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Bond has been set at $150,000 for a 38-year-old Buckeye Lake man and $25,000 for a 24-year-old Thornville woman in connection with an alleged armed robbery in Pataskala. Gary Gourley and Leah Jasper are being held at the Licking County Justice Center on a single charge of aggravated robbery, although additional charges could be forthcoming.  According to Pataskala police, Wednesday at around 6:15 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 4500 block of Headleys Mill Road on a report of an armed robbery/home invasion. The victim told police when she got home from work she was confronted in her garage by a man with a gun. The suspect was later identified as Gourley.


5th grade students at Newark's McGuffey Elementary will take center stage Monday night during Newark City Council's Economic Development Committee meeting. The students will give a presentation advocating to make Newark Earthworks a World Heritage Site recognized by the United Nations. Committee members will then discuss a resolution in support of adding the Newark Earthworks to the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites.


The Licking and Fairfield County Emergency Management Agencies, along with Ohio EMA, ODNR, Buckeye Lake Police, Buckeye Lake Fire and Licking County Sheriff’s Deputies will be conducting an Emergency Evacuation Exercise today at 9:30 a.m. In Buckeye Lake.

Sean Grady Dir. Licking County EMA

Sean Grady, director Licking County EMA, said the exercise will begin with a notification to residents that will be similar to an actual emergency. Residents may receive or hear one or more of the following:  a phone message or emergency sirens – will sound and play a spoken test message.

national crime victims’ rights week

In Ohio, advocacy organizations are working to ensure crime victims understand their rights, protections, and can access services to help their recovery. Today wraps up National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Terri Lajeunesse, president Ohio Victim Witness Association, says the week highlights the need for support organizations to collaborate as they assist crime victims.

Terri Lajeuness Pres. Ohio Victim Witness Association

This year's theme for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is "Engaging communities. Empowering victims."


Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has initiated a voluntary recall of all ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets, and ice cream sandwiches for all flavors and containers because of the possible presence of listeria. The Columbus-based company is ceasing all sales and closing all scoop shops until all products are ensured to be 100% safe. Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly and others with weakened immune systems. Jeni’s is not aware of any illness reports to date related to the recalled products. Customers who have purchased any of the products are urged to dispose of them or return them to the store where they were purchased for an exchange or full refund.


Newark native, Army Specialist Robert Neumman was among the 29 individuals inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor Friday during a special ceremony in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium. This year’s class of inductees includes representatives from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Sorps who served during World War II, as well as the conflicts in Vietnam and Afghanistan. Spc. Neumman is being honored for his actions while serving on the Ohio National Guard Operational Mentor and Liaison Teams that served in Afghanistan over the past decade.


The Dawes Arboretum will be a popular place today as they host their annual Arbor Day Festival.

Laura Appleman with the Dawes Arboretum

Dawes Public Relations/Marketing Director Laura Appleman said the Arbor Day Festival is free and open to the public. Visit www.dawesarb.org for more information.


The Works has announced plans for a new permanent exhibit to honor Newark native Jerrie Mock, the first woman to fly solo around the world. The exhibit, called “Flight Lab” will open in 2016 during the Works’ 20th anniversary celebration. The Works is seeking individual donations, sponsorships, and grants to support the installation of this exhibit.  For more information visit www.attheworks.org or call 740-349-9277.


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