Tuesday, May 17

NEW FIREFIGHTERS

The Newark Division of Fire held swearing-in ceremonies Monday 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.

LCSO INVESTIGATING BREAK IN

The Licking County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspects who broke into a local school. According to the Licking County Sheriff's Office, during the early morning hours on Thursday, May 12, suspects broke a window and entered Lakewood's Jackson Intermediate School, on Lancer Road and stole items and vandalized classrooms. If you have any information call your local law enforcement agency.

K9 UNIT PASSES

The Newark Police Department is mourning the loss of retired K9 Officer Ike. Ike died on Saturday May 14 of natural causes. His handler was Sgt. Dave Burris.

PEDIATRIC BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INITIATIVE

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced the Pediatric Behavioral Health Initiative, an $84 million investment, to increase access to care and expand capacity across the state so kids and their families can get services and supports for their behavioral health needs in or near their communities.

ABSENTEE VOTING

There’s a new effort underway to make it easier for Ohioans to vote by mail by creating a permanent absentee voter list. To vote absentee under current law, voters must fill out an absentee-ballot request and send it to the board of election before each election. They will then receive a mail-in ballot that must be returned. State Representative Michael Skindell says House Bill 641 would streamline the process, which would increase voter participation.

Five states have similar measures in place.

RED, WHITE & UNITED 5K

Registration is underway for the United Way of Licking County's second annual Red, White & UNITED 5k, 1 Mile Walk, and Kids Fun Run, on Saturday, July 2. The event will be held at Foundation Park in Pataskala. Early registration for the 5K is $35. to register or for more information visit the United Way of Licking County website www.unitedwaylc.org  or Facebook page.