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News Headlines from Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Bond has been set at $150,000 for Delbert Biggs and $75,000 for Talmadge Lewis the two Columbus men accused of breaking into a Johnstown home earlier this week. Biggs, 48, and Lewis, 20, are being held at the Licking County Justice Center awaiting arraignment. They were arrested Monday after being confronted by the homeowner.


A 23-year-old Lancaster woman has been arrested in connection with several thefts from an elderly woman over the past month. Brittany Shaeffer has been charged with one count of theft from a person in a protective class, punishable by up to 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine. According to a press release from the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office, Shaeffer would regularly visit a 61-year-old physically disabled woman who was being treated at home and allegedly took cash from the victim over a period of weeks. Detectives are continuing to investigate other potential victims that may have been victimized by Shaeffer.


New Albany police has fielded a number of reports this year concerning thefts from vehicles. In an effort to catch the bad guys, officers recently set up an unlocked “bait” vehicle with valuables in full view to see if a thief would bite - sure enough they did, and now two people are facing felony charges. While searching the suspects' vehicle officers found a stolen laptop and other items reported stolen in other central Ohio communities.


Today marks the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout. About 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes daily.

Alexandra Houser Vukoder with the American Cancer Society

Alexandra Houser Vukoder, with the American Cancer Society, said if you are serious about quitting check out the American Cancer Society’s website, www.cancer.org where you can find plenty of ideas and tips to help "kick the habit."


An "Ugly Sweater Happy Hour” will be held this evening at the Buckingham House in Newark.

Tommy Sue Adam Caterer for the Licking County Historical Society

Tommy Sue Adam, caterer for the Licking County Historical Society, said the cost is $15 and that includes wine and appetizers. The winner of the ugliest sweater contest will receive a $50 gift card from Kohl's. The event runs from 5:00-7:00 p.m.


If you are interested in maintaining your weight or even losing a few pounds during this holiday season then you may want to think about signing up for the Zero Weight Gain holiday wellness challenge funded by Ohio State University Extension – Perry County. The Zero Weight Gain Challenge is a 6 week on-line challenge designed to help participants get fit by encouraging regular physical activity and healthy food choices. To register or for more information visit www.perry.osu.edu.


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