7:18 AM - December 15th, 2017
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THURSDAY MORNING BLAZE UNDER INVESTIGATION
MINERAL CITY (WJER) - Firefighters say no one was injured when a home caught fire in the 8000 block of the village. Fire Chief Sam Moore says a neighbor called in the blaze at 8841 1st Street Thursday morning. Moore says crews arrived to find the home fully involved. Moore says firefighters were up against the elements when they began working to put out the blaze, with excessive wind helping to fuel the fire. He says the knockdown took about an hour, with crews remaining on scene for about four hours. The state Fire Marshall is helping investigate what caused the blaze. Bolivar, Fairfield, Magnolia and East Sparta fire departments assisted in the response.
ACA OPEN ENROLLMENT ENDING SOON
DOVER (WJER) - Officials with the Tuscarawas Clinic for the Working Uninsured are reminding us time is running out to sign up for a health plan through the federal marketplace. Insurance Navigator Alison Laughlin says open enrollment ends Friday, that’s about month earlier than in previous years. Laughlin says even with the government slashing the budget to promote enrollment, she still has had to help guide plenty of people through sign-ups. Laughlin says they have been asking her many of the same questions as in past years. But more this year are about the Affordable Health Care Act’s fate though. Nearly 81,000 Ohioans have enrolled this year, and that’s up 18% from a year ago.
BOY FATALLY SHOOTS OLDER BROTHER IN APPARENT ACCIDENT
WASHINGTON TWP. (WJER) - Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s officials say a 12-year-old boy fatally shot his 15-year-old brother in what they believe was just an unfortunate accident east of Newcomerstown. It happened at a barn in the 16000 block of Horseshoe Bend East Road about 3:30pm Wednesday. Detective Adam Fisher says the brothers had been shooting birds with a .20-gauge shotgun. It appears some misuse and carelessness led to the shooting. The older brother was pronounced dead at the scene. Fisher says they interviewed all witnesses in the area, and a report will be sent to the prosecutor, though he does not believe there will be any charges.
NEW WAY TO GET RID OF UNWANTED MEDS OFFERS HOPE
DOVER (WJER) - The Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition wants to promote a safe method of disposing unused prescription medications without leaving the house. Coordinator Jodi Salvo says over 9,000 Deterra drug deactivation bags were made available to area agencies and organizations at an informational meeting recently. The bags, purchased through a $30,000 state grant, neutralize medications through a chemical reaction when mixed with water, sealed, and shaken so it can be safely disposed in the trash. Salvo says they are working on a system to distribute the bags to the public. They could be handed out to employees or people picking up prescriptions from pharmacies.
QUICK RESPONSE TEAM SHOWING SUCCESS IN FLEDGLING DRUG PROGRAM
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Firefighters are discussing the success so far in a program that aims to help people dealing with drug addiction. Firefighter and paramedic Wes Halter says New Philadelphia’s Quick Response Team has been in contact with 32 people who have overdosed in the county so far since the program began in October. Halter says the team is composed of a police officer, paramedic, and counselor who go out every Thursday and meet with people who have been reported overdosing in the last seven days to try and find them the most immediate help available. Halter says so far, only one person they have been in contact with has overdosed again. Halter says the program is paid in full through grant dollars from the state’s Attorney General’s Office, so far totaling over $70,000. He presented the preliminary statistics Monday at the New Philadelphia council meeting.
NP FIRE CHIEF REVIEWS STRINGENT HIRING PROCESS
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Residents have some reassurance when it comes to their safety. Fire Chief Jim Parrish visited council Monday night to discuss the department hiring process for new firefighters, after he introduced the three newest recruits to council. Parrish says the men and women joining safety forces are coming in with related education—a trend only just recently started. Parrish says that does not take away from the experience that is already staffing the fire department. Parrish says the hiring process takes at least three months for each applicant and takes them through a number of steps including an extensive background check, character exams, a lie detector, and the physical fitness and written examination portions that go along with becoming a firefighter.
PHILA COUNCIL HOPES TO WRAP UP BUDGET WORK SOON
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) – Council members are again aiming to finish the city budget in one shot sooner rather than later. Chair Darrin Lautenschleger says his Finance Committee is working out details in the 2018 spending plan to have it finalized before the new year. He says doing this eliminates the need for a temporary budget so department heads can have a better understanding of their needs earlier in the year. Lautenschleger says his committee is currently focusing on wages in the upcoming budget, as they iron out the details of a pay scale for non-union officials that was approved earlier in the year.
DOVER LIBRARY AVOIDING CONTROVERSY WITH CIVIL WAR TALKS
DOVER (WJER) - With more books published on this topic than any other, the American Civil War remains a subject that evokes strong feelings and opinions. Dover Public Library Director Jim Gill says that has allowed them to continue hosting monthly Civil War Roundtable discussions, presenting an objective view of a war that defined us as a country while respecting views and providing opportunities for factual information. The next meeting Thursday at 7:00pm features Roger Pickenpaugh, author of “Johnson’s Island.” It is an island near Sandusky where captured Confederate officers were held during the war. The program is free and open to the public.