Auto parts supplier to expand Monroe facility, creating more than 100 jobs

Published: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 3:40 PM


            Illinois-based automotive parts manufacturer UGN Inc. has chosen Monroe to be the focus of its 2018 expansion efforts. The Warren County site was selected over another in Valparaiso, Ind., following an announcement in February that UGN planned to expand at one of its two Midwest locations. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
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Illinois-based automotive parts manufacturer UGN Inc. has chosen Monroe to be the focus of its 2018 expansion efforts. The Warren County site was selected over another in Valparaiso, Ind., following an announcement in February that UGN planned to expand at one of its two Midwest locations. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Nick Graham)

Illinois-based automotive parts manufacturer UGN Inc. has chosen Monroe to be the focus of its 2018 expansion efforts.

The Warren County site was selected over another in Valparaiso, Ind., following an announcement in February that UGN planned to expand at one of its two Midwest locations.

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The expansion of UGN Monroe will increase the size of the facility’s current building by 154,000 square feet, requiring 111 new team members and adding close to $6 million in salaries.

The UGN Monroe facility opened in 2015 and brought more than 280 new jobs to the community.

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“UGN has been providing much-needed, highly skilled jobs for the Monroe community since 2015. Since then, it seems it has just continued to grow,” State Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, said in a statement. “Now, thanks to the help of JobsOhio, the Monroe branch is going to see an increase of 111 jobs. … Because of this, more families can now experience more prosperity in our communities.”

The expansion is planned to start this month, and construction should be complete by November, according to the company.

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Comfortable midweek temperatures, showers to return this weekend 

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 3:37 AM

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Comfortable and warm this afternoon
  • Showers and storms return for weekend
  • Temperatures near normal

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DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: A beautiful morning with cooler temperatures around 60 degrees and some northern spots in the 50s. Dew points stay in the 50s today, meaning a comfortable air mass is in place. Overall, sunshine and a few clouds for the day with highs reaching in the low 80s, which is close to normal.

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THURSDAY: Another beautiful morning with it being quiet and cool. Sunny skies for the afternoon as temperatures climb to the middle 80s. Clouds increase at night. 

FRIDAY: Warm and muggy conditions return with highs in the low 80s. Scattered showers and storms develop and we could see stronger winds and heavy rain towards evening. 

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SATURDAY: Muggy with more active weather for the day. It’ll be partly to mostly cloudy as highs peak in the low 80s. Some afternoon showers and storms redevelop, but activity will taper off at night. 

SUNDAY: Some dry time early with partly to mostly cloudy skies. Scattered showers and storms redevelop again in the late afternoon/evening. High reach near 80 degrees. 

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Court docs: Man stood over police officer and shot him 10 times

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:55 PM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:55 PM

Police were on the scene of a shooting in Weymouth, Massachusetts, where a policeman died from his wounds.
Weymouth Police Department
Police were on the scene of a shooting in Weymouth, Massachusetts, where a policeman died from his wounds.(Weymouth Police Department)

A man who was sought for driving erratically stood over a Massachusetts police officer and shot him 10 times in the head and chest, according to witness statements recorded in court documents. 

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Emanuel Lopes is accused of shooting and killing two people Sunday after he was allegedly observed driving a BMW erratically and crashing into another car. 

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Witnesses told police Lopes was speeding and swerving between lanes before he apparently crashed into a stationary vehicle. A witness in that vehicle told police Lopes got out of the car, mumbled “I’m sorry,” and ran off on foot. 

According to police, Officer Michael Chesna responded to reports of Lopes’ driving. Court documents indicate Chesna found Lopes as he was throwing a rock through a window. 

When Chesna approached Lopes, court documents say Lopes picked up a large rock and charged at the officer. Police say when Lopes hit Chesna with the rock, Chesna fell to the ground and dropped his gun. 

According to court documents, Lopes picked up the gun and shot Chesna 10 times as he stood over him. Witnesses told police Lopes stood over Chesna and shot him five times in the head and five times in the chest. 

Police say Lopes then moved through the neighborhood, pausing in one backyard to shoot through a large picture window on the back of home. According to police, one of those shots hit a 77-year-old woman named Vera Adams in the chest, killing her

Lopes was eventually arrested and police say there were no bullets left in the gun. 

According to the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office, Lopes was slated to be arraigned Monday afternoon from his hospital bed, but was not medically able to be arraigned. 

The arraignment was expected to take place Tuesday. 

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Nonprofit helping pay off mortgage on slain police officer's family home

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 3:33 AM

This Dec. 10, 2012 photo shows Weymouth Police Officer Michael C. Chesna in Weymouth, Mass. (Gary Higgins/The Quincy Patriot Ledger via AP)
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This Dec. 10, 2012 photo shows Weymouth Police Officer Michael C. Chesna in Weymouth, Mass. (Gary Higgins/The Quincy Patriot Ledger via AP)(Gary Higgins/AP)

A nonprofit organization has announced a major donation to help pay off the mortgage on a slain Massachusetts police officer's family home.

Weymouth police Sgt. Michael Chesna, 42, was shot and killed Sunday in the line of duty. 

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The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is providing the first $100,000 toward the mortgage and is challenging others to support the family through the initiative.

Any money raised exceeding the mortgage will go directly to Chesna's wife and two children.

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The foundation, established in memory of a fallen 9/11 firefighter, supports military and first responders who are killed in the line of duty. In addition to his service with the Weymouth Police Department, Chesna was also a military veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Frank Siller, chairman and CEO of the foundation, will join Weymouth police Chief Richard Grimes at the Weymouth Police Department at 3 p.m. Wednesday to make the official announcement.

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More comfortable weather on the way, weekend showers expected

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 3:19 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 2:36 AM

Storms return by the weekend.

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  • Lower humidity through midweek
  • Temperatures rise for the end of the week
  • Unsettled weather pattern for the weekend

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DETAILED FORECAST

Overnight: A comfortable night in the forecast with clear skies and temperatures dropping to around 60 degrees by morning.

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Wednesday: Lots of sunshine is expected with the humidity remaining low. It will be pleasantly warm with highs in the lower 80s.

Thursday: A warmer day is expected with some high clouds around mixed with sunshine. Highs will rebound into the middle 80s.

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Friday: Clouds will be on the increase through the day with a chance for showers and storms developing by late afternoon. Highs will be in the middle 80s with humidity on the rise.

Saturday: Numerous showers and storms are expected, especially during the afternoon and early evening. One or two stronger storms will be possible. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

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Sunday: A mix of clouds and sunshine will wrap up the weekend with a continued chance for a few showers or storms. Highs will hold in the lower 80s.

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