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News Headlines from Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Newark Police Department is searching for Henry Simpson, a man wanted for his alleged involvement in a series of “home invasion” style robberies in Newark. The 20-year-old Simpson has ties to both the Newark and Columbus areas and is considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information on Simpson's whereabouts call the Newark Police Department at 740-670-7200.


A 31-year-old Newark woman was arrested on OVI charges in connection with a weekend crash in Muskingum County that injured two people. According to the Zanesville Post of the State Patrol, Sunday around 9:30 p.m. Michelle Brouseus was driving south on North Hopewell Road when she apparently drove through a stop sign at US 40 and was struck by a westbound pickup truck. The driver of the truck and a passenger in Brouseus' car suffered serious injuries. Brouseus sustained minor injuries. The investigation is ongoing.


A special swearing in ceremony was held Monday afternoon in Newark City Council Chambers for four new, full-time firefighters - Micah Collett, Ashley Ebel, Conrad Joseph and Andy Neuens.

Newark Fire Chief Pat Connor

Fire Chief Pat Connor said with the addition of the new firefighters the fire department now has 76 full-time firefighters.


Monday night, Newark City Council's Service Committee approved an ordinance that will allow the city to place nearly $43,000 in liens on property owners found to be in violation of the city's Property Maintenance Code. Service Director David Rhodes explains the lien process.

Newark Service Dir. David Rhodes

The ordinance will now move to full City Council for further consideration.


Licking Memorial Health Systems is expanding with the construction of a new medical office building in Newark. The two-story building on West Main Street is located next to the LMH facility on Tamarack Road. The new building will provide office space for Center for Sight and Licking Memorial Orthopedic Surgery. Robertson Construction has been contracted to oversee the 33,260-square-foot building project. Construction is expected to be completed by late summer 2016.


The Heath School District is making a concerted effort this year to highlight students who are doing the right things.

Heath Superintendent Trevor Thomas

Superintendent Trevor Thomas said in addition to rewarding those who are doing the right things the program will hopefully spur other kids to make better decisions in and out of school.


The Workforce Development Innovation Center at Central Ohio Technical College’s Knox campus is hosting an open house at the Knox Manufacturing Lab on Wednesday. The public is invited to preview the newly equipped lab with demonstrations and refreshments available from 12:00-4:00 p.m. The Knox Manufacturing Lab is located in Ariel Hall on South Main Street in Mount Vernon.


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