STRUCTURE FIRE INJURIES ONE PERSON NEAR GNADENHUTTEN
CLAY TOWNSHIP
(WJER) (Jan 21, 2020) - A 37-year-old man was flown to the Akron Children’s Hospital burn unit after he was injured in a mobile home fire on Paradise Lake Road in Clay Township Tuesday evening. Arrowhead Joint Fire District Chief Steve Wright says the man was able to escape the home before multiple departments responded to the blaze. Wright did not immediately have an update on the man’s condition. He says a space heater is likely to blame. Assisting at the scene were Uhrichsville Fire, Warwick Township Fire, Delaware Valley Joint Fire District, Newcomerstown Ems, and Smith Ambulance, along with med flight of Ohio. Wright says fires have been frequent this month, and he reminds residents to check their smoke detectors and keep space heaters away from combustible materials.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT WARNS RESIDENTS OF ANIMAL-BORNE ILLNESS
DOVER
(WJER) (Jan. 21, 2020) - Tuscarawas County Health Department officials are telling residents how they can protect themselves against a bacteria that’s been linked to pet-store puppies amid a multi-state illness outbreak. Nursing Director Amy Kaser says a multi-drug-resistant strain of campylobacter has infected 30 people this year across Ohio and 12 other states. No cases have been reported so far in Tuscarawas County, but Kaser says they’re warning people just in case. Kaser says the infection causes unpleasant flu-like symptoms in both humans and animals that last around a week but there some precautions people can take like practicing good hygiene and cleaning up their pet’s waste. Most people who become infected recover without treatment, but Kaser says they should still report the illness so the CDC can find the source of the outbreak.

COUNTY EMA DIRECTOR PROMOTES STATE SHELTER REBATE PROGRAM
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) (Jan. 21, 2020) - The Tuscarawas County EMA Director is promoting a state offer that could give people in need a place to go in a tornado warning. The Ohio EMA’s safe room program could pay homeowners rebates worth nearly $4,900 to construct tornado shelters on their property, under the Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program. County EMA Director Alex McCarthy says these would be ideal for someone without a basement or an interior room in the first floor of their home. People can apply for the rebates through April 6th. A computer will randomly select recipients, with usually about 100 awarded each year. McCarthy says last year’s deadly tornadoes in the Dayton area show how Ohio is not immune to devastating weather and serve as an example of why the state has this rebate program.

DOVER PREPS FOR RIVERFRONT PARK ADDITIONS
DOVER
(WJER) (Jan. 20, 2020) - Canal Dover Association officials are previewing some highly anticipated changes coming to the city’s riverside park soon. Vice President Russ Volkert says an ODOT grant will cover about 95-percent of a $700,000 walkway and decorative lighting installation project that should be going out for bid soon and completed by June. He says then they will be bidding another project to create a new access point to the park off Wooster Avenue using a $350,000 state grant. Volkert says these projects will transition the park from a construction zone to a recreational amenity, giving walkers and bikers about a mile of pathway, with plans to eventually loop the route back around and double its size.

DEMS SELECT FOX FOR UHRICHSVILLE COUNCIL
UHRICHSVILLE (WJER) (Jan. 20, 2020) - Uhrichsville council has had one vacancy filled with one still remaining. The Uhrichsville Democratic Central Committee Monday selected Matt Fox to serve the two years left on Buck Cottrell’s council-at-large term. Cottrell left that position to become council president. Democrats went with Fox over former Mayor Rick Dorland for the at-large seat. Fox will be sworn in later this week and begin serving at Thursday’s council meeting. Uhrichsville council still must fill its open Ward 1 seat to get back to having a full slate of members.   

TINWOOD TAVERN CONSIDERED A TOTAL LOSS AFTER OVERNIGHT BLAZE
UHRICHSVILLE
(WJER) (Jan. 20, 2020) - The State Fire Marshal is investigating what caused a blaze that gutted the Tinwood Tavern overnight Sunday. Uhrichsville Fire Chief Judd Edwards says the fire was reported just after 11:00 p.m. when an off-duty 911 dispatcher passed by and noticed smoke coming from the restaurant. Edwards says firefighters observed flames showing from the rear upon arrival. They tried to battle the blaze from the inside at first but had to retreat because the situation became too dangerous. Edwards says they ended up using two ladder trucks and water tankers to extinguish the blaze from the exterior. The restaurant had just closed up for the evening, so no one was inside when the fire broke out. Edwards says the building is being considered a total loss.

