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Greg Sowinski

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

Latest Stories by Greg Sowinski

OTTAWA — Six days on the bicycle of more than 130 miles each, a crash, 40 mph headwinds and several mountains to get over were part of a 33-day journey that took Paul Nusbaum across the United States on a bicycle.
Nusbaum was one of 11 who dipped their rear wheel in the Pacific Ocean in Costa Mesa, Calif., and began the 33-day journey across

Cyclist goes coast to coast in 33 days

OTTAWA — Six days on the bicycle of more than 130 miles each, a crash, 40 mph headwinds and several mountains to get over were part of a 33-day journey that took Paul Nusbaum across the United States on a bicycle. Nusbaum was one of 11 who dipped their rear wheel in the Pacific Ocean in Costa Mesa, Calif., and began the 33-day journey across

LIMA — Lloyd Turks walked into an Allen County courtroom Monday hoping to leave a free man after spending the past seven years in prison for an assault on his wife that left her a quadriplegic.
Instead, he walked out in handcuffs headed back to prison.
It didn't matter that his wife, Tamiko Turks, was in the courtroom to support her husband

Man denied early release from prison

LIMA — Lloyd Turks walked into an Allen County courtroom Monday hoping to leave a free man after spending the past seven years in prison for an assault on his wife that left her a quadriplegic. Instead, he walked out in handcuffs headed back to prison. It didn't matter that his wife, Tamiko Turks, was in the courtroom to support her husband

Leadership group taking applications

LIMA — Applications are being accepted for the Class of 2016 Adult Allen Lima Leadership. The ALL program is designed to provide a network so that community leaders can effectively address issues of mutual concern. Classmates participate in a number of activities that promote bonding and opens the lines of communications to make it easier to

Marriages and divorces

MARRIAGESDavid M. Edwards, 40, Lima, and Ashley R. Mays, 24, Lima; Mitchell E. Curtis, 26, Lima, and Amy E. Wagner, 26, Marion; Kyle R. Cunningham, 31, Lima, and Haley A. Miller, 27, Elida; Jordan S. Jettinghoff, 23, Delphos, and Abbey M. Martin, 23, Elida; Timothy W. Redmon, 37, Sidney, and Tracy A. Pratt, 37, Lima; Donald J. Alexander, 29, New Al

LIMA — Three years ago, various people wanting to change the image of downtown Lima came together to talk.
What came out of the meeting was an agreement that a strategic marketing campaign was needed not only to bring people back to the downtown but to bring in restaurants, retail outlets and other businesses to give people a reason to go do

Downtown Lima touts success

LIMA — Three years ago, various people wanting to change the image of downtown Lima came together to talk. What came out of the meeting was an agreement that a strategic marketing campaign was needed not only to bring people back to the downtown but to bring in restaurants, retail outlets and other businesses to give people a reason to go do

Trial set on child sex charges against former teacher

LIMA — A former Lima schools elementary teacher was assigned a trial Friday for Sept. 8 on multiple child sex charges. Brian Anders, 35, is charged with four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, each a third-degree felony. Each charge carries up to five years in prison. He has pleaded not guilty. Anders also was assigned a final

Health briefs

Wound care center participates in awareness week ST. MARYS — The Grand Lake Wound Care Center at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital is working to raise awareness of chronic wounds through an awareness week. The second annual Wound Care Awareness week is being held through Friday. The center offers advanced therapies to patients suffe

LIMA — A teenager accused in a home-invasion rape turned down an offer from prosecutors Thursday that would have sent him to prison for the next 18 years.
Celeel Curtis faces up to 41 years in prison on rape, aggravated burglary, kidnapping and robbery charges. He is scheduled to stand trial June 22.
Curtis was 17 at the time of the alleged

Teen turns down plea deal in rape case

LIMA — A teenager accused in a home-invasion rape turned down an offer from prosecutors Thursday that would have sent him to prison for the next 18 years. Celeel Curtis faces up to 41 years in prison on rape, aggravated burglary, kidnapping and robbery charges. He is scheduled to stand trial June 22. Curtis was 17 at the time of the alleged

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

Crime Stoppers

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 — A man sent to Ohio's death row after a jury convicted him of killing two girls execution style and wounding six others was back in Allen County on Friday asking for a new trial following a federal appellate court ruling.
Jeronique Cunningham, 42, wants Judge David Cheney, who was not the judge at his 2002 trial, to grant his request f

