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WJER News

NEWS HEADLINES

8:23 AM - March 24th, 2017

 

 

 

FAMILY CHARGED FOR DECOMPOSING BODY DISCOVERY 
NEW PHILADELPHIA - A married couple and their adult daughter are facing felony charges after sheriff’s deputies discovered a decomposing body in their Wainwright home Tuesday. The corpse is believed to be 71-year-old Robert Harris, a Vietnam veteran. 49-year-old Brian Sorohan and 45-year-old Stacy Sorohan are accused of continuing to collect Harris’ Social Security benefits after his death from November up until this week. Charges include abuse of a corpse and theft of a credit card. Charges against 18-year-old Brianna Sorohan include failure to report a death. Bond has been set at $20,000 for both Brian and Stacy. Brianna was released on her own recognizance.

 

 

 

SCAM CALLS
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Local authorities are reminding residents about the dangers of answering phone calls from an unknown number. New Philadelphia Police Detective Captain Shawn Nelson says phone scams continue to circulate all over the nation, and Tuscarawas County is no exception. Nelson says the scammers are becoming more sophisticated and have even implemented answering centers to help convince potential victim. Nelson says the best thing to do is hang up. He says no government agency will ever demand money with the threat of jail time for not paying… he says residents should end any call they think may be a scam and contact their local police department to report it. 

 

 

 

RUN FOR HOME APPROACHING 
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Planning and preparations for the 2017 Run for Home races are heading down the home stretch. It is all happening April 1st and 2nd, with the half marathon, 10k, a kids run and the wellness fair centered around Tuscora Park. Miss Ohio and Miss Clayland will be involved again. Ritzert says about 1,400 people are signed up for the races so far, and volunteers are still needed. Anyone interested can head to the Run for Home website to learn more.  Run for Home is again sponsored by Union Hospital and benefits Habitat for Humanity of East Central Ohio.  

 

 

 

SEMINAR TO HELP PARENTS MONITOR FOR DRUGS 
DENNISON - Parents can learn more about the signs of addiction and drug abuse in children. The Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition’s “Hidden in Plain Sight” seminar is tonight at 6 p.m. at Trinity Hospital Twin City. Coalition task force leader Jodi Salvo says it is meant to educate parents and give them the resources to talk to children. It will also cover media and some of the different influences affecting kids’ decisions. You can register for tonight’s free seminar at the Trinity Twin City website or by calling the hospital.    

 

 

DOVER COMMUNITY DISCUSSES NEW HIGH SCHOOL
DOVER - The Dover High School cafeteria filled with people and conversation surrounding the details residents would like to see go into the new high school. About 80 people came out to a meeting Monday with the project designers and school officials. Superintendent Carla Birney says the public’s ideas will now be examined and taken into consideration as contractors begin designing the new school. Many of the questions dealt with logistical issues, such as limited parking for contractors and whether local companies would be utilized for any of the work.

 

 

 

LIBRARY FUNDRAISER PROGRESSING
DOVER
 - The Dover Public Library is getting closer to the halfway point for a fundraiser to renovate the adult department. Director Jim Gill says the library’s capital campaign has brought in about $200,000. The goal is to raise $500,000. Gill says as part of the campaign, the library is also accepting contributions to sponsor items at the library in someone’s name. Gill says the Dover Public Library plans to wrap up the campaign at the end of the year and start on the remodel next year.  

 

 

DENNISON COUNCIL MEMBER RESIGNING 
DENNISON – Dennison is on the lookout for someone willing to fill the nine months left in the term of council member Patty Johnson. She has announced her resignation, citing personal reasons. Anyone wanting the council seat should send a letter of interest to the mayor’s office. Johnson is proud of her involvement over eight years, including 922 Day, Art in the Park, and Sundays in the Park. 

 

 

 

ENGINEER CALLS FOR PLAN OF ACTION
NEW PHILADELPHIA
 - Tuscarawas County Engineer Joe Bachman has issued his 2016 annual report, showing his income has been stagnant for over a decade while expenses have climbed. He is using it to again ask the county commissioners to propose a plan of action to address his funding shortfalls. Bachman still wants the commissioners to impose a license plate fee, which he says has happened in 70 other counties. He points to how the county will raise water and sewer rates on customers without letting them vote on it. Voters overwhelmingly rejected a $10 license plate increase issue at the polls a year ago that would have funded Bachman’s department.  

 

 

STATE NEWS:

 

SCHOOL-FUNDING SUIT LEAVES MARK AFTER 20 YEARS
COLUMBUS (AP) - Twenty years after the first ruling in Ohio's landmark school-funding lawsuit, new school buildings dot the landscape and the notion of what constitutes an adequate education is regularly debated in U.S. state capitals. Those are two of the lasting impacts of DeRolph v. State, first decided March 24, 1997, and revisited over 12 years before the high court relinquished jurisdiction. Justices ruled Ohio failed to provide the "thorough and efficient" public school system its Constitution required.

 

 

 

MAN CHARGED IN SLAYING OF MOTHER
DAYTON (AP) - A man has been indicted on charges including aggravated murder in the slaying of a woman found fatally shot in a car with her unharmed 6-month-old daughter in southwestern Ohio. Montgomery County's prosecutor said in a statement Thursday that 35-year-old Brandon Carr also has been indicted on charges of murder, kidnapping and felonious assault, among other counts, in last year's slaying of 29-yaer-old Brittany Russell.

 

 

 

MAN STABBED ROOMMATE, FLED FROM POLICE
COLUMBUS (AP) - Authorities in Columbus have arrested a 22-year-old man who they say stabbed his roommate. Police say the suspect stabbed the 19-year-old woman in a house near Ohio State University around 2 p.m. Thursday. Investigators say the altercation started when the suspect threatened a man who was visiting. The suspect was apprehended at a nearby park and taken into custody after fleeing. Officials say the victim is stable condition after surgery. No charges have been filed against the suspect.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS:

 

HOUSE INTEL COMMITTEE TO SEE EVIDENCE OF OBAMA ADMIN SPIED ON TRUMP TEAM
WASHINGTON. - The NSA material is said to be even more compelling than the evidence that prompted committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) to announce on Wednesday that “incidental” surveillance of the Trump transition team was conducted by the intelligence community. Because Nunes’s intelligence came from multiple sources during a span of several weeks, and he has not shared the actual materials with his committee colleagues, he will be the only member of the panel in a position to know whether the NSA has turned over some or all of the intelligence he is citing.

 

 

 

TIME TO VOTE ON HEALTH PLAN
WASHINGTON  - No more talk, it's time to vote. That was President Donald Trump message to GOP lawmakers last night, following a day of proposed changing and negotiating over the Republican plan to replace "Obamacare." At a nighttime Capitol meeting, top White House officials told the lawmakers that Trump had decided that time for talk was over. And Trump is suggesting that if the GOP health plan doesn't pass today, he's ready to move on to other things.   

 

 

 

TRUMP ADMIN TO GIVE OK TO KEYSTONE
WASHINGTON  - Senior Trump administration officials say the State Department will be giving the OK to the Keystone XL pipeline today. That would clear the way for the White House to grant a presidential permit to TransCanada to build the $8 billion pipeline, which crosses the U.S.-Canada.