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News Headlines from Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
TEENS CHARGED WITH ASSAULT

The three Newark teenagers accused of shooting out the windows of dozens of cars in Newark and Heath are also accused of assaulting a Newark man. Steven Burns, 18, was charged with felonious assault in Licking County Common Pleas Court, while John Wood, 17, and Austin Yaris, 16, face a similar charge in Licking County Juvenile Court. The three allegedly assaulted a man Saturday morning at home on Daughtery Circle. They were arrested early Sunday morning after an officer recognized their vehicle as one that matched the description of a car that had been involved in the car shootings. They are expected to be charged with vandalism later today.

POLICE DISPATCHING

Newark Mayor Jeff Hall says the city is in the early stages of looking at possibly moving the police dispatching duties to the Licking County 911 Center.

Newark Mayor Jeff Hall

City and county officials discussed the dispatching model during last night's Service Committee meeting. Mayor Hall expects the talks will continue, but no decision has been made.

HIT-SKIP

The Licking County Sheriff's Office is searching for a vehicle they believe is involved in a hit-skip that injured a 15-year-old boy who was riding his bicycle. According to a press release, on Tuesday, March 24 around 6:30 p.m. Bristol Reece was riding his bike south on Columbia Rd. when he was hit by a greenish gray minivan. The driver of the van failed to stop, but a passenger side mirror was left behind at the scene. The mirror appeared to be from a Honda minivan. Reece was treated for minor injuries. If you have any information you are urged to call the LCSO at 740-670-5525.

CRASH INVESTIGATION

The investigation continues into a weekend crash that seriously injured a 25-year-old Newark man and his 8-year-old son. According to the State Patrol, Jonathan Sirmon, his wife Phadra and son Kadin were all flown to Columbus area hospitals following the crash Saturday afternoon in the area of 1500 Blue Jay Rd. Troopers believe speed played a role in the crash and no one was wearing a seat belt.

LICKING PARK DISTRICT

The Licking Park District is getting ready for a busy spring/summer season. The Park District encompasses more than 1600 acres, 25 miles of recreational trails and 24 miles of bike paths at its 13 facilities. Director Bob Williams says there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Park District Dir. Bob Williams

Visit www.lickingparkdistrict.com for more information.

YOUTH JOB FAIR

Ohio Means Jobs Licking County is holding a Youth Job Fair tomorrow from 1:00-4:00 pm at their offices located at 998 East Main St. in Newark. Employers in the warehouse, landscaping and retail industries are just a few of those who will be taking part in the event. Attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately and be prepared to interview. The Youth Job Fair is for folks ages 16-24.

 

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