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News Headlines from Monday, December 15th, 2014

The Licking County 911 Center had to deal with some problems earlier this morning. A dispatcher tells KOOL 101.7 News that a problem with one of their cell phone providers shut down the 911 lines from 1:00-3:00 a.m. Officials believe an outage near the Indiana/Ohio border caused the problem and everything is back and up and running normally at this time.


Newark City Council will meet in regular session this evening and among the items on the agenda is three separate ordinances dealing with the 2015 city budget. Council will also discuss a resolution to allow the city to advertise and accept bids for demolition of a building located at 110-114 Union Street. The meeting is scheduled to get underway at 7:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers.


Bond has been set at $250,000 for a 54-year-old Blacklick man accused of robbing a gas station in Etna Township.  Roderick Garrett was arrested last week after reporting to his probation officer in Franklin County, according to a press release from the Licking County Sheriff's Office.  On November 30, Garrett allegedly walked into the Duke and Duchess on Ohio 310 near Interstate 70 demanded money from a female employee and then led her into a backroom where he tied her hands behind her back.  He has been charged with kidnapping although additional charges could be forthcoming.


This year's Granville Turkey Trot provided a huge financial boost for the Food Pantry Network of Licking County. Bruce Westall tells KOOL 101.7 News they raised $100,000 for the FPNLC exceeding their goal of $90,000. Held on Thanksgiving morning, the Granville Turkey Trot is traditionally the biggest one-day fundraiser for the Food Pantry Network of Licking County.


 Charges were filed on the 28yr old man arrested in the Meth Lab raid at 10185 Twp Road 57 / Roseville, Ohio on December 9, 2014.  Charged was Gary C. Gardner Jr of Roseville.  He was charged with one (1) count of Manufacturing of Methamphetamine with a juvenile specification  a felony of the first degree.   Gardner is set to appear before Judge Dean Wilson on December 12, 2014 for a bond hearing.  Although only one charge was filed at this time, Gardner could face additional charges once the case is presented to the Perry County Grand Jury.

A 28-year-old Roseville man has been arrested following a meth lab raid last week. According to the Perry County Sheriff's Office, Gary Gardner Jr. has been charged with one count of manufacturing of methamphetamine, although additional charges could be forthcoming. On Tuesday Dec. 9, law enforcement officials found a meth lab at a home on the 10000 block of Township Road 57 in Roseville. Perry County Children Services removed two children ages 2 and 11 from the home.


Comedian Mary Miller's world was turned upside down six years ago when she found a lump in her breast. Miller, who was uninsured, didn't know what to do until a friend told her about the Breast and Cervical Caner Project administered through the Licking County Health Department.

Comedian Mary Miller

BCCP provides breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnostic testing, and case management services at no cost to eligible women in Ohio. For more information contact the Licking County Health Department at 740-349-6535.


The end-of-year holidays aren't just a time filled with more cheer, its also a time filled with more trash, although some simple tips can help keep that to a minimum. Kristi Higginbotham with the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio says Ohioans should always consider the three "R's" - reduce, reuse and recycle.

Kristi Higginbotham with the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio

Higginbotham encourages Ohioans to buy products already made from recycled materials.


Licking Valley United Way Grassroots will be hosting a holiday church tour Saturday, December 21 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at four churches. Tickets are $5 per person or $10 per family and can be bought in advance or at the door of any of the participating churches. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the United Way of Licking County. For more information visit www.unitedwaylc.org.


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