Monday, May 23


Multiple fire departments are busy this morning battling a house fire in Perry Township. According to the Licking County 911 Center, crews were dispatched to the 5900 block of Reform Road NE around 4:20 am, and upon arrival saw smoke coming from the home. We will have more information as it becomes available.


The Licking County Sheriff's Office has arrested two juveniles in connection with the recent break-in and vandalism at Lakewood's Jackson Intermediate School.  According to a press release, the School Resource Officer and detectives received numerous tips which led to the arrest of the suspects who are students in the Lakewood School District.  During the interviews, detectives also solved other recent crimes in the area and neighboring jurisdictions. The juveniles are being held at a juvenile detention facility.  The investigation is ongoing.


Central Ohio Technical College is keeping a close eye on the future Intel project and what it means for enrollment.

COTC President Doctor John Berry said Intel plans to hire 70% of their Ohio workforce at the associate degree level.


Heath City Council has called a special meeting for this evening. Council members will discuss a number of items including an ordinance to spend over $1.5 million on the city’s street paving project. The meeting gets underway at 5:30 pm in City Council Chambers.


A new report finds that dishonest employers steal from some 213,000 people in Ohio each year just by paying them less than the minimum wage. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown introduced the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act, which he says will crack down on wage-theft practices and empower Ohioans to fight back.

The report, from Policy Matters Ohio, found that the average victim loses $55 dollars per week, which equals about one-fourth of their pay based on the minimum wage.


The community is invited to a free Active•Fit Youth Wellness Event and Family Drive-in Movie Night on Friday, May 27, on the grounds of the Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) Pataskala Health Campus, located at One Healthy Place off Broad Street in Pataskala. The Active•Fit Youth Wellness Event, which includes inflatable fun areas and games, will take place from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The Disney/Pixar animated film, Luca, will begin at dusk. Free snacks and beverages will be provided during both events. If inclement weather causes the need to reschedule, the event will take place on Friday, June 3. The event is free to the public; however, registration is required. Please contact the Licking Memorial Public Relations Department at (220) 564-1560 to register.






A Licking County grand jury has returned a two-count indictment against a 42-year-old Newark man accused of assault. Mark Thomas faces one count each of felonious assault and robbery in connection with an incident earlier this month. Thomas remains held on $250,000 bond. He is due back in court next week.


Ohioans filed 8,293 initial traditional unemployment claims last week, which was 75 more than the previous week. Over 2,200 of those have been flagged for more stringent identity verification, to ensure they are not fraudulent.


If you live in New Albany and receive a call from area code 380, you were randomly selected to participate in New Albany’s resident survey. The city is seeking feedback now and into June and they are asking residents to participate in the survey. Feedback will be made public later this year.


Learn more about working in human services or social work at Central Ohio Technical College's upcoming Virtual Visit Day. During the event, faculty and staff will share information about COTC's multiple certificates and degree options in human services and social work to help you consider and choose the right path for you. Virtual Visit Day will be held from four until five on Tuesday, June seventh. Register at