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News Headlines from Friday, July 25th 2014

Ernest Bowers, the former treasurer of the Watkins Memorial Band Boosters has been indicted for allegedly stealing $67,000 from the organization over a four year time frame. Bowers, 50, faces one count of grand theft. According to the Ohio Attorney General's Office an investigation by the Charitable Law Section revealed the money was used on "personal trips, adult entertainment, gas, food, personal cell phones, cable services and education expenses for family members.” Bowers is due back in court on Tuesday, August 12.


The Licking County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation relative to policy violations by several employees assigned to the Jail Division. The investigation centered on the failure to make appropriate rounds and the recording of inaccurate information relative to these rounds. As a result of this investigation, the following employees have tendered their resignation; Toby Berry, Jeremiah Moore, Eric Finley and Aubrey Biller. A fifth employee’s disposition relative to this investigation has not been determined at this time.


Shocking news concerning the Ohio State University Marching Band. Director Jon Waters was fired following a two-month investigation by the Office of University Compliance.

OSU President Michael Drake

OSU President Michael Drake said at this time, the Ohio State Marching Band season will continue under new leadership and steps are being taken to swiftly identify an interim band director.


Tomorrow, Licking County Recycling in partnership with other local entities is kicking off its 2014-2015 Tire Amnesty Days.

Licking County Recycling Director Lindsey Grimm

Director Lindsey Grimm said from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Saturday residents will be able to drop off tires at the Newton Township Fire House in St. Louisville and the Washington Township Garage in Utica. Passenger tires will cost you $1, a truck tire $3, semi/ag tires will run you $10 and rims on/off is $3. Per state law there is a 10 tire limit per load. Visit www.lcounty.com/rlc for more information.


The St. Albans Fire Department has been awarded a little over $148,000 for Operations and Safety through the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grants program that helps firefighters and other first responders improve their ability to protect the public and themselves. Projects funded in the Operations and Safety category include training, facility upgrades and modifications, and supplies such as protective equipment.


The Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial Golf Invitational will be held Sunday, August 10 at Chapel Hill Golf Course. Proceeds will benefit the Memorial located in Sunbury.

Jerry Jodrey Founder Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial

Founder Jerry Jodrey said currently there’s over 250 markers at the Memorial. For more information on the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial and the golf outing visit www.chapelhillgolfcourse.com.


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