(TUSCO TV) (June 14, 2019) - A Coshocton County man could spend life in prison on rape charges for crimes involving four kids as young as nine years old. Coshocton County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Batchelor handed down the sentence this week against 34-year-old Jeffrey Ellis of Plainfield Township immediately after Ellis entered guilty pleas to all 31 rape counts and 10 counts of using of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance. Prosecutor Jason Given says these outcomes are ideal because it takes the perpetrators out of society and prevents further trauma to their victims. Given says Ellis remains held at the Coshocton County Jail pending his transfer to the Ohio Corrections Reception Center where staff will determine where he will serve out his sentence. Ellis will be eligible for parole after 30 years.


(WJER) (June 14, 2019) - Fans of big rigs can get their fix this weekend as some familiar events from the past come together for one big Truck Fest. The event is Saturday at New Towne Mall and combines family-friendly touch-a-truck activities with an eight-ton truck pull and evening events for adults. Olivia Scally of Big Brothers Big Sisters says the event supports her organization and the United Way. Scally says there will be fire trucks, cement mixers, ambulances and other trucks to explore, along with a variety of family activities from noon to 4:00. Meanwhile, adults in teams of six can sign up to test their strength in the truck pull from one to three. Dave Wheeler of AEP Ohio says the company has sponsored the fundraiser for the past few years before deciding to team up for Saturday’s event. There also will be a beer garden, concert and food trucks in the parking lot from five to eight p.m. For the 21 and older crowd.

(TUSCO TV) (June 14, 2019) - Three full days of food, fun, and entertainment are moving along for Tusky Days. Village of Tuscarawas Mayor Dana Moore says the it started up Thursday evening and runs through Saturday. Events on tap include a 1-mile walk or run at 6:00 p.m followed by a 5k race at 6:30, both starting out at the Warwick Township Fire Station. Moore says the memorabilia auction at 7:00 p.m feature a series of commemorative wooden paddles celebrating Tusky’s connection to the Ohio & Erie Canal. Moore says the festival reopens for its final day Saturday with the midway opening at noon and a talent show at 12:30 featuring cash prizes for the top three performers. Also on Saturday will be the car, bike and truck show from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Live music begins at 4:00 p.m leading up to Saturday night’s headline act - New Wave Nation.

(WJER) (June 14, 2019) - Historic Schoenbrunn Village officials are brining out some extra activities Saturday so kids can immerse themselves in local history.  Site Manager Deidra Lute says their Children’s Day event is happening from 11:00 to 3:00 at the village with activities planned all over that give kids a chance to see what life was like in the 18th century. Visitors can take part in candle dipping, sewing, Moravian Star folding and butter churning led by volunteers at the site. Lute says they also have activities scheduled where visitors can make their own 18th century bubble wand, seed art, play colonial games and enjoy recess time. And she says visitors don’t have to worry about the event being rained out. She says they have a plan to move their activities inside if the weather turns bad. Lute says admission prices are the same for Children’s Day. Adult admission is $7, senior admission is $5. Students get in for $4 and kids five and under are free. Ohio History Connection and Historic Schoenbrunn members also get in for free.

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (June 14, 2019) - Trumpet in the Land officials say the cast is ready and the stage is set for their 50th season. General Manager Margaret Bonamico says the season begins tonight at 8:30pm at the Schoenbrunn Amphitheater, and those who already know the story can still expect something new every time they come out. She says the performers were doing some final run-throughs under the pavilion stage during Thursday’s rainstorms to wrap up 17 days of rehearsals.  Bonamico says as part of their golden anniversary, they’ll be putting on an alumni performance Friday, July 5th, where actors from past performances return to share their role once again.

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (June 13, 2019) - City officials are reminding drivers to keep an eye out for children as kids enjoy their summer break. council member and Central Elementary Principal John Zucal says students will be out and about at all hours of the day, so drivers need to be extra cautious. and Zucal says people should still expect to see kids around the school buildings, even without the school zone lights flashing as they use the elementary playgrounds throughout summer vacation. Zucal says it’s also up to kids to make sure they are being safe all summer long while they enjoy some time off.

