Roses and Thorns

The roses smell so sweet this week, but that could be the dessert talking.

Rose: To Shaniya Webb and Tavaris Williams, a pair of Lima Senior students who won a competition to have their recipes used for desserts at The Met. We love to see real-world skills taught in schools. Their desserts — a triple lemon blondie with blueberry sauce and white chocolate mousse, a strawberry shortcake with white chocolate buttercream and homemade strawberry jam and a toffee Bundt cake with caramel sauce — sound delicious.

Thorn: To both Tyler Dunlap, a former Lima Police Department officer, and the officer who arrested him, Shannon Place, during an incident in Wapakoneta. Dunlap pleaded guilty to assault, resisting arrest and misconduct at an emergency. Both Dunlap and Place unnecessarily escalated the incident, and both should’ve known better as sworn officers of the law.

Rose: To longtime sportswriter Tom Usher, who recently passed away. He documented generations worth of athletic endeavors during his 37 years covering sports for The Lima News, even continuing to cover games after his retirement. We’ll all miss you, Ush.

Thorn: To Markiesha Blackman, a Lima woman who admitted to police she set a fire on a residence’s porch without thinking about the safety of the four people inside. She faces four aggravated arson charges.

Rose: To Allen County Dog Warden Julie Shellhammer, who uses a grant from the Ohio Pet Fund to sterilize stray dogs. The spaying and neutering program over the past 12 years helped stabilize the pet population in the area.

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