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News Headlines from Tuesday, September 27, 2016
HEATH MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE

A 47-year-old Heath man accused of sexually assaulting a Newark woman has been indicted. Charles Garman has been charged with rape in connection with an alleged incident that occurred earlier this month at the victim's home. Garman remains held at the Licking County Justice Center on $100,000 bond.

REWARD OFFERED IN FIRE

Officials have ruled as suspicious the fire that destroyed the historic Fairfield County Fairgrounds grandstand. Crews were called to the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in Lancaster Saturday around 2:15 a.m. and by the time they arrived on the scene the grandstand was engulfed in flames. A reward of up to $5,000 dollars is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons that set the fire.

SEX TRAFFICKING

It's estimated that each year roughly 1,200 Ohio children are involved in sex trafficking.

Brent Currence with the Ohio Missing Persons Unit

Brent Currence, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Ohio Missing Persons Unit, said Ohioans need to keep an eye out for possible sex trafficking. He spoke at Monday's Newark Kiwanis meeting. For more information visit www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov.

NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY

Today is National Voter Registration Day, but volunteers in Ohio already have been pounding the pavement to help get eligible voters on the rolls. The Ohio Organizing Collaborative has registered more than 140,000 voters this year, and aims to register 10,000 more before the October 11 deadline. Spokesman Michael McGovern says it's important that folks check to make sure their current registration is valid.

Michael McGovern with The Ohio Organizing Collaborative

Last week, a federal appeals court ruled Ohio's purge of millions of registered voters from the rolls violates the National Voter Registration Act.

CRIME STATS

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released its Crime in the United States 2015 publication Tuesday. The FBI report shows an increase of 2.3 percent in violent crime in Ohio and a 3.8 percent increase nationwide. Also, property crimes decreased 6.8 percent in Ohio, while only decreasing 2.6 percent nationwide.

OPEN HOUSE

The Newark Digital Academy is hosting a community open house Thursday, Sept. 29 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. The open house will include building tours and a chance to meet the staff. All community members are invited to attend. Newark Digital Academy is located at 255 Woods Avenue.

 

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