SHERIFF’S DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE GAS STATION ROBBERIES
BOLIVAR
(WJER) (Aug. 23, 2019) - Investigators say a suspect in the robbery of a Bolivar gas station may also have robbed three gas stations in Stark County recently. Tuscarawas County Sheriff Detective Sergeant Phil Valdez says they are working with the Stark County Sheriff’s Department to find the man who robbed the Bolivar Speedway around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Valdez says the suspect ran off with the cash from the register, but it wasn’t a significant amount of money. He says gas stations a little further north has been similarly victimized. Valdez says the suspect was seen on video hanging around outside the gas stations and peering in the windows before the robbery attempts, so they have advised local gas station employees to watch out for this type of behavior. He says anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Office.

VILLAGE MAYOR’S BALLOT PETITION REJECTED
SUGARCREEK
(WJER) (Aug. 23, 2019) - The Village of Sugarcreek is without a candidate for its mayor’s office. Tuscarawas County Board of Elections Director Gail Garbrandt says Mayor Clayton Weller’s petition to run for re-election in November was rejected. Says Weller is the only person who filed a petition for the office. She says anyone interested in becoming a write-in candidate on the November ballot has until Monday at 4 p.m. to file. Garbrandt says Weller in not eligible to file as a write-in because of his earlier attempt to get on the ballot. Weller was not immediately available for comment.

CIVIL WAR DISPLAY AT CANAL DOVER PARK
DOVER
(WJER) (Aug. 23, 2019) - The new Canal Dover Park is about to resemble an 1860s battlefield out of American history books.  The Dover Public Library and The Tuscarawas Valley Civil War Round Table are hosting their first-ever Dover Civil War Day from 9:00 a.m to 4:00 a.m Saturday at the Riverside Park along front and poplar streets. Library Director Jim Gill says visitors can explore a Union army camp, learn about music from that era and even meet a reenactor as Abraham Lincoln. Gill says they’ll have unit drill demonstrations from the 41st Ohio Volunteer Infantry and featured presenters during the day, to educate everyone about the county’s rich Civil War history. Gill says food and civil war related books will be available for purchase at Saturday’s event at Canal Dover Park. 

SUGARCREEK MAYOR DISQUALIFIED, NO CANDIDATES FOR NOVEMBER YET
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Aug. 23, 2019) - Sugarcreek is without a candidate for its mayor’s office and incumbent Clayton Weller is unable to seek re-election in November. Tuscarawas County Board of Elections Director Gail Garbrandt says there was an incomplete part on Weller’s nominating petition, so the board did not certify it. Garbrandt says Weller is also not eligible to file as a write-in because of his earlier attempt to get on the ballot. She says Weller is the only person who filed a petition for the office, so anyone interested in becoming a write-in candidate on the November ballot has until Monday at 4 p.m. to file.

LIPPENCOTT GETS 11 YEARS FOR FATAL MOWING ATTACK
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(Tusco TV) (Aug. 23, 2019) - A former Gnadenhutten area man has been sentenced for causing the death of a man he attacked while mowing. 31-year-old Joshua Lippencott was given 11 years in prison Thursday for the 2017 incident, when he punched 62-year-old David Robinson of Gnadenhutten for pulling his mower into Petry Hill Road as Lippencott was driving by. A medical examiner ruled Robinson died a week later from bacterial meningitis resulting from his injuries. Lippencott pled guilty to murder and involuntary manslaughter charges in June. Robinson’s daughter Bobbie Trolio told the court she just wanted to see Lippencott sent away to bring her family closure after he previously tried to delay going to trial by asking to spend more time with his mother and firing his second attorney.

SMOOTH START FOR RECONFIGURED DOVER SCHOOLS
DOVER (WJER) (Aug. 22, 2019) - Elementary school officials say it was a smooth start to the new school year Wednesday with the reconfigured buildings.  Staff welcomed pre-k, kindergarten and first grade students into their new home at South School for the first time. Principal Tracie Murphy says she was surprised how well everyone made the transition. She says the grade-leveling changes allowed them to have extra staff available to greet and direct the kids entering the building. Murphy says the arrival and dismissal procedures have also been updated to provide extra safety to the youngest students.  

