TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2015
INCOMING MAYOR MAKES FIRST ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM CHANGE
NEW PHILADELPHIA – The city’s mayor-elect says a new service director will be working in city hall next year. Current Service Director Jim Zucal announced Monday that Joel Day informed him last Thursday he will no longer have a job with the city when Day officially takes over as mayor. Zucal, who has served in the position since 2008, says he expected the news following mayor Dave Johnson’s defeat election night, but Zucal criticized Day’s decision to discuss the future during a casual interaction in the city hall parking lot. Day says a formal written announcement about the change will be issued. Meanwhile, Day says he has chosen to fill the appointed position with another person, though he has yet to publically release the individual’s name. Day also says other appointments are still possible as he prepares to take office in January.
MAYOR SEEKS LEGISLATION FOR EMPLOYEES DISPLACED BY ELECTIONS
NEW PHILADELPHIA - New Philadelphia’s current mayor says he is seeking action by council to give employees displaced by an election their accumulated vacation and comp time. Dave Johnson says he feels it is only right for the city to compensate employees for the time they have earned over the years. The request came the same night that Service Director Jim Zucal announced that Mayor-Elect Joel Day plans to appoint a new service director, requiring Zucal to exit the job December 31st. Law Director Marvin Fete says he introduced similar legislation to the salary community a year ago but no action has been taken yet. Fete says he feels all employees are entitled to accumulated time off, not just those affected by elections. Johnson says because the end of the year is near, the legislation could be dated retroactively to benefit Zucal and others who might be impacted by potential administration changes.
TROOPERS READY FOR HOLIDAY TRAVELERS
NEW PHILADELPHIA - State troopers say they prefer dry weather as much as the traveling public as millions of vehicles hit the road for a turkey dinner this week. New Philadelphia Post Commander Lt. Mark Glennon says Thanksgiving is the most traveled holiday of the year, so he likes the forecast so far. Glennon says the message boards on the highways show fatalities are up 5-percent over last year, but he says Tuscarawas County drivers tend to be a little more careful. Glennon says state troopers will step up their enforcement stating from 12 AM Wednesday continue through Sunday evening, as Wednesday is the busiest day on the roads. He reminds drivers to slow down, buckle up and drive sober.
RIEL’S CASE BOUND OVER TO GRAND JURY
UHRICHSVILLE – A Uhrichsville man will remain in jail while a Tuscarawas County grand jury reviews his case. 33- year old Chris Riel is charged with burglary and robbery for allegedly holding up the Uhrichsville Domino’s last Monday evening. He waived his preliminary hearing today in Southern District Court.
BAR BREAK-IN SUSPECTS ARRESTED
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Police say two suspects have been arrested for breaking into a bar when it was closed Sunday night. Detective Captain Shawn Nelson says surveillance video and other evidence helped locate the two New Philadelphia men, ages 24 and 35-years old, who are accused of breaking into Bud and Tooties about 8:20 pm Sunday and taking an undisclosed amount of money from a safe. Nelson says the suspects were taken into custody Tuesday and confessed. He says the two men have since been released and a report is being sent to the prosecutor to consider charges.
SHERIFF TO HOST C-I-T TRAINING
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Local first responders will get lessons on how to deescalate emergency situations involving people struggling with a mental illness. The Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s office is hosting Crisis Intervention Team training the first week of February for every police and corrections department in the county. Office Re-Entry Coordinator Seana Todd Fortune says this will teach responders how to rely on verbal and non-verbal techniques instead of physical force against the mentally ill. She says this is also meant to help those with a mental illness get the help they need rather than jail time.
LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS NOW OFFICIAL
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The Tuscarawas County Board of Elections has certified this month’s general election with no outcome changes from the unofficial results. The addition of the 544 provisional ballots countywide did reduce Zoar Mayor Scott Gordon’s victory over challenger Judy Meiser to just two votes, and while there were some concerns a handful of voters allegedly received the wrong ballots in Zoar and Lawrence Township affecting that race, elections board Chair Tom Hisrich says he is aware of only one complaint, and any legal challenges would be up to the candidates. Hisrich also says no race finished within the 0.5% difference in votes that triggers an automatic recount.
