MONDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS 6-15


WIMA NEWS COPY MONDAY JUNE 15, 2020

>>BODY FOUND OVER THE WEEKEND

(LIMA, OH) -- ON SATURDAY LIMA POLICE RECEIVED INFORMATION ABOUT A SUSPICIONS DEATH. AN INVESTIGATION WAS LAUNCHED WHICH YIELDED CREDIBLE INFORMATION ABOUT THE DEATH. A SEARCH WAS PERFORMED AT MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARK AND OFFICERS LOCATED AN INDIVIDUAL BURIED IN THE WOODS ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE PARK. THE INDIVIDUAL IS BEING SENT TO THE LUCAS COUNTY CORONER’S OFFICE FOR AN AUTOPSY. THE IDENTITY OF THE INDIVIDUAL ISN’T BEING RELEASED PENDING NEXT OF KIN NOTIFICATION. ULTIMATELY 28-YEAR OLD MELVIN BOOTHE WAS CULTIVATED AS A SUSPECT AND HELD ON SUSPICION OF MURDER. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT CRIME STOPPERS OR DETECTIVE SNYDER AT 419-998-5588.

>>ST. GERARD FESTIVAL CANCELLED, WINGS DRIVE THRU TO REPLACE IT

(LIMA, OH) -- THE ST. GERARD FESTIVAL HAS MADE THE TOUGH DECISION TO POSTPONE THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL, REPLACING IT WITH A CHICKEN WING DRIVE-THRU SALE IN HOPES OF RECOUPING SOME OF THE LOST INCOME BY SELLING THE MOST POPULAR FOOD ITEM AT EACH YEAR’S EVENT.

THE FESTIVAL HAD BEEN POSTPONED TO JULY 31-AUGUST 2. NOW THE CHICKEN WING DRIVE-THRU SALE WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY AUGUST 1ST.

THE FESTIVAL USUALLY BRINGS IN $75,000-$100,000 A YEAR FOR THE ST. GERARD PARISH SCHOOL.

>>PUTNAM COUNTY ROAD CLOSURES

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS A COUPLE OF STATE ROUTES IN PUTNAM COUNTY WILL BE CLOSED NEXT MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.

STATE ROUTE 12 BETWEEN ROAD 7-L AND STATE ROUTE 696, JUST EAST OF PANDORA, WILL CLOSE FOR A CULVERT REPLACEMENT AND STATE ROUTE 189 WITHIN THE VILLAGE OF FORT JENNINGS WILL CLOSE FOR DRAINAGE REPAIRS.

>>COLUMBUS STATUES

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- THE LEGACY OF ITALIAN EXPLORER CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS IS BEING ERASED FROM CITIES ACROSS THE NATION - BUT THAT HASN'T HAPPENED SO FAR IN THE OHIO CITY THAT BEARS HIS NAME. O-N-N'S DANIEL BARNETT EXPLAINS...

STATUES OF COLUMBUS HAVE BEEN BEHEADED, TOPPLED OR PLUNGED INTO BODIES OF WATER IN MAJOR CITIES AROUND THE U.S., IN A REBUKE OF HIS HISTORY AS A COLONIZER AND SLAVER AND HIS “DISCOVERY” OF AMERICA. THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH REPORTS THAT IN COLUMBUS, THE LARGEST AMERICAN CITY BEARING HIS NAME, THREE OF THE EXPLORER’S LIKENESSES REMAIN INTACT: ONE EACH OUTSIDE COLUMBUS CITY HALL, THE STATEHOUSE AND COLUMBUS STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE. THE THREE STATUES HAVE DRAWN VOCAL PROTESTS AS RECENTLY AS 2017.

>>ISLAND ARRESTS

(PUT-IN-BAY, OH) -- THE MAYOR OF PUT-IN-BAY SAYS THE POLICE CHIEF HAS BEEN PLACED ON LEAVE AND TWO OFFICERS HAVE RESIGNED AFTER THE ARRESTS OF A GROUP OF BLACK TOURISTS RIDING ON A GOLF CART.

POLICE BODY CAMERAS SHOW OFFICERS USING STUN GUNS ON AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE DURING THE STOP LAST WEEKEND. IT ALL BEGAN WHEN TWO WHITE PUT-IN-BAY OFFICERS SAID THE OPERATOR OF THE GOLF CART WAS DRIVING RECKLESSLY. IN ALL, NINE PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED BUT MOST OF THE CHARGES HAVE BEEN DROPPED. VILLAGE MAYOR JESSICA DRESS SAID THURSDAY THERE WILL BE A THOROUGH REVIEW OF WHAT HAPPENED.

WIMA SPORTS COPY MONDAY JUNE 15, 2020

>>BERGER WINS COLONIAL

(FT. WORTH, TX) -- DANIEL BERGER WON THE CHARLES SCHWAB CHALLENGE AT COLONIAL, BEATING

COLLIN MORIKAWA IN A PLAYOFF IN THE FIRST PGA TOUR EVENT TO BE PLAYED IN THREE MONTHS. BERGER CARDED A BIRDIE ON THE FIRST PLAYOFF HOLE AFTER HE AND MORIKAWA ENDED REGULATION AT 15-UNDER. JUSTIN ROSE, BRYSON DECHAMBEAU AND XANDER SCHAUFFELE WERE ONE STROKE BACK IN A THREE-WAY TIE FOR THIRD.

