MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

TUSCARAWAS COUNTY FAIR OPENS
DOVER – The animals are filling the barns, the 4-H projects are on display and it is time for the best seven days in September as the Tuscarawas County Fair opens today. Admission is free for military veterans today as beef and poultry are on center stage this morning and lambs this afternoon. The Tough Truck competition gets underway at the grandstands at 7:30. Fair Board President Steve Cronebaugh says he is grateful for cool sunny weather and looks forward to an exciting week. Sunday, 19-year-old Genesis Lorenz of Sugarcreek was crowned Junior Fair Queen. The Number One plate brought in $1,000 at the annual plate auction Sunday evening by Jim Cargnel of Cargnel Cleaning.

FORMER MISS CLAYLAND KEEPS SHINING
UHRICHSVILLE - Local pageant organizers say Miss Ohio and former Miss Clayland Mackenzie Bart is still a winner for finishing in the top ten for Miss America contest. Miss Clayland Director Martha Campbell says she attended Bart’s winning performance last week at the preliminaries in Atlantic City. But watching her advance in the finals Sunday was even more thrilling. Campbell says Bart won a total of  $14-thousand in scholarship money for the week, including one of the first ever miss america awards for promoting “stem” education. Bart is next set to appear on the Today Show to sit in for her idol Al Roker and deliver the weather Tuesday morning.  

SHARE A CHRISTMAS NEEDS WAREHOUSE
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The Share A Christmas program is turning to the community to help come up with a place spacious enough to sort and distribute this year’s toy drive collection. Tuscarawas County T-4-C Director Louise Worsham says her group is looking for a warehouse with at least 10,000 square feet to take what is collected at the WJER Toy Drive December 3rd.  Worsham says this is where the dozens of volunteers will do all the work to get the toys ready for pick-up by participating families the week before Christmas. Worsham says she is unsure what they would do if no warehouse is found, but it would drastically alter the toy distribution.  Worsham says the vacant warehouses used by Share A Christmas in recent years are now occupied with tenants.

PHILA POLICE CHASE HITS 80 MPH
NEW PHILADELPHIA
- A Sherrodsville man is in the county jail after leading New Philadelphia police on chase that reached speeds of 80 miles per hour.   Officer Kyle Kelley says he first tried to pull over 29-year old Edgar Arbogast Jr. for a suspended license after a routine check of his plates about 5 p.m. Sunday on Beaver Ave.  Arbogast then led a pursuit lasting close to nine minutes, at one point striking a vehicle stopped at an intersection.  A small bag appearing to contain a white powder was also thrown from the vehicle but never recovered. Arbogast eventually stopped along a gravel drive off Johnstown Rd. and was apprehended with a passenger without incident. Arbogast appeared in Municipal Court Monday on charges of failure to comply and fleeing and eluding, while additional charges are pending.  The passenger was interviewed and released without being charged.

WEST HIGH CLOSING DELAYED
NEW PHILADELPHIA – State transportation officials say waterline work on either side of W. High Ave. is delaying plans to completely close off both directions of the section of road until Thursday. The two-month long closing was supposed to start today. ODOT Project Engineer Jerred Giauque says traffic congestion will be alleviated by the time the work is completed in June 2015. The road will re-open to traffic in both directions by mid November.

BREAK IN SUSPECT SURRENDERS 
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Police say social media users helped identify the suspect accused of breaking into a number of cars at a local bowling alley Tuesday night. Detective Captain Shawn Nelson says the department posted surveillance video from Wabash Lanes on Facebook this week and received numerous tips on the man’s identity. He says the  suspect eventually turned himself in Friday. Nelson says the man, who remains unidentified, is free pending a grand jury indictment.

ROSENBERRY GRANTS SUPPORT AREA PROJECTS
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The Harold and Marjorie Rosenberry Foundation is again assisting a variety of organizations with expenses they might otherwise be unable to afford.  The foundation recently awarded its semi-annual grants totaling nearly $222,000 to 16 area non-profit groups for equipment and capital improvements.  Dover Public Library Director Jim Gill says the $13,745 grant is being used to install a security camera system this fall as a precaution. The Tuscarawas County Humane Society will receive $39,550 towards its new shelter opening this fall. Campaign co-chair Dan Hershberger says the money will pay for drywall and specialized flooring. The following organizations are also receiving Rosenberry gifts:
Dover Historical Society $   3,000 Purchase scanner
Claymont City Schools $ 10,000 Project Lead the Way
Indian Valley Local Schools $ 10,000 Project Lead the Way
New Philadelphia City Schools $ 10,000 Project Lead the Way
Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools$ 10,000 Project Lead the Way
Village of Tuscarawas  $   9,800          Fencing in the village park ball fields
Dennison Railroad Depot Museum$ 20,000 Matching money for restoring Steam Engine 2700 & Pullman Exhibit Car
Union Hospital Association $ 23,877 Pulse Volume Recording System
Dover City Schools $ 21,222 Security cameras for all five school buildings
Kent State University – Tuscarawas $ 25,000 Equipment and outfitting for Tolloty Technology Center Incubator
Immaculate Conception School $2,000 Sound System
Quaker Digital Academy (QDA) $ 6,000 Computers for Learning Lab
Village of Barnhill $ 8,367 Purchase a tractor/mower
Trinity Hospital Twin City $ 9,406 Purchase of a HI-Lo Traction Table & a Bariatric Power Mat Platform

