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News Headlines from Thursday, October 1, 2015

The search continues for a man wanted in connection with the deaths of two women - one of which is from Newark. Wednesday morning, Knox County Sheriff's deputies were called to a home on the 18000 block of Coshocton Road just outside Mount Vernon and upon arrival they found the bodies of 50-year-old Sandra Stelk, and 23-year-old Jaime Barber, of Newark.  Law enforcement agencies are searching for Travis Bonham who is Stelk's son and Barber's boyfriend. The 31-year Bonham also has ties to the Newark area.  Authorities have located the black Dodge Charger that Bonham was driving. They now believe he may be traveling in a red Ford Mustang, possibly with Michigan license plates. If you see Bonham you are urged to call your local law enforcement agency.


U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded funds to the City of Newark through the Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program. The COPS Hiring Program allows local law enforcement agencies to hire or rehire officers to fight crime and keep communities safe. The City of Newark will receive $250,000 to fund the hiring of two officers.


Ohioans will weigh-in on important issues in the November election, including redistricting reform, legalizing marijuana and prohibiting monopolies. But you can’t cast a ballot if you are not registered to vote. The October 5 registration deadline is looming, and Alice Schneider with the League of Women Voters in Ohio says forms are available at county boards of elections, libraries, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and online.

Alice Schneider with the League of Women Voters in Ohio

Voters must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years old and a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days prior to the election.


The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on marijuana and criminal patrol enforcement from Thursday, September 24 through Sunday, September 27. In total, troopers made 37 felony drug arrests and 155 misdemeanor marijuana arrests. This high-visibility enforcement effort included the Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia state police.


Mental Health America of Licking County will be offering free depression screenings during National Depression Screening Day on Thursday, October 8. Clinical depression is a serious medical illness that is not “normal” and it can lead to suicide. Depression knows no racial, age, gender or socioeconomic boundaries. One in four women and one in ten men will experience depression during their lives and two-thirds of those living with it don’t seek treatment. For more information on the free depression screening visit www.mhalc.org.


Due to delays in the construction of the new the Matthew Trombetta Artistic Wing, the Weathervane Playhouse has announced that they have canceled the winter show “Chess”

Weathervane Playhouse Manager Kaitlin Brucker

Weathervane Manager Kaitlin Brucker said any patron who has already purchased "Chess" tickets will get a full refund.

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