ROBBERY SUSPECT SENTENCED, MAINTAINS INNOCENCE
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The Uniontown man convicted of robbing the Marty’s Coaches Corner store in New Philadelphia after a second jury trial will continue fighting to clear his name. Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court Judge Edward O’Farrell sentenced 22-year-old Devonte Sherman to seven years in prison Monday, though Sherman will stay at home with his parents under supervision of the Community Corrections Department during the appeals process, which could take a year. Sherman’s first trial in July ended in a mistrial when all but one juror wanted to acquit him. During sentencing, Sherman was still denying his involvement in the armed robbery. Assistant County Prosecutor Mike Ernest says he disagrees with Sherman’s lack of accountability and remorse as well as O’Farrell’s decision to reduce the sentence he originally promised Sherman by a year. Jurors in the second trial deliberated for about 11 hours total before returning with a guilty verdict against Sherman last month.
PICKUP DRIVER RESCUED FROM WATER
STRASBURG - State troopers say a Strasburg man suffered only minor injuries after driving his pickup into the Sugar Creek. 40-year-old Aaron Minard was treated and released at Union Hospital. Troopers say he drove through a guard rail at 9th Street and US 250, then went down an embankment, hit a utility pole, and veered into the creek. His truck was submerged up to its windows, but he was out of the water within 15 minutes. He was cited with drunk driving and failure to control.
CRASH CLOSES I-77 BRIEFLY
DOVER – State troopers say both drivers were cited in a crash that shut down I-77 near Dover Monday morning. 54-year-old Stephen Spring of Tippecanoe got a ticket for a defective trailer hitch after the flatbed trailer pulled by his pickup truck let loose and ended up in the median. As he slowed down, he was rear-ended by an SUV driven by 75-year-old Marjorie West of New Philadelphia. She was cited for an assured clear distance violation. Neither was seriously injured, but their vehicles were sideways across both northbound lanes, closing the road for about an hour after the 9:30 a.m. wreck.
FIRE DAMAGES TWO HOMES
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Firefighters say no one was injured in two separate house fires over the weekend. Captain Matt Tharp says the first fire started about 10:30 Saturday morning at the Gloria White home. A toaster apparently malfunctioned and sent flames into the cupboards. Tharp says the fire was contained to the kitchen, but there is smoke damage throughout the house. The fire caused about $40,000 damage to the duplex at 916 Miller Avenue NW. Two cats were rescued. The second fire Sunday evening at the Bill Foster home at 129 Minnich Avenue NW caused about $1,000 damage. Tharp says an electrical outlet malfunction ignited flames up a basement wall and ruptured a plastic water line. The water put the fire out before firefighters arrived.
NEW TOURISM SLOGAN BENEFITS TUSCARAWAS COUNTY
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau leaders say Ohio’s latest tourism branding effort highlights all that the state has to offer. Local spokeswoman Diane Lautenschleger attended the annual Ohio tourism conference last week where the slogan “Ohio: Find it Here” was released. The slogan appears below a logo that depicts the state’s outline. Lautenschleger says the new brand perfectly represents Ohio and even Tuscarawas County. Lautenschleger says the tourism industry strives to attract additional visitors with new marketing campaigns as attractions across the state change and grow. The past slogan “Ohio, So Much to Discover” was created in 2000. The state plans to invest $6 million next year in marketing Ohio tourism within the state and surrounding states.
CLINIC FEES TO INCREASE
DOVER - Tuscarawas County Health Department officials say an increase in clinic fees should help alleviate some of the facility’s extra costs. Director Katie Seward says the change begins January 1st and allows the department to collect the full amount of money reimbursed by Medicaid. She says the increase will especially help recoup money for annual vaccines. Seward says the new rates are competitive with what other public and private health facilities ask for as well, because insurance companies cap how much can be charged. Seward says this fails to impact clients who have insurance, and she says the sliding fee scale for income-eligible clients still applies.
