Licking County

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Debbie Holmes

A worker in Licking County died Monday morning after a trench collapsed.

Billan Gurreh sits studying with a classmate at C-TEC Licking County.
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A 45-minute bus ride to a different city gave 17-year-old Billan Gurreh plenty of time to wonder if she was making the right choice. She was nervous to start the year off at a new school.

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A Pataskala man has been arrested for threatening to blow up multiple government buildings.

Court documents show Noah McFarland, 23, told co-workers at a packaging company that he wanted to get bomb-making materials with the goal of blowing up a judge's home, the Licking County courthouse, a police station, and buildings that housed the Internal Revenue Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Debbie Holmes

We originally ran this story in June 2017. We are republishing it now after the death of Kirkersville Police Chief James Hughes, Jr., who was the town's third chief in a year. 

This is the second of a two-part story on the aftermath of the Kirkersville shooting and the viability of police forces in small communities. Read part one here.

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The Licking County Sheriff’s Office say a 27-year-old man was shot and killed during a home invasion north of Newark.

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On a fall morning, Gary Jones takes a walk in his wooded property in Licking County. Like many people, long walks helps him to clear his head.

Debbie Holmes

This is the first of a two-part story on the aftermath of the Kirkersville shooting and the viability of police forces in small communities. Read part two here.

A Licking County court is reviewing how and why a domestic violence suspect was released early from jail weeks before fatally shooting three people, including a woman he was accused of assaulting and a police chief.

Following a shooting that ended in the deaths of four at the Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville on Friday, authorities have identified the gunman as 43-year-old Thomas Hartless.

Esther Honig

Ohio State Highway Patrol has confirmed that Kirkersville police chief Steven Eric Disario was killed along with two female employees of Pine Kirk Care Center during a shooting at the nursing home on Friday morning. The suspect was also found killed. 

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Authorities in Licking County say they've made an arrest in the unsolved slaying of a Columbus woman 26 years ago.


The Licking County Sheriff's Office says a deputy and his wife are dead after an apparent murder-suicide inside their home Thursday night.

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Police say a sixth-grade student is in custody in relation to a racially-charged bomb threat targeting a Licking County elementary school. Police say it's not thought to be related to recent threats at the district's high school.

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Officials at a Licking County high school have cancelled all Homecoming festivities this week after receiving a threatening letter.

Licking County Worker Electrocuted

Jun 5, 2015
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Fire officials say a central Ohio man has died after he was electrocuted at a construction site.