Monday, May 16

NEW FIREFIGHTERS

The Newark Division of Fire held swearing-in ceremonies this morning for three new firefighter paramedics - Ethan Barker, Christopher Maisenbacher and Brendan Wagner.

Deputy Fire Chief Brandon Metzger said with the addition of the three new firefighters the division now has 80 uniformed personnel. They are authorized to have 84.

FATAL CRASH

A 28-year-old Coshocton man died in a weekend crash in Licking County. According to the State Patrol, Sunday around 1:15 am, Aaron Owens was traveling south on County Road 39 in Harrison Township, when he went off the right side of the road, hit a guardrail and culvert, and then came to rest in a creek bed. Owens was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

CRIME STOPPERS

Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in a fire in Newark. The Newark Division of Police reports, on Easter Sunday, around 4:10 am, suspect(s) started a fire on the second floor of the former Westinghouse warehouse, now known as Newark Station, in the 300 block of West Main Street. The Ohio Blue Ribbon Arson Committee is offering up to a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.

LIGHT OHIO BLUE

Sunday marked the beginning of Light Ohio Blue Week. The annual statewide campaign aims to honor law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty and their surviving family members. People are encouraged to change an exterior light at their home to blue, to show their support for law enforcement.

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

May has been designated Mental Health Awareness Month.

Penny Sitler, executive director, Mental Health America of Licking County, said if you or someone you know is dealing with a mental health issue visit their website www.mhalc.org or give them a call at 740-522-1341.

CELEBRATING 45 YEARS

Century 21 Frank Frye Real Estate is celebrating 45 years in the business.

Phil Frye said this is an exciting time for everyone at Century 21 Frank Frye Real Estate.

ROAD WORK

Beginning today Ohio 37 is scheduled to close between Locust Grove and Flagdale roads for a culvert replacement. The daytime closures will be between 8:00am and 5:00pm. Estimated completion is Friday, May 20.