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News Headlines from Monday, December 5, 2016
***9:50AM UPDATE***

Newark Police is investigating the shooting of a man in his home on West Church Street. On Sunday at 7:20 p.m., police were called to 245 West Church Street on a report of a shooting. When Officers arrived they found a woman and her teenage son hiding in a bedroom.  Police later found the victim, Kevin Skeese, 39, in a laundry room with multiple gunshot wounds.  According to a press release, two men - one white and one black - forced their way in through the back door, and shot Skeese.  If you have any information call NPD at 740-670-7215.

***ORIGINAL STORY***

ONE PERSON INJURED IN SHOOTING

One person was transported to OSU Wexner Medical Center following a shooting last night in Newark. A Licking County 911 dispatcher tells KOOL 101.7 News that crews were called to the 200 block of West Church Street around 7:20 p.m. on a report of a shooting. The name and condition of the victim has not been released. We will have more information as it becomes available.

NEWARK MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE

Trent Rolf, of Newark has been charged with rape in connection with an alleged incident that occurred last week.  Rolf, 40, is being held at the Licking County Justice Center on $150,000 bond and his case will next be heard by a grand jury for possible indictment. He's due back in court on Thursday, Dec. 8.

RYAN RECEIVES STATE AWARD

State Representative Scott Ryan has been awarded the prestigious Legislator of the Year award from the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disability in recognition of his support and advocacy for Ohio’s citizen’s living with developmental disabilities. 

OHIO STATE IS IN THE PLAYOFFS

Ohio State has earned in a spot in the College Football Playoffs. OSU (11-1) is the No. 3 seed and will face No. 2 seed Clemson (12-1) Dec. 31 in the Fiesta Bowl in one national semifinal game.  Coach Urban Meyer was honored to be in the playoffs.

OSU Coach Urban Meyer

The other semifinal will pit No. 1 Alabama against No. 4 Washington in the Peach Bowl.

EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Newark by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

YES CLUB GRANTS

Mental Health America of Licking County recently received two grants to benefit its YES Club program. State Farm presented a check to the YES Club to provide quality programming for Clubhouse members. The YES Club program has been awarded the 2016 Best Buy Community Grant in partnership with the Best Buy store located in Heath. Dollars from this grant will be used to provide YES Club members with access to new technologies.

SUPPORT FOR FOSTER PARENTS

Child-welfare agencies need to focus on helping foster parents meet the needs of the children in their care, according to new research from The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Columbus-based Child-welfare consultant Denise Goodman says foster parents need continued support.

Child-welfare consultant Denise Goodman

In 2015, there were approximately 22,000 Ohio children in foster care.

 

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