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Greg Sowinski

Position: Reporter
E-Mail Address: gsowinski@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 567-242-0464

Latest Stories by Greg Sowinski

Lima sues property owner for demolition cost

LIMA — The city of Lima is suing a man for the demolition of his house. The city filed a lawsuit against Joseph Peters, who the lawsuit said owned 217 S. Pierce St. The city determined the structure at that address was unsafe and obtained an order to demolish it. Peters failed to demolish the structure, so the city of Lima tore it down at t

LIMA — A former Bluffton auxiliary police officer sent to prison for four years caught a break Thursday when a judge released him early.
Andrew Probst, 25, was set free with more than three years left on his sentence. Judge Jeffrey Reed told Probst to make the best of the second chance but warned there will be hurdles along the way.
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Former Bluffton cop freed

LIMA — A former Bluffton auxiliary police officer sent to prison for four years caught a break Thursday when a judge released him early. Andrew Probst, 25, was set free with more than three years left on his sentence. Judge Jeffrey Reed told Probst to make the best of the second chance but warned there will be hurdles along the way. “

Allen County Common Pleas Court dispositions

COURT RECORD Allen County Common Pleas Dispositions/Feb. 26 Anthony C. Goins, 56, of 724 S. Metcalf St., found guilty of possession of cocaine. Sentence: three years probation. Jordan Davis, 20, of 839 Catalpa Ave., found guilty of possession of cocaine and possession of heroin. Sentence: three years community control, WORTH Center, 60 hours co

LIMA — The friends and family of a local couple who lost their home of 40 years to a fire are holding a fundraiser.
The fundraiser for Don and Betty Boroff will be from 2 to 8 p.m. March 21 at the Knights of Columbus at 810 S. Cable Road. There will be food, 50/50 raffles, auction items and live entertainment.
There is a $5 door fee to get

Fundraiser to be held for couple who lost home in fire

LIMA — The friends and family of a local couple who lost their home of 40 years to a fire are holding a fundraiser. The fundraiser for Don and Betty Boroff will be from 2 to 8 p.m. March 21 at the Knights of Columbus at 810 S. Cable Road. There will be food, 50/50 raffles, auction items and live entertainment. There is a $5 door fee to get

LIMA — A man involved in a home invasion that ended in the self-defense death of his friend pleaded guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated burglary with a gun.
Markquis Hall, 25, agreed to the change of plea in exchange for a 16-year prison term. He can apply for judicial release after serving nearly 10 years in prison.

Man guilty in home-invasion death

LIMA — A man involved in a home invasion that ended in the self-defense death of his friend pleaded guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated burglary with a gun. Markquis Hall, 25, agreed to the change of plea in exchange for a 16-year prison term. He can apply for judicial release after serving nearly 10 years in prison.

Tornado warning sirens to be tested Friday

LIMA — A statewide tornado drill has been postponed until 9:50 a.m. Friday. At that time, 50 warning sirens in Allen County will be tested. Tests are conducted each month, usually on the first Wednesday. In an actual emergency, the sirens let people know they should go inside to tune to local media outlets for more information and emergency

ST. MARYS — U.S. 33 westbound near state Route 66 was closed for about two hours early Tuesday following a one-vehicle crash.
Sandra J. Faler, 60, of Wapakoneta, was taken to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital for treatment. A hospital nursing supervisor said no information was available on Faler's condition. A spokeswoman for the sta

Crash closes U.S. 33

ST. MARYS — U.S. 33 westbound near state Route 66 was closed for about two hours early Tuesday following a one-vehicle crash. Sandra J. Faler, 60, of Wapakoneta, was taken to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital for treatment. A hospital nursing supervisor said no information was available on Faler's condition. A spokeswoman for the sta

Police calls

6100 block of Creps Road, Harrod — A woman reported Monday someone used her Social Security number to file an income tax return. McKibben and Main streets, Lima — A deputy reported Sunday a person was intoxicated and unable to care for himself. 400 block of South McDonel Street, Lima — A deputy stopped a vehicle Monday and found

GOMER — After a stressful week that put the standing of his pizza business in jeopardy, Alan Tyrrell was one happy man Tuesday after finding out the problem has been resolved.
“I would love to personally thank Jon Husted for the quick response in taking care of the matter,” Tyrrell said.
Tyrrell's attorney, Doug Daley, worked wi

Shop owner wins battle

GOMER — After a stressful week that put the standing of his pizza business in jeopardy, Alan Tyrrell was one happy man Tuesday after finding out the problem has been resolved. “I would love to personally thank Jon Husted for the quick response in taking care of the matter,” Tyrrell said. Tyrrell's attorney, Doug Daley, worked wi

Secretary of State officials: trying to resolve charter error

GOMER — A spokesman for the Ohio Secretary of State's said officials at the office are working to try to resolve an error that put a local business in poor corporate standing with the agency. “We are trying to get this matter resolved for him as quickly for him as we can,” said Matt McClellan, a spokesman for the Ohio Secretary o

