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News Headlines from Monday, March 20, 2017

A 79-year-old Johnstown woman was killed in a Sunday evening crash in Monroe Township. According to the Granville Post of the State Patrol, around 6:10 p.m., Robert Muench of Johnstown, pulled from Fancher Road into the westbound lane of US 62 and then stopped. His car was the struck by a pick-up truck being driven by Joshua Keeran, of Johnstown. Meunch, 79 and his wife Constance Muench, were transported to Grant Medical Center where she later died from her injuries. Keeran, 23 and three of his passengers suffered minor injuries. The crash remains under investigation.


The Mount Vernon Road (Ohio 13) bridge over Ohio16 in Newark is closed for reconstruction. The closure will last until September. Demolition of the bridge will mean there will be no access to state Route 16 from Mount Vernon Rd. and Hudson Avenue.


Troy Heskett Jr., of Newark, was recently sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to public indecency and menacing charges.  On Thursday March 2, a teenage girl walking to

school reported being chased by a man.  The girl reported the man was exposing and fondling himself near S. 11th and Jefferson streets.  Officers later located a male matching the original description and identified him as the 36-year-old Heskett who lived near the area on S. 6th Street.  Heskett later admitted to police that he had chased the teenager.  


Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Licking and Perry Counties held its 32nd annual Bowl for Kids fundraiser Saturday at Park Lanes in Heath. So far they've raised over $122,000.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board President Chuck Brooks

Board President Chuck Brooks thanked the community for their support. If you'd like to make a donation visit www.bbbslp.org.


A 35-year-old Junction City man has been arrested in connection with recent thefts in Fairfield, Hocking and Perry counties.  Perry County Sheriff’s Detectives executed a search warrant on the 4500 block of Pen Road. Upon executing the warrant a shot was fired at deputies by an individual who was hiding within a stolen camper on the property. After a 30 minute standoff with the individual later identified as Christopher Lutz he was taken into custody without further incident for having weapons under disability. Detectives searched the property where several stolen items were recovered. Officials estimate the value of all the property seized to exceed $30,000 dollars.


Ohio’s largest hunger-fighting network says it is deeply concerned about the potential impacts of Federal budget cuts. The lights would be shut off at 19 federal agencies, including the Corporation for National and Community Service, which runs AmeriCorps VISTA in Ohio. Maureen Allen who oversees the program for the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, says VISTA members work on programs including summer meal service for children and teens.

Maureen Allen with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks

The budget calls for $54 billion to be slashed from parts of programs and other areas of government to counterbalance a boost in military spending.


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