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News Headlines from Friday, September 19th 2014

The Licking County Prosecutor's Office announced that charges have been filed against the  16-year old driver involved in a triple-fatal crash in June.  According to a press release, Jaylynn Rigio, of Johnstown, faces numerous charges including aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault in connection with the June 26 crash on Hardscrabble Rd. that resulted in the deaths of Michael Hoskins, 17, Linzie Bell, 15, and Cheyenne Spurgeon, 15.  A fourth passenger, Ashton Cody, 16, was seriously injured in the crash.  Prosecutor Ken Oswalt said Rigio will be tried as a juvenile because the offenses did not legally support any effort to bind him over to adult court. 


Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.7 percent last month, unchanged from July, according to figures released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The August unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.5 percent in August 2013. It was also lower than the U.S. figure of 6.1 percent.


Bond has been set at $150,000 for a 32-year-old Newark man accused of abducting and assaulting two Newark women. Dustin Fisher has been charged with kidnapping in connection with an incident that took place Wednesday afternoon at a home on the 200 block of North 5th Street. According to a police report, the two women were held against their will and assaulted. Both women tried to escape, one was successful but the other was caught by Fisher and taken back to the home. Fisher's case will next go before a grand jury for possible indictment.


Reynoldsburg teachers will be on the picket lines today as the Reynoldsburg School Board and the Reynoldsburg Education Association were unable to come to terms on a contract agreement before the strike deadline of midnight. School will go on as schedule as the district has replacement teachers in classrooms.


Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in recent thefts of ATV's in an area north of the Newark city limits. The Licking County Sheriff's Office reports: Suspect(s) entered a barn on the property in the area of 4300 Chestnut Hills Rd. sometime between Aug. 30 Sept. 2, and stole a yellow 2003 Polaris Sportsman ATV and a deer trail camera. Suspect(s) stole two ATVs from a property in the area of 6100 Marion Rd. One ATV that was stolen was a black Yamaha Wolverine, and the other was a red Polaris Scrambler. Anyone with information on these crimes is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


Multiple law enforcement agencies throughout Licking County are working together to increase public awareness and enforce laws about seat belt use after an increase in fatal crashes.

Lt. Kevin Miller with the Granville Post of the State Patrol

Lieutenant Kevin Miller, commander of the Granville Post of the State Patrol, said in 2013 there were 14 crashes and 14 deaths. 75 percent of the fatal crashes this year have involved drivers or passengers who were not wearing seat belts. September 21-Sept. 27 law enforcement agencies will work together as part of an aggressive seat belt enforcement campaign.


The Newark Area Jaycees Community Parade will be held Sunday, September 21. The parade will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Evans Complex on Sharon Valley Road. The parade route will be Sharon Valley Road to Country Club Drive down to Granville Road where it will then enter the south entrance of the OSU-N/COTC campus. Following the parade there will be a festival on the campus grounds that will include music, games and food.


The Central Ohio Alzheimer's Association is hosting its annual Walk to End Alzheimer's fundraiser Saturday morning at Huntington Park. Jennifer Monroe-Sega says proceeds will help keep important programs up and running.

Jennifer Monroe-Sega with the Central Ohio Alzheimer's Association

Monroe-Sega said the goal for this year's walk is $350,000. You can still register for Walk to End Alzheimer's by visiting www.alz.org/centralohio.


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