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Ross McWay’s murder trial set for April

LIMA — A man charged with aggravated murder in the killing of a woman just days after he was released from jail is scheduled to stand trial April 18.

Lima Police Department looking for robber of BP

LIMA — The Lima Police Department is requesting help in finding the man responsible for robbing the BP station at 2075 Allentown Road, Lima, with a knife at approximately 8:40 p.m. Sunday.

Teen pleas not guilty in double fatal

LIMA — The teenage driver of a pickup truck that crashed and killed two other Elida football players in August pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of vehicular homicide.

Lima man indicted with murder of girlfriend

LIMA — A man police said killed his girlfriend was indicted Thursday by the Allen County grand jury on murder and other charges.

Everett called ‘perfect deputy’

LIMA — Less than a day after the sudden death of Sheriff Jimmy Everett, his friends and co-workers remembered him Wednesday as the man behind the scenes who kept the ship running smooth and would drop everything to help anyone.

One man shot Tuesday morning in Lima

LIMA — An unidentified man was shot Tuesday morning in Lima’s north end, and a potential suspect is currently in Lima Police custody.

Store robbery defendants get trial dates

LIMA — A man and woman charged with robbing a store with a firearm were assigned trial dates Thursday.

McWay pleads not guilty to aggravated murder

LIMA — Ross McWay no longer was smiling as he pleaded not guilty Wednesday to aggravated murder, a charge that could send him to prison for the rest of his life.

Interim Allen County Sheriff Jim Everett Passes Away

LIMA — Less than a week into his appointment as interim Allen County sheriff, Jimmy Everett died Tuesday night.

Trial date set for man accused of running over woman outside bar

LIMA — A Columbus Grove man accused of striking a woman with his car while she crossed Spencerville Road on Thanksgiving was assigned a trial for April 3.

Defense wants statements tossed in 15-year-old murder case

LIMA — A judge will review a video-recorded statement to determine whether the confession police said solved a 15-year-old murder case last year can remain in evidence.

Driver gets trial date in fatal crash

LIMA — A college student who crashed a car after drinking, killing his friend, is scheduled to stand trial June 6.

Lima man who fired shot outside bar gets 5 years prison

LIMA — A man who fired a gun at a car after his friend shot a man inside a bar last year was sent to prison for five years this morning.

McWay indicted on aggravated murder in woman’s death

LIMA — A man with a violent past who police said confessed to killing a second person was indicted on the charge of aggravated murder with a repeat violent offender specification.

Lima teen pleads guilty in bar shooting

LIMA — Moments before a jury was to hear closing arguments, a man charged in a shooting inside a downtown bar last year told the judge he would plead guilty to all charges.

LIMA — A prosecutor said Tuesday witnesses will prove Donovan Peoples shot a man inside a local bar last year.

LIMA — A prosecutor said Tuesday witnesses will prove Donovan Peoples shot a man inside a local bar last year.

Columbus Grove man faces aggravated vehicular assault indictment after allegedly running over woman

LIMA — A Columbus Grove man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that accuse him of striking a woman with his car while she crossed Spencerville Road on Thanksgiving Day.

Appellate court upholds conviction of drug dealer who said sheriff set him up to get out paying debt

LIMA — An appellate court upheld Monday the appeal by a convicted drug dealer who said Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish set him up to get out of paying a debt.

Bond set at $2.5 million for man charged with murder

LIMA — Bond was set at $2.5 million Friday for a man charged with murder in the slaying of a woman less than two days after he was released from jail following his acquittal on rape charges.

Man just released from jail after rape acquittal accused of murdering girlfriend

LIMA — A man with a violent past who was released from jail Friday after his acquittal on rape charges is back in custody as the chief suspect in the city’s first murder of the year over the weekend.

College student indicted on felony in fatal crash

LIMA — A college student who crashed his car after drinking, resulting in the death of his friend, has been indicted by the grand jury.

Teen killer’s case sent back to juvenile court

LIMA — A 17-year-old awaiting sentencing on a manslaughter charge for killing a man in March will have his conviction erased and his case sent back to Juvenile Court to decide whether he should be tried as an adult.

