NEW PHILA COUNCIL TACKS FEE ONTO DISORDERLY CONDUCT CONVICTIONS
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - New Philadelphia’s Law Director is expecting a decent return after council passed legislation designed to bring money back into the police department. Marvin Fete says an ordinance that requires people convicted on a disorderly conduct charge to pay a $50 fee to the city is now in effect. Fete says with more than 14,000 cases passing through his office every year, and about half of them dealing with a disorderly conduct charge, the fee should provide a nice boost in funding for the department. And Fete says that money will have a number of uses that include equipment maintenance and replacement as well as training. Fete says the idea for the ordinance was brought to him by New Philadelphia Police Captain Joseph Skinner. Council passed the issue Monday on its third reading.

ZOAR OFFERS MEETING POINT FOR REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES
ZOAR (WJER) - Voters still have a chance to learn more about the republican candidates running for the 98th District State Representative seat this Primary Election. Constituents can meet out at the Zoar School House Wednesday evening for a Meet the Candidates forum. Community Association President Jon Elsasser says the 6:30 meeting will provide an allotted setting for each of the candidates to speak and present their views. Elsasser says the location allows those living throughout Tuscarawas County an opportunity to hear from the candidates firsthand. Mark Behrendt, Shane Gunnoe, Larry Hawthorne, Brett Hillyer, and Greg Ress are all seeking the 98th District seat which includes all of Tuscarawas County and a portion of Holmes County.     

SPRING TURKEY SEASON IN FULL SWING
TUSCARAWAS (WJER) - Well the woods are filling back up with hunter orange as wildlife enthusiasts get out for the start of Spring Turkey season. The youth hunting period started it all off for our northeast zone in the state. Tuscarawas County Wildlife Officer Michael Budd says popularity for the sport has boomed since beginning in the 60’s, in part because of the heightened challenge. He says turkey have some of the best sense of sight and sound in our native woods. Budd says the local population has been thriving the past few years thanks to the 17-year cicada, which helped the numbers grow, with plentiful food allowing more poults to reach adulthood. This year’s spring season bag limit is two bearded turkey. During the first part of the season through May 13 hunting hours are 30-minutes before sunrise until noon. From May 14 until the 27, hunting hours are 30-minutes before sunrise until sunset.

COUNTY ENGINEER HAS SUMMER ROADWORK MAPPED OUT
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Tuscarawas County officials are just about ready to begin a summer full of roadwork. Engineer Joe Bachman says his office plans to pave nearly 30-miles of county roadways this construction season, with a majority taking place on Old Town Valley Road just south of New Philadelphia as well as County Road 21, or Old Stone Creek Road. Bachman says he decides a year in advance which roads will be paved so preparations can be made ahead of time. He says elsewhere, the county’s roads have fared well through the winter thanks to their chip-seal strategy that helped roads stay intact through the freezing and thawing process. Without any specific numbers, bachman says this year’s round of paving comes in just a little lower than last year’s road work, so he says they were able to plan replacement work for a bridge out on Angel Valley Road. He says that work could have the road closed for as long as six weeks as county crews replace that 30-foot bridge.

DEM. GOVERNOR-HOPEFUL RICHARD CORDRAY CAMPAIGNS IN DOVER
DOVER (WJER) - A Democratic gubernatorial candidate stopped in Tuscarawas County Sunday along his campaign trail for Ohio Governor. Former Federal Watchdog Richard Cordray visited the United Steelworkers Union Hall in Dover, along with his running mate Betty Sutton, to meet with constituents and make his case for becoming Ohio’s next Governor and Lt. Governor. Cordray says he was determined to make a stop in the valley before voters go to the polls may 8th. He touched on a number of issues he hopes to address if elected, with a focus on the reversing the continued cuts to local funding that he says have forced counties and municipalities to raise taxes in response. Cordray is up against U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, former Ohio Supreme Court justice bill O’Neill, and state Sen. Joe Schiavoni in the Democratic Primary.

MOTHER NATURE WEATHERS LOCAL SPORTS SCHEDULES
TUSCARAWAS (WJER) – Things have been more difficult than usual on area athletic directors. New Philadelphia Athletic Director Matt Dennison says the weather has canceled many spring games and rescheduling them hasn’t been easy. Dover Athletic Director Tim McCrate says it’s hard to find time that works for everybody to get makeup games in. Dennison says they are required to make up the conference games, which take precedence over the others. McCrate says they will always try to get in what they can. They say there are several factors to look at like field conditions and temperatures when deciding whether to cancel a game, with the top priority being the safety of those athletes.

RESIDENTS ASKED TO MOVE THEIR YARD SIGNS BACK
DOVER
(WJER) – City officials are reminding residents about an ordinance that regulates what can be on the curb strip in front of their homes with the election approaching. Council member Bob Mueller says aside from garbage cans on trash day, the areas by the road should be kept clear. The main problem for now seems to be “for sale” signs, but he expects to see more political signs as voting day gets closer. He says violators can actually be fined for this, although that’s typically reserved for repeat offenders. Mueller says it’s a matter of maintaining appearances.

