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News Headlines from Wednesday, June 21, 2017

EDMONDS SENTENCED

It's 11 years behind bars for a 25-year-old Newark man for his role in a shooting at a local apartment complex. A Licking County jury recently found Brandon Edmonds guilty of several charges including aggravated burglary and felonious assault. On February 12, 2016 Edmonds along with a juvenile went to the apartment in the 1400 block of Dickerson Street confronted a man and that's when Edmonds shot the man in the leg.

AN INCREASE IN THE COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

Licking County's May unemployment rate was 3.7 percent up from the April figure of 3.5 percent, according to data released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. It was a mixed bag across central Ohio as four counties Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin and Knox saw an uptick in May unemployment rates as compared to April. Muskingum and Perry counties saw a decline, while Coshocton County's stayed the same.

BOND SET FOR TRENT

Bond has been set at $25,000 for the 27-year-old Newark man who prompted an Amber Alert over the weekend. Matthew Trent has been charged with one count of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle in connection with Sunday’s incident although additional charges could be forth coming. He's due back in court next Thursday.

21ST STREET PAVING

Paving operations on North 21st Street in Newark are underway. Work will occur between 8:00pm-7:00am each day, from Granville Street/Road to Ohio 13. Two-way traffic will be maintained at all times. The work will last for approximately four weeks, depending on weather.

HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION

Senator Rob Portman touched on a number of subjects during Tuesday’s conference call with reporters. One topic of discussion was the Senate's proposed health care legislation.

Senator Rob Portman

The window is quickly closing if Senate Republicans want to vote on a health care bill before the July 4 recess.

TASTE OF SUMMER

Heath's Taste of Summer will be held Saturday, July 24 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at the Davis-Shai House. Denise Swartz, director Heath Community Arts Council, says the event features something for everyone.

Denise Swartz Dir. HCAC

Swartz said there will be a beer garden as well. KOOL 101.7 will be broadcasting live throughout the Taste of Summer event.

 

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