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WIMA NEWS COPY THURSDAY MARCH 12, 2020

>>Two More Local Universities To Suspend Classes

(Lima, OH)--The University of Northwestern Ohio is now suspending classes because of the coronavirus pandemic. The school issued a statement yesterday saying it will be suspending face-to-face instruction after Thursday, March 19.

Classes will continue until next Thursday. The University itself will remain open. Outdoor athletic activities will not be affected, but indoor ones have been suspended.

Meanwhile at Bluffton University, in-person classes will be suspended and go to an online format starting Monday.

Online learning will run from March 16th to April 13th. The university is also canceling all indoor gatherings of 20 people or more.

>>Two Fatal Accidents

(Lima, OH)--The Shawnee Township Police Department says a fatal accident occurred last night on State Route 501 between Bowsher and Hume Roads. It was a head-on collision and alcohol is suspected to be a factor. No further details are yet available.

In the early morning hours yesterday an Arlington man lost his life in an accident. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says 39-year old David Rayford was killed when he drove his SUV into the intersection of County Road 8 and State Route 15 and struck a commercial vehicle driven by a Michigan man. The crash remains under investigation.

>>Man Sentenced For Setting Woman on Fire

(Van Wert, OH)--Hometown Stations reports that a Delphos man accused of setting a woman on fire will spend 4-6 years in prison. 38-year old David Youngpeter was sentenced in Van Wert Common Pleas Court yesterday. Back in September Youngpeter doused a woman with gasoline in his Delphos home and lit her on fire. Youngpeter will have to register every year with the Ohio Arson database for the rest of his life.

WIMA SPORTS COPY THURSDAY MARCH 12, 2020

Div. I Regional Semifinal at Univ. of Toledo

Lima Senior 50 Start 48

Div. III Regional Semifinal at BGSU

Ottawa-Glandorf 66 Colonel Crawford 34

>>Cleveland Cavaliers And Rest Of NBA Head Home As League Suspends Remainder Of Its Season

(Cleveland, OH) -- The National Basketball Association is suspending the remainder of its 2019-2020 season following a player being tested positive for COVID-19. The NBA decided to postpone the season until further notice once it learned that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert had tested positive despite feeling strong enough to play. All players on the Jazz, along with the team and arena staff, are now undergoing testing for the coronavirus. The Cleveland Cavaliers who were slated to play the Charlotte Hornets tomorrow will now wait to see if the final 16 games of the season will be rescheduled or outright canceled.

>>NCAA Announces No Spectators For All March Madness And First Four Tournament Games

(Dayton, OH) -- The NCAA is closing off its men's and women's basketball championship tournaments to members of the general public. The governing body of college athletics announced yesterday the measure was being taken to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The First-Four games in Dayton and first-round matches in various host cities are scheduled to take place as planned but only with student-athletes and their immediate family members, coaches, officials, credentialed media, and essential staff at the game. The NCAA may also move the Final Four Championship games from the 70-thousand seat Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta to a smaller venue.

>>Number Seven Seed Ohio State Takes On Number Ten Purdue Tonight In Big Ten Tournament

(Indianapolis, IN) -- The Ohio State University men's basketball team is set to open the 2020 Big Ten postseason tournament tonight against Purdue. Seeded number seven, the Buckeyes will face the number ten seeded Boilermakers with no spectators due to concerns over the coronavirus. During the regular season, Ohio State met Purdue once in a 68-52 Buckeyes home victory back on February 15th. Tip-off tonight from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

>>Ohio State Cancels Spring Football Game And Limits Attendance At All Sporting Events

(Columbus, OH) -- The Ohio State University is canceling the 2020 Spring Football Game and limiting attendance at all sporting events until further notice. The University made the announcement on Wednesday, following a statement from the Governor that he would order sporting events to limit the number of spectators allowed at games. Ohio State says for the remainder of the academic year, only student-athletes, their immediate family members, team coaches and staff, essential event management, operational and facility staff, and select members of the media will be allowed. OSU says it will refund all ticket holders who do not meet the new qualifications.