MONDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS 7-13


WIMA NEWS COPY MONDAY JULY 13, 2020

>>FIRE AT SHAWNEE MIDDLE SCHOOL

(LIMA, OH) -- A FIRE AT SHAWNEE MIDDLE SCHOOL YESTERDAY MORNING WAS CAUGHT QUICKLY AND DID RELATIVELY LITTLE DAMAGE. THE LIMA NEWS REPORTS THAT THE FIRE WAS REPORTED AT 7:54 A.M. AND WAS CONTAINED TO THE MEMBRANE ON THE ROOF OF THE BUILDING. FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO QUICKLY EXTINGUISH THE FIRE. THE CAUSE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION. HOMETOWN STATIONS SAYS THE DAMAGE ESTIMATE IS $15-20 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

>>STABBING IN FINDLAY

(FINDLAY, OH) -- THE FINDLAY COURIER REPORTS A STABBING IN FINDLAY SENT A MAN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH MULTIPLE STAB WOUNDS. FPD OFFICERS WERE DISPATCHED TO 344 MIDLAND AVENUE AT 4:20 A.M. THEY FOUND 40-YEAR OLD ELIJAH B. MILLER WITH WOUNDS TO THE HEAD, NECK, CHEST AND ABDOMEN.

MILLER WAS TRANSPORTED TO BLANCHARD VALLEY HOSPITAL, WHERE EMERGENCY SURGERY WAS PERFORMED. HE IS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. A KNOWN MALE SUSPECT FLED THE SCENE AND ELUDED CAPTURE. THE NAME OF THE SUSPECT WAS NOT RELEASED.

COLUMBUS SHOOTINGS - 4:57 AM:

AUTHORITIES IN CENTRAL OHIO SAY THREE PEOPLE INCLUDING A 15-YEAR-OLD BOY WERE SHOT AND KILLED OVER THE WEEKEND IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE CITY OF COLUMBUS, AND A 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL WAS WOUNDED BY GUNFIRE IN A FOURTH CASE.

OFFICERS CALLED TO A SOUTH LINDEN HOME JUST AFTER 9 P.M. SATURDAY FOUND 15-YEAR-OLD MARCUS PETERS, WHO DIED AT THE SCENE. POLICE SAID THERE WAS A DRIVE-BY SHOOTING AT THE SAME RESIDENCE SIX DAYS EARLIER. GUNFIRE ALSO KILLED A 23-YEAR-OLD WOMAN AND A 25-YEAR-OLD MAN IN SEPARATE CASES. EARLIER, A 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL CROSSING A STREET WAS STRUCK IN THE ARM BY GUNFIRE. LIKE MANY OHIO CITIES, COLUMBUS HAS SEEN A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN VIOLENT DEATHS IN 2020, ESPECIALLY THOSE INVOLVING YOUNG PEOPLE.

>>FORD TO PROVIDE COVID-19 TESTING FOR SYMPTOMATIC EMPLOYEES IN OHIO

(DEARBORN, MI) -- FORD MOTOR COMPANY HAS SECURED A CONTRACT WITH LIMA MEMORIAL HEALTH SYSTEM TO QUICKLY TEST HOURLY AND SALARIED EMPLOYEES WITH SUSPECTED COVID-19 SYMPTOMS AT THE LIMA ENGINE PLANT. TESTS RESULTS WILL BE PROVIDED QUICKLY – WITH A GOAL OF WITHIN 24 HOURS

THE PLAN TO QUICKLY TEST AND IDENTIFY EMPLOYEES WITH COVID-19 IS THE MOST RECENT IN A HOST OF SAFETY AND CARE MEASURES IN PLACE AT FORD TO SUPPORT A SAFE AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT FOR THE COMPANY’S WORKFORCE, INCLUDING HEALTH ASSESSMENT MEASURES, PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND FACILITY MODIFICATIONS TO INCREASE SOCIAL DISTANCING.

