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News Headlines from Friday, October 21, 2016

A ruptured gas line near downtown Newark caused plenty of headaches this morning. Crews were dispatched to an area of Everett Avenue and Cedar Street shortly before 9:30 a.m. after receiving a report of a gas leak. Several buildings in the area including Blessed Sacrament School were evacuated. and Cedar Street was closed for several hours.


Newark police is on the hunt for a voyeur. According to a press release, on Friday, Oct. 14 a man attempted to take photos with a cell phone up a woman’s skirt at the CVS located at 955 N. 21st Street. The suspect was confronted by the victim and store employee, who demanded to see his phone. He refused and left the store. The suspect is described as a white male, wearing an orange tee-shirt and black shorts. If you have any information contact the Newark Police Department at 740-670-7205.


A 54-year-old Hebron man was sentenced to 10 years to life behind bars for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl. Daniel Bragg was found guilty of one count of rape in connection with incidents that began in October 2015 and continued until May of this year. He was acquitted on four other counts of rape. In addition to the prison sentence, Bragg will have to register as a Tier III Sexual Offender.


Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in a burglary in Newark. The Newark Division of Police reports, on Tuesday, Sept. 27 between 10:30am.-8:00pm someone entered a home on the 300 block of W. Church St. and stole a number of items including: a television, a laptop and a Verizon tablet. The stolen items were valued at over $2000. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


Licking County’s Screening and Survivor Support (SASS) for Breast Cancer program is celebrating National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October by encouraging residents to wear pink today.

Todd Kirkpatrick Director Health Promotion LCHD

Todd Kirkpatrick, with the Licking County Health Department, said one in eight women in America will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime.


The Licking County Safe Communities Coalition reported two fatal crashes in Licking County during the third quarter of 2016. Both fatal crashes involved speed and seat belt neglect. One of the crashes is suspected to have involved texting and driving. During the same time frame in 2015, there were 6 reported fatal crashes, including 1 pedestrian. There have been 13 total traffic crash fatalities in Licking County this year. In 2015, there were 23 total fatalities from 21 crashes reported in Licking County.


Kroger will hold a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 2 for the Newark Kroger Marketplace on N. 21st St. The new 124,000-square-foot store and adjoining fuel center represent an approximate $22.5 million investment by Kroger in the Newark community. The new store replaces the current Kroger on Deo Drive, which first opened in 1980.


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