LOCAL MAN ARRESTED IN WEST VIRGINIA OVERDOSE CASE
BOLIVAR
(WJER) (Nov. 15, 2019) - The overdoses and hospitalizations of two high school students in Morgantown, West Virginia, led to the arrest of a bolivar man and warnings from safety officials about buying vaping products off the street. Morgantown police say the two students were hospitalized after using heroin-laced vape pens. Morgantown Communications Manager Andrew Stacy says the subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Tristan Anderson, 23, of Bolivar, for possession of and intent to sell a controlled substance. He says Anderson has not been linked to the overdoses, although police did find 300 “TKO” labeled vaping cartridges and highly concentrated THC and other controlled substances at his address. Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell says the situation is a warning for people who don’t buy vaping products from retailers. Morgantown police say Anderson is in jail in West Virginia pending arraignment. Police say he also had 25 pounds of marijuana and over 100 THC edible candies at his address in Morgantown.

MAYOR’S MANNING RED KETTLES
TUSCARAWAS CO.
(WJER) (Nov. 15, 2019) - New Philadelphia and Dover’s leaders were out helping the local Salvation Army reach their $125,000 Red Kettle Campaign goal. Mayors Joel Day and Rick Homrighausen were out at their respective community’s Buhler’s ringing the bells for change. Day says it’s a small way he can help serve those in need outside of his daily role in office. Homrighausen says the service has become a tradition for him. He calls it the least he can do. Kettles will be out 10:00am-3:00pm at Rural King, Makos Market, Buehler’s locations, Big Lots and more through the season as volunteers work to raise money for the local programs put on by the local Salvation Army.

HALLS DECKED OUT FOR CHRISTMAS AT REEVES
DOVER
(WJER) (Nov. 15, 2019) - The J.E. Reeves Home and Museum now has a holiday feel to it for visitors going through the place. Social Media Coordinator Kami Stanley says the 17 rooms there are now all decorated for the Christmas season tours that will continue until the end of the year. Stanley says they change up the appearance each year, with a blend of vintage and modern decorations. The museum is open from 1:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m daily.  It’s $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 18.  It’s free for kids 5 and under. 

NEGOTIATIONS STARTING FOR COUNTY-BOLIVAR WATER DEAL
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) (Nov. 14, 2019) - Tuscarawas County’s Metropolitan Sewer District could be gaining some new customers in bulk as they enter negotiations with the Village of Bolivar. Director Mike Jones says the County Commissioners authorized him to work out a deal with village leaders to supply the town’s water through the Wilkshire Hills Plant. Jones says they already have everything they need to run water to the village thanks to two emergency lines. He says says they just have to install master meters on their supply lines to the village and bill Bolivar for their residents usage. Bolivar residents currently hooked up to the village system would still pay their utilities to the village who will be handling residential billing.

POLICE STILL SEARCHING FOR THIRD PURSUIT SUSPECT
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(Tusco TV) (Nov. 14, 2019) – The city’s police chief says they think they know who fled Wednesday’s one-car crash that ended a high-speed chase through town. Mike Goodwin says they are following multiple leads as they look for the suspect who jumped out of a Nissan Altima and ran after the car crashed into a guardrail on Commercial Avenue. Goodwin says two other suspects were arrested at the scene – a 25-year-old former new Philadelphia Man and 35-year-old from Uhrichsville. Goodwin says South Elementary was alerted as a precaution, but no official lockdown was ordered. He says police found ammunition at the scene but they haven’t located a gun. Goodwin says police also found drugs on the scene and are having them tested. He says the two individuals arrested at the scene are in custody and awaiting arraignment on felony charges.

BUCKEYE CAREER CENTER RECRUITING 2020 STUDENTS 
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Nov. 14, 2019) - Buckeye Career Center is letting prospective students come tour the building and meet instructors tonight. Public Relations Coordinator Shyanne Carroll says following sophomore visits earlier in the week, their fall open house is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. as they look ahead to 2020. Carroll says at the same time, there’s an alumni reception happening in the Joe Carlisle Café. Interested students can also have dinner at the open house. Those who apply for the 2020 school year tonight get a complimentary gift.

OPEN HOUSE TO SHOWCASE COUNTY ANNEX BUILDING MAKEOVER
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) (Nov. 14, 2019) -  Tuscarawas county commissioners are inviting the public to come check out the recent improvements made to the county office building. Joe Sciarretti says they’re having an open house from 2- 4 p.m. to show off the results of a more than four-month-long wallpaper removal and painting project at the courthouse annex building. Sciarretti says he thinks the approximately $120,000 project was a worthwhile investment. Painters remained on-site Wednesday afternoon finishing up the commissioners’ second-floor boardroom. Sciarretti says they’ve been working overtime to get it ready for today’s open house.

