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Greg Sowinski

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E-Mail Address: gsowinski@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 567-242-0464

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Tornado warning sirens to be tested Friday

LIMA — A statewide tornado drill has been postponed until 9:50 a.m. Friday. At that time, 50 warning sirens in Allen County will be tested. Tests are conducted each month, usually on the first Wednesday. In an actual emergency, the sirens let people know they should go inside to tune to local media outlets for more information and emergency

ST. MARYS — U.S. 33 westbound near state Route 66 was closed for about two hours early Tuesday following a one-vehicle crash.
Sandra J. Faler, 60, of Wapakoneta, was taken to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital for treatment. A hospital nursing supervisor said no information was available on Faler's condition. A spokeswoman for the sta

Crash closes U.S. 33

ST. MARYS — U.S. 33 westbound near state Route 66 was closed for about two hours early Tuesday following a one-vehicle crash. Sandra J. Faler, 60, of Wapakoneta, was taken to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital for treatment. A hospital nursing supervisor said no information was available on Faler's condition. A spokeswoman for the sta

Police calls

6100 block of Creps Road, Harrod — A woman reported Monday someone used her Social Security number to file an income tax return. McKibben and Main streets, Lima — A deputy reported Sunday a person was intoxicated and unable to care for himself. 400 block of South McDonel Street, Lima — A deputy stopped a vehicle Monday and found

Shop owner wins battle

GOMER — After a stressful week that put the standing of his pizza business in jeopardy, Alan Tyrrell was one happy man Tuesday after finding out the problem has been resolved. “I would love to personally thank Jon Husted for the quick response in taking care of the matter,” Tyrrell said. Tyrrell's attorney, Doug Daley, worked wi

Police calls

900 block of East Vine Street, Lima — A 51-year-old woman reported Monday someone broke into her home and stole a television. 1054 Bellefontaine Ave., Lima — A man at the Hanger Clinic reported Sunday someone broke into the business. 1052 Bellefontaine Ave., Lima — A man at Mohler's Flowers by Uhl reported Sunday someone broke i

Secretary of State officials: trying to resolve charter error

GOMER — A spokesman for the Ohio Secretary of State's said officials at the office are working to try to resolve an error that put a local business in poor corporate standing with the agency. “We are trying to get this matter resolved for him as quickly for him as we can,” said Matt McClellan, a spokesman for the Ohio Secretary o

Not guilty plea entered in death penalty case

WAPAKONETA — A man facing the death penalty for allegedly beating a man to death inside a Uniopolis apartment pleaded not guilty Monday. Joseph Furry, 30, of Van Wert, pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated murder and one count each of aggravated burglary, kidnapping and intimidation of a witness. Bond was continued at $5 million an

LIMA — Wanting to keep local the factory that makes M1 Abrams Tanks well on the radar screen of the politicians that control the national defense purse strings, Congressman Mike Turner brought an entourage to town for a tour.
“Our goal today is to look at the status of the projects that are here but also in part to celebrate the fact t

Tank plant hosts visitors

LIMA — Wanting to keep local the factory that makes M1 Abrams Tanks well on the radar screen of the politicians that control the national defense purse strings, Congressman Mike Turner brought an entourage to town for a tour. “Our goal today is to look at the status of the projects that are here but also in part to celebrate the fact t

LIMA — When a jury last week rejected the death penalty for a man who killed three including brutally beating two women, it left Prosecutor Juergen Waldick asking the same questions he's asked for a number of years.
What does it take to achieve a death sentence in Allen County?
That same question can be asked around the state.
In Allen Cou

Death sentence in Ohio becoming rare

LIMA — When a jury last week rejected the death penalty for a man who killed three including brutally beating two women, it left Prosecutor Juergen Waldick asking the same questions he's asked for a number of years. What does it take to achieve a death sentence in Allen County? That same question can be asked around the state. In Allen Cou

Marriages and Divorces

MARRIAGES Gerardo Esquivel, 38, Lima, and Amanda R. Rodriguez, 30, Lima; Jason L. Howland, 29, Lima, and Amanda B. Hall, 29, Lima; Michael S. Banks, 26, Lima, and Brittney C. Boedicker, 25, Lima; Amadou M. Dia, 31, Lima, and Nakia N. Cotton, 29, Lima; Isaac J. Cotter, 23, Waynesfield, and RaeAnna M. Hunnell, 22, Lima; Brian B. Adams, 45, Lima, and

GOMER — When Alan Tyrrell and his father opened Uncle Al's Pizza nearly 30 years ago, it was their slice of the American dream.
It gave Tyrrell a chance to be his own boss and control his future. Up until six weeks ago, life was good. Then, out of the blue, Tyrrell received notice from his insurance company the corporation under which his bu

American nightmare: 'Uncle Al' dueling Secretary of State over business registration

