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News Headlines from Tuesday, June 20, 2017

TRENT CHARGED

Matthew Trent, the Newark man who prompted an Amber Alert Sunday, has been charged with one count of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle. Newark police issued the Amber Alert Sunday around 6:30 p.m. after Trent allegedly abducted his one-year-old daughter. The alert was canceled about thirty minutes later when police located the little girl with a relative in the area of Briarcliff Road. Trent is due back in court today and additional charges could be forthcoming.

MAN PULLED FROM BUCKEYE LAKE

A 38-year-old man had to be pulled from Buckeye Lake Monday afternoon after a tubing accident. According to officials, the man was on an inner tube when he apparently smacked heads with another person on the tube. The man fell into the water and was rescued by a dredging crew from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He was transported to Grant Medical Center as a precaution.

SPEC BUILDING

Another building is going up at the Aerospace Center campus in heath.

Rick Platt CEO Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority

Rick Platt, CEO Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority said the $1.7 million, 20,000 square foot building will feature modern ceiling heights, a drive in door, and two recessed docks. The building is expected to be ready for lease in the fourth quarter of this year.

TOP COP

Newark Police Officer Rob Phillips received the May 2017 Top Cop award from Licking County Prosecutor Bill Hayes for his quality of work, specifically relating to a domestic violence case. All law enforcement officers in Licking County are eligible to receive this award which honors an officers “steadfast and exemplary case work.”

BUDGET CUTS

As the federal budget process plays out in Congress, a national economist says there’s a lot at stake for Ohio. Bob Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, says proposed federal budget cuts, target food assistance, Medicaid, housing programs and job training.

Bob Greenstein President of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Greenstein said the plan cuts grants to states by $44 billion – and in Ohio, more than one-third of the total budget is made up of federal grants.

KEEPING AN EYE ON WAGES

Retail employers in Ohio and other states are stealing as much from their workers as shoplifters steal from their stores, according to a new report. According to the policy group Demos, between 2013 and 2015, employers underpaid or otherwise skimped on wages worth $15 billion each year. Shoplifters stole $14.7 billion in merchandise each of those years. Report author Amy Traub says retailers get a slap on the wrist for committing wage theft.

Amy Traub with Demos

The highest civil federal penalty for wage-theft violators is repaying the stolen wages and an equal amount in damages.

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