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Lima man in serious condition following Tuesday night shooting

LIMA — Lima police are seeking information surrounding a shooting that occurred late Tuesday night.

Police: Person shot in Lima Sunday evening

LIMA — Lima police are investigating a shooting from Sunday evening.

Man shot Saturday at Harry’s Hideaway in Lima

LIMA — Lima police are investigating a shooting from Saturday night.

Jurors: Woman guilty of firing gun into residence

LIMA — Jurors deliberated for just over an hour Wednesday before finding a Lima woman guilty of firing her handgun through the wall of a residence along Brower Road in September 2018.

Competency exam set for Delphos teen who allegedly beat his child

LIMA — A new trial date has been set and a psychological examination has been approved for a Delphos teenager accused of severely beating his 2-month-old daughter.

Alleged child rapist ruled competent to stand trial

James Hersberger, 39, of Convoy, has been ruled by a doctor at the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Toledo to be competent to stand trial.

Sentence for Lima kidnapping, robbery tops 57 years

Kiarris Laws, 28, of Lima, was sentenced Monday to more than 57 years in prison on charges of aggravated robbery.

Juvenile male robbed of his bicycle at gunpoint in Lima

LIMA — A juvenile was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon in Lima, and the assailant rode away on the youth’s bicycle.

Lima man sentenced to the max for ‘systematic abuse’ of 16-year-old girl

LIMA — Twenty-four felony counts. The maximum sentence on each. To be served consecutively.

One shooter from 2018 after hours party given prison time

Lima man involved in South Main St. shooting reaches negotiated plea, another awaits trial

Major drug offender ordered to give up thousands of dollars and handed 24 years in prison

A Lima man has been sentenced to prison for multiple charges in dealing cocaine and listed as a major drug offender.

Searches at two Lima homes turn up suspected drugs, weapons, money

LIMA – Local law enforcement executed search warrants Tuesday at two locations in Lima, recovering suspected drugs, weapons and currency at the sites.

Prison inmate guilty of assaulting Allen-Oakwood guards

LIMA — A 40-year-old man serving a potential life prison sentence was found guilty Monday of assaulting two guards at the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution nearly two years ago.

Former Lima city official has hearing to dismiss theft charges

A former Lima city court official was in Allen County Common Pleas Court today trying to get charges she is facing dismissed.

Bruster's Car Wash robbed at two different locations

Misfortune has struck the Lima business, Bruster’s Car Wash, once again, after break-ins occurred at two different locations within two hours of each other.

Bomb threat made to the Hall Of Justice in Lima

An early Wednesday bomb threat prompted the evacuation of the Chief William K. Davenport Hall of Justice in Lima.

Roller coaster day ends in plea change, conviction of Lima man

LIMA — Day two in the jury trial of a Lima man accused of assaulting and threatening to kill his former girlfriend started with Willie Foster’s attempt to fire his court-appointed attorney.

West Ohio Crime Task Force arrests two after finding suspected drugs

The West Central Ohio Crime Task Force arrested a Lima man with suspected cocaine.

Guilty plea entered in Lima church vandalism

LIMA — A 22-year-old Delphos woman will be sentenced Dec. 9 for her role in vandalizing a Lima church this summer.

911 calls detail two-hour chase through two counties

Authorities identified Terry Pierce Jr., of Spencerville, as the man who led law enforcement officials on a nearly two-hour chase in a stolen semi truck Tuesday morning.

Sentencing set for former Lima court worker

LIMA — Susan Barnett, the former deputy clerk at the Lima Municipal Clerk of Courts’ office, will be sentenced Oct. 18

Lima man who attacked mother with sword pleads guilty

LIMA — A Lima man who stabbed his mother with what police described as a “samurai”-style sword earlier this year agreed Thursday to plead guilty to a fourth-degree felony charge of felonious assault.

Columbus woman killed in Allen County vehicle crash

A Columbus woman was killed Thursday morning in an Allen County crash that sent her car skidding into a field and left another vehicle on its side.

Rapist sentenced to 20 years to life

LIMA — A Lima man will spend at least the next 20 years behind bars after being sentenced Monday for raping young female family members earlier this year at a Lima residence.

Man sentenced in student robbery

Tyler Lee, 22, of Lima, was sentenced to six years in prison Monday for his role in robbing a former student at the University of Northwest Ohio.

Police: Bar owner ignores violence

LIMA — As Sgt. Nick Hart was preparing a safety report on Lima bars, a man had his ear ripped off outside of Ketzy’s Bar.

Wapak man gets prison after failed WORTH Center rehab

LIMA — A man who on two occasions checked himself out of the Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Rehabilitation Center before completing court-ordered rehabilitation programs was not given a third chance Monday.

August trial date set for former crisis center director

LIMA — Emily Wrencher, the former executive director of Crossroads Crisis Center charged with stealing more than $7,500 from the nonprofit agency, appeared briefly in court Tuesday to waive her constitutional right to a speedy trial.

‘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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Lima woman accused of murder accepts deal

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

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 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.

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.

Allen County arraignments

The following individuals entered pleas of not guilty during their recent arraignment hearings in Allen County Common Pleas Court.

Ascura’s defense moves to reduce bond

LIMA — The Lima teenager who allegedly threatened gun violence at Elida High School appeared in court for a motion hearing.

Avery Ward sentenced to life in prison without parole for rape of a minor

22-year-old Avery Ward appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court to hear his punishment for his conviction of raping a 9-year-old boy.

Bond reduction denied for Lima murder suspect

LIMA — A Lima man charged with murder appeared briefly in Allen County Common Pleas Court on Monday seeking a reduction in his $750,000 bond.

Bond set at $1 million for Lima murder suspect

Bond was set at $1 million in Lima Municipal Court on Wednesday for Jolade Reginald Omosikeji Jr.

