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.
Lima Memorial is now treating patients at their medical center in Wapakoneta. The $3.9 million building will feature 21 exam rooms, two procedure rooms and will also have the ability of on-site laboratory testing and x-ray services. Inside, patients could feel at home with the décor depicting Wapakoneta's history, as well as one of the most famous to come from Wapakoneta, Neil Armstrong. The president of Lima Memorial described why Wapakoneta was chosen for this.
Swan Nichols was sentenced to a minimum of three years in prison with the possibility of serving four years. Nichols pleaded guilty to an amended charge of robbery with a firearm. It was April 11 when police said Nichols took part in the armed robbery of a 22-year old victim. It's alleged that Kaiden Keller and Colleen McKee took part as well. Nichols says they believed the victim had stolen something from them. So they got him into the car under the premise of taking him to a party. Nichols says he had a gun and the victim reported being hit with a gun. Money was demanded from the victim and then he was kicked out of the car.
Senate Bill 311 inches closer to becoming a law after passing the Ohio House on Thursday. The bill narrowly passed through the Senate in September.
State Sen. Rob McColley introduced the bill after Stay-at-Home orders were issued at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ohio health director would not be able to issue a regional or statewide quarantine to people unless they have been directly exposed to an infectious disease or have been diagnosed with one.
In Allen County Common Pleas Court, a Lima man is asking for new representation in his alleged arson case.
Jason Raines Sr. saw his lawyer withdraw from his case Friday. After not being able to fulfill his financial contract obligations, he will have to have an attorney appointed to him by the court.
Raines has been charged with aggravated arson. It's alleged Raines and Tim Messer damaged an "occupied structure" in Shawnee Township on June 5. Raines is scheduled for another pretrial on Monday.
With ballots still being counted around the country, a recount coming in parts of Wisconsin and a contentious presidential election still in limbo, all is pretty quiet in Ohio.
Wednesday is the day board of elections around Ohio quietly went about their business and submitted their official canvas to the state to make those results final. Allen County Board of Elections completed their official canvas, adding in all the verified absentee and provisional ballots.
On Election Day, when counting the votes, all the results are unofficial.
Allen County had 1,326 provisional ballots cast. What was unusual was the county had more early votes than votes on election day, something the board director says is highly irregular. And after sorting through it all, she assures everything checks out and there was no voter fraud.
After receiving treatment a Lima woman will be able to have her day in court.
Zonobia McLaurine is now able to stand trial in Allen County. McLaurine has been charged with a single count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
A few months ago, a psychological evaluation determined she was not competent to stand trial. After receiving treatment in Toledo, a new report says she is able to assist in her own defense. Her case will get back on track with a pretrial on Dec. 1.
A Lima man suspected of gang activity asks for two separate trials for his eight charges.
Jamaree Allen's attorney filed a motion to separate Allen's criminal gang charges from the remaining charges and hold two different trials. The defense believes one trial would make the jury prejudice against Allen. The state says it's impossible to separate them in this case because all the charges relate to one another and the case covers a week's worth of events.
Allen's co-defendant, Eric Wilson Jr. was convicted for the same charges and sentenced to 62 years to 66 years in prison. It's believed Allen took part in the same shooting as Wilson at Wally's Gas Station.
A Willshire man will spend time in prison after pleading to causing the death of a man in a car crash last year.
In Van Wert County Common Pleas Court, Ronald Schumm was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide. He also will have his driver's license suspended for three years. Schumm is responsible for the death of 56-year-old Steven Moshier.
It was August 2019 when Schumm collided with Moshier on U.S. 224 near the Indiana-Ohio border. Schumm, driving west, drifted left of center, side swiping an SUV then collided with Moshier's truck. A passenger of Moshier's was hurt as well. Alcohol was believed to have been a factor. Due to the virus, Schumm will begin his sentence at the end of the month. He's on house arrest until that time.
An Ohio bill that would prevent any business from another shut down, could be voted on this week.
Rep. Jon Cross has brought House Bill 621 back to the forefront of legislators minds. Despite a health order closing businesses, this bill would allow any business to stay open as long as they comply with the safety precautions outlined in the order. Cross says he doesn't like Gov. Mike DeWine making such orders and wants him to work with the General Assembly. At this point in the pandemic, cross doesn't think any more can be done to control the spread of the Coronavirus.
Gov. DeWine is hopeful with the news of vaccines on the way, but to bridge the gap of getting to that point, he says he has to take action.
DeWine has put a curfew in place beginning Thursday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. It will go on for 21 days. DeWine's reasoning is that while masks and distancing are helpful, Ohioans need to cut down on the interactions they're having with people. The order primarily focuses on retail stores or places you can walk in. DeWine says people can still get carryout in that time, they can go to grocery stores or pharmacies. They can go to work and emergency services remain open.