FOUR SELECTED FOR CDBG FUNDING
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The Tuscarawas County commissioners are finalizing an annual request for financial assistance on projects in low income neighborhoods. Tuscarawas County is eligible for $194,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds this year and the commissioners are submitting an application to the state showing the four proposed projects selected for the grants. Commissioner Belle Everett says out of 11 requests for the funds, the county has chosen street repair work slated for 2016 in Dover and Gnadenhutten, as well as Lawrence and Warren Townships, based on need and public feedback. Economic Development Director Scott Reynolds says the county is again applying for a $300,000 critical infrastructure grant to pave Barnhill Road. Reynolds says the county should have improved its chances after being denied in 2014. Reynolds says the county could learn whether it is being awarded the critical infrastructure grant sometime this fall.
MOSQUITO SPRAYING BEGINS
DOVER – Tuscarawas County Health Department officials are again targeting summer’s most pesky insect. Environmental Health Director Myra Pancher says crews are spraying in six area municipalities this week to reduce the mosquito population. Pancher says the spraying begins about 8 PM nightly, weather permitting, and the mist is generally safe though people with breathing problems should try to avoid it by remaining indoors. Pancher says bug repellent and bright clothing can also help prevent bites.
TCDBB HOSTS SPORTS CLINIC AND COMMUNITY FAIR
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental disabilities leaders are using sports to integrate clients into the community Friday. Spokesman Nate Kamban says the public is invited to the football sports clinic and community connections fair activities right along with NFL Hall of Famer Dave Robinson and other notable retired stars. Legends Foundation CEO Joe Hoffman says his group is partnering with TCBDD to put on the activity and to encourage area children to make good life choices but he says this is the second time the two have worked together in recent years. The activities at the TCBDD Service and Support Center in New Philadelphia begin at 1PM, while the networking community fair begins at 2 PM.
RED CROSS ENCOURAGES POWER OUTAGE PREPARATION
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Red Cross officials are offering advice for the next time the lights go out for an extended period of time. About 3,500 American Electric Power customers had to go without service for more than 12 hours after a transmission line fell on the east end of New Philadelphia during Tuesday night’s storms about 11 PM. Local Red Cross Director Kim Kroh says her organization always recommends keeping a kit with emergency supplies handy and selecting foods based on their likelihood to spoil. Kroh says the Red Cross typically waits for power outages to last two days before it comes into a community to help, though exceptions can be made for people with health conditions. The power outage also affected about 2,300 additional customers around the Strasburg area from 8:15 to 9 AM Wednesday morning.
MOVIE CREW FILMS IN DOVER
DOVER - The director at the J.E. Reeves Home and Museum in Dover is getting to enjoy her site’s brush with the entertainment industry. Tammi Shrum says crews were at the museum from about 5:30 AM to 8 PM Tuesday filming scenes for the upcoming made for TV movie “Love Finds You in Valentine,” which is the latest in the series of films that also included Sugarcreek and Charm. Shrum says the movie is about a woman from California who inherits an old farmhouse, and the film’s location manager felt the interior of the Reeves home would provide the perfect setting based on his previous time in the valley. Shrum says cast members at Tuesday’s shoot included TV’s Bionic Woman, Lindsay Wagner, and veteran actor Ed Asner, who was especially friendly after she complimented him for projects including Up and the Justice League cartoons. Shrum says the film is set to air on the up cable network around Valentine’s Day next year and crews are shooting scenes at the Dover Burial Park and Breitenbach Winery before leaving town.
MORELLI RESIGNS AS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER MANAGER
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The inaugural manager of the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center is leaving his post. Mike Morelli has resigned as the leader of the PAC to become director of the Entertainment Management Program at the University of Montana. Morelli says he’ll put his education and performance scheduling knowledge to use in the classroom. Morelli says he’s proud to have managed the Performing Arts Center since its creation five and half years ago. Morelli officially leaves his position in mid-June. The university is conducting a nationwide search to find his replacement.
