(WJER) (Sep. 12, 2019) – The Village fire department is giving thanks for more funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Firefighter Shawn Zurfley says they’re getting nearly $50,000 through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program to purchase a new Cascade System, used for filling smaller compressed air cylinders. Zurfley says they were also able to purchase an engine through these grants in the past. He says they have 30 days to accept the grant, and he hopes the department can have the Cascade System in and installed by the start of the new year.

(WJER) (Sep. 12, 2019) - The school district state report cards are out, and most Tuscarawas County school districts got an overall grade of “C.” Indian Valley and Tusky Valley were the exceptions, earning “Bs” from the Ohio Department of Education. Superintendents in Dover and New Philadelphia were proud of the improvements their students showed over past performances. Dover’s Carla Birney says they’re very pleased with the “A” they received for student progress. The superintendents say the release of the report cards is a time to highlight achievements, identify areas for improvement, and put the report card in perspective as one of many ways to measure student and district success. New Philadelphia Superintendent Dave Brand says they use the report cards to see if what they’re doing is working. The state report cards assess student achievement, progress, graduation rates, assistance for at-risk students, and how districts prepare students for the future.

(TUSCO TV) (Sep. 12, 2019) - Twin City Food Pantry organizers are expressing their gratitude for a large donation that’s helping them do even more to combat community hunger. Pantry Director Carl Sowers says an anonymous donor covered the cost to purchase and install a new, walk-in freezer valued at more than $12,000.  Sowers says the donor found out about the pantry’s need for additional freezer space and felt compelled to help. Sowers says the pantry previously operated with one walk-in freezer, with chest freezers used to store overflow items. He says the second walk-in allows them to stock up on products like bulk chicken and offer a greater variety of frozen items. Sowers says the pantry in the 100 block of Water Street is available to anyone in need with no residency or income requirements.

(Tusco TV) (Sep. 12, 2019) -  The village’s mayor is now asking the Fifth District Court of Appeals to get his name on the November ballot for reelection. The Tuscarawas County Board of Elections disqualified Clayton Weller from running because he left the nominating petition portion of his candidate form blank. Weller’s lawsuit argues that portion of the form is redundant and only required for candidates seeking a non-partisan office. Board of Elections Director Gail Garbrandt says the county prosecutor’s office will file a legal response on behalf of the board by the end of the day Monday. Garbrandt says she was also surprised to learn about the court challenge and thought Weller was satisfied because he has since filed to run for village council as a write-in candidate. Write-in candidate Jeff Stutzman is the only person currently in November’s race for Sugarcreek mayor. Weller declined an opportunity to comment about the lawsuit.    

(WJER) (Sep. 11, 2019) - A Carroll County judge has lowered the bond for the man in custody for the April death of a 14-year old Dellroy boy. 30-year-old Matthew Little was arraigned Wednesday in Carroll County Common Pleas Court after being arrested earlier this month in connection to the overdose death of Jonathan Minard who was found buried in a shallow grave on a farm in Washington Township days after he was reported missing. Carroll County Prosecutor Steven Barnett says Little was arraigned on the 15-count indictment this morning where he entered not guilty pleas to all counts. Barnett says bond was lowered from the original $10-million to $1-million with a 10% feature and includes stipulations that little wear a GPS ankle monitor and not leave his parents’ farm should he post bond. Carroll County Jail officials confirmed late Wednesday that Little remains in their custody.

(WJER) (Sep. 11, 2019) - Family friends say the young Sugarcreek boy who was crushed by a neighbor’s garage door Monday is improving but not out of the woods yet.  Jason Corley says 3-year-old Miciah Yoder is at Akron Children’s Hospital for the serious injuries sustained when the door pinned him down in the neck and upper torso area. Corley says the boy hasn’t woken up yet, and he’s been unresponsive to doctors.  However he did become fidgety and start moving his limbs during hospital visits by his brothers and grandmother. Corley says another encouraging sign is that the boy is clearly breathing on his own. Corley says a GoFundMe page has now raised over $2,500 for the boy. A link and video updated on the boy can be found on Corley’s Instagram account at mended_home.

