FRIDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS 5-29


WIMA NEWS COPY FRIDAY MAY 29, 2020

>>MISSING AUTISTIC CHILD FOUND DEAD

(FT. JENNINGS, OH) -- THE SEARCH FOR AN AUTISTIC 5-YEAR OLD FT. JENNINGS BOY CAME TO A TRAGIC END YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AS AUTHORITIES FOUND AUSTIN SCHROEDER’S DEAD BODY IN THE AUGLAIZE RIVER. HE LEFT HIS HOME, ADJACENT TO THE RIVER, AT ABOUT 3:00 WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. THE SEARCH BEGAN SHORTLY THEREAFTER AND BY YESTERDAY THE VOLUNTEER BRIGADE HELPING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS HAD GROWN TO MORE THAN 900. ULTIMATELY, SEARCH DOGS LOCATED ISAAC’S BODY LESS THAN A MILE DOWNSTREAM FROM HIS HOME.

>>LIMA MAN SENTENCED TO 35 YEARS TO LIFE FOR CHILD RAPE

(LIMA, OH) -- THE LIMA NEWS SAYS THAT 66-YEAR OLD KEITH OVERMYER OF LIMA WAS SENTENCED TO 35 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOLLOWING HIS GUILTY PLEAS ON MULTIPLE CHILD RAPE CHARGES.

OVERMYER’S PLEA DEAL DISMISSED 10 OF THE 14 FELONY CHARGES BROUGHT AGAINST HIM.

THE REMAINING FOUR FIRST-DEGREE FELONY RAPE CHARGES WERE ENOUGH FOR JUDGE JEFFREY REED TO HAND DOWN CONSECUTIVE MANDATORY SENTENCES TALLYING 35 YEARS TO LIFE.

TO THE VICTIMS, AND THE FOURTH — A 10-YEAR TERM — WOULD BE SERVED CONCURRENTLY.

>>MORE TESTING

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY NEW EFFORTS TO EXPAND TESTING ACROSS OHIO.

THE GOVERNOR ANNOUNCED TESTING WILL BE EXPANDED ACROSS THE STATE SO PEOPLE WITH SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 CAN GET TESTED. THAT WAS NOT A CRITERIA BEFORE. ALSO, THE GOVERNOR ANNOUNCED THAT PHARMACIES WILL BE ALLOWED TO DO TESTING FOR THE CORNORAVIRUS. THE STATE ALSO CREATED A MAP ONLINE, TO LET PEOPLE KNOW WHERE ALL THE COVID-19 TESTS CENTERS ARE LOCATED. STARING MONDAY, THE OHIO NATIONAL GUARD WILL BEGIN TESTING STAFF MEMBERS INSIDE NURSING HOMES.

>>HIT AND RUN IN HANCOCK COUNTY

(FINDLAY, OH) -- THE HANCOCK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE HAS RELEASED THE NAMES OF THE DRIVER AND VICTIM FROM A WEDNESDAY NIGHT INCIDENT THAT KILLED A PEDESTRIAN. THE INCIDENT OCCURRED ON STATE ROUTE 235 NEAR HANCOCK COUNTY ROAD 29 IN ORANGE TOWNSHIP. THE PEDESTRIAN, 44-YEAR OLD WILLIAM LAWSON OF CINCINNATI, WAS WALKING SOUTHBOUND ON 235 WHEN HE WAS STRUCK BY A SOUTHBOUND 2009 HONDA CIVIC DRIVEN BY 24-YEAR OLD SYDENY C. WILLIAMS OF ALGER.

>>PENNEY SALES

(PLANO, TX) -- RETAILER J.C. PENNEY WILL SOON BEGIN GOING-OUT-OF-BUSINESS SALES.

THE CHAIN IS SET TO CLOSE MORE THAN 200 STORES AFTER FILING FOR CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY. WE DO NOT KNOW WHICH LOCATIONS WILL CLOSE YET, BUT THE COMPANY'S LAWYERS SAY A COURT FILING NEXT WEEK IS SUPPOSED TO REVEAL THAT.

WIMA SPORTS COPY FRIDAY MAY 29, 2020

>>ELLIOTT WINS

(CHARLOTTE, NC) -- CHASE ELLIOTT WON THE RAIN-DELAYED CUP SERIES RACE AT CHARLOTTE

MOTOR SPEEDWAY, PULLING AWAY FROM KEVIN HARVICK WITH 27 LAPS REMAINING TO EARN THE VICTORY AND PUT AN END TO A FRUSTRATING WEEK. ELLIOTT WAS WRECKED WHILE TRYING TO RACE FOR THE LEAD AT DARLINGTON RACEWAY LAST WEEK AND A CAUTION WITH TWO LAPS REMAINING IN SUNDAY'S COCA-COLA 600 COST HIM THE VICTORY. DENNY HAMLIN FINISHED SECOND IN THIS ONE DESPITE HAVING THREE CREW MEMBERS SUSPENDED, WHILE RYAN BLANEY TOOK THIRD.

>>OHIO STATE ANNOUNCES NEW TICKETING POLICY AND SEATING ADJUSTMENTS

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY IS MAKING MAJOR CHANGES IN ANTICIPATION OF A FOOTBALL SEASON UNDER COVID-19 GUIDELINES. OSU ANNOUNCED ON THURSDAY IT WOULD MOVE TO MOBILE-ONLY TICKETING FOR THE FALL AND ADJUST SEAT SELECTION TO ACCOMMODATE FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING AT OHIO STADIUM. THE NEW SEAT SELECTION PROTOCOL WILL BE COMMUNICATED BY EMAIL FIVE BUSINESS-DAYS BEFORE THE FIRST TICKET WINDOW OPENING SO FANS CAN VIEW AVAILABILITY. SEATING WILL BECOME A PREMIUM AS OSU EXPECTS TO REDUCE CAPACITY AT THE HORSESHOE FROM OVER 100-THOUSAND TO BETWEEN 20 AND 50-THOUSAND.

>>NFL OWNERS TABLE ONSIDE RULE CHANGE

(NEW YORK, NY) -- NFL OWNERS HAVE TABLED A PROPOSED RULE CHANGE THAT WOULD ALLOW TEAMS TO ATTEMPT A 4TH-AND-15 PLAY FROM SCRIMMAGE AFTER SCORING INSTEAD OF TRYING AN ONSIDE KICK. SOME OTHER RULE ADJUSTMENTS FOR THE 2020 SEASON WERE APPROVED DURING THE OWNERS' VIRTUAL MEETINGS,

INCLUDING THE EXPANSION OF AUTOMATIC REPLAY REVIEWS TO INCLUDE SCORING PLAYS AND TURNOVERS THAT WERE NEGATED BY PENALTIES. THE LEAGUE ALSO INCREASED THE NUMBER OF PLAYERS TEAMS CAN DESIGNATE TO RETURN FROM INJURED RESERVE FROM TWO TO THREE, AND DEFENSELESS PLAYER PROTECTION ON KICKOFF AND PUNT RETURNS WAS EXPANDED.