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News Headlines from Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The two former Heath basketball players accused of assaulting team members were in Licking County Juvenile Court Wednesday. Evan Barrett entered a plea of admit to one count of abduction and was placed under house arrest. A disposition hearing is set for late May at which time Barrett, 18 could be sentenced to detention in the Department of Youth Services until he is 21. In a separate hearing, a 17-year-old boy entered a plea of deny, or not guilty to complicity to assault and unlawful restraint charges. His case has been set for preliminary conference later this month.


A major resurfacing project in eastern Licking County is set to begin Monday, April 14. Crews will be working on just over 10 miles of Ohio 16 from the Newark city limits to the Muskingum County line, according to a press release from ODOT District 5. One, 11' wide lane of traffic will be maintained at all times, in each direction. Motorists should plan ahead to avoid any possible delays. The $7.5 million project is expected to be completed by mid-October.


A 26-year-old Buckeye Lake man, accused of leading Newark police on a short chase earlier this week, has been arrested. Raymond Moran faces a number of charges including failure to comply with the order of a police officer and child endangering. Early Monday morning, Moran led police on a short chase on the city's west side that reached speeds in excess of 70 MPH. A 15-year-old girl who was in the vehicle at the time of the chase faces charges in Licking County Juvenile Court.


York Road between Morse and Wesleyan Church roads remains closed after a culvert was washed away during last weeks heavy rains.

Licking County Engineer Bill Lozier

Licking County Engineer Bill Lozier said ODOT is looking at ways to try and speed up the process of securing funds to replace the culvert. He said the price tag for the project is $652,000.


Licking County Crime Stoppers will host its 6th Annual Auction and Fundraiser Sunday, April 13 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Red Oak Pub on Goosepond Road. Red Oak President Michael Sarap was more than happy to open his doors to the crime fighting organization.

Red Oak President Michael Sarap

Sarap said during the event, he will donate 10% of all food sales back to Crime Stoppers. The fundraiser will feature live and silent auctions with vacation homes and sports memorabilia up for grabs.


The Ohio Chamberís Chamber Action Alliance has awarded the Licking County Chamber of Commerce its 2014 Leadership Grassroots Advocacy Award for its commitment to legislative advocacy and leadership in grassroots efforts at the state and local level. Every year the CAA selects one local chamber that exemplifies the purpose of the CAA and awards the Leadership in Grassroots Advocacy Award to recognize its hard work and service to the local and statewide communities.


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