TRUCK CRASHES INTO WHERLEY OPTICAL
DOVER - Wherley Optical officials say the Vision Care Associates office on the Boulevard remains open despite a driver crashing a pickup truck into the front entrance Friday morning. Police say the double set of glass doors shattered in the crash with the truck stopping after knocking a woman out of her wheelchair and bumping into the reception desk. 65-year-old Patricia Rotruck of Uhrichville was treated and released at Union Hospital but her wheelchair was damaged. The truck's driver, 68-year-old Ilona Anderson of Arizona, was not injured. Police say Anderson was taking her 90-year-old dad to the eye doctor when she mistakenly used the accelerator instead of the brake while parking. Police say no citaitons were issued because the crash occurred on private property. HRN Construction put in a temporary door.
DONOR RECEPTION HONORS TRUMAN
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Community Hospice Officials say they are happy to forever recognize a former volunteer and donor. The Hospice House is now known as the Truman House after Velma Truman left more than $1.5 million in her will to the organization. Community Hospice Director Norm Mast says the money will go toward the building’s mortgage and will help hospice continue to offer patient care for years to come. Truman’s cousin Tim Larken says Truman was known for her generosity and love for hospice as she helped the organization through her final days. The building name change was announced earlier this year and was made officials during a Donor’s Reception Thursday.
LIVESTOCK AUCTION DRAWS BUYERS
DOVER - The Junior Fair livestock auction at the Tuscarawas County Fair Thursday attracted anxious sellers and plenty of willing buyers. The dual event put up for bid 292 hogs in one arena and 48 lambs and 73 steer in the other arena. Buyer Jennifer Rank of Agland Country Store says she does not mind paying a little more for animals raised by area 4-H members. The grand champion market steer, owned by Jessica Zwick, sold to Cargnel’s Cleaning for $8.50 a pound, totaling $11,373. The grand champion hog, raised by Kayla Scott, went to Direct Action Company for $11 dollars a pound or $2,904. The grand champion lamb from Adeline Kendle was purchased by a group of five buyers for $32 dollars a pound or $4,352. Total sales for the hog, lamb, and steer auctions amount to $593,240 this year.
BRIDGE RECONSTRUCTION STILL ON SCHEDULE
GNADENHUTTEN - Ohio Department of Transportation officials say the bridge replacement on US 36 is still on schedule to be finished within the next two months. District 11 Spokeswoman Becky Giauque says the old green truss structure at Gnadenhutten has been completely removed over the past few months and the new steel structure is beginning to take shape. She says the road is still scheduled to reopen in mid-November. Giauque says the contractor was able to remove the old bridge quicker than predicted, allowing the project to move along at a faster pace. She says the dry summer weather also helped. Giauque says ODOT has experienced few issues with the detour that takes drivers around the bridge and onto SR 416.
NEW MISS CLAYLAND TO BE CROWNED SATURDAY
UHRICHSVILLE - Eight contestants vying to become the next Miss Clayland take the stage Saturday with hopes of eventually being named Miss Ohio. Scholarship Pageant Director Martha Campbell says local residents Gabby Bailey of Dover and Brooklyn Affolter of Uhrichsville are in the lineup this year but Campbell says the pageant draws competitors from across the state. Campbell says the program is a preliminary for the state pageant which then feeds into the Miss America program. She says it takes a lot of volunteers and time to put on the production each year. This year’s contest is about a month earlier than usual and falls on an Ohio State football bye week. The contest Saturday begins at 7 PM at Claymont High School. $5,500 in scholarship money will be distributed.
BAUGH CASE STALLED
NEW PHILADELPHIA - A Uhrichsville man remains held in the Tuscarawas County Jail without bail after a pre-trial hearing this week. 50-year-old Kenneth Baugh was indicted in July with attempted aggravated murder and four other charges in connection with a June shooting incident in Uhrichsville. He is accused of firing a gun at police responding to a disturbance in the Save-A-Lot parking lot. Assistant Tuscarawas County Prosecutor Mike Ernest says court officials discussed a variety of options during the pre-trial, but nothing definitive was decided. Baugh's trial date remains set for October 27th as he faces up to 21 years in prison if convicted.
