TUESDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS COPY

WIMA NEWS COPY TUESDAY JUNE 18, 2019

>>Friday Shooting Victim Identified

(Lima, OH)--The Allen County Sheriff's Office has released the identity of a Friday night shooting victim. 19 year old Christian M. Laws of Lima was killed by a single gunshot wound in the 2400 block of Lark Avenue.

Detectives have spoken to several persons of interest and have several suspects in mind but arrests have been made in conjunction with the murder.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should contact Detective Don Geiger at the Allen County Sheriff’s Office at 419-227-3535 or Crime Stoppers at 419-229-STOP (7867).

>>BMV WAITS - ONN

SHORTER WAIT TIMES AT THE BMV.

THAT'S THE GOAL OF A NEW PILOT PROGRAM ANNOUNCED BY GOV. MIKE DEWINE YESTERDAY.

THE STATE IS LAUNCHING AN ONLINE CHECK-IN SYSTEM. THE GOVERNOR SAYS HE HOPES THE CHANGES WILL IMPROVE CUSTOMER SERVICE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE RENEWING THEIR LICENSES, REGISTERING THEIR VEHICLES OR ACCESSING OTHER B-M-V SERVICES…

--DEWINE SFX :08 “LEAVE THE HOUSE”

THE SYSTEM IS BEING TESTED AT 12 LOCATIONS. NINE OF THEM ARE IN CENTRAL OHIO.

>>CINCI MUDSLIDE - ONN

DAYS OF HEAVY RAIN ARE CAUSING MAJOR ISSUES ACROSS OHIO. O-N-N REPORTS THERE WAS A MASSIVE LANDSLIDE NORTH OF CINCINNATI…

THE RESULTANT HOLE IS AN ESTIMATED 50-FEET WIDE. SIGNS ARE POSTED WARNING PEOPLE NOT TO GO NEAR THE PROPERTY AND 14 FAMILIES WHO LIVE THERE WERE TOLD TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES.

IN ADDITION TO THREATENING HOMES, THE LANDSLIDE LEFT SEVERAL UTILITY LINES EXPOSED.

>>WEST NILE - ONN

A CENTRAL OHIO MOSQUITO SAMPLE HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS.

THE ROSS COUNTY HEALTH DISTRICT SAYS THE POSITIVE TRAP WAS LOCATED IN CHILLICOTHE. THIS IS ONLY THE SECOND POSITIVE SAMPLE IN OHIO SO FAR THIS YEAR.

HEALTH LEADERS SAY FINDING POSITIVE MOSQUITOES IN THE COUNTY IS NOT SURPRISING. BUT THEY'LL BE WORKING TO EDUCATE NEIGHBORS ABOUT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS.

>>MANDATORY VALEDICTORIAN - ONN

A STATE LAWMAKER HAS INTRODUCED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD REQUIRE SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN OHIO TO NAME A VALEDICTORIAN AND A SALUTATORIAN.

THE HOUSE BILL INTRODUCED BY REPUBLICAN STATE REP. NIRAJ ANTANI OF MIAMISBURG COMES AFTER MASON HIGH SCHOOL IN SOUTHWESTERN OHIO DECIDED IT WILL STOP AWARDING THOSE ACADEMIC HONORS.

THE BILL ALLOWS DISTRICTS TO SET CRITERIA FOR SELECTING VALEDICTORIANS AND SALUTATORIANS. SOME OHIO EDUCATION GROUPS OPPOSE ANY STATE BILL MANDATING DECISIONS THEY SAY SHOULD BE MADE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL.

WIMA SPORTS COPY TUESDAY JUNE 18, 2019

>>Reds Edge By Astros

(Cincinnati, OH) -- Luis Castillo allowed two hits, but walked a career-high six in six innings in the Reds' 3-2 win over the Astros in Cincinnati. He improved to 7-1 with a 2.26 ERA. Nick Senzel delivered a two-run single and scored the other run on a Eugenio Suarez single. Cincinnati won back-to-back games for the first time since May 27th-and-28th.

>>Reds Will Face Verlander Tonight

(Cincinnati, OH) -- The Reds will start Anthony DeSclafani tonight in the second game of the series with the Astros at Great American Ball Park. It will be his first career outing against the Astros. Houston will counter with Justin Verlander, who struck out a career high 15 Brewers in his previous start.

>>Indians Drop Series Opener To Rangers In Texas

(Arlington, TX) -- The Cleveland Indians offense was handcuffed by Texas starter Lance Lynn who struck out nine on the way to a Rangers 7-2 win at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Cleveland was held scoreless until the fifth inning when Francisco Lindor cracked his 12th home run of the season and then got their only other run in the eighth on a solo shot from Oscar Mercado. Tribe starter Mike Clevinger struck out seven batters but was still roughed up in his second start since returning from a rehab assignment, lasting only four innings. Cleveland and Texas will continue their series tonight with rookie Zach Plesac set to toe the rubber for the Indians. 

>>Bath Softball Coach Steps Down

(Lima, OH)--Bath High School is looking for a new leader of its highly successful softball program following the resignation of Head Coach Hannah Slavin.

She was the star pitcher on their 2004 State Tournament team (then Hannah Rockhold) and coached Bath to a State Championship in her first year at the helm in 2014.

Her record over six seasons was 111-39 overall and 42-12 in the Western Buckeye League which included league titles in 2014 and 2015.

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