Not guilty plea entered in death penalty case

WAPAKONETA — A man facing the death penalty for allegedly beating a man to death inside a Uniopolis apartment pleaded not guilty Monday. Joseph Furry, 30, of Van Wert, pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated murder and one count each of aggravated burglary, kidnapping and intimidation of a witness. Bond was continued at $5 million an

Police calls

900 block of East Vine Street, Lima — A 51-year-old woman reported Monday someone broke into her home and stole a television. 1054 Bellefontaine Ave., Lima — A man at the Hanger Clinic reported Sunday someone broke into the business. 1052 Bellefontaine Ave., Lima — A man at Mohler's Flowers by Uhl reported Sunday someone broke i

LIMA — Wanting to keep local the factory that makes M1 Abrams Tanks well on the radar screen of the politicians that control the national defense purse strings, Congressman Mike Turner brought an entourage to town for a tour.
“Our goal today is to look at the status of the projects that are here but also in part to celebrate the fact t

Tank plant hosts visitors

LIMA — Wanting to keep local the factory that makes M1 Abrams Tanks well on the radar screen of the politicians that control the national defense purse strings, Congressman Mike Turner brought an entourage to town for a tour. “Our goal today is to look at the status of the projects that are here but also in part to celebrate the fact t

LIMA — When a jury last week rejected the death penalty for a man who killed three including brutally beating two women, it left Prosecutor Juergen Waldick asking the same questions he's asked for a number of years.
What does it take to achieve a death sentence in Allen County?
That same question can be asked around the state.
In Allen Cou

Death sentence in Ohio becoming rare

LIMA — When a jury last week rejected the death penalty for a man who killed three including brutally beating two women, it left Prosecutor Juergen Waldick asking the same questions he's asked for a number of years. What does it take to achieve a death sentence in Allen County? That same question can be asked around the state. In Allen Cou

Marriages and Divorces

MARRIAGES Gerardo Esquivel, 38, Lima, and Amanda R. Rodriguez, 30, Lima; Jason L. Howland, 29, Lima, and Amanda B. Hall, 29, Lima; Michael S. Banks, 26, Lima, and Brittney C. Boedicker, 25, Lima; Amadou M. Dia, 31, Lima, and Nakia N. Cotton, 29, Lima; Isaac J. Cotter, 23, Waynesfield, and RaeAnna M. Hunnell, 22, Lima; Brian B. Adams, 45, Lima, and

GOMER — When Alan Tyrrell and his father opened Uncle Al's Pizza nearly 30 years ago, it was their slice of the American dream.
It gave Tyrrell a chance to be his own boss and control his future. Up until six weeks ago, life was good. Then, out of the blue, Tyrrell received notice from his insurance company the corporation under which his bu

American nightmare: 'Uncle Al' dueling Secretary of State over business registration

GOMER — When Alan Tyrrell and his father opened Uncle Al's Pizza nearly 30 years ago, it was their slice of the American dream. It gave Tyrrell a chance to be his own boss and control his future. Up until six weeks ago, life was good. Then, out of the blue, Tyrrell received notice from his insurance company the corporation under which his bu

Judge enters not guilty plea for man

WAPAKONETA — A man facing the death penalty for allegedly beating a man to death inside a Uniopolis apartment refused to enter a plea Thursday. Aaron M. Dietrich Sr., 26, of Wapakoneta, was in court on the charges of two counts of aggravated murder and one count each of aggravated burglary, kidnapping and intimidation of a witness. Judge Fr

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THOSE WHO HAVE INFORMATION CAN CALL CRIME STOPPERS AT 419-229-7867 SOLVING CRIMES Law-enforcement officials were looking for information about the crimes and people listed below. The program offers anonymous cash rewards up to $1,000 to those who provide information that leads to the apprehension and indictment of wanted suspects. Crime Stoppers

LIMA — Hager Church was sent off to prison Wednesday with two additional life sentences after a jury refused to give him the death penalty for setting a fire that killed two people in 2009.
“I'm sorry, truly sorry for what I did,” Church said. “It's something I can never take back and I got to live the rest of my life with

Church avoids death sentence in 2009 murders in Lima

LIMA — Hager Church was sent off to prison Wednesday with two additional life sentences after a jury refused to give him the death penalty for setting a fire that killed two people in 2009. “I'm sorry, truly sorry for what I did,” Church said. “It's something I can never take back and I got to live the rest of my life with

LIMA — Convicting Hager Church of murdering two people by setting a fire in 2009 seemed more of a formality but deciding whether he should pay for the crime with his life is where the hard decision lies.
A jury of eight men and four women were sequestered to a local hotel Tuesday evening after more than nine hours of deliberation in the pena

Prosecutor asks jury for death penalty verdict

LIMA — Convicting Hager Church of murdering two people by setting a fire in 2009 seemed more of a formality but deciding whether he should pay for the crime with his life is where the hard decision lies. A jury of eight men and four women were sequestered to a local hotel Tuesday evening after more than nine hours of deliberation in the pena





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