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News Headlines from Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

LEVEL 1 SNOW EMERGENCY LIFTED

Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp has lifted the Level 1 Snow Emergency. 

ARRESTS MADE IN HOME BURGLARY

Two men are behind bars following a home burglary Monday in Johnstown. According to a press release from the Licking County Sheriff's Office, deputies received a 911 call of a burglary in progress at a home located in the 10000 block of Appleton Road NW. The two suspects, ages 20 and 48, were confronted by the homeowner. One of the men brandished a gun threatening the homeowner with it. The homeowner pushed the suspect’s vehicle with his own truck into a ditch just down the road from his home, disabling the car. One of the suspects ran into the woods and was quickly apprehended. The other suspect surrendered immediately to the homeowner until deputies arrived and took both into custody.

NEWARK MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX CHARGES

A 35-year-old Newark man was sentenced to six years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to gross sexual imposition. Patrick Greaver was accused of engaging in sexual conduct with a child younger than 10 and possessing child pornography. In addition to the jail time, Greaver was ordered to register as a Tier II Sexual Offender.

BUSINESS LEADER DIES

Jack O'Neill, founder of the Southgate Development Corp., died Sunday at age 94. O'Neill changed the community over his 64 years as a business and civic community member. Upon moving to Licking County in 1953, he began building national homes to meet the housing needs of returning World War II veterans and formed Southgate Corp. which helped the City of Heath develop into the expansive retail and residential community that it is today. In addition, O'Neill served as a Trustee and then a Life Trustee of Denison University and actively participated in the initial establishment and providing on-going support of the OSU-Newark campus.

ODOT CREWS HIT THE ROADS

Plenty of Ohio Department of Transportation snowplows were busy over the past 24-36 hours clearing the snow from central Ohio roadways and that includes the road crews in District Five. Deputy Director David Ray says motorists play a huge part in making sure everyone stays safe.

ODOT District Five Deputy Director David Ray

ODOT District 5 includes Coshocton, Fairfield, Guernsey, Knox, Licking, Muskingum and Perry counties.

AAA WAS BUSY MONDAY

Monday's first snowfall of the season led to an increased number of roadside assistance calls for AAA .

Kimberly Schwind with AAA Ohio

Kimberly Schwind, public relations manager, AAA Ohio, said during winter storms, AAA responds to about 2,000-3,000 calls a day in its 38 county territory in Ohio.

LETTERS FOR SANTA

The Newark Parks & Recreation Department will once again be conducting a “Children’s Letters to Santa” program. Any child wishing to write a letter to Santa may drop it off or mail it to the Parks and Rec. office, and they will forward the letter on to Santa, who has agreed to write a personalized letter to each child and mail it to them in time for Christmas. Letters must be delivered to the office located at Cedar Hill Cemetery no later than Friday, December 12 to guarantee a response in time for Christmas.

 

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