BOARD OF ELECTIONS DIRECTOR STEPS DOWN
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) - Changes at the Tuscarawas County Board of Elections will be coming in June. Board of Elections Director Allan Sayre has announced his resignation effective June 7th. Sayre says he wanted to take care of any final tasks from the May 7th special primary election before making the announcement. He says it is time to move in a new direction. Sayre says the past couple years have seen several changes for his office including updating equipment and training to create effective results. Sayre says the board will first advertise the position, interview potential candidates and must also select a democrat to replace him.

POLICE BUCKLE DOWN ON INFRACTIONS BIG AND SMALL
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(TUSCO TV) - Local law enforcement agencies are cracking down on drivers who risk their lives and others ahead of the summer travel season. First, the State Highway Patrol is in the middle of its nationwide click it or ticket campaign. New Philadelphia Post Commander Lt. Mark Glennon says troopers will hand out citations to drivers and passengers who aren’t wearing seatbelts during traffic stops. The State Highway Patrol also is partnering with local law enforcement agencies to conduct an OVI checkpoint in Tuscarawas County Saturday. They will announce the exact location of the checkpoint Saturday morning. They say their goal is to get impaired drivers off the roadways, noting that 402 people were killed in OVI-related crashes last year in Ohio.

SEASONAL LANTERN TOURS BACK AT SCHOENBRUNN
NEW PHILADELPHIA 
(WJER) - Schoenbrunn Village this weekend will offer a glance at what life was like before cell phones, cars and even electricity as they offer after-hours lantern tours. Site Manager Diedre Lute says luminaries and candles will light up the historic village from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday as visitors are taken back to 1772. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for students ages 6 to 17, and free for younger children, Schoenbrunn Museum members and Ohio Historical Connection Members. 

SPICER ENTHRALLS TUSCARAWAS COUNTY REPUBLICANS
DOVER (WJER) (May 17, 2019) - A recent White House press secretary has been sharing behind the scenes stories of Donald Trump’s rise to the Oval Office while encouraging Republicans to stay active.  Sean Spicer spoke at the Tuscarawas County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner at the Tool Shed at Breitenbach Winery Thursday.  Spicer talked about how the 2016 Trump campaign found success by sending people out into the field to collect data and create profiles on all voters to learn more about their tendencies. Spicer also asked attendees to engage young people at schools, churches and businesses about the Trump presidency and how he’s been fulfilling campaign promises. 

FIRE ON TWO PROPERTIES UNDER INVESTIGATION
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (May 17, 2019) - Firefighters and police are working together to determine if a fire that did small damage at two properties was criminal in nature. Fire Lt. Matthew Graham says a caller first reported a small brush fire that ended up spreading to a fence and detached garage in the 500 Block of Ray Avenue Northwest at about 3:45 pm Thursday. It then spread to a small shed at a neighboring property.  Graham says police are conducting interviews because a witness reported seeing some other individuals nearby at the time of the fire. Police will then send their findings to the prosecutor to determine if any charges are warranted. Graham says the damage was limited to the exterior of the structures, estimated at about $2,000 total.  

MALFUNCTION LEADS TO UNIQUE RUNAWAY TRAILER COLLISION
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) (May 16, 2019) - Police say quick thinking and self-sacrifice saved a one vehicle accident from becoming much worse. New Philadelphia Police Captain Ty Norris says a pickup towing a large generator was approaching the South Broadway-Mill Avenue intersection when a malfunction caused the trailer to disconnect about 2:00 p.m. Norris says the generator’s weight broke the safety chain and the trailer began passing the driver’s truck. He says the driver tried but couldn’t manage to push the trailer onto the curb. Norris says the driver decided to try and overtake the trailer once again to try and stop it from reaching the intersection, but the runaway vehicle flipped instead, stopping in front of the truck before the two collided. Norris says the driver wasn’t injured and credits him for helping avoid involving more cars. He says the driver won’t receive any citations, blaming the accident on a trailer malfunction. No other vehicles were involved in the incident.

STAFF AND ADMINISTRATION CLASH OVER STRIKE FALLOUT
DENNISON
(TUSCO TV) (May 16, 2019) - The recently ended labor strike out of Claymont is still creating tension among administration and staff. The school board has been taking heat for removing several substitutes from the district’s roster. Technology Aide Betty Cavanaugh attended Monday night’s school board meeting and spoke out in defense of two regular subs who were taken off the list for things they posted on social media during the strike. Cavanaugh said those subs were an asset to Claymont’s classrooms and suggested the board forgive and forget. Board Member Jim Shamel says he thinks the subs and others crossed a line with some of the things they posted. A third individual was also removed from sub list but Superintendent Scott Golec says that was unrelated to the strike.

