FAIRFIELD TWP. - State troopers are working to learn the cause of a crash that killed a 21-year-old Dover man east of town Thursday night. The State Highway Patrol says a car driven by Charles McCallister went off the left side of Johnstown Road just east of Boy Scout Road and struck a tree shortly after 7 pm.  McCallister died at the scene.  He and a 21-year-old passenger were wearing seatbelts. The passenger was flown to Akron City Hospital for his injuries.  

(WJER) - Tuscarawas County’s Emergency Management Agency Director is warning residents about some rough weather heading our way this evening. Alex McCarthy says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center is calling for a sharp decrease in temperatures as a cold front moves in about 6:00 p.m, bringing the potential for strong wind gusts and heavy rain with it. NOAA’s forecast predicts the storms will end around 9:00 p.m, with temperatures settling in the low 50’s overnight. 

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Firefighters say they were able to get a piece of overheating equipment under control at the Best Western Hotel without evacuating guests. Lt. Bobby Smith says the alarm came in about 11:45 Thursday morning from the Best Western on Bluebell Drive, and was confirmed by a hotel employee who could see smoke filling a hallway. Smith says that led them right to the cause. He says it was a hydraulic pump that had overheated. Smith says they made the decision to keep guests in their rooms while crews worked to cool down the machine. Smith says the elevator has been turned off while hotel maintenance replaces any necessary parts to get it operating again. He says firefighters were on scene for about a half hour while smoke was cleared from the building.  

(WJER) - The entertainment continues at the Tuscarawas County Fair. Inside the Fine Arts Building, Ashley Casteel from the Tuscarawas County Fiber Arts Guild was demonstrating her spinning wheel to visitors coming through. Former Mitchell’s Studio co-owner Terry Barnhill was one of those visitors checking out the fine arts barn. Barnhill says he decided to visit the fair with his wife Patti for the first time in a while to find the creative side of Tuscarawas County. 16-year old 4-H student Jasmine Bierley says she was getting a little nervous leading up to the livestock auctions where she would be selling her market hog and sheep. While 4-H equine student Emma Edinger celebrated a successful week so far with her horse and miniature horse, and only one show left to go. Friday Edinger will be showing her western riding skills at 9:00 a.m. The dairy product sale is at 3:00 p.m at the main show area, and the grandstands will feature the first of two truck and tractor pull features. 

(WJER) - One of the biggest supporters of Supreme Court nominee Bret Cavanaugh says he welcomes next week’s hearing into sexual assault allegations.  Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford are set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday.  Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman says both deserve to be heard. Portman says his problem is that it was brought up at the 11th hour, even though the top democrat on the committee has known about the allegations since July. Ford's attorneys say she wants the FBI to investigate the allegation before she testifies.

(WJER) - Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition officials are at the fair all this week advocating clean living. Personal and Family Counseling Services Prevention Specialist Diane Smith says they will again have the traditional booth under the grandstands with education for parents about drug identification, signs of usage and some of the more discrete products impacting kids like electronic-cigarettes. Smith says that booth is focused on keeping parents in the know. Then smith says they have a new booth this year near the commercial buildings displaying their newest anti-drug message that incorporates kids and their hobbies, called “Life Gets You Higher.” Smith says the Ezekiel Project is also involved in the “Life Gets You Higher” campaign, creating shirts with the slogan on them.

 (WJER) - The fairgrounds have been full of activity as fair week rolls along. The weather was much more cooperative Tuesday, with plenty of sunshine for visitors. That includes Nicole Jones of Dover, who was at the horse barn with her two young children. Jones says her kids wanted to see all the animals, while she was more interested in the fair food. Over at the new poultry tent, Heartlanders 4-H member Jacob Harpst of the Mineral City area was checking in on his turkeys and chickens. He was pleased to get 5th place with his chicken in the showmanship contest Monday. Tuesday night was highlighted by the return of the WJER Band-o-Rama. Tonight’s big attraction is country music signer Rodney Atkins.  

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities officials say they are building upon their respite care services with a multi-county grant partnership. Superintendent Nate Kamban says the Ohio Department Of Developmental Disabilities’ “Residential Services For Youth Grant” will allow Tuscarawas, Carroll and Columbiana Counties to offer in-patient care for clients experiencing severe crisis. Kamban says currently, residential treatment options are less practical given the distance families must travel to reach them. Kamban says the grant partnership guarantees one bed for each county involved. He says they will also share their services across county lines as well. Six agencies are partnering on this effort including Personal and Family Counseling Services as well as the Children’s First Councils of Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties. Kamban says he hopes to have the program operational by early November. 