CHEMICAL LEAK PROMPTS EMERGENCY RESPONSE
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) (Nov. 13, 2019) - Firefighters say containment systems and a quick response helped mitigate a chemical leak at the Suez Water Technologies And Solutions Plant. Crews were called out to the Reiser Avenue business about 3:00 p.m Tuesday to a report that around 50-gallons of a base-solution and leaked and possibly entered a nearby storm drain. Lt. Bobby Smith called it a mild-chemical that had leaked. Smith says Suez employees identified a frozen line that had burst overnight. He says the chemical initially leaked into an emergency catch basin, but employees were concerned it had possibly made it outside near the storm drain. Smith says there was no immediate sign of environmental damage. Crews were on scene for about an hour assisting the county HAZ-MAT team and Emergency Management Agency officials.

CITY OFFICIALS OPTIMIZING EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS PROCEDURE
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) (Nov. 13, 2019) - City officials are optimizing their ability to communicate with the public during emergency situations. Executive Assistant Mary Ann Otte says she’s leading a committee tasked with developing procedures to communicate with the public quickly across a variety of platforms. Otte says they decided to beef up their communication abilities after identifying some area to improve after the water main break. During this week’s council meeting, Mayor Joel Day says they’ve been looking into different options including a city all-call system that residents and businesses could opt into and receive updates. Otte says their end goal is to create an inclusive procedure that uses a variety of media. She says they want to create procedures that funnel information through the mayor’s office to keep updates consistent as situations evolve.

AREA CHURCH HOSTS CAC BENEFIT
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) (Nov. 13, 2019) - A New Philadelphia church is putting on a concert to raise awareness and funds for a local charity. Schoenbrunn Moravian Church is holding its “Concert that Cares” Thursday at 7:00 p.m.  Pastor Ben Lippert says it’s featuring New Philadelphia high school and middle school students who are performing for a freewill donation to support the Noah’s Hope Child Advocacy Center. The concert involves some church members and their friends, like Keira Rossi and Charlotte Menapace , along aith Rylie Steele. Lippert says after church members cleaned up outside the CAC in September for their day of mission, they wanted to do more for the center. Lippert says they will also be accepting donations of coloring books, toys and other things to go to the kids at the Child Advocacy Center.  

TWO ARRESTED, ONE FLEES AFTER SPEEDY PURSUIT WITH CRASH
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(Tusco TV) (Nov. 13, 2019) - Police are searching for a suspect who fled on foot from a Nissan Altima when it crashed near the intersection of Commercial and Cookson avenues after a high-speed pursuit this morning. An officer at the scene says that two others are in custody. The remaining suspect is described as a white male wearing a camo jacket. It is unknown whether he is armed. No other details were immediately available. The Ohio State Patrol, New Phila Fire Department and Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office have been assisting in the search.

JFS OFFICIALS HIGHLIGHT THE NEED FOR ADOPTIVE PARENTS
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) (Nov. 12, 2019) - Tuscarawas County Job and Family Services officials are turning the spotlight on their adoption services for National Adoption Month. Specialist Rob Rectanus says JFS is always working to get licensed foster parents their adoption certification so they can strengthen the network of viable placement for kids removed from their homes. Rectanus says his job requires him to keep close track on the county’s foster population, and he says with a consistent range of 60-to-100 children in placement means the need for more providers is always there. He says last month the number of children in foster care, which affects the number of kids qualifying for adoptive services, hit a 15-year low. He says that’s a result of a conscious effort to keep kids in a familiar environment through kinship services. Anyone interested in adoption or becoming a foster parent can call JFS to start the process.

CHRISTMAS WITH A COP BACK ON PATROL
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) (Nov. 12, 2019) - Police officers are getting the word out now about their annual program that allows them to play Santa Claus and interact with kids in a different light.  FOP Tuscora Lodge Number 4 President Bob Everett says their 10th annual Christmas with a Cop event will be Saturday, December 14th at the New Philadelphia Elks.  Everett says they provide food and gifts to about 50 kids in all and their families, who have been identified by area teachers as students that could benefit the most from this program. Everett says the program chair, New Philadelphia Police Officer Chad Dorsey, will then call each nominated family to make sure they want to participate. Everett says they try to spend about $100 to $125 per child. Donations are now being accepted at area police stations. Or they can be mailed to FOP Tuscora 4, P.O. Box 2, Dover, Ohio 44622.

