MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014


CREATIVE FLOATS FIRE CAUSE UNDETERMINED
MIDVALE – Village firefighters say the cause of the fire that destroyed a building where parade floats are built and stored remains unknown. Chief Bill Eberly says the State Fire Marshal has been unable to rule what started the fire that caused about $250,000 in damage to the Creative Floats business late Sunday morning. Eberly says investigators believe the fire started in a storage area in the front left-hand corner of the 70 by 50-foot building, which is still being kept secure before cleanup begins. Thirteen floats and other items were destroyed in the blaze, but Eberly says the company does have another storage unit in Tusky with some floats that will still be available for upcoming parades.

FIRE DAMAGES DENNISON HOME
DENNISON - Fire fighters say no one was injured when an early Saturday morning blaze broke out at the Chad Leeper home on Sherman St. Fire Chief Dave McConnell says the fire started when a bathroom ceiling fan shorted out in an addition to the home, but flames were also extending to the main section of the house when fire fighters arrived about 3 AM. Neighbors called to report the fire that caused $75,000 damage. 

CHRISTMAS TOY PROGRAM SAVED
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Starlight Enterprises is opening its doors to assist the Share-A-Christmas effort. The program has been looking for warehouse space big enough to store and distribute toys with no luck. But SEI CEO Cassie Elvin has volunteered part of her building on Commercial Avenue in New Philadelphia. She says clearing a space will be no problem. She says the Starlight workers are also enthusiastic about the project. Share-A-Christmas organizers have talked with up to 50 business owners in the last few weeks hoping to find a warehouse before Elvin came forward to save the day.

SEWER DISTRICT CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS BEGIN
NEW PHILADELPHIA - New contracts are on the horizon for a number of Tuscarawas County Metropolitan Sewer District employees. Director Mike Jones says he met with the county commissioners Monday to discuss the process. Jones says 15 AFSCME workers are involved with this contract but he believes the process will go smoothly as the current agreement expires December 31st. The previous AFSCME negotiations resulted in one and a half percent raises for bargaining employees in each of the last three years. 

POLICE INVESTIGATE RECENT ROBBERIES 
UHRICHSVILLE – Authorities are reminding area residents that crime can occur in any town, no matter the size. Police continue to investigate the August Rite Aid pharmacy robbery, a hold up earlier this month at the Short Stop Drive Thru and most recently and an armed robbery Sunday night at Circle K.  Police Chief Vince Beal says he believes many of the local criminals are jobless and need money for their addictions. Beal says Uhrichsville is also experiencing property vandalism with many making off with small change and personal items. Beal says officers are reviewing surveillance tape of Sunday’s incident, which shows a 5’9 white male entering and leaving the store wearing a camo fleece jacket, black toboggan and jeans. 

FARMERS INPUT NEEDED ON CAUV FORMULA 
COLUMBUS - Ohio Farm Bureau leaders say they are asking local farmers to provide input on the state’s voluntary land tax formula. OFBF Legal Education Director Amy Milam says the current agricultural use value calculation has lead to significant increases in 41 counties this year with Tuscarawas County experiencing the hike last year. Milam says crop prices and low interest rates are creating the spike. Milam says OFBF is considering adjustments to the CAUV equation. She says local farmers can take part in the research by filling out an online survey with details specific to their land and past tax. Milam says the accumulated information could be used in policy proposals to be reviewed at the federation’s annual December meeting. 

CITY ADOPTS NEW HEALTH CARE POLICY
UHRICHSVILLE - City officials say a new healthcare provider is ready to assume coverage in the near future. Council member Gayle Mick says Ohio Public Entity Consortium won council’s vote at Thursday’s emergency meeting. Mick says the outcome follows two competitive offers. Mayor Terry Culbertson says the selected plan will still provide sufficient coverage for the employees. Culbertson says the decision comes after almost two months of research. He says the city’s current plan with Aultcare expires in December.  

HAMILTON EARNS WOMAN OF THE YEAR
NEW PHILADELPHIA -
A Dover woman who divides her time among health care, church and trail building organizations is the 2014 Lucille Nussdorfer Woman of the Year. Mary Hamilton received the award Thursday from the Dennison Depot to recognize someone who continues her volunteerism tradition. Nussdorfer was the World War II Ccanteen founder at the Depot. Hamilton retired from Union Hospital as a nurse, but continues to work in the ER totaling more than 50 years in health care. She also clears trees and brush to build trails for the Buckeye Trail system and the local Towpath Trail. She has also volunteered for more than 30 years with the area’s Catholic churches. Other nominees this year included Kris Moreland and Joan Beorn both of New Philadelphia, and Becky Mastin of Dover.

