CLAYMONT NON-TEACHING STAFF GOES ON STRIKE
DENNISON (TUSCO TV) (Mar 22, 2019) - Claymont School District bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians and secretaries are now on strike. The school board and the OAPSE union representing the non-teaching staff were unable to agree on a new contract by the 12:01 deadline this morning. Superintendent Scott Golec issued a statement, saying after 10 hours of negotiating Thursday, the school board presented a last, best and final offer at 11 pm last night. OAPSE representative Lynda Bolin says the clock ran out before the union members had a chance to vote on it. She says they could now vote as early as Monday, as the employees want to get back to work as soon as possible. 

TV COUNTING ON PIPELINE TO BRING NEW SCHOOLS
ZOARVILLE (WJER) (Mar 22, 2019) -  Tusky Valley School District officials hope to get approved for state funding this summer for major building improvements without having to burden taxpayers. Superintendent Mark Murphy says the district wants to go from four school buildings to two to increase efficiency. The plan would include a new 7-12 building and moving pre-k through sixth graders into the existing middle school. He expects the state to pay for 39-percent of the cost. The local 61-percent share would be covered by the district’s annual utility tax revenue checks from the rover pipeline, which was $1.5-million this year.    

STORIES OF AREA VETERANS TO BE PRESERVED
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) (Mar 21, 2019) - Tuscarawas County’s 7th District congressman is trying to gather stories from local veterans about their time in the military, so they can be preserved for future generations. Representatives for Bob Gibbs are visiting the local veterans service office in New Philadelphia today to record those service member interviews for the Veterans History Project being conducted by the Library of Congress. Gibbs says the project will also help depict the evolution of life in the military throughout history.

SPRING SLOWLY ARRIVING
PITTSBURGH
(WJER) (Mar 20, 2019) - Forecasters say someone might have to tell mother nature that spring is now here. Spring arrived with the vernal equinox at 5:58 p.m Wednesday. But Pittsburgh National Weather Service Meteorologist Lee Hendricks says it might take a while to be noticeable. With the current outlook projecting a cooler and dryer spring. And Hendricks says as far as the winter that just ended, we’ve actually been slightly below normal for snowfall this year with temperatures just above average. Hendricks says even though it’s spring, we still average a couple inches of snow in March and just under a half inch for April.   

STRASBURG PLANS SUMMER PAVING
STRASBURG
(WJER) (Mar 20, 2019) - Officials are ready to cross off several crumbling roads from their paving list this season. Council Member Don Wallick says the village has budgeted $300,000 for this year’s road work that will include parts of 4th, 5th and 6th Streets NE along with Tenth, Brandi and Fourteenth Streets. Wallick says they originally had Third Street NE and Sixth Street SW on the list as well but removed them in favor of the Ninth Street Extension. Wallick says this round of paving is the continued work of the village’s road and paving committee that he chairs. Wallick says they also looking at possible repairs to oak and maple avenues, but he says they need permission from the property owners first, so they can put in new curbing.

DOVER SCHOOLS HIRE BACHE AS TREASURER
DOVER (WJER) (Mar 20, 2019) - The Dover School District has selected its next treasurer. The board approved a contract for Andrew Bache during a special meeting this morning. He begins the job in April, filling a vacancy left by the resignation of Treasurer Marsha Clark. Board President Jeannine Kennedy says Bache’s experience, education and passion for Dover made him stand out as a candidate. Bache, who lives in Dover, says he is thrilled to be a part of the Dover City Schools' team.    

CHILD ABUSER GETS SEVEN YEAR PRISON SENTENCE
NEW PHILADELPHIA (TUSCO TV) (Mar 19, 2019) - The Uhrichsville man convicted in a child abuse case that put a toddler in Akron Children’s Hospital for over two months has been sentenced. 22-year-old Joseph M. Sanders entered a no-contest plea Tuesday to one count of felonious assault and two counts of endangering children. During sentencing, Job and Family Services Director David Haverfield urged the judge to impose the maximum possible sentence, detailing the extent of the child’s injuries. Assistant County Prosecutor Amanda Miller says Sanders brought the child to near death. She was also requesting the maximum sentence of 8 years. Sanders declined his opportunity to speak ahead of being sentenced. Common Pleas Court Judge Elizabeth Thomakos set his prison time for seven years, with parole possible after 5, though she says that is an unlikely possibility.

NEW PARKING LOTS COMING FOR PHILA HIGH SCHOOL
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) (Mar 19, 2019) - City school officials are working to get more students and staff out of the street side parking spaces and into a new parking lot at the high school next school year. Superintendent David Brand says the school board agreed to purchase the property at 253 Ray Avenue for about $30,000. Brand says this will alleviate some of their safety concerns. Brand says he expects this project will add about 30-new spaces, with work beginning over the summer. Brand says they were pleased with the price they were able to get the property at. He says finding additional parking space can be a challenge in a city setting. 