COUNCIL APPLAUDS IMPROVED FIRE PROTECTION RATING
PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Nov. 12, 2019) - City council is celebrating the fire department’s improved class 2 rating through the Insurance Services Office that could lower premiums for homes and businesses. Council Member Dean Holland says this puts the department into the 90th percentile in the state for preparedness. He says the new fire station, updated equipment, hiring additional firefighters and even the water department helped secure the rating. Holland says the goal now is to achieve level 1. That could involve revisiting efforts to form a fire district with Uhrichsville and getting another ladder truck, which could cost upwards of $800,000.  

STORYBOOK LANE OPERATORS LOOKING FOR DONORS
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) (Nov. 11, 2019) - The New Philadelphia Rotary Club is again asking for financial assistance to keep a holiday tradition going. Club member Tom Police says they need donors to help with maintenance costs for the Storybook Lane nursery rhyme character display boards that go up at Tuscora Park ahead of Christmas. There are two ways to give. He says they need donors to sponsor a verse board, which is $300 for a three-year period, or friends of storybook lane, who can get their name and message on the “friends” board for $100, now through 2021. Police says the rotary invests between 5-and$10,000 annually on the Storybook Lane Boards, which began 64 years ago. Police says people can donate by contacting the rotary. Forms are available at newphiladelphiarotary.com . The deadline to get your name or message on this year’s boards is November 22nd.

COMMUNITIES, SCHOOLS SALUTING OUR VETERANS 
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Nov. 11, 2019) -The Tuscarawas Valley is joining the nation today in honoring the men and women who have suited up to defend our country. Today is Veterans Day, which started out as Armistice Day, marking the anniversary of the end of the first World War. Many schools and communities are hosting ceremonies today. Officer Jason Thornton, with the Tuscarawas County Veterans Service Office, says he encourages veterans to take advantage of the discounts being offered today by the different restaurants and businesses, with most requiring proof of service. Thornton says Veterans Day follows the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps, established November 10th, 1775. 

ASTRONAUT TO SPEAK AT KENT STATE TUSCARAWAS
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) (Nov. 11, 2019) - Kent State Tuscarawas is inviting the community to attend a talk at the Performing Arts Center from an out-of-this-world speaker. Director of Advancement Chad Conrad says Dr. Cady Coleman, a former NASA astronaut, will be at the PAC Thursday Nov. 21st to discuss her experience in space as part of their Tusc-Talks series installments. Conrad says they leave time for audience interaction with each guest for a more personal experience. The event is free, but tickets are required. Conrad says those can be reserved or picked up by calling the box office at 330-308-6400

DOVER SCHOOL BOARD FRONTRUNNERS READY TO COLLABORATE
DOVER (Tusco TV) (Nov. 8, 2019) - The three candidates unofficially voted onto the Dover School Board this week are set to get to work. Newcomers Kyle Stemple and Michael Studer join incumbent John Maxwell in leading the vote. Studer says his experience as an independent auditor will be useful for the district’s financial challenges. Maxwell is poised for his third term and says he welcomes the opportunity for fresh perspectives from the two new members. Maxwell beat out Doug Peterman by 49 votes for third place, so there’s still a slim possibility Peterman could overtake Maxwell when the elections board adds in provisional and absentee ballots during certification November 18th. 

COMMISSIONERS UPDATE ON MANUFACTURING CORRIDOR PROGRESS
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) (Nov. 7, 2019) - An effort to make Tuscarawas and some surrounding counties a hub for manufacturing education is showing progress two years into the program’s creation. Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce President Scott Robinson says the Multi-County Advanced Manufacturing Corridor has about 100-students involved between Kent State Tuscarawas and Buckeye Career Center where they are earning the qualifications to fill a variety of manufacturing roles. Robinson says to date, they’ve collected over $730,000 in grants and local funding. Robinson says they recently visited the Tuscarawas County Commissioners to let them know how far the program has come since it began. He says they want to start bringing the program into elementary and middle schools to get younger kids thinking about the possibilities in a manufacturing career so they can begin that path early on.

CLOSE RACES HINGE UPON ELECTION CERTIFICATION
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Nov. 6, 2019) - Voting officials say they still have work to do before this week’s election counts. Tuscarawas County Board of Elections Director Gail Garbrandt says there are 118 provisional ballots and as many as 159 outstanding absentee ballots that could be added to the election night totals during certification November 18th, enough to possibly change outcomes or trigger automatic recounts for closer races. For example, Jack Robinson leads Fred Edwards by five votes for Rush Township trustee. Michelle Wolf has a three-vote lead over Kenny Trimmer for the second Claymont School Board open seat.  