Man seeks new trial

LIMA — A man sent to Ohio's death row after a jury convicted him of killing two girls execution style and wounding six others was back in Allen County on Friday asking for a new trial following a federal appellate court ruling. Jeronique Cunningham, 42, wants Judge David Cheney, who was not the judge at his 2002 trial, to grant his request f

LIMA — The trial for a man accused of stabbing his girlfriend was pushed back Thursday to July 27 to give his new attorney more time to prepare a defense.
James Dinsmore, 28, is charged with attempted murder and two counts of felonious assault in the Oct. 5 incident at 652 1/2 S. West St., where the couple lived together. Natasha Gilbert was

Trial pushed back in stabbing case

LIMA — The trial for a man accused of stabbing his girlfriend was pushed back Thursday to July 27 to give his new attorney more time to prepare a defense. James Dinsmore, 28, is charged with attempted murder and two counts of felonious assault in the Oct. 5 incident at 652 1/2 S. West St., where the couple lived together. Natasha Gilbert was

Memorial Day opens travel season

LIMA — Memorial Day weekend travelers can expect the highest gasoline prices of the year, plenty of road construction on Interstate 75, and state troopers looking for motorists who aren't wearing seat belts. The good news is the higher gas prices aren't expected to last long. Experts say gas prices should peak for 2015 at about $2.75 per ga

Police calls

2614 N. Eastown Road, Lima — A deputy investigating a theft Monday at Menards found a person in possession of cocaine. 1765 Findlay Road, Lima — A deputy was sent Monday to All Phase Electric Supply over an alarm activation. There was no sign of forced entry. 2400 Harding Highway, Lima — A deputy arrested a person Monday for sho

Perry schools to become more energy efficient

PERRY TOWNSHIP — Perry Local School District is taking advantage of an energy savings program that will provide numerous upgrades to lighting systems at the schools. The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission has approved a proposal from the school district that is expected to save $57,006 annually in energy and operational cost. The projec

LIMA — A local community leader said programs that help put black youths on the path to success need mentors to succeed.
That's why Phil Morton, the local chair of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, is putting a call out to anyone who could fill the role.
Morton wants people to step up. A meeting is scheduled at 9 a.m.

Group seeks mentors for black youths

LIMA — A local community leader said programs that help put black youths on the path to success need mentors to succeed. That's why Phil Morton, the local chair of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, is putting a call out to anyone who could fill the role. Morton wants people to step up. A meeting is scheduled at 9 a.m.

Defendant in arsons offered deal

OTTAWA — An Ottawa man accused of starting three house fires in July has until Tuesday to plead to a misdemeanor or face standing trial on two felonies and a misdemeanor. William Laibe, 28, is charged with two counts of arson, each a fourth-degree felony, and one count of misdemeanor arson. Assistant Putnam County Prosecutor Todd Schroeder p

Police seeking help in solving break-in

ST. MARYS — Police were seeking the public's help in identifying the person or people who broke into the C&C Loft and Lounge over the weekend to steal property. Officers were called to the lounge about 6:45 a.m. Monday. Someone stole items from the establishment. Anyone with information on the break-in is asked to call Detective Sgt. Jak

Police calls

300 block of North Woodlawn Avenue, Lima — A 35-year-old woman reported Monday someone stole prescription medicine from inside her vehicle. 400 block of South Metcalf Street, Lima — A 28-year-old man reported Sunday someone stole prescription medicine from his kitchen. 500 block of West Elm Street, Lima — A 24-year-old woman rep

LIMA — The Allen County Educational Service Center helps more than 16,000 students in the county annually in numerous ways such as special education.
While special-education programs, something smaller districts may not be able to afford, are a big need, there are a lot of other programs the service center provides to help districts, said De

Rotarians educated on Education Service Center services

LIMA — The Allen County Educational Service Center helps more than 16,000 students in the county annually in numerous ways such as special education. While special-education programs, something smaller districts may not be able to afford, are a big need, there are a lot of other programs the service center provides to help districts, said De

Allen County grand jury indictments for May

The Allen County grand jury returned 16 public indictments this week. Those indicted and their charges are: Shaun C. Maddy, 36, of St. Marys, two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse of a combination of them with specifications. Courtney T. Vasser, 46, of 822 Holmes Ave., three counts of operating a vehicl





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