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WIMA NEWS COPY FRIDAY MARCH 20, 2020

>>Man Found Dead in Lima Now Identified

(Lima, OH)--The Lima Police Department has announced the identity of a man who was found dead in the street about 1 a.m. Sunday morning at Allentown Road and North Cole Street.

LPD says the man was Robert C. Abernathy. Abernathy is originally from Detroit, Michigan and had been living in Lima for the past few years.An autopsy has been determined Mr. Abernathy was possibly struck by a motor vehicle.Anyone with information about Mr. Abernathy, or his death is asked to contact Detective Sean Neidemire at 419-221-5295.

>>McNeal Get 14 Years

(Lima, OH)--Hometown Stations reports that Jemonte McNeal was sentenced yesterday in conjunction with the shooting death of Anthony Bankston at an after-hours party in Lima in December 2018.

McNeal agreed to a plea agreement and was sentenced to 14 years in prison. McNeal pleaded to an amended charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Rasheign Tisdale was previously sentenced to four years in prison for also shooting his gun that night.

>>Lima City Schools COVID-19 Response

(Lima, OH)--Yesterday, Lima City Schools announced their plan for phase two during the COVID-19 school closure. All school buildings will be closed to the public. Janitorial and Security personnel will monitor all schools at all times.

Teachers will now work from home and continue to interact with students online Monday through Thursday. For the next two Mondays, students can pick up food that will last for the entire week. The Spartan Health Center at Lima Senior High School will remain open normal hours.

>>Unemployment Help

(Columbus, OH)-- Has your job been impacted by the coronavirus? You may be eligible for unemployment benefits. If so, go to unemployment.ohio.gov

If you’ve already filed an application, no need to worry about adding the mass-layoff number. Your application will still be processed.

>>GUARD CONSPIRACIES DEBUNKED

(COLUMBUS, OH)--GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE ON THURSDAY DEPLOYED THE NATIONAL GUARD TO HELP THE STATE'S FOOD BANKS. OHIO NATIONAL GUARD MAJOR GENERAL JOHN HARRIS, WHO DISPELLED ANY RUMORS TO THE CONTRARY SAYING THEY'RE GOING TO BE DOING VOLUNTEER WORK AND WILL NOT BE ARMED. THE GOVERNOR STRESSED THAT THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE MARTIAL LAW.

WIMA SPORTS COPY FRIDAY MARCH 20, 2020

>>Buckeye Point Guard D.J. Carton Enters Transfer Portal

(Columbus, OH) -- Ohio State point guard D.J. Carton is entering the NCAA transfer portal and leaving the Buckeye basketball program. Carton announced yesterday on his Twitter that he had made his decision to transfer away to make a fresh start. Carton left the Buckeyes in January after 20-games because of mental health issues and had been averaging ten-points and three assists per game. Carton, a native of Bettendorf, Iowa had been OSU's highest-rated basketball recruit since D'Angelo Russell in 2014.

>>Lions Trade CB Darius Slay To Eagles

(Allen Park, MI) -- The Lions have traded cornerback Darius Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles in return for a third and fifth-round pick. Slay has reportedly signed a three-year, 50-million-dollar extension with Philadelphia. Earlier this week, Detroit agreed on a deal with former Atlanta corner Desmond Trufant. Slay broke up 104 passes and had 19 interceptions in 103 games over seven seasons with Detroit and was named to the 2017 NFL All-Pro team.

>>Several Sports Figures Test Positive For COVID-19

(Undated)--The Celtics' Marcus Smart and two unidentified Laker players have

tested positive for the coronavirus. The number of known coronavirus cases within the NBA has now doubled to 14, as the 76ers said three members of their organization tested positive and

the Nuggets said one of their employees also tested positive.

Meanwhile, Saints coach Sean Payton has become the first notable figure from the NFL to be publicly diagnosed with the coronavirus. The 56-year-old took a test on Monday after feeling ill but says he does not have a cough or a fever. He is resting in self-quarantine at his home.

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