Eran Hami

Multimedia Video Journalist

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A Special Olympics tradition continued on through Allen County. Local law enforcement took part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on Monday. Athletes began running through Lima, then later meeting up with law enforcement and finishing their run to town square. Everyone was then treated to lunch at the Rotary Club. Local coordinator Stacy Crouse said this is a great event to bring awareness to Special Olympics.

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Monday marks the beginning of the 11th annual Kindergarten Kamp. From now until July 26, children that will be entering kindergarten in the coming school year will be getting a jump start on what to expect. There are four themes this year: safari, health and safety, community helper, and camping. The camp will be integrating these themes with the focus on literacy and social skills.

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The two United States Senators from Ohio have announced secured funding in the latest round of national defense funding. Monday, both Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman stated they have secured funding from the National Defense Authorization Act for the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center for fiscal year 2020. Included in the funding will be $1.7 billion dollars to upgrade the Abrams Tanks. Additionally $249 million will be secured for upgrades to the Stryker vehicles. The Senate is currently considering the bill with a vote expected this week.

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"The day with the most light, we fight," is what Anthony Brookhart said to kick off the second annual Longest Day in Wapakoneta. June 21 marks the official beginning of summer and what better way to celebrate than a festival? Held in the downtown parkway, all were invited to the free event with live music through the afternoon, a morning worship service and standing yoga session. Not to mention, the health fair and a handful of food trucks that were on hand. And new this year is the Summer Solstice Soiree, a ticketed event that allows guest to dine at the longest table in the middle of Auglaize Street.

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The Lima Area Tennis Association wrapped their annual two-week camp Friday morning. Children from the area, from ages 4 to 18, showed up to the Collett Street tennis courts to either learn the game or improve their abilities. Jeff Brown, who helped run the camp, said he saw a great turnout this year and a lot of familiar faces. The camp concluded with an awards presentation with a total of 24 medals handed out for attendance and attitude. 10 scholarships were also awarded for those the staff felt would be playing tennis long term and showed their ability to learn and develop their game.

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After taking on a lot of damage this year, a historic Wapakoneta building is being demolished. People lined Auglaize Street as the demolition of the Koneta Hotel began Friday morning. The building was the site of an arson fire on Dec. 23 and it has suffered water damage from Mother Nature since then. Mayor Tom Stinebaugh said the owner and city worked to find someone to take over the property but were unsuccessful. He said the location may become the site of some downtown parking. Something he believes is a necessity for Wapakoneta.

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The Lima Noon Optimist group is inviting everyone to mark their calendars for their first partnership with the Lima Locos. Optimist Night at the Locos is coming on June 27, 2019, at Simmons Field. This year marks 100 years for the international club and the Lima Optimists are celebrating with a Locos baseball game. There will be games, trivia, and giveaways before and during the game. Tickets for adults are $4, and only $2 for kids and seniors. Those involved with little league or Abilities League get in free if they wear their jerseys.

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An overnight vandalism has the Lima Police Department investigating a hate crime. Sometime overnight, officials believe New Life Assembly was vandalized with spray paint on three sides of the building including a detached shed. The church on the corner of Kibby Street and Calumet Avenue is also a Community Oriented Policing station. The building was also pelted with about two dozen eggs.

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A Lima based medical company will be the focal point of some new training videos. Cutting Edge Medical Laser Technologies chose Medical Laser Center of Lima as the location to shoot training videos today. A representative of Cutting Edge, who supplies MLS class four medical lasers, said this Lima location was one of the first to introduce the technology, has a beautiful facility and treats a wide variety of patients. The laser technology is a non-invasive treatment that aims to reduce pain in certain areas and stimulate soft tissue.

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Lima native, Marquavious Shurelds involved in two separate court cases, testified during a suppression hearing this morning. The defense filed a motion to suppress regarding probable cause of the search warrant for the 28-year-old. Defense attorney Ken Rexford said there were omissions in the affidavit for what could be searched when police found Shurelds at 222 McPheron Ave. on January 11. He was arrested for his alleged involvement in a drive-by shooting in September, and a few months later, was alleged to have taken part in a kidnapping and robbery involving an 11-month-old child. 

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