OFFICIALS SEEK RESTRICTION CHANGE
NEW PHILADELPHIA - City officials say they are anxious for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to help rezone a manufacturing plant location. Mayor Joel Day says a meeting with EPA officials set for last week was postponed until November. He says he would like the EPA to remove a deed restriction on the former Howden Buffalo property. The deed currently says only industrial companies can use the buildings that are now empty. Day says a number of potential commercial buyers are now looking elsewhere. Day says he would like only commercial opportunities in the future to protect the city’s underground water wells, too. Meanwhile, he says two smaller sites around town could see new life as they are both up for sheriff’s auction next month. The former Eagle gas station at Front Ave. and S. Broadway, as well as an abandoned house on Fourth St. go to the highest bidder October 27.
922 DAY COLLECTIONS HONOR SAFETY FORCES
DENNISON – Organizers say the annual 922 Day celebration was already a success even before it started Thursday. Dennison Council member Patty Johnson says this year’s “922 for 911” theme highlighted police, fire, and EMS workers in both Uhrichsville and Dennison. Village Fiscal Officer Kathy Norman says donations exceeded the goal to provide at least $922 to each town’s safety forces, but collections continued as organizers were still selling themed wristbands. Johnson says she is proud to call the Twin Cities home, making 922 Day especially important to her. Johnson says the celebration included demonstrations, food, and games with a couple unique prizes including a ride in a police cruiser or fire truck. The celebration was held Thursday at McCluskey Park in Dennison.
FAIR GAMES REMAIN POPULAR, ATTENDANCE SLOWS
DOVER - Many fairgoers at the Tuscarawas County Fair come out for the food, rides, and events, but traditional fair games remain unique to the weeklong attraction. Visitors of all ages tried their hands at the challenges along the midway, hoping to win a prize. Game operators say they enjoy watching patrons have fun. Winners have a chance to walk away with stuffed animals, live goldfish, and a variety of prizes. Meanwhile, paid attendance at the fair is slowing. Officials say 4,882 paid to get into the fair Wednesday. That is down by 1,402 from the same day last year, making attendance for the week so far down by 1,222.
PLANTS PLEADS NOT GUILTY, BAIL CONTINUED
NEW PHILADELPHIA - A Newcomerstown man will remain in jail as he waits for his case to progress through Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court. Judge Edward O’Farrell continued bail at $1 million Wednesday for 31-year-old Charles Plants who is accused of beating and killing his mother, 53-year-old Jane Davis, and severely injuring his sister, 32-year-old Cynthia Smith. Plants appeared by video from the Tuscarawas County Jail for his arraignment. Plants’ Public Defender Mark Perlaky also entered not guilty pleas for Plants for six charges, including aggravated murder, murder, attempted murder, felonious assault, and others for the July 22nd crime. Plants was arrested on a probation violation the day of the crimes in a cornfield near his Nugent Street home.
ACCUSED CHILD MOLESTER HELD ON BOND
NEW PHILADELPHIA - A New Philadelphia man remains held in the Tuscarawas County jail on $101,000 bond accused of molesting his girlfriend’s 7-year-old daughter. Detective Shawn Nelson says 23-year-old Emanuel Perez Martinez is charged with one count of gross sexual imposition after admitting to the crime when he was arrested Monday. Nelson says he anticipates additional charges as the case progresses. Nelson says police were able to catch Martinez because family members avoided confronting the suspect on their own. He says the girl told someone at her church who reported the problem to children’s services first. Nelson says Martinez confessed to committing the crime several times over the last four months.
INSPECTORS SEE RISE IN TATTOO PARLORS
DOVER - Area health officials say they continue to monitor tattoo and body piercing shops as the trend grows locally. Tuscarawas County Health Commissioner Katie Seward says several new businesses have recently popped up in New Philadelphia, more than other areas, but she says there is no single reason for the increase. Seward says the majority of area tattoo parlors are compliant with state laws and generally are approved when they apply for a license renewal. She says environmental health sanitarians regularly review the shops’ infection control plans regarding use and disposal of needles, glove use, and other aspects of cleanliness.
DENNISON BUDGET FORECASTED
DENNISON - Village officials say finances should be stable into next year. Fiscal Officer Kathy Norman says a preliminary budget for 2017 unveiled last week is projecting $1.2 million in revenue and the same in expenses, allowing for the carryover balance to remain in place. Norman credits village officials for keeping a balanced budget. Norman says village workers could also see a 3% raise, and she says there are plans to replace a police cruiser. Norman says the village has a levy on the November ballot for roads as the hospital levy retires to keep the finances healthy well into next year.
