Here are today’s top stories from The Lima News for Thursday, Oct. 15.
The Ohio Department of Health has given the go-ahead to long-term care facilities to resume indoor visitation in response to concerns from families and caretakers that isolation among residents and the possibility for abuse and neglect was high. Precautions like masks and symptom assessments are required. Long-term care facilities are also expected to evaluate their situation, including active COVID-19 cases among staff or residents and the surrounding community, before permitting visitors to enter a facility. Outdoor visitations resumed this past summer. Read more.
One of two men originally charged with murder in the 2019 shooting death of Branson Tucker in Lima pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Wednesday. Jerome Fuqua accepted an offer from prosecutors and pleaded guilty to having weapons under disability. He will be sentenced Dec. 1. Read more.
Today’s podcast is sponsored by Fat Jack’s Pizza. Fat Jack’s Pizza dining rooms are now open at two locations, on Spencerville Road and on West Street in Lima, and carryout only at the Findlay Road location. Their combination subs are back, for only $5.75. Fat Jacks, celebrating 45 years as Limaland’s favorite pizza.
A court-appointed translator was on hand to interpret court proceedings in Lima on Wednesday in the arraignment of Marcos Gonzalez-Barcenas, charged with raping a 14-year-old boy. Read more.
Voters will have choices on who they’ll send to Columbus in most local races in November’s general election, although that choice may not be obvious just by looking at the ballot. While Republicans and Democrats will be clearly labeled in the races for the 12th Senate District and 84th House District, voters will have to write in a candidate’s name if they don’t want to support the GOP’s incumbent in the 81st and 82nd districts. Read more.
Michelle Alves, charged with murder in the June shooting deaths of Charles and Tarissa Sanders, has been deemed competent to stand trial. The 31-year-old Alves previously had entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. No trial date has as yet been scheduled. Read more.
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