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News Headlines from Saturday, February 23, 2019


Coshocton County officials are asking for help in locating a missing 13-year-old girl. According to authorities, Kendal Helms was last seen on Saturday, February 16. If you have any information on her whereabouts call your local law enforcement agency.


A 35-year-old Newark man is heading to prison for his role in a 2018 armed robbery in Newark. Matthew Wheat recently entered a guilty plea to one count each of robbery and weapons under disability in connection with the Oct. 22 incident on Lawrence Street. The victim was shot three times in what police described as a drug deal that went bad. Wheat was sentenced to five years behind bars.


Thursday, Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jack Marchbanks spoke at the Ohio House Finance Committee meeting and he unveiled a proposal to increase the fuel tax by 18 cents.

ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks

Ohio has not raised the gas tax since 2005. If the proposal is approved, the gas tax would rise from 28 cents per gallon to 46 cents per gallon.


The Licking County Sheriff's Office is actively seeking quality applicants for the position of Corrections Officer. Applications can be found on the sheriff's website under employment information. You can mail them or drop them off at the Licking County Sheriff's Office on East Main Street in Newark during business hours.


Theresa Flores, Founder of S.O.A.P. - Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution – will be the guest speaker at next month's United Way of Licking County Women United Dinner & Auction.

Theresa Flores

Flores was appointed to the Ohio Attorney General's Human Trafficking Commission in 2009 and has testified before the Ohio Legislature in support of Human Trafficking Legislation. The Women United Dinner & Auction will be held on Thursday, March 7 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Newark. Cost is $50. To register or for more information visit the United Way of Licking County's Facebook Page.


The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about two phone scams that are making the rounds. The first involves someone calling and claiming to be from the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office or the IRS and are telling intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The second scam involves some claiming to be with the Social Security Administration. They state their computers are down or may refer to enrollment in the Medicare prescription drug program.. If you receive either call simply hang up.


Archived Headlines From:

Monday, February 18

Tuesday, February 19 Wednesday, February 20

Thursday, February 21

Friday, February 22  

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