FRIDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS


WIMA NEWS COPY FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2020

>>Standoff Ends Peacefully

(Lima, OH)--A Lima man surrendered peacefully following a nearly five hour standoff yesterday at his residence at 2278 East Fourth Street. 41-year old Justin Samons was taken into custody and booked on a felony charge of inducing panic. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

The ordeal began about 2:15 yesterday afternoon. The Sheriff’s office says that Samons, for reasons unknown, became angry at some people doing maintenance work near his property. He then brought a gun outside and fired off several rounds.

Luckily nobody was hit and there were no injuries. When authorities arrived, Samons when into his residence and refused to come out. Over the next five hours, negotiators placed over 50 calls to Samons but he would not answer his phone. That’s when the SWAT unit arrived and entered the home. Samons attempted to hide but was soon discovered and surrendered without incident.

>>Simpson Pleads Guilty to Tampering

(Lima, OH)--Greg Simpson pleaded guilty to one count of tampering with records yesterday in Allen County Common Pleas Court.Hometown Stations reports that the 46-year old two-time Mr. Basketball had a second count of tampering dropped as part of the deal. Simpson will be sentenced next month.

Simpson has had numerous run-ins with the law since graduating from Lima Senior back in 1992.

>>Coronavirus Update

Allen County Health Commissioner Kathy Luhn issued a press release yesterday addressing the coronavirus, or as it’s now officially known, COVID-19. She says while there are 15 confirmed cases in the US, the virus is not spreading in the community and the vast majority of people in the United States have a low risk of exposure to the virus. The greatest risk remains for people who have recently traveled to China, or people that have had close contact with persons confirmed to be infected by COVID-19.COVID-19 is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person.

To date there have been no confirmed cases in Ohio.Luhn advises people to take these everyday precautions:

· Get a flu vaccine because it is still flu and respiratory disease season.

· Use everyday preventive actions - stay home from work or school or errands if you are ill; wash your hands often; cough or sneeze into your sleeve; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; stay away from people who are ill

· Understand your risk: if you have travel history to China in the past 14 days, or had close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider.

· Stay informed: rely on reputable sources of information such as your local health department, the Ohio Department of Health, and CDC for updates and guidelines.

RIVER BARGES

AUTHORITIES IN WEST VIRGINIA SAY AT LEAST NINE LOOSE BARGES HAVE BEEN SECURED AFTER FLOATING DOWN THE OHIO RIVER, BUT THE INCIDENT IS RESULTING IN SOME TRAFFIC ISSUES IN SOUTHEAST OHIO AND ACROSS THE RIVER IN WEST VIRGINIA. NEWS OUTLETS REPORT ONE BARGE MAY HAVE STRUCK A PILLAR OF THE POMEROY-MASON BRIDGE LAST NIGHT. THE BRIDGE REMAINS CLOSED THIS MORNING SO A STATE INSPECTION TEAM COULD ASSESS ANY DAMAGE. IT'S UNCLEAR HOW THE BARGES GOT LOOSE. HEAVY RAIN HAD LED TO HIGH WATER ON THE OHIO RIVER IN RECENT DAYS. AUTHORITIES DID NOT BELIEVE THE BARGES WERE CARRYING ANYTHING HAZARDOUS. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

WIMA SPORTS COPY FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2020

>>Biggie Hired at Lima Senior

(Lima, OH)--Alphonso “Biggie” Townsend, a former Spartan standout who played collegiately at Michigan State and North Alabama, was named the new Varsity Head Football Coach at Lima Senior last night at a Special Meeting of the Lima City Schools Board of Education.

Townsend has been an assistant coach at Lima Senior since 2014, working for Mike Fell and then Andre Griffin. He will replace Griffin, whose contract was not renewed after the Spartans went 15-25 in his four seasons, including 3-7 in 2019.

The 6-foot-6 Townsend was rated among the top high school linemen in the country during his playing days at Lima Senior.

Townsend is the campus protection officer at Lima Senior. He said his teams will display discipline and he will try to get more “athletes roaming the halls” to come out for the football team. He also said he plans on hiring several alumni to the coaching staff.

>>High School Girls Basketball Scores

Bath 61 Van Wert 42- Wildkittens now 19-2, finish 8-1 in WBL

Elida 54 Shawnee 45

Ottawa-Glandorf 76 Kenton 34 – O-G WBL winning streak reaches 37; 5th Consecutive WBL Title

Columbus Grove 80 Allen East 18 – CG goes 8-0 in the NWC

Lima Senior 42 Toledo C.C. 40

>>Cincinnati Defeats Tigers In OT

(Cincinnati, OH) -- The Bearcats rallied to beat Memphis 92-86 in overtime at Fifth Third Arena. Tre Scott led UC with 25 points and 19 rebounds. Jarron Cumberland contributed 15 points and Mike Adams-Woods 14 to the victory. UC upped its record to 16-and-8 and 9-and-3 in the AAC. Cincinnati will be on the road Sunday, playing at East Carolina.

>>Blue Jackets Blow Two Goal Lead And Then Salvage Point In Overtime Loss To Buffalo

(Buffalo, NY) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets blew a two-goal lead before forcing overtime in a 4-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. The Jackets were able to salvage a much-needed point out of the loss when Markus Nutivaara tied the game with less than two minutes left. Jackets' 2018 first-round pick Liam Foudy scored his first career NHL point in the second period when he assisted on Boone Jenner's goal. Columbus will have a short turn-around now as they return home to Nationwide tonight to host the New York Rangers.

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