Wednesday, May 22

WEATHER COULD BE AN ISSUE

It could be a wicked weather Wednesday - showers and storms will be possible this afternoon through this evening. A few strong to severe storms cannot be ruled out, with damaging winds being the primary threat.

CRIME STOPPERS

Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the theft of a laptop computer in Pataskala. The Pataskala Division of Police reports, during the overnight hours on Thursday, April 18, suspect(s), broke into a car parked in the 300 block of South Main Street and stole a Dell laptop computer, computer bag and headphones. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.

ZANESVILLE MAN IS HEADING TO PRISON

A 45-year-old Zanesville man is heading to prison in connection with a fatal hit-skip. Colt Lightfoot entered guilty pleas to several charges including aggravated vehicular homicide in the May 13 crash that claimed the life of 71-year-old Gary Frey. Lightfoot was sentenced to at least 15 years in prison, and his driver’s license was suspended for life.

BLOOD DONATIONS

As summer gets closer, the Red Cross asks donors to come in to give blood or platelets now to help keep the blood supply as stable as possible. Donors of all blood types – especially those giving type O blood and donors giving platelets – are vital to people counting on blood products for critical medical procedures. To Schedule a donation visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800 RED CROSS.

SPOUSAL RAPE

Advocates say victims of rape by a spouse can now seek justice under a new law closing a loophole that did not punish rape and sexual battery cases when the victim is married to the alleged perpetrator.

Emily Gemar, with the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, said House Bill 161, signed by Governor DeWine, bans spousal rape. It goes into effect later this year.

MEMORIAL DAY TRAVELERS

Plenty of us will be heading out for the Memorial Day holiday.

Kara Hitchens, with AAA Ohio, said this is the third highest number of travelers since they started tracking the data back in 2005.