FAULTY EQUIPMENT PROMPTS FIRE ALARM AT CC UNION HOSPITAL
DOVER
(WJER) - Firefighters say it was an overheated battery backup unit for the computer system that had them head to Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital early Wednesday morning. Captain Brooks Ross says they responded just after 3:20 for a general fire alarm. They arrived to an electrical burning smell coming from a basement utility closet with computer cables and equipment, which had been smoking prior to their arrival. Ross says there was no other damage and no risks to anyone there. Ross says an IT staff member was able to replace the faulty backup battery and get everything working again. It did cause the pharmacy computers and the controls for the ventilation system to go down temporarily overnight.    
             
BOARD OF ELECTIONS CERTIFIES RESULTS
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) - All of the local results from this month’s election have held up.  Tuscarawas County Board of Elections Director Allan Sayre says the board has certified the results from the November 6th election. Sayre says there were 470 provisional ballots and 113 absentee ballots added to the election night totals, but as expected, the outcomes to the races and issues all remained the same. Sayre says the board still has to do a post-election audit next Thursday, which is required after every general election in even years. Sayre also says there were no races or issues that finished close enough to require an automatic recount. And no one has come forward to request a recount at this point.   

LOCAL CHURCH SERVES UP ANOTHER COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING 
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) - The First Christian Church in New Philadelphia again made sure everyone had an opportunity to stuff themselves for thanksgiving. The church held its 18th annual free community meal Wednesday. Pastor Jim Borton says they prepared 28 turkeys this year. Nancy Cooke of New Philadelphia says she was there again like every year serving turkey as they passed through one of the lines. While Shaun Boyd of New Philadelphia says he first saw the sign and stopped by for something to eat a few years ago, and has been coming back ever since. Borton says they were expecting to serve about 1,100 people during the day for this free Thanksgiving meal.  Any leftovers are usually donated to the homeless shelter or area safety forces. 

POLICE SEARCH FOR RAPE SUSPECT
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - New Philadelphia police are investigating an alleged rape stemming from a home invasion early Tuesday morning. Police Chief Mike Goodwin says a female victim reported a stranger entered her residence in the 800 block of 3rd Street SE on the south side of town about 1:00 a.m, and assaulted her. Goodwin says investigators are now trying to identify that suspect, described as a 6-foot tall white man wearing a ski mask and black sweatshirt. Goodwin says he is notifying the public so they can protect themselves, and is also asking for any tips that could move the case forward. Goodwin reminds residents to always lock their doors and call police anytime a situation appears threatening.

TRUCK CRASHES INTO HOME
DOVER (WJER) - Dover firefighters say no one was injured when a truck crashed into the home at 77 East Iron Avenue just after 12:30 pm Tuesday. Captain Brooks Ross says they believe a medical condition caused a driver to slam into the porch area, taking out a support beam and pinning the truck between the house and a tree. Ross says they had to pull the truck out before the driver could be extricated. He says the driver did not remember how the crash happened and was taken to the hospital to get checked out. Responders had to stabilize the porch until permanent repairs could be made. He says the occupants would be able to keep living there in the meantime. Ross says Dover Police would be handling any charges that may stem from the incident.

SCHOOL BOARD ACCEPTS FIVE CLAYMONT STAFF RESIGNATIONS
DENNISON (WJER) - The Claymont School Board has approved the resignations of three teachers, along with a school nurse and guidance counselor, for allegedly exchanging inappropriate text messages during the school day. All had been on paid leave since October 4th pending the outcome of an investigation into the complaints. School officials are not commenting on the nature of the text messages. School Board President Michelle Sproul issued a statement about these developments Monday night, saying this resolution is in the best interest of the district. A fourth teacher, who was also on leave as part of the complaint, returned to work this week. The Claymont Education Association also issued a statement saying “We are extremely saddened to have five of our exemplary and highly dedicated educators move forward."

DOVER PARENTS WANT TO CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL CUTS
DOVER
(WJER) - Community members are asking to be heard before the school district makes planned cuts resulting from this month’s levy failure. A group called “Support Dover Excellence” presented concerns to the school board Monday, mainly on the drawbacks of reorganizing the elementary schools to a grade level system. Organizer Jenna Pilcher says she would like the board to engage in public discussions to consider possible alternatives and other ways to save money. Superintendent Carla Birney says she is open to a community meeting, but immediate measures are necessary as the district is facing a roughly $3-million deficit as soon as next school year. Birney says it’s also likely the operating levy will be back on the ballot in 2019.

