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Rapist will die in prison

Crimes of Columbus Grove man among worst judge, prosecutor say they have ever seen

Failure to register as sex offender earns man a prison stay

LIMA — A 28-year-old man described in court records as homeless — with a string of outstanding warrants reportedly spanning three states — was ordered to prison Wednesday for repeatedly failing to register as a sex offender as required by law.

Individual questioned, released following Meijer bomb scare

FILE - The Allen County Sheriff’s Department responded to a “suspicious package” at Meijer on Allentown road late Sunday evening.

Shawnee police seek public’s help after vehicle stolen early Sunday

SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Shawnee police are investigating the theft of vehicle from a Tawa Drive residence early Sunday.

Distracted driving law adds $100 fine to offenses

LIMA — Thanks to a new law, answering a text or eating while behind the wheel might literally cost you.

Lima woman accused of murder accepts deal

Autumn Spears pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter in stabbing death of Toledo man

Columbus Grove man pleads guilty to rape

LIMA — A 63-year-old Columbus Grove man accused have having sex with a boy under the age of 13 will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

Lima woman sentenced to 4 years for striking bicylist with auto

LIMA — A Lima woman who ran down a bicyclist with her vehicle earlier this year was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday in Allen County Common Pleas Court.

Former Shawnee school employee gets probation for thefts

Kimberly Hall says threats to her family led to poor decisions

Former Crossroads director in court on theft charge

LIMA — The former executive director of Crossroads Crisis Center was present in a Lima courtroom Thursday to answer to a charge of theft.

Man wanted for Lima murder arrested in Alabama

LIMA – A 23-year-old Lima man wanted for murder who has eluded law enforcement authorities for nearly two years has been captured in Alabama.

Lima man pleads to reduce charge in assault case

Cory Clair, 40, of Lima, accepted a deal from prosecutors Thursday and pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated assault.

Defendants sentenced in Allen Co. courtrooms

LIMA — The following individuals were sentenced recently in Allen County Common Pleas Court:

Lima man accused of killing father with sword ruled incompetent

LIMA — A Lima man charged with murder in the stabbing death of his father this summer has been ruled incompetent to stand trial.

Two jailed in connection with break-in at Lima carryout

LIMA — Two men were taken into custody by Lima police early Monday for their alleged role in the break-in and robbery at a Lima carryout.

Defendants sentenced in Allen Co. Common Pleas Court

The following individuals were sentenced recently in Allen County Common Pleas Court:

Convicted murderer fires attorney; asks to revoke plea

LIMA — What was scheduled as a fairly routine sentencing hearing for a woman convicted of murder took a drastically unexpected turn Monday morning.

Lima Rotary hosts law enforcement roundtable

LIMA — Four Allen County police chiefs visited the Lima Rotary Club meeting Monday to discuss community issues

Pedestrian struck on Findlay Road

LIMA — The Lima post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a truck-pedestrian crash that occurred Sunday evening.

Fatal accident investigated by Highway Patrol

HARROD — One person was killed in a crash at state Route 309 and Napoleon Road Saturday night.

‘Suspicious’ fire at former Lima motel

LIMA — Bath Township firefighters were dispatched Wednesday morning to the site of a former motel just northeast of Lima city limits

Employee injured as man attempts to rob Lima convenience store

LIMA — Lima police are seeking the public’s help in locating a man they say attempted to rob a Lima convenience store Monday evening

Suspect sought in Lima ATM robbery

LIMA — Police are searching for a suspect in the armed robbery of a man who was making a withdrawal from a Superior Credit Union ATM at 1400 N. West St.

Edelbrock enters guilty plea to three of seven counts

TOLEDO — On Thursday, in U.S. District Court, Toledo, Jennifer Edelbrock entered guilty pleas to three counts of bank fraud.

Man robs South Main Street establishment at gunpoint

LIMA — Police are looking for a man who robbed a South Main Street establishment in the early-morning hours Wednesday.

Sister stabs brother, he shoots at home, and both are arrested

LIMA — An argument between a brother and his sister got out of hand Saturday afternoon when a knife and a gun became part of the equation.

