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News Headlines from Thursday, August 17, 2017
NEWARK MAN FACES SEX CHARGE

Paul Clark, of Newark is being held at the Licking County Justice Center accused of engaging in sex acts with a minor.  Clark, 38, has been charged with unlawful sexual conduct in connection with an alleged incident that took place earlier this year. Clark's bond has been set at $50,000 and he's due back in court this afternoon.

DOWNTOWN CONSTRUCTION MEETING

Newark Development Partners hosted a downtown construction communication meeting last night at The Midland Theatre. Officials talked about the North Park Place status as well as the timeline for North Third Street, Church Street and future segments.

Fred Ernest Executive Director NDP

Fred Ernest, executive director Newark Development Partners said North Park Place is scheduled to reopen Wednesday, August 23; weather permitting.

LCHD RECEIVES GRANT

The Licking County Health Department was awarded a $15,000 Let's Play Community Construction grant by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group and national non-profit KaBOOM! that will be used to build a playground on the grounds of the Licking County Health Department. Construction is expected to begin this fall.

DRUG OVERDOSES

Government data published earlier this year estimated that nearly 1.3 million Americans were hospitalized or sought help at an emergency room for opioid-related issues in 2014. Doctor Andrew Huhn, with Johns Hopkins University, says it's a crisis that keeps getting worse every year. 

Dr. Andrew Huhn with Johns Hopkins University

More than 4,000 Ohioans died from drug overdoses last year; 1,800 of those were from prescription opioid overdose deaths, the highest number in the United States.

DEDICATION CEREMONY HAS BEEN POSTPONED

Due to the possibility of inclement weather, Lakewood Local Schools is postponing tonight's dedication ceremony at Lancers Stadium and Calhoun Memorial Field. The dedication ceremony will now take place on Monday, August 21 at 6:00 p.m.

HUMAN CASE OF WNV

Ohio's first human West Nile virus case in 2017 is being reported by the Ohio Department of Health. A 44-year-old man from Clermont County is recovering from the West Nile virus infection and did not require hospitalization. This year, 29 Ohio counties, including Licking County, have reported West Nile virus activity reported in mosquitoes collected as part of statewide surveillance. Last year, ODH reported 17 human West Nile virus cases.


 

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