BLAZE RAVAGES WALNUT CREEK SUPERMARKET
SUGARCREEK
(TUSCO TV) (Aug. 21, 2019) - The state fire marshal is investigating an early-morning blaze that ravaged Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market Wednesday. Fire Chief Kevin Miller says the fire broke out sometime during the early morning hours, with the initial call coming in just before 4:00 a.m. He says they arrived to find flames coming up through the rooftop, overtaking the main building. The situation had State Route 39 closed in both directions for most of the morning as crews from about 20 different fire departments battled the flames. Miller says even though one of the fire doors wasn’t working properly, they were able to keep the fire from spreading to the rest of the building. The main portion of the building was heavily damaged, with smoke damage to the rest of the building. No one was inside, and no injuries were reported. The market typically houses around 55 vendors and was scheduled to open to Thursday morning.

HAPPY ENDING FOR LOST DOG’S FAMILY
DOVER
(TUSCO TV) (Aug. 21, 2019) - A dog that had been missing for two months apparently traveled more than 30 miles before being reunited with its owners by the Tuscarawas County Dog Warden. Assistant Dog Warden Ken Griffith Says a terrier named Dexter who went missing June 13th from Clay’s Park in North Lawrence turned up this week at an abandoned house in Dover. Griffin says they posted the dog’s photo on their Facebook page after discovering his microchip was registered to a disconnected phone number. The owner saw the post and came down to claim him later that afternoon, and Griffith says it was a joyful reunion. Griffith says they’re highlighting the story to remind pet owners to have their animals microchipped and properly licensed and to make sure their registration information is up to date.

GARAWAY APPROVES ARMING STAFF MEMBERS
SUGARCREEK
(WJER) (Aug. 21, 2019) - Tuscarawas County’s sheriff is ready to offer support to Garaway following the school board’s decision to start arming teachers. Orvis Campbell says he feels this will keep students safer, as it takes safety forces longer to respond to an incident in a rural district like Garaway. Campbell says his deputies provide continued training to districts with armed staff members, which also include Indian Valley, Newcomerstown and Tusky Valley. Superintendent Jim Millet says this is something that has been under consideration for years, and the reaction from parents and staff has been extremely positive. Millet says there’s going to be a very detailed selection process and extensive training requirement for those who carry.

FIRE ERUPTS AT WALNUT CREEK FLEA MARKET
SUGARCREEK 
(WJER) (Aug. 21, 2019) - Some fire departments are starting to leave the scene of where a large blaze broke out overnight at the Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market on State Route 39. Holmes County Sheriff’s officials say the fire was first reported to them at 3:50 this morning. Dispatchers are unaware of any injuries. It’s still too early to know a cause. ODOT says State Route 39 is closed in both directions there between Township Road 420 and State Route 93.

REP. JOHNSON TOURS HOSPITAL IN SUPPORT OF TELEHEALTH SERVICES
DOVER
– Congressman Bill Johnson was at Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital in Dover yesterday to learn about the facility’s telehealth services. Telehealth refers to using telecommunications and information technology for long-distance health care. Johnson says he heard about the challenges to providing this, such as regulatory and certification barriers.  Johnson says the federal government also needs to expand broadband services to eliminate a rural divide when it comes to health care access, as a large swath of eastern and southeastern Ohio remains unserved or underserved.  Johnson says he was not surprised by these staff member concerns, but he was impressed by level of telehealth services they are able to offer.

TWIN CITIES SEEKS FUNDING FOR WATERLINE REPLACEMENT
UHRICHSVILLE (WJER) (Aug. 20, 2019) - Tuscarawas County’s Community and Economic Development Director says Uhrichsville officials are trying to get funding in place for a major waterline replacement project. Scott Reynolds says the Twin City Water and Sewer District has applied for Community Development Block Grant funding that would cover most of the cost to replace 2,500 feet of the main waterline below East First Street. Reynolds says it’ll improve service while also taking care of health hazards with led fittings still attached to the 100-year old line. Reynolds says the project could cost up to 750,000 with the water and sewer district applying for CDBG funding up to that amount. Reynolds says it’s unclear at this point what construction will mean for residents in that area as well as traffic. He says the engineering is still being worked out. Work is expected to start in the spring if funding is approved

