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News Headlines from Friday, September 23, 2016

Bond has been set at $1.5 million for a 33-year-old Pataskala man accused of killing his 56-year-old mother. Russell Littrell is being held at the Licking County Justice Center on a single charge of murder in the death Ruth Hackney. On Wednesday, Licking County Sheriff's deputies were called to a home on the 200 block of River Forest Road for a welfare check and upon arrival they found the victim. Investigators are still searching for a black-and-red 1996 Dodge van with Ohio license plate FWD6056. If you see the van contact your local law enforcement agency.


Licking County Treasurer Olivia Parkinson recently sent a notice of pending foreclosure to Longaberger Co. officials and parent company JRJR Networks for delinquent property taxes on the Big Basket on East Main Street in Newark. Parkinson says they can make a payment in full or possibly begin a delinquent tax contract. She explains what would happen if there is no payment.

Licking County Treasurer Olivia Parkinson

Parkinson said the company owes more than $605,000 in back taxes. The last employees moved out of the iconic building back in mid-July.


There were 219 homes sold in Licking County in August, a .5% increase over August 2015. There were 1,657 existing homes and condominiums sold in this year’s first eight months, up 8% from the same period last year, according to the Columbus Realtors Multiple Listing Service. Licking County’s average home sold price was $174,718 from January through August of this year, up 3.3% over the first eight months of 2015.


It should be a fun time Saturday at the Davis Shai House as the city of Heath and the Heath Community Arts Council host the 2nd Annual Oktoberfest.

Denise Swartz Director HCAC

Denise Swartz, director HCAC, said there will be plenty of live music including a concert featuring the band Big Daddy Blue. KOOL 101.7 is proud to be a media sponsor for the Heath Oktoberfest.


The Ohio Department of Public Safety is encouraging the public to download its “Safer Ohio” phone app, Ohio’s multi-function, mobile public safety tool for reporting suspicious activity, requesting emergency or roadside help and monitoring traffic conditions. The Safer Ohio Phone App is a component of the ODPS Safer Ohio Initiative. This App has the “See Something, Send Something” function, which allows people to report information and send photos of suspicious activity to Ohio Homeland Security. The user-friendly app is available through the Apple App Store or on Google Play.


The Licking County Computer Society will host a computer recycling event from 9:00am-3:00pm today and again on Saturday. They will accept computers, faxes, printers, monitors, ink cartridges, batteries and cell phones. Televisions and CRT monitors will not be accepted. Monetary donations will be collected to help with the costs. The event will be held at 123 South 3rd Street in Newark.




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