TUESDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS 6-23


WIMA NEWS COPY TUESDAY JUNE 23, 2020

>>FORT JENNINGS MAN KILLED IN AUGLAIZE COUNTY CRASH

(WAPAKONETA, OH) -- A FORT JENNINGS MAN WAS KILLED EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING IN A CRASH IN AUGLAIZE COUNTY.

THE WAPAKONETA POST OF THE OHIO STATE HIGHWAY PATROL SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AT APPROXIMATELY 5:19 A.M. ON STATE ROUTE 29 JUST NORTH OF NEW KNOXVILLE. A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 35-YEAR OLD ANDREW KLOSTERMAN OF CELINA, FOR UNKNOWN REASONS DRIFTED LEFT OF CENTER AND COLLIDED WITH THE VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 54-YEAR OLD RUSS WIEDEMAN OF FORT JENNINGS.

WIEDEMAN WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. KLOSTERMAN WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL FOR NON-INCAPACITATING INJURIES.

IMPAIRMENT DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE A FACTOR IN THE CRASH, WHICH REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

>>COVID TRENDS

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- AMID CONCERNS OF A SPIKE IN COVID-19 IN OHIO, ALL THE STATEWIDE METRICS FROM YESTERDAY, OTHER THAN NEW CASES, WERE WELL BELOW THE 21-ROLLING AVERAGE.

THE STATE’S COVID-19 DASHBOARD SHOWS THAT THERE WERE 50 HOSPITALIZATIONS YESTERDAY, WHICH IS 6 FEWER THAN THE 21-DAY ROLLING AVERAGE OF 56. THAT 21-DAY AVERAGE ALSO DROPPED FROM 57 TO 56. AS FOR I.C.U. ADMISSIONS THERE WERE 8 AS COMPARED TO THE 21-DAY AVERAGE OF 13, WHICH IS NOW DOWN FROM 14. AND THERE WAS EVEN BETTER NEWS CONCERNING DEATHS IN THE STATE AS THERE WERE ONLY FOUR REPORTED YESTERDAY, THE SECOND STRAIGHT DAY WITH FEWER THAN FIVE.

IN ALLEN COUNTY THERE HASN’T EVEN BEEN AN UPTICK IN CASES REPORTED AS THERE WERE ONLY SIX CASES REPORTED SINCE FRIDAY WITH NO HOSPITALIZATIONS OR DEATHS.

>>WORK FROM HOME “BURNOUT”

(NEW YORK, NY) -- THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HAS TAUGHT A LOT OF US HOW TO WORK FROM HOME - BUT SOME ARE FEELING BURNED OUT FROM THE STRESS AND LONG HOURS. C-B-S NEWS REPORTER NANCY CHEN SPOKE WITH PSYCHIATRIST DR. SUE VARMA AND SAYS THAT WITHOUT A COMMUTE TO SEPARATE HOME LIFE FROM THE OFFICE, IT CAN FEEL LIKE THE WORKDAY NEVER ENDS. MANY EMPLOYEES ARE WORKING HARDER WITH LONGER HOURS TO PROVE THEIR PRODUCTIVITY.

IN A RECENT SURVEY, MORE THAN 50 PERCENT SAID THEY'RE EXPERIENCING BURNOUT WHILE WORKING FROM HOME. AND HEALTH EXPERTS ARE CONCERNED THE CONDITION CAN LEAD TO DEPRESSION. .

>>LIMA MAN PLEADS INSANITY IN MURDER CASE

(LIMA, OH) -- A LIMA MAN ENTERED A PLEA OF NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY YESTERDAY ON A MURDER CHARGE. THE LIMA NEWS REPORTS THAT 43-YEAR OLD JOSEPH CHENEY WAS ARRAIGNED IN ALLEN COUNTY COMMON PLEAS COURT. HE IS CHARGED WITH MURDER IN THE MAY 27 STABBING DEATH OF HIS MOTHER, 71-YEAR-OLD RACHEL CHENEY, AT THE FAMILY’S RESIDENCE AT 908 E. KIBBY STREET IN LIMA.

>>CHAMBER HOSTING HELLO SUMMER BLOCK PARTY

(LIMA, OH) -- THE LIMA-ALLEN COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE REMINDS US THAT SUMMER FUN IS NOT CANCELLED. TODAY FROM 1:00-3:00 IN FRONT OF THE CIVIC CENTER THE CHAMBER ASKS FOR FOLKS TO COME TOGETHER AND ENJOY THE START OF SUMMER WITH A “HELLO SUMMER BLOCK PARTY”. THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND WILL FEATURE ACTIVITIES AND PRIZES.

