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News Headlines from Monday, October 27th, 2014


Two people were transported to Licking Memorial Hospital following an explosion and subsequent fire at Newark home. Crews from Newark as well as other local fire departments were called to the home located in the 1100 block of Pembroke Road Sunday shortly before 8:00 a.m. and they remained on the scene for several hours. Officials believe a problem with a gas line sparked the explosion and fire. The occupants suffered what was described as minor injuries in the blast. The home is considered a complete loss.


A 42-year-old Pataskala man will spend the next 12 years in prison for attempting to arrange a sexual encounter with an 11-year-old girl. Earlier this year, Richard Roman pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to coerce or entice a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity. In January, Roman arranged a sexual encounter with an 11-year-old girl on the Internet. However, he was actually communicating with undercover agents from the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.


The Newark City Council Finance Committee will meet this evening and dealing with Old Man Winter will be on the agenda. The committee will discuss a resolution to spend $23,000 on road salt. In August, City Council approved spending a little over $57,000 for road salt. Mayor Jeff Hall previously stated that the city usually budgets $150,000 a year for road salt. Today's meeting gets underway at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.


Licking County voters will decide the fate of three funding issues next Tuesday one of which supports Children Services.

John Fisher Director Licking County Job and Family Services

John Fisher, director Licking County Job and Family Services, said proceeds from the levy will be used to assist in the direct care of abused and neglected children by providing foster care services, adoption assistance and other supportive services.


The 27th Annual Rolling Thunder Toy Run benefiting the Salvation Army will take place Sunday, November 2.

Rolling Thunder Toy Run Organizer Paul Haas

Event organizer Paul Haas said the fun gets underway at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 2 at the Toys R Us in Heath. The motorcycle procession to the Salvation Army will begin at 1:00 p.m. KOOL 101.7 is proud to be the media sponsor of this yearís Toy Run and the KOOL Krew will be broadcasting live from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


Ohioís average gas price has dropped below $3.00 for the first time since December 21, 2010, according to AAA. Today's average price of gasoline in Ohio is $2.98. While itís typical for prices to fall during the last three months of the year, a number of global and domestic factors, like lower crude oil prices and adequate gas supplies, have pushed prices to these multi-year lows.


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