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News Headlines from Thursday, July 17th, 2014

FREE MEDICAL SERVICES

Women who live in a household with limited income, have no health insurance, and are 40 years of age or older may be eligible to receive free medical services. The Breast and Cervical Cancer Project offers free services to qualifying women in Ohio. Women who have been screened and are found to need treatment for breast cancer, cervical cancer or pre-cancerous conditions will be covered by BCCP Medicaid for their cancer treatment and other healthcare needs. Contact the local BCCP enrollment agency at the Licking County Health Department to see if you qualify for free services. For more information, please visit lickingcohealth.org

BUCKEYE LAKE E. COLI LEVELS

After E. coli levels reached record highs this month swimming advisories have been issued for two Buckeye Lake beaches. Both beaches remain open despite E. coli levels registering more than 40 times higher than the federal safety limits for swimming. If ingested, E. coli can cause vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. 

OHIO FARM BUREAU FEDERATION STATE FAIR ANNOUNCEMENT 

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation announced that Ohio State Fair guests will have a chance to get up close and personal with Ohio agriculture.  The OFBF will offer interactive and educational experiences about Ohio agriculture for visiting guest including the debut of OFBF's own virtual combine simulator, non-stop live hatching of baby chicks and turkeys, a country cruise course for children to ride peddle tractors, visits from Columbus area dog rescues, a 600 pound squash carving at the Land and Living stage, and a family photo area.   The Ohio State Fair starts July 23 and runs until August 3rd. 

SOMERSET METH LAB SEIZED

On Tuesday, the Perry County Sheriff’s office received information from that methamphetamine was being produced in home located at 305 West Sheridan Drive in Somerset in front of a 10-month-old child.  Narcotics detectives with the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force responded to the address along with investigators with the Perry County Children Services and located an active methamphetamine lab inside the residence hidden behind a furnace.  Detectives further found that in an adjacent bedroom, a 10-month-old child was found lying in his crib.  Narcotics detectives seized the methamphetamine lab from the home and arrested the tenant for felony child endangering.  The tenant was also found to be the mother of the child.  The name of the arrested person is not being released until formal charges are filed.  Additional suspects were identified and the investigation into their involvement is ongoing.  The child did not have any visible injuries and was turned over to the custody of the Perry County Children Services.   The incident remains under investigation. 

I-70 CONSTRUCTION 

Construction will continue on interstate 70.  On Friday, July 18, and Monday, July 21, the on-ramp from State Route 79 south to I-70 westbound will be closed, and westbound I-70 will be restricted to one lane for one mile west of State Route 79.  Work will begin at 6:00 p.m. both evenings for pavement resurfacing. The ramp and restricted lane will reopen the following mornings at 6:00 a.m., weather permitting.  Ramp traffic will be detoured onto US 40 west, to SR 37 east, to I-70 west.  Also I-70 eastbound, from SR 158 to SR 37, will be restricted to one lane beginning at 7:00 pm Thursday, July 17th and ending at 6:00 am Friday, July 18th. 

NEWARK MAN FOUND GUILTY AND SENTENCED 

51-year-old John Armstrong of Newark will spend the next four years in prison for sexually assaulting a teenage boy last July. Armstrong was found guilty of two counts of sexual battery and two counts of sexual imposition during a hearing last month. He had originally been charged with 6 counts of sexual battery but 4 were dropped as part of a plea agreement. 

Fire chief APPEALS HIS DISMISSAL 

West Licking Joint Fire District's recently fired chief, David Fulmer, has appealed his dismissal. The appeal was filed Tuesday in Licking County Common Pleas Court by Fulmer's attorney, David. C. Comstock Jr., who alleges the board failed to provide his client with procedural and substantive due process, and also failed to follow Ohio Revised Code procedural mandates. Comstock also alleges the board suspended Fulmer without cause. West Licking's Fire Board voted to immediately dismiss Fulmer on July 10th based on evidence tied to a board-approved investigation.

 

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