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News Headlines from Tuesday, November 20, 2018


Newark Police is asking for help in locating two men in connection with a weekend shooting. Police is actively searching for Devin Rhinehart, 23, of Newark, and James Alexander, 22, of Pataskala. Both men should be considered armed and considered. A 61-year-old woman was injured in the shooting that occurred Saturday night on the first block of Riverview Drive. Police said the woman was the victim of a stray bullet. She was last listed in stable condition.


George “Billy” Wagner III, one of the suspects in the deaths of the Rhoden family is back in Ohio after being arrested in Kentucky last week. Wagner,47, his wife Angela Wagner, and their sons George Wagner IV and Edward "Jake" Wagner, are each charged with eight counts of aggravated murder with death penalty specifications in the April 2016 execution style killings of eight members of the Rhoden family.


Homelessness was a topic of discussion during Monday night's Newark City Council meeting as a few residents voiced their frustrations about a problem in their neighborhood near Wehrle Avenue.

Newark Councilman Doug Marmie

Councilman Doug Marmie urged those who spoke Monday night to work with the Property Maintenance Department to find a solution to the problem.


Health groups say there’s a disconnect when it comes to the harmfulness of e-cigarettes and their usage among Ohioans. New data from the 2018 Ohio Health Issues Poll shows that nearly half of Ohio adults between ages 18 to 29 have tried electronic cigarettes, as well as 30 percent of adults ages 30 to 45. While e-cigarettes are believed to be safer than traditional tobacco cigarettes, Mary Makley Wolff with the Coalition for a Drug-Free Clermont County says they still contain nicotine and other unknown substances.

Mary Makley Wolff

Over all, about 23 percent of Ohio adults reported they have used an e-cigarette, which is lower than in 2017 but still higher than the national average.


Ohio’s young hunters checked 6,563 deer during the two-day youth gun season, Nov. 17-18, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. During last year’s youth gun season, 4,958 deer were checked. The youth deer-gun season is one of four special youth-only hunting seasons designed to offer a dedicated hunting experience for young hunters.


Celebrate the magic of an Olde Fashioned English Holiday during the Holiday Homecoming event at The Works. Create lasting memories with loved ones at The Works on the day after Thanksgiving. Activities include: 3D ornament printing; SciDome Show – Seasons of Light – Noon and 2:00 p.m.  Hands on Activities & Crafts. Holiday Homecoming will take place on Friday, November 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free for Works Members, general admission rates apply for non-members (Adults $10; Seniors $8; Children 2-17 years old $6; free for children under 2).


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