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News Headlines from Monday, March 18, 2019


A teenager was last listed in critical condition following a reported shooting in Hebron.  According to the Licking County Sheriff's Office, a little before 3:30 a.m. on Friday, March 15, deputies and Hebron police responded to a call of a vehicle accident at the Kroger in Hebron.  Upon arrival, they determined there was no accident but one of the passengers in the car Zachary Luden, 18, had been shot.  Authorities determined the shooting took place at a home on the 5500 block of National Road SE in Hebron.  One person at the home was arrested on tampering with evidence and drug charges.  No charges have been filed in the shooting. 


This is Severe Weather Awareness Week. In Licking County you can sign up for the RAVE System for weather alerts. Sean Grady, director Licking County Emergency Management Agency, says they are now making it easier to receive weather alerts.

Sean Grady Director Licking County EMA

As a part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, a statewide tornado drill will take place Wednesday, March 20 at 9:50 a.m. During this time, Ohio counties will sound and test their outdoor warning sirens. Schools, businesses and households are encouraged to practice their tornado drills and emergency plans.


Newark City Council will meet this evening and Mayor Jeff Hall is expected to present a proclamation for Developmental Disabilities Month. Prior to the full city council meeting, three committee meetings will be held. The committee meetings in order are finance, service and economic development. Committee meetings begin at 5:45 p.m., and the full city council meeting will get underway at 7:00 p.m.


In the budget he presented Friday to state lawmakers Governor Mike DeWine wants to almost double the funding for services that protect neglected and abused children, which would mean an additional $74 million a year.

Angela Sausser with the Public Children Services Association of Ohio

Angela Sausser, with the Public Children Services Association of Ohio, said the largest chunk of money, $30 million additional, would help counties pay for foster-care placements, recruit foster families and increase numbers of caseworkers. The budget now goes to the Ohio House of Representatives for review and then to the Ohio Senate. The 2020-2021 biennium budget must be approved by lawmakers and signed by the governor by June 30.


Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Licking & Perry Counties held its 34th Annual Bowl For Kids fundraiser Saturday at Park Lanes in Heath. So far, the event has raised a little less than $123,000. You still have time to make a donation. Visit www.bbbslp.org for more information.


Ohio State (19-14) has made it into the NCAA tournament.  The Buckeyes are the No. 11 seed in the Midwest Region.  They will face the No. 6 seed Iowa State (23-11) Friday, March 22 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

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