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|News Headlines from Thursday, August 25, 2016|
CHERI HOTTINGER TENDERS RESIGNATION
A big change at the Licking County Chamber of Commerce as President & CEO Cheri Hottinger has submitted her resignation, effective September 30.
Hottinger, who has led the Licking County Chamber of Commerce for the past 12 years, is not leaving the area as she has accepted a position with Park National Bank.
JOHNSTOWN MAN CHARGED WITH ARSON
Bond has been set at $100,000 for a 66-year-old Johnstown man accused of setting fire to his own home. Rickie Snow has been charged with aggravated arson in connection with a house fire earlier this month on the 10000 block of Appleton Road. Snow is due back in court on September 1. The incident remains under investigation.
Perry County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a 32-year-old man wanted in Columbus on involuntary manslaughter and drug charges. According to a press release from the PCSO, Kyle Smith was arrested Wednesday following an hour-long standoff at a home on the 3300 of Bearfield Township Road SE in Corning. Smith was transported to the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville where he awaits an extradition hearing back to Franklin County.
DEALING WITH POVERTY
Congress is on its summer break and that means 12th District Congressman Pat Tiberi is meeting with his constituents. One area of concern is the number of Ohioans living in poverty.
Rep. Tiberi said members of congress have been trying to be proactive on tackling issues like poverty and tax reform. Congress will be back in session following the Labor Day holiday.
DONATING VEHICLES TO HELP FAMILIES
The first Ronald McDonald House in central Ohio opened in March 1982 and ever since they have been providing a home away from home for free to families who may have a child in a hospital. One of the ways they are able to do that is through their vehicle donation program.
Ryan Wilkins, with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, said you can learn more about the vehicle donation program by visiting www.carshelpdot.org.
CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION
Governor Kasich has reappointed Leonard Hubert, of Granville to the Civil Rights Commission for a term ending July 2021. Established in 1959 by the Ohio Legislature, the Civil Rights Commission enforces state laws against discrimination.
POLICE ADOPT STATE STANDARDS
The Lancaster Police Department has adopted and implemented state standards established by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board as part of the state's efforts to strengthen community and police relations. The agency joins nearly 60 other agencies who have become certified by meeting standards for the use of force, including deadly force, and agency recruitment and hiring. The standards are the first of their kind in Ohio and were developed by the Collaborative in August 2015.
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