PLANTS’ MURDER TRIAL DATE PUSHED BACK AGAIN
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - A new murder trial date has been set for the Newcomerstown man accused of killing his mother and severely injuring his sister with a hammer in July of 2016.  The trial for 32-year-old Charles Plants is to begin January 23rd.  A court-appointed psychologist ruled plants was sane at the time of the attacks. Tuscarawas County Prosecutor Ryan Styer says the defense wants a second opinion on that finding, which has pushed back the trial. This is the second delay after plants had to have his competency restored at a state mental hospital near Columbus to stand trial. Plants remains in that hospital on one-million dollars bond. His trial at one point was scheduled to begin Tuesday.

THE SCARF PROJECT GAINS TRACTION
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Organizers have been thrilled with the response to a collection effort to help those in need when the temperature drops. Toni Kaltenbaugh of New Philadelphia says it’s called the Scarf Project. She’s been collecting hand-made scarves. In the first year, last year, they had 123 to give out. This year they are already have nearly 1,200. Kaltenbaugh says they are tentatively scheduled to hang the scarves at several area locations the week of November 6th, weather permitting, where people can then take them home. Some of those sites include out in front of the Dover City Building and Dover Public Library. Also at the SEI Building and Tuscarawas County Public Library in New Philadelphia. Anyone wanting to help monitor those sites or contribute can call Toni at 330-432-1930.   

FATAL DISEASE SPIKES AMONG WHITE TAILED DEER
HARRISON COUNTY (WJER) - Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials are letting the public know not to worry if they see a deer acting strange over the next few days. Wildlife Officer Nick Turner says the disease commonly known as EHD is a fatal disease found in White Tailed Deer, transmitted by gnats. Turner says it normally takes about 36-hours for symptoms to appear, and just days for the deer to succumb to the illness. He says EHD has hit neighboring counties to the east especially hard. Tuner says the first frost will usually kill off the gnat population, putting an end to the disease for the year. He says any deer infected with EHD now should be the last of the season. 

DOVER CRITICIZING STATE TAX COLLECTION SYSTEM
DOVER (WJER) –City council now has emergency legislation to join the more than 120 municipalities suing to block the centralized income tax collection plan for businesses in the new state budget. The state plan would give businesses the option of filing income taxes through an online state portal instead of locally starting next year. The state would return the tax revenue to the municipalities but retain a half-percent as a service fee. Auditor Nicole Stoldt says it is something that will cost Dover, and she feels the city can continue doing a better job collecting the taxes than the state would. New Philadelphia is also considering joining the lawsuit.  

LOCAL F.O.P. OPPOSES CONCEALED CARRY PROPOSAL
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Local Fraternal Order of Police officials are voicing their opposition to an Ohio House Bill that would reduce certain penalties for concealed carry weapon permits. Tuscora Lodge FOP President Bob Everett says current state law requires CCW holders to tell police they are armed or face possible jail time and a $1,000 fine for failure to inform, but Everett says the proposed legislation would lower those penalties to the same level as a parking ticket. Everett says anyone with a CCW permit should be willing to inform police they are carrying. Gun rights groups supporting the legislation believe the current law shows no evidence of protecting law enforcement.

SHARE-A-CHRISTMAS GEARING UP FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
DOVER (WJER) - Different organizations around the community are already pledging support for this year’s Share-A-Christmas program. Organizers have had their planning luncheon for the 2017 campaign, and co-chair Jane Gerber says one way people will be able to help out again is through the WJER-Indian Valley FFA Toy Drive on December 6th. The other co-chair, Colleen Martini, says cash contributions work best of all. Family interviews to sign up for share a Christmas happen the week of October 30th at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New Philadelphia. 

TROOPER OK AFTER BEING HIT RESPONDING TO CRASH
UHRICHSVILLE (WJER) - A state trooper was right back on the job after being struck on foot by a vehicle Friday night on US 250 East near McCauley Drive. It happened to Trooper Shawn Walters when he was on a traffic stop for a car that hit a deer.  Post Commander Lt. Mark Glennon says emergency crews had the right lane blocked off. As two eastbound vehicles were approaching the accident scene, one rear-ended the other, pushing that front vehicle into the car that struck the deer and then into Walters. The driver in the back was cited with an assured clear distance violation. Walters was treated and released at the hospital.  

