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News Headlines from Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Licking County Health Department’s Safe Communities Coalition reported six fatalities from five vehicle crashes during the fourth quarter of 2016, October 1 to December 31, in the county. Of the six fatalities, one was a pedestrian, one was a motorcyclist without a helmet, and three were not wearing seat belts. Two of the fatalities involved drugged driving and one is suspected to have involved texting and driving. During the same time frame in 2015, there were seven reported fatal crashes. During 2016, there were 20 total fatalities from 19 crashes reported in Licking County. For reference, in 2015, there were 23 fatalities from 21 crashes.


Bond has been set at $75,000 for a 52-year-old Newark man who allegedly led Heath police on a high speed chase. Ralph Franklin Jr. has been charged with failure to comply in connection with an incident that took place earlier this week. According to police, the chase lasted roughly three miles and speeds reached 100 mph. Franklin's case will next go before a grand jury for possible indictment.


The United Way of Licking County currently funds 43 programs that are having a positive impact in the community.

United Way Exec. Dir. Deb Dingus

Executive Director Deb Dingus urges everyone to donate to their Annual Campaign so that programs like Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Mental Health America of Licking County and the Salvation Army have the funding they need to help individuals and families in Licking County.


The Columbus Zoo has announced the death of Colo the world’s oldest zoo gorilla. Colo, the first gorilla born in a zoo and the matriarch of the Columbus Zoo’s famous gorilla family died in her sleep Tuesday. At 60 years of age she was the oldest gorilla on record and exceeded her normal life expectancy by more than two decades. Colo was born at the Columbus Zoo on December 22, 1956.


Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark will hold its 8th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the Reese Center’s Alford Performing Arts Hall. Guest speaker will be Reverend Mario Williams Director of Christian Education for Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Newark. The event is free and open to the public.


The Licking County Family YMCA is offering its Trained to Save Lifeguard Class. The class starts Monday, January 23 and runs until February 3. Class fees are $120 and the fees are eligible for reimbursement if a participant ends up being hired on The YMCA Staff. For more information call 740-345-6631.


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