DENNISON OFFICIALS FACILITATING SPACE FOR ICE SKATING RINK
DENNISON
(WJER) (Jan. 20, 2020) - Officials are planning to flood parts of their local park in hopes of providing a natural skating rink for residents. Council President Greg Didonato says this will be a change for the village as they normally try to keep water out of the PHAC. DiDonato says the levee holds the water until the creek drops, at which point a lever can release the standing water. But he says there could be some insurance concerns over possibility letting the water rest and freeze. DiDonato says they hope to include possible benches and campfire areas around the PHAC for people wanting to ice skate there.  

MLK EVENT TO FEATURE FORMER COLLEGE PRESIDENT AND AUTHOR
DOVER (WJER) (Jan. 20, 2020) – A former college president and pastor will lead the tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. tonight at First Baptist Church in Dover. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, former president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in New York and the author of 17 books, will be the keynote speaker at the annual MLK birthday tribute. Master of ceremonies Marvin Fete says he’s one of the best speakers they’ve had in the event’s 34-year history. Fete says the ceremony has developed into the premiere Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in the area, attracting community leaders from across the county. Hymns, songs and refreshments will round out the inspirational gathering.

FIREFIGHTERS CONTAIN BLAZE TO DOVER HOME’S EXTERIOR
DOVER (WJER) (Jan.17, 2020) - Fire officials say a porch fire at a Betscher Avenue home might have been started by a discarded, overheated pet warming device. Captain Brooks Ross says firefighters were able to quickly put out the fire just after noon today Friday, containing it to an exterior, enclosed porch, with no damage to the home’s interior. He says the fire appears to have started in a garbage can where the owners had discarded a pet heating pad after it overheated in the microwave. He says it likely smoldered for a couple of hours before igniting the trash. Ross says the homeowners, who were away at the time, were lucky an observant delivery person for a local appliance store saw the flames and called 911 soon after the fire started.

SHERIFF SHARES WINTER DRIVING TIPS
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) (Jan. 17, 2020) - The Tuscarawas County Sheriff is giving listeners some winter driving tips as the roads could get icy this weekend. Orvis Campbell says speed and assured clear distance ahead violations are the two biggest factors in winter crashes. He says those can be avoided by leaving for your destination earlier and slowing down when the conditions make it unsafe to go the posted speed limit. Campbell says people should keep an emergency kit in their cars too in the event they become stranded for any amount of time. He says those kits should include flares, a blanket, kitty litter for traction and a small shovel. 

VILLAGE COUNCIL LOCKS IN SMITH AMBULANCE RATES FOR THREE-YEARS
DENNISON
(Tusco TV) (Jan. 17, 2020) - Dennison village officials are asking their township neighbors to help them back up Smith's Twin City ambulance after signing a new, three-year contract with the company. Council President Greg DiDonato says owner Bob Smith was willing to extend his original three-year offer to Dennison, Tuscarawas and surrounding townships after Uhrichsville signed on for an 18-month term. DiDonato says they’ll still be paying $1.75 more per person annually than their counterparts in the city but they thought it was important to lock in the rate for as long as they could. DiDonato says the next issue will be figuring out how to make sure emergency calls don’t go unanswered when Smith’s medic is tied up as the agreement only provides one shared ambulance for the entire region. He says the villages and townships are working on a plan to harness their collective resources since Uhrichsville announced plans to start charging its neighbors for backup. DiDonato says they’re also looking into the possibility of leasing a second ambulance from smith or another company. He says the company could bill for the runs and the villages and townships would take care of staffing. Dennison approved their new contract with Smith Thursday, and the others are expected to sign off on the same agreement in the coming weeks.

