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News Headlines from Thursday, February 11, 2016

Michelle Moore, the Pataskala woman arrested earlier this week for allegedly engaging in sex with a 14-year-old boy, posted $75,000 bond and was released from jail on Wednesday. Moore, 37, has been charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor for allegedly engaging in multiple sexual encounters with the teen starting in October of last year. Moore worked as a part-time substitute aide in the Southwest Licking School District but according to a press release from the school district it is not alleged that any part of the crime occurred on school property or was connected in any way with the woman's employment with the school district.


Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in a gun theft in Newark. The Newark Division of Police reports, between Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, suspect(s) stole a Ruger pistol out of a car parked at an apartment complex on the first block of Danielle Drive. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


Two Ohioans, a 30-year-old Cuyahoga County woman, and a 20-year-old Stark County man, have recently been diagnosed with the Zika virus. According to the Ohio Department of Health, both individuals visited Haiti. ODH Medical Director Mary DiOrio says they are in the midst of an education program to inform Ohioans about Zika.

Mary DiOrio Medical Dir. ODH

DiOrio said planning is underway for a Zika virus tabletop exercise to ensure Ohio’s preparedness at the local and state levels prior to the 2016 mosquito season that runs from May to October.


Get ready to eat some delicious cookies! The Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland will soon be delivering their world famous cookies. Jillian Rine says the cookie program is much more than just a fundraiser.

Jillian Rine with GSOH

Rine said Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland is comprised of 30 counties in central and southern Ohio including Licking County. Last year, the served more than 15,000 girls.


Areas across Ohio are slated to receive gypsy moth aerial treatments by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in early spring to slow the spread of the destructive insect. Officials will host several open houses to explain the the state's approach to dealing with the gypsy moth. A open house will be held in Licking County on Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Union Township Hall on Beaver Run Road in Hebron.


Granville Kiwanis will hold its annual Pancake Day from 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at St. Edward's Catholic Church. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, coffee, juice, and more. Cost is $6 for adults; $4 for children age 5-14. Kids under 5 are free. Proceeds will benefit Granville High School sophomore Louis Wood, who was badly injured in a car accident last September.


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