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News Headlines from Friday, May 15th, 2015

Three people including two juveniles have been arrested in connection with an assault that took place at a party on Mother's Day. On Sunday, Licking County Sheriff's Deputies responded to 7542 Martinsburg Road on a possible stabbing. Once deputies arrived there were several individuals leaving the scene and hiding throughout the property. One victim was suffering from three stab wounds to his chest and back. Another victim suffered a cut on the back of his neck, which required several stitches. Ramon Smith, 24, Ricc-quwaun Chatmon, 15, and Prophet Johnson, 14 are expected to be charged with robbery as well as assault.


The Licking County Safe Communities Coalition kicked-off the 2015 national Click It or Ticket campaign in Licking County with a special event Thursday afternoon at the Newark Fire Department Station 3, on West Main Street. Ashley Baker, Newark Fire Prevention Officer, says taking a second to buckle up could make all the difference in the world.

Newark Fire Prevention Officer Ashley Baker

The 2015 Click It or Ticket campaign runs May 18-31 and during this time, state and local law enforcement agencies will be stepping up enforcement to identify motorists who are not wearing their seat belts.


Newark police is investigating a report of animal cruelty. According to a police report, Wednesday a little before 9:30 p.m. officers were called to the 500 block of East Main Street after receiving a call of a person strangling a cat, wrapping it in a towel, placing it in a bag and then throwing it in trash can. Police found the dead cat in the trash can.


In an effort to raise awareness of the homeless in the community, the All Creatures 4-H Club in Johnstown will be holding its 6th annual Box City Food Drive this weekend at Bigelow Park in Johnstown. Club advisor Tom DeLoss says the event is not just about helping the homeless.

4H Club Advisor Tom DeLoss

Deloss said the public is encouraged to drop off food or monetary donations to the 4-H Club during the event which gets underway today at 6:00 p.m. and runs until 10:00 a.m. Saturday.


A local tradition gets underway tonight with the opening of the St. Francis de Sales Parish Festival. Paul Pegher says the festival has grown in popularity.

Paul Pegher

The St. Francis de Sales Parish Festival runs today from 6:30-11:30 p.m. and again on Saturday from 12:00-1:30 p.m.  Visit www.stfrancisparish.net for more information.


The Rotary Club of Newark-Heath will be hosting Brew Ohio, Saturday from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at The Beverage Source on West Church Street. The event will feature a number of local, regional and national breweries as well as wine and other spirits. Advance tickets are $30; they are $35 at the door. Ticket includes 10 samples of local beers, a souvenir glass and a souvenir Energy Cooperative beer koozie. Proceeds will benefit Rotary Club projects.


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