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News Headlines from Friday, December 2, 2016

A 55-year-old Newark Police Officer has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing in connection with a fight at a party in late October. Dale Queen had originally been charged with misdemeanor assault but that charge was dismissed. A special prosecutor was then assigned to the case and after presenting evidence to a grand jury they declined to indict Queen. He Remains on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.


Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in a burglary at a home in Newark. According to police, between Oct. 27-30 someone entered a home on the 100 block of Fairfield Avenue and stole a number of items including guns, a World War two bayonet, jewelry and a TV. The stolen items were valued at more than $8,500. If you have any information call Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


12th District Congressman Pat Tiberi has been named Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee for the 115th Congress. Representative Tiberi will be the first Ohioan to chair the Joint Economic Committee since Senator Robert Taft held the position in the 80th Congress from 1947-1948. The committee's primary tasks are to review economic conditions and to recommend improvements in economic policy.


Wagons Ho Ho Ho is one of the many organizations across central Ohio stepping up to help those less fortunate during the holidays.

Wagons Ho Ho Ho Board Pres. Donn Ditzhazy

Board President Donn Ditzhazy said on Saturday an army of volunteers will build 1,000 red wagons that will then be delivered to needy families.


This year marks the 35th anniversary of when HIV was first detected. While research has changed the outcomes for those living with HIV, experts say there is much more work to be done. Doctor Michael Para, with The Ohio State University says research suggests using treatment as prevention can stop new infections.

Doctor Michael Para with The Ohio State University

Dr. Para said the sooner someone knows they have the virus, the more quickly they can get treatment. Thursday was World Aids Day.


The Pataskala Lions Main Street Christmas event will be held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. with a Cookie Walk. The walk is open to the first 350 families that bring either one canned food item or a $1 donation. Participants can partake in a number of holiday-themed attractions and activities. The annual Christmas parade will start at 6:00 p.m. 





The 21st Annual Outville Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 10, at 3:00 p.m. The parade, which will step off from the Harrison Township Community Complex, will feature antique cars, trucks, bands and much more. Immediately following the parade back at the complex, there will be entertainment, an auction, and a visit from Santa himself.




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