SUPERINTENDENTS WEIGH IN ON NEW STATE GRADES 
TUSCARAWAS COUNTY - Area school district officials say they are trying to keep the latest state report cards in perspective. Tuscarawas County districts earned the range of grades from “A” to “D”in their overall number of standards achieved since last year. Tuscarawas Valley and Garaway earned an “A” rating. But Tusky Valley Superintendent Mark Murphy says the rankings show hard work by both students and staff.  New Philadelphia schools earned a “C” grade overall, interim Superintendent Doug Spade says the acceptable percentage has been elevated from 75 to 80, making it appear the district failed to improve. Dover schools are ranked with a “B” while Indian Valley, Claymont and Strasburg earned a “C” grade. Newcomerstown received a “D” for the number of standards met, but “A’s” in individual parameters.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECEIVES NEW CRIME SCENE TECHNOLOGY
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s deputies say a new piece of equipment will help jurors better visualize crime scenes. Lauren Innovations in New Philadelphia donated a 360-degree camera to be used primarily in the detective bureau. Lauren Vice President Jim Hummel says the technology allows users to document an entire room with views from the ceiling to the floor. Chief Deputy Orvis Campbell says the camera will also be helpful at unusual outdoor crime scenes. Sheriff Walt Wilson says the technology is the latest example of the department’s partnership with Lauren as a similar camera was used to take still shots of area schools under the NaviGate Prepared safety program. Wilson says he expects deputies to begin using the specialized camera and software immediately.

 

  

STATE NEWS:

LANE FOUND WITH PITCHFORK
COLUMBUS (AP) State troopers say the convicted Ohio school shooter who briefly escaped from prison last week had a pitchfork when he was captured. State Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Craig Cvetan said Monday that T.J. Lane didn't threaten officers with the pitchfork and investigators haven't determined where Lane got the tool.

MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY
BUCYRUS (AP) A man has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder, robbery and other charges in the deaths of four men at their homes in a small Ohio city. Donald Hoffman is charged on 21 counts for the slayings in Bucyrus . Some counts include specifications for a potential death penalty.

MAN HIT BY TRUCK, SET SELF ON FIRE
OBERLIN (AP) Authorities say a man is hospitalized after he stepped in front of a passing truck on a northeast Ohio highway, was struck, then somehow managed to retrieve a container of gasoline, swallowed some and set himself on fire as three young children sat in his car. The Highway Patrol tells the Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria that the man was struck around 10:30 this morning on U.S. 20 in Oberlin, about 35 miles west of Cleveland.


 


NATIONAL NEWS: 

CONGRESS PUTS RUSH ON TRAINING
WASHINGTON (AP) Members of Congress are rushing to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels. And President Barack Obama's fiercest opponents among House Republicans are ready to go along -- on the condition that no U.S. ground forces are deployed in the fight against the Islamic State group. The House and Senate are looking to wrap up work Friday before a nearly two-month recess in preparation for November's midterm elections.

WHITE HOUSE LAUNCHES SEXUAL ASSAULT CAMPAIGN
WASHINGTON (AP) The White House will be launching a campus sexual assault awareness campaign -- with a focus on getting men involved in preventing those assaults. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to announce the campaign on Friday. Officials say it will challenge everyone on campuses to see sexual assault as their personal responsibility to prevent -- but it will particularly target male students.

CLAIMS RISE FOLLOWING EVALUATION
DETROIT (AP) The number of deaths linked to faulty ignition switches in GM small cars has risen to 19. That's according to compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg. He was hired by GM to evaluate claims for compensation stemming from the faulty switch. He says he's determined that 19 wrongful death claims are eligible for payments from GM. The company had said for months that its estimate of the number of deaths stood at 13.


SPORTS:

NFL: Star NFL running back Adrian Peterson won't miss any more playing time -- at least, for now -- because of the child abuse charges against him. He was benched for yesterday's Minnesota Vikings game, but the team says he'll be back on the field this Sunday. Peterson was charged with child abuse for using a switch to spank his 4-year-old son. He issued a statement today saying that he's not a child abuser, and that he's sorry about the pain he caused to his child. Peterson says he was just trying to teach his son right from wrong.

WEATHER:
TONIGHT: 60% chance of rain, Lo 52
TUESDAY: Morning rain, then sunny, Hi 66
WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny, Hi 68



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