VETERANS JOB FAIR AT BROWNS STADIUM
CLEVELAND (WJER) (Aug. 20, 2019) - Anyone who has served in the armed forces looking for work is being invited to a special event in Cleveland to meet with employers focusing on their unique skills.  The groups Recruit Military and Disabled American Veterans are putting on a Veteran’s Job Fair from 11:00a.m to 3:00 p.m Thursday at First Energy Stadium. Event Director Samantha Duncan says they are set to have about 50 exhibitors or so. Duncan says they recommend people before going should take a moment to practice your 30-second elevator pitch. You should make eye contact and confidently greet each recruiter with a smile and firm handshake. And know what to wear. Duncan says the latest list of participating companies and more can be found online at success.recruitmillitary.com.

CLAYMONT STRIKE EXPENSES REVEALED
DENNISON
(Tusco TV) (Aug. 19, 2019) - 
Public records are revealing the financial impact of the Claymont School District's 22-day strike involving the non-teaching union staff in March and April. Claymont paid the Michigan-based company Huffmaster more than $333,000.  That includes just over $260,000 to the company’s crisis management division for security services and nearly $71,000 for temporary replacement workers and related costs. Ohio School Board Association Senior Staff Attorney Van Keating says these types of expenses aren't uncommon because districts want to make sure they are hiring properly-trained professionals to prevent any sort of liability issues during pickets.  Claymont officials declined to comment about the strike expenses. Our partners at Tusco TV have a complete breakdown of the numbers by clicking here. 

LAW OFFICE OFFERS FREE FAMILY LEGAL SEMINAR
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) (Aug. 19, 2019) - A group that offers free legal aid to lower income individuals for civil cases is again making itself available for those seeking assistance.  Southeastern Ohio Legal Services is hosting a free family law clinic tomorrow from 2:00pm 4:00 p.m at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church on East High Avenue in New Philadelphia. Staff Attorney Jesse Moses says private attorneys will be available to give advice about family law. Moses says there’s an abundance of these cases in Tuscarawas County that can include divorces, dissolutions and custody disputes. Moses says there’s no registration. They’ll be talking to individuals who come to the clinic tomorrow on a first come, first served basis.  They should bring along any court paper-work relevant to their case.

SHERIFF’S COMMUNICATIONS UPGRADE NEARING LAUNCH
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) (Aug. 19, 209) - Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s officials are signaling the near completion of the radio communications upgrade approved by voters through a sales tax hike last year. Fiscal and Human Resource Officer Jim Torch says the Sheriff’s Office is working out the final details, that include installing up-to-date fail-safes at the county’s northwest radio tower. Torch says it’s part of a state requirement to ensure uninterrupted radio service in the event of a power outage. Torch says other preparations mainly include paperwork and lease agreements before they can get the new communications online. In 2018, voters approved a 0.5-percent sales tax increase to help afford the $11.6-million upgrade to the Multi-Agency Radio Communications System.

WRONG-WAY DRIVER KILLED AT I-77 BRIDGE REMOVAL SITE
OXFORD TWP. 
(WJER) (Aug. 19, 2019) - The State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal wrong-way accident on I-77 involving an SUV that went airborne where a bridge has been removed for construction. The single-vehicle accident happened above US-36 near Newcomerstown about 2:25 a.m. Sunday. The victim was 33-year-old Kari Kerley of Cleveland. Sgt. Bill Bower says Kerley went left at the end of the US-36 entrance ramp onto 77 south instead of continuing forward, sending her north in the southbound lanes, which are closed off where the bridge is missing. The SUV then struck a bridge abutment and plummeted onto US-36 about 24 feet below, crashing into a guardrail face.  Troopers say Kerley was wearing a seat belt and died at the scene. 

