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News Headlines from Thursday, December 18th, 2014

A 19-year-old Newark man is behind bars accused of mutilating a dog. Harley Paynter is being held at the Licking County Justice Center on a charge of of animal cruelty. Newark officers were called to a home on Ballard Ave. early Wednesday morning and upon arrival they found parts of the dog, a pug, inside and outside of the home. Paynter is being held on $2,000 bond awaiting arraignment.


Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in a home burglary in Newark in which a number of guns were reported stolen. The Newark Police Department reports between Nov. 15-16 suspect(s) entered the home located in the first block of S. 27th St. and stole ten guns including a Calico Liberty 9mm with 5 clips and a HiPoint 9mm with scope and 6 clips. If you have any information you are urged to call Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


A 47-year-old Pickerington man was transported to the hospital following a wrong way crash yesterday on Interstate 70 near milepost marker 123 in Harrison Township. Charles Bullock was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of I70 Wednesday at around 7:20 a.m. when he was struck head-on by a semi being driven by David Patterson, of Tennessee, according to a press release from the Granville Post of the State Patrol. Patterson, 41, was not injured. Bullock, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was transported to Grant Medical Center with serious injuries. The investigation is ongoing.


KOOL 101.7/TALK 790 WHTH News Director Dave Doney has been named Kiwanian of the Year by the Newark Kiwanis Club, honoring him for outstanding service to the club and community during 2013-14. The award was presented by 2013-14 Club President Lynn Fawcett at the annual past president's dinner. Newark Kiwanis recognized Dave for exemplary work as an active member of the organization's Board of Directors, as well as for many leadership roles in various club fundraising events and volunteer activities throughout the year.  He is the 2014-15 Newark Kiwanis Club President.


Denison University President Adam Weinberg is passionate about the role that higher education can play not only on a local level but on a global scale as well.

Denison University President Adam Weinberg

Pres. Weinberg said colleges and universities need to prepare a generation of students to be the kinds of professionals who work in ways that drive society forward.


The clock is ticking on federal funding that helps struggling parents with young children. The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program expires in March, unless Congress takes action. Renuka Mayadev with the Children's Defense Fund-Ohio, says research has shown that voluntary home visits, usually conducted by nurses or social workers, can prevent serious problems and learning deficits.

Renuka Mayadev with the Children's Defense Fund-Ohio

A coalition of 750 organizations, including 22 in Ohio, has sent a letter to Congress asking that the program continue as it has for decades.


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