GARAWAY SEEKS REPLACEMENT FOR SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT
SUGARCREEK
(TUSCO TV) (May 16, 2019) -  The Garaway school board has an opening to fill with their board president stepping down less than a year into his second term. Rob Coburn turned in his letter of resignation on May 6th, saying that after much consideration, his family had purchased a home in another school district. he enjoyed his time of service and called it a pleasure to work with school officials. Superintendent Jim Millet says they’re grateful for Coburn’s service and wish him all the best in his future endeavors. Millet says the board has until June 5th to appoint someone to replace Coburn through the end of the year. the seat will be up for election in November, and the winner will serve the remaining three years of Coburn’s unexpired term.

 

STUDENT-BUILT BUCKEYE HOUSE FETCHES $278K
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (May 16, 2019) -  Buckeye Career Center officials say two New Philadelphia residents now have the keys to their new Brookside Dr. home following nearly two years of student construction work. Superintendent Bob Alsept says their latest Buckeye House was sold at auction to Gerald and Dawn Chenevey for $278,000. He says it’s great real-world experience for their students in construction tech, energy operations, masonry, landscaping and electrical systems technology programs. Alsept says they are pleased with the final price, allowing them to cover expenses for materials used in the project. Work on the next Buckeye House will start in the fall.

COUNCIL READYING PARK LEVY RENEWAL
UHRICHSVILLE
(TUSCO TV) (May 15, 2019) - Council is taking the necessary steps to place the city’s park levy back on the ballot this fall. Council has voted to approve the second of three resolutions needed to put the half-mill levy on the November 5th ballot. Mayor Rick Dorland says this will be a five-year renewal of an existing levy that brings in between $25-30,000 a year for park maintenance and improvements. Parks and Recreation Committee Chairman Eric Harmon says they hope voters will see the importance of this levy. The levy money is for the community parks, shelters and ballfields only and can’t be used toward the city-owned water park.

HEALTH OFFICIALS STILL ON THE LOOKOUT FOR RABIES
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) (May 15, 2019) -- The battle to stop the spread of rabies will continue on multiple fronts in the coming weeks. First, New Philadelphia Environmental Health Director Lee Finley says health officials are still on the lookout for a grayish, long-haired cat that might have rabies. He says they tested a similar-looking cat that turned up dead, but it wasn’t the cat they were looking for. Meanwhile, Finley says the USDA will drop racoon rabies vaccine packets from aircraft in Tuscarawas County next week. He says racoons eat the packets, which vaccinate them against rabies. The Ohio Department of Health says people should leave the baits alone, and pets won’t get sick from eating a packet. Pets could get sick from eating a lot of them though.

FALLEN OFFICERS HONORED
DOVER
(WJER) (May 15, 2019) - The local fraternal order of police president is refusing to let those who died in the line of duty be forgotten. Bob Everett says this is Peace Officer Memorial Day, honoring those who died protecting their communities. Officers are wearing black bands over their badges, flags are flying at half-staff and a #PoliceWeek social media campaign is circulating. Everett says 144 officers were killed in 2018, and the country is on track for a similar number this year. The Tuscarawas County Commissioners are also turning the courthouse lights white and blue tonight for the occasion. 

VEHICLE BREAK-IN PROMPTS MANHUNT, LOCKDOWN IN NEWCOMERSTOWN
NEWCOMERSTOWN (Tusco TV) (May 14, 2019) - Law enforcement agencies from around the area searched all morning and into the afternoon but were unable to locate an armed, bloody man seen breaking into a truck on Goodrich Avenue. Newcomerstown Police Chief Gary Holland says the report prompted a temporary lockdown of the Newcomerstown school buildings as state troopers, sheriff’s deputies and even a helicopter joined in the search. Holland lifted the lockdown a little after 1:30 pm saying they had reason to believe the suspect was no longer in the area. Holland says they still don’t know why the man was bloody, although they believe he may have been injured. He says they did find some DNA in the truck that they’ll have sent over to the lab for testing. He says they can either wait for the results to come back, or they can have the victim confirm the suspect’s identity so they can arrest him. The suspect’s name is not being released at this time, but Holland described him as a white male in his mid-twenties with tattoos, between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10 in height. 

COUNCIL CONSIDERS TRAP NEUTER AND RELEASE POLICY
DOVER
(WJER) (May 14, 2019) - City council appears closer to establishing a trap-neuter-return policy for the community’s feral cats. Council President Shane Gunnoe says city officials will explore potential options for allowing approved volunteers to trap feral cats, have them spayed or neutered, and then return them to the place they were trapped. City Council had a special meeting Monday night, a week after 15 people spoke to them about the city’s growing feral cat population. Marilyn Graef, who spoke in favor of a trap-neuter-return program, says she saw progress at the meeting. Gunnoe says city officials will review some other city’s ordinances regarding trap-neuter-return programs and come back to council at a future meeting with legislation that council can vote on. 

