WEDNESDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS


WIMA NEWS COPY WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 23, 2019

>>Waynesfield Man Pleads Guilty

(Lima, OH)--A Waynesfield man originally charged with attempted murder for threats made and actions taken against his ex-wife pleaded guilty to first degree felony counts of kidnapping and aggravated burglary yesterday in Allen County Common Pleas Court. The Lima News reports that 48-year old Dale Agnew could spend as many as 22 years behind bars or as few as three when he is sentenced in December. In exchange prosecutors dismissed AN attempted murder charge.

Prosecutors told the News that the negotiated resolution to the case was made after deliberations with the victim and her family. Court documents alleged Agnew did “by force, threat or deception” remove or restrain Lisa Agnew from a location with the intent to “terrorize or to inflict serious physical harm upon the victim.”

>>TripAdvisor Honors The Kewpee

(Needham, MA)--- TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel platform, has announced the winners of its annual Travelers’ Choice Awards and Kewpee Hamburgers in Lima was named among the nation’s best Fast Casual restaurants.The award winners were determined by factoring in the quantity and quality of reviews gathered over a 12-month period.The Kewpee was rated #10 in the USA in the category and was the only restaurant in Ohio honored in any category.

>>OHIO HIGH COURT TO HEAR SCHOOL TAKEOVER CASE

(MONTPELIER, OH)--THE OHIO SUPREME COURT WILL HEAR ARGUMENTS TODAY IN A LEGAL FIGHT OVER HOW THE STATE INTERVENES IN REPEATEDLY POOR-PERFORMING SCHOOL DISTRICTS.

AT ISSUE IS A STATE LAW THAT SHIFTED OPERATIONAL CONTROL OF SUCH DISTRICTS FROM LOCALLY ELECTED BOARDS TO UNELECTED CEOs. THE YOUNGSTOWN SCHOOL BOARD AND SCHOOL EMPLOYEES' UNIONS ARGUE THE LAW ON SO-CALLED STATE TAKEOVERS VIOLATES THE OHIO CONSTITUTION. THE STATE IS DEFENDING THE LAW. JUSTICES ARE HEARING THE CASE AT MONTPELIER JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL IN WILLIAMS COUNTY IN THE NORTHWESTERN CORNER OF THE STATE - A SESSION AWAY FROM THEIR USUAL COLUMBUS COURTROOM. LAWMAKERS ALSO HAVE BEEN CONSIDERING CHANGING THE LAW BUT HAVEN'T AGREED ON A PLAN.

>>The Cato Institute Praises Huffman SLAPP Legislation

(Columbus, OH)--Lima’s State Senator, Matt Huffman (R) has introduced anti-SLAPP legislation, titled the Ohio Citizen Participation Act and it’s getting rave reviews from the Cato Institute.

SLAPP suits, or Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, refer to a category of libel or defamation lawsuits intended to chill unwanted speech by subjecting speakers to arduous and costly legal battles. In most cases, plaintiffs have little chance of succeeding on the merits of their claims, and instead hope to force a settlement or deter future criticism by using the legal process as a punishment in and of itself. Anti-SLAPP laws provide defendants with an expedited dismissal process, allowing them to forestall the often expensive and lengthy discovery process.

The Cato Institute says that Huffman’s proposed legislation “includes novel protections of anonymous internet speech and that, if approved by the legislature will set a new gold standard for anti-SLAPP laws.”

It says that “unlike other anti-SLAPP bills, it protects the privacy of anonymous speakers by requiring ISPs to notify their customers of any unmasking requests.”

WIMA SPORTS COPY WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 23, 2019

>>Nationals Edge Astros In World Series Game One

(Houston, TX) -- The Washington Nationals are drawing first blood in the World Series. They beat the Astros 5-4 in Game One of the Fall Classic in Houston. Juan Soto went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI for the Nats, who scored three times in the fifth to snap a 2-all tie. Max Scherzer gave up two runs in the first, but settled down to get through five and get the win. Sean Doolittle got the final four outs for the save. Gerrit Cole gave up all five runs in seven frames to take the loss. George Springer homered and knocked in two for Houston, which hosts Game Two on Wednesday.

>>The Great Lakes League To Stay At 12 Teams

(Findlay, OH) --Last night at its league meeting the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League accepted a proposal from an ownership group in Sandusky to join the league for 2020. Another bid from a group in Royal Oak, Michigan was tabled. It appears the league will again be at twelve teams in 2020 as it was in 2019 as the Michigan Monarchs announced that they have ceased operations. The Lima Locos are charter members of the GLSCL and are the defending league champions.

>>Cleveland Cavaliers Open 2019-2020 NBA Season Tonight In Orlando

(Orlando, FL) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers begin the John Beilein era tonight as they open the 2019-2020 NBA season in Orlando against the Magic. The Cavs hired Beilein away from the University of Michigan as their new head coach back in May to lead a squad with some promising young talent. Second-year player Collin Sexton will look to build on his promising rookie campaign next to prospect Darius Garland who the Cavs took in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft. Veterans Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson also return for the Cavaliers tonight with tip-off from Orlando scheduled for 7 p.m.