THURSDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS

WIMA NEWS COPY THURSDAY AUGUST 29, 2019

>>Spencerville Chief of Police Dies

The Village of Spencerville is mourning the loss of long time public servant and law enforcement

officer, Darin Cook. He passed suddenly Tuesday evening at the age of 53. Cook served on the Spencerville Police Department for 28 years, serving the past 18 years as Chief of Police.

Spencerville Mayor P.J. Johnson issues the following statement to WIMA:

“Darin touched many lives and always had the best interest of his community in mind. He will be missed by many throughout the community and beyond.”

The mayor also stated that Sargent Kyle Miller will be heading the department as Interim Chief until further action is taken by the Village Council.

The Lima News reports that a funeral service will be held at the Spencerville High School Gymnasium at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday

>>Nine People Injured In Two Vehicle Crash

Yesterday afternoon about 5:30 the Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded a two-vehicle injury crash on North Rumbaugh Road at the intersection of Bechtol Road in eastern Allen County near Lafayette.

It was determined that a 2016 Ford Escape driven by 19 year old Brianna Birchfield of Lafayette turned south on to Rumbaugh Road and caused a collision with a 2015 GMC Yukon driven by 36 year old Cliff Nickles of Harrod. Both vehicles ended up off the west side of Rumaugh Road. Two passengers in Birchfield’s vehicle had to extricated by mechanical means.

A total of nine people, including four minor children were injured, but all were considered non-life threatening injuries.

The Patrol says properly worn seat belts and child safety restraints minimized injuries and that alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

>>DEWINE – GUN CONTROL

GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE INTRODUCED A PLAN YESTERDAY THAT WOULD REQUIRE ARREST WARRANTS OR PROTECTION ORDERS TO BE ENTERED IN STATE AND FEDERAL DATABASE SYSTEMS.

THE BACKGROUND CHECKS ARE PART OF GOVERNOR DEWINE'S STRONG OHIO BILL. IT'S HIS 17 POINT PLAN TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE IN OHIO.

>>Lima Senior vs. LCC

Tonight, for the first time since 1981, Lima Senior will play another Lima team in a varsity high school football game when the Spartans host the team that shares their stadium, the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds.

A big crowd is expected and because of that Lima Senior Athletic Director John Zell says they will being strictly enforcing seating protocols pertaining to not being able to reserve seats in the general admission area. Gates will open at 5:30 for those who purchased a pre-sale ticket and a limited number of tickets will go on sale at the gate beginning at 6:00.

By the way, in 1981 Lima Senior played Shawnee to wrap up a seven-game series that ran from 1975-81 and saw the Spartans post a 4-3 record against the Indians.

While both schools have said they’re open to playing again, it won’t happen until at least 2021 as both have contracts for Week 1 games the next two years.

WIMA SPORTS COPY THURSDAY AUGUST 29, 2019

>>LSH VS. LCC

The High School Football season kicks off tonight at Spartan Stadium with the first ever varsity football game between Lima Senior and Lima Central Catholic.

We’ll have the game live here on 1150 WIMA.

>>Reds Shut Out Marlins

(Miami, FL) -- Anthony DeSclafani allowed two singles and struck out eight in seven innings as the Reds shut out the Marlins 5-0 in Miami. Aristides Aquino hit a three-run homer in the first, while Eugenio Suarez added a solo blast, his 38th home run. The Reds have won the first three games of this series.

>>Reds Start Wood Tonight In Series Finale

(Miami, FL) -- Alex Wood will start tonight for the Reds to close out this series against the Marlins in Miami. The Marlins will counter with Robert Dugger, who will be making his second big league start. The Reds continue this trip with a weekend series in St. Louis, which will include a doubleheader on Saturday to make up a June 5th postponement.

>>Indians Take Down Tigers With Late Homers

(Detroit, MI) -- Francisco Lindor snapped a 2-all tie with a solo homer in the eighth as the Indians topped the Tigers 4-2 in Detroit. Jason Kipnis added his second solo blast of the night in the ninth for Cleveland, which has won four of its last five games. Aaron Civale pitched seven innings for the win.

>>Tribe Takes On Tigers One More Time Today

(Detroit, MI) -- The Tribe takes on the Tigers one more time today in Motown. It's a getaway day matinee, with Mike Clevinger opposing Detroit's Daniel Norris. The Indians are 14-and-1 against the Tigers this season. They hold the top AL wild card and are three-and-a-half games behind the Twins in the AL Central.

>>Bengals Host Luck-Less Colts Tonight

(Cincinnati, OH) -- The Bengals will host the Colts tonight at Paul Brown Stadium to conclude preseason play. Indy will be without quarterback Andrew Luck, who announced last Saturday he is retiring after numerous injuries. Not that he would have played anyway as mostly reserves competing for a spot on the 53-man roster will play the bulk of the game. Cincinnati will open the regular season on September 8th in Seattle.

>>Hunt Can't Be With Browns During Suspension

(Berea, OH) -- The NFL says Browns running back Kareem Hunt can't be with the team during his eight-game suspension. He won't be allowed at the team facility starting Saturday until his suspension ends in November. Hunt was banned after two physical altercations, including shoving and kicking a woman.

>>Browns Host Lions In Preseason Finale Tonight

(Cleveland, OH) -- It's the final night of the preseason in the NFL. All 32 clubs are in action for one last tuneup before the games start counting. The Browns entertain the winless Lions tonight. Cleveland is 2-and-1 and Detroit 0-and-3. The Browns begin the regular season next Sunday at home against the Titans.

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