TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2014
METH LAB BLAMED FOR VACANT HOUSE FIRE
UHRICHSVILLE - Fire fighters say they are thankful to put out a meth lab fire quickly with minimal damage to a house over the weekend. Capt. Wes Dillon says neighbors called 911 Sunday evening about smoke coming from a vacant house near SR 800 and US 250. Dillon says fire fighters were concerned about the drug involvement right away when they found a couple bottles used for making meth had started the small fire in the basement. Damage is estimated at about $500 as the fire was contained quickly and no one was injured. He says the Holmes County meth lab clean up team was called to finish the job and the Tuscarawas County sheriff’s office is also investigating.
UH PROPOSES BOND ISSUES
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Union Hospital officials are seeking the help of the Tuscarawas County commissioners as they prepare to finance the emergency department makeover. UH Chief Financial Officer Gene Thorn says Charter One bank plans to purchase the bonds worth $47 million to fund the enhancement and refinancing of an existing bond. Thorn says because the county is the governmental agency involved, the commissioners must first authorize the issuance but will take on no debt or other risks. Thorn says the $25 million refinancing piece stems from a previous bond issue to construct the hospital’s Boulevard south addition. Thorn says if the commissioners approve the issue Thursday, the bond revenues will also be tax-exempt.
MOTORISTS PLAY IT SAFE LABOR DAY WEEKEND
NEW PHILADELPHIA - State Troopers say area motorists made it through the extended holiday weekend without any major issues on the roadways. New Philadelphia Highway Patrol Post Commander Lt. Mark Glennon says troopers made 665 traffic stops between Friday and late Monday with an additional 115 safety belt citations in Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties. Glennon says grant funding allowed more cruisers to patrol the area highways, focusing heavily on the construction zones on I 77 and U.S. 250 near New Philadelphia, where the speed limits remain just 55 miles per hour. Glennon says statewide, crashes were down about 6% compared with last year, though OVI arrests increased slightly.
NEW PHILA, YORK FIRE FIGHTERS PROPOSE A DEAL
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Fire fighters may soon be automatically covering York Twp. instead of waiting for a call for mutual aid. New Philadelphia Chief Jim Parrish says the township is willing to pay $2,000 a year to the city to cover its overtime costs even though New Philadelphia and York Twp. have a history of working together for free. But Parrish says the city can no longer afford the expense and the township wants to make sure someone will respond right away. Parrish says he understands the township’s dilemma as staffing is difficult with volunteers who need time off work. New Philadelphia city council has yet to okay the deal.
CITY OFFICIALS WEATHER CRITICISMS
UHRICHSVILLE - City leaders say they are getting used to the criticism after policy changes are approved by council, but they still want to dispel rumors. Council President Mark Haney says even his family is hearing from people about a recent move to switch the city to a single trash hauler. But Haney says rumors about kickbacks or the city taking out loans and hiding money are false accusations. Mayor Terry Culbertson says he ignores social media comments and prefers to discuss issues with residents in person. He says most residents are happy about the trash hauler situation, but the few negative comments get all the attention.
ROUNDHOUSE EVENT SOLD OUT
SUGARCREEK – Organizers say they are overwhelmed at the support for the Garaway Education Foundation’s first-ever fundraising event. Board member Dean Putt says the “Evening at the Roundhouse” is sold out for both the afternoon tours and the evening’s dinner and auction. Putt says the unique historic restored railroad roundhouse is home to 18 restored steam engines. He says the fundraiser is rare for the privately owned facility south of Sugarcreek. Putt says the foundation is hoping to raise more scholarship money after awarding more then $80,000 to students and teachers solely from donations in the past.
POPULAR PRESERVATION PEPPERED WITH SAFETY CONCERNS
NEW PHILADELPHIA – Tuscarawas County OSU Extension Office experts are reminding residents who are canning their fruits and vegetables to remain up to date. Family and Consumer Sciences educator Chris Kendle says many traditional methods handed down for generations are now outdated and even unsafe. She says boiling water fails to temperatures hot enough and that steaming equipment is better. She says many area residents are canning their green beans and tomatoes this time of year.