UHRICHSVILLE BACKS BILL TO RESTORE STATE FUNDS
UHRICHSVILLE
(TUSCO TV) (Mar 19, 2019) - Council is joining other municipalities across the state hoping to encourage Ohio to boost their local government funding back up. Ohio House Bill 54, which was introduced last month and sent to the Ways and Means Committee for review, would reverse the state funding cuts from recent years. Uhrichsville Councilman Eric Harmon says council has now passed a resolution in support of this. Council President Mark Haney Says this bill could double the city’s funding from the state, if approved, bringing it closer to pre-cut levels to fund essential services like road maintenance and police and fire protection. Harmon says the city went from getting about $350,000 from the state in 2005 to now about $90,000 a year.

HIGH COURT JUDGE OPENS UP DURING LOCAL VISIT
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Mar 19, 2019) - The first African American woman voted to The Ohio Supreme Court is including the valley as she visits more of the communities she serves through the state. Justice Melody J. Stewart of Cleveland talked to reporters at the Tuscarawas County Courthouse ahead of a county Democratic party fundraiser Monday. Stewart, who was elected last year, says the role of justices can include promoting any legal or rule changes with bar associations, constituents and other programs serving the community. Stewart says justices also have a responsibility of educating others, such as through writing opinions for their rulings. Stewart says she would like to see consistency from county to county when it comes to the making the death penalty an option. And she says the courts should also strive to be more accommodating for defendants, which could include offering evening and weekend hours, so people won’t have to risk losing their jobs to make a required court appearance. 

TWO DOVER HOMES PLANNED FOR DEMOLITION
DOVER (WJER) (Mar 19, 2019) - Two vacant houses are facing demolition following action by city council Monday. Service Director Dave Douglas says the homes, at 218 W. 12TH St. and 529 Shawnee Drive, are in disrepair and were abandoned months ago. Council approved demolition of the 12th St. home, which has roof and foundation damage from when a tree fell on it during a wind storm last spring. Council will wait until April to vote on the Shawnee Drive home. It has four feet of water in the basement and other problems. Douglas does not know when the buildings would be demolished, but city officials have started collecting cost estimates. He says the city could recoup the demolition costs through property liens collected through a sheriff’s sale.

NO DEAL YET FOR CLAYMONT OAPSE STAFF
DENNISON (WJER) (Mar 19 , 2019) - Claymont School District officials and union negotiators will have one more chance to reach a deal to avoid a threatened strike by non-teaching union members. OAPSE field representative Lynda Bolon says the parties are going back to the table again Thursday after failing to come to an agreement Monday during a session with a federal mediator. If issues such as wages and insurance can’t be resolved Thursday, union members including bus drivers, custodians, secretaries and cafeteria workers will go on strike the following day at 12:01am. Superintendent Scott Golec has said the district is prepared to remain open if the strike goes forward. 

KENT STATE TUSCARAWAS HOSTS MEDICAL MARIJUANA FORUM
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(TUSCO TV)  (Mar 18,2019) - - The Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition is hosting a community forum to help clear up any confusion over Ohio’s new medical marijuana law. Coordinator Jodi Salvo says the group has recruited a pair of experts for the event Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:00 at the Kent Tusc Science and Advanced Technology Center. They are Marcie Seidel of Ohio’s medical marijuana advisory committee and local physician Dr. Lori Kuehne. Salvo says they will talk about the types of products being offered in Ohio’s dispensaries along as their potential medical benefits and potency. Salvo says the coalition will also be using the free event as an opportunity to remind people that certain marijuana-based products pose a risk for addiction and impairment and should not be consumed by children.

MUNICIPAL COURT ISSUES 2018 REPORT
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER)  (Mar 18,2019) -- Municipal court officials are reviewing their work and efficiency from 2018. Court Administrator Judee Dzigiel says the 2018 court report has been released, showing the court handled over 14,100-cases, up from 13,800 in 2017. Dzigiel says their Municipal Recovery Court also saw continued success through the vivitrol program and recovery classes to help people fight addiction. Meanwhile, Dzigiel says they are carrying over a watchful eye from 2018 into this year as the Ohio legislature crafts laws regarding felony drug charges. Dzigiel says if drug crime penalties are reduced, like proposed in failed Issue One last year, the municipal court could see cases drastically increase. Dzigiel says if the legislature would pass any laws reducing drug crimes, the courts will have to consider fee increases to cover the additional caseload. She says in 2018 New Philadelphia Municipal Court collected nearly $1.2-million in local fees and fines.  

UHRICHSVILLE APPROVES 2019 APPROPRIATIONS
UHRICHSVILLE
(TUSCO TV)  (Mar 18,2019) -- Council members have given their seal of approval to a resolution allocating just under $4.7 million from the city’s budget to cover this year’s expenses. Auditor Julie Pearch says their spending for this year includes the purchase of a new ambulance for up to $170,000 and a new police cruiser for $53,000. Pearch says they also have about $200,000 budgeted for paving again this year, thanks to a quarter-percent income tax increase approved two years ago by city voters. Pearch says Uhrichsville council also budgeted for some improvements at the water park and a roof replacement for the city building.