>>CENSUS CONTINUES

(LIMA, OH) -- THE LIMA/ALLEN COUNTY COMPLETE COUNT COMMITTEE PROVIDED AN UPDATE ON ITS PROGRESS AT LIMA MAYOR DAVE BERGER’S PRESS EVENT ON WEDNESDAY. THE COMMITTEE IS TASKED WITH SUPPORTING THE 2020 CENSUS AT THE LOCAL LEVEL BY EDUCATING RESIDENTS ABOUT THE CENSUS AND ENCOURAGING THEM TO PARTICIPATE.

THE COUNTY’S OVERALL PARTICIPATION RATE STANDS AT 67.5%. AMONG COMMUNITIES IN THE COUNTY THE BEST RESPONSE RATE HAS BEEN IN ELIDA WHERE 80% HAVE RESPONDED WHILE THE LOWEST RESPONSE RATE IS FROM LAFAYETTE, WITH ONLY 30% RESPONDING.

OFFICIALS STRESS THAT AN ACCURATE COUNT OF RESIDENTS IS IMPORTANT MAINLY BECAUSE IT PROVIDES GUIDANCE FOR FEDERAL AND STATE FUNDING.

THE COMMITTEE ALSO REMINDS RESIDENTS THAT THERE WILL BE CENSUS WORKERS GOING DOOR TO DOOR TO HOMES THAT HASN’T YET RESPONDED TO THE CENSUS.

>>PITCHFEST COMING TO LIMA

(LIMA, OH) -- THE WALTER C. POTTS ENTREPRENEUR-INCUBATOR TECHNOLOGY CENTER, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GREATER LIMA REGION, INC., THE SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER AT RHODES STATE COLLEGE AND THE LIMA AREA CHAMBER FOUNDATION WILL HOST LIMA’S PITCHFEST ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 AT 5:30 P.M.

THE PITCHFEST COMPETITION FEATURES TWO CATEGORIES OF INTEREST FOR ALL ENTREPRENEURS IN THE EIGHT-COUNTY REGION. THERE IS A START-UP CATEGORY AND AN EMERGING CATEGORY. THE COMPETITION WILL AWARD $10,000 WORTH OF CASH AND PRIZES. SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED AUGUST 1-31, 2020. IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PITCHFEST A WRITTEN BUSINESS PLAN AND SUMMARY (3-5 SENTENCES) OF WHY YOU WANT TO PITCH ARE TO BE SENT TO PITCHFEST@LIMACHAMBER.COM NO LATER THAN AUGUST 31, 2020.

WIMA SPORTS COPY MONDAY JULY 13, 2020

>>OHSFCA DOESN’T BACK SPRING FOOTBALL SEASON

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- THE OHIO HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION SENT THIS STATEMENT TO ITS MEMBERS AND THE MEDIA LAST NIGHT:

“THE STORY TODAY FROM @THISWEEK SPORTS WAS NOT SANCTIONED BY THE OHSFCA. OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS, NUMEROUS RUMORED HYPOTHETICAL SCENARIOS HAVE SURFACED, AND THIS ONE CITED BY @THISWEEK SPORTS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE.

WE CANNOT EMPHASIZE ENOUGH TO OUR MEMBERS THE FOLLOWING: THE OHSAA HAS BEEN ADAMANT ABOUT THE STARTING DATE OF AUGUST 1ST. WE HAVE BEEN GUARANTEED A ‘SEAT AT THE TABLE’ IF/WHEN DECISIONS NEED TO BE MADE ABOUT ADJUSTING THE FOOTBALL SEASON.

IF INFORMATION DOES NOT COME DIRECTLY FROM THE OHSFCA OR THE OHSAA, IT IS A RUMOR AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH.

WHILE WE WAIT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION FROM THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE, WE ARE IN AGREEMENT WITH THE OHSAA FOR THE STARTING DATE OF AUGUST 1ST.”

>>ROSENQVIST SURGES AT ROAD AMERICA FOR 1ST INDYCAR VICTORY

(ELKHART LAKE, WI) -- FELIX ROSENQVIST PASSED PATO O’WARD ON THE NEXT-TO-LAST LAP AND EARNED HIS FIRST CAREER VICTORY SUNDAY IN THE SECOND HALF OF AN INDYCAR DOUBLEHEADER AT ROAD AMERICA.