GOMER — When Alan Tyrrell and his father opened Uncle Al's Pizza nearly 30 years ago, it was their slice of the American dream. It gave Tyrrell a chance to be his own boss and control his future. Up until six weeks ago, life was good. Then, out of the blue, Tyrrell received notice from his insurance company the corporation under which his bu

Judge enters not guilty plea for man

WAPAKONETA — A man facing the death penalty for allegedly beating a man to death inside a Uniopolis apartment refused to enter a plea Thursday. Aaron M. Dietrich Sr., 26, of Wapakoneta, was in court on the charges of two counts of aggravated murder and one count each of aggravated burglary, kidnapping and intimidation of a witness. Judge Fr

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LIMA — Hager Church was sent off to prison Wednesday with two additional life sentences after a jury refused to give him the death penalty for setting a fire that killed two people in 2009.
“I'm sorry, truly sorry for what I did,” Church said. “It's something I can never take back and I got to live the rest of my life with

Church avoids death sentence in 2009 murders in Lima

LIMA — Hager Church was sent off to prison Wednesday with two additional life sentences after a jury refused to give him the death penalty for setting a fire that killed two people in 2009. “I'm sorry, truly sorry for what I did,” Church said. “It's something I can never take back and I got to live the rest of my life with

LIMA — Convicting Hager Church of murdering two people by setting a fire in 2009 seemed more of a formality but deciding whether he should pay for the crime with his life is where the hard decision lies.
A jury of eight men and four women were sequestered to a local hotel Tuesday evening after more than nine hours of deliberation in the pena

Prosecutor asks jury for death penalty verdict

LIMA — Convicting Hager Church of murdering two people by setting a fire in 2009 seemed more of a formality but deciding whether he should pay for the crime with his life is where the hard decision lies. A jury of eight men and four women were sequestered to a local hotel Tuesday evening after more than nine hours of deliberation in the pena

LIMA — A psychologist testifying on behalf of a man facing the death penalty Monday said Hager Church was sexually abused and began using alcohol at a young age contributing to his life of crime as an adult.
Forensic Psychologist Bob Stinson testified Church had many bad influences in his life as a child that created the person he is today.

Psychologist: Church had troubled childhood

LIMA — A psychologist testifying on behalf of a man facing the death penalty Monday said Hager Church was sexually abused and began using alcohol at a young age contributing to his life of crime as an adult. Forensic Psychologist Bob Stinson testified Church had many bad influences in his life as a child that created the person he is today.

Marriages and Divorces

MARRIAGES Brent A. Smith, 21, Lima, and Erin M. Baker, 20, Lima; Patrick W. Kelley Sr., 41, Lima, and Keshia L. Kelley, 40, Lima; Tyler K. Stedke, 25, Lima, and Nicole R. Morgan, 27, Lima; Danie Ryane Jr., 34, Lima, and Karen A. Bailey, 34, Lima. DIVORCES Lisa M. and Michael S. Curry; Vance E. and Lori A. Stemen; Amanda and Josh Poe; Amanda L. a

WAPAKONETA — Three men were indicted this week in the June slaying of an Uniopolis man beaten to death inside his home.
All three will face the death penalty, Auglaize County Prosecutor Ed Pierce said Friday.
Aaron M. Dietrich Sr., 26, of Wapakoneta, Joseph R. Furry, 30, of Van Wert, and James P. Dinsmore, 28, all are charged with two count

3 to face death penalty

WAPAKONETA — Three men were indicted this week in the June slaying of an Uniopolis man beaten to death inside his home. All three will face the death penalty, Auglaize County Prosecutor Ed Pierce said Friday. Aaron M. Dietrich Sr., 26, of Wapakoneta, Joseph R. Furry, 30, of Van Wert, and James P. Dinsmore, 28, all are charged with two count

WAPAKONETA — More than 33 years has passed since Bernie Reineke and his family received the call his uncle was killed.
“I can still remember getting the call like it was yesterday,” Reineke said. “I remember the shock all our family was in at the time over the viciousness of the crime.”
Reineke's uncle, Marcellus Rei

Mabry earns 7 to 25 years

WAPAKONETA — More than 33 years has passed since Bernie Reineke and his family received the call his uncle was killed. “I can still remember getting the call like it was yesterday,” Reineke said. “I remember the shock all our family was in at the time over the viciousness of the crime.” Reineke's uncle, Marcellus Rei

THOSE WHO HAVE INFORMATION CAN CALL CRIME STOPPERS AT 419-229-7867
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Crime Stoppers

THOSE WHO HAVE INFORMATION CAN CALL CRIME STOPPERS AT 419-229-7867 SOLVING CRIMES Law-enforcement officials were looking for information about the crimes and people listed below. The program offers anonymous cash rewards up to $1,000 to those who provide information that leads to the apprehension and indictment of wanted suspects. Crime Stoppers





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