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News Headlines from Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Bond has been set at $150,000 for a 32-year-old Grove City man accused of kidnapping his daughter and prompting an Amber Alert in Newark. Roy Fritts Jr. has been charged with kidnapping in connection with the incident that took place Friday night. Fritts allegedly took his 10-month-old daughter from her mother's house in Newark Friday at around 8:00 PM. The mother tried to grab the little girl, but Fritts took off. He led authorities on chase that reached speeds in excess of 100 MPH. The chase was called off, but Fritts was eventually arrested a couple of hours later at his home. He is due back in court on Thursday, September 25.


Newark City Council met in regular session Monday night and on the agenda was a resolution to spend roughly $18 million on infrastructure improvements in the downtown area. Prior to the vote, Tom Atha, president, Downtown Newark Association, addressed City Council in support of the resolution.

Tom Atha President DNA

Fred Ernest, executive director, Newark Community Improvement Corporation, says the city put a lot of time into the planning process.

Fred Ernest Exec. Dir. Newark CIC

The work, which would include implementing two-way traffic and roundabouts around the Courthouse Square, is part of a package to separate the sanitary and storm sewer systems. Council approved the measure by a vote of 7-3.


The Ohio Department of Education has released the state report cards for school districts. The Newark City School District received a mixed bag of A's, B's, C's and F's.

NSD Superintendent Doug Ute

Superintendent Doug Ute said it would be nice to get the results back earlier but they will make the necessary adjustments on areas of concern.


The Granville Post of the State Patrol will be holding a sobriety checkpoint later this week. The date, time and location will be announced prior to the checkpoint.


The location for today's Garrett's Project fundraiser has been changed. The fundraiser was originally going to be held at the Pizza Hut on 21st Street in Newark it will now be held at the Pizza Hut on Hebron Road in Heath . The fundraiser, which will run from 4:00-8:00 p.m., benefits families who have lost a child at birth.


Ohio drivers are nearly six percent more likely to collide with a deer in the next 12 months than they were last year, according to new claims data from State Farm. The odds drivers will hit a deer in Ohio the coming year are 1 out of 127, above the national odds of 1 in 169. Ohio is ranked 19th in the country for the most deer collisions.


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