MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2015
CHRISTMAS JAR THIEF SENTENCED
DOVER - Dover Public Library leaders say they are pleased to see the case of the Christmas jar thief come to a close. 24-year old Justin Litman of Dover recently pleaded guilty in New Philadelphia Municipal Court to theft and obstructing official business for his role in taking the donation jar from a library counter September 30th. Library Director Jim Gill says he attended Litman’s sentencing recently and believes Litman’s 279 day jail sentence is fitting. Gill says Litman returned $240 of the estimated $1,000 collection, though the second Christmas jar collection currently totals about $2,000 with the help of the public and a GoFundMe account. Gill says the library plans to give the money to a deserving family within the next two weeks. Gill says the jar is now secured in an acrylic box that is attached to the front desk counter and the money is deposited weekly.
ANTI-HEROIN DRUG IMPROVING SOCIETY
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Tuscarawas County officials say a program intended to get heroin addicts treatment rather than repeated stints in jail is working. Sheriff’s Reentry Coordinator Seana Todd Fortune says the jail in the spring started giving inmates addicted to heroin the option of receiving a generic pill form of the opiate blocking drug Vivitrol, and then continue with monthly injection doses of the drug through the New Philadelphia Health Department for a year or so. Fortune says those who first started on the medication about 10 months ago no longer deal with constant thoughts of addiction. Fortune says the ADAHMS board and the courts have helped fund the cost to offer the pills in jail while insurance and Medicaid cover the injections.
DEER GUN SEASON STARTS TODAY
TUSCARAWAS COUNTY - Hunters from around the region will be heading to Tuscarawas County over the next week as today marks the beginning of the annual deer gun season. Tuscarawas County Wildlife Officer Wade Dunlap says the local bag limit has been reduced to two deer this season as hunters can take either two does or one buck and one doe. Dunlap says for the second year in a row, hunters in Tuscarawas County will be unable to use the additional antlerless deer tags, but he says hunters will continue to have the option to check in deer by phone, online, or at the stations where licenses are sold. Dunlap says he expects Tuscarawas County to finish at least within the top five counties in the state for total deer taken this week.
SEWER DISTRICT TO IMPLEMENT AUTO BILL PAY
BOLIVAR - Tuscarawas County Metropolitan Sewer District customers will soon have the ability to pay their bills automatically. Director Mike Jones says the technology to accommodate the new option is in place and customers should receive a notification in their December or January mailings. Jones says the new option allows residents to sign up to have their payment taken directly out of their bank accounts. He says the auto pay will come in handy for residents who leave Tuscarawas County and head south in the winter months. Jones says sewer district customers will still be able to mail their payment and also pay online.
PARADES WELCOME CHRISTMAS
TUSCARAWAS COUNTY - The Christmas season is arriving all over Tuscarawas County this week as communities begin hosting their annual holiday parades. The Twin Cities’ Christmas parade steps off tonight from the Moose Lodge in Uhrichsville at 6 p.m. along Third Street to the gazebo in Dennison. Twin City Chamber of Commerce President Teri Edwards says the new date helps accommodate the Polar Express crowds later in the month. Edwards says she is also excited to have an evening parade for the first time. The New Philadelphia Christmas parade is coming up Friday night from Tuscora Park along N. Broadway to the library. Organizer Julie Levengood Stephon says she also enjoys a lighted event. Dover’s Christmas parade will be held Saturday with a lighting ceremony on the square, and the parade will come from East School down Third Street to Wooster Avenue and W. Second Street. Event Chair Jeff Beitzel says he has mixed feelings about night parades as they are magical to see, but it is a gamble with the weather. All three parades include some type of hot chocolate and visits with Santa.
ARTS COUNCIL FORMATION PROGRESSES
NEW PHILADELPHIA - A group working to determine the need for an Arts Council in Tuscarawas County is preparing to take a significant step in the process. Spokeswoman Diane Lautenschleger says the research phase has ended, and the group is now attempting to form a board of directors to guide the council into the future. Lautenschleger says the completed feasibility study encompassed research from around the country to find out what services arts councils provide in their communities. She says the proposed board will likely include business leaders and art professionals with an initial meeting in January.
5-YEAR-OLD SHOOTS SELF, MOTHER'S BOYFRIEND JAILED
BALTIC - Tuscarawas County sheriff’s deputies say a 5-year-old boy from Baltic is recovering after he shot himself in the leg Thursday evening. Chief Deputy Orvis Campbell says the boy found a loaded 9 mm handgun on a lower shelf in a bedroom at the apartment on Baltic Haus Drive and fired it about 7 p.m. He was taken by helicopter to Akron Children’s Hospital where he is listed in good condition. His mother’s live-in boyfriend, 27-year-old Adam Bays, is being held in the county jail on child endangering charges. Campbell says Bays was warned in June to properly store his guns and ammunition when a gun was found in the living room. There are three other small children in the home.
