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News Headlines from Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in a robbery at a convenience store in Newark. The Newark Division of Police reports, around 3:15 a.m. on Jan. 24, two men robbed the Circle K located at 599 West Main Street. The suspects stole an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects were described as young, black males, wearing black hoodies, dark pants and gloves. One suspect was wearing a red bandana around his face. The other suspect was wearing a Halloween mask. If you have any information call Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


A 9-month-old was flown to Nationwide’s Children Hospital yesterday afternoon with burns. A Licking County 911 Dispatcher tells KOOL 101.7 News that Newark emergency personnel were called to the home on the 2000 block of Brice Court around 3:20 p.m. Monday after receiving a call that the infant was injured when a crock pot fell over.


Bond has been set at $100,000 for a 31-year-old Pataskala man police believe is involved in a number of recent thefts from cars and at least one home. Joseph Grutsch has been charged with burglary in connection with thefts that took place earlier this month. His case will next be heard by a grand jury for possible indictment.


Heath City Council will discuss a resolution this evening that would have the city partner with Licking County on the 2017 Community Housing Impact Program.

Heath Mayor Mark Johns

Mayor Mark Johns said the city would be eligible for up to $350,000 to help rehabilitate homes if it decides to partner with Licking County.


Be sure to bring a hearty appetite to The Grove By The River this Saturday as Newark Kiwanis will be hosting its annual Pancake Day from 7:00am-1:00pm. President Abbey Border says proceeds benefit a very worthy cause.

Newark Kiwanis President Abbey Border

Border said a ticket is $5 and that includes all you can eat pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice. Tickets will be available at the door.


A bill making its way through the Ohio House of Representatives would add killing a first responder or military member to the list of slayings eligible for the death penalty. The proposal would address fatal attacks on firefighters, emergency medical service providers and current and former military members including reservists and national guard members. Killing a police officer is already a crime eligible for the death penalty.


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