Teen charged in crash that killed 2 Elida football players

LIMA — The 16-year-old driver of a pickup truck that crashed and killed two other Elida football players in August was charged this week with two counts of vehicular homicide.

Man gets 15 years prison for robbing pizza delivery driver

LIMA — Cameron Holt Releford may only be 19 but a prosecutor described him Monday as a violent and dangerous man who fired a shot near a 16-year-old girl delivering pizzas while he robbed her.

Jury in McWay rape trial to get case Friday

LIMA — The jury in the Ross McWay rape trial will get the case Thursday morning after attorneys deliver closing argument in a case that hinges on the issue of whether sex was consensual.

Alleged victim tells tale to jury in rape trial

LIMA — An alleged rape victim testified Wednesday she reluctantly agreed to have sex with Ross McWay earlier in the night to pay for crack cocaine but when he wanted more sex later in the night, she told him no.

Man arrested in Lima convenience store robberies

LIMA — Authorities arrested a man who later confessed to robbing several local convenience stores at knifepoint.

Case against Lima man accused of murdering girlfriend sent to grand jury

LIMA — The case against a Lima man accused of killing his live-in girlfriend has been sent to Allen County Common Pleas Court.

Lima records 8th homicide of the year

LIMA — A woman is dead and her live-in boyfriend in jail Thursday in what marked Lima’s 8th homicide of the year.

Police hunt burglars who stole Lima family’s Christmas presents

LIMA — Police are seeking the public’s help in finding the three criminals who broke into a house and stole a family’s Christmas presents today.

Teen killer changes self-defense plea

LIMA — Albert McDowell III faces up to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to voluntary manslaughter with a gun in the shooting of Da’veon Petaway.

Lima man gets 30 years in prison on child-sex charges

LIMA — Ronald Payne was sentenced to 30 years in prison on rape and other charges by Judge David Cheney Monday in Allen County Common Pleas Court.

Lima Police Department seeks gas station robber

LIMA — The Lima Police Department was investigating a robbery that occurred at 12:50 p.m. Dec. 6 at H J Petroleum at 1505 St. Johns Ave.

Homicides hit 10-year high in Lima

LIMA – With less than a month to go in the year, police detectives are holding their breath as they remain busy handling seven homicide cases this year, a number that ties the most in the past decade.

Sheriff detectives looking for gas station robber

LIMA — Sheriff detectives are looking for the man who robbed a gas station Tuesday afternoon.

Man gets 18 years prison in heroin operation

LIMA — A second man charged following a huge heroin bust was sentenced to 18 years in prison Friday after pleading no contest to drug charges.

Lima man dies in shooting

LIMA — The Lima Police Department is investigating a shooting that resulted in the death of a Lima man Friday evening.

Payne sentencing on rape charges delayed

LIMA —Sentencing for Ronald Payne on Tuesday in Allen County Common Pleas Court was rescheduled to Dec. 12

Woman arrested in stabbing of another woman

LIMA — A 52-year-old woman was in custody Monday after an early morning stabbing.

Former Delphos accountant gets probation in VFW theft case

LIMA — A former Delphos accountant was placed on three years probation and ordered to pay back $19,176 in restitution to the Spencerville Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

Lima police seek 2 homicide suspects

LIMA — The Lima Police Department was asking the public to help track down two men who police believe may have committed a murder.

Man rejects plea deal in rape case

LIMA — A man who served 13 years in prison for his killing a man turned down a chance Tuesday to plead guilty to rape and receive 11 years in prison.

Wapakoneta man shot to death in Lima

LIMA — A Wapakoneta man is dead after being shot Monday evening.

Pair caught, arrested for Shawnee Township burglary

LIMA — Two burglary suspects are in custody in connection with a burglary that occurred between 5:45 and 6 p.m. Sunday on the 4100 block of Susan Lane in Shawnee Township.

Sargent fined in auctioneer case

LIMA — Donnie Sargent didn’t really have a good answer why he broke the law again, other than he wanted to keep his auctioneering business running.

