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News Headlines from Thursday, June 23, 2016
***8:15a UPDATE***

American Electric Power has restored the power to all Licking County customers.


A strong storm system, packing high winds and plenty of rain, blew thru central Ohio during the overnight hours. Licking County 911 reports some downed power lines across the county, but other than that no major damage has been reported. According to American Electric Power's website roughly 640 Licking County customers are without power.


Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in thefts at two businesses in Heath. The Heath Division of Police reports, between April 19-21 a suspect broke into The Center Sanctum and Pink Poodle Consignment Boutique on the 500 block of Hebron Rd. and stole a number of items including cash registers, laptop computer, and Kodak camera. The suspect is described as a black male, overweight and with a full beard. He was wearing a dark knit cap, dark t-shirt and long pants. Anyone with information on these crimes is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


Newark, county and state officials hosted an open house Wednesday night to discuss designs for a new bridge on Cherry Valley Road over Raccoon Creek. Newark Engineer Brian Morehead says four alternatives have been developed to replace the bridge.

Newark Engineer Brian Morehead

Morehead said residents can still weigh-in on the designs by visiting the city's website www.newarkohio.net and clicking on City Projects. Comments will be accepted through July 8.


The Heath Taste of Summer will be held from 12:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at the Davis Shai House. The Bill Foley Cover Band will be performing. Foley was one of the folks injured in a violent machete attack at a restaurant in north Columbus in February and he is still thankful for all of the support he has received.

Bill Foley

The Heath Taste of Summer will feature a custom car & truck show, a kids area. Folks will be able to buy food and local craft beers. KOOL 101.7 will be broadcasting live from 12:00-2:00 p.m.


The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will be participating in Operation Dry Water, a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. From June 24-26, officers will increase patrols, breathalyzer tests, checkpoints and boater education as part of the national initiative. During last year’s three-day Operation Dry Water, Division of Watercraft officers made five arrests for boating under the influence.


The Knox Addiction Conference: Recovery Matters will take place on June 29th and 30th on the Kenyon College campus. The conference is open to the general public as well as professionals. The objectives of the conference are: Educate community on addiction and recovery and reduce stigma. Education on current efforts and direction to address drug use trends. Direct community members and organizations on ways to get involved and support.


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