WEDNESDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS

WIMA NEWS COPY WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2019

>>Chase Ends in Driver Being Shot to Death by Police

Four police agencies were involved in a nearly two-hour chase yesterday morning that resulted in officers shooting dead a driver who was threatening the public. The chase began at 8:11 AM when a Spencerville Police Department Patrol Unit attempted to stop an individual operating a semi-truck.

The operator refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated. Multiple agencies, including the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, joined the pursuit.

The truck eventually entered U.S. 30 westbound near Delphos. During the course of the pursuit, multiple attempts were made to stop the operator, via negotiators over the phone, stop sticks, shooting remaining tires, and vehicle maneuvers.

The driver refused all orders to stop and made multiple and repeated threats to kill people. While fleeing on U.S. 30 westbound, the operator drove into the eastbound lanes of travel and continued to travel west against oncoming traffic.

At that time, pursuing officers determined the semi was an imminent threat to the safety of citizens and made the determination to neutralize the threat by firing on the operator. The operator was struck by gunfire and killed in the eastbound lanes of travel at approximately 10:04 AM near the intersection of U.S. 30 and Feasby Wisener Road in Van Wert County.

The driver is only being identified as a 46 year-old white male resident of Allen County pending notification of next of kin.

>>Motorcycle Death in Shelby County

Meanwhile a Houston motorcyclist was killed yesterday in the 2000 block of State Route 66 in Shelby County. The Sheriff’s Office there reports 63-year old Norman Jolliff was killed when he was rear-ended by a car driven by 41-year old Bobbie Rockwood, also of Houston.

>>HOCKING HILLS UPDATE

A LARGE, FALLING TREE BRANCH KILLED A WOMAN MONDAY IN HOCKING HILLS. BUT, IT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN AN ACCIDENT.

INVESTIGATORS SAY SOMEONE MAY HAVE DISLODGED THAT PIECE OF TIMBER AT OLD MAN'S CAVE. A GROUP THAT WAS WITH 44-YEAR-OLD VICTORIA SCHAFER CALLED FOR HELP. NOW, SEVERAL AGENCIES ARE TRYING TO TRACK DOWN WHO MIGHT BE RESPONSIBLE.

WHEN ASKED IF THE TREE SECTION WAS DISLODGED ON PURPOSE, THE INVESTIGATOR CAPTAIN SAID. “IT’S UNDER INVESTIGATION.”

>>OHIO GETS DEBATE

THE OHIO DEMOCRAT PARTY IS APPLAUDING THE NEWS THAT A PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE WILL BE HELD IN OHIO NEXT MONTH - ON OCTOBER 15TH.

DAVID PEPPER, CHAIRMAN OF THE OHIO DEMOCRAT PARTY, SAYS A LOCATION WASN'T ANNOUNCED. TEN DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THIS MONTH'S DEBATE IN HOUSTON.

WIMA SPORTS COPY WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2019

>>Reds Scratch Wood, Fall To Phillies

(Cincinnati, OH) -- The Reds scratched Alex Wood from the start with a lower back issue in the 6-2 loss to the Phillies in Cincinnati. Alex Blandino and Aristides Aquino drove in the Reds' runs. Amir Garrett, the second of six Cincy pitchers, was charged with the loss. Tucker Barnhart had two of the six Cincinnati hits. Cincy has lost six-of-seven to fall to a season-worst 11-games below .500.

>>Bauer Starting Tonight For Reds Against Phillies

(Cincinnati, OH) -- Trevor Bauer will make his seventh start tonight for the Reds as they continue their four-game series against the Phillies at Great American Ball Park. Bauer is a disappointing 1-and-4 with an 8.40 ERA since Cincinnati acquired him in a trade with the Indians. The Phillies will counter with Aaron Nola.

>>Indians Edged By White Sox

(Cleveland, OH) -- Carlos Carrasco gave up two homers and four runs in the eighth inning as the Indians lost 6-5 to the White Sox at Progressive Field. A three-run bomb by Roberto Perez had given Cleveland a 5-2 lead in the seventh. Francisco Lindor also homered for the Tribe.

>>Indians' Carrasco Gets Ovation In Progressive Field Return

(Cleveland, OH) -- Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco took to the Progressive Field mound last night for the first time since May 25th. The 32-year-old right-hander received a standing ovation from the Tribe faithful. Carrasco just made his return from leukemia Sunday at Tampa Bay.

>>Tribe, White Sox Continue Series Tonight

(Cleveland, OH) -- The Indians and White Sox continue their four-game series downtown tonight. Shane Bieber starts for Cleveland, while Chicago sends Ivan Nova to the mound. The Indians are now tied with the Athletics for the second American League wild card spot.

>>Buckeyes Remain Fifth In Coaches' Poll

(Undated) -- The top-seven remain unchanged in this week's Top-25 Coaches' Poll. Ohio State is still ranked fifth following Saturday's 45-21 season-opening win over Florida Atlantic. Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma hold the first four spots. OSU hosts Cincinnati this Saturday.

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