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News Headlines from Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Charges have been filed against the four people arrested in connection with last Friday's alleged abduction of a 25-year-old Newark man. Erik Grennell, Robert Sharff Jr., and Jesse Workman have been charged with aggravated burglary and Tisha Huckabaa has been charged with kidnapping. Bond was set at $750,000 for the 51-year-old Sharff. The 26-year-old Grennell and 28-year-old Workman are being held on $500,000 bond. Bond was set at $250,000 for the 38-year-old Huckabaa. Their cases will next go before a grand jury for possible indictment


The Newark School Board met in regular session Monday night and Treasurer Julio Valladares delivered the district's five year financial forecast.

NSD Treasurer Julio Valladares

Valladares said the district is on good financial footing but it will be very important to pass the renewal levy in 2019.


Beginning Wednesday at 7:00pm, there will be overnight single lane closures in both directions on Interstate 70 at the Ohio 79 Interchange. Overnight work hours will be from 7:00 pm to 6:00am while crews work on removing falsework from under the bridge from the structural beam painting. During this time, clearance heights on I-70 will continue to be reduced to 16 feet. This height restriction will remain in place until falsework removal is completed on October 21.


Motorists across Ohio are reminded to pay attention when traveling near a school bus.

Lt. Aaron Vollmer with the Granville Post of the State Patrol

Lieutenant Aaron Vollmer, with the Granville Post of the State Patrol, said troopers will step up patrols along school bus routes and school related safety zones throughout Licking County by following or riding on school buses to identify violations.


The Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities invites the community to attend its 50th Anniversary celebration today from 4:00-7:00pm at the E.S Weiant Center on North 22nd Street. Historical items will be on display and there will be light refreshments and activities for children. At 6:00pm there will be a special presentation to commemorate their Golden Anniversary.


The 69th annual Courthouse Holiday Lighting Campaign has reached 92-percent of its goal as of Sunday, October 15. To date the community based Lighting Committee reports deposits of $18,400. The goal is $20,000. The annual holiday lighting of the Courthouse is the official start of the Christmas season in Licking County. This year's Courthouse lighting will take place on Friday, November 24. For more information visit www.courthouselighting.com.

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