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News Headlines from Friday, January 18, 2019


A Winter Storm Warning takes effect early Saturday morning.

NWS Meteorologist Brian Coniglio

Brian Coniglio, meteorologist, National Weather Service, said most of central Ohio will see anywhere from 3-6 inches of snow by the time the system moves out of the area early Sunday morning.  There is the potential for freezing rain as well.


The Salvation Army in Newark is going to do all it can to keep people warm this weekend.

Kaye Hartman with the Salvation Army

Kaye Hartman said they also have plenty of outlets to help keep your cell phones charged.


Bond has been set at $150,000 for a man and woman accused of taking part in an armed robbery and assault earlier this week in Newark. Brady Shafer, 21, and Brianna Dotson, 19, have each been charged with aggravated robbery in connection with an incident Wednesday morning at a home on West Locust Street. A male victim suffered facial injuries in the assault. Three teenagers were also arrested for their alleged roles in the incident.


Due to the federal government shutdown, February SNAP food assistance benefits were issued earlier this week and loaded onto customer’s EBT cards.

John Fisher Director LCJFS

John Fisher, director Licking County Job and Family Services, said in Licking County there are over 18,000 people who receive food assistance thru the food stamp program.


The Licking County Engineer's office has announced that construction will begin on the Staddens Bridge Road Bridge Replacement Project in early February and will continue for 6-9 months, weather permitting. The 250-foot span over the Licking River in eastern Licking County has been closed since April 2018. Its structural integrity was compromised by flooding and tons of heavy debris that built up against the structure.


Local officials are warning folks to be on the lookout for a rapidly growing scam that is being used to try and obtain Social Security numbers. Scammers are saying your Social Security number has been suspended because of suspicious activity, or because it’s been involved in a crime. They are also telling folks their bank account is about to be seized. Remember, never give out any part of your Social Security number, your bank account, or credit card number to anyone who contacts you.


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