VISITORS ENJOY FAIR FOOD
DOVER - Tuscarawas County Fair attendees are taking in the sights and sounds of the fair but say they really enjoy some of the smells and tastes. Port Washington resident Patrick Boyle and his family enjoyed sandwiches from the pork producer’s stand along with a bucket of French fries. Boyle says he looks forward to fair food all year. Jerry and Bonnie Fisher are visiting the fair from Arizona this week and say they enjoy the variety of cuisines. Dan and Lucretia Sherer of New Philadelphia were enjoying lunch in the shade of the grandstands but say they plan to come back for more before the week is over. Listen to 1450 all this week as we bring you more stories from the Tuscarawas County Fair along with special reports with fairgoers, officials, and participants.
ICE RINK PROPOSED FOR PARK
DOVER - A community group hopes to bring another winter activity venue to the Deis Hill area. The group, called Building a Winter Dream, is proposing to construct an ice skating rink at the city park near the hill, which is often used for sledding. Group member Jodi Niklaus says the rink could be used for skating, hockey, and other cold weather sports, giving residents an option to be active outdoors year round. City Council Parks Committee Chair Justin Perkowski says he believes Deis Hill has plenty of space for the rink and parking. The price tag remains undisclosed, but Niklaus says she hopes to obtain grant and foundation funding to help pay for the ice rink. Members of her group previously raised nearly $300,000 for playground equipment at the park.
POLAR EXPRESS ON TRACK WITH NEW CONTRACT
DENNISON - Depot Museum officials say they are relieved a holiday tradition is allowed to continue. Depot Director Wendy Zucal and 6th District Congressman Bill Johnson announced Monday that the Depot’s contract with Ohio Central Railroad was extended three more years for the Christmastime Polar Express rides. Johnson says coordinating the negotiating process included himself and 7th District Congressman Bob Gibbs. Johnson says it was difficult to balance the excursion time with money-making freight traffic on the tracks. Zucal says the Polar Express plays a large role in the community, bringing about 10,000 riders annually for the last 15 years. She says the attraction makes up 52% of the Depot’s yearly revenue.
GRAND JURY INDICTS PLANTS FOR MURDER
NEW PHILADELPHIA - A Newcomerstown man is now facing a six-count murder indictment for the death of his mother. 31-year-old Charles Plants is accused of beating his mother and sister with a hammer in their Nugent Street home on July 22nd. His mother, 53-year-old Jane Davis, was killed in the attack, but his 32-year-old sister, Cynthia Smith, survived and called for help. Tuscarawas County Prosecutor Ryan Styer says Plants faces one count each of aggravated murder and murder for Davis’ death. He was also indicted on attempted murder and felonious assault for the attack on Smith. The grand jury then charged Plants with tampering with evidence for trying to hide the hammer and obstructing official business for leading authorities on a chase. Plants was captured in a cornfield outside Newcomerstown the same day. He remains held in the Tuscarawas County jail on $1 million bond and is set for arraignment later this week.
TRADITION CONTINUES FOR FAIR BOARD MEMBER
DOVER - Tuscarawas County board members say they are welcoming the start of this year’s fair. Long-time trustee Doug Wills says he enjoys seeing the years’ worth of work come alive. Wills says the fair is a lifelong commitment he inherited from his family. Wills says the county fair remains agriculture based unlike some others around the state. More than 1,100 area kids are involved in local 4-H groups showing animals and projects at the fair this year. Today's highlights feature junior market hog shows, horse competitions, goats, and dairy shows. The grandstands will feature motocross racing at night.
TUSCARAWAS COUNTY FAIR OPENS
DOVER - A year’s worth of planning and prep work all went on display at the fairgrounds Monday. The 166th edition of the Tuscarawas County Fair is underway with various 4-H livestock shows happening throughout the week. The new Tuscarawas County Fair queen was crowned Sunday evening. Indian Valley senior Amanda Fowler will reign over the fair this year. She is a 13-year member of the Thunder Valley Pioneers 4-H group and a four-year member of the Indian Valley FFA. The barns are of full of animals, crafts, vegetables, and artwork. Among the booths along the midway, Norma Johnson Center Director Marsha Zoller says her group’s exhibit this year focuses on the black bears entering the region. Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau Director Michele Specht says fair week is also a time where they try to educate consumers about farming. Paid attendance at the fair Monday was 4,081, which is down slightly from the first day of last year's fair.
