Todd Cummins

Assignment Editor

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On October 19, 2021, at approximately 11:53 P.M., troopers with the Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol received a report of a pickup truck that had struck a tree.  Duane J. Allison, age 35, of Lima, was operating a 2009 Dodge Ram pickup truck southbound on Grubb Rd. north of Agerter Rd. when the vehicle went off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree.  Mr. Allison was pronounced dead on scene by Allen County Coroner Investigator Aaron Cunningham.  Mr. Allison was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.  He was transported to the St. Rita’s Mercy Health Morgue.  Alcohol or drugs are not suspected to be a factor at this time.

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October is National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month and Marimor Industries, Inc’s Employment Services is recognizing 17 workers who have hit a milestone at their jobs ranging from 5 years up to 30 years at the same job.  Employment Services help individuals with disabilities find and maintain a job in the community, by offering job training and transportation. While the employees get a lot out of having a job, including a paycheck, their employers see the benefits too.

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Elizabeth Hardesty held a gathering to speak to supporters about her run to be the next Lima mayor. With the election two weeks away, she has been taking her message of change to the voters, which includes hiring a safety service director to address the crime and drug issues in the city. Also, she would like to focus on boosting economic development in the city.

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Diamond Enayzi helps individuals that are starting a business, or who have hit a plateau with an existing business. She also does motivational talks for employees. Enayzi says she knows the success and failures in business and wants to share some advice to help people get that edge to succeed.

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Deputies attempted to stop Andrea Stephens who was traveling at a high rate of speed and going left of center on State Route 235 just before 6:30 PM. The pursuit traveled over state and county roads. After a few minutes, deputies executed a PIT maneuver on Stephens’s car, ending the pursuit. Stephens was charged with failure to comply with an officer, vandalism, drug possession, and numerous traffic violations. Her passenger Shawn Stephens was arrested for an unrelated warrant. Both were taken to Multi-County Jail to await court appearances.

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According to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Deputies, the crash happened just before 8:30 am Monday morning in the 16,000 block of State Route 117 just outside of Roundhead.  No names have been released.  During the crash investigation, law enforcement determined that the vehicle of the 25-year-old driver from Columbus went left of center and hit a van head on.  The driver of the van was taken to Lima memorial with minor injuries. 

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Antonio McNeal pleaded guilty to a felonious assault charge in September. According to police, the stabbing incident happened on July 9th. McNeal and his co-defendant Jamar Burns went to confront Patrick Deal about some money that he owed McNeal. McNeal admitted he brought two knives with him and gave one to Burns. But McNeal says he was surprised when Burns snuck up behind the parked car that Deal was in and cut him multiple times. Deal was taken to the hospital for treatment for injuries to his chest and hands. McNeal says he was sorry for want happened. Burns will be sentenced for his role in the stabbing next month.

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Earlier this month, whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before members of Congress about Facebook and misinformation. She urged the government to get involved with the boards of the social media platforms to give them more teeth overseeing content. Ohio Northern Law Professor Bruce Frohnen says how people look at the information is subjective and what this could lead us to is a bunch of lawsuits.

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How much time do you spend on social media?  For some it is a lot more than you think. When Facebook, Instagram and their family of apps went down for a few hours a couple of weeks ago, people may have gotten a glimpse into just how much time they spend on social media.   Research says that on average people spend around 2 1/2 hours a day on these platforms and Facebook is the most popular form.  But spending that much time at looking at different post has it up and downsides.  

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Toledo Diocese serves 19 counties and has 14 high schools, and Bishop Daniel Thomas likes to visit half of the buildings during the school year to offer mass and pray with the students. Friday he was spreading the message of “be not afraid” because the Catholic Church was celebrating Saint Teresa of Jesus. After dealing with the pandemic for the past year and a half, the message of not being afraid was an important one to talk about.

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