Pandora woman indicted in 2 bank robberies

LIMA — A woman accused of robbing the same bank twice was indicted by the grand jury this week.

Man indicted in 2001 homicide

LIMA — A man who recently walked into the Lima Police Department and confessed to a 15-year-old unsolved homicide was indicted this week by the grand jury.

Man shoots at deputies, kills himself on Lutz Road

LIMA — School buses and traffic were diverted from Lutz Road this morning due to an incident that is now over in which a man killed himself.

Teen’s murder trial pushed back a month

LIMA — The trial for a 17-year-old boy charged as an adult with murder in the killing of a man was pushed back for a month.

Lima man shot in hand at VFW late Saturday

LIMA — The Lima Police Department was seeking information on an incident late Saturday that left a man shot in the hand.

Lima man in critical after shooting Wednesday

LIMA — A shooting at 4 p.m. Wednesday left a Lima man in the intensive care unit at Lima Memorial Health System in critical condition.

October Allen County grand jury indictments

The Allen County grand jury returned 24 public indictments. Those indicted and their charges are:

Mom steps in, defendant keeps attorney

LIMA — Sometimes mother knows best.

Man pleads to child sex charges

LIMA — A 63-year-old man will face up to 39.5 years in prison when he is sentenced next month on rape and other charges

Case against woman accused of robbing bank sent to grand jury

LIMA — The case against a woman accused of robbing a bank was sent Wednesday to a grand jury for review.

Police seek 19-year-old man in Lima’s latest homicide

LIMA — Detectives were looking for a 19-year-old man in connection with a fatal shooting over the weekend at a troubled bar.

Former mentor Turner gets 3 years prison for sex crime against child

LIMA — A man who served as a youth mentor in a local school district was sentenced to three years in prison today for a sex crime against a child.

Police release photo of bank robbery suspect

LIMA — Deputies released surveillance photos this morning of a woman accused of robbing the Fifth Third Bank on Lima’s Harding Highway on Wednesday afternoon.

Woman robs Fifth Third Bank

LIMA — The Fifth Third Bank on Harding Highway was robbed Wednesday afternoon by a woman.

2 men with illegal guns go to prison for shootings

LIMA — Two men with histories of violence were sentenced to prison Monday for shooting people with guns they illegally obtained.

DeHaven pleads guilty to 7 counts, enters diversion program

LIMA — A longtime Lima businessman is now in a prosecution diversion program after pleading guilty to seven felony charges.

Bail set at $500K for confessed killer

LIMA — David D. Evans did not speak and responded only with nods as Judge Tammie Hursh of Lima Municipal Court asked him if he understood his rights during a bond hearing in a murder case dating back to 2001.

Man confesses to 2001 shooting death in Lima

LIMA — A man walked into the Lima Police Department this week and confessed to killing a business owner back in 2001.

Man changes plea in I-75 chase case

LIMA — A man who tried to outrun police officers on Interstate 75 during a crime spree in June pleaded guilty Monday to felony charges.

Rosedale Avenue stabbing appears to be self defense

LIMA — A stabbing on North Rosedale Avenue over the weekend appears to be a case of self defense, a detective said Tuesday.

Lima man critically wounded after being shot

LIMA — A 43-year-old Lima man is in critical condition after being shot in the late afternoon hours Sunday on the 700 block of Weadock Ave.

Cops issue warning after 8 heroin overdoses in 2 days in Allen County

LIMA — Eight overdoses in two days, all of which nearly killed the people, have put law enforcement on edge, warning of a dangerous batch of heroin that has made its way into Allen County.

Woman pleads over her role in high-speed chase on I-75

LIMA — A woman who was with her boyfriend when he tried to outrun state troopers in a car chase in June that saw them driving the wrong way on Interstate 75 pleaded guilty to a felony charge today.

Man charged in G-spot shooting

LIMA — A man sentenced to jail for assaulting a police officer after he became a suspect in a shooting at G-Spot bar has been charged in the shooting.

