WEDNESDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS 7-22

WIMA NEWS COPY WEDNESDAY JULY 22, 2020

>>LIMA POLICE INVESTIGATING TWO DEATHS FROM MONDAY

(LIMA, OH) -- THE LIMA POLICE DEPARTMENT ISSUED THE FOLLOWING RELEASES:

ON 7/20/2020, AROUND 6:15 P.M., A CAR PULLED UP TO MERCY HEALTH-ST. RITA’S MEDICAL CENTER, WITH AN UNRESPONSIVE MALE, WHO WASN’T BREATHING, IN THE BACK SEAT OF THE VEHICLE. THE UNRESPONSIVE MALE WAS LATER IDENTIFIED 39 YEAR OLD BRANDON BASINGER, OF LIMA. THE OTHER INDIVIDUALS IN THE VEHICLE ALERTED EMERGENCY ROOM STAFF, WHO QUICKLY BEGAN LIFESAVING MEASURES. AFTER MR. BASINGER WAS REMOVED FROM THE VEHICLE, AND HE WAS RUSHED INSIDE BY THE STAFF, THE TWO WHITE MALES AND WHITE FEMALE WHO WERE IN THE CAR, FLED. THE HOSPITAL STAFF WERE NOT ABLE TO REVIVE BRANDON BASINGER AND HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD SHORTLY AFTER BEING REMOVED FROM THE VEHICLE. THE LPD DETECTIVE WAS ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE THREE INDIVIDUALS WHO DROPPED MR. BASINGER OFF AT THE HOSPITAL AND ARE STILL ATTEMPTING TO LOCATE AND MAKE CONTACT WITH THEM, TO INVESTIGATE FURTHER. IF ANYONE HAS ANY INFORMATION ABOUT MR. BASINGER’S TRAVELS LEADING UP TO HIM BEING DROPPED OFF AT THE HOSPITAL, PLEASE CONTACT THE LIMA POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 419-227-4444 OR DETECTIVE STEVE STECHSCHULTE AT 419-221-5181.

ON 7/20/2020, SHORTLY AFTER 10:00 P.M., THE LIMA POLICE DEPARTMENT WAS CONTACTED IN REFERENCE TO A DECEASED PERSON IN THE ROAD, AT THE INTERSECTION OF NORTH/BAXTER STREETS, IN LIMA. OFFICERS ARRIVED TO FIND 71-YEAR-OLD JOHN REIGLE, DECEASED IN THE ROADWAY. INVESTIGATORS LOCATED SEVERAL SURVEILLANCE VIDEOS IN THE AREA, ALONG NORTH STREET, AND WERE ABLE TO DETERMINE MR. REIGLE WAS STRUCK BY A SEMI-TRUCK. THE SEMI-TRUCK FLED THE AREA AFTER THE CRASH, TRAVELLING WESTBOUND ON ST. RT. 81. THE LIMA POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE ASKING ANY INDIVIDUALS OR BUSINESSES, WHO HAVE VIDEO SURVEILLANCE ALONG NORTH STREET, IN LIMA, FROM JAMESON AVENUE TO JACKSON STREET, IN LIMA, TO CONTACT DETECTIVE MATT BOSS AT 419-221-5156 OR DETECTIVE STEVE STECHSCHULTE AT 419-221-5181. THE TRUCK WOULD HAVE PASSED THROUGH THAT AREA BETWEEN 10:00 P.M. AND 10:10 P.M. IT IS DESCRIBED AS HAVING A BLACK TRACTOR AND A WHITE TRAILER WITH WRITING ON THE BACK, SIDE PORTIONS OF THE TRAILER.

>>BRIBERY SCANDAL

THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE YESTERDAY ARRESTED OHIO HOUSE SPEAKER LARRY HOUSEHOLDER AND FOUR OF HIS ASSOCIATES IN CONNECTION WITH A MULTI-MILLION BRIBERY SCHEME TIED TO THE BAILOUT OF SOME OHIO NUCLEAR PLANTS. DAVID DEVILLERS, U.S. ATTORNEY FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO, SAID THAT NO-ONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE COMPANY PROVIDING THE BRIBES HAS BEEN CHARGED, BUT ALL SIGNS POINT TO AKRON-BASED FIRSTENERGY CORP...

DEVILLERS SAID THAT 21 OTHER LAWMAKERS ARE THOUGHT TO HAVE BENEFITTED FROM THE SCHEME, IN SOME FORM OR FASHION, AND THAT HIS OFFICE CONTINUES TO INVESTIGATE.

>>UNITED WAY TRYING TO HELP NON-PROFITS

(LIMA, OH) -- THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS IMPACTED NONPROFITS IN MANY WAYS, INCLUDING INCREASED DEMAND FOR SERVICES, LOST REVENUE DUE TO CLOSURES, AND THE CANCELLATIONS OF NUMEROUS SPRING AND SUMMER FUNDRAISERS. MANY NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS RELY ON THESE FUNDRAISERS TO HELP THEM OPERATE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

TO HELP, NEXT WEEK, THE UNITED WAY OF GREATER LIMA IS LAUNCHING ITS FIRST EVER UNITED WEEK OF GIVING CAMPAIGN, A COMMUNITY-WIDE FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT THE NONPROFITS IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT HAVE HAD TO CANCEL FUNDRAISERS OR WERE NOT ABLE TO RAISE FUNDS DURING THE SHUTDOWN.

