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News Headlines from Thursday, September 13, 2018

BYRD DUE BACK IN COURT 

Herman Byrd, the Columbus man accused of robbing a local gas station then leading authorities on high speed chase, is due back in court later today.  Byrd, 28,  has been charged with aggravated robbery in connection with the armed robbery of the Duke and Duchess gas station on Ohio 310 in Pataskala.  Earlier this week, Byrd was released from the Licking County Justice Center after posting $100,000 bond.

SEWER SEPARATION PROJECT

North 2nd street in downtown Newark at East Church Street recently reopened wrapping up Phase 1 of the  downtown sewer separation project.  Mayor Jeff Hall thanked residents and especially business owners for their patience during the construction which began back in March 2015. 

Newark Mayor Jeff Hall

The $22 million project included the separation of storm and sanitary sewers, which was mandated by the EPA.

HEAVY HEARTS IN NEW ALBANY 

Heavy hearts in New Albany as the city is mourning the loss of longtime councilman Dr. Glyde Marsh who died unexpectedly early Tuesday, a few days short of his 100th birthday.  Marsh began serving on New Albany Council back in 1993 and was Ohio’s oldest elected official.  A celebration of his life will be held Friday, Sept. 14 beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Philip Heit Center on West Main Street. The public is invited. 

GUN VIOLENCE FORUM 

Experts from around Ohio gathered in Cleveland Wednesday for a "How to Reduce Gun Violence" forum.  Daniel Flannery, with Case Western Reserve University, says gun violence is a major public health issue that's not just related to mass shootings.

Daniel Flannery with CWRU

According to state data, more than 14,000 Ohioans were victims of firearm-related crime in 2016. 

NEW RED CROSS EXC. DIR. 

Matthew Riddle has been named Executive Director of the Southeast Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross, which encompasses 13 counties including Coshocton, Muskingum and Perry counties.  Riddle takes over for Marlene Henderson, who recently retired. 

COOKOUT WITH A COP 

The 4th annual Pataskala Police Department “Cookout with a Cop” event will be held from 10:00am-2:00pm on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Freedom Park, located at the corner of Havens Corners and Taylor roads. Food will be provided while supplies last. Attendees will see demonstrations by officers throughout the event, and there will also be a tug-of-war between the police departments attending and the Southwest Licking Fire District Firefighters.

 

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