Victim named in Lima’s fourth homicide this year

LIMA — Police spent the last day looking for two men who detectives believe killed a 29-year- old man during a dispute.

Lima police investigate two shootings overnight

LIMA — Police are investigating two overnight shootings that appear to be unrelated.

Trial pushed back for man accused in heroin bust

LIMA — The trial for a man arrested in a large heroin bust was pushed back Monday to Dec. 13 to give his attorney more time to prepare.

2 indicted in high speed chase on I-75

LIMA — A Kentucky couple who tried to outrun state troopers in a chase that saw them driving the wrong way on Interstate 75 have been indicted.

Man with troubled past returns to prison

LIMA — A man who was the driver of a car that crashed and killed two girls in 2008 was sentenced to 30 months in prison Monday after receiving numerous chances to get his life together.

Lima home raid nets cocaine, heroin operation

LIMA — A raid at 617 Marion Ave. was carried out Thursday by the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force and the Allen County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team.

Teen pleads not guilty to murder in Meat City killing

LIMA — A 16-year-old boy pleaded not guilty Monday to an amended indictment that includes murder over the killing of a man at Meat City earlier this year.

Man accused of child sex crimes gets new trial date

LIMA — A 62-year-old man facing life in prison on charges that accuse him of sex crimes against children was assigned a new trial date for Oct. 3.

Lima murder suspect indicted

LIMA — An 18-year-old man was indicted this week on aggravated murder and other charges over the killing of a man.

Lima shooting suspect turns himself in

LIMA — The Lima Police Department have located a suspect who was wanted for questioning concerning a shooting that took place at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Lima eastside Dollar General robber caught

LIMA — A Lima man was arrested for robbery after a reported incident at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Dollar General, 1330 Bellefontaine St.

Lima man sentenced for assaulting cops

Cameron Lott, 20, was sentenced to 130 days in jail on the charge of assault on a police officer.

Man injured in stabbing outside Lima bar

LIMA — A man was arrested and another man in the hospital after another stabbing in Lima.

Man arrested in June shooting

LIMA — Police arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with the shooting of a man two weeks ago, a detective said this week.

Man arrested following robbery of pizza delivery person in Lima

Cameron Holt-Releford, 19, of Dayton, was taken into custody.

Lima teen charged with murder gets Nov. 7 trial date

LIMA — A 16-year-old charged with murder is scheduled to stand trial Nov. 7.

Lima man dies in overnight shooting at GSpot

LIMA — One man is dead and police investigators were busy Tuesday trying to find the killer after an overnight shooting at the GSpot bar on East North Street. Remeal Ingram, 26, of Lima, died Tuesday just hours after he was shot at the bar just after midnight. He was shot once, said Detective Steve Stechschulte of the Lima Police Department. No one was arrested as of late Tuesday although investigators continued to talk to witnesses. “We are cultivating very solid leads on reliable information with concrete suspects to support that but we’re not ready to release anything yet,” Stechschulte said.

Former Lima ref, volunteer pleads guilty on sex charge

LIMA — A former high school referee and mentor pleaded guilty to a pair of sex charges Tuesday afternoon. He faces up to 54 months in prison on the charges.

Tim DeHaven indicted on state tax charges

LIMA — Businessman Tim DeHaven said Tuesday he is not guilty of seven felony charges accusing him of not paying state taxes.

Heroin dealer gets 23 years prison

LIMA — The 4.4 pounds of heroin a man brought into this community was the highest amount ever confiscated and could have had a devastating effect on the community, a prosecutor said Monday.

Murder suspect captured in Columbus

COLUMBUS — A Lima man wanted on a murder charge was captured by police in the state capital over the weekend as he and four others tried to run from police following a traffic stop.

Lima man who raped, assaulted his girlfriend gets 51 years prison

LIMA — A man convicted of violent crimes against his girlfriend, including rape, was given a 51-year-prison sentence Monday.

Accused child rapist wants evidence tossed

LIMA — A 62-year-old man accused of sex crimes against a couple of children wants everything police seized from his home tossed from evidence saying his constitutional rights were violated.

