UPDATE: POWER OUTAGE
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Power is out for 3,500 American Electric Power customers in Tuscarawas County due to a downed transmission line near the east end of New Philadelphia that was reported about 10:55 p.m. Tuesday night. AEP officials say the line fell in a heavily wooded area, which has hampered restoration efforts. AEP hopes to get the power back on by 8 a.m. this morning. Indian Valley's Midvale Elementary is closed for the day (5/27) as a result of the outage, while the rest of the school district will be open today. Kent State Tuscarawas will be closed until noon.
MORELLI RESIGNS AS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER MANAGER
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The inaugural manager of the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center is leaving his post. Mike Morelli has resigned as the leader of the PAC to become director of the Entertainment Management Program at the University of Montana. Morelli says he’ll put his education and performance scheduling knowledge to use in the classroom. Morelli says he’s proud to have managed the Performing Arts Center since its creation five and half years ago. Morelli officially leaves his position in mid-June. The university is conducting a nationwide search to find his replacement.
GRAND JURY INDICTS TROYER
NEW PHILADELPHIA - A Tuscarawas County grand jury has indicted a Dover area man for allegedly having sex with a teen. 48-year old Darrin Troyer is charged with two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and one count of attempted sexual conduct with a minor. Troyer was arrested in March after sheriff’s detectives took over the 14-year old victim’s social media accounts and set up a meeting with Troyer. Troyer posted bail and was released but is now back in custody for breaking the terms of his release. Troyer will be arraigned in Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court June 22nd.
STATE TROOPERS CRACK DOWN ON SEAT-BELT VIOLATIONS
NEW PHILADELPHIA - State troopers are saying it was another relatively safe extended weekend on the roads in the Tuscarawas Valley for holiday travelers. New Philadelphia Post Commander LT. Mark Glennon says his troopers made a total of 476 enforcement stops during the four-day memorial day reporting period that ended Monday night at midnight. Glennon says he troopers responded to 13 crashes, and none were considered very serious or life threatening. But Glennon says he is still troubled that his troopers still had to issue 84 tickets for non-seatbelt compliance. Meanwhile Glennon says troopers will continue with their aggressive enforcement of the seat belt law as part of the Click It or Ticket campaign through the end of the month.
SERVICE MEMBERS HONORED
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Patriotism and gratitude filled downtown New Philadelphia Monday as the holiday weekend came to a close. Local Fraternal Order of Police President Bob Everett used his speech in front of the Tuscarawas County Courthouse during the annual Memorial Day ceremony to remind the crowd just how fortunate Americans are thanks to the sacrifices of our veterans. Students from York Elementary also participated in the event by reciting the "In Flanders Fields" war poem and Gettysburg Address, while demonstrating the proper way of folding of the American flag. WJER’s Bill Morgan served as the event’s master of ceremonies.
ODOT STARTS HIGHWAY MOWING AND PATTERN CHANGES
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The Ohio Department of Transportation is asking drivers to use extra caution along area highways as the mowing season gets underway. District 11 spokeswoman Becky Giauque says ODOT only mows about four times a year, but it can take days to finish each section. Giauque says road crews use warning signs to encourage drivers to slow down and keep an eye out as there have been 150 mowing-related incidents in eastern Ohio involving either thrown objects or collisions since 2007. Meanwhile Giauque says a short stretch of temporary roadway is now in use on I-77 north between Dover and Strasburg to take drivers around twin railroad bridges that are being removed. That work should be complete in September.
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
DENNISON - Area mental health advocates say mental health awareness is an often-ignored topic in Tuscarawas County. Ten Lakes Center Business Development Director Cara Garabrandt says 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with a mental health disorder within their lifetime, while resources that area available for help many times go unused. Garabrandt says the key is to diagnose and prevent a mental health disorder from progressing before it’s too late. Ten Lakes Center will continue spreading awareness next month with a series of events, starting with an Alzheimer’s seminar in Dover on June 22nd.
