Todd Cummins

Assignment Editor

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Devon Ketzenberger waived his preliminary hearing in Lima Municipal Court Friday morning. Ketzenberger has been charged with one count of Aggravated Arson for allegedly starting the fire at a home on Woodlawn Avenue on the morning of September 19th that killed his mother Wendy Ketzenberger. Following the fire, Devon Ketzenberger walked to a home in Auglaize County where he was arrested by Auglaize County Sheriff's Deputies. The Lima Police Department says he confessed to starting a fire during an interview.

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Angie Herzog was one of the dozens of award winners to be recognized during an online ceremony Thursday night. Herzog was named to represent the Lima region for her work with the Court Appointed Child Advocate program better known as CASA. The Jefferson Awards was started by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and others nearly 50 years ago to recognize the extraordinary public service that thousands across the country do each day.

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Robert Lee Reynolds Jr. was charged with drug possession following a narcotics-related search warrant that was served at a Lincoln Avenue home on Wednesday. During the search, law enforcement found around 2.5 ounces of suspected Fentanyl, a handgun, money, and drug paraphernalia. His case will be presented to the Allen County Grand Jury for additional charges.

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People will be able to do indoor visitations for residents of developmentally-disabled facilities starting Monday, September 28th, and October 12th for residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. There are a lot of requirements that the facilities will need to meet to allow for indoor visitation, which includes working with local health departments to monitor the level of COVID-19 spread in their communities. Plus a number of restrictions, the facility and visitors have to meet.

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The call came in just before 10 p.m. that a semi had gone off the road after crossing into oncoming traffic in the westbound lanes, through a fence and landed in the pond west of Lincoln Highway. Troopers say the driver, 38-year-old Larry Choice of Fort Wayne was the only one inside and he was able to get out with the help of a nearby homeowner. He was treated at the scene for minor injuries by Delphos EMS.

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Nicholas Tarbet will be sentenced on one count of Gross Sexual Imposition. The charges of Rape and Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor were dropped. The indictment states these acts allegedly happened between October of 2019 to January of this year. It states the victim was 15-years-old when the first incident occurred. It is suspected that Tarbet knew the victim could not resist due to having a mental or physical condition. He will be sentenced next month Van Wert Common Pleas Court.

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Richard Moore and Kaitlyn Burgoon entered guilty pleas to an amended charge of Endangering Children. The Van Wert County Sheriff's Office responded to a call at their East Lewis Street apartment in Middle Point on April 9th. They found that 4-year-old Aubrie Moore had gotten a hold of a gun and accidentally shot herself. She was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital. Both parents will be sentenced in November.

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The Oxford Police cited six men who attended a house party near Miami University on Saturday for violating the state's mass gathering and quarantine ordinance. Bodycam footage shows an officer showing up to a home near the school's campus and finding a number of men gathered on the porch without masks on. A Cincinnati TV station reports more than 1,000 Miami University students have tested positive for COVID-19 since classes started this fall.

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The university has been doing regular testing for the coronavirus for both students that have symptoms and random surveillance testing. With the testing, they have seen very few cases compared to other higher learning institutions across the state. The dean of the college of pharmacy says another key for keeping an outbreak from occurring at the university is the fact that the students have been active with staying on top of preventative measures like social distancing and wearing masks.

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Johnny Appleseed Park District, who oversees the park, saw criminal indicators of sexual activity in the park a few months ago. In July, the park district set up trail cameras at Fort Amanda and from the footage they were able to identify 13 people from around the area engaged in the illegal activities. The investigation took about a month to complete. All of the individuals are facing misdemeanor charges of Public Indecency in Auglaize County Municipal Court. Besides the charges, they have been banned from any Johnny Appleseed Park property for a year.

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