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News Headlines from Tuesday, May 15, 2018
STORM CLEAN UP CONTINUES

Trees and power lines across central Ohio were no match for a strong line of storms that passed through the area Monday afternoon. One of the hardest hit areas was Heath.

Heath Mayor Mark Johns

Mayor Mark Johns said city crews were clearing numerous downed trees from roadways. American Electric Power is dealing with power outages across the area. The power is expected to be restored to all affected areas later this afternoon

JOHNSTOWN MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER

Bond has been set at $1 million for a 29-year-old Johnstown man accused of killing a 45-year-old Newark man. Glenn Priest has been charged with murder in last Friday night's shooting on Hancock Street in Newark that resulted in the death of Jesse Moffitt Sr.  Priest was arrested Sunday night at a home in Reynoldsburg.

DOWNTOWN PARKING ENFORCEMENT

The warning period for parking in the downtown Newark area is over. Starting this week parking violation tickets in the Downtown District will be issued. All two hour parking zones around the downtown will be monitored and ticketed. Parking will be enforced weekdays from 7:30 am - 5:00 pm.

POLICE WEEK

This is National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

FOCUSING ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

The next United Way of Licking County Community Partners Council quarterly forum will be held tomorrow from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at Heritage Hall Senior Center. The forum will focus on Licking County's response to domestic violence. Featured speakers include Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp, Newark Police Chief Barry Connell and Domestic Relations Court Judge Richard Wright. The forum is free and open to the public.

MATERNAL MORTALITY

With hundreds of women in the U.S. dying each year due to complications from pregnancy, researchers in Ohio are working to learn more about the scope of maternal mortality in the state.  Tara Britton, with The Center for Community Solutions, says there's been a much-needed focus on the state's high infant mortality rate in recent years, but she says now it's time to focus on moms.

Tara Britton with The Center for Community Solutions

Maternal mortality is a broad description of deaths associated with pregnancy and birth, and the latest data shows there were more than 400 pregnancy-associated deaths in Ohio between 2008 and 2014.

If all goes as planned, the shuttered Madison Township Fire Department will soon re-open. Earlier this week the Madison Township Board of Trustees voted to re-establish the fire department, which was disbanded in 2015 by the former trustees.

Madison Township Trustee Doug Barr

Trustee Doug Barr said they began accepting resumes about five weeks ago. They received 32 resumes and have conducted 18 interviews. The Hanover Volunteer Fire Department will continue to provide service to the township until the Madison Township Fire Department gets up and running.

A DROP IN THE STATE UNEMPLOYMENT

Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in April, down from 4.4 percent in March, according to figures released Friday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 249,000, down 4,000 from 253,000 in March. The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 3.9 percent, down from 4.1 percent in March.

DOG PARKS IN NEWARK

Newark City Council will meet in regular session Monday night and on the agenda is ordinance to create dog parks at Everett and Flory parks. The ordinance also spells out the responsibilities and requirements of dog owners. Monday's meeting gets underway at 7:00 p.m.

CENTRAL OHIO SENIOR CITIZENS HALL OF FAME

Licking County residents Bill and Pam Weaver were recently inducted into the Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. The Weavers were recognized for their work with folks dealing with mental health challenges, victims of abuse and their involvement with many historical treasures across Licking County.

COTC TEACHING AWARD

Central Ohio Technical College Assistant Professor of Mathematics Nicholas Shay has been named the recipient of the 2017-18 Full-Time Teaching Excellence Award. Shay has been employed at COTC for six years and is a repeat nominee for the award.


 

 

 


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