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News Headlines from Friday, December 12th 2014

An arrest has been made in connection with last month's gas station robbery in Etna Township. Roderick Garrett, of Blacklick, was arrested Thursday after reporting to his probation officer in Franklin County, according to a press release from the Licking County Sheriff's Office. Garrett, 54, is accused of robbing the Duke and Duchess on Ohio 310 near Interstate 70 on Sunday, November 30. He is being held at the Licking County Justice Center awaiting a bond hearing.


The Pataskala Police Department had an increased presence at Licking Heights High School Thursday after rumors began circulating about a possible shooting at the school. Police and Licking Heights officials decided it would be best to have a police presence at the school throughout the day on Thursday. No incidents were reported.


The Licking County Chamber of Commerce held another Local Leaders breakfast Thursday morning at the DoubleTree by Hilton, the theme of which was an economic development roundtable. A number of local business, city and county leaders led the discussion and that included developer Jerry McClain. During the event McClain as well as others spent seven minutes at each table talking about specific topics like downtown Newark.

Jerry McClain Pres. Jerry McClain Company

Approximately 80 people attended Thursday's event.


The Muskingum County Sheriff's Office is on the hunt for Justin Allen Alexander who is wanted on burglary charges. According to the sheriff's office, the 36-year-old Alexander has a history of violence. If you have any information on Alexander's whereabouts you are urged to contact the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office.


The Midland Theatre is hosting another holiday event this Sunday.

Midland Theatre Executive Director Nancy Anderson

Executive Director Nancy Anderson said tickets to Sunday's show are still available on line at www.midlandtheatre.org.


For the fourth year in a row, AAA Ohio stores will work to help curb drunk driving by holding Holiday Happy Hours aimed at encouraging Ohioans to celebrate responsibly this holiday season. On Monday, December 15, Newark AAA employees will create non-alcoholic cocktails, or mocktails. Local residents are invited to come in, sample these mocktails and vote on their favorite. Last year alcohol contributed to 12,137 crashes and 300 deaths on Ohio's roads, including 203 crashes and seven deaths in Licking County, according to Ohio Department of Public Safety.

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