CLOSINGS & DELAYS
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Cleveland born and raised but has called Lima home for more than a year now. Eran is an avid sports fan and loves hearing live music. To keep up on all the top stories in western Ohio you can find Eran on Facebook or Twitter @EranHamiTV.
A Lima man suspected of gang-related activity is asking for his trial as soon as possible.
Back in 1981, Mary Mosley was attacked in the parking lot off of E. Pennsylvania Avenue and her murder remains unsolved. As part of our collaboration with the Lima Police Department, we take a look back at the case that's gone cold. These are all the facts that the police have on the 1981 murder.
The Lima man who says he robbed a Main Street gas station twice was given a prison sentence on Monday. Calvin McGhee was sentenced to a minimum of 13 years to 16 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery with a three-year firearm specification and a charge of robbery. McGhee robbed the Rich Gas Station on Oct. 20 and Nov. 3, last year. The first time he got away with money and showed he had a gun. The second time no gun was used and no money was stolen. McGhee said he was on drugs trying to get more money for drugs. He said he was abused as a child and has always turned to drugs. McGhee has had a dozen other convictions but now wants professional help.
A man accused of rape has agreed to a negotiated deal with prosecutors. James Hershberger returned to court on Friday where he changed his plea to guilty on a charge of sexual battery. Charges of rape and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor were dropped. The maximum penalty he could face is five years in prison. Hershberger was recently ruled competent to stand trial after four months of treatment. Hershberger is a co-defendant in the case with Christy and Jay Holliday. Jay Holliday was sentenced to 156 years in prison on 24 sex crimes with minors. Hershberger will have to register as a tier 3 sex offender and sentencing is set for April 3, 2020. His bond was also lowered from $250,000 to $50,000.
Early Thursday morning, firefighters in Gilboa battled a fire that resulted in one person dead. The Putnam County Coroner has confirmed, the owner of the house, Jason Mansfield was the victim in the blaze. The 911 call came in right around midnight late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The entire house at 140 Franklin St. in Gilboa was engulfed in flames. One of the neighbors at 138 Franklin St. said everything happened so fast when sheriff’s deputies arrived at the fire.
One of the Republican candidates for Allen County Commissioner officially kicked off his campaign on Wednesday. Voters were invited out to The 318 to meet and hear from Tim Sielschott. His event coincides with the start of the early voting period. He hoped people would join as they walked down to the board of elections to cast their ballot. Sielschott believes his business background will prove worth as commissioner. He's owned his financial services firm for nearly eight years. On top of that, he says his passion for the county is unmatched, sitting on a few boards and serving as a football coach.
A Lima man who took part in robbing an Auglaize County women using the app "Letgo" has been sentenced to prison. Kirk Brenneman was sentenced to the agreed upon punishment of seven years following his plea deal. He can serve up to nine years in prison. Brenneman pleaded guilty to an amended robbery charge with a three year firearm specification. A woman had agreed to sell a video game system and cell phone. When she got to an E. 4th Street apartment, Brenneman and Jason Sledge jumped in her car and robbed her at gunpoint. The judge says Brenneman has previously been criminally charged a dozen times.
A Lima woman facing two criminal cases has turned down her plea deal and is set on going to trial. Julia Slayton turned down a negotiated plea offer in Allen County Common Pleas Court that has been on the table since May of last year. In the first case, Slayton has been charged with improperly discharging a firearm into a home or school safety zone with a three year firearm specification.
The second man charged in the murder of Branson Tucker was set to accept a plea deal until he changed his mind at the last moment. Jerome Fuqua appeared in court with the intention of taking the negotiated deal but changed his mind as the judge walked into the court room. The deal would have Fuqua plead guilty to felonious assault and charges of murder and having a weapon under disability would be dropped. His sentence would be capped at four years.
Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in the Ohio Primary Election. The Allen County Board of Elections will remain open until 9 p.m. for people to register or make changes to their registration, like a change of address. You can also make changes online at the Ohio Secretary of State website. This means early voting will start Wednesday morning at 8. Voters can go to their county's board of elections to cast their ballot before the March primary. With the primary falling early this year on St. Patrick's Day, it's unclear if more people will choose to vote early.