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Celebrating Our Spirit: More activities available inside

LIMA — When the COVID-19 pandemic handed Andy and Wes Johnston lemons, the owners of Lima’s Westgate Lanes decided to turn them into lemonade… or maybe some drinks slightly stronger. → Read More

Celebrating Our Spirit: Wet and cold? Let’s play golf!

LIMA — Earlier this month, a few short days after heavy rains had fallen on Allen County, a group of friends and former co-workers gathered for a rousing round of golf, sprinkled liberally with a few brews. → Read More

Bids for Moulton school demo well below estimates

WAPAKONETA — It’s not unusual for bids for a government contract to come in below the engineering estimate for the project. It is uncommon, however, when the successful bid is for less than half the projected amount. → Read More

Man charged in connection with death of Bluffton cop is sentenced

FINDLAY — One of three men who were inside the vehicle that struck and killed a Bluffton police officer during a high-speed chase nearly a year ago has been sentenced in Hancock County Common Pleas Court for his role in that incident. → Read More

Celebrating Our Spirit: No brick? No mortar? No problem

LIMA — From specialty dog biscuits to baby broccoli shoots delivered to your door to ultra low-temperature freezers capable of chilling items to negative-86 Celsius, business owners in the greater Lima region are finding a world of business opportunities exist on the World Wide Web. → Read More

Man who threatened to blow up P-G school, priest pleads guilty

LIMA — Lima resident Robert Miller, who in 2019 was ruled incompetent to stand trial after writing a letter in which he threatened to blow Pandora-Gilboa Elementary School and a Catholic priest to “kingdom come,” on Thursday pleaded guilty to a felony count of inducing panic as part of a negotiated deal with prosecutors. → Read More

Former Disney actor gets jail time in Lima

LIMA — A former child actor was sentenced to 60 days in jail (18 days were suspended) and fined $50 following his conviction on Feb. 16 in Lima Municipal Court on charges of criminal damaging and endangering. → Read More

Former Lima cop gets jail time for Wapak incident

WAPAKONETA — The apology of a former Lima police officer fell on mostly deaf ears Tuesday in Auglaize County Municipal Court when Judge Andrew Augsburger sentenced the man to 180 days in jail and five years of supervised community control sanctions. → Read More

October trial date set in federal court in Auglaize County death

TOLEDO — Three persons charged in the April 2022 death of Timothy Hovanec in Auglaize County will stand trial beginning Oct. 11 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. → Read More

Lima man faces life behind bars for murder

LIMA — A 33-year-old Lima man faces the possibility of life in prison after pleading guilty Monday to murder in the 2021 fatal shooting of Sam McLaurin. → Read More

Marriage license applications filed in Allen County

LIMA — The following couples have applied for marriage licenses at Allen County Probate Court: → Read More

Shawnee superintendent pleads guilty to conflict of interest: Ohio dismisses 14 felony charges

GALLIPOLIS — Jude Meyers, superintendent of Shawnee schools, pleaded guilty Monday in Gallia County Common Pleas Court to a first degree misdeanor count of conflict of interest. In exchange for that plea, the State of Ohio agreed to dismiss 14 felony charges against the school administrator. → Read More

Stats on 2021 drug arrests vary across area

LIMA — Seizures of cocaine and fentanyl pills in Allen County were down significantly in 2022 from the previous year, but arrests related to the possession and/or distribution of fentanyl powder more than doubled during that same period, according to figures provided by the Allen County sheriff’s office. → Read More

Woman returned from North Carolina to face Mercer Co. charges

CELINA — Deputies from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office this week returned a fugitive from North Carolina to face charges locally. → Read More

Chages against Scanland dismissed: Former Children Services director agrees to state’s conditions

LIMA — The state of Ohio has conditionally dismissed its case against Cynthia Scanland, the former head of the Allen County Children Services Agency who lost her job and was charged with tampering with records, obstructing official business and dereliction of duty for her role in a scandal that rocked the government agency in 2020. → Read More

Memphis incident spurs NAACP body camera request

LIMA — Using the beating death earlier this month in Memphis, Tennessee, of a motorist at the hands of police as a backdrop to fortify its call for the Allen County Sheriff’s Office to equip deputies with body cameras, the Lima unit of the NAACP on Monday reported it has reached out to the office of Gov. Mike DeWine for assistance. → Read More

Delphos man killed in Thursday night crash

MARION TOWNSHIP — A Delphos man died Thursday evening from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle traffic accident in western Allen County. According to a release from the Lima post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a 2003 Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by Gregory Kunz, 61, of Delphos, was traveling southbound on state Route 66 […] → Read More

Trial for ex-priest pushed back in federal court

TOLEDO — A February trial date for former priest Michael Zacharias on charges related to the alleged sex trafficking of adults and minors has been vacated and rescheduled for May 2 in U.S. District Court for the Northern Ohio. → Read More

Defense attorney questions competency of alleged killer

LIMA — The attorney for a Tennessee man whose 2019 murder conviction in Allen County was overturned late last year by the Third District Court of Appeals has suggested his client is incapable of assisting in his own defense and therefore is incompetent to stand trial. → Read More

Defendants arraigned in Allen Co. Common Pleas Court

LIMA — The following defendants entered pleas of not guilty on Friday during arraignment hearings in Allen County Common Pleas Court: → Read More