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News Headlines from Wednesday, December 17th 2014

A 47-year-old Pickerington man was transported to the hospital following a wrong way crash this morning on Interstate 70 near milepost marker 123 in Harrison Township. Charles Bullock was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of I70 at around 7:20 a.m. when he was struck head-on by a semi being driven by David Patterson, of Tennessee, according to a press release from the Granville Post of the State Patrol. Patterson, 41, was not injured. Bullock, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was transported to Grant Medical Center with serious injuries. The investigation is ongoing.


Dustin Fisher, the Newark man accused of kidnapping and assaulting two women, will spend the next five years in prison. Tuesday, Fisher, 32, entered no contest pleas to two counts of kidnapping, and one count each of felonious assault and assault in connection with an incident that took place in September at a home on the 200 block of N. 5th St. According to a previous press release, the two women were held against their will and assaulted. Both women tried to escape, one was successful but the other was caught by Fisher and taken back to the home.


Licking County Job and Family Services has announced that Kim Wilhelm has been appointed the Licking County Children Services Administrator. Wilhelm is not new to the world of social services having previously served as the Supportive Services Supervisor responsible for Adult Protective Services and Family Support Services.

Kim Wilhelm Children Services Administrator

Licking County Children Services offers a wide range of social services coordinated and delivered on behalf of children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. Currently, there are 405 children in the custody of LCCS.


Thanks to a collaborative effort of the Granville Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Granville, Denison University and the support of the Granville Foundation, the new Granville OH App was launched earlier this month.

Granville Clerk of Council Mollie Prasher

Granville Clerk of Council Mollie Prasher said the new Granville OH App is free to download and is available for Android and Apple devices.


The holiday season is a time when families schedule a vacation and in a continuing effort to make the community as safe as possible, the New Albany Police Department is providing free vacation house checks to residents. Officers will check on your home approximately three times per day - once each shift, workload permitting. Residents can sign up for the safety checks at www.newalbanyohio.org.


AAA predicts 98.6 million Americans, including more than 3.8 million Ohioans, will travel 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season that runs Tuesday, December 23 to Sunday, January 4. This is an increase of 4 percent nationally and 5 percent in Ohio, and marks the highest travel volume for this holiday period on record.  According to AAA, nearly 92 percent of Ohioans will celebrate the holidays with a road trip.

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