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$10 million in grants are available to agencies to purchase body cameras. The Governor says his goal is for every police officer in Ohio to have one. Currently, the Allen County Sheriff’s Office does not equip its deputies with body cameras. Sheriff Matt Treglia says they could provide the money needed for them, but there is something else preventing their use.
When both Lima Police Chief Kevin Martin and Allen County Sheriff Matt Treglia were looking into purchasing vehicles for each of their SWAT teams, they realized just how expensive that would be. This sparked the idea of combining the two. The agencies have already proved success of this in the past, by merging multiple safety forces. They include the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force, Regional Bomb Squad, and Dive Team.
DeWine was resistant to most gun bills until his legislation, Strong Ohio, could be passed. It came following the mass shooting in Dayton in August 2019. His bill would include a "red flag" gun law, enhanced background checks for gun purchases, increased penalties for people illegally having a gun, and more.
It's the same message every New Year's Eve, but this time with more meaning.
Due to Ohio House Bill 614, people can now apply or renew their concealed handgun licenses in any Ohio county. Originally you would have to do so in the county you live in. Those with expiring licenses after March 9, 2021, have 90 days or until June 30, 2021, whichever is later, to renew their license. The Allen County Sheriff says he thinks this will work out well. The process remains the same, but it could make places, like Allen County, busier because the time frame of processing applications could take longer.
Allen County Sheriff Matt Treglia and his office welcomed everyone from the community to come get a free lunch. People stopped by behind the sheriff's office to grab some hotdogs, chips, and water. Treglia says they decided to do this after having to cancel their National Night Out due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The food had already been purchased and he found a way to put it to good use.
The pandemic impacted many industries, and now it's weighing on the gun and ammo industry. Our Eran Hami shows us how those industries are affected in our area.
Councilman Glenn has been talking with a Lima resident whose brother had been arrested by the sheriff's office for a violation of protection order back in 2017. The family says the man had been injured during the arrest and eventually ended up in Columbus for treatment. He was 70 years old at the time of the arrest. Glenn is asking the sheriff's office to re-think about their decision on body cameras, as the whole story is unclear without them.
Yesterday the Allen County Sheriff's Office made a social media post about a celebratory gun firing incident involving the sheriff. Today, he spoke to Your Hometown Stations about the incident. Sheriff Matt Treglia recalled how much worse the situation may have been. He says the bullet was inches from Major Todd Mohler's face before hitting the sheriff's chest. Had the LPD unit been at any different angle, he believes it could have changed things. Treglia says this should serve as a reminder to everyone. The sheriff says he's completely pro 2nd amendment, but you have to be a responsible gun owner.
If you see something, say something. That was the message at Friday morning's “Real American Sunrise”. Allen County Sheriff Matt Treglia and EMA Director Tom Berger talking to local business leaders about threats that businesses don’t normally think about, like an active shooter situation or a hazardous spill. Both men stress the importance of being prepared, whether it is training for a potentially dangerous intruder or having a plan in place if there are suspicious packages outside your door.