TEEN KILLED IN CRASH
NEWCOMERSTOWN - State troopers are still trying to piece together details from a weekend crash that killed a teenager outside Newcomerstown. Troopers say 18-year-old Ashlie Edwards of West Lafayette died in the Saturday afternoon wreck at SR 258 and US 36. Troopers say four passengers in her car were also seriously injured and taken to various hospitals. Edwards apparently turned left onto US 36 and was hit broadside by an SUV driven by a Canton woman. She was treated at Union Hospital. The crash remains under investigation.
OHIO’S SENATORS AGREE ON FEDERAL FINANCES
WASHINGTON - Ohio’s two US senators appear to agree on avoiding the fiscal cliff but for different reasons. Republican Rob Portman says he will support a continuing resolution to keep the government from shutting down as the fiscal year comes to a close without a budget in place, but Portman says one of his main concerns is funding for drug abuse and recovery programs just put in place this year. Democrat Sherrod Brown says he has his own projects, including seeking more funding to fight the Zika virus from spreading. The expected resolution should keep the government operating through the end of the year as congress waits for the outcome of the presidential and congressional elections.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT HEADS TAKE CHARGE
DOVER - Two experienced women are now directing a pair of programs at the Tuscarawas County Health Department. Caroline Terakedis is in charge of environmental health after spending the past 16 years with Summit County’s health department. Terakedis says she most recently specialized in water quality and food, and says she was just ready for a change. Taking over the Women, Infants and Children program is Val Wilson. Wilson has worked in the WIC program for the past 17 years and says she wants to continue to keep up with the changing clientele. Wilson takes over in October for the retiring Margaret Weber.
COURT RULES OHIO WRONGLY REMOVES VOTERS
COLUMBUS (AP) - A federal appeals court says Ohio's elections chief has been wrongfully removing eligible voters from the swing state's registration list. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the public advocacy group Demos had challenged the state's process for maintaining its voter rolls, claiming it illegally drops registered voters based on their failure to vote. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled Friday that Ohio's process violates the National Voter Registration Act.
DEMOCRATS EXHIBIT BUYER’S REMORSE
COLUMBUS (AP) - Some Ohio Democrats are exhibiting buyer's remorse as the shine rapidly fades from Ted Strickland's once-promising campaign against Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman. The former governor had high name recognition and strong support from labor, earning him the backing of Democratic party leaders in his primary this year against Cincinnati Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld. Months later, Portman is comfortably ahead in opinion polls.
OFFICER PREVIOUSLY SAVED BLACK TEEN
COLUMBUS (AP) - Records show the Columbus police officer who fatally shot a black 13-year-old during an armed robbery investigation once helped save the life of a black boy the same age. He's also been involved in other on-duty shootings, for which he was cleared. An interview with a victim in one of the shooting cases, along with incident reports and police investigation documents obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request, give new insight into Officer Bryan Mason's history on the job.
WIFE’S VIDEO PROVIDES UNCLEAR FOOTAGE
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) - In new video, the body of the man killed by Charlotte police can be seen on the ground, where officers appear to try to attend to him, but his actual shooting isn't shown. The video was recorded by the wife of Keith Scott, the man who was shot. Officers tell Scott to drop a gun, but it's unclear from the footage whether he has a weapon. Police have said he was armed, but witnesses say he held only a book. In the video, Rakeyia Scott tells officers her husband doesn't have a gun, has a traumatic brain injury and won't hurt them. She says, "Keith, don't let them break the windows" as she urges him to exit his car.
OBAMA DISAPPOINTED IN PROPOSED BUDGET EXTENSION
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says it's not certain that President Obama would sign a budget bill unveiled by the Senate's top Republican. Spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama is disappointed the bill doesn't include money to help Flint, Michigan, and other cities deal with lead in their water. He says Obama also has concerns about a provision that would protect the ability of special interests to fund political campaigns without being required to disclose the donations. The measure that would prevent the government from shutting down next weekend would provide more than $1 billion to battle the Zika virus, and $500 million for Louisiana to rebuild after recent flooding.
MLB: Cleveland Indians 10 - Chicago White Sox 4 (Fri score)
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MONDAY: 60% chance of rain, Hi 80