MONDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS 6-29

WIMA NEWS COPY MONDAY JUNE 29, 2020

>>FIREWORKS ARE STILL ILLEGAL IN OHIO

(LIMA, OH) -- THE LIMA POLICE DEPARTMENT, AMONG OTHERS, IS REMINDING CITIZENS THAT SETTING OFF FIREWORKS IS STILL ILLEGAL IN OHIO. LPD SAYS THEY HAVE RECEIVED NUMEROUS COMPLAINTS OF FIREWORKS BEING DISCHARGED IN THE CITY. YOU MAY HAVE HEARD ABOUT BILL 253 PASSED BY THE OHIO HOUSE TO LEGALIZE FIREWORKS, HOWEVER IT MUST BE PASSED BY THE SENATE AND APPROVED BY GOVERNOR DEWINE BEFORE IT BECOMES LEGAL.

ALSO, MANY ORGANIZATIONS REMIND US THAT FIREWORKS CAN ALSO BE TRAUMATIC FOR VETERANS SUFFERING FROM POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND PETS.

>>COVID-19 UPDATE

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- THE NUMBER OF DETECTED CASES OF COVID-19 CONTINUES ON AN UPWARD TREND, THE OTHER METRICS SUCH AS HOSPITALIZATIONS AND DEATHS CONTINUE TO BE FLAT. YESTERDAY’S REPORT SHOWS THAT THE 21-DAY AVERAGE FOR HOSPITALIZATIONS IS 56, THE SAME AS LAST SUNDAY AND YESTERDAY THERE WERE ONLY THREE DEATHS REPORTED.

>>CHURCH GOERS HESITANT

(UNDATED) -- A MAJORITY OF AMERICAN CHRISTIANS ARE UNCOMFORTABLE RETURNING TO IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICES DUE TO COVID-19. AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE POLLED OVER 35-HUNDRED AMERICANS FROM LATE MAY TO EARLIER THIS MONTH. ABOUT 64 PERCENT SAID THEY WERE EITHER "SOMEWHAT UNCOMFORTABLE" OR "VERY UNCOMFORTABLE" RETURNING TO IN-PERSON CHURCH SERVICES.

>>I-75 RAMP CLOSURES

(LIMA, OH) -- INTERSTATE 75 BETWEEN NAPOLEON ROAD AND STATE ROUTE 235, JUST SOUTH OF THE VILLAGE OF BEAVERDAM TO THREE MILES NORTH OF THE VILLAGE OF BLUFFTON, IN ALLEN AND HANCOCK COUNTIES, WILL EXPERIENCE LANE RESTRICTIONS AND RAMP CLOSURES FOR PAVING AND RECONSTRUCTION THROUGH NOVEMBER 2020. SHELLY COMPANY, FINDLAY IS THE GENERAL CONTRACTOR. VISIT THE PROJECT PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

NEW IMPACT:

NAPOLEON ROAD RAMP TO I-75 SOUTHBOUND WILL CLOSE JUNE 29 FOR FIVE DAYS.

NAPOLEON ROAD RAMP FROM I-75 NORTHBOUND WILL CLOSE JUNE 29 FOR FIVE DAYS.

SR 103 RAMP FROM I-75 SOUTHBOUND WILL CLOSE JUNE 29 FOR FIVE DAYS.

SR 103 RAMP TO I-75 SOUTHBOUND WILL CLOSE JUNE 29 FOR FIVE DAYS.

ALSO, STATE ROUTE 81 BETWEEN STATE ROUTE 116 AND TOWNSHIP ROAD 199, NEAR SPENCERVILLE, WILL CLOSE ON JUNE 29 FOR 30 DAYS FOR A CULVERT REPLACEMENT.

>>40-YEAR OLD COLD CASE SOLVED

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- COLUMBUS POLICE SAY THEY HAVE SOLVED THE NEARLY FOUR-DECADE-OLD CASE OF AN 8-YEAR-OLD GIRL ABDUCTED ON THE WAY HOME FROM SCHOOL, THEN RAPED AND KILLED.

AUTHORITIES SAY THE NEW INVESTIGATIVE TECHNIQUE KNOWN AS GENETIC GENEALOGY TESTING LED THEM TO SUSPECT HAROLD WARREN JARRELL, WHO IS NOW DECEASED. POLICE ANNOUNCED THE IDENTIFICATION OF JARRELL AS THE KILLER OF 8-YEAR-OLD KELLY PROSSER AT A FRIDAY NEWS CONFERENCE. THE GIRL WAS ABDUCTED ON SEPT. 20, 1982, AND HER BODY DISCOVERED IN A MADISON COUNTY CORNFIELD TWO DAYS LATER. GENETIC GENEALOGY TESTING ALLOWS INVESTIGATORS TO TRACE SUSPECTS THROUGH FAMILY TREES VIA DNA.

>>NURSING HOME CAMERAS

(UNDATED) -- VISITATION BANS AT NURSING HOMES ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE SPARKED RENEWED INTEREST IN LEGISLATION TO ALLOW CAMERAS INSIDE NURSING HOME ROOMS.

AS COVID-19 HAS TAKEN A DEADLY TOLL ON THE POPULATION, FAMILIES ARE PLEADING WITH LAWMAKERS IN STATES LIKE CONNECTICUT, OHIO AND MISSOURI TO ENACT LAWS THAT ALLOW THE CAMERAS SO THEY CAN SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THEIR LOVED ONES INSIDE. A BILL IN MISSOURI IS CURRENTLY AWAITING ACTION BY THE GOVERNOR. WHILE CAMERA LAWS WERE PREVIOUSLY PITCHED AS A WAY TO ADDRESS ABUSE, FAMILIES SAY THEY'RE LOOKING FOR PEACE OF MIND.

