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News Headlines from Friday, April 29, 2016

Two local men were transported to area hospitals following an overnight crash in Newark. According to an email from Newark Sgt. Clint Eskins, Eric Trout, of Heath, was traveling north in the 500 block of Hudson Ave. shortly after 2:30 a.m. when he drove left of center, struck at least two trees and came to rest back in the roadway. By the time emergency crews arrived on the scene the SUV was engulfed in flames. Trout, 24, was taken to OSU Wexner Medical Center with what was described as serious injuries. His passenger 20-year-old Garrett Lacroix, of Newark, was transported to Licking Memorial Hospital.  Sgt. Eskins stated speed is clearly a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.


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 in Newark. According to the Newark Division of Police, on March 14 between 3:00-7:00 a.m. suspect(s) broke into a shed at a home on the 200 block of N. 5th St. and stole nearly $6,000 worth of items including: a minibike, an air compressor, sporting equipment and various tools.


Coty Inc., a leading global beauty company, has announced it will add cosmetics manufacturing to its current distribution operation in Etna Township. The company will invest more than $4 million in machinery and equipment to expand its current facility, adding 73 manufacturing jobs to the area, according to Columbus 2020. Its Etna Township facility will begin manufacturing cosmetic kits this summer.


On November 21, 1956 the Licking County Foundation's declaration of trust was drafted and filed.

Licking County Foundation Director Connie Hawk

Licking County Foundation Director Connie Hawk said since its inception the LC Foundation has grown to over $82 million in assets through generations of gifts made by caring donors.


Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford Rosenberger has appointed State Representative Scott Ryan (R-Granville Twp.) to serve as the vice chairman of the Ohio House Finance and Appropriations Committee, which will become effective May 1st. The Finance Committee is tasked with passing the state’s biennial operating budget, the capital budget bill, and other legislation that makes appropriations. Rep. Ryan is serving his first term in the Ohio House, serving the 71st district.


Saturday marks the 11th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Properly disposing of expired and unused medications is vitally important, according to Andrea Boxill, deputy director Ohio Opiate Action Team. Boxill says prescription drugs can pose significant health hazards to all ages especially toddlers, and teens.

Andrea Boxill Deputy Director Ohio Opiate Action Team

Several central Ohio area Kroger stores are holding drug take events Saturday from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. including the Pataskala Kroger on East Broad Street. Visit www.starttalking.ohio.gov for more information on drug abuse prevention.



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