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News Headlines from Monday, August 25th, 2014
ASSAULT ON BIKE PATH

A woman who was running on the bike path near Heath High School Sunday night told authorities that a man with a knife assaulted her. According to a press release from the Heath Police Department, the woman was running at around 6:00 p.m. when she was confronted by a man wearing a ski mask. The man brandished a knife and attacked the woman near a wooded area. The woman fought off the attacker and escaped unharmed. The suspect was described as being very tall and thin with blue eyes. He was wearing red shorts, a dark hooded sweatshirt and a dark ski mask. If you have any information you are asked to call Heath Police at 740-522-2141.

CRIME STOPPERS

Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in a home burglary in Newark. Newark Police reports on Sunday, July 27, suspect(s) entered a home in the 1900 block of West Main Street and stole jewelry valued at $2,900.  If you have any information you are urged to call Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.

SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE ENTICEMENT

A Southwest Licking Middle School student reported during the school day on Friday that while she was waiting by herself at the bus stop in the Beechwood Trails subdivision, an unknown white male driver in a green colored van approached her and asked her to come over to the van.  She did not, instead running to a neighbor’s front porch.  The driver then left the area in the van.  The juvenile reported that the man never exited the vehicle.   The Licking County Sheriff’s Office is urging parents and residents throughout the county  to be vigilant and watchful of suspicious activity  around school children and school grounds, especially since the new school year is now beginning.  Residents are being asked to report suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Office at 740-670-5500.

CAR BREAK-INS

The Johnstown Police Department is investigating reports of multiple vehicles being broken into and items being stolen from the vehicles. According to the department's Facebook page, the incidents occurred Friday between 3:00-6:00 a.m.. Possible suspects are two males on bikes, dressed in all black. If you have any information you are urged to call Johnstown Police Department at 740-967-0911.

PUBLIC FORUMS

The City of Newark is hosting two public forums this week dealing with specific dollars.

7th Ward Councilwoman Carol Floyd

7th Ward Councilwoman Carol Floyd said the first meeting will be held Wednesday, August 27 at 6:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church on North 3rd St. The second will be held Thursday, August 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Newark Library on West Main St. A third meeting will be held Wednesday, September 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on West Main St.

CHILDREN SERVICES LEVY

Dan DeLawder, chairman of Park National Bank, will chair the Licking County Children Services 1-mill Replacement Levy Campaign. Pastor Jeff Gill will serve as treasurer for the campaign. The Licking County Children Services Replacement Levy, established in 1985, provides care and protection to abused, neglected and dependent children in Licking County. The current levy, which is on the November ballot, expires in 2015. According to estimates from the Licking County Auditor's Office, the levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 owner-occupied home an extra $6.59 per year.

FIREFIGHTER DOCUMENTARY

The Freedom School in Licking County will present “Burn” a documentary film about firefighters who battle arson, injury and budget cuts to save the neighborhoods of inner city Detroit. Screening will be at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, August 28 at the GMP Hall on Hudson Avenue in Newark. Admission is free and open to the public. The film may be told through the eyes of Detroit firefighters, but“Burn” isn’t just about firefighters in a single city. It’s also about all national first responders, who put their lives on the line to save their communities.

Cyber bullies

Bullying is no longer a behavior that happens mostly on the playground or the school bus. Social media is providing online channels for negative interactions between children, with more than half of teens reporting they have witnessed online bullying. Peggy Caruso, a life coach and author of the book "Revolutionize Your Child's Life," says the best way an adult can help their child is to be aware of the potential sources of bullying.

Author Peggy Caruso

Caruso said those signs include a child who seems withdrawn, lacks the desire to interact with others, or exhibits extreme changes in behavior. Cyberbullying is included in Ohio's anti-bullying laws..

 

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