SUSPECT ARRESTED IN DONATION THEFT
DOVER - Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the Christmas jar theft from the Dover Public Library. 24-year-old Justin Litman of Dover is being held in the Tuscarawas County jail on a probation violation with additional charges pending. Police Officer Jim Stucin says Litman reported to his probation officer “he had done something wrong” and was taken into custody at a Dover home Thursday evening. Library Director Jim Gill says the jar had more than $1,000 in cash collected all year long to benefit a family during the holidays. Surveillance cameras captured a very clear picture of a man taking the large container off the front desk Tuesday night. Some of the cash has been returned with a note apologizing for the theft. Efforts to collect donations to replace the remaining missing money are also underway.
DRYDEN APPOINTED TO COUNCIL
DENNISON - Dennison’s next mayor is getting an introduction into how the village conducts daily operations. Jeff Dryden is running unopposed for the position this November and was appointed to council Thursday to fill the open seat left by Greg DiDonato’s resignation for the remainder of his current term. Dryden, who was a council member from 1990 through 2000, says he appreciates the chance to get involved early. Dryden says he has attended a number of council meetings since defeating current Mayor Tim Still in the May primary but was somewhat surprised by council’s swift appointment. Dryden officially takes over as mayor in January, which is also when DiDonato plans to retain his council seat for another term.
SALT SETTLEMENT COMES UP SHORT
NEW PHILADELPHIA - A number of Tuscarawas County communities are getting some of their money back after being overcharged for road salt. The lawsuit filed by the state attorney general alleged Morton Salt and Cargill agreed not to compete with each other to increase the prices. Tuscarawas County communities are being reimbursed $102,000 as part of an $11.5 million settlement. Engineer Joe Bachman says his office gets more than $39,000, but he says it hardly covers what he paid for the 22,000 tons of salt. Bachman says he will most likely use the money toward purchasing salt this year.
INCOME TAX CHANGES TO IMPACT NEW PHILADELPHIA
NEW PHILADELPHIA – Officials say they are preparing for a major municipal income tax code overhaul. Income Tax Administrator Joel Day says Ohio is implementing revisions to make sure every community abides by a uniform code, beginning in 2016. Day says employee tax revenue collected by the city will likely fluctuate because of withholding reporting changes. Day says transient workers in the construction and trucking fields will have to pay taxes to only the municipality in which they spend most of their day. He says this could cause the city to lose out on even more tax revenue. Day says New Philadelphia must purchase new computer software to accommodate the tax code and create a three-member local board of review to handle tax assessment appeals.
WATERSHED COORDINATOR GIVES PROGRESS UPDATE
NEW PHILADELPHIA – The Middle Tuscarawas Watershed coordinator says her new position is allowing her to help more municipalities with water quality management issues. Marissa Lautzenheiser says it was determined when a new state grant was awarded to fund her office in May she would go from being the coordinator of the Huff Run Watershed to leading the Middle Tuscarawas Watershed group instead. Lautzenheiser says this expands her service area from Coshocton to Canton, but she says her staff of four AmeriCorps members still operates out of the Mineral City village hall. Lautzenheiser provided the Tuscarawas County commissioners with an update this week on her group’s involvement, which includes the $1.7 million relocation of a portion of the Huff Run stream next year.
CLARK TO SERVE AS ATTORNEY IN MURDER CASE
CADIZ - A former Uhrichsville man will be allowed to continue representing himself at his own murder trial. 53-year-old Wesley “Buster” Clark had requested to act as his own attorney in Harrison County Common Pleas Court, where he has been indicted for murder in the May shooting death of 26-year-old Dustin Moreland of Dennison. Harrison County Prosecutor Owen Beetham says Judge Shawn Hervey ruled Tuesday that Clark is competent to stand trial and represent himself, though a public defender will stand by to assist if needed. The murder trial is now scheduled to begin December 7th. Clark is requesting a change of venue and to appear at trial un-shackled, which the judge will decide at a later date. Clark continues to serve a three-year prison term for an unrelated escape charge.