TURKEY MEALS EASY TO GOBBLE UP
TUSCARAWAS COUNTY – Area residents have several opportunities to take in Thanksgiving meals throughout the week. The Dover St. Joseph’s Church soup kitchen will serve an extra meal this evening from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in addition to its regular Wednesday evening event. The First Christian Church in New Philadelphia will host its annual Thanksgiving Day feast Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pastor Jim Borton says they are cooking 600 turkeys and 100 pies and anticipating 1,500 people for the free event. A free community meal will also be served Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at JIM’s Place in New Philadelphia where organizer Stephanie Woodard of Mineral City says donations came from all over when she announced her family’s plans. On Thanksgiving Day, the First Presbyterian Church in Uhrichsville will also have its annual meal from noon to 2 p.m. More meals are also planned at other locations as well.
DENNISON – Five non-profit groups are sharing the latest refund check received for the village’s recycling efforts. Mayor Tim Still says the Kimble Company is providing nearly $3,200 for the village as a reimbursement for its recycling efforts. Still says 115 tons of materials were collected for recycling instead of going to the landfill. He says a three-member panel decided to use the bulk of the money to help offset a local match for a grant to fix up Thornwood Park. The village library, YMCA site, Claymont Band Boosters, and the Twin City Benevolent Fund will each get $300.
SUSPECT AND VICTIM HAD FALLING OUT
COLUMBUS (AP) - The brother of a man killed in a Columbus shooting along with his wife and son says the suspect was a neighbor once friendly with the family. Jason Lozier says suspect Barry Kirk lived across the street from his brother, John Anderson, and had been in the house and shared meals. Police say the 50-year-old Kirk fatally shot Anderson, his wife Christina Anderson and their 7-year-old son Landon Anderson yesterday afternoon. Police shot and killed Kirk as he ran from the house.
AIDE CLAIMED SALON TIME AS WORK
COLUMBUS (AP) - A state inspector general's report says a former top aide to Ohio's lieutenant governor claimed traveling to salon appointments as work and got paid for it. The state's watchdog reviewed work records for Laura Johnson -Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor's former chief of staff - and Johnson's administrative assistant.
AIR FORCE BASE DEEMED SAFE
DAYTON (AP) - Officials at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base say a man ignored guards' instructions to stop at a security gate, prompting evacuations, but that Ohio's largest military base has been determined safe. A spokesman for the base says the man drove through the gate area around 9:40 this morning.
PROSECUTOR CALLS VIDEO CHILLING
CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago prosecutor says the video that shows the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer last year is "graphic" and "chilling." The video is supposed to be made public no later than tomorrow. Prosecutor Anita Alvarez says Officer Jason Van Dyke was on the scene for just 30 seconds before he started shooting, and opened fire just six seconds after getting out of his vehicle. She says Van Dyke continued firing even though 17-year-old Laquan McDonald dropped to the ground after the first shots. Van Dyke is now charged with murder, and a judge today denied bond.
CHARGES FILED AGAINST MAN LINKED TO ATTACKERS
PARIS (AP) - For the first time since the deadly terror attacks in Paris, someone suspected of having a direct link to the attackers has been charged. Prosecutors say Jawad Bendaoud is facing charges including criminal association. He gave shelter to the suspected ringleader of the attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, but has said he didn't know what was being planned. Abaaoud died days later in a police raid. A prosecutor today said he may have been planning a suicide attack in the city's business district.
MUSLIM-AMERICANS ON EDGE
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Muslim-Americans who sued the New York Police Department over a surveillance program launched after 9/11 are on edge, as some Republican presidential candidates call for more of that surveillance. They say rhetoric from the campaign is recklessly playing on people's fears. Donald Trump has said law enforcement should keep close surveillance on mosques. He's also floated the idea of a database for tracking Muslims. Republican rival Ben Carson says any place where radicalization is going on should be monitored.
NFL: Video and photos of Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel partying during the team's bye week may have cost him his starting job. Coach Mike Pettine says he's disappointed in Manziel and may not play the quarterback against Baltimore Monday night. Manziel spent 70 days this off-season in a rehab center.
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