WIMA NEWS COPY TUESDAY MARCH 17, 2020
(COLUMBUS, OH)--EVEN THOUGH A JUDGE LAST NIGHT BLOCKED GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE'S ATTEMPT TO POSTPONE TODAY'S PRIMARY ELECTION THE GOVERNOR HAS FOUND ANOTHER WAY TO DO IT.
THE STATE HEALTH DIRECTOR HAS ORDERED ALL POLLS CLOSED AS A HEALTH EMERGENCY.
JUDGE RICHARD FRYE HAD DENIED THE GOVERNOR'S REQUEST, STATING IT WOULD SET A 'TERRIBLE PRECEDENT' FOR A JUDGE TO STEP IN 12 HOURS BEFORE POLLS OPEN TO REWRITE THE ELECTION CODE. GOVERNOR DEWINE SAYS HE HAS DIRECTED SECRETARY OF STATE FRANK LaROSE TO PUSH LEGALLY TO ALLOW EXTENDED VOTING BY ABSENTEE BALLOT AND TO HOLD THE PRIMARY ON JUNE 2ND.
AND THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH REPORTS THAT A CANDIDATE FOR JUDGE IN WOOD COUNTY HAS FILED ACTION WITH THE OHIO SUPREME COURT TO STRIKE DOWN THE DELAY. IT IS NOT KNOWN WHETHER THE HIGH COURT WILL RESPOND.
>>Begg Won’t Return to Commission, Primary Winner Likely to Take His Seat
(Lima, OH)--The Allen County Republican Party has announced that Allen County Commissioner Jay Begg will not return to his post because his recovery from an injury will continue past the State of Ohio’s leave of absence limits.
Begg was injured in an accident at his home in November. The Allen County Republican Party will appoint a new commissioner to finish Begg’s term, which will now expire at midnight tonight, rather than at the end of the year.
It’s was widely thought that the winner of today’s Republican Primary, which now is not happening, would be recommended as the appointee to the Allen County Republican Party Central Committee. Now that process has been complicated. There are five people running in the Republican primary including Greg Stolly, Beth Seibert, Tim Sielschott, Alan Tyrell and Judy Augsburger. The appointment cannot take effect until Monday.
>>Courts Adjust To Virus Protocols
(Lima, OH)--Allen County Common Pleas Court Judges Jeffrey Reed and Terri Kohlrieser issued a statement yesterday announcing that protocols are now in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
All hearings involving incarcerated defendants may be conducted by video or continued on a case-by-case basis and all civil pre-trial hearings will be conducted by conference call.
Additionally, all scheduled jury trials in Allen County Common Pleas Court have been suspended for at least the next 30 days and the court plans to limit the number of court employees.
Meanwhile, in the Lima Municipal Court, Presiding Judge David Rodabaugh said that, effective immediately, prosecutors and defense attorneys are mandated to conduct hearings with defendants and witnesses by telephone.
All small claims, forcible entry and eviction cases have been continued for three weeks and defendants scheduled to appear in traffic court are encouraged to submit written pleas of not guilty. Also, those required to appear in person at the Lima Municipal Court are not to bring anyone else to court with them unless absolutely necessary.
>>Sheriff’s Office Limiting In-Person Business
(Lima, OH)--The Allen County Sheriff’s Office has eliminated in-person visitors at the Records Bureau, Civil Division and CCW Division so as to help in slowing the spread of COVID-19. All divisions can still be reached via phone by calling 419-227-3535.
>>Woman Found Dead in Spencerville
Sunday night at 9:40, the ACSO, along with the Spencerville Police Department, and Spencerville EMT services, were dispatched to 457 Charles St. Spencerville, Ohio 45887 in reference to a 39 year old female victim with a gunshot wound to her head. Upon arrival the female was transported to Mercy Health St. Ritas by Spencerville EMS where she was pronounced dead. One male subject, who was present during the incident, is currently being questioned by Detectives. The victim’s body will be transported to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office.
WIMA SPORTS COPY TUESDAY MARCH 17, 2020
>>OHSAA to Host Press Conference Thursday
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association will host a press conference at noon Thursday (March 19) at the OHSAA office, Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass has announced.
Snodgrass will provide updates and information on the OHSAA’s winter tournaments that were postponed indefinitely last Thursday, along with updates on spring sports. He will also take questions from media.
2020 DIVISION III BOYS BASKETBALL ALL-OHIO
Michael Stammen, Versailles, 5-11, sr., 17.9;
Bart Bixler, Anna, 5-11, sr., 15.1; Ben Westrick, Ottawa-Glandorf, 6-6, sr., 16.8
Biggz Johnson, Lima Central Catholic, 5-11, sr., 18.3
2020 DIVISION IV BOYS BASKETBALL ALL-OHIO
Aidan Reichert, Jackson Center, 6-5, jr.,18.6; Blake Reynolds, Columbus Grove, 6-4, jr., 16.8
Kalen Etzler, Convoy Crestview, 6-8, jr., 17.9
Quinn Sanders, Upper Scioto Valley, 6-4, sr., 26.3
>>Browns Busy in Free Agency
(Cleveland, OH)--The Browns, according to ESPN, agreed to contracts with three free agents yesterday, including Tight End Austin Hooper, Tackle Jack Conklin and Quarterback Case Keenum.
Hooper had a career year in 2019 for Atlanta with 75 catches for 787 yards despite missing three games with a knee injury. The deal is reportedly a four-year deal worth $44 million, with $23 million guaranteed.
Jack Conklin, the former Tennessee Titan, gets a three-year deal, $42 million deal and Keenum’s dea is for three years and $18 million.