Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

PHILA HANGAR PROJECT HITS SNAG
NEW PHILADELPHIA - New Philadelphia leaders say a single paragraph in the city’s annual financial statement has delayed the process of building new airplane hangar space at the city’s airport. Mayor Joel Day says part of the statement falsely reported the city did not own the airport, which was keeping local banks from offering a loan for the $400,000 project. He says the project will move forward if approved by council but will take longer than expected. The paragraph has been included in the financial statement since 1999. The new statement should be available by July.

COURTHOUSE DOME ARCHITECT HIRED
NEW PHILADELPHIA
– Tuscarawas County leaders have more upgrades slated for the county courthouse dome. County commissioners have selected a design architect for $124,000 for the dome restoration project. Commissioner Joe Sciarretti says $50,000 of that has already been secured without using tax dollars. Plans include replacing the eagle on top by the end of next year with “The Three Ladies of Justice,” which was the original statue perched on top of the building in the 19th century until its removal in 1959 over safety concerns.  

OHIO GOV TALKS TRUMP
COLUMBUS - Our governor has been making the rounds on the network TV news shows to talk about his new book and President Trump’s first 100 days in office. John Kasich was on CBS, where he was asked by host Charlie Rose whether we took the wrong direction in 2016. Kasich praised Trump for the strike in Syria but criticized him for targeting immigrant families in this country illegally. Kasich was also asked about another presidential run, which he responded to by saying he will unlikely run for any office again. Kasich was the last Republican standing against Donald Trump in the Republican primary race in 2016. 

FIREHOUSE SUBS DONATES AEP
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The local police union is giving thanks to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The foundation has awarded a $250,000 grant for 263 automated external defibrillator devices nationwide. One of them is going to the Fraternal Order of Police Tuscora Lodge #4. Lodge President Bob Everett says they are fortunate to receive one of these life-saving tools for treating sudden cardiac arrest. Everett says the only stipulation is that there is only one AED to give to local police, and it must be kept in a cruiser. They will decide which department receives it at Wednesday night’s FOP meeting. These AEDs are valued at about $950 a piece.

GIBBS ON TRUMP’S FIRST 100 DAYS
DOVER - Republican lawmakers continue backing President Trump’s decisions and pointing to his accomplishments as he approaches 100 days in office. 7th District Congressman Bob Gibbs says he believes the president has improved relations internationally, which he says will help as tensions increase with North Korea. Gibbs says he is pleased with the steps Trump has taken to be prepared, like strengthening our military and striking Syria in response to the chemical weapons attack on its civilians.

FINANCIAL COACHING FOR VETERANS
DOVER - Help is available for veterans needing financial advice as they transition from military to civilian life. Lori Mann is a regional financial coach for veterans. She says coaches offer counseling, literacy training, and encouragement for veterans to achieve their financial goals through a one-on-one, client-centered program. She says every veteran she encounters brings their own unique situation. Mann says the need for counselors keeps growing as there are 250,000 service members leaving active duty each year. More information is available through the Veterans Service Office in New Philadelphia.      

MOUNTAIN OF TIRES, MOSQUITO BREEDING GROUNDS, REMOVED
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Area health officials recently joined an effort to clear up an eyesore and also perhaps put a dent in the mosquito population for that area. A contractor recently removed nearly 35 tons of scrap tires that had been dumped over the years at a property in the 2100 block of Crooked Run Road. Tuscarawas County Environmental Health Director Caroline Terakedis says this was funded by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Scrap Tire Abatement Fund. She says thousands of mosquitoes can be generated from just one tire over the course of a breeding season, so imagine what 35 tons could do. The collected tires are all recycled and re-purposed. 

DeWINE SPEAKS AT WELTY MIDDLE SCHOOL
NEW PHILADELPHIA - State officials are stepping down to a local level to address the drug crisis in Ohio; specifically, the rising number of heroin overdoses. Attorney General Mike DeWine says reports from last year estimate eight people were dying of an opiate overdose every day, and he believes that number has risen this year. Speaking at Welty Middle School Thursday, DeWine says the rise in opiate abuse began in doctors' offices. Now in 2017, first responders are being called out to overdoses daily, and DeWine says we have a responsibility to save them in both the short and long term. Sherriff Orvis Campbell says addicts need our help, even if they don’t want it. DeWine is now calling on schools to install age-appropriate K-12 education to help stop heroin addiction before it starts.

THREE SUSPECTS CONNECTED TO EAST SIDE DRIVE THRU ROBBERY
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Police say heroin addiction continues to fuel crime locally. Detective Captain Shawn Nelson says three suspects have been connected to the East Side Drive Through robbery late Monday night. The primary suspect who actually committed the armed robbery, Brian Vitt of New Philadelphia, is currently in custody while his brother Nicholas Vitt and Nicholas’ girlfriend, Terry Bederka, both of New Philadelphia, will now face a grand jury after they admitted to the crime that led police on a late-night man hunt. Nelson says key evidence helped lead investigators in the right direction, leading to the arrests of Nicholas and Terry, who admitted to their involvement and also identified Brian Vitt as the one who robbed the drive thru. Nelson says information was corroborated with security camera video. Nelson says all three suspects admitted the theft was an attempt to get money that would then be used to purchase heroin. Brian will be officially charged Friday while Nicholas and Terry will be bound over to the Tuscarawas County Grand Jury.

