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News Headlines from Thursday, December 1, 2016
STANDOFF IN NEWARK

A 41-year-old Newark man, wanted on an outstanding warrant for felony domestic violence, barricaded himself in his home Wednesday night initiating a two-hour standoff with officers. According to a press release, around 7:00 p.m., upon seeing officers, Nathan Martin quickly retreated into his home on the 200 block of Buckingham Street and barricaded himself inside, along with his elderly mother. Martin was eventually talked into surrendering to police and was taken into custody by the Newark Police Special Operations Group without incident. His mother was found safe inside the home.

A DROP IN HOLIDAY FATALITIES

Seven people died on Ohioís roadways over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday reporting period, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. That's down from the 9 fatalities during last year's holiday. Troopers arrested 460 drivers for operating a vehicle under the influence, and issued over 1,300 seat belt violations.

BUDGET REVIEW

Licking County Commissioner Rick Black, along with his fellow commissioners, spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday meeting with county department heads to discuss the 2017 budget.

Licking County Commissioner Rick Black

The commissioners are expected to pass an interim budget later this month and then wrap up the 2017 budget before April 1 of next year.

HOTTINGER RECEIVES STATE AWARD

State Senator Jay Hottinger has been awarded the prestigious Legislator of the Year award from the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disability in recognition of his support and advocacy for Ohioís citizenís living with developmental disabilities.

NPD OFFICERS GROWING BEARDS

Newark Police Officers may look a bit scruffy through the end of the month. Nearly 20 officers donated $60 to grow a neatly trimmed beard or goatee. The money has been donated to the Concerns of Police Survivors, a nationally recognized organization that benefits the families of police officers killed in the line of duty.

HELP WITH HEATING BILLS

Ohioans who struggle financially may also be struggling to stay warm now that colder temperatures are settling in. But they may be able to get help through the Winter Crisis Program. Itís part of the Home Energy Assistance Program and provides a one-time payment toward a utility bill if the utility has disconnected or threatened to do so. Itís also available for households with less than a quarter tank of bulk fuel. Penny Martin with the Ohio Development Services Agency says there are eligibility guidelines.

Penny Martin with the Ohio Development Services Agency

Last year, more than 130,000 households were served statewide by the Winter Crisis Program.

CANDLELIGHT WALKING TOUR

The Granville Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 31st Annual Christmas Candlelight Walking Tour on Saturday, December 3 from 1:00-9:00 p.m. The event features over 60 activities throughout the village. Take a free carriage ride through town, enjoy food from street vendors and local restaurants, tour the train show at the library, and kids can get a free picture with Santa between 3:00-6:30 p.m. at the Dale and Tina Knobel Folly behind the Robbins Hunter Museum.
 

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