WEDNESDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS 6-24

WIMA NEWS COPY WEDNESDAY JUNE 24, 2020

>>DOWNTOWN FIRE

(LIMA, OH) -- THE 100 BLOCK OF NORTH ELIZABETH STREET REMAINS CLOSED THIS MORNING AS THE LIMA FIRE DEPARTMENT REMAINS ON SCENE AT 122 NORTH ELIZABETH. THEY ARE TENDING TO HOT SPOTS FROM A STRUCTURE FIRE AT THE FORMER “ROXY” BAR. THE STRUCTURE HAD BEEN CONSIDERED IN BAD REPAIR AND IT WAS UNOCCUPIED. THE BLAZE, WHICH STARTED ABOUT 9:00 P.M. TUESDAY NIGHT, CAUSED A PARTIAL COLLAPSE OF THE BUILDING. THE SOUTH WALL REMAINS STANDING BUT IT IS UNSTABLE AND IT’S COLLAPSE COULD DAMAGE UTILITY LINES RUNNING THROUGH THE ADJACENT ALLEY. ELECTRIC SERVICE REMAINS DOWN IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA. AEP IS WORKING ON RESTORING POWER BUT MAY HAVE TO TAKE IT DOWN FROM INTERMITTENTLY AS CONDITIONS WARRANT.

>>SHOOTING IN LIMA

(LIMA, OH) -- 18-YEAR OLD DEANTHONY WALKER WAS SHOT IN LIMA LAST NIGHT JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT. LIMA POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED AT 919 LELAND AVENUE. HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL WITH APPARENTLY NON LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES. THERE WERE NO OTHER DETAILS AVAILABLE.

>>SPENCERVILLE WOMAN KILLED

(FINDLAY, OH) -- 60-YEAR OLD JULIE SHEETS OF SPENCERVILLE WAS KILLED LAST NIGHT WHEN HER HUSBAND, 69-YEAR OLD DONALD DROVE THEIR MOTORCYCLE OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF I-75 IN FINDLAY. DONALD SUFFERED LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES AS WELL. NEITHER WERE WEARING A HELMET. IMPAIRMENT IS NOT SUSPECTED IN THE ACCIDENT, WHICH REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

>>DEWINE DATA

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE PLEDGED YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) TO PROVIDE MORE GRANULAR DATA ABOUT THE COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS LATER THIS WEEK AFTER SEVERAL REPORTERS POSED QUESTIONS HE COULD NOT ANSWER. HE WAS ASKED ABOUT THE NUMBERS HE'S PROVIDING: ARE THE NUMBER OF CASES COMING FROM CONGREGATE SETTINGS LIKE NURSING HOMES OR JAILS? IF SO, WHAT PERCENTAGE? ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE TESTING POSITIVE BEING ADDED TO THE DAILY CUMULATIVE TOTALS? WE HOPE TO GET THOSE ANSWERS THURSDAY, WHEN THE GOVERNOR SAYS HE PLANS TO RELEASE MORE DATA. OHIO'S POSITIVE TEST RATE IS ABOUT 4 PERCENT, WHICH IS ON THE DECLINE DESPITE MORE CASES. BUT THE GOVERNOR SAYS IT'S NOT CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION AS THE NUMBERS OF DEATHS CONTINUE TO RISE.

>>COVID-19 NUMBERS

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- YESTERDAY’S NUMBERS WERE NOT AS GOOD AS THE PAST SEVERAL DAYS IN OHIO AS THERE WERE 87 HOSPITALIZATIONS AND 31 DEATHS REPORTED. THE HOSPITALIZATIONS WERE NEARLY AS MANY AS THE PREVIOUS TWO DAYS COMBINED AND THERE HAD BEEN ONLY SEVEN DEATHS REPORTED FOR SUNDAY AND MONDAY COMBINED.

IN ALLEN COUNTY THINGS REMAIN IN CHECK. YESTERDAY THERE WERE 2 NEW CASES WITH NO HOSPITALIZATIONS. THERE WAS ONE DEATH REPORTED THE MONTH’S DEATH TOLL TO SIX.

>>SPACE FORCE TO OHIO?

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE IS PROMOTING WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE IN DAYTON AS THE LOCATION FOR THE NEW SPACE FORCE.

