WIMA NEWS COPY THURSDAY FEBRUARY 20, 2020
>>Deadly Fire in Gilboa
(Ottawa, OH) -- The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office says that a person perished in a fire at 140 Franklin Street in Gilboa late last night. The 911 call came in just before midnight. When emergency personnel arrived they found the home engulfed in flames. Fire Fighters later found one person dead inside the home. The identification is still pending.
The fire spread next door to 138 Franklin Street. Luckily the family four residing there was safely evacuated.
The Ohio Fire Marshall is investigating the blaze.
>>Incident at Wal Mart Results in Two Arrests, Guns Confiscated
(Lima, OH) -- An occupied vehicle check performed by Lima Police at the Allentown Road Wal Mart late yesterday afternoon turned out to be very eventful. Following a significant struggle, two guns were taken off the street and two people were taken into custody. Details are incomplete at this time but a male and a female subject were arrested on multiple charges after the male resisted arrest. The incident became intense and several citizens were seen lending the LPD a hand. Police are withholding all the particulars for now but we expect a more full accounting of the incident later today.
(Lima, OH) -- West Market Street between Collett Street and Baxter Street will have the EASTBOUND lanes of traffic closed for a utility project today and tomorrow. Eastbound traffic will be detoured to Spring Street via Collett Street. If possible, through-traffic is advised to find an alternate route during this time period.
>>Sielschott Meets Voters
(Lima, OH) -- Republican Allen County Commission candidate Tim Sielschott met with voters at The 318 yesterday to coincide with the first day voters could vote early.
Sielschott, a financial adviser who owns his own business, is among the five Republicans running for Jay Begg’s soon to be vacated seat on the Allen County Commission.
Sielschott talked about what he sees as his top qualification to be a commissioner.
The GOP field will be narrowed to one in the primary election. Election Day is March 17th.
WIMA SPORTS COPY THURSDAY FEBRUARY 20, 2020
>>Polar Bears Win
(Ada, OH) -- Ohio Northern ended its home slate in style as they took care of Heidelberg, 70-53.
The victory improved Northern to 8-16 overall and 4-13 in Ohio Athletic Conference play. The loss dropped the Student Princes to 10-14 overall and 8-9 in conference action.
Freshman Landen Long paced the Polar Bears, pouring in 17 points off the bench.
The Polar Bears dominated the rebounding battling. ONU held a 44-28 advantage on the glass, which included a 13-9 edge in offensive rebounds. That equated to a 14-7 disparity in second-chance points in favor of Northern.
The Polar Bears close the season at Muskingum Saturday afternoon.
>>Beavers Clinch Home Game
(Bluffton, OH) -- Bluffton University rolled to a 68-52 win over rival Defiance, improving to 15-9 overall and 11-6 in the Heartland Conference. It was a school-record seventh consecutive HCAC victory. The Beavers clinched a top four seed and a home game for next week’s conference tournament. Andrew Renner (Bath) led all scorers with 17 points.
The Beavers will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Transylvania University for the final regular season game of the year.
>>UNOH Falls On The Road
(Grand Rapids, MI) -- Northwestern Ohio shot just 32 percent overall, as the Racers dropped an 81-55 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference decision at Aquinas. Nathan Lessing led UNOH with 18 points while Elijah Pughsley (Lima Senior) chipped in 10. UNOH (10-19, 6-13) takes on #23 Lourdes (20-9, 13-6 WHAC) in the regular-season finale on Saturday at The Garage.
>>Michigan Beats Rutgers
(Piscataway, NJ) -- Michigan won its fourth straight game 60-52 at Rutgers. Zavier Simpson led the Wolverines with 16 points, going over 1,000 points for his career at Michigan. Michigan improved to 17-and-9 overall and 8-and-7 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines visit Purdue on Saturday.
>>Basketball Buckeyes Look To Stay Hot Tonight On The Road Against Iowa
(Iowa City, IA) -- The Ohio State men's basketball team will look for their sixth win in their last seven games tonight in Iowa against the Hawkeyes. The Buckeyes will have fresh legs coming in off last Saturday's home victory over Purdue and will take on a rested Hawkeyes team that beat Minnesota by three-points on Sunday. This is the only time to the two teams will play each other in the regular season. Tip-off tonight from the Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City is set for 7 p.m.
>> Blue Jackets Try To End Winless Skid Tonight At Home Against Philadelphia
(Columbus, OH) -- The Blue Jackets will try to end a six-game winless streak tonight when they welcome the Philadelphia Flyers to Nationwide Arena. The CBJ will also be hoping to avoid a four-game season sweep at the hands of the Flyers who are now one point above them in the playoff chase. The Jackets offense has struggled during the six-game drought with only ten goals scored against 20 goals allowed. Puck-drop tonight from the Arena District is scheduled for 7 p.m.