“THE UNITED WAY’S MISSION IS TO IMPROVE LIVES BY UNITING THE CARING POWER OF OUR COMMUNITY,” SAID DEREK STEMEN, PRESIDENT & CEO OF THE UNITED WAY OF GREATER LIMA. “WE ARE PROUD TO BE ABLE TO BRING TOGETHER OVER 40 NONPROFITS IN THIS COMMUNITY FOR THIS IMPORTANT FUNDRAISER. THIS FUNDRAISER WILL HELP SUSTAIN OUR NONPROFIT COMMUNITY DURING A TIME WHEN THEIR SERVICES ARE NEEDED MOST.”

TO HELP SUPPORT OUR LOCAL NONPROFITS THAT SUPPORT OUR FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, AND RELATIVES DURING THEIR TIMES OF NEED; PLEASE VISIT UNITEDWAYLIMA.ORG/WEEKOFGIVING. EVERY DOLLAR RAISED WILL GO DIRECTLY TO THE NONPROFIT YOU CHOOSE. THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL NON-PROFITS AND THE INDIVIDUALS THEY IMPACT EVERY DAY!

WIMA SPORTS COPY WEDNESDAY JULY 22, 2020

>>REDS DOWN TIGERS

(CINCINNATI, OH) -- IN THE FIRST OF BACK-TO-BACK EXHIBITION GAMES TO TUNE UP FOR THE TEAM’S SEASON-OPENING GAME ON FRIDAY, THE REDS AND TIGERS MET AT GREAT AMERICAN BALLPARK LAST NIGHT. DETROIT JUMPED OUT TO A 5-0 LEAD ONLY TO SEE THE REDS STORM BACK FOR A 9-7 WIN.

SHOGO AKIYAMA’S THREE-RUN HOME RUN IN THE FIFTH INNING TIED THE GAME AT SIX. IT STAYED TIED UNTIL EUGENIO SUAREZ’S TWO-RUN SHOT IN THE EIGHTH GAVE THE REDS THE LEAD. JESSE WINKER HIT A SOLO HOMER LATER IN THE INNING TO CAP THE REDS SCORING. EARLIER IN THE GAME FREDDY GALVIS AND TUCKER BARNHART ALSO WENT DEEP.

THE TEAMS MEET AGAIN TONIGHT AT 6:10 AND THE GAME WILL BE ON 1150 WIMA.

>>THE BLUE JAYS TO PLAY HOME GAMES IN PITTSBURGH

(TORONTO, ONT) -- THE BLUE JAYS HAVE BEEN INFORMED THAT THEY WILL PLAY THEIR 2020 HOME SCHEDULE AT PITTSBURGH'S PNC PARK, A SOURCE TOLD SPORTSNET. THEY'LL SHARE THE STADIUM WITH THE PIRATES, WHO ARE PLAYING THEIR 60-GAME SCHEDULE IN MLB'S CENTRAL REGION.

IT'S STILL UNCLEAR HOW MANY HOME GAMES THE BLUE JAYS WILL PLAY IN THE STEEL CITY. WHILE THE BLUE JAYS AND PIRATES HAVE WORKED OUT AN AGREEMENT TO SHARE PNC PARK, TORONTO STILL NEEDS TO SECURE SOME FINAL APPROVALS FROM OFFICIALS AT BOTH THE LOCAL AND STATE LEVELS BEFORE IT BECOMES OFFICIAL.

THE BLUE JAYS WERE LEFT WITHOUT A HOME AFTER THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT DENIED THEIR REQUEST TO PLAY HOME GAMES AT ROGERS CENTRE THIS SUMMER DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

>>NFLPA AGREES TO ELIMINATE PRESEASON GAMES

(NEW YORK, NY) -- THE NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION HAS AGREED TO THE LEAGUE'S PLAN TO DROP ALL PRESEASON GAMES FOR THE 2020 SEASON. THE UNION ALSO AGREED TO A 80-PLAYER ROSTER LIMIT FOR TRAINING CAMP, DOWN FROM THE USUAL 90. THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNION AND THE LEAGUE CAME A DAY AFTER LEAGUE MADE A PROPOSAL ON NOT PLAYING ANY PRESEASON GAMES BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. THE LEAGUE ALSO SAID PLAYERS WILL BE TESTED DAILY FOR THE CORONAVIRUS FOR AT LEAST THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF TRAINING CAMP, PER THE LEAGUE'S NEW TESTING PROTOCOLS.

THE NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION HAS ANNOUNCED THAT 59 PLAYERS LEAGUEWIDE HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS AT SOME POINT. INITIALLY THE NFLPA SAID THAT 95 PLAYERS TESTED POSITIVE, BUT THE PLAYERS UNION ALTERED THE NUMBER ON ITS WEBSITE AND SAID THAT THE HIGHER NUMBER INCLUDED ALL KNOWN POSITIVES ACROSS THE LEAGUE, INCLUDING STAFF. THE NFLPA DID NOT SAY HOW MANY PLAYERS TOOK THE TEST, SO THE ACTUAL PERCENT OF PLAYERS TO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE IS UNCERTAIN.

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