Chase Bank robbed in Lima

LIMA — The Allen County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the robbery of the Chase Bank, 1799 Harding Highway, Lima.

Chaz Jackson gets max possible penalty for drug deal shooting

Chaz Jackson was found guilty on at least one of his charges after his November trial. Our Eran Hami was in court for Jackson's sentencing today(12/16/19) for his role in the death of Ryan VanBuskirk.

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.

Defendants sentenced in Allen Co. Common Pleas Court

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

Defendants sentenced in Allen Co. courtrooms

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

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.

Drunk driver gets 3½ years for injuring woman

LIMA —Apologetic and tearful, a Louisiana man was sentenced to 42 months in prison Wednesday morning in Allen County Common Pleas Court for seriously injuring an area woman while driving drunk.

Drunk-driving accident that injured four from Bluffton costs Michigan woman 18 months in prison

LIMA — A Michigan woman who injured four members of a Bluffton family in August 2018 when she got behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and prescription medicine was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison.

Ex-Shawnee employee pleads guilty to theft

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

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.

Fatal accident investigated by Highway Patrol

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

Five honored by Fraternal Order of Police

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

Five years later, man pleads guilty to robbing Bluffton bank

Brian Matheny, 48, who prosecutors said robbed a Bluffton bank more than five years ago, pleaded guilty on Thursday to a first-degree felony charge of aggravated burglary.

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.

Former Shawnee school employee gets probation for thefts

Kimberly Hall says threats to her family led to poor decisions

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.

Guilty plea averts Lima man’s trial for attempted murder

LIMA — Andre White on Thursday admitted he fired his gun at an individual on the streets of downtown Lima at close range — and missed — earlier this year.

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.

John Robinson convicted on all counts in wrong way drunk driving crash

During closing arguments, the state made a point to say this case was straight forward. The jury must have thought so too as they found Robinson guilty on all seven charges in just one hour.

Lima area’s fallen officers commemorated during service

Annual service recalls law enforcement offices who died

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.

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.

Lima man charged in alleged baseball bat attack

LIMA — In a case of what was described in court records as a drug deal gone bad, a Lima man was arraigned Tuesday in Allen County Common Pleas Court for allegedly attacking his victim with a baseball bat.

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.

Lima man competent to stand trial on aggravated robbery charge

LIMA — A Dayton psychologist has determined that a Lima man is mentally competent to stand trial on aggravated robbery charges.

Lima man enters guilty plea in rape case

LIMA — A 60-year-old Lima man alleged to have raped a 12-year-old girl earlier this year pleaded guilty to slightly reduced charges Wednesday in Allen County Common Pleas Court.

Lima man faces 40-plus years on sex-related charges (1)

Perry Jones, 22, of Lima, will be sentenced March 4 after pleading guilty Thursday to six of 19 sex-related charges against him, including attempted rape.

Lima man facing decades behind bars reject plea offer

LIMA — Prosecutors on Monday made an offer that a Lima man decided he could refuse, at least for the time being.

Lima man pleads guilty to cocaine possession

LIMA — Anton Grant Sr., 41, Lima, pleaded guilty to second-degree felony possession of cocaine in Allen County Common Pleas Court Wednesday in exchange for the state’s dismissal of several other charges.

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.

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’s plea deal reduces sex-related counts from 52 to 24

LIMA — A Lima man charged with more than 50 sex-related felonies entered into a plea deal Friday that reduced that total to 24.

Lima police investigate stabbing

Police investigated a stabbing at 1022 N. West St., Lima, on Friday night.

Lima rapist sentenced to 20 years to life

LIMA — A Lima man who forced himself sexually on a 12-year-old girl earlier this year will spend at least the next 20 years in prison and could reside behind bars for the rest of his life.

Lima Rotary hosts law enforcement roundtable

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

Lima woman arrested after allegedly stabbing uncle

LIMA — A 20-year-old Lima woman was arrested and charged with suspicion of felonious assault following an apparent stabbling Wednesday afternoon.

Lima woman jailed after allegedly stabbing housemate

LIMA — A 27-year-old Lima woman was jailed on suspicion of felonious assault following a stabbing incident late Sunday evening.

LPD investigating an armed robbery at pizza place

The Lima Police Department is looking for two suspects that robbed a local restaurant at gunpoint.

Man arrested after allegedly robbing two businesses in two nights

A man who allegedly robbed neighboring businesses in two consecutive nights is currently behind bars.

Man killed in Tuesday night shooting in Lima

LIMA — The Lima Police Department is seeking information from the public surrounding a shooting Tuesday night that left one man dead.

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.

Murder trial set for Cobb

Kenneth Cobb appears in Allen County Common Pleas Court for a pretrial hearing.

Name of Friday shooting victim released

LIMA — The Allen County Sheriff’s Office identified the man killed in Friday’s Lark Avenue shooting.

One dead after Friday shooting on Lima’s Lark Avenue

LIMA — The Allen County Sheriff’s Office is releasing few details surrounding the apparent homicide of a man Friday night.

One wounded in shooting at Marko’s in Lima

LIMA — According to Lima patrolman Adrian Ramirez, at 2:16 a.m. Saturday, officers were called to investigate a shooting at Marko’s Sports and Spirits at 701 S. Main St.

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.

Perpetrators forcibly enter Lima residence, rob homeowner at gunpoint

LIMA — Lima police are looking for two males who robbed a Franklin Street resident at gunpoint late Sunday evening.

Police believe same suspects were involved in Tuesday's robberies

The Lima Police Department says they believe the same men who robbed Little Caesars are the same men that attempted to rob Hermies Party Shop on Tuesday.

Rapist will die in prison

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

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