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News Headlines from Thursday, May 17, 2018
FATAL CRASH

A 47-year-old Gambier man was killed in a crash this morning in Licking County just east of New Albany. According to the Granville Post of the State Patrol, a car being driven by Megan Busch, of Bladensburg, was westbound on US 62 when she stopped and attempted to turn left onto Beech Road. A pickup truck being driven by Robert Murphy illegally passed multiple vehicles on the left and collided with Busch. Murphy went off the south side of the road and was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Busch, 19 was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The crash, which occurred around 6:00 a.m., remains under investigation.

HOMELESS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX CHARGES

A 33-year-old homeless man has admitted to trying to engage in sex acts with a minor. Wednesday, in a Muskingum County courtroom, Derek Baldwin pleaded guilty to numerous charges including three counts of attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and 18 counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor. Baldwin remains held on $1 million bond. He will be sentenced at a later date.

TRYING TO STRENGTHEN PROTECTION ORDERS

Newark state Senator Jay Hottinger has sponsored legislation, which would increase penalties associated with repeat violations of a protection order.

Newark State Senator Jay Hottinger

Hottinger said too often, an individual who violates a protection order will continue menacing the victim who sought the order since the offender is likely to only receive a misdemeanor for the violation.

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Penny Sitler Executive Director Mental Health America of Licking County

Penny Sitler, executive director, Mental Health America of Licking County said they offer several free programs and services to help those who are struggling with mental health issues. For more information visit www.mhalc.org.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA FACILITY

In an effort to rectify an application scoring error, The Ohio Department of Commerce has issued a medical marijuana cultivation license to Illinois-based PharmaCann Ohio, which had been rejected in the original round of license review. The company will receive a provisional permit for a 25,000 square-foot operation on Mill Dam Road in Buckeye Lake.

SKILLSUSA

C-TEC recently had 35 high school SkillsUSA Chapter competitors and leadership members attend the State Competition in Columbus. 7 students medaled in competitions, with 4 students -Hunter Shumaker, Sam Sowers, Mason Grady, and Mark Starner - winning gold and moving on to represent Ohio at the National Competition in Louisville, KY June 25-29th.

 

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