ARREST FOR METH LAB DUMP
TUSCARAWAS - Authorities have made an arrest for the five meth labs dumped two weeks ago near the intersection of Hammersly and Main streets. While executing a search warrant at 204 S. Main Street in the village, police found five more one-pot meth labs and took 18-year-old Zachary Miller to the county jail. Charges against him include meth manufacturing and assembly of chemicals to manufacture meth. The L.E.A.D. Task Force, the sheriff’s office, state troopers, and Tusky police worked together on the case.  

ONE HURT IN HOUSE FIRE
UHRICHSVILLE
- Firefighters say one occupant in the house at 7825 Kilpatrick Drive SE had to be transported by helicopter for injuries sustained in a house fire Thursday morning about 8:30. Fire Chief Judd Edwards says the house, which the auditor’s website reports is owned by Jeannie Albaugh, may be a total loss. He says crews were on scene for nearly eight hours securing the scene. The State Fire Marshal’s office is assisting with an investigation into the cause, although Edwards says he does not believe it to be suspicious.

PAPER BALLOTS RETURNING
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Tuscarawas County voters will soon be using paper ballots again. County commissioners have approved the purchase of new scanners to replace the current electronic voting machines that are nearing the end of their useful life. Board of Elections Director Alan Sayre says there will be one scanner per precinct. The scanners will read paper ballots that are like the ones sent through the mail now for absentee voting. Once voters at the polls fill out the ballots, they will take them to the scanner machines to be counted. Deputy Director Sarah Kneuss says the new system also fulfills Ohio voting paper trail requirements.   However, the current electronic machines will still be in use for next month’s primary election as usual. 

POLICE OFFICER LIED ABOUT BEING SHOT
NEW PHILADELPHIA - There has been a shocking update in the shooting of a Newcomerstown police officer last week. Officer Bryan Eubanks’ claims about how he was shot the morning of April 11th were all fabricated. He never pulled over a black Geo Tracker, which authorities have been looking for, and he was never shot in the arm by a passenger described as having neck tattoos. Sheriff Orvis Campbell says Eubanks has been dealing with some mental health issues following a murder case and admitted he shot himself in a failed suicide attempt. Eubanks’ story began to unravel when investigators interviewed witnesses who were logged into the automatic license plate reader inside Eubanks’ cruiser. Eubanks has been released to his family and is seeking psychological treatment. Eubanks has also been fired from the police department. The county prosecutor’s office will consider charges against him.  


STATE NEWS:
POLICE OFFICER INJURED AT SHOOTING RANGE 
OBERLIN (AP) - An official says an Ohio police officer accidentally shot himself in the leg at a shooting range owned by a school that provides career training to adults and high schoolers. The Rocky River police officer was injured at the Lorain County Joint Vocational School in Oberlin. He was flown by helicopter to Cleveland for treatment. The name of the injured officer has not been released.

OHIO HOUSE SET TO UNVEIL ITS TAX, SPENDING PRIORITIES
COLUMBUS (AP) - House Republicans are set to release their version of Ohio's two-year operating budget, which is expected to include significant shifts from the Republican governor's tax and education proposals. House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, Finance Chairman Ryan Smith, and other GOP members of the budget-writing committee have scheduled a morning news conference to discuss details of their version.

EX-POLICE OFFICERS TAKE PLEA DEAL
CLEVELAND (AP) - Two former police officers in Ohio accused of beating a man they had arrested have pleaded guilty to reduced charges, avoiding a criminal trial for charges including assault and kidnapping. Prosecutors alleged former East Cleveland officers Denayne Davidson-Dixon and Gerald Spencer II tried to stage a fight with a man they had arrested after a traffic stop. Jesse Nickerson said they drove him to a park and removed his handcuffs, assaulting him after he took off running.

NATIONAL NEWS:
GOV'T SHUTDOWN AT STAKE IN CONGRESS
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic negotiators are getting closer to working out a budget deal in hopes of preventing a partial federal shutdown this weekend. They overcame a major hurdle when President Donald Trump backed away from insisting that money for a border wall with Mexico be included in the budget. White House spokesman Sean Spicer says administration negotiators including Trump's budget chief, Mick Mulvaney, "feel very confident" a shutdown will not occur.

ARKANSAS EXECUTES 2 INMATES IN 1 NIGHT
VARNER, AR (AP) - Two Arkansas death row inmates have received lethal injections just three hours apart, and on the same gurney. Fifty-two-year-old Jack Jones and 46-year-old Marcel Williams were put to death Monday night in the nation's first double execution since 2000. Arkansas put to death one other inmate last week and has a final one scheduled for Thursday. Four others have been blocked.

NORTH KOREA HOLDS DRILLS ON ANNIVERSARY
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - South Korea's military says North Korea held major live-fire drills in an area around its eastern coastal town of Wonsan as it marked the anniversary of the founding of its military. Tuesday's exercise took place as a U.S. guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea, and envoys from the United States, Japan, and South Korea met in Tokyo to discuss the growing threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles program.


SPORTS
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MLB: Former All-Star pitcher Steve Delabar, a veteran of six major league seasons with Seattle, Toronto, and Cincinnati, has been suspended for 80 games following a positive test under baseball's minor league drug program. The 28-year-old right-hander, on the roster of Cleveland's Triple-A team in Columbus, tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance Ostarine, the commissioner's office said Monday. Ostarine is used to retain lean mass.


WEATHER:
TODAY: Morning rain, then becoming partly sunny, high 74
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy, low 49
WEDNESDAY: Sunny, a little breezy, high 82
THURSDAY: Showers and storms in the afternoon, high 75

 

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