5 RESIGN AT CLAYMONT OVER TEXT MESSAGES
DENNISON
 (TUSCO TV) – The Claymont School Board has approved the resignations of three teachers, along with a school nurse and guidance counselor, for allegedly exchanging inappropriate text messages during the school day. All had been on paid leave since October 4th pending the outcome of an investigation into the complaints.  School officials are not commenting on the nature of the text messages. School Board President Michelle Sproul issued a statement saying this resolution is in the best interest of the district. A fourth teacher who was also on leave as part of the complaint returned to work this week.

NEW PHILA POLICE INVESTIGATE LARGE WEAPONS SEIZURE
NEW PHILADELPHIA (TUSCO TV) - Police are investigating one of the state’s largest gun seizures in recent history. Officer Kurt Olson says this involves a 76-year-old suspect who gained power of attorney rights for an alleged victim with failing health.  He says the suspect was attempting to steal and sell more than 70 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition that belonged to the victim.  Police recovered the weapons as they caught the suspect loading them up outside an apartment on West High Avenue last week. Olson says there were fictitious license plates on the truck of the suspect, who was also a convicted felon barred from having any guns. The suspect is currently out of jail and hasn’t been named.  A report has been sent to the county prosecutor’s office for the consideration of charges.

PROVIA GRANTED TAX ABATEMENT DURING EXPANSION PROCESS
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - The Tuscarawas County Commissioners have agreed to facilitate the expansion of a Sugarcreek based business. The Commissioners have approved a 10-year tax abatement between Provia and Franklin Township. Community and Economic Development Director Scott Reynolds says it deals with a $33-million expansion project in the township. But he says the company has agreed to make up a portion of those taxes covered under the exemption for the Strasburg-Franklin School District. The expansion is estimated to create about 200 new jobs, and generate about $10-million a year in payroll tax. The agreement will go into effect once the expansion is complete. For the first five years, Provia will receive a 75% property tax abatement, then dropping down to 25% exemption for the remaining 5 years

THANKSGIVING TIME TRADITIONS RETURN
DOVER
(WJER) - Thanksgiving week is bringing friends and family together one way or another over the coming days. Different churches and organizations are offering free meals. The First Christian Church in New Philadelphia has its community Thanksgiving dinner as always Wednesday from 11am - 6pm for anyone wanting to attend. While at the YMCA in Dover, marketing director Kathleen Johnson says they are expecting about 1,000 runners and walkers for their annual Turkey Trot 5k at 9am Thursday. Johnson says that will include a fitness expo from 4 - 7:30 pm Wednesday at the YMCA where they will also have some Turkey Trot merchandise for sale.

WANTED: CHRISTMAS WITH A COP DONATIONS
DOVER
 (TUSCO TV) - Local police officers are gearing up to play Santa Claus again. The Tuscora Lodge #4 Fraternal Order of Police has its annual Christmas with a Cop event set for December 15th. New Philadelphia Police Officer Chad Dorsey says that day they will be presenting gifts and winter clothing items to as many as 50 kids in need who are referred to the program by area teachers. Dorsey says they try to spend about $150-200 on each kid, so the lodge is hoping to raise about $7,000 to make this happen. People can donate by contacting area police officers or the FOP in Dover.  

LOCAL RED CROSS ASKS FOR HELP WITH CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES
STARK CO (WJER) - Regional Red Cross officials are telling us what the community can do to assist the victims of the wildfires in California. Northeast Ohio spokesman Jim McIntyre says the Red Cross has set up a dozen community evacuation centers in California to provide shelter, food and comfort. McIntyre says people can get involved from here by donating, they can do that by visiting the Red Cross website, over the phone and even texting. You can learn more by visiting the Northeast Ohio Red Cross Page. The Local Stark and Muskingum Lakes Chapter office also sent disaster program manager Tim Reichel to assist at those shelters in California. He is the first Red Cross worker from Northeast Ohio to respond to this relief effort so far.  

CAC DIRECTOR MOVING ON
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - The Noah’s Hope Child Advocacy Center of Tuscarawas County will be looking for a new director soon. Vanessa Stergios is stepping down. She will be taking a job with Ohio’s CAC network next month to help establish new agencies around the state like she has locally. Stergios says since becoming the county director in 2012, the center has implemented a telemedicine program with Akron Children’s Hospital and developed a human trafficking education program. She says the agency in that time has also built community relationships and brought significant change to the way Tuscarawas County handles child abuse cases.

COMMISSIONERS CONSIDER WATER AND SEWER RATE INCREASE
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) - The Tuscarawas County Commissioners are considering rate hikes being recommended by the county’s Metropolitan Sewer District director. Mike Jones is suggesting they raise water rates by 2.5% and sewer rates by 2% to keep pace with rising expenses and EPA requirements. If approved, customers would see their monthly water bill go up about $1.00, and sewer bills about $0.80, starting in January. He says that would bring the county up to par with other sewer districts in the state.