ROSENQVIST WON BY 2.8699 SECONDS AND BECAME THE FIRST DRIVER OTHER THAN CHIP GANASSI RACING TEAMMATE SCOTT DIXON TO TAKE AN INDYCAR RACE THIS YEAR. DIXON’S THREE-RACE WINNING STREAK ENDED WITH A 12TH-PLACE FINISH.

THIS WEEKEND’S DOUBLEHEADER MARKED THE FIRST TIME SPECTATORS WERE ALLOWED DURING THIS PANDEMIC-DELAYED SEASON. INDYCAR ORGANIZERS ARE ALLOWING FANS ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS AS THEY RELY ON LOCAL AND STATE HEALTH GUIDELINES WHEREVER THE RACES ARE HELD.

DIXON WON THE SATURDAY RACE AND BECAME THE FIRST DRIVER TO WIN THREE STRAIGHT INDYCAR EVENTS SINCE SIMON PAGENAUD DID IT IN 2006.

>>ROOKIE CUSTER WINS QUAKER STATE 400 ON FINAL LAP

(SPARTA, KY) -- ROOKIE COLE CUSTER IS CELEBRATING HIS FIRST WIN ON THE NASCAR CUP CIRCUIT. THE 22-YEAR-OLD TOOK THE LEAD ON THE FINAL LAP AND WON THE QUAKER STATE 400 AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY. IT WAS CUSTER'S 20TH CAREER START FOR STEWART-HASS RACING. MARTIN TRUEX JR. CAME IN SECOND AND MATT DEBENEDETTO THIRD.

>>MIKESELL AND RED SCARE ELIMINATED IN THE TBT

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- DAYTON ALUMNI TEAM RED SCARE'S RUN IN THE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT IS OVER AFTER A 79-70 DEFEAT YESTERDAY TO THE GOLDEN EAGLES. ST. HENRY GRAD RYAN MIKESELL SCORED 9 POINTS AND GRABBED 6 REBOUNDS IN THE LOSING EFFORT. MIKESELL SCORED 39 POINTS IN THREE GAMES OF THE TBT. THE GAME WAS CLOSE FOR THREE AND A HALF QUARTERS WITH SEVERAL LEAD CHANGES, AND BOTH SQUADS TIED IN THE EARLY FOURTH PERIOD. THE GOLDEN EAGLES WILL NOW MOVE ON TO FACE SIDELINE CANCER IN THE FINALS AT NATIONWIDE ARENA ON TUESDAY.

>>WORKDAY FOR CHARITY OPEN AT MUIRFIELD ENDS IN PLAYOFF VICTORY FOR COLLIN MORIKAWA

(DUBLIN, OH) -- COLLIN MORIKAWA IS THE WINNER OF THE FIRST NON-MEMORIAL PGA TOUR EVENT EVER PLAYED AT MUIRFIELD VILLAGE GOLF CLUB IN DUBLIN. IN A FIELD FEATURING THREE OF THE TOP PLAYERS IN THE WORLD, 23-YEAR-OLD COLLIN MORIKAWA DEFEATED 27-YEAR-OLD JUSTIN THOMAS, WHO IS CURRENTLY RANKED NUMBER TWO IN THE WORLD RANKINGS. AFTER STORMING BACK FROM THREE-UNDER IN THE FINAL ROUND TO REACH 19-UNDER-PAR, MORIKAWA FOUND HIMSELF DUELING WITH THOMAS IN A SUDDEN-DEATH PLAYOFF AND TAPPED IN FOR PAR ON THE THIRD EXTRA HOLE FOR THE VICTORY. OTHER NOTABLES TO FINISH WERE GARY WOODLAND AND 12-UNDER, PATRICK CANTLAY AND JASON DAY AT ELEVEN-UNDER, AND RICKIE FOWLER AT EIGHT-UNDER.