FATAL CRASH UNDER INVESTIGATION
PIKE TOWNSHIP 
(WJER) (Mar 18,2019) - Stark County Sheriff’s officials say a Dover woman was killed when the car she was driving went off a road and down a ravine in Pike Township. Deputies have determined 66-year-old Mollie Hughes was driving southbound on Sherman Church Ave SW when her car went off the right side of the road near the 8200 block Sunday morning, adjacent to I-77 north of Bolivar.  A passerby reported the accident to 911 at about 8:45am. The cause remains under investigation. 

CLAYMONT-UNION NEGOTIATIONS TO RESUME
DENNISON
(TUSCO TV) (Mar 18,2019) -  Claymont School officials and the union threatening to strike will meet again tonight in attempts to prevent that from happening.  The OAPSE staff, including bus drivers, custodians and cafeteria workers, last week revealed their intent to strike this Friday. The district has been planning for operations without the non-teaching staff, telling parents it would be up to them to get their kids to and from school.  OAPSE representative Lynda Bolon says they have been negotiating since May of 2017 over a few issues, including overtime, wages and insurance. 

STATE NEWS:
WLIMA, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump is attending a re-election campaign fundraiser in northeast Ohio. Trump is participating in a round-table event with supporters before delivering remarks at a reception Wednesday at the Brookside Country Club in Canton. According to an invitation obtained by The Associated Press, tickets for the reception start at $2,800. Getting a photo taken with Trump costs $15,000 and the dinner tab is $50,000 per person or $70,000 per couple.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general has chastised a federal magistrate judge over remarks he made about pausing executions. At issue is a written comment by Magistrate Judge Michael Merz calling execution delays ordered by Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine "excellent public policy." Republican Attorney General Dave Yost says judges aren't supposed to use their courts as "a bully pulpit" to influence state policy. Merz declined comment Wednesday.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A hearing is set in federal court for a vice squad officer in Ohio held without bail on charges of forcing women to have sex with him under threat of an arrest. A federal indictment also accuses Columbus police officer Andrew Mitchell of witness tampering and lying to federal agents when he said he'd never had sex with prostitutes. Mitchell is expected to plead not guilty at Thursday's arraignment in federal court in Columbus.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's capital city is disbanding its police vice unit in the wake of internal and FBI investigations and recent charges against an officer that he forced two women to have sex with him under threat of an arrest. Interim Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan announced the news via Twitter on Tuesday night in a posting that said remaining officers will be assigned to other departments. Quinlan said vice-related crimes will be handled differently and with a more community-based approach.


NATIONAL NEWS:
CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe (AP) — Portugal is sending an intervention taskforce to help in the search and rescue of survivors in Mozambique following the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai. Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva says two Portuguese Airforce C130 transport planes were due to depart Thursday to the region.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A detective says a Salvadoran immigrant charged with four Nevada murders told police he robbed and killed his elderly victims during a 10-day rampage in January because he needed money to buy methamphetamine. According to a grand jury transcript obtained by The Associated Press, the Reno detective testified last week that Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman broke into tears and repeatedly called himself an "idiot" before confessing to the murders hours after his arrest on Jan. 19.

BRUSSELS (AP) — London commuters have reacted with a certain amount of dismay to the continuing Brexit deadlock and a speech by Prime Minister Theresa May in which she blamed Parliament for the impasse. Commuter Stephanie Marshall says May has shown an "appalling lack of leadership." Student Joseph Graham-Bradley called May's speech "quite shocking" and that it was "quite destructive" to try "to pit Parliament against the people." May is in Brussels for a European Union summit on Brexit.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's tirade against the late GOP Sen. John McCain is leading some members of his own party to say he's gone too far. Many Senate Republicans have been reluctant to criticize the president directly, but several have issued or tweeted statements praising McCain, who died in August. Among them is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who, without mentioning Trump, called McCain a "genuine American hero." McCain spent more than five years imprisoned and tortured in Vietnam.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The chairman of Indonesia's transportation safety agency has confirmed that a third pilot was in the cockpit as the flight crew struggled to keep the plane aloft during the next-to-last flight of a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 that crashed in October. However, Soerjanto Tjahjono, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Committee, on Thursday disputed reports citing recordings of cockpit discussions during the aircraft's final, fatal flight.

SPORTS:
NBA: Rookie Collin Sexton scored 25 points, Jordan Clarkson added 23 and the Cleveland Cavaliers delayed Milwaukee from clinching the Central Division with a 107-102 win over the Bucks, who played without superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. Sexton made a 3-pointer and layup in the final 1:42 as the Cavs held off the banged-up Bucks. Antetokounmpo missed his second straight game with a sprained right ankle. Khris Middleton scored 26 points for Milwaukee.

WEATHER:
TODAY: Cloudy and breezy, a chance of snow or rain at times, Hi 40
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, a chance of snow, mainly before 7 pm, still breezy, Lo 24
SATURDAY: Mostly sunny, Hi 45
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny, Hi 54