UHRICHSVILLE SPRING CLEANUP BEGINS
UHRICHSVILLE
(TUSCO TV) (May 14, 2019) - Residents are getting an opportunity to clear out their clutter this week during the city’s three-day spring cleanup. Uhrichsville’s 2019 Community Cleanup is going today through Thursday at the city garage on North Main Street. Mayor Rick Dorland says they have several large receptacles available all three days for residents to deposit their unwanted and hard to dispose of items, minus the usual exceptions for hazardous materials, appliances and household trash. Dorland says unlike a similar event hosted by their sister city, this will be a self-service collection. Dorland says they also can’t accept batteries, gasoline and other chemicals.

PHILA RESEARCHING TIRE CHALKING ALTERNATIVES
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (May 14, 2019) - City officials are scrambling to find an alternative to tire chalking as a way to monitor cars parked too long on the street. Law Director Marvin Fete says the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled the practice of chalking tires as a violation to citizens protection from unlawful search and seizure. He says this could hurt businesses and shoppers if these parking spots are tied up for long periods of time. Fete says they are looking into possibly marking around cars on the roads or using a digital camera to take pictures once a car is parked to monitor how long it is there. There are other options that he says are usually costly and much more difficult to implement, such as a license plate reader system being used in Columbus.

TEACHER ACCUSED OF SEXUAL BATTERY RESIGNS
NEWCOMERSTOWN (Tusco Tv) (May 14, 2019) - The Newcomerstown School District is parting ways with the high school teacher and drama director who was allegedly caught by officers with a 16-year-old student in his car. The school board accepted the resignation letter of 33-year-old Adam Lefler of Midvale Monday. He had been on unpaid leave following the April 30th incident in the Claymont Center parking lot, resulting in charges of sexual battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  Lefler thanked school officials in his resignation letter, hoping the district can now focus on continued academic success.  Lefler is out on bond and has had his case bound over to the grand jury. He is to have no contact with the alleged victim or anyone under the age of 18.

JFS DRAWS ATTENTION TO WELFARE FRAUD
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) (May 13, 2019) - Tuscarawas County Job and Family Services officials are illustrating the consequences of welfare fraud during a month dedicated to raising awareness about the issue. Fraud Investigator Tim Haswell says people will mislead case workers on their household income, number of family members earning a paycheck or other circumstances that makes them eligible for additional state benefits. Haswell says they understand people can forget or not know when something a change in lifestyle needs reported, but he is tasked with figuring out when it’s a mistake and when it’s fraudulent reporting. Haswell says once they can determine someone has committed welfare fraud, the consequences start at repaying the money they owe, and from there he says they can increase in severity with some people being stripped of their right to receive benefits for the rest of their lives. He says this year Tuscarawas County has prosecuted three welfare fraud cases so far.

VILLAGE FORMS CEMETERY COMMITTEE

NEWCOMERSTOWN
(TUSCO TV)(May 13, 2019) - The village cemeteries in Newcomerstown now have a legislative body dedicated to looking after them. Newcomerstown Council recently voted to form a three-person cemetery board comprised of councilwoman Kristie Wilkin and two citizen members. Wilkin says she’s been working to re-establish the board since it was disbanded by a previous administration. Wilkin is not planning to run for a second term on council, so she says this will give her the opportunity to continue serving the community. She says the group’s first order of business will be to buy a new mower for the summer.

CHOCOLATE WALK COMING THIS WEEKEND
DOVER (WJER) (May 13, 2019) - This weekend, the lure of chocolate will turn downtown Dover into an old-fashioned, hustling and bustling town center. The fourth annual Downtown Dover Chocolate Walk will be Saturday evening, sponsored by the Friends of The Dover Library and the Canal Dover Association. Library Director Jim Gill says the chocolate is delicious, and the fundraising cause is worthwhile, but there’s more to the event. He says ticket holders get a passport, bag and map of 24 sweet stops where they will collect chocolate treats. Gill says the event benefits the Dover Riverfront Park Project. Tickets are $20 in advance at the library, the Emporium, or John’s Sweeper Service. Gill says an entire family can enjoy the walk with a single ticket – there’s enough chocolate to go around.

INITIAL INMATE AUTOPSY FINDS POSSIBLE DRUG INGESTION
NEW PHILADELPHIA
 (Tusco TV) (May 13, 2019) - The Tuscarawas County coroner is revealing preliminary results of the autopsy for a Former New Philadelphia woman who died at the Tuscarawas County Jail. Dr. Jeff Cameron issued a statement saying that the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office had found a 'gastrointestinal package’ during the autopsy for 21-year-old Megan Larrick. Larrick was found dead in her cell Thursday evening. Additional tests are now pending to determine the contents of the package, which is suspected to have been ingested. The complete results should be available in six to eight weeks. Cambridge police arrested Larrick Wednesday on a New Philadelphia Municipal Court warrant for failing to appear in court. The sheriff's office's initial investigation found that Larrick was alert and talkative the evening of her arrest and that she had responded to officers and moved around in her cell during the hours before her death. 

