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News Headlines from Wednesday, January 28th 2014
PASTOR CHARGED WITH SEXUAL BATTERY

Scott Murphy, the pastor at Newark Heights Church of God, has been charged with sexual battery. Murphy, 44, is accused of engaging in sexual conduct with a 15-year-old parishioner on church property. According to court documents, the alleged incidents began earlier this month and took place at the church located on West Church Street. Murphy is being held on $100,000 bond and is due back in court Thursday, February 5.

NO CHANGE IN COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT

Licking County's December unemployment rate was 4 percent unchanged from the November rate, according to figures released Tuesday morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. It was a mixed bag of news for surrounding counties as Delaware and Franklin counties saw a drop in the December unemployment while Coshocton, Fairfield, Knox, Muskingum and Perry counties saw a slight increase in last month's unemployment rate.

FIREFIGHTERS HAVE BEEN BUSY

Newark firefighters have been very busy this month responding to seven house fires four of which are listed as arson.

Newark Safety Director Bill Spurgeon

Newark Safety Director Bill Spurgeon said at this time, they believe two of the four fires are connected and they are following leads regarding potential suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Newark Fire Department at 740-670-7650.

CHIEF SARVER IS RETIRING

Monday night, Newark Police Chief Steven Sarver publicly announced that he will be retiring in March.

Newark Police Chief Steven Sarver

Sarver took over as chief in December 2007. His last day on the job will be Friday, March 6.

MUSKINGUM COUNTY MOST WANTED

The Muskingum County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in locating Justin Alexander who is wanted for burglary. Alexander, 36, is considered to be armed and dangerous. If you have any information on his whereabouts you are urged to call the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office at 740-452-3637.

LEGISLATIVE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The 2015 Legislative Scholarship Program that assists students in obtaining necessary education and training to obtain a job in an Ohio business or industry, is now available. The scholarship is sponsored by the Ohio Association of Career Colleges and schools in cooperation with members of the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate. Scholarships are available to any current high school seniors who will graduate from an Ohio high school by June 2015. Visit www.ohiocareercolleges.org for more information.

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