CORONER SHEDS LIGHT INTO CHUMNEY MURDERS
COSHOCTON - Coshocton County Coroner Dr. Robert Gwinn says he was unable to determine the exact cause of death in the murders of Doyle and Lillian Chumney of Strasburg. His report indicates that Doyle was shot multiple times in the back seat of the couple’s car in Coshocton County, where suspects 29-year old Bobby Clark of Dennison and 21-year old Jeff Stewart of Barnhill allegedly drove the two after abducting them from their home in January. The report also says Lillian was shot once in the car before the vehicle was set on fire on a rural Bakersville road. The couple is estimated to have died at around 3 AM. The document states that Clark told authorities the couple was bound with duct tape, while Stewart said Lillian was still alive when the fire was set. Both suspects pleaded not guilty when arraigned earlier this year. Court records indicate that Stewart’s trial is scheduled for December and Clark’s trial is planned for February. They are both being held in the Tuscarawas County Jail. Clark could face the death penalty if convicted.
APPARENT MURDER WEAPON RECOVERED
CADIZ - Harrison County Sheriff’s detectives say they now believe they have found the weapon used in a Dennison man’s murder. 52-year old Wesley “Buster” Clark, formerly of Uhrichsville, is suspected of shooting and killing 26-year old Dustin Moreland earlier this month. Clark was arrested after a three day manhunt near Dellroy last Friday. Harrison County Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Jones says after two days of searching authorities have now apparently pulled the handgun used in the crime from a creek in proximity to where Clark had been apprehended. Meanwhile Jones says the murder case remains open and authorities from the surrounding counties will continue gathering evidence. Clark remains held in the Tuscarawas County jail on an unrelated escape charge and other warrants while authorities prepare to present his murder case to a Harrison County grand jury.
POLICE OVERHAUL PLANNED
CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland has agreed to overhaul its police department under the supervision of a federal monitor in a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over a pattern of excessive force and other abuses by officers. The settlement announced today comes three days after a white patrolman was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting deaths of two unarmed black suspects in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire. Meanwhile, members of about 40 churches marched in downtown Cleveland and called for reform in response to the acquittal. Dozens of parishioners from the churches making up the Greater Cleveland Congregations marched this afternoon.
MURDER CHARGE FILED
CANTON (AP) - Authorities in northeast Ohio say they've filed a murder charge against a man who they say walked into the Canton police department and confessed he shot his wife. Police found a woman in bed with a gunshot wound to the head over the weekend. Authorities filed a murder charge against the 37-year-old Canton man today.
CAFFEINE MEASURE AMENDED
COLUMBUS (AP) - A legislative panel in Ohio has changed a bill banning the sale of pure caffeine products to also ban powdered or crystalline alcohol. The House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee amended the caffeine measure today to include powdered alcohol. The powder is sold online and can be added to any beverage to make it an alcoholic drink.
MORE THAN 40 MAY BE MISSING
WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) - Authorities in Hays County, Texas, now say they're trying to locate more than 40 people after a weekend of torrential rains and flooding. Hays County Commissioner Will Conley says the count includes a dozen people who witnesses say they saw in the floodwaters. Conley says the rest may be people who are staying elsewhere.
OBAMA URGES EXTENSION FOR PIECES OF THE PATRIOT ACT
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is urging the Senate to extend key provisions of the Patriot Act before they expire in five days. And that includes the government's ability to search the phone records of Americans. Obama says it's "necessary to keep the American people safe and secure." But there are no signs that any deal is in the works in Congress. Lawmakers earlier failed both to extend the current law and to reform the phone collection program.
FORMER DEATH ROW INMATE FOUND DEAD
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A woman who was once the nation's youngest death row inmate has been found dead from what police in Indianapolis say was an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A police report says 45-year-old Paula Cooper was found dead at a residence this morning. Back in 1986, she was sentenced to death at age 16 after confessing to her role in the murder of a Bible studies teacher a year earlier. But a short time later, the Supreme Court said people under 16 at the time of the offense could not be sentenced to death.
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