8:39 AM - May 23rd, 2017
PHILA SOUTH PARK MASTER PLAN APPROVED
NEW PHILADELPHIA – City officials now have an outline of enhancements for the South Side Park to begin addressing. Council has approved a $6.3-million master plan for the park. Mayor Joel Day says the park board in the coming months will look into grants and local foundations to fund phase one, which will be construction of an $800-thousand access road. Later phases would include baseball and softball fields, a dog park, a concession stand and more. City officials hope to complete the work in 5 to 10 years.
PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS CERTIFIED
NEW PHILADELPHIA - This month’s Primary Election is now in the books. The Tuscarawas County Board of Elections certified the results from the May 2nd vote Monday, with some additional provisional and absentee ballots added to the election night totals. But Board Director Allan Sayre says as expected, the outcomes were still the same. Sayre says they’re already looking ahead to November with the filing deadline for candidates in the school board and township trustee non-partisan races coming up August 9th. Sayre says the county is also considering options to secure the new optical scanners for the return of paper ballots in the fall election.
PUBLIC ASSISTANCE FRAUD CASES DROP
NEW PHILADELPHIA – Tuscarawas County Job and Family Services officials are taking time this month to bring attention to benefits fraud. May is Public Assistance Fraud Awareness Month in Ohio. JFS Fraud Investigator Tim Haswell says in 2016 his agency recouped about $94,000 in public assistance funds that were misspent or illegally obtained, spanning over 107 different cases. That is a significant decrease from just a few years ago, when the county had 204 fraud cases in 2013.
FESTIVAL SEASON ARRIVES
DOVER - The annual Canal Dover Festival begins its three-day run Friday downtown. Dover Exchange Club treasurer Terry Auman says the midway opens at noon that day, with over 30 food vendors this year, followed by opening ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. Entertainment chair Alan Page says they will have music on two stages through the weekend. Highlights Saturday include the parade at noon and the plate auction at 1 p.m., which this year features 100 years of the Dover High School band. Sunday’s schedule begins with a church service at 10:30 a.m., the big wheel race at 1 p.m., and music ranging from the Dominic Greco Band to New Wave Nation.
DENNISON APPROVES EMPLOYEE RAISES
DENNISON – Council is hoping to keep the village’s 13 full-time employees from looking for work elsewhere. Finance Committee Chair Greg DiDonato says council has approved 15-cent raises for the workers. Other incentives approved include increasing longevity pay and boosting the clothing allowance from $350 to $600. The changes go into effect in July. DiDonato says keeping employees around will benefit Dennison in the long run because of the expense involved with hiring new people.
BANK ROBBER, CUSTOMER EXCHANGE GUNFIRE
CINCINNATI (AP) - Police say a bank robber and a bank customer exchanged gunfire during a robbery. No arrests were made and police in Colerain Township in suburban Cincinnati were searching for the suspected robber and an accomplice after the Monday morning robbery.
COURT SCHEDULES 2ND EXECUTION ATTEMPT FOR OHIO KILLER
COLUMBUS (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court has set a new execution date for a convicted killer who survived a botched execution attempt in 2009. The court scheduled the lethal procedure for death row inmate Romell Broom on June 17, 2020. Broom was sentenced to die for abducting, raping and killing 14-year-old Tryna Middleton in Cleveland in 1984. The 62-year-old Broom is only the second U.S. inmate to survive an execution after the process began.
MAN CRAWLS TO SAFETY 4 DAYS AFTER FALLING FROM CLIFF
ELYRIA (AP) - Firefighters in Ohio say a man who fell from a cliff and spent four days in a ravine was rescued after he crawled 300 yards to a country club, despite having broken both his legs and arms. WJW-TV reports the man was found Monday in Elyria. He told firefighters he had been hiking Thursday when he fell over a cliff into a river.