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News Headlines from Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Reynoldsburg police is on the hunt for two men wanted in connection with an armed robbery of a convenience store. According to a press release, Saturday around 4:00 a.m. two black men walked into the speedway at 7881 East Main Street and one suspect pointed a gun at an employees head and demanded cash. If you have any information call Reynoldsburg police at 614-322-6917.


A 16-year-old Lancaster boy has been indicted by a Licking County grand jury for his alleged role in a June shooting at an apartment complex in Newark. Jonathan Cochran faces a number of charges including two counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated robbery for his alleged role in the incident in which a 42-year-old man and his 20-year-old son were shot at an apartment on the 600 block of Glenbrook Drive.


Troopers from the Granville Post of the State Highway Patrol and officers from the Pataskala Police Department joined forces for an OVI saturation patrol in the City of Pataskala and the areas of western Licking County. The operation began Friday, September 16 at 10:00 p.m. and continued until Sunday, September 18 at 6:00 a.m. Officers working the detail stopped nearly 80 vehicles during the operation and made 14 OVI arrests.


The Energy Cooperative hosted its annual Bruce Sumner Round Up golf outing Monday at Moundbuilders Country Club. Proceeds from the event benefit Operation Round Up Foundation, which was near and dear to Sumner who passed away a few years ago.

Energy Cooperative Pres. Todd Ware

Energy Cooperative Pres./CEO Todd Ware said Operation Round Up has donated the money to numerous organizations and individuals throughout its service area.


The American Red Cross urges the community to give blood and platelets this fall to help restock the shelves following a significant summer shortage to ensure an adequate blood supply for patients in need. Through the first two weeks of September, the Red Cross is down more than 10,000 donations from what is needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for emergencies large and small. Declines in donations can lead to blood shortages and make it difficult to meet patient needs should a disaster or emergency occur. to make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).


Imagine waking up with a growling stomach and knowing you have nothing to eat. It’s a struggle that millions of Ohioans and even more across the country know too well. September is Hunger Action Month, which challenges people to join the fight to eradicate hunger. Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director Ohio Association of Foodbanks, explains despite being a solvable problem, hunger’s reach is far and wide.

Lisa Hamler-Fugitt Exec. Dir. Ohio Association of Foodbanks

An estimated one in four Ohio kids lives in a household considered "food insecure." And Ohio is tied for sixth-highest rate of food insecurity nationally in the most recent USDA data.


The first positive case of West Nile Virus in an Ohio horse has been confirmed in 2016. Testing on samples taken from a seven-year-old Standardbred in Tuscarawas County confirmed the positive WNV diagnosis to the Ohio Department of Agriculture Sept. 12. The horse was euthanized after exhibiting significant clinical signs, including shaking, agitation and thrashing. The horse had not been vaccinated. West Nile Virus is transmitted to horses via bites from infected mosquitoes. 


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