POLICE NAB CREATIVE THIEF
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Police say charges are pending against a suspect who is accused of staging an elaborate scheme to break into a pawn shop last week. Detective Capt. Shawn Nelson says a search warrant of the man’s apartment revealed dozens of items from the Big Money Pawn Shop on Bowers Ave. Nelson says someone wearing the 22-year-old New Philadelphia man’s distinctive coat is seen on video footage smashing the front plate glass and grabbing jewelry from the showcases. But Nelson says two decoy 911 calls to opposite ends of Dover and New Philadelphia from cell phones were plotted near the pawn shop at the same time. Nelson says the man is also suspected in dozens of car break-ins near his home on the south side of town. Nelson says he is taking the case to the grand jury, but recommends residents keep their cars locked and valuables inside their homes.
POLICE OFFICER FATALLY SHOOTS MAN
CLEVELAND (AP) A Cleveland police sergeant has shot and killed a man who reportedly pointed a gun at him as he was responding to a gunfire complaint. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says the sergeant fired three shots Tuesday after repeatedly ordering the man to drop a handgun around 9:15 a.m.
PHOTO I.D. SUPPORTERS CREATE PETITION
COLUMBUS (AP) Several Republican state lawmakers want to force the Ohio House to vote on a bill requiring voters in the swing state to show photo identification at the polls. Supporters of the bill said Tuesday they are circulating a petition to pull the proposal from committee and bring it to a vote by the House.
GUARDSMAN SET FOR ARRAIGNMENT
COLUMBUS (AP) An Ohio National Guardsman accused of sexually abusing three adopted daughters and his stepdaughter at their home is scheduled for arraignment this week on an updated 35-count indictment. Prosecutors allege in court documents that the Marysville man and his wife abruptly sent a fourth adopted daughter out of state in July 2012 and threatened remaining children in the family with a similar fate to keep them quiet.
EXTREMIST GROUP CONSIDERS ADDITIONAL DEATHS
BEIRUT (AP) The Islamic State extremist group is warning that there will be additional American deaths, as long as U.S. airstrikes continue to target the group. The extremists released a video today that appears to show the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff. The State Department says it believes "a few" Americans are still being held by the group.
HOME DEPOT CHECKS INTO DATA BREACH
NEW YORK (AP) Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a credit card data breach. The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer says it's looking into "unusual activity" and that it's working with both banks and law enforcement. A spokeswoman says if the retailer confirms that a breach occurred, it will notify customers immediately. Many retailers have had security walls broken in recent months, including Target, grocery store chain Supervalu, P.F. Chang's and the thrift store operations of Goodwill.
POLAR VORTEX BECOMES MORE COMMON
WASHINGTON (AP) Remember the polar vortex? It was a huge mass of Arctic air that plunged much of the U.S. into the deep freeze. You might have to get used to it. A new study says that as the world gets warmer, parts of North America, Europe and Asia could see more frequent and stronger visits of that cold air. Researchers say that's because of shrinkage in ice in the seas off Russia. Less ice would let more energy go from the ocean into the air, and that would weaken the atmospheric forces that usually keep cold air trapped in the Arctic. The study was published in the journal Nature Communications.
The Indians have activated outfielder Ryan Raburn from the disabled list. Raburn was placed on the DL on Aug. 19 with a sore right wrist he injured while making a diving catch. Raburn will bat seventh as the designated hitter Tuesday night when the Indians, routed 12-1 by Detroit in the opener, continue their four-game series against the Tigers. Raburn, who played six seasons with Detroit, has struggled in his second year with Cleveland. He's batting just .191 with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 70 games. Released by Detroit after the 2012 season, the 33-year-old was a nice surprise after he signed as a free agent with the Indians in 2013. He batted .272 with 16 homers and 55 RBIs last season.
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WEDNESDAY: Sunny, Hi 83
THURSDAY: Mostly sunny, Hi 88
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