CONFESSION OBTAINED IN CAT SHOOTING
UHRICHSVILLE
(TUSCO TV) (Jan. 16, 2020) - The Tuscarawas County Sheriff says they are doing their research to determine if this week’s cat-shot-with-an-arrow incident can qualify as a felony.  This one was discovered by a woman early Monday in the Newport area. Sheriff Orvis Campbell says after investigating, a Uhrichsville man confessed to shooting the cat because they wouldn’t stay off his wife’s jeep.  Campbell says his office will pursue charges either way because he thinks individuals should be held accountable for such actions. There was another cat show with an arrow in the Brightwood area of New Philadelphia in late December. Despite similarities, Campbell says he doesn’t believe the two incidents are related. The first incident from December remains under investigation. Donations for the second cat’s surgical expenses can be sent to the Tuscarawas County Humane Society.

2019 FATAL CRASH STATISTICS SHOW POSITIVE CHANGE IN TUSCARAWAS
DOVER
(WJER) (Jan. 16, 2020) - Health officials say fatal crash statistics in Tuscarawas County improved slightly in 2019. The State Highway Patrol reported nine fatal crashes with 10 deaths last year. Safe Communities of Tuscarawas County Program Coordinator Kelly Snyder says that’s compared to the 11 fatal crashes and 12 deaths from 2018. However, Snyder says local crashes involving pedestrians were higher than ever last year, with 15 total, including three deaths. Snyder says the coalition was out raising awareness at over 25 community events last year. She feels that’s been making a difference. The fatal crash numbers have dropped significantly since a record year in 2017 when the county had 19 fatal crashes and 20 deaths. 

NEW PHILA SCHOOLS KICKS OFF ‘RIGHT PLAN, RIGHT TIME’ CAMPAIGN
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) (Jan. 16, 2020) - The campaign for the New Philadelphia school bond issue now has a name and leadership team working to convince voters to help build a new campus. Campaign Manager Peggy Range says right plan, right time refers to the $57.5-million bond issue on the March ballot that would fund the school district’s plan to build two new schools at the oak shadows golf course property. She says community members are getting behind the $100-million project, with 55% of the funding coming from the state. She says the campaign has a social media presence. Range says people can take a survey on the Facebook page and request signs and other campaign materials there. She says volunteers will begin campaigning door-to-door after the board of elections assigns a number to the ballot issue Friday.

LOCAL FLU ACTIVITY TYPICAL DESPITE VACCINE MISMATCH
DOVER (WJER) (Jan. 15, 2020) - The Tuscarawas County Health Department is still encouraging people to set up an appointment there for flu vaccines despite less effectiveness this year. Doctors say this year’s vaccine is just a 58-percent match for the ‘B’ strain. But Nursing Director Amy Kaser says so far they’re only seeing the ‘A’ strain in the area and it has been a typical flu season to date. And Kaser says this mild January weather hasn’t changed the outlook for flu season, which usually peaks later in the month and into February.  She says for people sick with the flu, there are antivirals you can receive to help decrease its severity, if you notice the symptoms early enough.

STATE NEWS
PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — The 200th Red Horse squadron of the Ohio Air National Guard will deploy to Puerto Rico to aid in relief efforts after the island experienced multiple earthquakes earlier this month. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued a proclamation last week authorizing squadron members to assist with recovery until basic services in impacted areas are restored. About 25 members of the squad will be deployed for up to 90 days. Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced declared a state of emergency after the U.S. territory experienced a series of quakes and aftershocks, resulting in widespread damage and power failures.