Lima man ruled competent to stand trial on 19 sex-related charges

LIMA — A 22-year-old Lima man facing 19 sex-related charges has been ruled competent to stand trial.

Lima man charged in assault rejects plea deal

LIMA — A Lima man who police say pistol-whipped his victim during a robbery attempt at a Lima bar rejected a deal from prosecutors during a contentious hearing Thursday.

Ex-Shawnee employee pleads guilty to theft

SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — A former Shawnee schools employee pleaded guilty to two felony theft charges Thursday morning.

Five honored by Fraternal Order of Police

LIMA — Five Lima citizens were honored by the Fraternal Order of Police Lima Lodge 21

Fuson faces jail time after pleading no contest

A Lima man faces prison time after pleading no contest to two counts of Gross Sexual Imposition.

Lima man charged as a major drug offender pleads guilty

A Lima man facing multiple drug charges takes a plea deal to get some of them dropped.

10-year prison sentence doled out to Walgreens armed robber

LIMA — Quintez Hawkins was defiant to the bitter end during his sentencing hearing Wednesday in Allen County Common Pleas Court.

20-year-old pleads guilty to armed robbery at Lima apartment

LIMA — A 20-year-old Lima man who police say took part in an armed robbery at the Lima West Apartments earlier this year pleaded guilty on Monday for his role in the incident.

3 Lima men jailed on gun-related charges

LIMA — Three Lima men are in custody following their arrests early Sunday morning of various gun charges.

4th of July party ends in shooting death of one and six others injured

A July 4th party that continued on into the early morning hours of July 5th ended abruptly, as a shooting broke out leaving one man dead.

Accused baby-killer to be arraigned Thursday in Lima court

LIMA — A 31-year-old Lima man will be formally arraigned Thursday in Allen County Common Pleas Court on murder and other charges related to the April 3 death of a toddler following an incident that reportedly took place at a Lima residence.

Allen County Common Pleas Court dispositions (1)

The following individuals were sentenced recently in Allen County Common Pleas Court:

Allen County Common Pleas Court dispositions (1)

The following individuals were sentenced recently in Allen County Common Pleas Court:

Allen County grand jury indictments revealed

The following individuals were indicted during the recent session of the Allen County grand jury:

Allen County Prosecutor Randy Basinger

A new but familiar face can be seen around the Allen County Prosecutor's Office, as retired Putnam County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Basinger makes his return to the courtroom. Only this time, his view will be in front of the bench.

Another man faces manslaughter charge in Oliphant’s shooting death

LIMA – A fourth Lima man has been indicted by an Allen County grand jury on involuntary manslaughter charges in connection with the March 2017 shooting death of Damere Oliphant.

Barnett charged with theft in office

A Lima city official has been indicted by an Allen County Grand Jury for theft.

Body cams to hit Lima streets in 2 months

LIMA — Lima Police Department body cameras will be going live in roughly two months

Botched armed robbery nets Columbus woman 4-year prison term

LIMA — A Columbus woman who attempted to rob Duke’s Liquor Store in downtown Lima at gunpoint — reportedly under the threat of physical danger from her male accomplice if she failed to do so — was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison.

Continental woman sentenced for having sex with Lima inmate

LIMA — A Continental woman who engaged in consensual sex with an inmate at the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution last year was sentenced Monday to four years on probation.

Cory Jackson sentenced in Main Street Pub shooting

In March, 21 year old Cory Jackson was found guilty by a jury for the murder of Amari Gooding and the aggravated robbery of Trey Ackles.

Deal struck between prosecutors, man changed with pandering child porn

LIMA — A Lima man charged with the use of minors in nudity-oriented material and 14 counts of pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor accepted a deal from prosecutors Friday that saw the most serious of the charges dismissed.

Defendant disruptive in Lima court; sentencing postponed again

Sentencing on fondling charge delayed after disruption

Defendant says 2016 shooting death involved Lima drug turf war

Devonte Andrews sentenced to 14 years in death of Edward Henry

Defendants sentenced in Allen County court

The following individuals were sentenced recently in Allen County Common Pleas Court:

Defiance man sentenced in Lima tire-dumping scheme

LIMA — A Defiance man charged with complicity in the transportation and illegal dumping of scrap automobile tires within the city of Lima was sentenced Monday to two years of probation and was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service.