FORMER TEACHER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR SEXTING WITH STUDENT
NEW PHILADELPHIA - A former Claymont Junior High teacher and coach will spend up to the next 42 months in prison for exchanging sexually explicit photos with a student. 29-year-old Sean Green, formerly of Dover, was sentenced Tuesday in Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court for one count of pandering obscenity involving a minor and two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. Green tearfully apologized for his actions against the 14-year-old and her family before his sentencing. Judge Elizabeth Thomakos explained to Green that not only did he betray a position of trust, but his situation also puts a negative spotlight on the teaching profession. Green could be released from prison after twelve months for good behavior and must register for the next 25 years as a Tier II sex offender.
12-YEAR-OLD KILLED BY BROTHER IN TARGET SHOOTING ACCIDENT
CARROLLTON (AP) - Carroll County authorities say an 11-year-old boy fatally shot his 12-year-old brother, Joseph Baily, by accident during a target-shooting outing. Carroll County Sheriff Dale Williams told The Canton Repository the younger boy picked up a handgun off a picnic table Friday and accidentally fired it in Lee Township southeast of Carrollton. The brothers from Moore, South Carolina, were in Ohio visiting friends. Carroll County Coroner Mandal Haas says an autopsy will be conducted on Baily, who was struck in the head and died at the scene. Williams says charges could be filed against the person who failed to secure the weapon.
WOMAN WINS $1.8M PUB DRAWING JACKPOT
AUSTINTOWN (AP) - An Ohio woman has won a $1.8 million pub drawing that had gotten the attention of state lawmakers because of questions about its legality. Molly Blair won the jackpot yesterday at Barry Dyngles Pub in Austintown Township, near Youngstown. The Queen of Hearts drawing drew 4,000 people to the bar. Lawmakers recently discussed the legality of the game, but it was allowed to continue.
NEW TRIAL DATE FOR OHIO MAN ACCUSED OF PLOTTING US ATTACK
COLUMBUS (AP) - A new trial date has been set for an Ohio man charged with plotting a US attack after receiving overseas training. Columbus resident Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud has pleaded not guilty to charges of supporting terrorism, supporting a terrorist group, and making a false statement involving international terrorism. The trial has been rescheduled to January 4th.
MORE FLOODING TROUBLE AHEAD
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - Officials in South Carolina are telling some residents not to let today's sunny day fool them—more evacuations could be ordered as water from two burst dams makes its way downstream. Officials say it could take weeks for the state to return to normal after being pummeled by a historic rainstorm. The storm killed a dozen people, including 10 in South Carolina and two in North Carolina.
SENATE CONSIDERS CALL TO EXTEND AFGHAN MISSION
WASHINGTON (AP) - Should President Obama reduce the number of US troops in Afghanistan from its current level of about 9,800 to about 1,000 after 2016, according to plan? That is what lawmakers on Capitol Hill will be asking the top US commander in Afghanistan today following recent heavy fighting in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz. The Taliban seized the city for three days last week, and a US airstrike killed 22 people. Gen. John F. Campbell will testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
CLINTON URGES TOUGHER GUN LAWS
MANCHESTER, NH (AP) - In the aftermath of the deadly school shooting in Oregon, Hillary Rodham Clinton today has offered an emotional appeal for tougher gun control laws. Campaigning in New Hampshire, Clinton vowed to tighten regulations on the buyers and sellers of firearms through congressional and executive action. Clinton was joined by the mother of a six-year-old victim of the 2012 school shooting in Connecticut. The candidate asked, "How many people have to die before we actually act?"
NFL: Seattle Seahawks 13 - Detroit Lions 10
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is back on the practice field following his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Bryant was cleared to return after last Thursday's 23-20 loss to Baltimore. The second-year receiver spent three weeks getting counseling in Houston at a facility operated by former NBA player and coach John Lucas. Bryant says he learned from his mistakes and has a better understanding of how to avoid them in the future.
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