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News Headlines from Friday, July 12, 2019

Multiple victims were transported to area hospitals following a couple of crashes Thursday afternoon on Interstate 70 near Ohio 310. A Licking County 911 Dispatcher, tells KOOL 101.7 News, the crashes occurred a little after 5:00 p.m. and involved seven cars and four tractor trailers. The names and conditions of the victims has not been released, and the crashes remain under investigation.


Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in the theft of a gun in Newark. The Newark Division of Police reports, between May 27-28 suspect(s) stole a SCCY handgun from a car parked in the 600 block of Garfield Avenue. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


Keegan Mummey, the 18-year-old Newark man accused of shooting and killing a 12-year-old girl was back in a Licking County courtroom earlier this week. Mummey entered a not guilty plea to one count each of aggravated murder, rape and tampering with evidence in the June 21 death of Isabella Barnes. Mummey remains held on $1 million bond.


Ohio Department of Natural Resources law enforcement officers and local partner agencies issued two boating under the influence violations and contacted 1,700 boaters during the Operation Dry Water safe boating campaign that ran July 5-7. Alcohol use is involved in about one in every four fatal boating-related accidents in Ohio.


The summer months are busy ones for the Newark Parks and Recreation department. Superintendent Jeff Hotchkiss says they are involved with a large number of events.

Newark Parks and Recreation Department Superintendent Jeff Hotchkiss

Hotchkiss said one of the free events is the Mayor's Concert Series which takes place every other Monday from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Canal Market District pavilion. The next concert will be on Monday, July 22 featuring the Full Count Jazz Band.


In a survey conducted by sociologist Natasha Quadlin of Ohio State University, and researchers from Indiana and Maryland, 4,000 adults were asked to classify the sex of transgender people. Quadlin says the respondents were more likely to view a transgender person as the gender they were born with, rather than the gender they identify as. However, that view changed if the person "passes" as the gender with which they identify.

Natasha Quadlin Associate Professor Sociology Ohio State University

Quadlin said the findings are contrary to a popular argument used to restrict transgender rights, which is that identity should be based on biology, not physical appearance.


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