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Past articles by Greg:

Lima murder suspect in court after 7 months on run

LIMA — A man who had been on the run for about five months before police in Detroit found him with a stolen gun appeared at a bond hearing Friday on the charge of murder. Cory L. Jackson, 20, of 201 W. 15th St., is charged with murder in the Oct. 8 killing of 20-year-old … → Read More

Jury convicts man in rape case

LIMA — A jury convicted a 54-year-old man Friday of kidnapping and three counts of rape in crimes involving two women that were solved when his DNA was compared to samples in a state database. Walter Robinson will face a maximum penalty of 30 to 40 years when he is sentenced, which is scheduled for … → Read More

Rape trial: Jury to continue today

LIMA — A man who became a suspect in the alleged rapes of two women from a DNA match after he was charged in another crime will have to wait another night before a jury decides his fate. After about four hours of deliberations Thursday, the jury did not reach a verdict and wanted to … → Read More

Juvenile, 3 adults under investigation in robbery spree

LIMA — A 17-year-old boy accused of robbing an employee of a local pharmacy could be tried as an adult. Senneca Rivers, of Indiana, was at a hearing Thursday in Allen County Juvenile Court to be advised of the aggravated robbery charge against him. Prosecutors are seeking to try him as an adult. Rivers and … → Read More

Officials look to consolidate transportation services

LIMA — In an effort to help get people to jobs through public transportation, local leaders are looking at ways to be more efficient, especially when they have to make due with ever-shrinking federal funding. Officials from a variety of agencies met recently to discuss consolidating transportation programs to still get people to work and … → Read More

Lima soup kitchen co-director charged with kidnapping

LIMA — One of the co-directors of a local soup kitchen has been charged with kidnapping over an alleged incident at his house on Saturday that involves allegations of a sex crime. Scott Catlett, 58, of 707 N. Jefferson St., has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday at Lima Municipal Court. He is being held … → Read More

U.S. Sen. Portman visits International Paper

KENTON — Less than four years after urging executives at International Paper to expand and add 125 jobs to its current Hardin County location, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman stopped by Wednesday to see the addition and shake hands with the new employees. “This is the fun part of my job. You get to come out … → Read More

No students hurt in Spencerville bus accident on last day of school

SPENCERVILLE — The last day of school for the 2016-17 year will be one young students will not soon forget. It ended with a bus crash, but luckily none of them were hurt. The crash happened just after 4 p.m. Wednesday on state Route 117 at Park Street, said Spencerville Police Chief Darin Cook. “It … → Read More

F-16 jets amaze crowd along parade route

LIMA — The flyover by two U.S. Air Force F-16 jets stole the show at the annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday. “It was terrific. I really enjoyed it. I’ve seen these fly before but this one was special to me. It came down the parade route and right on out,” said Charles Faulder, of … → Read More

Wet Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer

LIMA — Memorial Day weekend, the official kickoff to summer, was a wet one but with dry weather during the day Monday many people had the chance to enjoy the sun, something some may not recognize especially lately. It was a wet Memorial Day weekend, with 1.7 inches of rainfall over the three-day holiday weekend … → Read More

EMA announces emergency ALERT warning system

LIMA — Available now, anyone with a SmartPhone, cell phone, email or a phone number can get an instant emergency alert to warn of tornadoes, severe weather, bad traffic crashes, chemical spills or anything that could affect their daily life. Allen County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Tom Berger announced the ALERT … → Read More

3 murder defendants waive speedy trial rights

LIMA — Three men charged in the slaying of a man in Shawnee Township in March waived their right to a speedy trial Thursday. Gavin R. Lauck, 19, Collin Dysert, 20, and Dalton Duncan, 19, appeared separately to waive their right to a speedy trial. Allen County Common Pleas Judge David Cheney told each of … → Read More

Rash of teen shootings plague Lima

LIMA — As most teenagers anxiously await the last day of classes before summer break so they can stay up late talking to friends and do other fun things, a small but growing number of teens are waking up in a much different life each day. They are waking up behind bars where they may … → Read More

Trial set for Fort Recovery man facing death penalty over child killing

CELINA — A Fort Recovery man facing the death penalty over the killing of a child was assigned a trial date for Oct. 2. Cory Eischen, 40, appeared at a hearing Friday in Mercer County Common Pleas Court. Visiting Judge Randall Basinger also set a motion hearing for July 5. Eischen is charged with aggravated … → Read More

Lima teen pleads guilty in killing at Meat City

LIMA — A 17 year old will face up to 14 years in prison when he is sentenced in July for killing a man. Albert McDowell pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter with a gun during a hearing Thursday in Allen County Common Pleas Court. Sentencing was set for July 6. McDowell killed 19-year-old Da’veon Petaway … → Read More

Troopers beefing up patrols on S.R. 117

LIMA — This is your warning if you are traveling state Route 117 from Lima to U.S. 33. The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be concentrating on that stretch of roadway to target crash-causing violations in an effort to curb crashes, Lt. David Brown of the Lima Post of the state patrol said. From 2011 … → Read More

Pandora woman pleads guilty to 2 bank robberies

LIMA — A woman who robbed the same bank twice pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of robbery. Kaylee N. Shoopman, 27, of Pandora, entered the pleas in Allen County Common Pleas Court. She is scheduled to be sentenced July 10. Each charge carries up to eight years in prison. Shoopman robbed the Fifth Third … → Read More

Former band instructor gets hearing date

WAPAKONETA — A motion hearing for former band instructor at Wapakoneta schools accused of sex charges was rescheduled Tuesday to July 21. The hearing for Broc Hottle is scheduled in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court. Pending motions will be considered at the time. Hottle, 27, is charged with 34 counts of sexual battery from incidents … → Read More

Husband of substitute teacher jailed

OTTAWA — A judge sentenced a man to three months in jail Tuesday for being part of a crime in which his wife, a former substitute teacher, had sex with a student. Derrick Storer, 33, was sentenced on three counts of furnishing alcohol to an underage person. He also was fined $500 and placed on … → Read More

Sheriff seeking a few fit deputies

LIMA — Candidates for four openings as sheriff deputies in Allen County hit the track to show their fitness in a 1.5 mile test of truth. There was no hiding, just men against the clock. Some did well, others struggled. Those under 30 have to run 1.5 miles in under 11 minutes, 38 seconds, which … → Read More