WIMA SPORTS COPY TUESDAY JUNE 23, 2020

>>MLB IMPOSES SEASON

(NEW YORK, NY) -- MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ANNOUNCED IT WILL SET A SCHEDULE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS-SHORTENED 2020 SEASON WITHOUT APPROVAL FROM THE PLAYERS AFTER THE UNION REJECTED ITS MOST RECENT OFFER OF A 60-GAME REGULAR SEASON. THOUGH THE LEAGUE SAID IN ITS STATEMENT A SPECIFIC NUMBER OF GAMES HAS YET TO BE DETERMINED, USA TODAY REPORTED THAT THE OWNERS PLAN TO IMPLEMENT THE 60-GAME SCHEDULE THAT THE PLAYERS REJECTED BY A 33-5 VOTE EARLIER IN THE DAY. THE CURTAILED SEASON WILL OPERATE UNDER TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT MADE BETWEEN MLB AND THE PLAYERS ASSOCIATION ON MARCH 26, IN WHICH PLAYERS WILL RECEIVE A FULLY PRORATED AMOUNT OF THEIR 2020 SALARY AND ACCRUE A FULL SEASON OF SERVICE TIME. THE UNION HAD BEEN PUSHING FOR A 70-GAME REGULAR SEASON THAT WOULD HAVE ENABLED PLAYERS TO EARN MORE. THE LEAGUE INTENDS TO RE-OPEN TRAINING CAMPS ON JULY 1 PROVIDED PLAYERS ARE ABLE TO REPORT BY THAT DATE, WITH OPENING DAY LIKELY TO BE HELD IN LATE JULY BARRING ANY FURTHER SNAGS.

>>NASCAR HONORS WALLACE, BLANEY WINS AT TALLADEGA

(TALLADEGA, AL) -- RYAN BLANEY EDGED RICKY STENHOUSE BY A MERE .007 SECONDS TO WIN THE RESCHEDULED CUP SERIES RACE AT TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY AND END AN EVENTFUL WEEKEND AT THE ALABAMA TRACK. PRIOR TO THE START OF THE RACE, WHICH HAD POSTPONED BY RAIN SUNDAY. BEFORE THE RACE, DRIVERS AND THEIR CREWS HELPED PUSH BUBBA WALLACE'S CAR TO THE FRONT OF THE FIELD IN A SHOW OF SOLIDARITY FOR NASCAR'S LONE FULL-TIME BLACK DRIVER AT THE CUP SERIES LEVEL. THE GESTURE CAME ONE DAY AFTER A NOOSE WAS FOUND IN WALLACE'S GARAGE STALL, PROMPTING AN INVESTIGATION BY BOTH NASCAR AND THE FBI TO UNCOVER WHO MAY HAVE COMMITTED THE ACT. WALLACE HAD BEEN RUNNING IN THE TOP FIVE BEFORE RUNNING LOW ON FUEL AND FINISHED 14TH.

>>DAK SIGNS

(FRISCO, TX) -- QUARTERBACK DAK PRESCOTT HAS SIGNED HIS $31.4 MILLION TENDER UNDER THE FRANCHISE TAG, WITH JUST OVER THREE WEEKS UNTIL THE DEADLINE TO SIGN HIM TO A LONG-TERM EXTENSION. PRESCOTT MADE $2 MILLION LAST YEAR ON THE LAST SEASON OF HIS ROOKIE DEAL, WHILE HIS 2020 SALARY IS THE HIGHEST THE COWBOYS HAVE PAID A SINGLE PLAYER IN FRANCHISE HISTORY. PRESCOTT HAS STARTED ALL 64 REGULAR SEASON GAME SINCE HE ENTERED THE LEAGUE IN 2016, THROWING FOR 97 TOUCHDOWNS AND 36 INTERCEPTIONS. HE SET CAREER HIGHS LAST SEASON WITH 4,902 YARDS AND 30 TOUCHDOWNS.

>>HALL MOVES AHEAD WITH GAMEPLAN

(CANTON, OH) -- OFFICIALS AT THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME IN CANTON SAY THEY'RE STILL PLANNING TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THEIR HALL OF FAME GAME AND CEREMONIES, DESPITE SKEPTICISM FROM STATE OFFICIALS.

THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME GAME IS ATTENDED BY MORE THAN 20,000 PEOPLE - AND THE PANDEMIC DIDN'T STOP TICKETS FOR THIS YEAR'S GAME FROM SELLING AS THEY SOLD OUT IN LESS THAN HALF AN HOUR. THE GAME IS SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 6 WITH THE DALLAS COWBOYS MEETING THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS. OHIO GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE SAYS HE IS DOUBTFUL THAT THE GAME WILL BE ALLOWED TO HAVE A FULL STADIUM FOR THE GAME.

>>NHL ELIMINATES COLUMBUS AS “HUB CITY”

(NEW YORK, NY) -- THE NHL HAS ANNOUNCED THAT COLUMBUS WILL NOT BE ONE OF THE HUB CITIES IN THE LEAGUE'S 24-TEAM RESTART PLAN. THE LEAGUE ANNOUNCED LAST MONTH THAT IT WOULD SELECT TWO HUB CITIES - ONE FOR THE EASTERN CONFERENCE AND ONE FOR THE WEST - FOR GAMES TO BE PLAYED. LAS VEGAS IS CONSIDERED A U.S. FAVORITE AMONG CHICAGO, DALLAS, LOS ANGELES, MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL AND PITTSBURGH. TORONTO, VANCOUVER AND EDMONTON MAY ALSO BE FRONT-RUNNERS AFTER CANADA'S FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LAST WEEK SAID IT WOULD ALLOW THE LEAGUE TO QUARANTINE INTERNALLY.

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