Delphos police arrest VW woman on meth charges

DELPHOS — A Van Wert woman was jailed Tuesday evening following her arrest by Delphos police on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and tampering with evidence.

Drive-by shooting results in charges against 2 Lima men

LIMA — A key witness in the murder trial earlier this year of Lima resident Cory Jackson has been indicted by an Allen County grand jury for allegedly taking part in a drive-by shooting

Drunk driver changes plea in 2017 traffic death

LIMA – A Lima man faces up to eight years in prison when he is sentenced next month for a drunk-driving accident which claimed the life of a young Lima woman last year.

Edelbrock indicted on bank fraud

PUTNAM COUNTY — Shortly before noon on May 29, 2015, officials with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and the Delphos Police Department arrested Jennifer Ann Edelbrock at her Kalida home.

Emotional Dalton gets three years in Oliphant death case

Dalton Duncan fought back tears Monday morning as he was sentenced in Allen County Common Pleas Court to four years in prison

Ex-Shawnee employee charged with stealing $56,000

SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — A former Shawnee schools employee faces three felony charges for allegedly stealing more than $56,000 from the district and a booster organization.

Former Elida schools employee gets 85 days in jail

Former employee at Elida school must repay $85,000

Former Miss Kentucky escapes more jail time after bringing drugs into Lima prison

Kia Hampton gets probation for attempting to smuggle drugs into local prison

Former Miss Kentucky pleads no contest to bringing drugs into prison

Kia Hampton to be sentenced March 21 for attempting to bring pot into local prison

Four-year prison sentence doled out for assault with AK-47

Lima resident Marvin Bridges, 20, was sentenced Monday to four years in prison on a second-degree felony charge of felonious assault with a one-year firearm specification.

Four-year sentence handed out in arson case

LIMA — It hardly needed saying, but Judge Jeffrey Reed said it anyway.

Gold coins stolen from Sleets Coins in Delphos

The Delphos Police Department is asking for your help in identifying two suspects involved in a recent theft.

Grand jury returns murder indictments in Lima stabbing death

LIMA — In what was largely a formality, an Allen County grand jury has indicted Marchion Williams for murder in the March stabbing death of Lima resident Eddie McClellan.

Gunman in Oliphant murder sentenced to 18 years to life

LIMA — Gavin Lauck, the trigger-man in the shooting death almost a year ago of Damere Oliphant outside a Shawnee Township apartment, apologized to the family of his victim Monday before being sentenced to 18 years to life in prison for murder.

Harris gets 14 years in prison for aggravated robbery

LIMA — A 20-year-old Lima man received a 14-year prison sentence on an aggravated robbery charge in an incident that left a 46-year-old Lima man dead.

Illinois man killed in Allen County motorcycle crash Sunday night

LIMA – An Illinois man died Sunday night when his motorcycle left the roadway Sunday on Eastown Road in American Township.


The following individuals entered pleas of not guilty last week in Allen County Common Pleas court during their arraignment hearings.

Jury convicts Lima man on charges of burglary, abduction

LIMA — Jurors deliberated for less than 90 minutes Tuesday afternoon in Allen County Common Pleas Court before returning guilty verdicts on four felony counts against a Lima man.

Juveniles arrested after allegedly stealing a vehicle and breaking into others

LIMA — Three juveniles stole a vehicle after breaking into multiple other vehicles

Kindle earns 64 years in prison

LIMA — A woman who allowed her children to be used in a sex trafficking operation was sentenced Wednesday to 64 years in prison on various charges.

Lima 17-year-old sentenced as adult for assault with a gun

LIMA — A 17-year-old with a long string of felony and misdemeanor convictions as a juvenile was sentenced Wednesday as an adult to six years in prison for engaging in a shootout with other teens.

Lima armed robbery incident remains under investigation

LIMA — Two people are reportedly in custody following an apparent armed robbery that occurred Sunday night.

