TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014 - TAX DEADLINE DAY
MOVE OVER LAW PROTECTS MORE WORKERS
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Ohio Department of Transportation officials are reminding residents of Ohio’s latest "Move Over law" additions. ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam says the most recent changes occurred in December and requires drivers to change lanes or at least slow down when construction workers or emergency crews are parked on the side of an interstate. MacAdam says the change protects more people. MacAdam says drivers should be on the look out for any flashing lights as over 600 collisions since 2008 involved public service employees. Drivers who violate the law face doubled fines with the first offense costing $300.
REP. GIBBS GREETS COMMUNITY LEADERS
DOVER - The U.S. congressman who represents northern Tuscarawas County is using his spring break to gather the thoughts of constituents. 7th District Representative Bob Gibbs held a question and answer session with area business leaders and lawmakers during a Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce function Tuesday. Gibbs says challenges being created in Washington that he hears about in the district involve burdensome regulations, higher taxes and over-spending. Gibbs says the Affordable Care Act also remains another heated issue that Republicans will continue to fight.
FORMER POLICE CHIEF DIES
UHRICHSVILLE - The law enforcement community is mourning the loss of one of its own. Former Uhrichsville Police Chief Ray Ross died Monday after a period of declining health. He had been chief for more than 30 years and a police officer for more than 45 years. He retired in 2010. Calling hours will be held from 3 –7 PM Monday at the R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home. A funeral is scheduled for 10 AM Tuesday at the Immaculate Conception Church in Dennison. Ross was 72.
GENERAL FUND TO ABSORB BED TAX
NEW PHILADELPHIA - City council members remain divided over a budget issue that is settled for now. Council voted 4-3 in favor of using the city’s bed tax revenues for the general fund instead of exclusively for tourism. Council member John Zucal says the expected $200,000 will fail to solve the city’s financial needs and putting it in the general fund breaks promises made to hotel operators. But council member Cheryl Ramos, who voted in favor, says the extra money comes from outside sources and a healthy general fund translates into better infrastructure, eventually helping tourism. Council did agree to revisit how the bed tax is distributed next year.
CVB GAINS AFTER HOURS ACCESS
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Access to the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau should improve this summer. Director Dee Grossman says the front of the building is scheduled to undergo a cosmetic upgrade that will provide visitor information to tourist after-hours. Grossman says the $100,000 for the project has been earmarked at the federal level for nearly 20 years when the old facilities were torn down in 2008 to make way for the new I-77 Schneiders Crossing exit ramps. Grossman says in addition to the literature display area, an elevator will also be installed with work beginning in May. Grossman says the Tuscarawas County commissioners are administering the project, though no county funds will be used.
LANDIS BILLS FOCUS ON EDUCATION, VETERANS
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Tuscarawas County’s state representative is having a few priorities addressed in Columbus this spring. 98th District Representative Al Landis says he has a good chance of getting three of the four bills he recently introduced to be signed by the governor before June 1st. Landis says each carries significance, including House Bill 393, which aims to better inform high school students about available job planning and online education resources. Another Landis bill would create a uniform process for awarding college credits to veterans for certain forms of military training.
OSU EXTENSION MARKS 100 YEARS
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The Ohio State University Extension is celebrating 100 years of service. Tuscarawas County Agriculture Educator Chris Zoller says every county has some form of the agency, which began as a way to keep residents informed with what was happening at the college campus. Zoller says the extension has transformed and caters to many needs including 4-H, natural resources and consumer sciences. Zoller says most of the services offered are free to the public or come with a minimal fee but he says many Tuscarawas County residents’ value the non-biased educational resources. Zoller says OSU Extension agents will celebrate the 100th anniversary with events throughout the year.
RUN FOR HOME ENDURES CONDITIONS
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Sunshine and breezy weather greeted the more than 1,000 runners taking part in the 7th annual Union Hospital Run for Home. The half marathon and shorter distance races spanned Dover and new Philadelphia from one city park to the other all afternoon Sunday. Race organizer Matt Ritzert says the turnout was fantastic even if the conditions were too warm for running. About 200 volunteers also staffed water stations along the 13.1-mile route. Ritzert says organizers are still tallying the proceeds, which typically run past $20,000 every year to benefit the Tuscarawas Valley Habitat for Humanity.
CITY OFFICIAL PUSHES FOR INCOME TAX
UHRICHSVILLE - Uhrichsville’s city council president is urging residents to approve the quarter percent income tax request on the May ballot. Mark Haney says the increase would bring the city’s collection to 2% and would increase funds by $194,000 annually. Haney says the money would benefit the general and capital improvement funds. Haney says road repairs could also be addressed with the additional money. Haney says the city was able to purchase a new police cruiser last year thanks to grant funding but he says other city vehicles are in need of repair. Haney says he’s thankful that Uhrichsville is able to operate without laying off employees but he says the tax will greatly benefit the entire operation.
