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News Headlines from Tuesday, June 27, 2017


A Licking Valley High School graduate died in a weekend crash in Licking County. Mason Baker was killed in the two-car crash that happened around 11:45 a.m. Sunday on Ohio 79 near Mary Jean Drive. Baker, 21, was headed north on SR79 when he apparently went left of center, struck another car and then went off the roadway, according to the Licking County Sheriff's Office. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The occupants of the other car were not injured. The crash remains under investigation.


Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in a breaking and entering at a storage unit in Heath. The Heath Police Department reports, on Wednesday, May 31 suspect(s) broke into multiple units at the Store Rite Self Storage units on South 22nd Street. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


Monday night's Newark City Council Capital Improvements Committee meeting marked the last meeting for 5th Ward Councilman Curtis Johnson. Earlier this month the Republican announced he would be resigning effective June 30.

Newark 5th Ward Councilman Curtis Johnson

Johnson was not seeking re-election this fall. Local Republicans will appoint a person to fill his term on City Council.


Pathways of Central Ohio is making it easier for Licking and Knox County residents to find and access all types of community services by adding texting capability to its 211/Crisis Hotline service. Texting to 211 allows anyone to receive referrals for human, social and governmental services via text so they do not have to use valuable phone minutes. Texting to 211 can also be used to reach crisis services in situations such as domestic violence, substance abuse and even suicide. Residents can text their zip code to 898211 if they need assistance or have questions about local services.


Newark Mayor Jeff Hall announced that Officer Douglas Wells will be promoted to the rank of Sergeant with the Newark Division of Police. The promotional ceremony will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Newark Police Station on South 4th Street. Wells joined the Newark Police Department in 2000.


An intricate maneuver is played out on a daily basis 30,000 feet in the air with the refueling of numerous jets. Eric Kaufmann, with the Ohio National Guard 121st Air Refueling Wing, says its all about precision.

Eric Kaufmann, with the Ohio National Guard

The KC135 Stratotanker can carry up to 200,000 lbs. of fuel to transfer to jets.


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