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News Headlines from Monday, May 23, 2016

A 40-year-old man died as a result of injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle crash over the weekend in Perry County. According to the Lancaster Post of the State Patrol, a little after 11:30 a.m. Saturday , Joseph Sole failed to yield at a stop sign at the intersection of Mainesville and Flag Dale roads and was struck by a car being driven by an 18-year-old Pleasentville man. Sole was transported to Fairfield Medical Center where he later died. A 10-year-old passenger in his SUV was last listed in stable condition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The driver of the other car and his teenage passenger suffered non-life threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation.


Law enforcement agencies across Ohio are participating in the annual Click It or Ticket campaign.

Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp

Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said Click It or Ticket begins today and runs thru Sunday, June 5.


The walls have been torn down in what used to be the lobby of Adena Hall on the OSU-Newark/COTC campus. The construction project will renovate about 10,000 square feet of former maintenance and grounds workshops into a state-of-the-art recreation and fitness facility. The $3.7 million project is being funded by both institutions through state funds. The project includes upgrading the lobby, renovating the corridor leading to the south section of the building and upgrading the fire alarm system. The Newark Campus Development Fund is contributing $150,000 to replace the bleachers in the gymnasium and $120,000 in private funding will be used for new fitness equipment. 


As part of an ongoing investigation into a series of thefts from older adults residing in senior living facilities throughout central Ohio, local law enforcement agencies are trying to locate additional victims and help them recover their stolen property. To date, they have recovered 3,000+ items – mostly jewelry – and currently are aware of 40 victims.  If you or a loved one may have been the victim of theft from a senior living facility in the past few years you are urged to call your local law enforcement agency.


Efforts in Ohio to improve water quality are among those highlighted by the "Value of Water Coalition." The group is part of a campaign to educate Americans about why water is essential, and why new investments are needed in the nation’s water system.

Coalition Director Radhika Fox

Coalition Director Radhika Fox said with an aging water infrastructure, $4.8 trillion in investment is needed over years to maintain a state of good repair.


The Youth Leadership Council of Licking County, an award-winning youth-led prevention project of Pathways of Central Ohio will induct the 2016-2017 class of representatives and honor six community members at the annual Leadership Convocation and Dessert Reception this evening, 2016 at the Reese Center on the OSU-Newark/COTC campus. The annual event serves as a night of celebration as students and community members across Licking County showcase how they helped make Licking County a happy, healthy, safe and drug-free place to live, work and go to school.


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