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PHILA COULD JOIN SUIT TO BLOCK STATE'S TAX COLLECTION PORTAL
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - City leaders might craft legislation taking formal action against the state’s centralized collection system that gives businesses the option to file taxes through an online portal instead of their city starting January 1. Mayor Joel Day says council should consider joining the municipal coalition pursuing litigation and declaring the system unconstitutional, as the state expects to retain a half-percent of the business tax revenue it collects for the cities. Day says losing any money to a service that New Phila does not need is unacceptable to him. Dover already has legislation to join the coalition.
TEENS JOIN SAFE DRIVING BILLBOARD DESIGN CONTEST
DOVER (WJER) - This is National Teen Driver Safety Week. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. To get kids thinking more about this, the local Safe Community Coalition’s Kelly Snyder says they are hosting a competition for area high school students to design a driving safety billboard. She hopes the two winning entries can go up on area billboards sometime next month. The winners and their schools also get $250.
NEWCOMERSTOWN MURDER SUSPECTS ARRAIGNED
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - The three men being held in the Tuscarawas County Jail in connection to the murder of Luke Cabbage have pleaded not guilty in Common Pleas Court. Tuscarawas County Prosecutor Ryan Styer says all three Jefferson County men are now being held without bail until Judge Edward O’Farrell can decide whether to set it himself. Styer says a bail hearing has been set to hear both sides before deciding how to proceed. The hearing is scheduled for 8am. 19-year-old Arnoldo Orduno and 20-year-old Jordan Robinson are charged with aggravated murder, while 22-year-old Kyle Boyd is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, with all three men carrying additional charges in the incident.
MASTER PLAN IN THE WORKS FOR PHILA
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Officials are bringing in some outside help as they try to curate the city’s future. Mayor Joel Day says the Planning Commission met Tuesday with a group of graduate students from the University of Cincinnati School of Architecture to begin the development process on a master plan. Day says it will highlight amenities throughout New Philadelphia the city could capitalize on. Day says the students are currently organizing from their first meeting to begin analyzing how to move forward, with a focus on things like the Tuscarawas River, which has potential for recreational development. Day says meetings will continue through the winter, with the master plan expected to be finished and ready to begin implementing by the end of spring semester.
CARLISLE CAFÉ RIBBON CUTTING
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Buckeye Career Center students are now operating their own marketplace that will put their skills and work on display. Students in five of the programs offered at Buckeye are involved with the new Joe Carlisle Café and Marketplace, which opens to the public Thursday. It will be open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:30am to 1:00pm during the school year. Superintendent Bob Alsept says you will be able to buy floral arrangements, meats, coffee, and lunch. They would like to see it grow to get more students involved. The center is named for Joe Carlisle, who was the school’s first superintendent.
PLANTS MURDER TRIAL DATE PUSHED BACK AGAIN
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - A new murder trial date has been set for the Newcomerstown man accused of killing his mother and severely injuring his sister with a hammer in July of 2016. The trial for 32-year-old Charles Plants is to begin January 23rd. A court-appointed psychologist ruled Plants was sane at the time of the attacks. Tuscarawas County Prosecutor Ryan Styer says the defense wants a second opinion on that finding, which has pushed back the trial. This is the second delay after Plants had to have his competency restored at a state mental hospital near Columbus to stand trial. Plants remains in that hospital on $1 million bond. His trial at one point was scheduled to begin Tuesday.
SCARF PROJECT GAINS TRACTION
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Organizers have been thrilled with the response to a collection effort to help those in need when the temperature drops. Toni Kaltenbaugh of New Philadelphia says it is called the Scarf Project, and she has been collecting handmade scarves. IWhen the project began last year, they had 123 to give out. This year they are already have nearly 1,200. Kaltenbaugh says they are tentatively scheduled to hang the scarves at several area locations the week of November 6th, weather permitting, where people can then take them home. Some of those sites include out in front of the Dover City Building and Dover Public Library as well as the SEI Building and Tuscarawas County Public Library in New Philadelphia. Anyone wanting to help monitor those sites or contribute can call Toni at 330-432-1930.
FATAL DISEASE SPIKES AMONG WHITE-TAILED DEER
HARRISON COUNTY (WJER) - Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials are letting the public know not to worry if they see a deer acting strange over the next few days. Wildlife Officer Nick Turner says the disease commonly known as EHD is a fatal disease found in White-Tailed Deer that is transmitted by gnats. Turner says it normally takes about 36 hours for symptoms to appear and just days for the deer to succumb to the illness. He says EHD has hit neighboring counties to the east especially hard. Tuner says the first frost will usually kill off the gnat population, putting an end to the disease for the year. He says any deer infected with EHD now should be the last of the season.
DOVER CRITICIZING STATE TAX COLLECTION SYSTEM
DOVER (WJER) –City council now has emergency legislation to join the more than 120 municipalities suing to block the centralized income tax collection plan for businesses in the new state budget. The state plan would give businesses the option of filing income taxes through an online state portal instead of locally starting next year. The state would return the tax revenue to the municipalities but retain a half-percent as a service fee. Auditor Nicole Stoldt says it is something that will cost Dover, and she feels the city can continue doing a better job collecting the taxes than the state would. New Philadelphia is also considering joining the lawsuit.
SHARE-A-CHRISTMAS GEARING UP FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
DOVER (WJER) - Different organizations around the community are already pledging support for this year’s Share-A-Christmas program. Organizers have had their planning luncheon for the 2017 campaign, and co-chair Jane Gerber says one way people will be able to help out again is through the WJER-Indian Valley FFA Toy Drive on December 6th. The other co-chair, Colleen Martini, says cash contributions work best of all. Family interviews to sign up for share a Christmas happen the week of October 30th at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New Philadelphia.