Wednesday, May 24

UPDATE:  The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that James Lee (on the left) has been captured in Kentucky.

SEARCHING FOR TWO CONVICTS

Authorities are searching for two men who escaped from a prison in northwest Ohio on Tuesday. Officials said Bradley Gillespie, 50, and James Lee, 47, were reported missing from the Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution, located in Lima. Both men should be considered dangerous. If you have any information contact your local law enforcement agency.

A BIG DROP IN COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT

Licking County's April unemployment rate was 2.7 percent, down from 3.4 percent in March according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Looking at surrounding counties, Delaware County had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.4 percent, while Coshocton County had the highest at four percent.

HIGH BOND SET FOR NEWARK MAN

Bond has been set at $500,000 for a 40-year-old Newark man who was wanted in connection with a fatal crash in Kentucky. Sean Tolliver remains held at the Licking County Justice Center awaiting extradition. He was arrested by local authorities last Friday.

MCDONALD NAMED TO NATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has announced Jennifer McDonald, President & CEO of the Licking County Chamber of Commerce was selected to participate in the eighth cohort of its premiere business leadership program. The Business Leads Fellowship Program trains and equips leaders from state and local chambers of commerce, economic development agencies, and trade associations with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers to build their capacity to address the most pressing education and workforce challenges.

SAFE DRIVING

Thousands of Ohioans will hit the road for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, kicking off the unofficial start to summer. Matt Bruning, with the Ohio Department of Transportation, has an important tip for motorists.

Last year, 17 people died on Ohio roads during the Memorial Day holiday.

IN NEED OF TEACHERS

Ohio’s historically Black colleges and universities are working to produce a pipeline of diverse teachers.

Lillian Drakeford, Interim dean, College of Education, Central State University said a recent study found that Black students make up nearly 17 percent of Ohio's student population, but fewer than one in ten teachers in the state is a Black man.