CLOSINGS & DELAYS
Multimedia Video Journalist
Hello! I'm Lauren Siegel, a resident of Fort Loramie, Ohio and a December 2019 graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication.
The 2020 Bar Stool Open mini golf tournament and the Kids Fishing Derby have both been cancelled due to concerns over the recent spikes in COVID-19 cases around the state. In their news release, the Lake Improvement Association executive board states they recognize the benefits of both events to the lake and community, but they couldn’t guarantee participant safety during the pandemic.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff, it all began around 7:30 Thursday evening when a deputy in Hardin County, observed a traffic violation and turned around to pull the car over. The black Chevy with New York plates then sped away before being ditched in a field, inside Allen county. Witnesses on scene say they saw the driver and a passenger get out and run away.
Just after 5 o’clock, first responders were called near the intersection of Harding Highway and Thayer Road for a three-car crash. A gray Ford C-Max was traveling Eastbound on Harding Highway when it went left of center, striking a black Ford Fusion going West. A Honda CR-V following Westbound was then struck by the collision.
One person was transported to the hospital earlier this evening following a shooting in Lima. The Lima Police Department was called just after 5:30 this evening by an individual who claimed to have shot someone. When police arrived at the Lima Apartments location on Fourth Street, they found one man wounded. He was then transported to Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center for his injuries.
Because most events in celebration of former Wapak resident Neil Armstrong have been cancelled, several organizations teamed up to create activity bags instead. This week's sponsor was the Riverside Art Center who handmade solar system-themed sidewalk chalk.
D&D Ingredient Distributors of Delphos is an independent business that specializes in manufacturing and distributing for the animal and pet feed industry. Their donation to the West Ohio Food Bank totaled nearly $14,000 and will help around 73,000 food-insecure families and individuals in need in the surrounding 11 counties. This donation was a portion of the proceeds from their involvement in the “Food for Hope” program, with several other agricultural businesses. Altogether the initiative raised over $550,000 for food banks across the country.
On Monday evening, Lima City Council voted to approve legislation that would establish a Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program to recover lost revenue due to the pandemic. The city Finance Director's general budget estimates a 4.6 million dollar revenue shortfall for 2020. To combat this, the city has devised an early retirement plan to cut up to 40 jobs by March 31st, 2021. Mayor David Berger says personnel equates to 70% of the city’s costs.
One homeowner was walking through the Monticello Subdivision when he noticed how bare the light poles were. He had the idea to put an American flag on all 25 of them. Within a few days he had 100% participation throughout the 27 homes in the neighborhood.
Earlier this evening, the Committee on Racial Injustice and Reform held their first town hall meeting on the topic of police reform. Questions brought to the panel’s attention dealt with the hiring process within the police department, recruiting more diverse officers, body cameras, and what reconstructing the police would look like. Other ideas brought to the table included rehabilitation efforts for ex-convicts and more positive outreach between police and the community.
21-year-old Blake Olney was last seen at 2:30 a.m. on June 28th, near the "Brew U" bar, in the 300 block of N. Main Street in Findlay. He is described as a white male, is 5 foot, 11 inches tall, and weighs 130 pounds. He has medium length black hair and brown eyes. A few significant markings blake has are a black tattoo outline on his chest and birthmarks on his lower back.