Need to get back in the loop? Top 5 news stories from this week

Are you trying to play catch-up with the news and happenings in and around Springfield? Here are five news stories you may have missed for Oct. 8-Oct. 14 from the team at the Springfield News-Sun.

1. Springfield picked for tech plant with 400 jobs due to labor market

Silfex, a high-tech manufacturing firm based in Eaton, has pledged to create around 400 jobs in Springfield over the next few years. They recently purchased the former Thirty-One Gifts plant near the PrimeOhio Industrial Park. The company has roughly doubled its workforce since 2014 and is on track to double again by 2020. Read more here.

2. Historic Springfield funeral home owner convicted of theft

Robert C. Henry II, the funeral director and one of the owners of the historic Robert C. Henry Funeral Home in Springfield, was recently convicted of stealing over $180,000 in Social Security benefits from a dead woman over whom he had power of attorney. Read more here.

3. Man allegedly assaults woman, spits on Springfield police officer

Police were sent to a home on Kenton Street after a call for a possible domestic violence situation was received. Dayquan M.S. Beal-Ragland faces several charges including assault and harassment with a bodily substance after allegedly striking two women at the home and resisting arrest after the altercation. Read more here.

4. Springfield man killed in shooting protecting friend, dad says

The father of one of the victims of the double homicide last week at an apartment in the 1300 block of Delta Road said his son likely died while trying to protect the other victim. Police have issued a warrant for the suspect believed to be involved. Read more here.

5. Springfield family makes it to final 3 on America’s Funniest Videos

A local family will be featured as finalists on Sunday night’s episode of ABC’s long-running reality video show, America’s Funniest Videos. The Amidon family from Springfield will win an award for their video of a sports outing. Top prize is $10,000. Read more here.

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