FARM TO TABLE TOURS
DOVER - Local agriculture officials say area residents can learn more about the foods they buy from their local farmers’ market this year. Tuscarawas Valley Farmers’ Market board member Marissa Lautzenheiser says the public have two chances to tour weekly market vendors, Weaver’s Truck Patch and Yoder’s Produce. Lautzenheiser says visitors will have a chance to authenticate the origin of their produce. Lautzenheiser says the tours extend into late spring, while the markets are still ramping up. The tours are scheduled for Thursday, May 28th and Saturday, June 13th with busses leaving the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds at 10 AM.
GRAND JURY INDICTS TROYER
NEW PHILADELPHIA - A Tuscarawas County grand jury has indicted a Dover area man for allegedly having sex with a teen. 48-year old Darrin Troyer is charged with two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and one count of attempted sexual conduct with a minor. Troyer was arrested in March after sheriff’s detectives took over the 14-year old victim’s social media accounts and set up a meeting with Troyer. Troyer posted bail and was released but is now back in custody for breaking the terms of his release. Troyer will be arraigned in Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court June 22nd.
STATE TROOPERS CRACK DOWN ON SEAT-BELT VIOLATIONS
NEW PHILADELPHIA - State troopers are saying it was another relatively safe extended weekend on the roads in the Tuscarawas Valley for holiday travelers. New Philadelphia Post Commander LT. Mark Glennon says his troopers made a total of 476 enforcement stops during the four-day memorial day reporting period that ended Monday night at midnight. Glennon says he troopers responded to 13 crashes, and none were considered very serious or life threatening. But Glennon says he is still troubled that his troopers still had to issue 84 tickets for non-seatbelt compliance. Meanwhile Glennon says troopers will continue with their aggressive enforcement of the seat belt law as part of the Click It or Ticket campaign through the end of the month.
SERVICE MEMBERS HONORED
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Patriotism and gratitude filled downtown New Philadelphia Monday as the holiday weekend came to a close. Local Fraternal Order of Police President Bob Everett used his speech in front of the Tuscarawas County Courthouse during the annual Memorial Day ceremony to remind the crowd just how fortunate Americans are thanks to the sacrifices of our veterans. Students from York Elementary also participated in the event by reciting the "In Flanders Fields" war poem and Gettysburg Address, while demonstrating the proper way of folding of the American flag. WJER’s Bill Morgan served as the event’s master of ceremonies.
ODOT STARTS HIGHWAY MOWING AND PATTERN CHANGES
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The Ohio Department of Transportation is asking drivers to use extra caution along area highways as the mowing season gets underway. District 11 spokeswoman Becky Giauque says ODOT only mows about four times a year, but it can take days to finish each section. Giauque says road crews use warning signs to encourage drivers to slow down and keep an eye out as there have been 150 mowing-related incidents in eastern Ohio involving either thrown objects or collisions since 2007. Meanwhile Giauque says a short stretch of temporary roadway is now in use on I-77 north between Dover and Strasburg to take drivers around twin railroad bridges that are being removed. That work should be complete in September.
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
DENNISON - Area mental health advocates say mental health awareness is an often-ignored topic in Tuscarawas County. Ten Lakes Center Business Development Director Cara Garabrandt says 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with a mental health disorder within their lifetime, while resources that area available for help many times go unused. Garabrandt says the key is to diagnose and prevent a mental health disorder from progressing before it’s too late. Ten Lakes Center will continue spreading awareness next month with a series of events, starting with an Alzheimer’s seminar in Dover on June 22nd.
CORONER SHEDS LIGHT INTO CHUMNEY MURDERS
COSHOCTON - Coshocton County Coroner Dr. Robert Gwinn says he was unable to determine the exact cause of death in the murders of Doyle and Lillian Chumney of Strasburg. His report indicates that Doyle was shot multiple times in the back seat of the couple’s car in Coshocton County, where suspects 29-year old Bobby Clark of Dennison and 21-year old Jeff Stewart of Barnhill allegedly drove the two after abducting them from their home in January. The report also says Lillian was shot once in the car before the vehicle was set on fire on a rural Bakersville road. The couple is estimated to have died at around 3 AM. The document states that Clark told authorities the couple was bound with duct tape, while Stewart said Lillian was still alive when the fire was set. Both suspects pleaded not guilty when arraigned earlier this year. Court records indicate that Stewart’s trial is scheduled for December and Clark’s trial is planned for February. They are both being held in the Tuscarawas County Jail. Clark could face the death penalty if convicted.
