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News Headlines from Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Herschel Ray Jones III, the man accused of killing Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell has been indicted. Jones, 32, faces ten counts including aggravated murder in the Jan. 17 death of Officer Cottrell whose body was found in the parking lot of the Danville Police Department.  Knox County officials stated they will seek the death penalty.  Jones remains held at the Morrow County Jail.


Five children and three adults lost their homes in a weekend fire in Newark. The families were involved with Habitat for Humanity MidOhio and President and CEO E.J. Thomas says they have launched a campaign to help the families.

Habitat for Humanity MidOhio and Pres. and CEO E.J. Thomas

Thomas tells KOOL 101.7 News they will help the families build new homes. Visit www.habitatmidohio.org for more information.


The Granville Post of the State Patrol, the Licking County Sheriff’s office, and the Johnstown and Utica Police Departments conducted two week-long blitzes on US 62 during the month of January. During the operations, officers made 215 traffic stops and issued 101 citations, most of which were for speed violations. There's been seven fatal crashes on US 62 in the past three years.


Sixteen Ohioans lost their lives in fires in January 2016, down from 26 in January 2015. The State Fire Marshal’s office is contributing this decrease to a somewhat mild winter as well as momentum from the office’s Safe & Sound fire safety campaign. Since the campaign was launched in October 2015, Ohio has had 19 fewer fire fatalities over the same time frame last year. That’s a 32% decrease in total fatalities over a period of time which typically has the most deaths due to colder temperatures and the improper use of alternative heating sources.


The New Albany-Plain Local School Board held a special meeting/work session Monday night the purpose of which was to begin the process of finding a new superintendent. Current superintendent, April Domine announced last week that she would be leaving the district on July 31 to take over as the new superintendent at Gahanna Christian Academy.


Vision Focused Life is a new book that details the true stories of people that not only overcame incredible odds, but are achieving great things as well. It was co-authored by Newark couple Jay and Annie Adkins.

Author Annie Adkins

Adkins said a number of other people contributed their life stories to the book, which is currently in the Top 20 on Amazon.


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