DEWINE SAYS THE BASE AND THE SURROUNDING REGION WOULD BE 'EXCELLENT HOSTS' FOR THE U.S. SPACE COMMAND HEADQUARTERS. DEWINE SAID THE AREA IS ALREADY HOME TO THE NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE INTELLIGENCE CENTER, THE AIR FORCE RESEARCH LABORATORY, AND THE AIR FORCE LIFE CYCLE MANAGEMENT CENTER, AMONG OTHER CENTERS. DEWINE SENT A LETTER PROMOTING WRIGHT-PATT TO THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE.

WIMA SPORTS COPY WEDNESDAY JUNE 24, 2020

>>LIMA JUNIOR GOLFERS PLAY AT COLONIAL

(HARROD, OH) -- 78 GOLFERS TOOK PART IN THE LIMA JUNIOR GOLF ASSOCIATION’S EVENT AT COLONIAL GOLFER’S CLUB YESTERDAY. HERE WERE THE WINNERS BY AGE GROUPING:

BOYS

16-18 – ZACH MILLER (72)

14-15 – CONNOR NARTKER

12-13 – BREVIN BRANDT

GIRLS

16-18 – ELLEN NAUMANN (73)

15U – JORDAN HEMMELGARN

>>MLB OWNERS AND PLAYERS AGREE TO HOLD 60-GAME SEASON WITH JULY 1ST REPORT DATE

(CLEVELAND, OH) -- MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IS OFFICIALLY GOING TO RETURN TO THE FIELD AND PLAY BALL IN 2020. ON TUESDAY, THE MLB PLAYERS UNION AGREED TO FINISH SPRING TRAINING BEGINNING JULY 1ST AND SIGNED OFF ON A SET OF COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS. TEAMS WILL PLAY A SHORTENED 60-GAME SEASON WITH OPENING DAY SET FOR EITHER JULY 23RD OR 24TH. STILL LEFT TO BE FINALIZED IS WHERE TEAMS WILL PLAY AND IF FANS WILL BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND GAMES. PREVIOUS PLANS OF HAVING GAMES ONLY IN FLORIDA AND ARIZONA ARE MOST LIKELY NO LONGER AN OPTION AS BOTH STATES ARE SEEING SURGES IN NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES.

>>FBI: BLACK NASCAR DRIVER NOT TARGET OF HATE CRIME

(TALLADEGA, AL) -- THE FBI IS CONCLUDING A BLACK NASCAR DRIVER WAS NOT THE TARGET OF A HATE CRIME AFTER A NOOSE WAS FOUND IN HIS RACE GARAGE OVER THE WEEKEND. THE RACING ASSOCIATION RELEASED A STATEMENT ANNOUNCING THE COMPLETION OF THE INVESTIGATION AT THE TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY. BASED ON PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE, THE PULL ROPE FOUND IN BUBBA WALLACE'S GARAGE HAD BEEN "POSITIONED" THERE AS EARLY AS LAST FALL. WALLACE HAS GARNERED SUPPORT FROM MEMBERS THROUGHOUT THE SPORT, INCLUDING MONDAY WHEN DRIVERS AND CREW MEMBERS PUSHED HIS CAR TO THE STARTING LINE PRIOR TO A RACE.

WALLACE, SPEAKING TUESDAY NIGHT ON CNN, SAID HE HAS NEVER SEEN A GARAGE PULL ROPE IN THAT SHAPE AND THAT HIS CREW CHIEF, JERRY BAXTER, TOLD HIM IT WAS NOT SOMETHING THAT COULD BE CONFUSED WITH A REGULAR KNOT IN A ROPE IN THE GARAGE.

NASCAR PRESIDENT STEVE PHELPS PREVIOUSLY SAID ON MONDAY THAT A RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS CREW MEMBER SAW THE NOOSE WHEN HE WENT TO THE GARAGE STALL SUNDAY AFTERNOON. DURING A TELECONFERENCE ON TUESDAY, PHELPS INSISTED THAT THE 43 TEAM HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE INCIDENT AND THAT NASCAR IS STILL INVESTIGATING.

PHELPS ALSO SAID TUESDAY NIGHT NASCAR IS STILL INVESTIGATING HOW THE GARAGE PULL ROPE WAS MADE TO LOOK LIKE A NOOSE. NASCAR CHECKED EVERY OTHER GARAGE STALL AND NONE HAD BEEN SHAPED LIKE A NOOSE.

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