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News Headlines from Friday, December 8, 2017


Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of Robert Allen who’s wanted on an arrest warrant for aggravated burglary. On Saturday, November 18, Newark Police were called to the 400 Block of Seroco Ave. in reference to a home invasion. Witnesses stated the 45-year-old Allen entered the home with a pistol, and began threatening everyone inside, including a 12-year-old girl.  If you have any information on Allen’s whereabouts call Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


An 81-year-old Alexandria woman was killed in a Thursday afternoon crash in Granville Township. According to the State Patrol, Shirley Ashbrook was traveling west on Ohio 16 between Silver St. and Gale Road at around 3:15 p.m. when she went left of center, sideswiped an eastbound box truck and then another car head-on. The car was being driven by a 19-year-old Pataskala woman who was transported to Licking Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the truck was not injured. The crash remains under investigation.


The Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign continues across Licking County. Lieutenant Denise Martin says every little bit helps.

Salvation Army Lieutenant Denise Martin

Lt. Martin said the Red Kettle campaign runs through Saturday, Dec. 23.


State Senator Troy Balderson has announced that he is running for the Republican nomination for US Congress in 2018 for Ohio’s 12th District. The 12th District seat is currently held by Congressman Pat Tiberi who previously announced his intention to resign by January 31, 2018. a special election will be called next year to fill the unexpired term. Balderson, who is serving his second term in the Ohio Senate, will run in both the special election and for the full term.


More than 9 out of 10 Ohioans between 18 and 64 have health insurance – and just over half get it from their employer, according to a new poll from the foundation Interact for Health. Kate Keller says the state has made major progress.

Kate Keller with Interact for Health

Ohio fares slightly better than the nation as a whole, where 12 percent of adults 18 to 64 are uninsured.


For the third consecutive year, Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark are sponsoring the FIRSTŪ Tech Challenge Regional Ohio Competition. The event will be held in the Reese Center on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. 24 teams from Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Kentucky will compete in the FTC tournament, in which teams of students in grades 7-12 design, build, program and operate robots to play a floor game in an alliance format. The tournament is free and members of the public who are interested in learning about FIRST robotics programs for youth are encouraged to attend. Public events begin at 10:00 a.m. The awards ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m.

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