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News Headlines from Monday, January 22, 2018

***UPDATE 11:00am***

Newark Police has arrested two men and one juvenile in connection with a fatal weekend shooting on Cherry Street. Tyler Ocasio, 20, and Dustin Lehoe, 21, both of Newark, were arrested Sunday evening. A 15-year-old boy was arrested early Sunday morning at his home in Heath.


The Newark Police Department continues to investigate a fatal weekend shooting. According to a press release, Saturday around 2:50 a.m. officers responded to a report of shots fired on the first block of Cherry Street. Upon arrival, officers found David Barcus suffering from a gunshot wound. The 48-year-old Barcus was transported to Licking Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  If you have any information you are urged to call the Newark Police Department at 740-349-1501 or 740-670-7928.


The Ohio National Guard will continue conducting national defense operations and responding to state emergencies, despite the federal government shutdown. The nearly 1,000 Ohio National Guard Soldiers and Airmen who are currently deployed around the world will continue to conduct normal operations and other emergency functions necessary to protect lives and property.


LICCO, welcomes the community to visit its new site at 141 West Main Street, Newark on Tuesday, February 6, from 9:00am to 6:00pm. LICCO-Newark will focus on building skills and meaningful connections to provide a path to community employment and engagement for individuals with developmental disabilities.  The development of the downtown Newark location is the first step in a long-term plan to close the 26,000 square foot facility at 600 Industrial Parkway in Heath. The board and organization directors have a strategic plan to vacate the Heath location by July 2019.


Big changes coming for the Newark Catholic football program and longtime coach Bill Franks.

Bill Franks

Franks took over as Newark Catholic coach in 2002 and led the Green Wave to six regional championships, two trips to the state finals and one state title in 2007.


Lakewood Local Schools Superintendent Mary Kay Andrews was disappointed in the school board's recent decision not to place a bond issue on the May ballot.

Lakewood Superintendent Mary Kay Andrews

Andrews said proceeds from the 28 year, nearly $34 million bond issue would have been used to build a new elementary school and other capital improvements.


Later this month, Columbia Gas of Ohio will start a gas line replacement project in a northeast area of downtown Newark. The work will affect about 100 customers. Residents are invited to attend an open house to learn more.  The event will take place on Thursday, February 1, at 6:00 pm at Heritage Middle School.  The work and clean-up are expected to be completed by the spring of 2018.


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