COMMISSIONERS HEAR OPTIONS FOR NEW 911 SYSTEM
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s officials are briefing the commissioners on some ways to replace the 911 radio system that is set to become obsolete by the end of 2018. Human Resources Director Jim Torch says the county can either update its own towers with new equipment for roughly $16 million or join the state’s “Multi-Agency Radio Communication System” (MARCS) for an estimated $12 million plus a monthly fee. Torch says joining MARCS is cheaper up front but takes control away from the sheriff’s department, which operates and maintains its current radio system. 

GRAMMY WINNER IN NEW PHILA TONIGHT
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Kent State Tuscarawas officials are calling it their first big show of the season. Performing Arts Center General Manager David Mitchell says five-time Grammy award winner Mary Chapin Carpenter is playing at the PAC tonight. He says she has had crossover success, landing hits on both the country and pop music charts. She has had four number-one singles and is in the Nashville Singer-Songwriter Hall of Fame. The show begins at 7:30pm, and Mitchell says the most convenient way to get tickets for these shows is at the PAC’s website.

SUSPECTS CHARGED IN MURDER INVESTIGATION
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - The Grand Jury has handed down multiple indictments for the three Jefferson County men charged in connection to the murder of 19-year-old Luke Cabbage in early September. Tuscarawas County Prosecutor Ryan Styer says the counts include two murder charges after the grand jury reviewed all the evidence. Meanwhile, Styer says 22-year-old Kyle Boyd, who claims he was blacked out when the murder took place, faces a four-count indictment including two counts of conspiracy connected to the murder. A press release from the prosecutor’s office shows all counts come with a three-year firearm specification. All three men remain in the Tuscarawas County jail.

BEITZEL NAMED WOMAN OF THE YEAR
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - There is a new Tuscarawas County Woman of the Year. The Dennison Depot presented the 2017 Lucille Nussdorfer award to Donna Beitzel of New Philadelphia at a banquet last night. She has given much of her time over the years to SEI and the Rainbow Connection. Beitzel says she was thrilled and shocked because the five other finalists were all deserving of the award for their service to the community. Beitzel is the 11th woman to win the award, named for the founder of the Dennison World War II canteen.  

EMINENT DOMAIN FOR BOY SCOUT ROAD REPAIRS
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Tuscarawas County’s engineer is waiting on a land appraisal to take to the commissioners with a resolution imposing eminent domain within the county. Joe Bachman says he needs the commissioners to approve that request in order to build a retaining wall on 0.113 acres of land off Boy Scout Road near Somerdale where a hill slipped away early January. Bachman says this action is being taken after the property owner, Rivercrest Farms, failed to sign over an easement for the land. Bachman says while the hill continues slipping away slowly, his department has to wait for permission before any work can begin. Once Bachman’s request is approved, the contractor will begin constructing a retaining wall on that land. He says the work is expected to cost nearly $230,000 for the 150-foot slip correction. 

ZOAR EXHIBIT DRAWS HONORS 
ZOAR (WJER) – Zoar has been receiving state and national recognition for the traveling exhibit commemorating its 200th 
anniversary. Zoar Community Association President Jon Elsasser says it has picked up a 2017 Outstanding Project Award from the Communal Studies Association out of Iowa, and the Ohio Local History Alliance has honored the project with its Outstanding Achievement Award in the category of History Outreach. Elsasser says they have two of the exhibits that have been traveling this year, with plans to keep them going into next year as well.      

TIMES REPORTER ALL-STAR GAME FUNDS TALLIED
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - The grand total is in from the 40th Annual Times-Reporter Charity All-Star Football Game. Rainbow Connection Director Carmel Haeuter says the July game raised nearly $11,000 for her group that one night, which she calls a “great big community party.” Haeuter says the board will now determine how to use that money to continue helping families in need with their medical bills. 

ABSENTEE VOTING UNDERWAY
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Voters are now able to cast their ballot early for the November 7th election as absentee voting starts today. Tuscarawas County Board of Elections Director Allan Sayre says they will begin mailing out the absentee ballot requests they have received so far, but you can also stop in at the board office to vote absentee in person weekdays from 8am to 5 pm. Sayre says the office will be open extended hours starting October 30th to accommodate voters’ schedules. 

