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News Headlines from Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Newark Police is asking the public for help in identifying a robbery suspect who robbed a fruit and vegetable stand in Newark. On Sunday July 17, around 5:30 p.m. officers received a report of a robbery at the Witten Farms fruit and vegetable stand located on N. 21st Street, in the parking lot of the former Valley Lanes. A female employee reported she was approached by a white male possibly in his 50s wearing a light gray shirt, black shorts, and black athletic shoes. The male is described as about 6’ 3” with a “wide” or “fit” build with very short salt and pepper hair. The male suspect claimed to have a weapon and demanded cash. The suspect then left the parking lot in a silver car, possibly a Pontiac Grand Prix. Anyone with information is asked to call the Newark Police Department at 740-670-7938.


Bond was set at $1 million for a 31-year-old Alexandria woman arrested in connection with the death of Larry Hanna. Bobbi Proehl has been charged with murder after allegedly acknowledging her responsibility in playing a direct role in the death of the 47-year-old Hanna, according to a press release from the Licking County Sheriff's Office. Hannah's body was found Monday, June 27 outside of his home on the 8700 block of Jug Street Road. Initial autopsy results indicate he was shot in the head.


Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in a robbery and assault at a gas station in Etna Township. The Licking County Sheriff’s office reports, on June, 10 around 11:50 p.m., a man and woman entered the Speedway on the 9700 block of Etna-Hazelton Rd (Ohio 310) and were seen leaving the store with a number of items they had not paid for. An employee followed the suspects out of the store and approached the man. According to witnesses, the man pushed and grabbed the employee. The suspects then fled in what was described as a white pick-up truck. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


More than 60 million retirees and individuals with disabilities receive Social Security benefits, and the program faces solvency challenges as baby boomers hit retirement. National engagement director for AARP Pete Jeffries contends protecting Social Security for future generations should be a priority for the next president.

Pete Jeffries with AARP

Jeffries said a recent report shows Social Security can only pay full benefits until 2034.


It may be the middle of summer, but the Newark Moose Lodge 499 is thinking Christmas. On Saturday, July 23 they will be hosting their annual Christmas in July Poker Run. Jamie Wilden says all proceeds from the poker run will go to benefit needy children in Licking County at Christmas time.

Jamie Wilden with the Newark Moose Lodge

Saturday's poker run gets underway at 10:00 a.m. The Moose Lodge is located at 235 West National Drive in Newark. Cost is $15 per rider; five dollars per passenger.


The Licking Heights Board of Education will host a community outreach meeting to discuss future building and levy options. The meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at Licking Heights High School. The Board, Superintendent and Treasurer will be on hand to answer questions about the need for new buildings and funding options.


The Newark Parks & Recreation Department is pleased to announce the musical act for the fourth Mayor’s Concert of the summer. The band Full Count will perform Friday, July 22, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the brand new Canal Street Market District located between 2nd and 3rd Streets in Downtown Newark.


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