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News Headlines from Monday, May 18th, 2015

Bond has been set at $100,000 for a 24-year-old Newark man accused of taking part in an assault and robbery at a party in Newton Township. Ramon Smith has been charged with aggravated robbery and is being held at the Licking County Justice Center. On Sunday, May 10 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. In addition to Smith, Ricc-quwaun Chatmon, 15, and Prophet Johnson, 14 are facing charges in juvenile court for their roles in the incident.


The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a 31-year-old Baltimore man wanted on probation violation for domestic violence and robbery. Russell Senig is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. If you have any information on Senig's whereabouts you are urged to call the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office at 740-652-7911.


Newark City Council will meet in regular session this evening and on the agenda is an ordinance on second reading allowing the city to place liens in excess of $91,000 on property owners found to be in violation of the city's Property Maintenance Code. Council will also vote on a resolution in support of adding the Newark Earthworks to the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites. Today's meeting gets underway at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.


Resurfacing work will continue today on Ohio 661 in the Granville area. Crews will work Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. starting just north of Granville and continuing north towards Mount Vernon. During the work one lane of traffic may be closed. Drivers are encouraged to use caution and expect delays. The $6.5 million project is expected to finish in September.


May is Mental Health Month.

Penny Sitler Exec. Dir. MHALC

Penny Sitler, executive director Mental Health America of Licking County, said they offer several free programs and services to help those who are struggling with mental health issues. For more information visit www.mhalc.org.


More than 150,000 Ohioans who were dropped from the Medicaid rolls early this year will now have their benefits restored. The Legal Aid Society of Columbus filed a lawsuit in March, claiming the Ohio Department of Medicaid failed to follow required guidelines during the annual review process. Legal Aid Deputy Director Kate McGarvey says the state is in the process of switching eligibility systems and experienced problems when re-authorization packets were sent out.

Kate McGarvey with Legal Aid Society of Columbus

The Ohio Department of Medicaid said coverage will be reinstated for those who lost benefits between January 1 and March 31. It does not include individuals who submitted their renewal forms but were deemed ineligible.


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