Joseph Sharpe

Digital Content Manager

Bio

Hi, I'm the Digital Content Manager here at Your Hometown Stations managing our online content. I also help out with posting press releases and articles from our news department from time to time.

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It appears the JCPenney stores in Lima and Bellefontaine will survive the next round of closures for the chain. The company did not specifically list which stores were staying open, but the company did release its list of the first 154 stores to be closed as a result of its bankruptcy filing. It shows JCPenney closing nine stores in Ohio, including the ones in the Northtowne Mall in Defiance and the location in the Miami Valley Mall in Piqua.

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Firefighters in Perry Township, called out to reports of a house fire, just after 9:30 tonight. Crews responded to the structure located at the intersection of 14th Street and S. Main in Lima. The home fully engulfed in flames according to the initial call. Few details are available at this hour but it appears the structure was heavily damaged, as crews finished knocking down the flames.

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An ODOT truck was damaged in a work zone crash in Putnam County on Wednesday. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says no one was injured in the incident. The unoccupied state truck was parked when the crash happened, just before 9 a.m. on State Route 224, near Gilboa. The driver of the vehicle that struck that truck was cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance. ODOT says there were more than 6,000 crashes in work zones in the state during 2019, an all-time record high.

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On Monday, June 1st, 2020, the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force, assisted by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. Team, served a search warrant at 1148 Biscayne Avenue Lima, Allen County, Ohio. During the search of the residence, suspected cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and US currency were located. The resident, Cameron J. Rogers (DOB 12/27/1990), was taken into custody at the scene. Additional charges will be presented to an Allen County Grand Jury at a later date.

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Tonight, the Allen County Republican Party held a press conference to appoint a new county commissioner. Beth Seibert was appointed the role of the Republican county commissioner. She will fill the unexpired term of former commissioner Jay Begg until the end of the year. She calls the moment bittersweet because she admires Begg but she believes she has what it takes to handle the new role.

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Another hospital in the region is offering antibody testing. Grand Lake Health System started walk-in testing on Tuesday at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital's outpatient lab in St. Marys. No appointments are needed and no physician's order is required. Hours are Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 6 a.m. until noon. There is a cost of $65 with results in about a day.

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