STATE NEWS:
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrat Rep. Marcia Fudge had been a potential candidate for House speaker. Now she's backing Nancy Pelosi for the job. Fudge says she wanted to "ensure diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels" in the House and she's "now confident" they can "move forward together." Pelosi named Fudge the incoming chairman of a revived elections subcommittee.
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - After 31 years in law enforcement, John Born has witnessed his share of crashes, crime and human misfortune. But it hasn't made him cynical. Ohio's retiring public safety director says the secret to his optimism is in the numbers. That includes the lowest violent crime rate since 1975. Born also has seen defeat, including the inability to get Republican Gov. John Kasich's bipartisan gun safety reforms through the GOP-held Legislature. He says the package is a starting point for negotiation.
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's elections chief has resumed the state's stringent process for removing inactive voters from the rolls. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted says he instructed Ohio's 88 county boards of elections Tuesday to resume the so-called supplemental process that purges voters for not participating in elections over a six-year period. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the contested process in June. But Husted halted the process, saying he wouldn't resume it until after the Nov. 6 election.
 
LISBON, Ohio (AP) - A county GOP chairman in Ohio says he was mistaken in posting a meme on Facebook that appeared to refer to the California wildfires as "God's Punishment to Liberal California." Columbiana County Republican Party Chairman Dave Johnson says he deleted the meme. Johnson said in a statement he didn't intend "any disrespect to the innocent lives" lost but was pointing to policies he believes contributed to the fires.


 

NATIONAL NEWS:
CAIRO (AP) - Turkey's foreign minister says the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi should not be covered up for the sake of maintaining trade ties with Saudi Arabia. Mevlut Cavusoglu says Saudi Arabia's cooperation over the investigation into the killing is not "at the desired level." His comments came Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump made clear that the benefits of good relations with Saudi Arabia outweigh the possibility that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing.
 
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - South Korea's president says he's "very proud" of the fact that fellow national Kim Jong Yang has been elected as Interpol's next president. President Moon Jae-in tweeted Wednesday that Kim is the first South Korean chosen to that top Interpol post. Moon says he's sending a congratulatory message to Kim along with all South Koreans. South Korea's police and foreign ministry issued a joint statement saying Kim is an international specialist with "great leadership" and "a vast human network."
 
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has avoided, at least for now, a potentially risky sit-down with prosecutors in the Russia investigation. Trump's lawyers say that the president has provided the special counsel with written answers to questions about his knowledge of Russian interference in the 2016 election. It's a milestone in the negotiations between Trump's attorneys and special counsel Robert Mueller's team over whether and when the president might sit for an interview.
 
CHICAGO (AP) - Moments before a Chicago doctor was fatally shot by her ex-fiance, she called 911 to report that she had spotted the man outside her hospital and feared for her life. That's according to investigators who are trying to piece together the events that ended Monday with the shooting deaths of the doctor, a police officer, a hospital employee and the gunman. The attack unfolded at Mercy Hospital on the city's South Side. Dr. Tamara O'Neal had recently called off her engagement to suspect Juan Lopez.
 
SANAA, Yemen (AP) - An international aid group says an estimated 85,000 children under age 5 may have died of hunger and disease since the outbreak of Yemen's civil war in 2015. Save the Children said Wednesday the "conservative" estimate is based on average mortality rates for Severe Acute Malnutrition, which the U.N. says has afflicted more than 1.3 million children since a Saudi-led coalition went to war with Yemen's Houthi rebels in March 2015.


 

SPORTS:
NBA: LeBron James is coming home for a Thanksgiving week reunion with fans who hated to see him leave. James will make his first appearance in Cleveland tonight since signing with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer. James spent 11 seasons with the Cavs, leading them to an NBA title in 2016 during his second stint with the team. He's expected to get a warm welcome, nothing like the angry reception he received in 2010 with Miami.
 
NCAA: Urban Meyer doesn't seem to be having much fun this season. The Ohio State coach weathered a pre-season scandal that led to a three-game suspension. He has battled a flair-up of the arachnoid cyst that causes severe headaches. He has dealt with on-the-field breakdowns culminating in a shocking blowout by unranked Purdue. But the season will likely be considered a success if the Buckeyes can beat No. 4 Michigan on Saturday.
 
NCAA: Kaleb Wesson scored 17 points, Keyshawn Woods added 14 and No. 23 Ohio State shook off a sluggish first half to beat scrappy Samford 68-50 for its fifth straight victory to begin the season. Ohio State seemed out of sync from the opening tip, as coach Chris Holtmann benched four starters for being late to "game-day preparation," according to the school.

WEATHER:
THANKSGIVING DAY: Mostly sunny, Hi 29
THANKSGIVING NIGHT:  Mostly clear, Lo 19
FRIDAY: Sunny, Hi 45
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy skies, chance of showers throughout the day, hi 47
SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies, Hi 53