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News Headlines from Friday, June 26, 2015

The Granville Post of the State Patrol, the Licking County Sheriff's Office and the Pataskala Police Department will conduct an OVI checkpoint on Ohio 16 from 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. The checkpoint will be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols.


With over 130 animals currently being housed at their shelter on Thornwood Dr. in Heath, the Licking County Humane Society is having to start saying “no” to accepting animals, especially cats.

Gretchen Derringer with the LCHS

Gretchen Derringer, animal care supervisor, LCHS, said a number of kittens have been abandoned at the shelter while it is closed. Derringer said they are in desperate need of donations like kitty litter, canned food and money donations.


For the third time in less than a month the Reynoldsburg Police Department is investigating a bank robbery. The most recent one took place Thursday afternoon at the WesBanco branch on Ohio 256. If you have any information on yesterday's bank robbery or the previous two you are urged to call the Reynoldsburg Police Department at 614-866-6622.


A swearing in ceremony will be held Monday, June 29 for newly appointed Newark Police Officer April Hunt. The ceremony will take place at 12:00 p.m. at the Newark Police Department on South 4th St. Hunt is a 2001 graduate of Heath High School. She started her career in law enforcement in 2004 as a part-time dispatcher for the Heath Police Department. She accepted a fulltime position as a Communications Officer for the Newark Division of Police in January 2008.


An open house was held Thursday night to celebrate the careers of Salvation Army Majors Ron and Diana DeMichael who will be retiring at the end of the month. Major Diana has spent the past few weeks looking back on her time in the local community.

Major Diana DeMichael

Major Ron says their job was made a little easier thanks to the local community.

Major Ron DeMichael

The DeMichaels took over the local chapter of the Salvation Army in July 1998. Lieutenant Denise Martin, of Norwalk will be taking over for the DeMichaels. Her first day on the job will be Wednesday, July 1.


Thursday was a big day for some local athletes. State Sen. Jay Hottinger welcomed the Newark Catholic baseball team and the Granville High School softball team to the Statehouse to congratulate them for winning their respective state championships.


The Newark High School Jr. ROTC recently received the Air Force Silver Star Community Service with Excellence Award for the 2014-15 school year. The award recognizes the top five percent of all Jr. ROTC units based on community service in support of schools and local communities. It is based on the highest per cadet average of community service hours planned and conducted by cadets in a unit.


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