WIMA SPORTS COPY MONDAY JUNE 29, 2020

>>NEWTON SIGNS WITH PATRIOTS

(FOXBORO, MA) -- CAM NEWTON NOW HAS A NEW TEAM, AND THE PATRIOTS HAVE REPLACED TOM BRADY WITH ANOTHER FORMER MVP. NFL.COM REPORTS THAT NEW ENGLAND HAS AGREED TO A ONE-YEAR, $7.5 MILLION DEAL WITH NEWTON, WHO IF HEALTHY FIGURES TO OVERTAKE SECOND-YEAR PRO JARRETT STIDHAM AND JOURNEYMAN BRIAN HOYER AS BRADY'S SUCCESSOR. NEWTON WON LEAGUE MVP HONORS WITH A BRILLIANT 2015 SEASON IN WHICH HE LED THE PANTHERS TO A SUPER BOWL, BUT THE 31-YEAR-OLD UNDERWENT SHOULDER SURGERY PRIOR TO THE 2019 SEASON AND PLAYED IN ONLY TWO GAMES LAST YEAR BEFORE SUFFERING A SEASON-ENDING FOOT INJURY. CAROLINA, IN THE MIDST OF A MASSIVE REBUILD, RELEASED NEWTON IN MARCH TO SAVE OVER $19 MILLION.

>>NFL SLAPS PATS FOR ILLEGAL FILMING

(NEW YORK, NY) -- THE PATRIOTS HAVE ALSO LOST A THIRD-ROUND PICK IN NEXT YEAR'S DRAFT

AS THE NFL HANDED DOWN DISCIPLINE FOR THE TEAM'S ILLEGAL VIDEOTAPING OF AN UPCOMING OPPONENT'S SIDELINE. THE LEAGUE ALSO FINED NEW ENGLAND $1.1 MILLION FOR TAPING THE BENGALS' SIDELINE

DURING CINCINNATI'S GAME WITH THE BROWNS ON DEC. 8, ONE WEEK BEFORE THE PATRIOTS DEFEATED THE BENGALS 34-13. NEW ENGLAND ACKNOWLEDGED THE ACT BUT CONTENDED THE FILM CREW, WHICH THE TEAM SAID WAS ACQUIRING FOOTAGE FOR A SERIES FOR THE PATRIOTS' WEB SITE, DID SO WITH NO KNOWLEDGE IT WAS BREAKING LEAGUE RULES. COACH BILL BELICHICK ALSO STATED THAT NEITHER HE NOR HIS COACHES WATCHED ANY OF THE FOOTAGE.

>>JOHNSON WINS TRAVELERS

(CROMWELL, CT) -- DUSTIN JOHNSON CLOSED WITH A 3-UNDER 67 TO WIN THE TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP BY ONE SHOT AND EXTEND HIS STREAK OF SEASONS WITH AT LEAST ONE PGA TOUR VICTORY TO 13. THE 2016 U.S. OPEN CHAMPION AND WORLD'S SIXTH-RANKED PLAYER SURGED AHEAD WITH THREE STRAIGHT

BIRDIES MIDWAY THROUGH HIS FINAL ROUND, THEN HELD ON AFTER A BOGEY ON THE 16TH TO FINISH AT 19-UNDER AND JUST AHEAD OF RUNNER-UP KEVIN STREELMAN. DYLAN FRITTELLI, WHO MISSED THE CUT THIS WEEKEND, ANNOUNCED AFTER THE EVENT THAT HE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS AND WILL WITHDRAW FROM NEXT WEEK'S ROCKET MORTGAGE CLASSIC. THE SOUTH AFRICAN IS THE FOURTH PLAYER TO RECEIVE A POSITIVE TEST SINCE THE PGA RESUMED PLAY EARLIER THIS MONTH.

>>FOX GETS OUT OF THE GOLF BUSINESS

(NEW YORK, NY) -- NBC WILL NOW COVER THIS YEAR'S DELAYED U.S. OPEN AFTER FOX HAS REQUESTED TO END ITS CONTRACT WITH THE US GOLF ASSOCIATION. NBC WILL TAKE OVER THE REMAINING SEVEN YEARS ON THE 12-YEAR DEAL FOX SIGNED IN 2015 TO BROADCAST THE MAJOR TOURNAMENT, WHICH WAS POSTPONED FROM JUNE TO SEPT. 17-20 AT WINGED FOOT IN NEW YORK DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS SHUTDOWN.

>>HAMLIN WIN CAPS OFF NASCAR TRIPLEHEADER AT POCONO

(LONG POND, PA) -- DENNY HAMLIN HELD OFF KEVIN HARVICK TO WIN THE POCONO 350 AND REVERSE THE RESULT FROM SATURDAY'S CUP SERIES RACE AT THE PENNSYLVANIA SPEEDWAY, IN WHICH HARVICK ENDED AN 0-FOR-38 STREAK AT POCONO AND HAMLIN WOUND UP THE RUNNER-UP. SUNDAY'S VICTORY WAS HAMLIN'S SIXTH CUP SERIES WIN AT POCONO, TYING JEFF GORDON FOR THE MOST ALL-TIME, AND CAPPED THE FIRST NASCAR TRIPLEHEADER AT ONE TRACK IN THE SAME DAY. CHASE BRISCOE WON THE XFINITY RACE EARLIER

IN THE AFTERNOON AND BRANDON JONES BEGAN THE DAY WITH A VICTORY IN THE TRUCKS RACE.

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