DOVER FIRE SUBSTATION OPENS
DOVER
(WJER) (Aug. 19, 2019) Dover’s fire chief says the new station on the north side of the city is already having a positive impact after being open less than two weeks. Russ Volkert says response times are faster on that side of town and the department is properly staffed to handle multiple calls simultaneously. He says the new $1.6-million station houses a pumper truck and an ambulance, with three firefighters on duty per shift. A police office there is not staffed but provides a convenient space for officers to work if they’re out in the field. He says the city will have a dedication and open house at the new station sometime in the future. 

STATE NEWS
CINCINNATI (AP) — A serial killer who claims to have murdered 90 women is expected to plead guilty via video to two Ohio slayings. Samuel Little is scheduled Friday to appear via Skype from California state prison, where he is serving multiple life sentences. Court documents show Hamilton County Judge Melba Marsh will sentence the 80-year-old man after his pleas. A call seeking comment was left for Little's attorney.

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio pastor accused in federal court of coercing and enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity won't be released on bond. A U.S. magistrate in Cincinnati on Thursday ordered Cesar Guerrero Jr. held pending trial. Guerrero, of Liberty Township, is the pastor at a church in the Cincinnati suburb of Sharonville. He has been charged in a federal complaint that details accusations against him from a 17-year-old girl and another female. A message seeking comment was left for his attorney.

CLOVERDALE, Ind. (AP) — The owner of a western Indiana ethanol plant is blaming its shut down on the Trump administration allowing some refineries to not blend ethanol with gasoline as required under federal law. South Dakota-based ethanol producer Poet says it will cease production and cut 50 jobs by mid-October at its Cloverdale plant. Poet says it's consolidating jobs at plants in Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Missouri.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Attorney General is siding with media organizations suing for the school records of the gunman who killed nine people earlier this month. Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Local Schools has denied media requests for access to the high school files of gunman Connor Betts, who was shot dead by police about 30 seconds into the Aug. 4 massacre in Dayton. Attorney General Dave Yost argues that federal privacy protections don't apply after a student's death.

NATIONAL NEWS:
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates who have staked out the boldest positions on health care in the 2020 campaign may have a problem. It seems most voters are more cautious in how they want to see health care changed. "Medicare for All" remains hugely popular, but in a recent poll, majorities of Democratic liberals and moderates said they would prefer to build on "Obamacare" to expand coverage. This could put progressive candidates who favor dramatic changes in an awkward position.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. government's final management plan for lands in and around a Utah national monument that President Donald Trump downsized doesn't include many new protections for the cliffs, canyons, waterfalls and arches found there. The Bureau of Land Management provided a summary to The Associated Press. The plan does include a few more safeguards than were in a proposal last year. Conservation and paleontology groups have vehemently opposed the downsizing of the monument and have filed lawsuits.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's government is firing back at critics who say the country isn't doing enough about the raging fires in the Amazon. French President Emmanuel Macron called the wildfires an international crisis and said the leaders of the Group of 7 nations should hold urgent discussions about them. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro then accused Macron of trying to "make personal political gains in an internal matter for Brazil and other Amazonian countries."

TASIILAQ, Greenland (AP) — An expert in global security says President Donald Trump "may not be as crazy as he sounds" when he talks about wanting to purchase Greenland from Denmark. Fen Hampson, a professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, says if Greenland ever became independent, it could offer basing rights to Russia or China. China sees Greenland as a possible source of rare minerals and a port for shipping through the Arctic to the eastern U.S.

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. officials have confirmed that Israel was responsible for the bombing of an Iranian weapons depot in Iraq last month. The confirmation comes as Israel's prime minister is strongly hinting that his country is behind recent airstrikes in Iraq.

SPORTS:
MLB: Noah Syndergaard retired the first 16 hitters and allowed two hits over six dominant innings before a heavy storm interrupted him, and the New York Mets beat the Cleveland Indians 2-0 in a rain-shortened game for their fifth straight win. The game was called with New York batting in the eighth inning after a second rain delay. The Mets completed a three-game sweep. They've won 13 of their last 14 at Citi Field, helping them get into the NL wild-card mix.

WEATHER:
TONIGHT: Mostly clear, Lo 52
SATURDAY: Sunny, Hi 76
SUNDAY: Sunny, Hi 79
MONDAY: Partly sunny, a chance of showers after 1pm, Hi 79