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News Headlines for Tuesday, June 25

GARAGE FIRE

Multiple fire departments responded to a garage fire Monday morning in Bowling Green Township. According to the Licking County 911 Center, crews were called to the scene in the 12000 block of Rankin Road SE shortly after 6:00 a.m. and upon arrival saw smoke coming from the garage. They remained on the scene for a couple of hours. No injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation.

FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH

A man was killed in a head-on crash involving a motorcycle Monday afternoon in Fairfield County. According to the State Patrol, shortly after 3:30 p.m., a car was traveling west on U.S. 22 while a motorcycle, operated by Jared Ross, was traveling in the east bound lanes. Troopers said the driver of the car crossed the center line and struck the motorcycle head-on. Ross was ejected from the motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is under investigation.

OTCA APPROVES PROJECTS

Monday, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved nine projects that will create over 700 new jobs and spur more than $217 million in investments across Ohio. Among the projects, is Vantage Data Centers which expects to create 12 full-time positions, generating more than $1.6 million in new annual payroll, as a result of the company's new location in New Albany.

SCAMMERS ARE TARGETING THE ELDERLY

More people over the age of 64 are being targeted by scams through social media, and are more likely to lose money. Judy Dollison with the Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio says the most common and dangerous scams for seniors involve investments, romance, and home improvement.

According to AARP, around half of American adults report having been a victim or a target of financial fraud.

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

Saturday promises to be a fun day in Pataskala as the city hosts its Independence Day Celebration at Foundation Park.

Mayor Mike Compton said there will be live music and food trucks. A large fireworks display will be held at dusk.  KOOL 101.7 will be broadcasting live Saturday from 10:00am-12:00pm.

SHRED-IT DAY EVENT

Win Waste Innovations is hosting a public Shred-It Day Saturday, June 29 from 10:00am-1:00pm at their facility on Keller Drive in Heath. The Shred-It Day is a free event but they will be accepting donations for the Licking County Humane Society.

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