>>HAMLIN WINS AT HOMESTEAD, WITH FANS

(HOMESTEAD, FL) -- DENNY HAMLIN DELIVERED A DOMINATING VICTORY IN THE CUP SERIES RACE

AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY, THE FIRST PROFESSIONAL SPORTING EVENT IN THE UNITED STATES TO HAVE FAN ATTENDANCE - ALBEIT LIMITED - SINCE THE CORONAVIRUS SHUTDOWN. AROUND 1,000 FLORIDA SERVICE MEMBERS WERE IN THE GRANDSTANDS TO WITNESS HAMLIN LEAD 137 OF THE RACE'S 267 LAPS AND WIN EACH OF THE FIRST TWO STAGES EN-ROUTE TO HIS SEASON-LEADING THIRD CUP SERIES WIN OF 2020. CHASE ELLIOTT, WHO LOST THE LEAD TO HAMLIN WITH 29 LAPS TO GO, HELD ON FOR SECOND WITH

RYAN BLANEY, TYLER REDDICK AND ARIC ALMIROLA COMPLETING THE TOP FIVE.

CHASE BRISCOE HELD ON FOR AN XFINITY SERIES OVERTIME WIN EARLIER AT HOMESTEAD DESPITE BEING WITHOUT HIS CREW CHIEF, CAR CHIEF AND ENGINEER BECAUSE OF A SUSPENSION. BRISCOE SURVIVED TWO LATE CAUTIONS TO HOLD OFF BRANDON JONES IN SECOND AND ROSS CHASTAIN IN THIRD.

>>OHIO STATE PLAYERS SIGN CORONAVIRUS RISK WAIVERS BEFORE RETURNING TO WORKOUTS

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- ACCORDING TO REPORTS, RETURNING OHIO STATE PLAYERS WERE ASKED TO SIGN A CORONAVIRUS WAIVER BEFORE RETURNING TO WORKOUTS. DETAILS OF THE DISCLAIMER KNOWN AS THE BUCKEYE PLEDGE, OBTAINED THROUGH A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST, OUTLINES THE RISKS INVOLVED WITH THE WORKOUTS AND OTHER ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES AND CALLS FROM THE PLAYERS TO ADHERE TO STRICT HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES DIRECTED BY THE UNIVERSITY. OSU PLAYERS BEGAN RETURNING TO CAMPUS ON JUNE 8TH AND ARE CURRENTLY ALLOWED TO UNDERGO VOLUNTARY STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING TRAINING BUT NO FOOTBALL DRILLS.

>>MLB PLAYERS SAY ANY FURTHER TALK WITH OWNER WOULD BE FUTILE AS HOPES FOR RETURN DWINDLE

(CINCINNATI, OH) -- THE MLB PLAYERS ASSOCIATION SAYS ANY FURTHER TALK WITH OWNERS ON HOW TO BEGIN THE 2020 SEASON IS FUTILE. ON SATURDAY NIGHT, WELL BEFORE THE SUNDAY DEADLINE, THE PLAYERS REJECTED THE LATEST PROPOSAL FROM THE OWNERS ON A SHORTENED SEASON AND SAID THEY WOULD NOT SEND ANOTHER OFFER. THE TWO SIDES SEEM UNABLE TO AGREE TO THE NUMBER OF GAMES TO BE PLAYED IN THE PANDEMIC-AFFECTED SEASON AND HOW TO PRORATE SALARIES DURING A SHORTENED SCHEDULE. MLB COMMISSIONER ROB MANFRED SAID BEFORE THE MLB DRAFT LAST WEEK THAT HE GUARANTEED THERE WOULD BE BASEBALL THIS YEAR WHILE UNION PRESIDENT TONY CLARK SAID OVER THE WEEKEND THAT IT WAS TIME TO GET BACK TO WORK AND TO TELL PLAYERS WHEN AND WHERE.

>>NHL TELLS PLAYERS TO RETURN TO HOME CITY COUNTRY TO FINALIZE VISA EXTENSIONS BY THE WEEKEND

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- THE NON-AMERICAN MEMBERS OF THE BLUE JACKETS ARE BEING TOLD TO RETURN TO COLUMBUS TO GET VISA EXTENSIONS BY JUNE 21ST. THE NHL CALENDAR ENDS ON JUNE 30TH, AND VISAS EXPIRE AT THAT TIME, WHICH IN A NON-PANDEMIC SEASON IS NOT AN ISSUE. THE NHL SENT OUT A MEMO OVER THE WEEKEND, RECOMMENDING PLAYERS COME BACK TO THEIR CLUB'S CITIES IN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES TO ALLOW TEAMS TO PROCESS THE RENEWAL APPLICATIONS BEFORE CAMPS START ON JULY 10TH. THE PLAYERS ASSOCIATION WAS CRITICAL OF THE SUGGESTION BECAUSE IT WOULD MEAN INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS WOULD HAVE TO RETURN TO NORTH AMERICA 19-DAYS EARLIER THAN FIRST PROPOSED.

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