(WJER) (July 22, 2019) - A community leader whose career in public service spanned five decades has passed away.  Bill Ress died Saturday evening at the age of 78 following a brief illness.  The lifelong Republican was elected to New Philadelphia Council in 1970. Ress was also voted to the Ohio Senate in 1980 and the Tuscarawas County Board of Commissioners in 2000.  Ress is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ann, along with three sons and other family members. Calling hours are from 5-8 pm Tuesday at the Toland Herzig Funeral Home in Dover. Services will be Wednesday at 11am at the funeral home.  

(WJER) (July 22, 2019) - Tuscarawas County Health Department officials say they are eager to see what kind of effect a state budget provision raising the tobacco purchasing age to 21 has in the county.  Health Commissioner Katie Seward is encouraged as she says studies show the earlier people start, the more likely they are to become lifelong smokers. Seward says according to a 2018 study, 20-percent of people in Tuscarawas County indicated they smoke, while 26-percent consider themselves former smokers. Seward says 18-year-olds can still buy tobacco until the change takes effect October 1st.

(TUSCO TV) (July 19, 2019) - The former Baltic man found guilty at trial this week for the 2017 crash that killed Jeanene Indermill and seriously injured two others is heading back to prison. Judge Elizabeth Thomakos today imposed the maximum 18-year sentence against 33-year-old Paul Grove Jr. On counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, OVI, and aggravated vehicular assault. The judge said even the maximum seemed insufficient compared to the physical, emotional, and economic toll the crash has taken on the victims and their families. Grove spoke out during the hearing, apologizing to the people hurt in the accident. Thomakos imposed the same 18-year maximum sentence last year after Grove pled guilty for his role in the accident. An appeals court later overturned his conviction because the judge failed to inform grove that the vehicular homicide charge carried a mandatory minimum sentence. Thomakos apologized at sentencing for making the error that brought the case. Grove is ineligible for early release, and his sentence also includes a mandatory three years of post-release control and his driver’s license being revoked for life.

(WJER) (July 19, 2019) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the water levels in the Tuscarawas River need a few days without rain to get down to more normal levels. Kevin Osborne from the Huntington, West Virginia office says the river is not at a historically high level, but it is taking longer than usual to get down to normal because it keeps raining, filling reservoirs upstream in Dover, Bolivar and elsewhere. Osborne says the Army Corps of Engineers has also received many inquiries about high water levels at area lakes. He says they are releasing water from lakes at Atwood and Leesville as quickly as possible. The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District lifted its boating advisory for Atwood and Leesville Lakes. They say courtesy and boarding docks are still unusable, but public boat launch ramps are open. The district had made the entirety of both lakes no wake zones because of high water levels. That advisory has been lifted, but the district still asks boaters to look out for submerged objects or floating debris.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A program that has helped more than 6,500 Ohio drivers get their licenses reinstated after suspensions is being extended until the end of the year. Drivers can apply to have certain license reinstatement fees waived or reduced under the Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative. Officials waived or reduced fees for roughly 71,000 people so far, eliminating nearly $60 million in fees. Cleveland.com reports two state lawmakers have proposed making the program permanent.

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former county juvenile court judge's effort to stay out of jail will go before another judge in Cincinnati. Tracie Hunter has gone to multiple courts to challenge her 2014 conviction and sentence on a felony count related to mishandling a confidential document. She has been sentenced to six months in jail. A hearing is scheduled Monday about beginning her sentence.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's capital city will be hosting a major gathering of U.S. mayors for the first time. The U.S. Conference of Mayors says it has selected Columbus as the location of its annual meeting in 2022. The mayors' conference is a non-partisan organization representing U.S. cities with populations exceeding 30,000. The annual meeting is expected to draw about 1,000 people over four days.

BOSTON (AP) — The East Coast sweated through another day of extreme heat and humidity Sunday as organizers in Boston canceled a benefit run, Delaware Civil War re-enactors got the day off and the New York Police Department implored residents to take it easy. The central part of the country, meanwhile, enjoyed some relief as a cold front moved steadily southward and eastward across the country, bringing down the temperatures.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people are expected today to take over one of Puerto Rico's busiest highways. The protesters are trying to drive Gov. Ricardo Rosselló from office following the leaking of an obscenity-laced online chat the governor had with allies and federal corruption charges leveled against his administration. The San Juan protest comes a day after Rosselló announced that he would not quit, but sought to calm the unrest by promising not to seek reelection.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats are casting this week's testimony by the former special counsel in the Russia probe very differently. The House Judiciary Committee's top Republican, Georgia's Doug Collins, says his party wants to make clear Robert Mueller's report is the last word for an investigation he says Americans are tired of hearing about. The committee's Democratic chairman, New York's Jerrold Nadler, says Democrats want Mueller to present the facts of President Donald Trump's behavior.

HONG KONG (AP) — China's Foreign Ministry says the behavior of "some radical demonstrators" in Hong Kong "touched the bottom line of the 'one country, two systems' principle and must not be tolerated." More than 100,000 people marched in Hong Kong on Sunday to call for democratic reforms and an investigation into alleged police brutality.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli bulldozers and large excavators have moved in to demolish over two dozen Palestinian homes in an east Jerusalem neighborhood in one of the largest operations of its kind in years. The demolitions cap a years-long legal battle over the buildings, which straddle the city and the occupied West Bank. Hussein al-Sheikh, head of the civil affairs department of the Palestinians Authority, called Monday's demolition a "crime" and demanded international intervention.

JALAZON REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank (AP) — Critics say that Israeli military probes into 24 potentially criminal shootings of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza over the past year have been going nowhere. None of the cases have yielded convictions or even indictments, and in most instances, the army hasn't interviewed key witnesses or retrieved evidence from the field. B'Tselem, Israel's leading human rights group, became so frustrated with the system that in 2016 it halted its practice of assisting military investigations.

MLB:  The Minnesota Twins were able to hang onto their three-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central by winning yesterday. Max Kepler capped his four-RBI day by providing a walk-off single to give the Twins a 7-6 win over the Oakland Athletics. Homers by Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez helped the Indians hold off Kansas City, 5-4.

TODAY: Cloudy, a chance of showers and possibly a storm, Hi 73
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, Lo 60
TUESDAY: Mostly sunny, Hi 74
WEDNESDAY: Sunny, Hi 74

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 10am and noon, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 75. 
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 10am and noon, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 75. 
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 10am and noon, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 75.