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News Headlines from Thursday, November 15, 2018


This morning's freezing rain made life hectic for motorists, emergency crews and local utilities. A number of crashes were reported across the region this morning.  American Electric Power crews are out trying to restore power to thousands of central Ohio customers who have been knocked off-line.  Due to the outage the Clerk of Courts title office on East Main Street in Newark is closed.


The Lancaster Police Department is investigating a break-in and theft from a local business in which a number of items were stolen. If you have any information call the Lancaster Police Department at 740-687-6680 ext. 4543.


The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a house explosion in Coshocton County. According to the Coshocton County Sheriff's Office, around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday deputies received a call in reference to a loud explosion with possible fire in the area of County Road 58 and Township Road 303. Upon arrival they found a fully involved structure fire of a residence and nearby buildings in the 43000 block of County Road 58. Investigators found the bodies of the occupants inside the residence. The names of the victims have not been released.


Bond has been set at $25,000 for a 20-year-old Newark man accused of assaulting his girlfriend. Johnathon Llewellyn has been charged with one count of domestic violence for allegedly choking the victim. He's due back in court next Wednesday.


New research uncovers the instability faced by Ohio youths in foster care, and the resulting negative outcomes experienced during their transition to adulthood. A new report - Fostering Youth Transitions was released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It shows that moving in and out of foster-care placements, unstable placement settings, and leaving foster care without finding a permanent family can create barriers to well-being. Brandi Slaughter with Voices for Ohio's Children says that includes difficulties obtaining education, employment and housing.

Brandi Slaughter with Voices for Ohio's Children

According to the data, 43 percent of Ohio foster youths obtain a high school diploma or GED, compared with 76 percent nationally. And about half of the U.S. foster-care population is employed, while in Ohio it's only 36 percent.


The Newark Elks Lodge #391 will hold the local Elks National Hoop Shoot Free-Throw Contest at the Licking County Family YMCA, Sunday, Nov. 25 starting at 2:00 p.m. Winners of the local competition will go on to compete at the District Contest on Jan. 13, 2019 at Newark High School. For more information visit www.elks.org/hoopshoot.


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