TUESDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS 6-30


WIMA NEWS COPY TUESDAY JUNE 30, 2020

>>HOMELESS MAN TRIED TO KILL WITH FIRE

(LIMA, OH) -- LAST TUESDAY NIGHT THE BUILDING AT 122 NORTH ELIZABETH STREET WAS SET ABLAZE BY 40-YEAR OLD JEFFREY ENGLAND. THE HOMELESS MAN WENT TO THE LIMA POLICE DEPARTMENT THAT NIGHT AND TOLD POLICE HE HAD SET THE FIRE. NOW IT HAS COME OUT IN AN INITIAL COURT HEARING THAT THE LPD SAYS THAT ENGLAND ALSO STATED HE INTENDED TO KILL TWO FELLOW HOMELESS PEOPLE WHO WERE SQUATTING IN THE BUILDING AT THE TIME.

ENGLAND WILL BE BACK IN COURT THURSDAY MORNING FOR A PRELIMINARY HEARING.

>>WAPAK POLICE ARREST MAN SHOOTING UP APARTMENT COMPLEX

(WAPAKONETA, OH) -- YESTERDAY MORNING THE WAPAKONETA POLICE DEPARTMENT WAS DISPATCHED TO THE LAURELWOOD APARTMENTS IN REPONSE TO A MAN SHOOTING OFF A GUN IN THE COMPLEX. AFTER EVACUATING THE APARTMENTS, POLICE WERE ABLE TO COAX THE MAN OUT AND TOOK HIM INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT.

THE MAN, A RESIDENT IN THE COMPLEX, HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED. HIS MOTIVE HIS ALSO UNKNOWN AS THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.

>>NURSING HOME OUTDOOR VISITS

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- OUTDOOR VISITS WILL BE ALLOWED AGAIN AT OHIO NURSING HOMES BEGINNING JULY 20.

GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE SAID HE WEIGHED THE RISK OF RELAXING THE RESTRICTION AGAINST THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY VISITS TO PEOPLE’S MENTAL WELL-BEING. IT WAS ANNOUNCED EVEN AS SPIKES IN COVID-19 CASES WERE REPORTED IN TWO SOUTHWEST OHIO COUNTIES, HAMILTON AND MONTGOMERY. DEWINE SAID VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE SHARED HIS CONCERN ON A MONDAY CALL AND HAS OFFERED FEDERAL HELP. THE NATIONAL GUARD IS STEPPING UP POP-UP TESTING SITES IN THE AREA. OHIO HAD MORE THAN 51,000 CONFIRMED AND PROBABLE VIRUS CASES AS OF YESTERDAY.

>>COVID-19 NUMBERS

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- YESTERDAY’S COVID-19 DASHBOARD SHOWED 737 CASES WHICH WAS A HIGH NUMBER COMPARED TO THE 21-DAY AVERAGE. HOWEVER, THE OTHER METRICS ARE NOT SHOWING HUGE INCREASES. THE HOSPITALIZATIONS YESTERDAY WERE 65, JUST EIGHT ABOVE THE 21-DAY AVERAGE AND THERE WERE 11 DEATHS, THE SIXTH STRAIGHT DAY THAT DEATHS WERE BELOW THE 21-DAY AVERAGE.

>>OBERLIN COLLEGE BIAS

(CINCINNATI, OH) -- A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT HAS RULED FOR THE SECOND TIME SINCE 2018 THAT AN OHIO COLLEGE SHOWED BIAS AGAINST A MALE STUDENT ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT. A THREE-JUDGE PANEL IN CINCINNATI RULED 2-1 MONDAY THAT OBERLIN COLLEGE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST A MALE STUDENT WHO WAS EXPELLED FROM THE PRIVATE LIBERAL ARTS SCHOOL IN 2016. THE STUDENT IDENTIFIED AS JOHN DOE APPEALED TO THE SIXTH CIRCUIT U.S. COURT OF APPEALS AFTER A FEDERAL JUDGE IN CLEVELAND DISMISSED HIS CLAIM LAST YEAR. THE SIXTH CIRCUIT ISSUED A SIMILAR BIAS RULING IN AN APPEAL FROM A MALE STUDENT AT MIAMI UNIVERSITY IN OXFORD, OHIO, IN 2018.

WIMA SPORTS COPY TUESDAY JUNE 30, 2020

>>NHL STILL CONSIDERING HUB CITY LOCATIONS AND COULD MOVE TRAINING CAMPS TO JULY 13TH

(NEW YORK, NY) -- SOURCES SAY THE NHL MIGHT PUSH THE START OF TRAINING FROM JULY 10TH TO JULY 13TH TO ALLOW PLAYERS TO SPEND TWO WEEKS IN THEIR HOME TEAM'S CITIES. ON MONDAY, THE NHL ANNOUNCED 26 PLAYERS HAD TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 OVER THE PAST THREE WEEKS, WITH 15 OF THEM COMING FROM THOSE PARTICIPATING IN SMALL WORKOUTS AT TEAM FACILITIES. LEAGUE OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE CLOSE TO REACHING TERMS WITH THE PLAYER'S UNION ON THE LOCATION OF TWO HUB CITIES TO HOLD PLAYOFF GAMES AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS TO DEAL WITH COVID-19. INSIDERS SAY THE FOUR CITIES WITH THE BEST CHANCE PLAY HOST TO TEAMS ARE LAS VEGAS, CHICAGO, TORONTO, AND EDMONTON.

>>FOUR PLAYERS OPT OUT OF BASEBALL SEASON

(UNDATED) -- SEVERAL MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYERS HAVE DECIDED TO OPT OUT OF THE UPCOMING SHORTENED SEASONS DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS RELATED TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. INFIELDER RYAN ZIMMERMAN AND PITCHER JOE ROSS WILL BYPASS THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP THE NATIONALS DEFEND THEIR WORLD SERIES TITLE, AND DIAMONDBACKS PITCHER MIKE LEAKE AND ROCKIES OUTFIELDER IAN DESMOND INFORMED THEIR TEAMS THEY WILL SIT OUT AS WELL. ZIMMERMAN HAS SPENT ALL 15 OF HIS MAJOR LEAGUE SEASONS WITH WASHINGTON, WHILE DESMOND HAD 20 HOME RUNS AND 65 RBIS FOR COLORADO LAST YEAR.

>>J.R. TO REUNITE WITH L.B.J.

(LOS ANGELES, CA) -- J.R. SMITH IS REPORTEDLY GETTING CLOSE TO SIGNING WITH THE LAKERS,

AND THE VETERAN GUARD WILL JOIN FORMER TEAMMATE LEBRON JAMES ON LOS ANGELES' ROSTER FOR THE NBA'S RETURN IN FLORIDA IN LATE JULY. SMITH HASN'T PLAYED IN THE LEAGUE SINCE EARLY IN THE 2018-19 SEASON WITH THE CAVALIERS AFTER TEAMING UP WITH JAMES IN 2015-16 WHEN CLEVELAND WON ITS FIRST NBA TITLE.