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Wooster woman killed in Route 3 crash

MOUNT VERNON - The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a single vehicle fatal crash that happened just before 6 p.m. Friday, September 1st on State Route 3, Wooster Road, in Brown Township.

Sonja E. Walters, 63, of Wooster was driving a 2015 Buick Encore northeast bound on State Route 3 at milepost 27 near Daniels Road. According to news release from the patrol, Walters drove left of center, lost control, struck an embankment and overturned. She was not wearing her seatbelt and speed is a factor in the crash.

Personnel from the Knox County Sheriff's Office, the Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District and the Knox County coroner were on scene and assisted with the crash investigation.

The crash remains under investigation by the Mount Gilead Highway Patrol Post.

Local People: Roberts awarded Oldtime Farming Festival scholarship

CENTERBURG - Rebecca Roberts of Centerburg has been chosen to receive the Centerburg Oldtime Farming Festival Scholarship Award for the 2017-2018 school year. She is a graduate of Centerburg High School and Wilmington College and has recently completed her second year of schooling in the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University.

She is looking forward to starting her third year where she will be learning clinical skills and begin participating in live surgeries. Some of her favorite classes have been neurology, cardiology and anatomy. While taking these challenging classes she maintains a high grade-point average along with working part-time to help pay for her education.

Rebecca Roberts scholarship

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Some extracurricular activities include: Green Key Honor Society at Wilmington College, Human Animal Bond Club, Delta Tau Alpha Agriculture Honor Society and National Wild Turkey Federation.

After receiving a degree in Veterinary Medicine, Rebecca says she would like to eventually establish her own private animal clinic in a small town or city where she can personally get to know her clients and patients.


Ferrell sentenced to 30 months in prison


MOUNT VERNON - Anthony Ferrell, 28, who was charged with Inducing Panic, Felonious assault and Having Weapons under Disability after barricading himself inside a home on Prospect Street has been sentenced to prison for the next 30 months. The sentence was meted out Friday in Knox County Common Pleas Court.

During a barricade situation last May police said Ferrell fired shots in the yard of a home and told a friend he was going to "commit suicide by cop." No one was hit by the gunfire. During the standoff several homes in the immediate area were evacuated. Police officers, KCSO deputies and a SWAT unit from Mansfield were all called in to deal with the situation.

In the early morning hours of May 22, officers entered the home and found Ferrell passed out. Once revied he was taken to jail.

Earlier that same weekend EMS crews were called to the same home and Ferrell was given five doses of Narcan to revive him. 



Ohio Attorney General offers advice for those contributing to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts


COLUMBUS - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is offering advice to help Ohioans make wise charitable contributions and avoid scams following the catastrophic flooding in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey.

“We encourage people to be generous in helping those affected by the devastating floods in Texas,” Attorney General DeWine said. “We also encourage people to make sure their donations go to legitimate causes, not scammers. A little bit of research can go a long way to avoid being taken advantage of when helping those in need.”

Tips for making charitable donations after a natural disaster:

*Carefully review donation requests. Do some research to make sure your donation will be used as intended. After a natural disaster or national tragedy, some sham charities pop up to take advantage of people’s generosity. Don’t assume that charity recommendations on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites have been vetted. The first donation request you find may not be the best.

*Evaluate charities using resources such as the Ohio Attorney General’s Office (or the offices of other state attorneys general), IRS Select Check, Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, and GuideStar.

*Beware of “look-alike” websites or accounts. Be skeptical of charities or groups with names that sound similar to well-known organizations. They may be intended to confuse donors. If you receive a message from an organization asking for a donation, confirm that the request truly is from the organization, and not an impostor, by contacting the organization directly or visiting its website.

*Be careful when giving to newly formed charities. Some charities that are formed shortly after a natural disaster or tragedy have good intentions but lack the experience to properly handle donors’ contributions. Established charities are more likely to have experience to respond following a tragedy and to have a track record that you can review.

*Check out crowdfunding campaigns before donating. If you want to make a contribution using a crowdfunding or peer-to-peer fundraising site, find out how your donation will be used before donating. Try to determine which campaigns are legitimate and supported by those close to the tragedy, and which haven’t been vetted. (Some people ask for donations claiming to help victims but ultimately keep the money for themselves.) Also consider how much of your donation will go to the website itself or whether you will be charged any fees for making the donation. Find out how the website will use your personal information. Be wary of sites that don’t provide a privacy policy.

*Review claims carefully. Some groups sell merchandise online and claim that “100 percent of the proceeds” will benefit a specific charitable purpose, but this claim does not necessarily mean 100 percent of the sales price will go toward the cause. Contact the organization to ask how much of each purchase will support the cause. If the organization cannot give you an answer, consider donating another way.

*Contact a charity before raising money on its behalf. If you want to set up a fundraiser for a particular charity, contact the organization in advance and determine how you can properly collect donations.

Signs of a potential charity scam include:

-High-pressure tactics.
-No details about how your donation will be used.
-Refusal to provide written information about the charity.
-Organizations with names that sound similar to other better-known organizations.
-Requests for donations made payable to a person instead of a charity.
-Offers to pick up donations immediately versus in the mail or online.

Those who suspect a charity scam or questionable charitable activity should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov or 800-282-0515. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office investigates and takes enforcement action against charitable fraud.


Around Ohio: Jury duty scam reported in Richland County

MANSFIELD - Residents of Richland County have made police reports that they have been victims of a telephone scam whereby the caller falsely claims to be from the Sheriff’s Office. Victims explain that they receive a call from someone claiming to be with the Richland Co. Sherriff’s Civil Division (419)742-1637 and the deputy who claimed to have the last name of Nicholson or Masi advise victims that they missed jury duty and they needed to purchase prepaid phone cards in the amount of $765 and send the cards to them.

Victims have been known to purchase the cards and called the male back and gave him the verification codes so he could access the funds. When the victims call the number it goes to fictitious answering machine for the Richland Co. Sherriff’s Dept. Civil Division with prompts.

Richalnd County Sheriff J. Steve Sheldon warns residents that they do not contact jurors who do not show for jury duty nor do they collect monies over the telephone. All fines are paid directly to the Clerk of Courts. Any money transactions involving the Sheriff’s Office are handled at the office in the Records Division.
Richland County residents can always call the Sheriff’s Office to verify or report a suspicious call at 419-524-2412.

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