TUESDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS


WIMA NEWS COPY TUESDAY DECEMBER 30, 2019

>>Free Cab Rides

(Lima, OH)--If you live in Allen County and you celebrate a little too much tonight you can call a cab and not even pay for it. Continuing a long time tradition, O'Conner-McLaughlin Insurance is teaming up with Black and White Cab Company to offer free rides back home. The number to call is 419-222-6161.

The service will start around 9 p.m. and go until 2:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

CELEBRATORY GUNFIRE - 9:27 AM:

POLICE ARE CAUTIONING PEOPLE NOT TO FIRE GUNS INTO THE AIR TO BRING IN THE NEW YEAR.

PEOPLE BEING STRUCK BY STRAY BULLETS IS NOT COMMON BUT DOES OCCUR. A UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA-CHAPEL HILL STUDENT WAS WOUNDED AND REQUIRED SURGERY WHEN SHE WAS STRUCK BY A BULLET A YEAR AGO WHILE CELEBRATING NEW YEAR'S EVE IN DOWNTOWN RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA. A BOY IN CLEVELAND AND ONE IN GEORGIA WERE ALSO WOUNDED A YEAR AGO BY RANDOM GUNFIRE. POLICE AND BALLISTICS EXPERTS WARN THAT HEEDLESSLY FIRING GUNS INTO THE AIR TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS CAN HAVE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES.

>>OHIO MINIMIM WAGE TO GO UP

OHIO'S MINIMUM WAGE IS CHANGING IN THE NEW YEAR.

(COLUMBUS, OH)--OHIO IS ONE OF DOZENS OF STATES RAISING THE PAY FOR MINIMUM WAGE WORK. THE INCREASE TAKES EFFECT ON NEW YEAR'S DAY FOR 20 STATES. THE REST WILL MAKE THE CHANGE LATER IN THE YEAR. OHIO'S MINIMUM WAGE WILL INCREASE FROM $8.55 TO $8.70 AN HOUR.

>>ELECTRIC CARS FEE TO INCREASE

(COLUMBUS, OH)--IT'S ABOUT TO GET A LITTLE MORE EXPENSIVE TO OWN AN ELECTRIC CAR IN OHIO.

OURS IS ONE OF EIGHT STATES THAT WILL CHARGE HIGHER REGISTRATION FEES FOR ELECTRIC CARS IN THE NEW YEAR. STATE LAWMAKERS SAY THEY'RE TRYING TO MAKE UP FOR LOST GAS-TAX REVENUE. STARTING JANUARY 1, 2020, OHIOANS WILL PAY AN EXTRA $200 TO REGISTER AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE. HYBRID OWNERS WILL PAY AN EXTRA $100.

WIMA SPORTS COPY TUESDAY DECEMBER 30, 2019

>>Reds Agree To Three-Year Deal With Japanese Free-Agent Outfielder

(Cincinnati, OH) -- The Cincinnati Reds are announcing they have reached a contract agreement with Japanese outfielder Shogo Akiyama. Japanese news outlets said on Monday that Akiyama had signed a three-year deal worth between 15-million and 20-million dollars. In nine season with the Seibu Lions, Akiyama batted 301 with an average of 23 home runs a year and is expected to take one of the corner outfield spots for the Reds along with backing up center fielder Nick Senzel. Akiyama is the first-ever Japanese-born player to sign with Cincinnati. 

>>ONU Falls at #3 Witt

(Springfield, OH)--Ohio Northern rallied from a 19-point first half deficit but fell 79-72 at No. 3-ranked Wittenberg in the championship game of the Wittenberg Kiwanis Holiday Tournament on Monday night at Smith Evans Arena.

The Polar Bears (4-6 overall) were led by senior Austin Allemeier (Elida) with a season-high 16 points.

The Polar Bears will return to action on Saturday with a 2 pm contest at Ohio Athletic Conference foe John Carroll.

>>UNOH Rolls Rio Grande

(Lima, OH)--Nathan Lessing scored a career-high 35 points and Northwestern Ohio shot 58 percent overall as the Racers defeated Rio Grande 79-63 in men's basketball action Monday afternoon at The Garage. Lessing added eight rebounds and five assists. Elijah Pughsley (Lima Senior) chipped in 19 points.

UNOH (3-12) returns to Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference play on Saturday, January 4, with a 3:00 contest at Indiana Tech.

>>NKU Loses

(Highland Heights, KY)--Northern Kentucky fell 73-59 to Green Bay at home in Horizon League play. Lima Central Catholic grad Tre Cobbs had 9 points for the Norse who played a third straight game without Lima’s Dantez Walton, who continues to be out of the lineup with an arm injury. The 9-and-5 Norse go on the road Friday to meet Detroit. 

>>Ohio College Basketball Roundup

(Undated) -- Xavier fell short in a 68-62 loss at number-nine Villanova. Naji Marshall scored 19 points to lead the Musketeers, who dropped to 11-and-3. Number-18 Dayton crushed North Florida 77-59 at home. Obadiah Toppin scored 31 in the victory.  

>>Cavs Try For Second Straight Win Tonight Against Toronto In Canada

(Toronto, ON) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to make it two wins in a row tonight when they face off against the Raptors in Toronto. The Cavs are coming off a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday and have played well lately with wins in four of their last five games. 

>>Blue Jackets To Host Florida Panthers And Sergei Bobrovsky Tonight At Nationwide

(Columbus, OH) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets are back in action tonight as they welcome in the Florida Panthers and former CBJ goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets will start backup goaltender Elvis Merzlikins in place of starter Joonas Korpisalo who could miss several weeks with a knee injury. Columbus has managed to notch at least one-point in their last ten-games.