FRIDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS


WIMA NEWS COPY FRIDAY JANUARY 3, 2020

>>Fatal Fire In Perry Township

(Lima, OH)-- Two people were killed in a fire yesterday morning in Perry Township. The Perry Township Fire Department responded to 4601 McPheron Road for a structure fire at 6:08 yesterday morning. Crews encountered heavy fire conditions and smoke upon arrival. The Department and the Ohio Fire Marshall’s Office have confirmed two fatalities although the identities of those that perished have yet to be released. The Lima News reports that a mother and her young daughter were the victims. The Allen County Auditor’s website lists the owners of the property as Joseph and Heather Money. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is still investigating the cause of the blaze.

>>Stray Celebratory Bullet Strikes Sheriff Treglia

(Lima, OH)--Allen County Sheriff Matt Treglia was hit by a stray celebratory bullet just after midnight on New Year’s Day. The Sheriff issued a statement yesterday saying that he and Major Todd Mohler were sitting in a cruiser right next to a Lima Police cruiser directly across from the Civic Center when the bullet struck. For the purposes of gathering some recorded footage of people discharging guns just after the new year began, Major Mohler happened to be recording when the projectile ricocheted off the LPD cruiser and whizzed by his face and hit the Sheriff in the chest. It is assumed that this was an unintentional consequence of bullets being fired into the air. Luckily nobody was injured or killed.

The Sheriff then goes on to state the obvious: “What goes up, must come back down. Shooting any type of gun into the air is extremely dangerous and illegal. Please, handle any and all firearms safely and responsibly.”

>>Traffic Deaths Decrease

(Columbus, OH)-- The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting four deaths on Ohio’s roadways during the 2019-2020 New Year holiday according to provisional statistics. Two fatalities were the result of not wearing a seat belt when available and one was OVI-related. The two-day reporting period began at midnight Tuesday, December 31, 2019 and ran through 11:59 p.m. on January 1, 2020. This is lower than the four-day reporting period last year, when 12 fatalities were reported.

Troopers made 2,196 traffic enforcement contacts; including 121 OVI arrests, 48 distracted driving and 278 safety belt citations.

EMERGENCY LANDING

(COLUMBUS, OH)--AN ALLEGIANT AIR SPOKESWOMAN SAYS ONE OF ITS FLIGHTS BOUND FROM COLUMBUS TO FLORIDA WITH 151 PASSENGERS AND SIX CREW MADE AN EMERGENCY LANDING IN NORTH CAROLINA AS A PRECAUTION AFTER AN INDICATOR LIGHT WENT ON IN THE COCKPIT.

THERE WERE NO INJURIES. AN ALLEGIANT AIR SPOKESWOMAN TOLD CHANNEL 13 IN ASHEVILLE NORTH CAROLINA THAT THE FLIGHT TO SARASOTA LANDED AT ASHEVILLE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND TAXIED TO THE GATE UNDER ITS OWN POWER AND PASSENGERS GOT OFF THE PLANE NORMALLY AND AWAITED A REPLACEMENT AIRCRAFT TO CONTINUE ON TO SARASOTA.

>>Koza Passes

(Columbus, OH)--Longtime Lima sportscaster Vince Koza has died. His family posted on their Caring Bridge site that Koza passed away at 4:55 this morning after a short battle with cancer. Koza worked at WLIO-TV for 30 years and also worked in radio here in town, including an eight year run here at WIMA. Koza was 60 years old.

WIMA SPORTS COPY FRIDAY JANUARY 3, 2020

College Football Bowl Games

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#21 Cincinnati Bearcats 38, Boston College Eagles 6

(Birmingham Bowl at Birmingham, AL)

Tennessee Volunteers 23, Indiana Hoosiers 22

(Gator Bowl at Jacksonville, FL)

College Football Bowl Games

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 3:30 p.m. - Ohio Bobcats at Nevada Wolf Pack (Famous Idaho Potatoe Bowl at Boise, ID)

>>Ohio State Buckeyes Open Full Big Ten Basketball Season Tonight Against Wisconsin

(Columbus, OH) -- The Ohio State men's basketball team will be without forward Kyle Young when they take on the Wisconsin Badgers tonight at Value City Arena. Young underwent successful surgery on his appendix this past week and will be out indefinitely while he recovers. The team will use freshman E.J. Liddell to try to fill the gap created by Young, who this season is averaging six rebounds and eight-points per game. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series against Wisconsin 88-71 with tip-off tonight set for 7 p.m.

>>Cavaliers Lose Close One Against Charlotte In Cleveland

(Cleveland, OH) -- Cleveland had five players score in double figures, but it wasn't enough as the Charlotte Hornets rallied for a 109-106 victory over the Cavs at home. Cleveland took a five-point lead into halftime but couldn't hold off the Hornets late run in the fourth period. Collin Sexton scored a team-high 21-points while Tristan Thompson pulled down eleven boards, and Kevin Love added 18-points. Cleveland will take tonight off before returning to action with a weekend home doubleheader against Oklahoma City on Saturday and Minnesota on Sunday.

>>Blue Jackets Rally For Win In Overtime Over Boston

(Boston, MA) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets stretched their points streak to 12-games with a 2-1 overtime road win over the Boston Bruins. After a scoreless first-period, Sonny Milano tied the game in the third frame to backup goalie Elvis Merzlikins who played well again with 25-saves. All-Star defenseman Seth Jones skated the length of the ice and passed to Pierre-Luc Dubois for the game-winner just 52-seconds into overtime to complete the comeback. The Blue Jackets will now try to extend their streak on Saturday when they return to Nationwide Arena to host a matinee with the San Jose Sharks.