METZGER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - A longtime Tuscarawas County commissioner will not be seeking reelection. Commissioner Kerry Metzger says he will retire when his current term expires next year so voters can choose his replacement. Metzger has served in multiple levels of government for over 30 years, including time as a New Philadelphia council member and state representative. Metzger says he wants to use retirement to focus more on family, especially his granddaughter, as well as some of his own personal interests. He is also considering starting a foundation for people with Lyme disease, an ailment both his wife and his youngest son have, to make it easier for Ohioans to find treatment.


STATE NEWS:
SEATTLE (AP) - Memo to the many places vying for Amazon's second headquarters: It ain't all food trucks and free bananas. For years now, much of downtown Seattle has been a maze of broken streets and caution-taped sidewalks. Dozens of enormous cranes tower overhead. Housing prices have soared faster than anywhere else in the country. While lawmakers, economists and many residents say the benefits of Amazon clearly outweigh the drawbacks, life in its hometown is one more endeavor the tech giant has disrupted.
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a man reported missing in Ohio has been found dead. The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says the man went out Tuesday to set up a deer stand, but he never returned. His body was found early Wednesday morning.
 
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A former inmate who sued a county jail in Ohio alleging a male corrections officer took her to the floor after she asked for milk instead of juice at breakfast has reached a settlement with county officials. The Dayton Daily News reports Montgomery County officials and Marsha Pate-Strickland's attorney confirmed a settlement in the federal lawsuit. Security camera video captured the 2015 confrontation. The lawsuit alleges Strickland was later diagnosed with a neck fracture.
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The county auditor in Columbus says he's exiting the race for Ohio treasurer, the second departure from statewide races by a Republican in two days. Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo announced his decision on Facebook on Tuesday. The self-described fiscal conservative touted himself as part of "a new generation of conservative leadership." He said despite personal resolve and "tireless support," he did not have the time and resources to continue.


NATIONAL NEWS:
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has pulled bereaved military families into a painful political fight of his own making, going so far as to cite the death of his chief of staff's son in Afghanistan to question whether other presidents did enough to honor the military dead. He's boasted that "I think I've called every family of someone who's died," though The Associated Press has found some cases in which he did not.
 
MIAMI (AP) - A Florida congresswoman says President Donald Trump told the widow of a slain soldier that he "knew what he signed up for." Rep. Frederica Wilson says she was in the car with Myeshia Johnson on the way to Miami International Airport to meet the body of Johnson's husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, when Trump called. Wilson says she heard part of the conversation on speakerphone.
 
BEIRUT (AP) - Over several nights in September, some 10,000 men, women and children fled areas under Islamic State control, hurrying through fields in northern Syria and risking fire from government troops to reach a province held by al-Qaida-linked militants. For battle-hardened jihadis fleeing with the civilians, the escape to Idlib province presented the opportunity to continue fighting alongside an extremist group that shares much of the Islamic State's ideology - and has benefited from its downfall.
 
WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan Senate deal to curb the growth of health insurance premiums is on shaky ground. President Donald Trump has reversed course and opposes the agreement and top congressional Republicans and conservatives are giving it a frosty reception. Tennessee GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander and Washington Democrat Patty Murray announced their accord after weeks of negotiations and five days after Trump said he was halting federal subsidies to insurers.
 
WASHINGTON (AP) - Most economists say an Amazon headquarters is a rare case in which a package of at least modest enticements could repay a city over time. That's particularly true compared with other projects that often receive public financial aid, from sports stadiums to the Olympics to manufacturing plants, which generally return lesser, if any, benefits over the long run.


SPORTS:
NBA: LeBron James scored 13 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter as the Cleveland Cavaliers opened the 72nd NBA season with a 102-99 victory over Boston. Kyrie Irving had 22 points in his first game since being acquired by the Celtics from the Cavs, but he missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer. Celtics star forward Gordon Hayward gruesomely broke his left ankle, an injury that may end his season.

WEATHER:

TODAY: Sunny, Hi 68
TONIGHT: Clear, Lo 43
THURSDAY: Sunny, Hi 71
FRIDAY: Sunny, Hi 72  


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