Lima Council approves police body cameras

LIMA — After a lengthy pilot program testing six different body camera models, the Lima Police Department is ready to advertise for body camera system proposals, which was approved unanimously during Lima City Council’s Monday night meeting.

Lima judge sentences man to 14 years in prison, tires of ‘Gunfight at OK Corral’ scenarios

Second defendant gets 14-year prison sentence in 2016 shooting death of Edward Henry

Lima K9 officer sniffs out drugs during traffic stop

On Friday, July 6, 2018, at approximately 4:36 p.m., Patrolman Torres and his K9 partner King stopped a vehicle at Jameson and Rice.

Lima man arrested for murder of 18-month-old

LIMA — The Lima Police Department has arrested Gabriel W. Salyers, 31, in connection with the death of an 18-month-old boy.

Lima man arrested for murder of 18-month-old (1)

LIMA — The Lima Police Department has arrested Gabriel W. Salyers, 31, in connection with the death of an 18-month-old boy.

Lima man dead, relative in custody following Monday morning homicide

Allen County sheriff deputies and investigators stand outside a homicide scene at 311 E. 14th St, Lima, on Monday afternoon.

Lima man dies after stabbing; woman in custody

LIMA — A 39-year-old Lima woman is in jail on suspicion of murder after the stabbing death of a 65-year-old Lima man early this morning.

Lima man faces charges for robbing escorts

A Lima man is facing a robbery charge after threatening female victims.

Lima man gets 14-year sentence in 2017 shooting death

LIMA — A Lima man charged with murder in a shooting last summer at the Gas Station Bar in Lima that left Davohn Godsey dead was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison.

Lima man gets 4-year sentence for robbery

LIMA — Decorion Dawson, a 26-year-old Lima man who was in court for his second gun-related offense in three years, was sentenced Monday to four years in prison on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated robbery.

Lima man indicted on multiple counts for the death of a toddler

The Allen County Grand Jury has charged 31-year-old Gabriel Salyers with aggravated murder, endangering children, domestic violence, and possession of drugs.

Lima man jailed on drug charge following execution of search warrant

LIMA – A Lima man was taken into custody Monday on a preliminary charge of suspicion of possession of hashish following the execution of a search warrant at his West Market Street residence.

Lima man pleads guilty to bringing weapon into area school

Garry Tabler Jr. enters county’s diversion program to get charges dismissed

Lima man pleads guilty to murder in Cam Court shooting

Gavin Lauck faces mandatory prison sentence of 18 years to life

Lima man robs 86-year-old at knife-point, then quickly apprehended

LIMA — A Lima man who asked an 86-year-old driver for a ride — and then allegedly robbed him at knife-point — was quickly arrested by police Tuesday.

Lima man sentenced to 14 years in prison

LIMA — A Lima man was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison on a variety of charges after being found guilty last month by an Allen County jury.

Lima man sentenced to five years in prison for baseball bat attack

LIMA — A Lima man was sentenced last week in Allen County Common Pleas Court to five years in prison on a charge of felonious assault, a felony of the second degree.

Lima man sentenced to nine years for assault with handgun

Paris Jackson of Lima was sentenced Wednesday to nine years in prison

Lima man sentenced to three years in prison for aggravated robbery

LIMA — A Lima man who took part in a Nov. 7 drug deal that ended in an armed robbery was sentenced Monday to three years in prison.

Lima man takes plea deal; trades rape charges for sexual battery

Brandon Smith, 36, of Sidney, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of sexual battery

Lima man with HIV sentenced for sex with teenage girl

LIMA — A 51-year-old, HIV-infected Lima man was sentenced Monday in Allen County Common Pleas Court to five years in prison for having unprotected sex with a 17-year-old girl.

Lima men arrested in FBI raid enter not guilty pleas

LIMA — Five Lima men who were taken into custody during pre-dawn drugs raids conducted June 14 as part of an FBI probe into the trafficking of cocaine in Allen County entered pleas of not guilty to an assortment of charges during their arraignment hearings this week.

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