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News Headlines from Friday, May 18, 2018

A 22-year-old Columbus man is heading to prison for his role in the January shooting death of a 48-year-old Newark man. Thursday, in a Licking County courtroom Dustin Lehoe entered guilty pleas to several charges including aggravated murder in the death of David Barcus. Lehoe was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. The sentence requires him to serve a mandatory 23 years before being eligible for parole.


The investigation continues into a Thursday morning crash in western Licking County that claimed the life of a 47-year-old Gambier man. According to the Granville Post of the State Patrol, at around 6:00 a.m., a car being driven by Megan Busch, of Bladensburg, was westbound on US 62 when she stopped and attempted to turn left onto Beech Road. A pickup truck being driven by Robert Murphy illegally passed multiple vehicles on the left and collided with Busch. Murphy went off the south side of the road and was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Busch, 19 was treated at the scene for minor injuries.


At this week's meeting of the Madison Township Board of Trustees, the Trustees voted to re-establish the Madison Township Fire Department. According to the Board's Facebook page, the fire department will not be answering emergency calls or staffing the station just yet. Hanover Volunteer Fire Department Inc. has been asked to continue providing service to the township during this interim. The Madison Township Fire Department was disbanded in 2015.


Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) has been named to Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare, a listing of the nation’s top healthcare-related employers. The recognition from Modern Healthcare honors workplaces throughout the healthcare industry that empower employees to provide patients and customers with the best possible care, products and services. LMHS, which includes Licking Memorial Hospital, Licking Memorial Health Professionals and Licking Memorial Health Foundation, has been included in the list for the past five years.


May is Foster Care Month and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is urging all Ohioans to do something positive for children in the foster care system. One of the ways you can make a difference is by becoming a foster family.

Bret Crow with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Bret Crow with ODJFS, said currently, there's about 16,000 children in Ohio's foster care system. For more information on becoming a foster family visit www.jfs.ohio.gov.


Innovative approaches to juvenile probation in Ohio are highlighted in a new report that examines ways to effectively modernize probation for young people while keeping the public safe. The research from the Annie E. Casey Foundation suggests diverting the massive caseloads of nonviolent youths to more focused programs aimed at positive behavior changes rather than punitive measures.

Steve Bishop with the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Steve Bishop, with the Casey Foundation said the report also says diverting youth away from traditional probation helps direct more resources into rehabilitating those at a higher risk of re-offending.


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