Tuscarawas County, OH

Major Route 250 Rehab Project Starts Tuesday

Nick McWilliams reporting – Following the long holiday weekend, a substantial project will start on Tuesday evening. The project from the Ohio Department of Transportation will start on the work, which is planned to last roughly 100 days. During this period, the stretch will be closed between the U.S....
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Plea bargain being discussed in body dumping case

NEW PHILDELPHIA — Attorneys for the prosecution and defense are negotiating a possible plea agreement to resolve the case against a woman accused of dumping her friend's body after a fatal overdose in October. Noah Munyer, a defense attorney for Cekoyia M. Riechers, told Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Judge...
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Jared D. McNutt sentenced to eight-12 years in prison for rape of 12-year-old

NEW PHILADELPHIA — Jared D. McNutt, 19, will spend at least eight years in prison for raping a 12-year-old. At a sentencing hearing Friday, Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Judge Michael Ernest said alcohol was used — sometimes to excess — in the commission of the crimes, but that McNutt did not use or threaten force. He said McNutt met the victim online. ...
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Residents Asked to Take Quality of Life Survey

Mary Alice Reporting – Healthy Tusc is asking Tuscarawas County residents to take a short survey about the quality of life in the valley. This anonymous study is launched every three years and is intended for the collaborative group to get an insight into what the community could be improved.

Municipalities Take Action as Firework Bill Becomes Law

Mary Alice Reporting – Ohioans can legally set off fireworks but some local municipalities took advantage of placing restrictions. The law went into effect today (July 1st) and allows residents to set off the pyrotechnics on certain holidays including, the days on and around July 4th, New Year’s Eve and Day, Chinese New Year, Cinco de Mayo, Juneteeth, and the Hindu festival of Diwali. Previous law allows Ohioans to purchase consumer-grade fireworks by they had to move them out of state within 48 hours.

Change of Plea Expected in Body Dumping Case

Nick McWilliams reporting – Following a pre-trial hearing Tuesday, one individual charged in the dumping of a body in Goshen Township could plead guilty. In October, the body of 38-year-old Amber Sherrell was found wrapped in plastic along White Bridge Road, with indictments announced in March. The two facing...

Richard Leslie Donehue – June 26, 2022

Richard Leslie Donehue, age 94, died June 26, 2022, at Lafayette Pointe Care Center. He was born on February 6, 1928, to the late Lacy and Ida (Eichel) Donehue. Dick remained a lifelong resident of Tuscarawas, OH, residing in the home he built along the Tuscarawas River in 1951. During...

More Thefts, Break-Ins Reported in Tusc County

Nick McWilliams reporting – More incidents of thefts and break-ins were reported over the weekend in Tuscarawas County. The most recent break-ins were reported in New Philadelphia and Fresno. On Sunday, a resident in New Phila reported their truck was broken into, with a handgun, ammunition, a knife, and...

Congressional candidate to hold town hall meeting

NEW PHILADELPHIA — Lou Lyris, the Democratic candidate for Congress in Ohio's Sixth District, will be holding a town hall and round table meeting at 3 p.m. Friday at the Daily Grind Cafe, 153 W. High Ave., New Philadelphia. The Sixth District includes the northern and eastern parts of Tuscarawas County, including Bolivar and Uhrichsville.  He will share his views on the issues he considers most important to focus on legislatively. Everyone is welcome.  This article originally appeared on The Times-Reporter: Congressional candidate to hold town hall meeting
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Ohio communities explore broadband plans through program

Broadband access can be pretty hit or miss in places like Tuscarawas County, Ohio, and in many of the state’s southern, Appalachian counties, where there are more trees and hills, and where there is lower population density. Local governments and communities have a lot of options to try to...

Tuscarawas County withdraws from juvenile attention system

NEW PHILADELPHIA — Tuscarawas County has withdrawn from the Multi-County Juvenile Attention System (MCJAS) and will be contracting for detention services with Muskingum County. Commissioners voted unanimously on Monday to make the change, acting on the recommendation of Probate/Juvenile Judge Adam Wilgus. The withdrawal is effective Dec. 31, and...

COVID vaccines for kids available at county health department

DOVER — The Tuscarawas County Health Department has received a supply of COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6 months. To schedule vaccination, call the agency at 330-343-5555, extension 174 or 181. Phone lines are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

Leadership Tuscarawas announces class for 2022-2023 program

NEW PHILADELPHIA — Leadership Tuscarawas has announced a 25-member class for its 2022-2023 Signature Program. The 10-month program is designed to help participants develop a working knowledge of Tuscarawas County across sectors and learn to appreciate the diverse perspectives of their classmates, resulting in a group of leaders better prepared to assume leadership roles the community.

Change Coming for Juvenile Detention Center

Mary Alice Reporting – Cost savings and more programming are the main reasons for Tuscarawas County to withdraw from the Multi-County Juvenile Detention System (MCJAS). The Commissioners voted unanimously for the move that becomes effective December 31st. MCJAS was originally formed in 1973 as a way to combine resources...

Mobility Ohio to improve transportation in Guernsey and surrounding areas

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced several state and local agencies are joining forces on a pilot program to make transit in Coshocton, Guernsey, Muskingum, and Tuscarawas counties easier to navigate and more efficient. The new program, Mobility Ohio will be a one-stop hub that will rely on agency coordination and next-generation software tools to allow people to conveniently schedule trips by phone or online. ...