Lima police officers hunt for suspect in bar shooting

LIMA — Investigators were looking for clues Monday to help them find the person who shot a man inside a bar during the weekend.

Supreme Court sides with Allen County Children Services in foster adoption dispute

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Allen County Children Services.

Lane fails to appear for sentencing

LIMA — A man who had promised to honor the lives of two girls he killed when he crashed his car may now also face additional charges of failing to appear in court.

McDowell to be tried as an adult

LIMA — Judge Glenn Derryberry of Allen County Juvenile Court ruled that there was enough evidence to try Albert McDowell III as an adult on a murder charge.

Video showed Meat City homicide

LIMA — A prosecutor played a video Thursday of a fight in which a male pulled a gun and shot a man who attacked him inside Meat City earlier this year.

Sentencing postponed in accountant theft case

LIMA — A Delphos accountant who stole $20,000 from the Spencerville Veterans of Foreign Wars post will have to wait to learn whether she will go to prison.

Man dies after morning shooting in Lima, police release mugshot of suspect

LIMA — A Lima man died after a shooting Thursday morning, and Lima police are searching for the suspect.

Trial pushed back for man facing life in child sex case

LIMA — The trial for a 62-year-old man accused of sex crimes against girls and facing life in prison was pushed back Wednesday to Aug. 22 to give his attorney more time to prepare a defense.

Three Lima arrested following shots fired

LIMA — Police arrested three men after a shooting Thursday afternoon in the 200 block of West Grand Avenue.

Fallen officers honored at memorial service

LIMA — With the loss of Sgt. David Gillispie still weighing heavily on the minds of area law enforcement, members of 13 local agencies came together for a memorial service Wednesday to honor those police officers who have died.

Howton found guilty of rape, other charges

LIMA — In a blue, dress button-up shirt, Brooks Howton, 33, shook his head in disbelief as the jury found him guilty on four of five counts Tuesday in Allen County Common Pleas Court.

Juvenile shot outside home

LIMA — Police officers were at the scene of a shooting Sunday evening collecting evidence and trying to talk to neighbors to determine what happened.

Man denies raping his girlfriend

LIMA — A man on trial accused of raping and assaulting his girlfriend said Thursday he did hit and grab her but only in self defense after she assaulted him.

Man enters plea in major heroin case in Lima

LIMA — A man entered a no contest plea Thursday to charges he was part of a major heroin operation that brought the dangerous drug into Allen County.

Lima man charged in bar shooting

LIMA — One of the two men accused in the shooting of three people inside a bar last month has been indicted by the grand jury.

Prosecutor accuses man of violent rape

LIMA — A prosecutor told jurors Tuesday the former boyfriend of a woman violently raped her and nearly choked her to death.

Cold case rapist gets 20 years prison

LIMA — Lonny Lee was called a serial rapist Monday while a detective said the rapes he committed were some of the most violent he has ever seen in 23 years of police work.

Former deputy sentenced in assault, robbery case

Jury convicts man in Planet Health robbery

LIMA — It took a jury 31 minutes to convict a 69-year-old man Tuesday of robbing Planet Health in December.

Teen denies role in killing man

LIMA — Albert McDowell III did not have much to say Wednesday and let his attorney enter the equivalent of a not guilty plea to murder with a firearm in the death of a man last month.

Teenage murder suspect appears in court, will remain behind bars (1)

LIMA — A Lima teenager charged in the shooting death of a 19-year-old man appeared in juvenile court for the first time Monday after his arrest near Piqua during the weekend.

Lima man faces possible life in prison over child sex charges

LIMA — A 62-year-old man accused of sex crimes against girls, including rape, faces up to life in prison.

2 face human trafficking charges

LIMA — Two men indicted this month on prostitution and human trafficking charges face up to 49 years in prison.

Delphos accountant pleads guilty to felony theft

LIMA — A Delphos accountant who stole nearly $20,000 from the Spencerville Veterans of Foreign Wars post found time to joke about her age during a hearing Monday, which she pleaded guilty Monday to one count of grand theft.