(TUSCO TV) (June 13, 2019) - Tuscarawas County’s Safe Communities Coalition is turning its attention to the twin cities with an event that encourages children and families to practice good safety habits this summer. Coordinator Kelly Snyder says they’re hosting a community safety day  this Friday from 11:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m at the Uhrichsville McDonald’s. She says the event includes opportunities for children to check out the vehicles used by law enforcement and first responders, and for parents to make sure their car seats are properly installed. Also during the event, the coalition will be working with state troopers and Uhrichsville Police checking and rewarding people for buckling up as they pull in. Snyder says the Sheriff’s Office will be there fingerprinting children and safety town will be set up for children to teach them about bicycle riding, along with free bicycle helmets that they’ll be passing out. Again, that’s at the Uhrichsville McDonalds from 11:00 a.m to 2:00 Friday.


(WJER) (June 13, 2019) - The Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau is again trying to remind everyone around the area about some of the gems in their own backyard. Director Dee Grossman says they are offering free admission tickets to the local museums, attractions and historic sites.  She says these “Travel Tusc Tickets” are valid from August through October. They will get two adults and two children into one of the county’s attractions such as the Dennison Depot, the Warther Museum, Fort Laurens and many others. Grossman says in addition, people can check out their Convention and Visitors Bureau website to see the more than 600 events that happen in The Valley each year. Grossman says you can pick up those Travel Tusc Tickets at the CVB office at east high avenue in New Philadelphia or at the Tuscarawas Valley Farmers Market Wednesdays at the fairgrounds.

(WJER) (June 12, 2019) –  New Philadelphia leaders are seeking investors to buy the only railroad line in town for the city to control. Mayor Joel Day says his Railroad Task Force wants to form an ownership group, which could possibly include private businesses, economic development agencies and the county, to purchase the line from CSX.  The line generates about $600,000 a year for CSX by serving area manufacturers and businesses. So, the task force will need to create a strategy to convince CSX to sell it, showing how local ownership would benefit the community by offering excursion rides and creating new businesses and jobs. CSX rejected an offer deemed too low to sell the line to RJ Corman, which would have been another way for the city to access it.   

 (WJER) (June 12, 2019) – The city’s fire chief says he wants as many residents as possible to learn how to save somebody’s life in a cardiac emergency. The department is partnering with Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital to offer free CPR training on Wednesdays from 6-8pm and Saturdays from 12-2pm at the fire station. Fire Chief Jim Parrish says it takes about 10 minutes for someone to learn hands-only CPR, which was used successfully in two recent incidents in New Philadelphia.

(TUSCO TV) (June 12, 2019) - Area businesses are teaming up again to give students entering the seventh and eighth grades a way to learn about local career opportunities in manufacturing. The Dale Lauren Foland Manufacturing Camp returns to Buckeye Career Center July 16th through 19th for five full days of visits to Tuscarawas County-based manufacturing facilities. Camp Spokesman Mike Hovan says it’s a lot of fun for all involved including the students and the workers. Tuscarawas County Commissioner Chris Abbuhl says the camp fits in with local educational institutions’ efforts to make the area a hub for advanced manufacturing training. The cost to attend the camp is $50 per student with financial assistance available to those who qualify. People can call Buckeye Career Center for that. The last day to sign up is this Friday, although they should be able to fit in some late registrations. 

DOVER (WJER) (June 12, 2019) - A former Dover resident would like to recognize the sacrifices three citizens made during World War II with a memorial marker somewhere downtown. Bill Zigler says he would pay for the marker to honor three people who died in a plane crash at the corner of Walnut and West Second streets on January 23, 1943. He says they were dropping war bond leaflets when the small plane went down. Zigler brought his request to Dover City Council. Council President Shane Gunnoe asked him to gather some more details so they can consider the proposal at a future meeting. Zigler provided a newspaper article from the time of the crash that shows the victims included Adam Wendling, the president of Wendling Brothers, Dover’s largest construction firm at the time; and Edward Early, the proprietor of Early Furniture and Early Funeral Home. The other victim was Early’s son, Edward Early Jr., who was 12 years old.

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (June 11, 2019) - The suspect who fired two attorneys and planned to defend himself at his murder trial for the death of a Gnadenhutten area man has instead accepted a plea deal he rejected Monday. 31-year-old Josh Lippencott, formerly of Gnadenhutten, pleaded guilty Tuesday to the offer that calls for 11 years in prison on involuntary manslaughter and other charges. Authorities say Lippencott in October of 2017 got out of his vehicle and attacked David Robinson for mowing too close to the road. He died a week later. Assistant Prosecutor Mike Ernest offered the same deal after making sure Lippencott understood all the terms, which prevent Lippencott from being able to appeal the case and make him ineligible for early release.  Sentencing is in about six weeks. Lippencott had faced life in prison if found guilty at the trial that was to begin Tuesday.