GARAWAY LEVY GENERATING OPTIMISM
SUGARCREEK – (WJER) (May 13, 2019) - Garaway school officials are getting started on planning for upgrades around the district thanks to last week’s operating levy approval.  The 10-year, 4-mill levy passed by about 60 votes after two narrow defeats in 2018. Superintendent Jim Millet says the levy will raise just over one million dollars annually and cost the owner of a 100,000 home 140 per year, starting in 2020. Millet says it will fund day-to-day operations, including curriculum, personnel, building upkeep and security upgrades. Millet says the district also needs to replace boilers at the schools, and improve the parking lots, particularly at Miller Avenue.

STATE NEWS:
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says he expects Ohio to present a federal judge with a proposed new lethal injection system within several weeks. The Republican governor says the system will be different than the previous protocol. DeWine said Thursday he anticipates court challenges as soon as the new process is announced. The governor ordered the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction in January to look at alternative lethal injection drugs.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's ex-House speaker purchased a $330,000 house since resigning amid a federal investigation. County records show Republican Cliff Rosenberger's new 3,249 square-foot home sits on a quarter-acre in Warren County. Rosenberger's 2018 financial disclosure form listed no income sources beyond the legislative job he left last April and some interest. Rosenberger's attorney said he's confident the purchase isn't related to an FBI investigation into Rosenberger's dealings with payday lenders.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be the featured speaker at the annual fundraising dinner for Ohio Democrats. The California Democrat is scheduled to speak at the state Democratic Party's "legacy dinner" at the Greater Columbus Convention Center Friday. Pelosi's appearance comes as 2020 presidential campaigning has already begun in the politically divided state. That's included recent stops by Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris.

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Indiana mayor is concerned about his community being identified with a Ku Klux Klan group planning a rally in Ohio this month. The Honorable Sacred Knights plan to rally in Dayton, Ohio, May 25. The group lists a P.O. box in Madison, Indiana, on its Facebook page. Madison Mayor Damon Welch said Wednesday officials there think there are only three or four group members in that area and the city doesn't support their views. The group said in email it doesn't expect the city "to approve of us."


NATIONAL NEWS:
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is delaying any decision to impose tariffs on car and auto-part imports for now. Trump announced his decision to delay for up to six months in a proclamation issued by the White House on Friday. Trump directed his trade team to pursue negotiations and address the impact that imports are having on the U.S. auto industry and its ability to invest in new research and development that he says is critical to the nation's security.

WASHINGTON (AP) — An official with Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard is stoking tension with the United States, warning on Friday that Iranian missiles can "easily reach warships" in the Persian Gulf and elsewhere in the Middle East. President Donald Trump is running a maximum pressure campaign on Tehran over its nuclear program and other activities he says destabilize the region. But when asked if the U.S. was going to war with Iran, he told reporters on Thursday: "I hope not."

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Investigators say at least 177 male students were sexually abused by an Ohio State team doctor who died in 2005. The university released findings Friday from a law firm that investigated claims about Richard Strauss for the school. The report concludes that university personnel at the time had knowledge of complaints and concerns about Strauss' conduct as early as 1979 but failed to investigate or act meaningfully.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Flynn has told the special counsel's office that people connected to the Trump administration and Congress contacted him about his cooperation with the Russia investigation. That's according to a court filing from prosecutors Thursday that describes former White House national security adviser's cooperation with the probe. The document says Flynn and his attorneys received communications from unidentified people that could have affected "his willingness to cooperate."

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren is calling for a series of targeted measures designed to safeguard abortion rights following a spate of state laws that drastically restrict women's ability to terminate pregnancies. Democrats have decried the new laws as a planned effort to chip away at the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. Warren's abortion rights platform was released Friday by her 2020 presidential campaign and centers on the establishment of rights that would block states from interfering in medical decisions.


SPORTS:
MLB: Jason Kipnis homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs as the Cleveland Indians outslugged the Baltimore Orioles 14-7 in the opener of a four-game series. Kipnis hit a solo shot in the first inning, a three-run homer in the fourth off reliever Gabriel Ynoa and was credited with two RBIs on a fielder's choice in a five-run seventh. The Orioles have lost seven of eight and have the AL's worst record at 14-29.

WEATHER:
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, a chance of showers and storms, mainly before 5am, Lo 56
SATURDAY: Partly sunny, Hi 83
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny, Hi 82
MONDAY: Partly sunny skies, Hi 71