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Officials in a small Ohio city say they're frustrated by the ongoing theft of historic bricks from sidewalks in town. Chuck Barga is city manager of Nelsonville in southeastern Ohio. He says the theft of the Nelsonville Star Bricks began around Jan. 5 and now at least 50 have been stolen. The Star Bricks are a legacy of the city's brick-making history and won first prize at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. The city spent a lot of time tracking down the bricks which are no longer manufactured, making the thefts all the more frustrating.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Senate committee is considering a bill that would create a student loan repayment program to help recruit and retain attorneys to serve as much needed public defenders in the state. The proposed program is similar to those in Ohio aimed at encouraging physicians, dentists and dental hygienists to practice in underserved areas. The program would give lawyers who become public defenders tuition loan assistance of up to $85,000 for five years of service. The House passed the bill last year and it's now before the Senate Finance Committee.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state has released a plan to address multiple problems a federal audit identified with Ohio's Medicaid system. Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran has told federal regulators the number of applications pending for more than 45 days should be down to 8,000 by July from 53,392 a year ago. The Columbus Dispatch reports the state also is working on 129,465 cases past due for annual checks to redetermine Medicaid eligibility. Corcoran said earlier this month that the federal audit found high error rates in the areas of payment and eligibility determination. The program for poor children and families insures nearly 3 million people.

NATIONAL NEWS:
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump is selling the United States to the global business community. In an address to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump says America's economic turnaround has been "nothing short of spectacular." He addressed a crowd of business and political leaders hours before his historic impeachment trial was set to reconvene in the U.S. Senate in Washington. His participation will his ability to balance his anger over being impeached with a desire to project leadership on the world stage.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's impeachment trial is set to unfold at the Capitol in a contentious proceeding to render judgment on his actions. On the eve of the trial, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed a condensed, two-day calendar for each side's opening arguments. The rules package will be one of the first orders of business when senators convene about midday Tuesday. Trump's lawyers are seeking swift acquittal. But Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer call's McConnell's plan "a national disgrace." When the trial begins in earnest, Trump will be attending a global leaders conference in Davos, Switzerland.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran has acknowledged that its armed forces fired two Russian anti-aircraft missiles at a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed after taking off from Tehran's main airport earlier this month, killing all 176 people on board. However, a new preliminary report by Iran's Civil Aviation Organization publicized on Tuesday stopped short of blaming the TOR-M1 for the crash of the Boeing 737-800 flown by Ukraine International Airways. For days after the Jan. 8 shootdown, Iran denied that it fired missiles at the plane, initially blaming a technical malfunction and engine fire for the crash. 

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — For the second time this month, predawn explosions minutes apart have rocked Stockholm. The two blasts damaged buildings and slightly injured one person. Explosives were used but authorities have ruled out terrorism. Fifty people were evacuated following the blasts at housing complexes on the Swedish capital's northwestern outskirts. The explosions damaged balconies, windows, doors and the insides of some apartments. They took place 500 meters (yards) apart. Sweden has in recent years seen explosions and shootings linked to feuding gangs. 

Moscow (AP) — Russian emergency officials say 11 people were killed and two more injured in a fire at a sawmill in a Siberian village. One person remains unaccounted-for. Most of the victims were from Uzbekistan. The fire, most likely sparked by a malfunctioning electric heater, broke out Tuesday morning in a single-story wooden building, rented by an unnamed Chinese company and used as a dormitory for the sawmill workers. Russian police have opened a criminal probe. Uzbek officials are working to identify their nationals and arrange the return of the bodies.

SPORTS:
NBA:  Marcus Morris Sr. and Julius Randle each scored 19 points and the New York Knicks used a strong second half to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-86. New York trailed by one at halftime in a matchup between teams at the bottom of the standings but took over in the third quarter, outscoring Cleveland 30-14. The Cavaliers have lost 10 of 12 and five straight. Both teams are 12-32 and lead only Atlanta in the Eastern Conference. Tristan Thompson had career-high 22 rebounds for Cleveland.

WEATHER:
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy, Low 14
WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny, High 38
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy, High 45 
FRIDAY: Cloudy, rain likely after 1pm, High 45
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy skies, scattered showers throughout the day, High 41

Rainsnow, and freezing rain before 7am, then rain and snow between 7am and 1pm, then rain after 1pm. High near 44.
Rain, snow, and freezing rain before 7am, then rain and snow between 7am and 1pm, then rain after 1pm. High near 44.
Rain, snow, and freezing rain before 7am, then rain and snow between 7am and 1pm, then rain after 1pm. High near 44.