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News Headlines from Monday, May 14, 2018
***9:20am UPDATE***

Glenn Priest is behind bars. Priest, 29, was wanted in connection with last Friday night's fatal shooting of Jesse Moffitt, 45, on Hancock Street. According to a press release from the Newark Police Department, Priest was arrested Sunday night at a home in Reynoldsburg. There was a short struggle and Priest was eventually tased and taken into custody.



The Newark Police Department continues its search for a 29-year-old man wanted in connection with last Friday night's fatal shooting on Hancock Street. Police have named Glenn J. Priest as a suspect in the death of Jesse Moffitt, 45, of Newark. Priest is known to have gang affiliations and is to be considered armed and dangerous. He was last seen driving a 2003 gold Ford F-150, bearing Ohio license plate HJS8279. The vehicle has one running board and the hood is tied down with a bungee cord. If you have any information on his whereabouts call 911 or your local law enforcement agency.


The Newark School Board will meet in regular session this evening and they are expected to approve the Five-Year Forecast as prepared by Treasurer Julio Valladares and submit the Forecast to the Ohio Department of Education. The Board is also expected to approve the graduation list for the upcoming Newark High School Commencement ceremony.  The meeting gets underway at 6:30 p.m. in the Administrative Office building on Mount Vernon Road.


Last week, the Newark City Council Service Committee approved an ordinance to have the city hire an architect to explore the possibility of building a new fire station on Sharon Valley Road, near King Road. Committee member Jeremy Blake cast the lone no vote and he explains why.

Councilman Jeremy Blake

Blake understands the need for the new fire station, but he had too many questions that needed to be answered before he could agree with moving forward. The ordinance still needs to pass full city council.


Granville Village Council recently approved an ordinance that green lights the Eaton Woods Development project on Newark-Granville Road. Village Manager Steve Pyles says the project will include cluster housing, townhomes and single-family homes.

Granville Village Manager Steve Pyles

The project also includes green space and a walking trail.


Licking Memorial Hospital will host a Cancer Survivors Picnic in recognition of the 31st Annual National Cancer Survivors Day. The Picnic is a celebration and acknowledgement of all survivors and their families. The event will take place on Sunday, June 3, from 1:00-3:00 p.m., on the front lawn of the Hospital. The program will begin at 1:30 p.m., and an aerial photo of all survivors will be taken at approximately 2:15 p.m. There is no cost to participate in the event. Call LMH at 220-564-4102 by Tuesday, May 29, to register.


After 9 years of hard work and dedicated service canine officers Ike and Bear are retiring. The Newark Police K9 Unit is raising funds to purchase and train two new canine officers and the Licking County Humane Society wants to help.  A night of comedy by RAISE THE WOOF, a stand-up comedy tour that travels the country working with local animal rescues to help raise funds, will make a stop in Newark this week. Raise the Woof will be held Thursday, May 17 at 8:00 p.m. at Thirty One West. The cost is $20. Tickets are available at the Licking County Humane Society, and the Newark Police Department.


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