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WIMA NEWS COPY FRIDAY MARCH 6, 2020

>>Lima Man Wanted For Home Invasion in Van Wert County

(Van Wert, OH)--The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office says a Lima man is wanted in connection with a home invasion last night. Authorities say that 50-year old Stephen Spieldenner, from Lima, has a warrant out for his arrest for aggravated burglary.

The incident occurred in Washington Township. According to the Sheriff’s Office a male subject, with a gun, attacked a resident inside the home. While the victim managed to fight off the intruder, the perpetrator did fire a shot. The victim suffered minor injuries but no gunshot wounds.

Spieldenner is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. If you know of his whereabouts contact the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office at 419-238-3866 or use their Crime Tip link at vanwertcountysheriff.com.

>>ODOT and OSHP Announce Distracted Driving Safety Corridor

(Lima, OH)--The Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio State Highway Patrol has announced the establishment of a distracted driving safety corridor on I-75 in Allen and Hancock counties.

A section of I-75 from south of Beaverdam to the rest areas in Hancock County, south of Findlay, is being designated as a distracted driving safety corridor by a series of signs that warn of the dangers of driving distracted. There will be zero tolerance for unsafe driving behaviors. Law enforcement will be patrolling the corridor frequently and conducting traffic stops when violations are observed.

Capt. John Altman, Ohio State Highway Patrol Findlay district commander, said that crash statistics over the last three years show that there were over 400 crashes in that area of I-75, resulting in three fatalities.

The I-75 corridor is the second distracted driving safety corridor established in northwest Ohio. A corridor was placed on U.S. 6 in Wood, Sandusky and Henry counties in 2018.

>> ARNOLD UPDATE

AFTER SOME BACK AND FORTH ABOUT CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS BETWEEN STATE LEADERS AND ORGANIZERS OF THIS WEEKEND'S ARNOLD SPORTS FESTIVAL IN COLUMBUS, AN AGREEMENT WAS REACHED YESTERDAY. THE 22-THOUSAND ATHLETES ARE STILL COMPETING, BUT MOSTLY WITHOUT AN AUDIENCE. THE STATE HAS ISSUED AN ORDER SAYING SPECTATORS CANNOT BE AT THE FESTIVAL UNTIL THE FINALS. BUT FAMILY MEMBERS OF ATHLETES CAN BE THERE TO CHEER ON THEIR LOVED ONES. THE EXPO IS STILL CANCELED, INCLUDING THE KIDS AND TEENS EXPO. THE ATHLETES ARE BEING SCREENED AT BOTH THE AIRPORT AND THE EVENT.

>> WOOD COUNTY SHOOTING

AUTHORITIES SAY THE SHOOTING DEATHS OF A TEENAGE GIRL AND A MAN FOUND INSIDE A NORTHERN OHIO HOME APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN A MURDER-SUICIDE.

WOOD COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES RESPONDED AROUND 9:15 A.M. YESTERDAY TO THE PEMBERVILLE HOME WHERE 17-YEAR-OLD CIERRA MCCRORY LIVED WITH HER MOTHER, WHO FOUND THE BODIES. THE MAN'S NAME WAS NOT RELEASED, BUT AUTHORITIES SAID HE DID NOT LIVE IN THE HOME AND WASN'T A PEMBERVILLE RESIDENT. IT WASN'T CLEAR HOW THE MAN AND MCCRORY KNEW EACH OTHER, NOR WAS IT CLEAR WHEN IT HAPPENED OR WHY IT OCCURRED.

>>ART VAN CLOSING

A MULTI-STATE FURNITURE RETAILER WILL BE CLOSING DOORS EVERYWHERE. ART VAN FURNITURE ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE COMPANY HAS DECIDED TO CLOSE AND START LIQUIDATION SALES OF ALL OF ITS STORES IN OHIO, MICHIGAN, INDIANA, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI. THAT INCLUDES THE LOCATION ON GEMINI PLACE IN COLUMBUS AND THE FINDLAY STORE. LIQUIDATION BEGINS MARCH 6.

WIMA SPORTS COPY FRIDAY MARCH 6, 2020

Boys High School Tournament Basketball

Div. I District Semifinal at Univ. of Toledo

Lima Senior 78 Ashland 40

Div. III District Semifinal at Lima Senior

Wayne Trace 65 Lima Central Catholic 58

Ottawa-Glandorf 69 Coldwater 39

Girls High School Tournament Basketball

Div. IV Regional Semifinal at Elida

Minster 58 Toledo Christian 50

Wayne Trace 53 Kalida 28

>>Second Half Heroics Lift Buckeyes Past Illinois In Last Home Game Of Season

(Columbus, OH) -- The Ohio State Buckeyes shook off a lackluster first-half performance to storm back for a 71-63 victory over Illinois at Value City Arena. With the win, the Buckeyes gave senior players Andre Wesson and Danny Hummer a W in their last college game in Columbus. Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes with 19-points while two-time Mr. Basketball in Illinois, E.J. Liddell, scored 17-points against his home state's top college team. Ohio State will now wrap up the regular season on Sunday afternoon when they head up north to play Michigan State.

>>Michigan Beats Nebraska

(Ann Arbor, MI) -- Michigan snapped a two-game losing streak with an 82-58 win over Nebraska at Crisler Center. In his final home game at Michigan, Lima native Xavier Simpson scored 11 points and handed out 10 assists as U-of-M improved to 19-and-11 overall and 10-and-9 in the Big Ten. They end the regular season at Maryland on Sunday. 

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