Here are today’s top stories from The Lima News for Friday, Nov. 20.
Lima hospital leaders on Thursday warned they may not have the capacity to withstand a post-Thanksgiving surge of coronavirus patients, as persistent staffing shortages and an incredibly high rate of newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases throughout the region have already forced hospitals here to postpone some elective surgeries and find alternative care settings for patients who aren’t quite ready to go home. There are now roughly 105 COVID-19 patients in Lima hospitals, a slight decrease from last week’s peak but still cause for concern, chief medical officers for Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center and Lima Memorial Health System told The Lima News on Thursday. Read more.
A 16-year-old male who police declined to identify was shot and killed Wednesday evening in Lima. A statement released by the Lima Police Department on Thursday morning noted police were called at approximately 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to the 300 block of South Scott Street in response to a shooting. Upon their arrival, officers found a 16-year-old male had been shot. The victim was pronounced dead by medical personnel at the scene. 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 former Lima police officer appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court Thursday in two unrelated cases, one of which cost him his job earlier this year. Christopher Lemke, 33, of Lima, was fired from the Lima Police Department in May after being indicted by an Allen County grand jury on 12 counts of the unauthorized use of law enforcement automated database system. Read more.
An abandoned storefront along state Route 65 in Ottawa has been renovated. Morman Family Chiropractic showed off the facility Thursday night with a ribbon-cutting with the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce. Read more.
A Lima man who police say shot another man in the leg during an altercation earlier this year at Harry’s Hideaway in Lima intends to have his case heard by a jury of his peers. Oliver Jackson, 49, appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court Thursday and rejected a plea agreement. Read more.
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