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Area law enforcement officials are looking for information about crimes or persons listed in this graphic. The Lima/Allen-Putman County Crimestoppers Program offers cash awards of up $1,000.00 to anyone who provides anonymous tip information that would lead to the arrest of anyone listed on this page please call (419) 229-STOP (7867).

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Each year community members step up to donate a toy to a child they may never know, but your donation could mean the world to that child and their family. There is power in toys. That is why the Marine Corps., Toys for Tots, and the Salvation Army is working to make sure that around 1,500 kids have toys to open up this holiday. 700 families in Allen County have signed up for the Christmas Assistance Program through the Salvation Army, while they will be getting food and clothing, they also will be getting a bag a toys thanks to the continued generosity of this community.

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Bath Township officials are relieved as the Lima Inn has been demolished. The Lima Inn Motel on Neubrecht Road has been vacant for several years and a problem for the township. Several fires were reported at the inn over the last year giving cause for concern to neighboring businesses. The Allen County Land Bank previously tried to acquire the property. Instead, someone else bought the building and has a development plan in the works. Demolition is phase one. It's unclear if that person has plans to demolish the remaining restaurant and gas station portion of the property.

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All eyes are looking at the future in the Allen Lima Youth Leadership program. Only a select group of students were chosen from the application pool and were given the opportunity to sharpen their leadership skills. Both the students and the director of Allen Lima leadership agree on the importance of being a good leader for the future. 

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A Magic Box, a Squishenator, and an Idieto-- all are inventions created by third graders at Shawnee Maplewood for their own version of the television show “Shark Tank.” Each student, or group of students, brainstormed their ideas to present to a panel of judges, also known as “sharks”. The students have been learning the importance of entrepreneurship since the beginning of the school year, and they are turning their knowledge into experience. 

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Holiday celebrations are getting underway, but that's no excuse to not play it safe on the roadways. The Ohio State Highway Patrol will continue to focus on impaired driving this holiday season. They're increasing patrols and putting in overtime to remove drivers under the influence. Last year, 402 people died as a result of OVI related crashes. Also in 2018, between Thanksgiving and New Years Day, nearly 3,000 OVI citations were written. Troopers are reminding you to plan ahead, assign a designated driver, and make sure everyone in the car is wearing a seatbelt.

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Details unraveled in a court sentencing today(12/6/19), detailing a man's plan to hurt his wife. After reaching a negotiated plea, Dale Agnew previously pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping and aggravated burglary. On Friday, in Allen County Common Pleas Court, the Waynesfield man was sentenced to the maximum 22 years in prison. To make his case to the judge, the prosecutor detailed how Agnew got to this point.

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The Ohio Supreme Court rules on approximately 3,000 cases a year and Justice Judi French was in Lima explaining about how the court works. She was the guest speaker at the Allen County Republican Party luncheon. Justice French says they see around 2,000 cases directly sent to them from judges and lawyers that deal in disciplinary actions such as death penalties, utilities, and tax cases. They also review nearly 1,300 cases they choose to hear from applications of people who aren’t happy with their court decision.

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By law, Allen County Commissioners can't pass the 2020 budget until after the first of the year and they're making sure they are ready. They have spent the past several months meeting one on one with all the departments going over their requests for next year. The budget commission sets the amount that the commissioners have to work with by the estimated revenues the county would receive next year. Next week, commissioners will meet with all department heads and elected county officials to review the draft budget.

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Members of the Putnam County YMCA have no excuses now to say they don’t have time to exercise. That’s because thanks to a partnership with Mercy Health - Saint Ritas, members will have 24/7 access to exercise equipment. The “Mercy Health Fitness Room” has new equipment, cameras for security, and improved wi-fi coverage for people in the building. The renovations are something that the “Y” has been working on for almost a year to meet the needs of its members.

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