(WJER) - The Tuscarawas County Health Department is getting kids in on their effort to stop distracted driving. Safe Communities Coordinator Kelly Snyder says they are hosting the billboard contest for a second year, which gives high school students a chance to create a distracted driving awareness design that could be featured on a local billboard. Snyder says as long as contestants stick to the theme, there are no limits to how they create their entries. Snyder says having a younger perspective can help make the message relevant to other teens. Two entries will be selected from the contest to be featured on billboards. Winners will receive a $250 cash prize, with an additional $250 being given to their school. The deadline for students to enter is October 24th. 

(WJER) - Republican Senator Rob Portman is applauding colleagues for passing legislation that he had input on fighting drug addiction. The package includes Portman’s STOP Act, which will allow the U.S. Postal system to better screen for synthetic opioids arriving through the mail from china. He says this will close a loophole that drug traffickers have been exploiting. Portman says this would require private mail carriers to provide advance electronic data on international packages entering the U.S. So law enforcement can identify and test suspicious packages. The legislation also included the crib act to help newborns suffering from addiction and other provisions to reauthorize funding for support programs.  The house must now pass this again.

UHRICHSVILLE (WJER) - A Uhrichsville man wasn’t seriously hurt when his gun accidentally went off at home and he was hit by a bullet. Sheriff’s Department call records indicate the 70-year-old man was in a bathroom Monday night when his small handgun fell out of the holster and fired. The bullet ricocheted off the base of the toilet and struck him in the left calf.  The man was taken to Trinity Hospital Twin City for what are described as minor injuries. 

(WJER) - Firefighters say a small appliance fire shut down the subway restaurant on McCauley Drive Tuesday morning. This happened on a stove just after 9:00 a.m.  There were no customers there at the time. An employee was able to extinguish the stovetop, but firefighters remained on scene about an hour to ventilate smoke from the building and make sure there were no other hot spots.  They were expecting the business to remain closed today for cleanup.

DOVER (WJER) – City officials are encouraged by the rabies testing being conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Safety Director Gerry Mroczkowski says nearly 20 skunks and raccoons were trapped near the river and tested, with the results all coming back negative.  He says the USDA will now set out more traps in that area for 10 days starting October 9th to determine if the animals have been ingesting the rabies vaccine packs that were dropped a few weeks ago.  

(WJER) - Dennison’s Fire Chief says the cause remains unknown for a fire that destroyed a home in the 800 block of North Second Street Sunday morning.  Dave McConnell says owners Tracie and Cliff Bolitho reported the fire to their home at about 4:20 a.m. McConnell says firefighters were dispatched for a porch fire, which quickly spread. McConnell says he returned to the scene with the state fire marshal Monday morning, listing the origin as undetermined. There were no injuries. McConnell says the fire did an estimated $50,000 in damage to the home and $10,000 to the contents. The fire also melted some siding on a neighboring home, and damaged two vehicles parked out in the driveway.   

(WJER) - Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s officials say a Goshen Township man was seriously injured when a truck he was working on rolled over him. Detective Phil Valdez says this happened to the 62-year-old man at his property in the 5400 block of Main Street Southeast just after 1:10 pm Sunday. He says the truck popped out of gear and dragged him across the driveway and down an embankment. Valdez says the man’s daughter was there and called 9-1-1. The investigation continues. Valdez says the man was flown to an Akron hospital with unknown injuries.  An update on his condition wasn’t immediately available.   

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - The local ADAMHS Board is drawing attention to teens during Suicide Prevention Month. Director Natalie Bolon says recognizing the signs of depression and suicidal thoughts is key. Bolon says being withdrawn, disinterest in current hobbies, disrupted sleep schedules and risky behavior are all red flags. Bolon says open communication between parents and kids about mental health is crucial. She says even if there isn’t a problem now, it helps for kids to know where they can turn if one arises.