MENARDS WORKING TO BUY OLD KMART BUILDING

NEW PHILADELPHIA - Leaders say a number of unemployed residents could benefit from a home improvement store planning to locate in town. Mayor Dave Johnson says Menards is under contract to purchase the former Kmart building and the land. Johnson says the company is asking for a 50% property tax abatement from the city for 10 years as the now condemned structure will cost nearly $12 million to demolish and rebuild. The project is expected to begin next year with the store opening in 2016, if the agreement is finalized in the next few months. Menards estimates the new site will produce 40 full time and 80 part time jobs.

TWO BEGIN VOLUNTARY EBOLA QUARANTINE 
DOVER - Tuscarawas County Health Department Director Katie Seward says two county residents could have potentially been exposed to the deadly virus while on the same Frontier Airlines flight as the Texas nurse. Seward reminds the public to stay calm as neither showed symptoms Thursday. Tuscarawas County health officials also tell the Times Reporter that the two people have agreed to a voluntary 21-day quarantine and will remain at home. County health officials will visit their homes once a day to monitor their temperatures and the people will also take their own temperatures at least once a day. If symptoms begin to manifest, they will be transported to a health care facility and Union Hospital will be notified. In the meantime, the county health department is setting up a meeting in the coming days to collaborate with the Tuscarawas County Commissioners, the sheriff’s office and the New Philadelphia City Health Department. Meanwhile, Seward says the health department has updated information about Ebola on its new website at http://tchdnow.org/. The Ohio Department of Health is also operating a 24-hour call center for questions at 1-866-800-1404.


STATE NEWS: 

PROTECTIVE GEAR PROPOSAL APPROVED
COLUMBUS (AP) A legislative panel in Ohio has approved a funding request to help pay for more protective gear for health care workers if the state has a suspected or confirmed case of Ebola. The Ohio Department of Health requested approval from the state Controlling Board to spend $300,000 for more equipment. It also asked to spend up to $500,000 to dispose of contaminated linens and other items if a case occurs.

PEPPER QUESTIONS INVESTIGATION
COLUMBUS (AP) Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's rival in the fall election is questioning the handling of an internal harassment investigation from 2013 and calling for an independent review. Democrat David Pepper, a Cincinnati lawyer who is seeking to unseat DeWine, says repeated statements by an assistant attorney general that he liked to slap and punch women should not have been allowed to go on so long.

MAN INDICTED FOR MURDER 
LEBANON (AP) A southwest Ohio grand jury has indicted a 41-year-old man on murder charges in the killing of a Kentucky woman on Interstate 75. Warren County court records show Terry Froman of Brookport, Illinois, could face the death penalty if convicted on aggravated murder counts. He also was indicted on two kidnapping counts and a firearms discharge charge. 


 


NATIONAL NEWS: 

FAMILY CLEARED FOLLOWING INCUBATION
DALLAS (AP) The people who were closest to Ebola victim Thomas Duncan are trying to resume their lives now that they have come out of a 21-day incubation period without developing symptoms of the disease. The daughter of Duncan's fiancee sent her children back to school today, with clearance from the Dallas County health department tucked in their backpacks. Health officials say 43 of 48 people on an original watch list have passed the incubation period safely. Officials say about 120 people who had close contact with Duncan and the two nurses who became infected with Ebola are now being monitored.

SEVEN WOMEN FOUND DEAD
GARY, Ind. (AP) Police in Indiana who are investigating the slayings of seven women say the deaths could be the work of a serial killer. The bodies of the women were found over the weekend. And police say the suspect, who's in custody, has indicated that there could be more victims -- going back 20 years. They say Darren Vann is cooperating with investigators in hopes of reaching a deal with prosecutors.

GOVERNMENT TAKES RECALL SERIOUSLY 
DETROIT (AP) The government is telling motorists to take this recall seriously. It involves air bags in which the inflators can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed in crashes. Safety advocates say at least four people have died from the problem, and that more than 20 million vehicles in the U.S. are equipped with the faulty bags. More than 4.7 million of the vehicles have been recalled -- many of them in areas where high humidity is believed to contribute to the problem. 


SPORTS:
NFL: Browns coach Mike Pettine has no plans to bench starting quarterback Brian Hoyer for rookie Johnny Manziel following Sunday's ugly loss at Jacksonville. Hoyer completed just 16 of 41 passes for 215 yards and threw a late interception as the Browns lost to the previously winless Jaguars. Pettine acknowledged Hoyer played poorly, but said he is not making a change, adding: "Brian is still firmly our starter." Pettine said "we are not going to hit the panic button after one loss." Pettine says the coaching staff did not consider bringing in Manziel as a spark during the 24-6 defeat. Manziel has only been on the field for a handful of plays this season.


WEATHER:
TONIGHT: 70% chance of rain, Lo 45
TUESDAY: 50% chance of rain, Hi 53
WEDNESDAY: Becoming partly sunny, Hi 53

 

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