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WIMA NEWS COPY THURSDAY DECEMBER 12, 2019

>>I-75 Work Today in Beaverdam

(Lima, OH)--Today’s commute will be impacted by work on I-75 near Beaverdam. Two miles south of Beaverdam, I-75 over Sugar Creek will see right lane closures in both directions for pavement repairs on the bridge. The lane closure will be in place during daytime hours but may remain in place overnight to allow pavement patching to set.

>>Lima Man Found Guilty of Kidnapping and Robbery

(Lima, OH)-- A jury deliberated for three hours yesterday before returning guilty verdicts against 28-year old Kiarris Laws of Lima for his part in an effort to rob and restrain Dequaisha Wilson and Alonzo Williams at gunpoint in December of last year.

The Lima News reports that Laws was convicted of aggravated robbery and two counts of kidnapping with firearms specifications for the incident that took place at “The Village” apartment complex on Bradfield Drive in Lima.

Wilson testified in court that she and her infant son were held at gunpoint by Laws and Marquavius Shurelds as her son’s father, Alonzo Williams, lie bleeding on the floor in what was described as a drug deal gone awry.

Williams is currently serving a prison term and declined to participate with prosecutors in Laws’ case.

Laws faces the possibility of decades behind bars when he is sentenced January 27.

>>DEER HARVEST INCREASE

THE STATE DIVISION OF WILDLIFE SAYS HUNTERS KILLED MORE THAN 63,000 DEER DURING THIS YEAR'S GUN SEASON. THAT’S AN INCREASE OF ABOUT 4.5% OVER 2018.

THIS YEAR'S HIGH NUMBERS ARE PARTIALLY DUE TO FAVORABLE WEATHER. THE DEER GUN SEASON WILL HAVE A TWO-DAY BONUS WEEKEND DECEMBER 21ST AND 22ND. MUZZLELOADER SEASON IS IN EARLY JANUARY AND ARCHERY SEASON CONTINUES-IT STARTED IN SEPTEMBER AND ENDS IN FEBRUARY.

>>TOP JOBS IN OHIO

THE STATE OF OHIO HAS ROLLED OUT AN UPDATED LIST OF JOBS THAT ARE IN HIGH DEMAND AND MADE IT SEARCHABLE.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR JON HUSTED SAYS THE LIST, WHICH IS CALLED OHIO'S TOP JOBS, IS BUILT FOR OHIO STUDENTS AND WORKERS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE NEXT STEP IN THEIR EDUCATION OR CAREER. TO QUALIFY AS AN IN-DEMAND JOB, A POSITION HAS TO PAY AT LEAST 80% OF THE STATE MEDIAN WAGE, OR $14.10 AN HOUR OR HIGHER, AND BE IN A FIELD THAT'S GROWING SIGNIFICANTLY.

>>CEDAR POINT SET TO CELEBRATE 150 YEARS

(SANDUSKY, OH)--CEDAR POINT IS GEARING UP TO CELEBRATE 150 YEARS AND THEY'RE GOING RETRO.

THEY WENT LIVE ON FACEBOOK YESTERDAY TO ANNOUNCE A FEW SURPRISES, INCLUDING LIMITED EDITON FOOD, DRINKS AND MERCHANDISE - A LOT OF THEM THROWBACKS FROM YEARS AGO.

THE PARK IS BUILDING A NEW RIDE CALLED SNAKE RIVER EXPEDITION AND IT'S OFFERING THE CHANCE TO WIN TICKETS FOR LIFE TO CEDAR POINT. THE PARK RE-OPENS FOR THE NEW SEASON IN MAY 2020.

WIMA SPORTS COPY THURSDAY DECEMBER 12, 2019

>>Michigan Loses At Illinois

(Champaign, IL) -- #5 Michigan fell at Illinois, 71-62. Lima’s Xavier Simpson had 9 points and 8 assists for U-of-M. The Wolverines are 8-and-2 overall and 1-and-1 in the Big Ten. They host 13th-ranked Oregon Saturday.

>>Quakers Down Polar Bears

(Ada, OH)--Wilmington College forced 20 Ohio Northern turnovers in an 85-69 Ohio Athletic Conference game at the ONU Sports Center. DaeShawn Jackson led the Quakers with 29 points while Landen Long paced the Polar Bears with 19 points. ONU fell to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the OAC.

>>Cavs Drop Close Game To Rockets As Losing Streak Reaches Eight

(Cleveland, OH) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers played well for two quarters before fading in the second half in a tough 116-110 loss at home to the Houston Rockets. James Harden added to his MVP type season with 55-points while also dishing out eight assists for the Rockets. Six Cavs players scored in double figures led by rookie Kevin Porter Junior's career-high 24-points and Kevin Love's double-double with 17-points and eleven rebounds. Cleveland will have little time to rest as they head to Texas to get ready for a game tonight in San Antonio against the Spurs.

>>Blue Jackets Look For Another Win Tonight In Pittsburgh

(Pittsburgh, PA) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to capitalize on the momentum from a win over one of the best teams in the NHL tonight when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins. Columbus is coming off a dominating road win on Monday night at Washington while the Penguins had a three-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday by the Montreal Canadiens. This will be the third meeting between the two clubs this season, with each team winning the previous games on their home ice. Puck drop from PPG Paints Arena tonight is set for 7 p.m.

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