DOVER (WJER) -  Another edition of the best seven days in September is getting underway today. This is year number 168 for the Tuscarawas County Fair. Strasburg 4-H Pioneers club advisor Tammy Stockert was out there ahead of time in the sheep barn putting up curtains and decorations in stalls, trying to make them look their best for the public.  Missy Horn with the Town and Country 4-H Club was doing the same thing in the junior dairy barn. For her, it’s all about seeing the kids succeed and the smiles on their faces.  Veterans also get in for free today when they present their military ID at the gate. 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a teacher encouraged young children to fight at an Ohio preschool and posted a video of the brawls online. The Columbus Dispatch reports 30-year-old Chavay Williams, of Columbus, was charged Wednesday with 21 counts of child endangering. Williams was fired after police and Playtime learned of the video. She told detectives she wanted to show parents how their children acted.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Federal authorities say a former Ohio police officer accused of kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head has been indicted on charges related to use of excessive force. Former Franklin Township officer Robert Wells was indicted Thursday on deprivation of rights and obstruction counts. Wells was a part-time officer in the suburban Columbus township when authorities say a cellphone video from a vehicle pursuit showed him kicking the male suspect. Court records don't list an attorney for Wells.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Election Commission has voted to further investigate allegations that a Democratic congressional candidate used funds from a local race to bolster his campaign for a U.S. Representative seat. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports 35-year-old Aftab Pureval says the funds from his local campaign account were used in his role as Hamilton County Clerk of Courts. An attorney for the anti-tax activist who filed the complaint say Pureval's trips outside of the county and the state can't be relevant.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio election officials say absentee voting for military and overseas voters wanting to cast ballots in the November general election begins this weekend. Secretary of State Jon Husted says county boards of elections will begin mailing out absentee ballots to registered military and overseas voters who have requested a ballot on Saturday. Voters in Ohio will be deciding a statewide ballot initiative, races for state and federal offices and various local issues and races.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago may testify before a Senate committee but would like certain conditions met. A Senate aide says California college professor Christine Blasey Ford's lawyer told Judiciary Committee staff the preference would be for Ford to testify next Thursday and she doesn't want to be in the same room with Kavanaugh, who denies her allegation. President Donald Trump told Fox News on Thursday it's a "sad situation."
WASHINGTON (AP) - The often low-key Hawaii U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono has stepped into the spotlight as one of the most outspoken senators defending a woman who accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago. California college professor Christine Blasey Ford's accusation has upended the previously smooth confirmation process for Kavanaugh, who denies assaulting her. Hirono said this week she wanted to tell men: "Just shut up and step up. Do the right thing, for a change."
WASHINGTON (AP) - If Brett Kavanaugh becomes a Supreme Court justice, court watchers will be looking to see whether having two justices who faced allegations about their treatment of women alters the public's perception of the court. Kavanaugh's path to the Supreme Court could be much like that of Clarence Thomas, who faced a bruising confirmation hearing and denied former employee Anita Hill's accusations he sexually harassed her. Kavanaugh has denied allegations he sexually assaulted a woman decades ago.
ISTANBUL (AP) - As about a million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are held in Chinese internment camps that have alarmed a U.N. panel and the U.S. government, there is evidence the children of detainees and exiles are also being placed into dozens of orphanages across the far west region of Xinjiang. Experts say what China is doing echoes how white colonialists in North America and Australia treated indigenous children, while Uighurs fear that their ethnic identity is being wiped out one child at a time.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen says he's providing "critical information" as part of the special counsel's Russia investigation. Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance and other charges last month and tweeted Thursday he's providing the information to prosecutors without a cooperation agreement. The Republican president has repeatedly trashed the investigation and called it a politically motivated and "rigged witch hunt."

NFL: Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield rallied the Browns to their first win since 2016, 21-17 over the New York Jets that ended Cleveland's 19-game winless streak. Mayfield replaced injured starter Tyrod Taylor late in the first half and led four scoring drives as the Browns got their first win since Dec. 24, 2016. Carlos Hyde had two touchdown runs for the Browns. Isaiah Crowell had two TD runs for the Jets.

MLB:Matt Davidson hit a run-scoring single with two out in the 11th inning to lift the White Sox to a 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night, Chicago's first victory at Progressive Field this season. The White Sox were outscored 58-19 in dropping their first eight games in Cleveland, including a 4-1 loss on Wednesday when Jason Kipnis hit a grand slam in the ninth. 


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