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News Headlines from Monday, May 20, 2019

***8:45am UPDATE***

The Muskingum County Sheriff's Office reports William Clapper has been arrested.


The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in locating two men.  Authorities are searching for Derek Bush and William Clapper.  Bush, 41, and Clapper, 33, are both wanted for failure to report to jail from a supervised release.  If you have any information on their whereabouts, contact your local law enforcement agency.   


A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Saturday for the new Pataskala Police headquarters located off west Broad Street. 

Pataskala Police Chief Bruce Brooks

Police Chief Bruce Brooks said the new facility has a number of new features like - training and conference areas; a lab for drug testing; and a workout room for officers. Previously, police headquarters was located in the Sterling Theatre building on south Main Street.  The new facility cost roughly $4.6 million. 


On Saturday, OhioCAN and Newark Homeless Outreach hosted the Steps For Change- 5k and one-mile walk in downtown Newark. 

Trish Perry with OhioCAN and Newark Homeless Outreach

Co-organizer Trish Perry said during the event, hundreds of pairs of shoes were placed on the steps of the Licking County Courthouse to represent homeless children and adults in Newark and those dealing with an addiction and those who have lost their battle with addiction.


Licking County Law Enforcement Agencies are participating in the annual "Click It Or Ticket" Campaign that begins today.  There will be extra deputies, state troopers and police officers on patrol during this campaign looking for seat belt and other traffic violations. 


Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in April, down from 4.4 percent in March, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The number of unemployed workers in April was 247,000, down 11,000 from 258,000 in March. The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 3.6 percent.


The Ohio Department of Transportation District 5 is reminding motorists that Ohio 657 is closed to traffic approximately two miles north of Ohio 13, between Chestnut Hills Road and St. Joseph Road, for a bridge replacement project.  The road is expected to re-open to traffic in mid-July.


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