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News Headlines from Friday, May 10, 2019

OVI CHECKPOINTS ANNOUNCED TONIGHT IN LICKING COUNTY

The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Licking County Sheriffs Office, and The Pataskala Police Department announced that two OVI checkpoints will be held in Licking County tonight. The first checkpoint will run from 7pm to 9pm on State Route 16 near Cedar Street in Pataskala. The second will run from 10pm until midnight on State Route 79 near Reinhart Drive in Heath. OVI checkpoints are funded by federal grants and are planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers. They will be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat impaired driver-related injury and fatal crashes.

NEWARK POLICE IDENTIFY MAN FOUND DEAD IN RACCOON CREEK WEDNESDAY

Newark Police has released the name of the 55-year-old man whose body was discovered in Raccoon Creek Wednesday evening. The deceased man has been identified as Rodney Blankenship. According to a press release, around six o’clock, officers were dispatched to the Raccoon Creek just south of the bike path near North 21st Street and State Route 16 on a body in the water. The body was discovered by local teens that were in the area and notified authorities. The cause of death remains under investigation.

OEFFA RELEASES 2019 SCHEDULE FOR WORKSHOP SERIES

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association has released the schedule for its 2019 sustainable farm tour and workshop series, which features more than 30 farms and businesses in Ohio, as well as Michigan and Indiana. Lauren Ketchum is with the OEFFA…

Lauren Ketchum with the OEFFA

The farm series runs June through December, and most events are free and open to the public. Visit oeffa.org for more information.

INVESTIGATION CONTINUES INTO I-77 FATAL CRASH THURSDAY

A 33-year-old Newark Woman was killed in a head-on crash on Interstate 77 south of the Guernsey-Noble County line early Thursday morning. According to the state patrol, Megan Dunaway, of Newark, was driving a minivan south in the northbound lanes of I-77 at approximately 3:35 when she struck a car being driven by Shelby Farkas. Dunaway was transported to a local hospital where she later died. The 54-year-old Farkas was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

STATE MEDICAL BOARD REVIEWING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR QUALIFYING CONDITIONS FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA

The state medical board of Ohio’s Medical Marijuana expert review committee has recommended that patients with autism spectrum disorder or who are experiencing anxiety be added to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana. The conditions will now go to a full vote by the state medical board on June 12. Ohioans can consume marijuana and marijuana products if they receive a recommendation from a doctor.


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