Thursday, October 21


Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in cell phone thefts in Heath. The Heath Division of Police reports, on Sept. 10, suspect(s) stole a Samsung Galaxy Flip phone from the T-Mobile store on Hebron Road, and a Samsung Galaxy Ultra cell phone from the AT&T store on Central Parkway. The phones are valued at more than $2,000.  Anyone with information on these crimes is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


A number of Newark residents talked about the homeless and crime in the community during the recent Newark City Council meeting. Second Street resident Thomas Brunner told council he found a body on his property.

Police have identified the body as that of a 54-year-old Newark man. They do not suspect foul play.


The Newark Advocate – in partnership with KOOL 101.7/Buckeye Country 107.7 and the League of Women Voters of Licking County – will be hosting a candidates forum today featuring candidates for Newark City Council and the Newark School Board. The forum will be held at 6:00 pm at the Newark High School auditorium. You can watch the forum by going to the Newark Advocate’s Facebook page.


A 36-year-old Lancaster man will spend at least the next 15 years behind bars for stabbing and killing a 29-year-old man. Christopher Hamm was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years to life in prison in the February death of Kierston Jackson at a home on Madison Avenue. Hamm had previously pleaded guilty to one count each of murder and tampering with evidence


Licking County voters will decide the fate of a Park District levy on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Park District Director Richard Waugh said if approved the levy would generate roughly $2 million for the Licking Park District.


Personal-finance website WalletHub has released its 2022 Best College and University Rankings and central Ohio has three of the top five Colleges and Universities in Ohio. Kenyon College is No. 2; OSU main is No. 4 and Denison University checks in at No. 5 WalletHub compared over 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S. based on 30 key measures including cost and financing and career outcomes.