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News Headlines from Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Newark police has arrested a 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl for allegedly damaging dozens of cars as well as some homes across the city last weekend. Kyle May, of Frazeysburg, is being held at the Licking County Justice Center on one charge of vandalism. The teenager faces vandalism and other charges in Licking County Juvenile Court. The investigation is ongoing and other people may be charged. Police credit tips and information from the community in helping to crack the case.


Three men were arrested in connection with a break-in Wednesday morning at the Family Dollar at 189 West Main Street in Newark. According to a police report, shortly before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday a patrol sergeant observed two male subjects inside the store, and a third man outside in the area. All three men immediately fled the area and were eventually arrested. Jared Holiday, Wesley Allen and Jovon Periseau have been charged with breaking and entering. Holiday, 20, is being held on $50,000 bond. Bond has not yet been set for Allen, 19, and Periseau, 18.


Property owners could see a reduction beginning next year in the amount of the annual assessment they pay to the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District to ensure the system of reservoirs and dams operates safely and efficiently. Property owners currently pay $12 per year. Because of increased revenues from the districtís oil and gas leases in the Utica Shale development, the conservancy district's staff will recommend to the MWCD Board of Directors during a regularly scheduled meeting tomorrow that the Board should take action soon to reduce assessment collections starting in 2015. The amount of the reduction is unknown.


Area high school students are getting an opportunity this week to hear the amazing journey of Sarah Panzau, a young woman who in August 2003 came to grips with her own mortality after making the mistake of getting behind the wheel after a night of drinking.

Inspirational Speaker Sarah Panzau

Since the accident Panzau has dedicated her life to talking with high school students and adults about the dangers of drinking and driving. Earlier this week she spoke with students at Newark Catholic and Lakewood. Later today, she will be speaking with students at Licking Valley.


During Tuesday night's regular monthly meeting, Johnstown Village Council unanimously approved a resolution to join the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission. MORPC membership stands at over 40 political subdivisions in and around Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Madison, Morrow, Pickaway, Ross and Union counties.


Runners and walkers alike will lace up the shoes this Saturday for the Spring Fitness 5K benefiting LICCO Inc. Gary Wimer says LICCO provides work opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

Gary Wimer with the LICCO 5K

Wimer said you can pre-register for the race by visiting www.premieraces.com. Pre-registration is $20. Race day registration is $25. The race gets underway Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at the Rotary Park Pavilion on Sharon Valley Road in Newark.


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