DOVER (WJER) (Sep. 10, 2019) - Dover’s newest water and sewer customers north of the city limits are getting a better idea what they could expect on their monthly bills in November. Monday, the committee of the whole met to discuss fair rate increases for out-of-city residents involved in a billing dispute with the county that turned more than 300-customers over to the city’s control. Per the committee’s recommendation, Council President Shane Gunnoe says customers would initially see a decrease in their water rates, down from $60 a month the county was charging, to $47 a month, which is Dover’s normal out-of-city cost. Gunnoe says over the next six years, waste water rates for out-of-city customers would increase to 125% of the city rates, initially starting at the same rate of $55 per month. Gunnoe says the waste water rates would begin increasing in 5% increments annually. Those increases would affect residents in Parral, Lowden and several area subdivisions that could expect their average waste water bill to be about $69 a month by 2025 if council approves the recommendation.

(WJER) (Sep. 10, 2019) - The Tuscarawas County Board of Elections is facing some opposition after three New Philadelphia School Board hopefuls were denied candidacy due to petition errors that they claim were caused by the board. About 30 people turned out to a protest Saturday on the New Philadelphia square demanding an explanation. One of those people, Sheila Martin, alleges board employees told them a wrong number for signatures needed.  However, Board of Elections Director Gail Garbrandt says each candidate is legally responsible for their own petitions, and there is a big sign at the board office that says the staff does not give legal advice. Martin says challenging the board in court would be too expensive, so they decided to protest instead.

(Tusco TV) (Sep. 10, 2019) - Twin City residents are answering the call to save the Dennison Railroad Festival.  Longtime committee members said the 2019 festival would be the last one unless other volunteers step up to organize it.  More than a dozen people agreed to do just that during a public meeting Saturday. Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition member Diana Smith says she’s willing to serve because events like these give kids something to do to stay out of trouble. Claymont High School teacher Sara Trimmer says she grew up with the festival and wants the students to get that same experience. Outgoing festival Board President Greg DiDonato says the group will meet in a month or two to select board members and chair-people, as well as hammer out other details.

DOVER (WJER) (Sep. 9, 2019) - Tuscarawas County emergency responders came on to an interesting scene at Dover Chemical Sunday morning. The hazardous material team at Dover Fire Department responded to the chemical plant about 9:00 a.m to find a tanker truck carrying liquid nitrogen had malfunctioned, eventually releasing seven-thousand gallons of the supercooled liquid into the air. Dover Fire Lt. Brian Stewart says the situation was contained and monitored by Dover Chemical for about four hours until the contents had dissipated into a white cloud before disappearing altogether. He says the chemical is harmless and posed no threat. Emergency Management Agency Director Alex McCarthy says any commercial spill will prompt a haz-mat response despite the chemical involved. McCarthy says crews made sure there were no frostbite or breathing hazards before clearing the scene and allowing the liquid nitrogen to evaporate on its own.  

(WJER) (Sep. 9, 2019) - A group dedicated to raising awareness of human trafficking is aiming to clarify some misunderstandings about the criminal practice of forcing people into labor or sex work. MacKrea Larue, facilitator of Tusc Against Trafficking, says many people picture predators in vans stalking children.  But Larue says the organization assures parents that Tuscarawas County is a safe place to live, as most human traffickers find victims online, not on the streets. Larue even encourages parents to be nosy and go through their kids’ phones to know who they are talking to. Tusc Against Trafficking is the product of several area agencies and the 2018 Leadership Tuscarawas class. More information is online at

(WJER) (Sep. 9, 2019) - The Tuscarawas County Health Department is using September’s National Preparedness Month campaign as an opportunity to educate the public. Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Natasha Yonley says it is a time to be reminded about having a plan and supplies ready for situations such as severe weather or a fire, enough to last three days if your electricity or water services go out.  She says the Memorial Day tornadoes in the Dayton area are an example of the risks in Ohio. Yonley says this year’s theme is Be Prepared, Not Scared. The department is also posting tips on its Facebook page throughout September. 

