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News Headlines from Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bond has been set at $150,000 for a 39-year-old Centerburg man accused of causing a 2016 crash that killed a 40-year-old Newark woman. Mark Dingess faces a host of charges including aggravated vehicular homicide and OVI in the June crash that claimed the life of Connie Harkin and injured four children. According to a previous press release, on June 15 Harkin was driving a van southbound on Ohio 13 near Dorsey Mill Road when she was struck head-on by an SUV allegedly driven by Dingess. He is due back in court on Tuesday, Feb. 28.


If all goes as planned, the city of Pataskala will break ground on a new police station later this year. Tuesday night, City Council approved an ordinance to issue $5.5 million in bonds for the construction of the new facility.

Pataskala At-Large Councilman Tim Hickin

At-Large Councilman Tim Hickin joined five other council members in approving the deal. Councilman Todd Bartsow cast the lone no vote.


Several Heath officials have been approached by concerned citizens about the number of officers and the hours of which they have been at Raising Cane's directing traffic. Raising Cane's management has been concerned about traffic interruption and motoristís safety and wanted to hire officers to assist with the traffic management. Raising Cane's is paying each officer working that detail and is setting the hours and the number of officers per shift. The City of Heath does not pay the officers for these special duty details, according to Heath Police Chief Dave Haren.


The Ohio Division of Unclaimed Funds is auctioning off unclaimed safe deposit box items today and again tomorrow. The auction will start at 9:00 a.m. both days at the Apple Tree Auction Center, on West Church Street in Newark. More than 2,000 lots will be up for bid during the two-day auction. Many of the items have been stored in the unclaimed fundsí vault for more than 20 years.


The Newark boys basketball team begins its quest for a trip to the Final Four tonight when they host Whetsone in a Division I playoff game. The Wildcats are a heavy favorite to beat the Braves but don't tell that to coach Jeff Quackenbush.

Newark Coach Jeff Quackenbush

Newark is 21-1. Whetsone is 4-17. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.


The Newark Parks & Recreation Department is now accepting orders for Veterans Bricks to be installed at Veterans Park located at North 6th Street between West Main and West Church Streets. The bricks honor all veterans that are serving or have served our country. Bricks are $50.00 each, and the deadline for installation in time for Memorial Day is April 15.  For more information or to obtain an order form, contact the Newark Parks Department at 740-670-7782.


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