APPARENT MURDER WEAPON RECOVERED
CADIZ - Harrison County Sheriff’s detectives say they now believe they have found the weapon used in a Dennison man’s murder. 52-year old Wesley “Buster” Clark, formerly of Uhrichsville, is suspected of shooting and killing 26-year old Dustin Moreland earlier this month. Clark was arrested after a three day manhunt near Dellroy last Friday. Harrison County Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Jones says after two days of searching authorities have now apparently pulled the handgun used in the crime from a creek in proximity to where Clark had been apprehended. Meanwhile Jones says the murder case remains open and authorities from the surrounding counties will continue gathering evidence. Clark remains held in the Tuscarawas County jail on an unrelated escape charge and other warrants while authorities prepare to present his murder case to a Harrison County grand jury.
GIRL DENIES CHARGE
TOLEDO (AP) - A 17-year-old girl has appeared in court to face charges in a northwest Ohio house fire that killed a 14-year-old boy and seriously injured his 13-year-old stepbrother. The girl's attorney denied the aggravated murder charge against the teen during a hearing Thursday. A police department spokesman tells The Blade that investigators believe the suspect had a personal problem with one of the victim's family members. The May 2 fire on the city's east side swept through the home that didn't have smoke detectors. The suspect's father tells WTOL-TV that other relatives say the girl was at her own home the night the fire occurred. He says his daughter told him she has nothing to hide.
COMPANY SENTENCED FOR WASTEWATER DUMPING
CLEVELAND (AP) - A northeast Ohio company has pleaded guilty to a federal charge related to the illegal dumping of wastewater from gas and oil drilling into a storm sewer 33 times between October 2012 and January 2013. A judge on Thursday fined the company $75,000 and ordered it to pay $25,000 to be split between Friends of the Mahoning River and Midwest Environmental Enforcement Association. Company owner Ben Lupo of Poland, Ohio, pleaded guilty in March 2014 to a federal dumping charge and was sentenced to 28 months in prison in August.
GIRLS ADMIT TO CHARGES
CLEVELAND (AP) - A juvenile court spokeswoman in Cleveland says two 12-year-old girls have pleaded guilty to delinquency charges in an assault last month on an 11-year-old autistic girl. The two girls pleaded guilty to abduction, rioting and assault on Wednesday in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court. The spokeswoman says the girls have been ordered not to contact the victim and remain under home detention. Their sentencing is scheduled for June 10. A police report says the girl was attacked at a Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority complex on April 25.
PSYCHIATRIST: HOLMES KNEW THE CONSEQUENCES
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A psychiatrist says whatever problems James Holmes was suffering from on the night he opened fire in a movie theater in Colorado -- he knew what he was doing. Dr. William Reid is a state-appointed psychiatrist who examined Holmes long after the attack. He told jurors at Holmes' trial today that he thinks Holmes knew the consequences of his actions when he opened fire, killing 12 people and wounding dozens of others.
MORE DEATHS IN BALTIMORE
BALTIMORE (AP) - It's the deadliest month in Baltimore in 15 years -- and the latest victims are a 31-year-old woman and a young boy who were shot in the head today. At the same time that violent deaths are on the rise, arrests have fallen. Police are booking fewer than half the number of people they pulled off the streets last year. The arrests were already declining before Freddie Gray died of injuries he suffered in police custody, but they dropped sharply thereafter.
FLOODWATER HITS HOMES
HORSESHOE BEND, Texas (AP) - Authorities say floodwaters from the swollen Brazos River are lapping at the foundations of 11 homes in a North Texas community west of Fort Worth. The river has topped its 21-foot flood level, and is expected to crest tonight at about 24 feet. Residents were asked to evacuate about 250 homes there yesterday. Recent storms have caused widespread flooding in Texas and Oklahoma, killing at least 21 people. Ten people remain missing in Texas.
MLB: Cleveland Indians 12 - Texas Rangers 3
NBA: LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals beginning next Thursday night. The Warriors advanced to the finals by beating the Houston Rockets 104-90 last night in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. The Cavs won the Eastern Conference title by sweeping the Atlanta Hawks.
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