THURSDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS

WIMA NEWS COPY THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 2109

>>More Details Emerge From Deadly Chase

Allen County Sheriff Matt Treglia yesterday revealed more details from a chase that resulted in the death of the driver of a semi-truck.

The man killed was identified as 46-year old Terry “Rusty” Pierce Jr. of Spencerville.

Pierce stole a semi and instigated the chase when he refused to pull over in Spencerville.

The Allen County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team was involved in the pursuit. The SWAT Team was immediately available due to being on a training assignment at a nearby location.

After Pierce threatened to kill officers and citizens and proceeded to drive the wrong way on U.S. 30 it was decided that deadly force would have to be utilized.

Sheriff Treglia confirmed that Allen County SWAT Officers were the only officers that discharged their weapons during the incident.

>>Lima Woman To Prison For Vehicular Assualt

A Lima woman will serve three years in prison for running over a man with her car.

Hometown Stations reports that the sentence is part of a plea deal for Bethany Gerding.

She pled guilty to aggravated vehicular assault and a misdemeanor OVI while her remaining two charges were dropped.

Gerding admitted to running over Bryan Chambers in the early morning hours on June 9 following an argument between the two.

She was ordered to pay $53,874.30 in restitution to Chambers and had her license suspended for four years.

>>MICHIGAN LIMITS E-CIGS

STATES ARE STARTING TO TAKE ACTION TO REGULATE ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE USE.

MICHIGAN IS NOW THE FIRST STATE TO BAN FLAVORED E-CIGARETTES AND VAPING - AT LEAST, FOR NOW. THE BAN APPLIES TO ONLINE AND RETAIL SALES. BUT, IT'S TEMPORARY. IT'LL LAST FOR SIX MONTHS, WHILE LAWMAKERS WORK ON PERMANENT REGULATIONS TO REDUCE THE USE OF E CIGARETTES.

>>VAPING ILLNESSES

HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THEY'RE INVESTIGATING 11 ADDITIONAL REPORTS OF OHIOANS WHO EXPERIENCED SEVERE BREATHING ILLNESSES AFTER VAPING.

THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ALSO SAID YESTERDAY THREE PREVIOUS ILLNESSES UNDER INVESTIGATION WERE LIKELY CAUSED BY VAPING. ALL REQUIRED HOSPITALIZATION. THE STATE HAS ASKED HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS TO REPORT ALL SUSPECTED CASES OF SERIOUS PULMONARY ILLNESS WHERE THE CAUSE IS UNCLEAR AND THE PATIENTS HAVE A HISTORY OF VAPING OR USING E-CIGARETTES. FEDERAL HEALTH OFFICIALS SAID THEY ARE LOOKING INTO MORE THAN 200 POSSIBLE CASES IN 25 STATES.

WIMA SPORTS COPY THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 2109

>>Fulcher Decision Today

Lima Senior standout Josiah Fulcher will announce where he will play college basketball at 3:30 today in a ceremony at the Lima Senior Gym. He reportedly has 10 Division I offers including Bowling Green, Ohio and Kent State.

>>Lorenzen Does It All In Reds Win

(Cincinnati, OH) -- Michael Lorenzen picked up a win in relief, played center in the ninth and pounded a two-run homer in the Reds' 8-5 triumph over the Phillies in Cincinnati. He became the first player since Babe Ruth in 1921 to win, homer and play the field in the same game. Joey Votto homered and contributed an RBI-double to the victory. Jose Iglesias belted a pinch homer in the Reds' seventh to break a 5-all tie. Raisel Iglesias closed it out for his 29th save as the Reds won for the second time in eight games. Cincy put infielder Kyle Farmer on the injured list before the game with a pulled left oblique and recalled Jose Peraza from Louisville.

>>Gray Starts Today For Reds Against Phillies

(Cincinnati, OH) -- Sonny Gray will start this afternoon for the Reds in the conclusion of this four-game series with the Phillies at Great American Ball Park. Gray is 5-and-0 with a 1.10 ERA in his last seven starts. Left-hander Jason Vargas will be on the mound for the Phillies. He is 0-and-2 with a 5.18 ERA in six starts since Philly acquired him in a trade with the Mets.

>>Indians Hold Off White Sox

(Cleveland, OH) -- Oscar Mercado went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Franmil Reyes hit a two-run homer as the Indians held off the White Sox 8-6 at Progressive Field. The Tribe built an 8-2 lead and hung on to win for the second time in three games. Shane Bieber went seven for his 13th win.

>>Tribe Plays Pale Hose One More Time Today

(Cleveland, OH) -- The Indians and White Sox close out their four-game series this afternoon at Progressive Field. Zach Plesac opposes Reynaldo Lopez in the getaway matinee. The Indians are tied with the A's for the second AL wild card. They're five-and-a-half back in the AL Central.

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