(TUSCO TV) (June 11, 2019) - The area’s baseball league for children and adults with disabilities is celebrating the start of a new era with its own new field from The Rainbow Connection. Tuscarawas County Challenger teams recently played their first games at the new, handicapped-accessible home field at Faith Christian Church in New Philadelphia. League President Jennifer Flaherty says they’ll be forever grateful to the church and The Rainbow Connection for making the players’ dreams come true with a field that’s better than they ever could have imagined. Wilma Goedel came out to watch her grandson Thomas play for the Cardinals. She praised the new facility with its concession stand, shaded seating area and handicapped-accessible restrooms. The league formed in 2009 and previously played at five different fields scattered throughout Tuscarawas County.

(WJER) (June 11, 2019) – The city’s service director says they are straying from the main road running through the city and beginning roadwork on the side streets through town. Ron McAbier says daytime paving begins Monday for the 2019 construction season. He says it’ll be busy with work set for sections of Wabash Avenue, 3rd Street NW, Hummell Avenue and more. McAbier says they opted to begin the work early despite the SR 416 construction work that’s still going on. Other areas include parts of 2nd Street, 5th Drive NW from West High to Ashwood Lane, and Front Street NW from the railroad tracks to West High.

NEW PHILADELPHIA (Tusco TV) (June 11, 2019) -  The suspect accused of attacking a Gnadenhutten area man while mowing who later died has rejected a plea bargain.  31-year-old Joshua Lippencott, formerly of Gnadenhutten, has also opted to represent himself in the trial set to begin today after firing his attorneys twice now in the case. He allegedly assaulted 62-year-old David Robinson in October of 2017.  Robinson died a week later from medical complications. Lippencott now faces up to life in prison on charges including murder and involuntary manslaughter after turning down a deal that would have required an 11-year prison term. He is currently serving an unrelated prison sentence.

(WJER) (June 10, 2019) - The Kent State Performing Arts Center has opened the box office for anyone eyeing one or multiple shows for the upcoming season. General Manager David Mitchell says he expects seats to sell out fast for some big names and returning popular acts like Art Garfunkel, country singer Tracy Lawrence and comedian Tim Hawkins. Mitchell says buying tickets from the PAC website is the best way to get the lowest ticket prices. And Mitchell says the list goes on as the bring in Broadway musicals, cover bands, Manheim Steamroller returns for the Christmas Season and more. He says personally, he’s looking forward to “Hyprov” with Colin Mochrie from "Whose Line is it Anyway." The season begins August 23 with ventriloquist/comedienne Lynn Trefzger.

(TUSCO TV) (June 10, 2019) - Trinity Hospital Twin City is looking to a new, not-for-profit ambulance service to help them get their most critical patients the care they need as quickly as possible. Vice-President of Hospital Operations and Site Administrator Teresa Gagliardi says they’re considering a possible partnership for patient transport with Regional EMS. She says they reached out to the Sherrodsville-based company after logging response times in excess of two hours in situations where every second counts. The hospital is currently served by Smith Ambulance and reaches out to area fire departments when the company doesn’t have a unit available. Gagliardi says they all provide excellent care, but she says they want to make sure they have someone they can count on when those providers are tied up on calls. Gagliardi says they’re still ironing out the details of what that partnership might look like.

 (WJER) (June 10, 2019) - Tuscarawas County Public Library officials are trying to accommodate everyone during restoration work. Director Michelle Ramsell says the parking lot is under construction, forcing the library to close until they can provide handicapped accessibility again. She says the spring rains have slowed progress and they expect to be open again sometime next week. Patrons can still pick up reserved materials Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Jim’s Place, where their story time programs are also being held temporarily. Meanwhile Ramsell says work will continue inside the main branch once they reopen the parking lot, with the entire $5-million restoration project slated to wrap up this fall.

