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News Headlines from Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

A 34-year-old Newark man has been sentenced to prison for his role in a November armed robbery. John Tolliver pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count each of aggravated robbery and robbery and was promptly sentenced to four years behind bars. Last week, Amanda Jordan, 27, was sentenced to four years in prison and Dustin Neal, 31, received a five year sentence for their roles in the incident.


The investigation continues into a botulism outbreak in Fairfield County that has killed a 54-year-old woman and sickened over 20 more individuals. Fairfield County Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Aebi discussed the issue during a Wednesday press conference.

Fairfield County Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Aebi

The deceased woman and those being treated for botulism attended a potluck luncheon held this past Sunday at the Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster.


A proposal to move Newark's police dispatching to the Licking County 911 Center has certainly been a big topic of discussion.

Councilwoman Carol Floyd

Councilwoman Carol Floyd said a positive to possibly moving the dispatching to the 911 Center is the updated technology.  The negative is the potential loss of jobs for the current dispatchers. City Council is expected to take up the matter in a couple of weeks.


Licking/Knox Goodwill is holding a special donation drive today from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Tim Horton's on 21st Street in Newark. Donations of all types will be accepted and if you make a donation you will receive a free doughnut.


AEP Ohio is changing the way the company disburses residential refunds. Effectively immediately, residential customers who have a refund will be mailed a prepaid Visa card from Citibank. Customers who do not want to use the visa card can call Citibank and request a check be sent to them instead. Or, they can opt to have the funds transferred instantly to a checking or savings account.


The first Final Friday of 2015 in downtown Newark will take place tomorrow. Visitors will be able to register for a free Scavenger Hunt for Hope at the Downtown Newark Association's information tent located on North Third Street. There will be prizes for the top three teams/individuals that earn the most points during the scavenger hunt. Everyone taking part in Final Friday is encouraged to wear purple in support of cancer awareness.


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