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News Headlines from Thursday, March 22, 2017


Dakota Bartzen , the Newark man accused of abusing an infant boy, has been indicted. The 19-year-old Bartzen faces one count of felonious assault and two counts of endangering children. The baby's injuries were so severe they resulted in bleeding on the brain. Bartzen remains held on $100,000 bond.


Newark officials invite residents to attend tonight's public planning and vision meeting to share ideas for the future of Newark. The planning session will focus on things like attracting businesses, reviving neighborhoods, and building off the current momentum of downtown’s revitalization. The meeting will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Thirty-One West in downtown Newark. There will be free live music after the meeting from the band Rad Trads!


Crisis Intervention Training is a program to help police officers react appropriately to situations involving mental illness, developmental disability or emotionally disturbed individuals.

Newark Police Sergeant Clint Eskins

Newark Police Sergeant Clint Eskins said six veteran officers recently completed CIT training. The training is required of all new police officers.


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning consumers to be on the lookout for tax-related scams. The AG's office has logged more than 150 tax scams thus far in March, compared to 80 in January, and 175 in February. The most common tax scam reported is the “IRS” imposter phone scam. The ploy generally begins with a call claiming the recipient is in trouble with the IRS and must call a certain phone number to avoid arrest or legal action. Eventually, the person is asked to pay to resolve the supposed problem.


Data released today sheds a light on how decisions debated at the federal level might play out in Ohio. The Center for Community Solutions developed profiles of all 16 Ohio congressional districts, examining a wide range of issues such as employment, income, and poverty. Kate Warren, with the Center, says lawmakers should have the most up-to-date information about who they represent.

Kate Warren with the Center for Community Solutions

Warren said the report found more than one-in-four people live in poverty in many districts, and nearly 20 percent of Ohioans in several districts still do not have health insurance.


Last month, 3,185 calls were made to the 211 Crisis and Information Hotline serving Licking and Knox Counties. That's quite a bit higher than February 2016 when there were 2,628 calls to the hotline. 211 connects millions of people a year to critical resources, information and services. It is a service of Pathways of Central Ohio.


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