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News Headlines from Friday, November 16, 2018


Thursday's freezing rain made life hectic for motorists, emergency crews and local utilities.  American Electric Power crews are still trying to restore power to thousands of central Ohio customers who have been knocked off-line.  The goal is to have everyone back up and running by noon today.


A 31-year-old Texas man was killed in an early Thursday morning crash in Muskingum County. According to the Zanesville Police Department, the crash involved a semi and a car and occurred on Interstate 70 near Maple Avenue around 2:30 a.m. The driver of the truck, Meb Haile was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation, but officials believe Thursday's icy conditions was a factor.


A 23-year-old Hebron man who escaped from a Licking County Sheriff’s deputy while at Licking Memorial Hospital has pleaded not guilty to charges. Codi Withrow was arrested in late October and taken to LMH for observation for allegedly ingesting a balloon full of drugs. Withrow was able to elude a deputy who was at the hospital to watch him. He faces one count each of escape and obstructing official business, and he remains held on $25,000 bond.


There are a number of local organizations in Licking County that do their best to help those who are struggling to make ends meet. One of those organizations is The Newark Homeless Outreach.

Jen Kanagy with Newark Homeless Outreach

Jen Kanagy said they also provide free clothing and information on housing assistance and addiction services. They will be hosting a Thanksgiving dinner Saturday from 10:30am-2:00pm at the corner of Buena Vista and East Main streets.


The Johnstown football team is back in action Saturday night taking on Meadowbrook in a Division V regional final and that means the Johnstown cheerleaders and coach Julie Napper will be on the sidelines.

Johnstown Cheerleading Coach Julie Napper

You can hear Saturday night's game on Buckeye Country 107.7, 790 WHTH, KOOL 101.7 FM HD 2 and online.  Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.


Wednesday, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 228 commonly referred to as the Stand Your Ground law. The bill makes it easier to claim self-defense in shooting incidents. It also reduces the requirements for people to de-escalate or retreat from potentially violent situations. The bill now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.


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