YARD WASTE DROP OFF SITE RETURNING
DOVER (WJER) – The city is reviving another option for residents to get rid of yard waste. Dover closed its drop off site near the wastewater plant at the start of the year when the Stark-Tusc-Wayne Recycling District suspended funding during the off-season. City Service Director Dave Douglas says the district is now providing an $8,500 grant to reopen the site in early May. He’s unsure how long it will remain open because they are still finalizing a contract with a compost company to haul the yard debris away from the site, and they don’t want to use any city funds after the grant runs out. But Dover still does curbside yard waste pickups free for residents who request the service.  

STATE NEWS:
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio judge has modified a house arrest order for a former high school cheerleader accused of killing and burying her newborn near her family's home. Attorneys for 19-year-old Brooke Skylar Richardson, of Carlisle, sought to have the house arrest restriction lifted. The judge on Monday decided to set an overnight curfew and GPS monitoring of Richardson. Her attorneys argue her infant was stillborn.

 
WICKLIFFE, Ohio (AP) - Investigators say a woman who accidentally shot and killed her 2-year-old daughter at an Ohio hotel was trying to turn on the gun's safety when it fired. Wickliffe police told Cleveland.com on Monday that the shooting is still under investigation, but it appears the mother was putting the gun away Friday night when it fired. The bullet struck 2-year-old Laila Johnson in the chest. Police say the mother had a valid concealed carry permit. Prosecutors will decide if any charges will be filed.
 
CINCINNATI (AP) - A school bus has been involved in a multi-vehicle crash in Cincinnati, sending at least 11 children to a hospital for treatment. Police haven't reported any life-threatening injuries involving students following Monday's crash, whose cause hasn't been determined. A Cincinnati Public Schools spokeswoman says a school official at Cincinnati Children's hospital reported several more children had been taken there, presumably by their families.
 
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio police officer has apologized for a work mishap by bringing a firefighter a cake iced with an unusual message: "Sorry I tased you." Hamilton Township Officer Darcy Workman says she accidently shocked firefighter Rickey Wagoner with her stun gun last week while attempting to restrain a patient being taken to a hospital. Wagoner wasn't seriously hurt.

 

NATIONAL NEWS:
TORONTO (AP) - The police chief in Toronto, Canada says a van plowing into a crowded sidewalk "definitely looked deliberate." Ten people were killed and 15 were injured Monday, when the van jumped the sidewalk and continued for a mile, leaving people bloodied and dead. The 25-year-old suspect was captured a few blocks away. Authorities say he lives in a Toronto suburb and had not been known to police previously.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities are looking into what they say was Travis Reinking's troubling behavior before Sunday's Waffle House shooting in Tennessee. Authorities say that behavior included, telling deputies in Illinois that music superstar Taylor Swift was stalking him and hacking his phone; jumping into a community pool wearing a pink woman's coat over his underwear; entering a restricted area near the White House and allegedly stealing a BMW that was found outside his Nashville apartment.
 
WASHINGTON (AP) - A joint news conference and a private talk between President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron are on the schedule for the business portion of the French leader's second day in Washington. The first state dinner of the Trump presidency honoring Macron comes Tuesday night at the White House. About 150 guests are expected to dine on rack of lamb and nectarine tart and enjoy an after-dinner performance by the Washington National Opera.
 
UNDATED (AP) - Opioid overdoses killed 1,354 Americans ages 65 and older in 2016, but Medicare doesn't cover the oldest proven treatment for opioid addiction: methadone. A White House commission, the nation's governors and addiction experts have called for Medicare to start paying for treatment in methadone clinics. Congress is considering legislation.
 
WASHINGTON (AP) - The mystery behind the origins of a fawning pro-Saudi magazine that showed up on U.S. newsstands is growing amid revelations that the Saudi Embassy in Washington got a sneak peek. The Associated Press has obtained files showing that a digital copy was quietly shared with Saudi officials by American Media Inc. almost three weeks before it was published, despite both parties' insistence that they didn't coordinate on the magazine.

 

SPORTS:
MLB: BALTIMORE (AP) - Carlos Carrasco outpitched Kevin Gausman in a tight duel, and a two-run homer by Yonder Alonso carried the Cleveland Indians past the struggling Baltimore Orioles 2-1. Carrasco allowed one run and six hits over 7 1/3 innings to win his 10th straight decision since Aug. 27.

WEATHER:
TODAY Cloudy skies, scattered showers throughout the day, Hi 57
TONIGHT: Rain continuing overnight, Lo 45
WEDNESDAY: Cloudy skies, chance of afternoon rain, Hi 53
THURSDAY: Partly cloudy skies, Hi 57