UHRICHSVILLE MAN PULLED FROM CREEK
UHRICHSVILLE - Quick-acting Uhrichsville police officers had to put their safety at risk to save a man from the Stillwater creek Friday. Police say they got several 911 calls around 2:25 PM reporting that a man had gone over the railing of the Trenton Avenue bridge, though they are unsure what circumstances led him into the creek. Two officers went into the chilly water, dealing with a swift current and swollen conditions due to recent rain. The 54-year old Uhrichsville man was floating face down near the West 3rd Street bridge by the time they got to him and pulled him to shore. He was flown to Aultman Hospital where he was in critical condition in the intensive care unit Saturday morning.
7TH GRADER CONFESSES TO BOMB THREAT
NEW PHILADELPHIA- Police say a 7th grade Welty Middle School student has admitted to writing both bomb threats that evacuated the building twice in recent weeks. Detective Shawn Nelson says the boy meant no harm but he now understands the panic it caused. Criminal charges and sanctions at school are pending. Nelson says a combination of video surveillance and a handwriting analysis narrowed the list of more than a dozen suspects to one. Nelson also says it was the second threat written on the bathroom stall that was discovered first because the initial writing was too small to notice until it was found later.
BOY DIES FROM GUNSHOT WOUNDS
COLUMBUS (AP) Police in central Ohio say an 8-year-old boy has died days after being shot in the head, and they expect to file updated charges against the suspect. A report from Columbus police says the child, identified as Jamarion Cox, died yesterday. Officers say he was struck four days earlier while riding in a vehicle with three adults and a younger boy. Police haven't disclosed the circumstances of the shooting.
JAIL ASSAULT RESULTS IN DEATH
URBANA (AP) Authorities are investigating the death of a central Ohio child rape suspect who died several days after being hospitalized following a jail assault. A report by the Champaign County Sheriff's Office says inmate David Piersol was the victim of an assault on April 5th at Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg.
COLUMBUS (AP) Ohio environmental officials have approved the dredging of Cleveland Harbor and the Cuyahoga River but the sediment can't be dumped in Lake Erie. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says it will allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge up to 225,000 cubic yards of material and deposit it in designated confined disposal facilities.
BOMBING SURVIVOR CELEBRATES COMMUNITY
BOSTON (AP) A man who lost his lower left leg in the Boston Marathon bombing says he's grateful for the sense of community that has developed among the survivors since the bombing a year ago today. Speaking at an event marking the anniversary today near the scene of the bombing, Patrick Downes said, "We should have never met this way, but we are so grateful for each other." Vice President Joe Biden told the gathering that Boston is an incredible city, adding, "We endure. We overcome. And we own the finish line."
BOND SET FOR SUPREMACIST
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) A white supremacist and former Klan leader remains behind bars on $10 million bond in suburban Kansas City, in the shootings that left three people dead over the weekend at two Jewish community sites. Frazier Glenn Cross appeared by video feed in court today. He's already facing state murder charges. And federal prosecutors say there's enough evidence to put the case before a grand jury as a hate crime.
9/11 TRIAL PUT ON HOLD
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) The effort to try five Guantanamo Bay prisoners by military commission for the Sept. 11 terror attack has been shut down at least for now by an apparent FBI investigation. The FBI is looking into how the self-proclaimed mastermind of the attack was able to send two letters and an essay out of the prison without passing through a security review. The judge in the case has begun an inquiry into how that investigation may affect the case.
MLB: The Indians activated outfielder Michael Bourn from the disabled list before their scheduled game with the Tigers was postponed by inclement weather. To make room for Bourn, the Indians optioned outfielder Nyjer Morgan to Triple-A Columbus. Bourn missed Cleveland's first 13 games with a strained left hamstring
NBA: Cavaliers forward Luol Deng has won the J. Walter Kennedy Award, given annually to an NBA player for community service. Deng has had a long commitment to philanthropic work in his native South Sudan. His recent public service announcement for EnoughProject.org urges peace in his homeland. Deng also established a charitable foundation in Britain, which granted his family political asylum. Deng says he's honored to receive the award, which is named after the league's second commissioner and has been handed out since 1975.
NFL: Fullback Chris Pressley has signed with the Cleveland Browns. He missed all of last season with Cincinnati because of a knee injury after making 20 career starts in the NFL for the Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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