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News Headlines from Friday, February 17, 2017

The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in identifying a man wanted in connection with a recent church break-in. If you have any information, call the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office at 740-452-3637.


Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in recent thefts from stores at Indian Mound Mall in Heath. The Heath Division of Police reports, on Oct. 12, 2016 suspect(s) stole several items from Victoria’s Secret. The stolen items were valued at over $1,000. During the overnight hours on Jan. 15, 2017 suspect(s) stole a substantial amount of items from Dunkin's Diamonds. Anyone with information on these crimes is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


Wednesday night, Granville Village Council passed a Resolution Declaring that the Village and Township of Granville are Welcoming Communities, in which All of Our Residents and Visitors Can Feel Welcome, Safe and Able to Fully Participate in, and Contribute Positively to , Our Community’s Social and Economic Life. This resolution is a simple statement by Village Council that the Granville community supports the health, safety and welfare of all residents and visitors with a welcoming attitude.


Next Tuesday night, Pataskala City Council will hear a third reading of a resolution concerning the construction of a new police station.

Pataskala Mayor Mike Compton

Mayor Mike Compton said if approved by City Council, the resolution would allow the city to issue up to $5.5 million in bonds to pay for the construction of the new police station. He said the new building would be located behind the City Administration Building on Broad Street.


Last month, 3,088 calls were made to the 211 Crisis and Information Hotline serving Licking and Knox Counties. That's quite a bit higher than January 2016 when there were 2,732 calls to the hotline. 211 connects millions of people a year to critical resources, information and services. It is a service of Pathways of Central Ohio.


The Village of Johnstown is looking for volunteers to take part in a spring clean up day sometime in late April. The Village is looking for groups to "adopt" a section of road to pick up trash/debris. They will supply trash bags and pick up the filled bags. For more information contact the Village of Johnstown at 740-967-3177.


A new report suggests lead contamination is a serious problem in Ohio schools. The Environment America Research and Policy Center says Ohio is one of more than a dozen states failing to protect children from lead contamination at school. Melanie Houston with the Ohio Environmental Council says a law signed last year to protect communities from lead contamination included $12 million to help schools replace lead components in their infrastructure.

Melanie Houston with the Ohio Environmental Council

Among other things, the report recommends states and communities adopt a lead standard for schools that follows recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics.


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