DOVER (WJER) (June 10, 2019) - The American flag will fly over the new Canal Dover Park thanks to the efforts of a Dover High School senior. Andrew Mosser is installing a flag pole, benches and picnic tables at the park as part of his Eagle Scout project. Dover council recently approved $2,500 in bed tax money to go toward the purchase of the flag pole. Fire Chief Russ Volkert says he is working with Mosser on planning the project.  Mosser says he is leading a group of scouts from Troop 87 on the work as he pursues the highest rank in scouting. The flagpole will be near the park entrance off East Front Street. Mosser says it will be a few weeks before it is delivered and installed.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio State student athletic trainer has joined ex-athletes and other alumni suing the university, saying it knew about and should have stopped a team doctor now accused of sexually abusing young men throughout two decades. Michael Heifferon's lawsuit says he complained about Dr. Richard Strauss in the 1980s. His lawsuit is at least the sixth filed against OSU over its response to concerns about Strauss, who died in 2005. OSU says it has added programs to address sexual misconduct.

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Owners of a market accused of racism have been awarded more than $44 million in a lawsuit claiming Oberlin College hurt their business and libeled them. The jury in Lorain County, Ohio, awarded David Gibson, son Allyn Gibson and Gibson's Bakery $33 million in punitive damages Thursday. That comes on top of an award a day earlier of $11 million in compensatory damages. Oberlin spokesman Scott Wargo declined to comment.

GROVE CITY, Ohio (AP) — An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at a newly opened hospital outside Columbus has been traced to its hot water system. The health department said at least 16 patients admitted to the 210-bed Mount Carmel Grove City hospital after its opening April 28 have been diagnosed with Legionnaires'. Hospital president Sean McKibben said in a statement Thursday that the disease outbreak happened because of inadequate disinfection of the hot water system prior to the hospital's opening.

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati brewery is dedicating a new beer to Cincinnati Pride. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Moerlein Lager House is releasing the beer, called "Stonewalled," to honor the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York. Stonewall is considered a turning point in the LGBTQ rights movement. The beer is a traditional, German-style Kolsch with added raspberry puree. A portion of sales from the keg tapping Friday evening at the lager house will be donated to Cincinnati Pride.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Japan's defense minister says he has no intention of sending Japanese troops to respond to attacks on a Japanese-operated oil tanker in the Middle East. Takeshi Iwaya told reporters at a Friday news conference that the situation is not considered an imminent threat to Japan.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Trump administration national security official has sought help from advisers to a think tank that disavows climate change to challenge widely accepted scientific findings on global warming. That is according to his emails. The request from William Happer, a member of the National Security Council, is included in emails from 2018 and 2019 that were obtained by the Environmental Defense Fund under the federal Freedom of Information Act.

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says she wants to spend more time with her family. But she says she's not ruling out options for the future. Sanders is leaving her job at the end of the month, and President Donald Trump is encouraging her to run for governor of Arkansas, where her father was previously governor. Sanders is one of Trump's closest and most trusted White House aides and one of the remaining few who worked on his campaign.

UNDATED (AP) — The Democratic presidential campaign's opening debates, set for June 26-27 in Miami, will offer a prime opportunity for 20 White House hopefuls picked Thursday to reshape a race defined in recent weeks by former Vice President Joe Biden's polling successes. An NBC News drawing Friday will divide the field between the first and second debate night. Party officials have promised to weight the drawing to ensure top-tier and lagging candidates are spread roughly evenly over the two nights.

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The man accused of the New Zealand mosque attacks smirked as his lawyer entered not guilty pleas in a courtroom filled by survivors and relatives of the 51 slain. Brenton Tarrant was seen on a muted video link from the prison where he's being held. The judge set his trial for next May. Outside court, family members said they were angry and that the suspect was "nothing" and "a coward."

NBA: The Toronto Raptors have captured the first NBA championship in the team’s 24-season history while denying the Golden State Warriors a third consecutive title. Series MVP Kawhi Leonard capped his 22-point performance by draining three free throws in the final second to clinch the Raptors’ 114-110 victory over the Warriors in Game 6 at Oakland. Klay Thompson was high man for Golden State with 30 points before leaving the game for good in the third quarter with a torn left ACL.

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MONDAY: Cloudy, showers likely, mainly before 5pm, Hi 78
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Showers likely, mainly before 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 78
Showers likely, mainly before 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 78
Showers likely, mainly before 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 78
Showers likely, mainly before 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 78
Showers likely, mainly before 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 78