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News Headlines from Monday, January 26th, 2015

Coshocton, Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Muskingum and Perry counties are under a Level 1 Snow Emergency, which means roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.


Newark fire officials are investigating not one, but two suspicious fires that took place Sunday morning at two vacant homes. Crews were called to a home located on the 100 block of South 4th St. shortly after 6:30 a.m. Sunday and then roughly 45 minutes later they responded to a second fire on the 100 block of S. 5th St. Officials believe both fires were intentionally set. No injuries were reported and in both cases the homes sustained major damage.


Steve Harrington, a longtime leader in the Licking County Democratic Party died Saturday at age 63. Harrington served in the United States Army and was a past chairman of the Licking County Board of Elections and a member of the Licking County Democratic Club. Criss Wagner Hoskinson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.


Pit bull owners are encouraged to attend tonight's Newark Safety Committee meeting. Committee members are expected to discuss the city's breed-specific legislation which automatically labels pit bulls as vicious. 3rd Ward Councilman Jeff Rath previously stated that he will introduce legislation to abolish the breed-specific designation.  The committee meetings get underway at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers.


The Licking County Chamber of Commerce is getting ready to host its biggest event of the year - the Groundhog Breakfast. President Cheri Hottinger says this year's breakfast has added significance.

Cheri Hottinger Pres. Licking County Chamber of Commerce

The Groundhog Breakfast will be held at Adena Hall on the OSU-N/COTC campus. Doors will open at 5:30 a.m.  This year’s keynote speaker is Oklahoma Congressman Steve Russell who - while serving in the military - was on the team that found Saddam Hussein. To purchase tickets or for more information call 740-345-9757.


Winter in Ohio is prime time for what's known as "the silent killer." Carbon monoxide is invisible, odorless, and tasteless, and kills about 500 Americans every year. Sources of the dangerous gas include furnaces, generators, and kerosene heaters. As Ohioans try to keep warm, clinical toxicologist Sheila Goertemoeller says they may be increasing their carbon monoxide exposure.

Clinical Toxicologist Sheila Goertemoeller

Initial signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to the flu but without the fever. They include vomiting, dizziness, headache and shortness of breath.


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