THURSDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS

WIMA NEWS COPY THURSDAY AUGUST 15, 2019

>>Severe Weather

Severe weather hit our area yesterday afternoon and evening.

About 5:00 yesterday afternoon a tornado warning was issued for Allen County.

The Weather Channel says it was radar indicated and it doesn't appear that there was an actual tornado on the ground.

Later, about 9:15 a storm following a similar track apparently spawned a tornado near Venedocia. Van Wert EMA Director Rick McCoy says the public called in the report of a tornado to 911. Deputies later found flattened crops in a field. Authorities will be out today to determine if it was indeed a tornado.

There is minimal property damage reported and there are no power outages this morning in our area.

>>Area Missing Person Case

An area missing persons case has apparently come to an end.

Authorities have been looking for Shawna Rue Ressler since last Friday. The Union City native had had last been seen on Stateline Road north of Union City on August 4th.

Yesterday afternoon the Mercer County Sheriff's Office was notified of a vehicle found in a steep ditch on Stateline Road in Mercer County south of Fox Road.

The Darke County Sheriff's Office issued a statement yesterday stating that the person found in the vehicle is thought to be Ressler.

A positive identification is pending a forensic examination.

REINSTATEMENT FEES - 7:57 AM:

BACKERS OF A PILOT PROGRAM WAIVING OR REDUCING REINSTATEMENT FEES FOR OHIOANS WITH SUSPENDED DRIVER'S LICENSES HOPE TO MAKE THE PROGRAM PERMANENT.

THE PROGRAM BEGAN AS A SIX-MONTH PILOT IN JANUARY BUT WAS LATER EXTENDED TO THE END OF THIS YEAR. IT'S PART OF A NATIONAL EFFORT TO RETHINK THE USE OF BAIL, BOND, COURT COSTS AND FEES, WHICH CRITICS SAY DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACT THE POOREST DEFENDANTS.

THEIR OFFENSES CAN'T HAVE BEEN DRUG-, ALCOHOL- OR DEADLY WEAPON-RELATED.

WIMA SPORTS COPY THURSDAY AUGUST 15, 2019

>>Reds Get Crushed As Nationals Complete Three-Game Sweep

(Washington, D.C.) -- The Cincinnati Reds gave up ten runs in the fifth inning as Washington cruised to a 17-7 win and series sweep at Nationals Park. In the fifth, the Nationals sent 13 batters to the plate while crushing three home runs and saw all nine men in the lineup score a run. The Reds offense tried to keep pace with another home run from rookie phenom Aristides Aquino and homers from Tucker Barnhart and Freddy Galvis. The Reds will return home to start a series tonight with the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park.

>>Indians Bats Go Cold In Rubber Match Loss To Boston

(Cleveland, OH) -- The Indians could only manage four hits and one run in a 5-1 loss to the Red Sox at Progressive Field. With the Tribe down by one run in the seventh, Indians manager Terry Francona called for an intentional walk to hot-hitting Rafael Devers to pitch to Xander Bogaerts who responded with a three-run blast to break the game open. Cleveland's lone run came in the third when Francisco Lindor scored on a wild pitch. The Indians will now take a two-game losing streak into New York where they start a four-game series tonight with the Yankees.

>>Bengals To Play Second Preseason Game Tonight Against Redskins

(Washington, D.C.) -- The Bengals will play their second preseason game tonight when they face the Redskins at FedExField. Both teams lost their preseason openers with the Bengals falling to Kansas City 38-17 while Washington lost to the Browns 30-10 in Cleveland. The Bengals are expected to use their starters in very limited roles once again with the major battle being who can win the job as Andy Dalton's backup. Running backs Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard were held out of the Bengals first game and could see a few series tonight.

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