YODER PLUMBING FIRE INVESTIGATED
DOVER - Firefighters say no one was injured when a fire broke out at a business garage overnight. Chief Russ Volkert says the fire to the Yoder Plumbing garage at 318 W. 5th Street was reported to 911 about 3:37 a.m. Saturday by a resident living at an apartment attached to the garage. Volkert says the fire never reached the apartment, and the cause is currently unknown and under investigation. Volkert says the fire was under control within about 10 minutes, and he estimates it caused up to $70,000 in damage. Saturday morning’s fire was just across the alley from where another overnight garage fire happened about two-and-a-half weeks earlier. Volkert says the cause of that previous fire remains undetermined, and there is no way to know yet if the two are connected in any way.
FIRE DAMAGES BUILDING AT DOVER CHEMICAL
DOVER - Dover firefighters say quick thinking by Dover Chemical employees helped put out a fire at the plant Wednesday evening. Fire Chief Russ Volkert says an investigation is underway to determine what caused the flames that appeared on the building’s side just before 5 p.m. He says no product or material was involved, though I-77 and surrounding streets were closed for a short time as a precaution. At least five Tuscarawas County fire departments were on scene while police helped maintain the perimeter, but Volkert says most of the assistance was needed after the fire was out. Volkert says a damage estimate is currently unavailable as the fire impacted the structure and some equipment, and it will likely disrupt production until repairs are made.
EARLY SALES ATTRACT SHOPPERS
TUSCARAWAS COUNTY - The Thanksgiving leftovers were still warm when area shoppers hoping to get a jump on bargains hit the stores for Christmas shopping. Many stores started their Black Friday sales as early as 6 p.m. Thanksgiving night. Shoppers say all they had to do was work around the holiday by eating dinner early, and it is becoming a new tradition. There are a few who would rather wait until at least Friday to begin their Christmas shopping. While many stores started Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving, some shoppers showed up either reluctantly or left disappointed when stores ran out of the items on sale.
MAN WHO KILLED HIMSELF IN MUSEUM IDENTIFIED
COLUMBUS (AP) - Ohio State University says the ex-employee who killed himself inside a gallery at the campus' contemporary art museum was a security guard who resigned in 2009 to avoid being fired. In a statement today the university identified him as 63-year-old Dean Sturgis. No one else was injured in the shooting, which was reported at 11:20 a.m. Sunday at the Wexner Center for the Arts.
EX-OHIO HOUSE SPEAKER EYEING OLD SEAT
COLUMBUS (AP) - Republican Larry Householder, a once-powerful speaker of the Ohio House, is considering a return to the Statehouse. The 56-year-old left Columbus a decade ago with federal investigations into alleged money laundering and irregular campaign practices under way. The government closed the case without filing charges. Householder is now weighing a run for his old House seat in 2016.
OHIO SEEKS FLEXIBILITY IN WELFARE WORK RULES
COLUMBUS (AP) - Ohio officials have asked the federal government for more flexibility in the work requirements that some welfare recipients must meet. Governor John Kasich's administration says certain federal rules don't give people enough time to complete vocational training or job-readiness activities.
SHOOTING WON'T AFFECT PROBE OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD
WASHINGTON (AP) - A top congressional Republican is giving no indication that last week's fatal shootings at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado will affect a House probe of the group for providing fetal tissue to researchers. Defenders of Planned Parenthood say harsh language by the group's critics has helped create a hostile political environment, one that could encourage people to act violently against the organization. But House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy dismissed that suggestion. He says the alleged attacker of the clinic is "a very evil, crazy man."
LEADERS LOOK TO SEND A MESSAGE
PARIS (AP) - The leaders of several of the countries taking part in the climate summit in France are calling on economies around the world to put a price on carbon dioxide emissions, as a way to fight global warming. The appeal comes from the heads of France, Germany, Chile, Mexico, Ethiopia and Canada, along with the World Bank. They want to see some kind of mechanism that would essentially charge a price for each ton of carbon dioxide produced by industry. It could be a simple tax, or a more complex system involving a carbon credit.
PUTIN, OBAMA DISCUSS SYRIA
PARIS (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin says he and President Barack Obama have a shared understanding on how to move toward a political settlement in Syria. But he says incidents like the recent downing of a Russian warplane by a Turkish fighter jet will get in the way of broader cooperation against extremism. Putin and Obama had a half-hour meeting Monday on the sidelines of a climate summit near Paris. Putin says they discussed efforts to compile a list of extremist groups and another list of members of legitimate political opposition.
CHARGES FILED IN ATTACK ON PROTESTERS
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A county prosecutor in Minneapolis says he's filed the toughest charges possible against four men accused of a racially motivated attack on five protesters. The protesters were shot last week outside the city's 4th Precinct, where demonstrators have set up camp since 24-year-old Jamar Clark died in a confrontation with police officers. None of the protesters suffered life-threatening injuries. The prosecutor says the felony charges he filed against the four men carry tougher potential sentences than any kind of hate crime-related charge he could bring.
NFL: The Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. Combined they have five wins this season and tonight they take center stage on the Monday Night telecast. For the Browns, Johnny Manziel will not be behind center as he's been demoted to third string for lying to the coaches about his partying, and Joe Flacco is out for the Ravens with an injury.
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TUESDAY: 80% chance of rain, Hi 58
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, Hi 45
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