Today’s Lima News Daily Briefing

Here are today’s top stories from The Lima News for Friday, June 26.

People rallied for animal rights in front of Van Wert County Courthouse on Thursday. Those gathered were upset about a man charged with abusing a dog being released from jail after about a month due to coronavirus prison changes.

A jury trial is scheduled to begin July 28 in Putnam County for Jonathon Scott Welker of Delphos. Police and prosecutors say the 45-year-old man stabbed his drinking buddy two days after Christmas last year. Read more.

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Ohioans were cautioned Thursday to return to being vigilant about social distancing, mask-wearing and hand-washing, after cases of COVID-19 hit their highest mark since mid-April.

Bidders representing businesses throughout Putnam County purchased livestock sight unseen Thursday during one of the more unusual Junior Fair livestock sales in the long history of that county’s annual agricultural fair. Read more.

A Minster man was killed Wednesday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash in the Shelby County village of McCartyville. Terry E. Heitkamp, 48, of Minster, died at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton from injuries sustained in the crash. Read more.

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