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News Headlines from Friday, February 5, 2016

Emergency crews are on the scene of another fatal crash on US 62 in Licking County. At least one semi and one car were involved in the crash that occurred around 9:20 a.m. on the 9500 block of 62. The names of those involved has not been released and the investigation is ongoing. US 62 will be closed between Sportsman Club Road and Crouse-Willison Road while crews clear the scene. According to the Granville Post of the State Patrol, in the past three years, there's been seven fatal crashes on 62.


Newark police is investigating an armed robbery that took place Wednesday night. According to a police report, the victim was robbed at gun point by two men a little before 5:45 p.m. Wednesday on the 500 block of Kibler Avenue. If you have any information you are urged to call the Newark Police Department at 740-349-1501.


Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in a breaking and entering at a Newark business. The Newark Division of Police reports, between Dec. 28-29, suspect(s) broke into a locked garage at Myers Pool Co. on Mt. Vernon Rd and stole various tools including an air compressor and circular saw. The tools are valued at over $1,000. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


Some in Ohio's congressional delegation say a new law is needed to better address lead contamination in water. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is drafting legislation that would direct the federal EPA to automatically alert the public in contamination cases if local or state officials fail to do so within 15 days.

Sen. Sherrod Brown

Sen. Brown's legislation would require that communities have contingency plans for clean water and to fix any contamination problem within six months.


The Licking County Suicide Prevention Coalition is launching the new Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors Team or LOSS as it is also known. Justina Wade, suicide prevention coordinator at Mental Health America of Licking County, says the goal of LOSS is to respond quickly to the surviving family members and people close to a death by suicide.

Justina Wade with MHALC

Wade said the LOSS Team is seeking volunteers and a free training workshop will take place from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on March 23 at the Licking County Health Department. Contact MHALC at 740-522-1341 for more information.


The City of Heath tax returns are due by April 18. The city tax office will complete income tax returns free of charge. They accept walk-in tax preparations through March, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  All tax preparations in the month of April are by appointment only.  For more information visit the city's Facebook page.


Studio SPARK will host the Art from the Heart Art Exhibition and Silent Auction this Saturday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at their studio located at 110 East Elm Street in Granville. Studio SPARK is the first fine art studio of its kind in Licking County for adults with developmental disabilities.



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