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Greg Sowinski

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

Latest Stories by Greg Sowinski

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

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

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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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 — 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

LIMA — A psychologist testifying on behalf of a man facing the death penalty Monday said Hager Church was sexually abused and began using alcohol at a young age contributing to his life of crime as an adult.
Forensic Psychologist Bob Stinson testified Church had many bad influences in his life as a child that created the person he is today.

Psychologist: Church had troubled childhood

LIMA — A psychologist testifying on behalf of a man facing the death penalty Monday said Hager Church was sexually abused and began using alcohol at a young age contributing to his life of crime as an adult. Forensic Psychologist Bob Stinson testified Church had many bad influences in his life as a child that created the person he is today.

Marriages and Divorces

MARRIAGES Brent A. Smith, 21, Lima, and Erin M. Baker, 20, Lima; Patrick W. Kelley Sr., 41, Lima, and Keshia L. Kelley, 40, Lima; Tyler K. Stedke, 25, Lima, and Nicole R. Morgan, 27, Lima; Danie Ryane Jr., 34, Lima, and Karen A. Bailey, 34, Lima. DIVORCES Lisa M. and Michael S. Curry; Vance E. and Lori A. Stemen; Amanda and Josh Poe; Amanda L. a

WAPAKONETA — Three men were indicted this week in the June slaying of an Uniopolis man beaten to death inside his home.
All three will face the death penalty, Auglaize County Prosecutor Ed Pierce said Friday.
Aaron M. Dietrich Sr., 26, of Wapakoneta, Joseph R. Furry, 30, of Van Wert, and James P. Dinsmore, 28, all are charged with two count

3 to face death penalty

WAPAKONETA — Three men were indicted this week in the June slaying of an Uniopolis man beaten to death inside his home. All three will face the death penalty, Auglaize County Prosecutor Ed Pierce said Friday. Aaron M. Dietrich Sr., 26, of Wapakoneta, Joseph R. Furry, 30, of Van Wert, and James P. Dinsmore, 28, all are charged with two count

WAPAKONETA — More than 33 years has passed since Bernie Reineke and his family received the call his uncle was killed.
“I can still remember getting the call like it was yesterday,” Reineke said. “I remember the shock all our family was in at the time over the viciousness of the crime.”
Reineke's uncle, Marcellus Rei

Mabry earns 7 to 25 years

WAPAKONETA — More than 33 years has passed since Bernie Reineke and his family received the call his uncle was killed. “I can still remember getting the call like it was yesterday,” Reineke said. “I remember the shock all our family was in at the time over the viciousness of the crime.” Reineke's uncle, Marcellus Rei

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

Protsman likely next police chief in Kettering

KETTERING — Lima Police Maj. Chip Protsman is likely leaving the agency to become the next police chief of the Kettering Police Department. Protsman is the final man standing in a lengthy application process to replace Chief James O'Dell who is retiring April 1 after 30 years as the head of the agency, said Kettering City Manager Mark Schwie

LIMA — Shawnee Township Police Detective Jack Miller couldn't think of any other job he'd rather be doing.
He loves to help people, and his whole heart is in his job.
Those reasons alone were enough to choose him Thursday as the latest Lima Exchange Club's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
“I work with so many people who could hav

Cop of the year

LIMA — Shawnee Township Police Detective Jack Miller couldn't think of any other job he'd rather be doing. He loves to help people, and his whole heart is in his job. Those reasons alone were enough to choose him Thursday as the latest Lima Exchange Club's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. “I work with so many people who could hav

LIMA — As death penalty trials go, the penalty phase of the Hager Church murder trial was off to a rather mundane start Wednesday until just after lunch.
After finishing with a forensic psychologist who testified about Church's troubled childhood, that included the status as borderline psychopath, Church made statements that he wanted the de

Hager Church deemed borderline psychopath

LIMA — As death penalty trials go, the penalty phase of the Hager Church murder trial was off to a rather mundane start Wednesday until just after lunch. After finishing with a forensic psychologist who testified about Church's troubled childhood, that included the status as borderline psychopath, Church made statements that he wanted the de

BLUFFTON — At DTR Industries, automated production lines are moving the company that makes engine mounts for the automotive industry into the future.
One employee who used to operate up to four machines now runs twice that many.
“When I say machines, it's normally what we would call a curing machine, which is rubber to metal bonding,&

Automated lines move DTR into the future

BLUFFTON — At DTR Industries, automated production lines are moving the company that makes engine mounts for the automotive industry into the future. One employee who used to operate up to four machines now runs twice that many. “When I say machines, it's normally what we would call a curing machine, which is rubber to metal bonding,&

Woman files lawsuit saying cab driver was sleeping when he hit her

LIMA — A woman is suing Black and White Cab over an accident in which she said the cab driver fell asleep behind the wheel and ran into her car causing serious injuries. Jacqueline Lee, of Lima, filed the lawsuit this month in Allen County Common Pleas Court seeking more than $25,000 in damages. Also named as defendants were Scott Hunt, the

LIMA — A jury convicted Hager Church on Tuesday after more than five hours of deliberations for setting a fire that killed two people in 2009 in a crime that may have gone unnoticed if not for Church talking about it in prison.
The jury of eight men and four women will return Wednesday morning to begin the second phase of the trial to decide

Guilty of murder

LIMA — A jury convicted Hager Church on Tuesday after more than five hours of deliberations for setting a fire that killed two people in 2009 in a crime that may have gone unnoticed if not for Church talking about it in prison. The jury of eight men and four women will return Wednesday morning to begin the second phase of the trial to decide

LIMA — A judge refused to suppress evidence seized from a local minister and president of the Lima chapter of the NAACP during his arrest on a soliciting prostitution charge.
Judge RicKard Workman of Lima Municipal Court ruled against the Rev. Ron Fails' request to suppress evidence seized from his pocket during his arrest at a local motel d

Judge: Evidence allowed in prostitution case

LIMA — A judge refused to suppress evidence seized from a local minister and president of the Lima chapter of the NAACP during his arrest on a soliciting prostitution charge. Judge RicKard Workman of Lima Municipal Court ruled against the Rev. Ron Fails' request to suppress evidence seized from his pocket during his arrest at a local motel d

Allen County Common Pleas Court dispositions

COURT RECORD Allen County Common Pleas Dispositions/Feb. 11 Joshua M. Garmatter, 25, of 1921 Clyde Ave., found guilty of burglary. Sentence: three years probation, 30 days jail. Jerome Crockett, 29, of 300 Harrison Ave., found guilty of possession of cocaine. Sentence: two years probation. Disposition/Feb. 2 Jeffrey S. Paxton, 32, of 2611 Nor





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