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News Headlines from Monday, February 1, 2016


Two Newark Habitat for Humanity MidOhio homes were destroyed in a Saturday night fire.  Crews from several local fire departments were called to the homes on the first block of Parker Ave. around 10:10 p.m. Saturday and by the time  they arrived on the scene the homes were engulfed in flames. Five children and three adults were able to escape and are currently receiving assistance from the Red Cross.  Habitat for Humanity MidOhio is reaching out to their partners and the general community to join in compassion and partnership with the families with an emergency campaign to help rebuild the lives of two single mothers and their children.  Visit www.habitatmidohio.org for more information.


A 31-year-old Newark man is being held on $50,000 bond in connection with a number of burglaries across Licking County.  According to a press release from the Licking County Sheriff's Office, on Tuesday, Jan. 19 Sean Clark, was detained by Franklin County Sheriff's Deputies on a traffic stop during which time they discovered property that was reported stolen.  Through further investigation, detectives have linked multiple burglaries to Clark and other unnamed individuals.  Clark is being held on a single charge of burglary, but other charges could be forthcoming.


Per the Ohio Revised Code statute, dog tag late fees are to be assessed for any purchase of dog tags after January 31st of each year.  Due to the fact this year's deadline falls on a Sunday, the Licking County Auditor requested the Licking County Commissioners to extend the deadline for dog tag purchases to end of business Tuesday, February 2, 2016 and defer assessment of late fees for any dog tag purchased after Tuesday, February 2, 2016.


A new report is shining a light on the impacts of hunger on the youngest Ohioans. According to findings from The Children's Defense Fund-Ohio, one in four children in the state is food insecure. And executive director Renuka Mayadev adds that more than a quarter of kids younger than age six live in poverty - which she says is the root of hunger.

Children's Defense Fund-Ohio Exec. Dir. Renuka Mayadev

The report shows the ways hunger and malnutrition can have a detrimental impact on a child's early brain development leading to physical and behavioral problems that hinder a child's educational achievement as they grow.


American Electric Power is warning its customers about a scam making the rounds. According to AEP officials, customers are receiving phone calls asking for cash and to meet in a parking lot or other non-authorized payment location. Folks who have received the call also are reporting someone is knocking on doors and demanding payment or be immediately disconnected. Company officials remind customers they never demand immediate payment, never insist on a prepaid credit card and never ask to meet in a non-authorized payment location.


The Licking County Health Department has received $2,000 from the Delta Dental Foundation to help their Partners in Wellness program. This free, year-long program is offered to approximately 1,900 third grade students in Licking County. It covers all aspects of wellness including physical, social and emotional health.


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