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News Headlines from Friday, June 23, 2017


Keep the umbrella handy today. National Weather Service Meteorologist Myron Padgett says the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy and a cold front from the west are hitting Ohio packing plenty of rain.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Myron Padgett

Padgett said we should have a pretty nice weekend once the rain moves out of the area. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 2:00 a.m. Saturday, June 24.


Licking County Sheriff's deputies took a 38-year-old man into custody yesterday following a short standoff in Jacksontown. According to the Sheriff's Office, around 10:45 a.m. deputies attempted to serve an arrest warrant on Jesse Gillespie at his home in the 6600 block of National Road. Gillespie refused to come to the door and that's when Deputies surrounded the home.  A short time later Gillespie surrendered and he is being held at the Licking County Justice Center.


Earlier this week we brought you a story about a 38-year-old man who had to be pulled from Buckeye Lake after a tubing accident. What you may not have known is that former Licking County Common Pleas Judge Jon Spahr was the first person to assist the man.

Former Licking County Common Pleas Judge Jon Spahr

The man was on an inner tube when he apparently bumped heads with another person on the tube. He was transported to Grant Medical Center but was expected to be OK.


Due to all of the recent rain, the Newark Engineer's Office has announced that paving operations on West Main Street will be postponed and two-way traffic will be restored until Monday. The Eastbound lane, between 35th and 30th Streets, will be closed again on Monday, and Tuesday from 7:00am-6:00pm to finish paving operations. Westbound traffic will be maintained. Motorists are encouraged to use an alternate route.


There were 3,177 central Ohio homes and condos sold during the month of May, which is 28.2 percent greater than the previous month although a slight dip of 0.8 percent from May 2016, according to the Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service. The average sales price of home during the month of May in central Ohio was $227,783, which is 8.0 percent higher than one year ago.


The Ohio Special Olympics Summer Games take place this weekend in Columbus. More than 2,600 athletes from across Ohio will take part in the games.  At 5:00 p.m. athletes from Licking County will be boarding in the parking lot outside of Park National Bank's Dugway office on Granville Road. They will head straight to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at the Ohio State University for opening ceremonies. Stop out and cheer on the Olympians as they head to Columbus!

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