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|News Headlines from Monday, July 16, 2018|
The deceased man has been identified as Aaron Madinger, of Newark. The driver of the pickup has been identified as Charles Preston, of Mount Vernon. Preston, 25 and his 5-year-old passenger were treated and released from LMH. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash are asked to call the Newark Police Department at 740-670-7237.
FATAL CRASH IN NEWARK
Newark police is investigating a weekend crash that claimed the life of a 50-year-old man. According to police, the two-vehicle crash occurred Sunday a little before noon at the intersection of Mount Vernon Road and the Ohio 16 eastbound exit ramp. The victim, whose name has not been released, was turning left from the exit ramp onto Mount Vernon Rd. when his car was struck by a pickup truck. A man and a child in the pickup were taken to Licking Memorial Hospital, with what was described as non life-threatening injuries.
KIRKERSVILLE POLICE CHIEF DIED OF ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE
An autopsy report released Friday by the Franklin County Coronerís Office shows Kirkersville Police Chief James Hughes Jr. died from an accidental fentanyl overdose. Hughes was found dead in his Reynoldsburg home in May. According to the report, investigators found one syringe with fentanyl residue, a second with fentanyl in a liquid, and a sandwich bag containing cocaine residue.
COMMITTEE AND COUNCIL MEETINGS
Newark City Council committees and full city council will meet this evening. The Finance, Service and Safety committees will meet first. The Safety Committee will discuss legislation pertaining to e-cigarettes. The committee meetings get underway at 5:45pm. The full city council meeting will start at 7:00pm.
TOBACCO COMMUNITY CESSATION INITIATIVE
The Ohio Department of Health recently awarded a three-year Tobacco Community Cessation Initiative grant to the Licking County, Knox County and Perry County Health Departments. Tori Ivan, with the Licking County Health Department, says the goal is to give people the tools they need to help quit smoking.
Recent statistics show Licking County's smoking rate at roughly 24 percent while the state average is 22 percent. If you'd like more information on the Tobacco Community Cessation Initiative visit www.lickingcohealth.org.
RALLY IN THE ALLEY
The Newark School District will host its annual Rally in the Alley for students in grades 5-12 from 10:00am-12:00pm Saturday, July 28 at The Works. The event provides free school supplies and other items to students. Linkage Coordinator Terrell White says they can always use donations.
White said Rally in the Alley is also the perfect time for students and parents to meet with support or resource groups in Licking County.
BIKE PATH REPAIRS
Beginning Wednesday, July 18 and running through August 1 the section of the TJ Evans bike path in Granville will be completely closed from the Main Street bike path parking lot east of Granville Milling, up to the Granville Rotary Bridge so crews can correct bank erosion and the unstable bank conditions.
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