash 5: 2-7-22-33-35CLASSIC (Wednesday): 4-10-12-21-44-46KICKER: 737909Jackpot: $2.7 MillionPOWERBALL (Wednesday): 4-10-12-22-31Powerball: 3Power Play: 5Jackpot: $50 MillionMEGA MILLIONS (Tuesday): 14-18-22-31-47Mega Ball: 15...

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Lima’s Home Depot building in talks to be sold

LIMA — The now-vacant Home Depot building, located at 2090 N. Cable Road, could potentially see a new tenant, according to John Mongelluzzo, of Yocum Realty.“We have been in some talks concerning the building,” he said. “Until a contract is signed, I can’t say anything definite.”The “for sale” signs are still on the building and the property is still listed on Mongelluzzo’s webpage at The 97,410 squar...

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Scherzer wins 12th, Tigers beat Angels 6-4

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The day after the Detroit Tigers traded for Texas Rangers closer Joakim Soria, Joe Nathan made a point of showing why he is still manager Brad Ausmus’ No. 1 option in the ninth inning.Nathan struck out the side on 12 pitches to secure Max Scherzer’s 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series between two of the top three teams in the majors.The six-time All-Star posted his 21st save in ...

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Kluber perfect into 7th of Indians loss to Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Corey Kluber took a perfect game into the seventh inning, and couldn’t have pitched much better.But all Kluber had to show for his performance was a no-decision in the Cleveland Indians’ 2-1, 14-inning loss to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.“Kluber has come a long way from last year,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “This guy is All-Star caliber. He’s developed into one of the best starting pitcher...

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Locos unable to clinch No. 1 seed

HAMILTON — The Lima Locos were unable to clinch the outright regular season title and the top seed in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League playoffs Thursday, falling 4-3 to the Hamilton Joes.The Locos (25-13) will try to clinch the top spot when they play host to the Lexington Hustlers at 7:05 p.m. tonight at Simmons Field. Southern Ohio (20-15) remained alive in the race for the No. 1 spot by defeating Cincinnati 11-3 Thursday.Against the Joes, Lima was led by...

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