WJER News

FORMER TEACHER INDICTED FOR SEXTING

1:56 PM - March 29th, 2015

NEW PHILADELPHIA - A former Claymont Junior High teacher and varsity baseball coach has been indicted by the Tuscarawas County Grand Jury. 29-year old Sean Green of Dover was accused in December of receiving and sending sexually explicit text and photo messages with a 14-year old student. Tuscarawas County Prosecutor Ryan Styer says the indictment announced Friday includes one count of pandering an obscenity involving a minor and two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. Green’s arraignment in common pleas court is scheduled for April 16th.

BOARD OF DD CELEBRATES PERSON CENTERED PROGRAMS

1:55 PM - March 29th, 2015

NEW PHILADELPHIA - Tuscarawas County Developmental Disabilities leaders are gaining the support of county officials and national DD representatives. Local Director Natalie Lupi says the county commissioners proclaimed March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and she says she’ll travel to Colorado this summer to speak about the Imagine project. Lupi says the initiative’s person centered approach is breaking barriers. Lupi says the PACE U program is also achieving goals by integrating individuals into internships at local businesses but Lupi says the entire community is benefiting from the effort. Lupi says PACE U participants are given tasks to complete each shift and receive compensation for their efforts. 

ARC FUNDING LOOKS BRIGHT

1:55 PM - March 29th, 2015

NEW PHILADELPHIA - A Tuscarawas County commissioner says the proposed increase in Appalachian Regional Commission funding will indirectly benefit Tuscarawas County. Commissioner Chris Abbuhl says the $95 million issued by congress is divided among the member states. Abbuhl says Ohio’s money is split between four districts, including the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association, which supports Tuscarawas County. Abbuhl says the proposed funding amount was announced during a trip to Washington DC earlier this week. Abbuhl says he and others met with various lawmakers on the hill to discuss the ARC’s financial needs. Abbuhl says the ARC covers 205,000 square miles across 13 states.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS STATE BASKETBALL RETURNS

1:54 PM - March 29th, 2015

NEW PHILADELPHIA - The top athletes with developmental disabilities from around Ohio are heading to Tuscarawas County to compete for gold this weekend.  The Special Olympics state basketball tournament runs Friday and Saturday with 27 different games being played at area gymnasiums.  Local Co-Director Linda Hobart says the games feature 28 teams in nine different divisions based on abilities, including men’s, women’s and school age teams, with division one games featuring the best competition. Hobart says the basketball skills tournament at Claymont High School at 10 AM Saturday morning features about 300 additional athletes who weren’t quite ready yet for team competition. 

SAINTS FALL IN STATE SEMI

6:33 PM - March 26th, 2015

COLUMBUS – The Tuscarawas Central Catholic boys high school basketball team ended its historic season Thursday with a loss to No. 1-ranked New Madison Tri-Village 55-47. The game was heard live on 1450. The Patriots take on Canal Winchester Harvest Prep for the Division IV state title Saturday. The Saints received outstanding support from the community Thursday with many fans making the drive to Columbus. Locally, New Philadelphia Mayor Dave Johnson proclaimed Thursday as Tuscarawas Central Catholic Saints Day in the city