UNOFFICIAL 2019 GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) (Nov. 6, 2019) - There will be a mix of new and returning faces in office next year if the unofficial results of Tuesday’s election hold up. Kyle Stemple, Michael Studer and John Maxwell are the top vote-getters in the Dover School Board race, pushing out incumbents Jeannine Kennedy and Randy Longacher. Dave Frantz, Chris Weaver and write-in candidate Dan Fuller led the New Philadelphia School Board race. Voters approved the Sugarcreek Township fire and rescue levy but rejected the Port Washington income tax street maintenance levy and Barnhill operating levy. Winners of contested mayoral races include Scott Gordon in Zoar, Keith Ely in Baltic and Laurie Green in Mineral City. Steven Smith in Strasburg, Larry Kopp in Midvale and Rich Gilmore in Gnadenhutten defeated incumbent mayors. The elections board still must certify the results later in the month. 

STATE NEWS
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Dayton area's last abortion clinic has prevailed in a years-long battle over Ohio’s stringent new licensing requirements and will remain open. The Ohio Department of Health has granted Women’s Med Center a surgical facility license. The center in Kettering had postponed surgical abortions as it pursued multiple avenues to stay open, including state and federal court challenges and negotiations with local health systems and doctors.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man accused of killing a West Virginia woman in a hit and run has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal crash. The Herald-Dispatch reports 30-year-old Jermaine Demeurs Baird, of Detroit, Michigan, entered his plea in Cabell County this week. Circuit Judge Christopher D. Chiles sentenced him on Tuesday to one to five years in prison. Investigators say Baird struck Carol Brooks in 2018 while she was walking in Huntington before he escaped to Michigan where his car was found.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Resuming Ohio's attempt to allow cryptocurrency in certain tax payments is up in the air after the state's top lawyer found a Bitcoin program launched by the former state treasurer was illegal. Republican Attorney General Dave Yost's Nov. 5 opinion found then-Treasurer Josh Mandel skirted state law when he launched OhioCrypto.com last year for paying business taxes. A message seeking comment was left with Mandel.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio congressman who recently ended his own White House bid has endorsed Joe Biden for president. Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan’s backing was announced by the Biden campaign Wednesday. It could provide a pivotal boost for the former vice president in the blue-collar Youngstown area. Ryan has represented it since 2003.

NATIONAL NEWS:
WASHINGTON (AP) — It didn’t take long for Democrats and Republicans in Wednesday’s impeachment hearing to stake out their positions on President Donald Trump’s actions toward Ukraine. Democrats say the opening day of public testimony revealed a striking account of Trump abusing his office by holding up military aid and seeking investigations of his political rivals. Republicans counter that the first two witnesses offered little more than second-hand stories of Trump’s actions.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are lining up a few more witnesses for closed-door testimony in the impeachment hearings. An official at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, David Holmes, is set to speak privately with investigators on Friday. A person familiar with the matter tells The Associated Press that Holmes is the person who overheard President Donald Trump and ambassador Gordon Sondland discuss Ukraine and investigations. Friday’s public testimony comes from the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Gaza militants fired a barrage of rockets into Israel hours after a cease-fire was declared to bring to an end to two days of intense fighting. Air raid sirens went off in several communities on Thursday near the Gaza Strip as at least five rockets could be seen blasting out of the territory.

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Normal life in Bolivia returned only briefly Wednesday morning after former President Evo Morales stepped down over the weekend, left the country and Senate leader Jeanine Añez claimed the interim presidency. Later Wednesday, violent clashes erupted between Morales loyalists and police in Bolivia’s capital and raged well into the night with rock-throwing protests. Morales supporters also flooded into the streets in La Paz’s sister city of El Alto.

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police have warned protesters that they are moving “one step closer to terrorism” by sinking the city into chaos, as riot squads skirmished with militant students at major universities. A police spokesman denied a report that his department had been asked to enforce a possible curfew this weekend. In unusually harsh language, he said anti-government students were turning university campuses into “weapons factories” and a “hotbed” of crime.

SPORTS:
NFL: Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett ripped off Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet and hit him with it in the head in the final seconds as the Browns’ 21-7 win over the Steelers ended with a wild brawl between the rivals. Garrett faces a likely suspension for his actions, and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey will likely be disciplined for kicking Garrett in the head. Players from both sidelines spilled on the field during the wild melee.

WEATHER: 
TODAY: Mostly sunny, High 40
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, Low 25
SATURDAY: Sunny, High 40
SUNDAY: Sunny, High 46