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A lawyer says a Pennsylvania man's social media threat to shoot suburban Cleveland high school students was a misguided attempt to get in touch with a girl at the school, and no harm was intended. Defense lawyer David Betras says 22-year-old Russell Miley, of Scranton, has a history of mental illnesses and wasn't taking his medication when the Snapchat threat targeting Parma High School was made. He pleaded guilty this week to related federal charges and is set for sentencing on Jan. 14.

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio county commissioner says he will not run for re-election because his cancer has returned. Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune made his announcement at a press conference Thursday. Throughout his career, Portune has dealt with health issues that left him partially paralyzed and missing his left leg above his knee. Portune has served on the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners since 2000. He was a Cincinnati city councilman for seven years before that.

UNDATED (AP) — Purdue Pharma could be heading for bankruptcy but the extent to which it would affect the Sackler family fortunes remains unclear. Depending on how various legal actions proceed, the Sacklers could be on the hook for much more than outlined in the settlement. But accessing that money could prove to be a challenge.

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A young Ohio mother who was acquitted of charges that she killed and buried her newborn is scheduled to be sentenced on a corpse abuse charge. Brooke Skylar Richardson faces sentencing Friday. The charge could mean prison time but she may get probation as a first-time offender. A Warren County jury deliberated on Thursday acquitted the 20-year-old of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment. Richardson didn't respond when reporters asked her if she had anything to say.

BANGKOK (AP) — The archbishop of Nagasaki has welcomed Pope Francis' visit in November, referring to how the pope distributed a photo of a child survivor of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. Francis is to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Emperor Naruhito during his visit. His visit will include Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which were hit by atomic bombs in World War II. Nagasaki also has a Christian missionary history dating to the samurai era.

MCLEAN'S TOWN, Bahamas (AP) — The Bahamian government is cautioning people that the list of 1,300 missing following Hurricane Dorian is preliminary and that many people could be staying in shelters and just haven't been able to connect with loved ones. But fears are growing that many more people were killed when the storm slammed into the northern Bahamas nearly two weeks ago. Boat captain Phil Thomas Sr. says he hasn't seen his son and grandchildren since the storm. His daughter-in-law was injured and was hospitalized.

UDON THANI, Thailand (AP) — Catholics in Thailand are celebrating the official announcement of the first papal visit in 35 years, but one 77-year-old nun in a far-flung corner of the country has a connection that makes the occasion particularly special. The pontiff's arrival will lead to a reinvigoration of belief among the nearly 400,000 faithful here. But for Sister Ana Rosa Sivori, it also means the pleasure of a family reunion.

BOSTON (AP) — Actress Felicity Huffman is returning to court to be sentenced for her role in a sweeping college admissions bribery scandal. The "Desperate Housewives" star is scheduled to appear in Boston's federal court Friday after pleading guilty to a single count of conspiracy and fraud in May. Prosecutors are recommending a month in prison and a $20,000 fine. Huffman's lawyers say she should get a year of probation, 250 hours of community service and a $20,000 fine.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jameis Winston threw for 208 yards and a touchdown, Tampa Bay held Cam Newton in check and came up with a late goal-line stand and the Buccaneers beat the Carolina Panthers 20-14 to give coach Bruce Arians his first victory with the team. Chris Godwin had eight catches for 121 yards and a touchdown, Peyton Barber ran for 82 yards and a score and the Bucs won despite converting only 2 of 12 first downs in the game that was delayed 25 minutes in first quarter because of lightning in the area..

NFL:  Odell Beckham Jr. says former Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams instructed players to hurt him in a preseason game in 2017. The Pro Bowl wide receiver sustained a severe left ankle injury when Cleveland's Briean Boddy-Calhoun hit him low. Beckham said Cleveland players told him Williams instructed them to "take me out of the game." Beckham, who was with the Giants then, commented on Williams because the Browns play the Jets on Monday night and Williams coaches in New York.

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