- In the wake of
the shootings near the University of California Santa
Barbara, House Democrats are considering an amendment to an appropriations bill
background checks for gun purchases.
ATHENS - The National Weather Service
has issued a flash flood
watch for portions of SoutheastOhio including Athens
County from 2 p.m. Wednesday
May 28 through 6 p.m. Thursday May
Rounds of showers and thunderstorms are expected through
Thursday afternoon. The showers will be moving
slower tonight and Thursday.
Any shower or storm could
contain a local downpour
with an inch of rain
falling inless than an
hour. If repetitive or prolong showers hit the same area, flash flooding can occur or small
streams and creeks.
watch means that conditions
may develop that lead to
flash flooding. Flash flooding is a dangerous situation. If you live along a
flood prone small stream, monitor water levels often, even latetonight if
repetitive or prolong rain occurs. Be prepared to take action should stream
levels rise quickly or a flash flood
warning is posted. County and local officials should also heighten
MCARTHUR – The Vinton CountySheriff’s Office says a man was arrested after a
shooting incident Saturday evening.
According to a media release, Timothy
Wilbur, 50, of Radcliff, allegedlyshot at and ran
off the road, a vehicle
being driven by a juvenile near Vales Mills Roadin Radcliff. Deputies
spoke with the 16-year-old victim who stated an older
male individual fired shots while chasing the victim’s car and ran the teen’s vehicle
off the road.
the sheriff’s office described
as an intense
investigation, deputies attempted to detain Wilbur whoallegedly resisted arrest and was tasered
(sic) by deputies.
Wilbur is being held at the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jailin Nelsonville
on a $750,000 bond and faces a laundry list of charges including two count of attempted
with evidence, possession of criminal tools, improper handling firearmsin a motor vehicle
and aggravated menacing. Sgt. Matt Kight and Deputies Josh Nickell and Richard Hixson conducted the investigation and the State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. The case
has been forwarded to the Vinton County
Prosecuting Attorney for
COLUMBUS - StateSenator Lou Gentile
(D-Steubenville) offered an amendment thatwould have
repealed Gov. Kasich’s
elimination of the 12.5 percent property tax rollback
and restored property tax relief to Ohio’s senior citizens.
budget review bill, House Bill 483 passedthe Senate by a
vote of 24-8.
State Sen. Lou Gentile
Republicans made drastic changes to the homestead exemption and the property
tax rollback during last minute
budget negotiations without any public input. The governor’s
budget included provisions that have hurt elderly Ohioans
and communities across the state.
eliminating rollbacks, it negatively affects bond issues being brought forth by
schools and local governments,” Gentile said. “These changes were unfair and my
proposal today would have restored fairness to schools and property owners by
reinstating the 12.5 percent rollback the state pays on local property tax
bills for all future new and replacement levies.”
makes the 12.5% property tax rollback even worse is coupling it with the
scaling back of the homestead exemption. Those who are turning 65 and earn more
than $30,000 are really going to be hit hard by this budget. This change leaves
roughly 40,000 households affected. Democrats urged that if there’s
to be a threshold for the homestead exemption it should be based on public input
so it’s fair and appropriate and does not hurt the middle class.
"My concern is that the threshold
for the homestead exemption is too low, and it will prevent
thousands of would-be-seniors,
who may be
retired, on fixed-incomes or who are
struggling financially, from taking advantage of much needed tax relief that they are
counting on,” said Gentile. “We
shouldn’t raise taxes on senior citizens
to pay for income tax cuts thatbenefit wealthy
Ohioans. As the cost of living
increases for Ohio’s seniors,
the stateshould take into
consideration the impact this will have on their quality of
offered support for restoring the funding percentage thatlocal
governments and libraries receive from GRF to the level that existed prior to the governor’s cuts.
The amendment would have helped
raise the localgovernment fund
(LGF) percentage to 3.68% and the Public
Library Fund (PLF) percentage to 2.22%.
HB 483 now moves to the House of Representatives
to review and approve the
changes made inthe Senate. If
agreement cannot be
reached, the bill will go to a
conference committee. The
bill must be approved by the
end of June.
MCARTHUR – The
Vinton CountySheriff’ Office said a deputy, assisted
by McArthur Police, made several arrests Sunday following a traffic stop near
the Duncan Square Trailer
a vehicle, Deputy Richard
Hixson saw a male subject exit another vehicle and
enter a nearby trailer. Hixson recognized the subjectas having several
felonyarrest warrants. Hixson
requested assistance from McArthur Police DepartmentPatrolman James
Entering the trailer suspect James Christopher Blazer, 25, of
McArthur, was found hiding in a closet. Blazer
was arrested on a felony warrant
from Vinton County. Blazer is also a suspect in several incidents of breaking
and entering in Jackson and Pike counties.
search for the suspect Hixson and Kight also arrested Sara Boyer, 28, of
McArthur, on an outstanding warrant out of Chillicothe. During the investigation,
Kayla Elizabeth Caudill, 23, of McArthur, was arrested for felony obstruction
of justice after Caudill allegedly tried to prevent Blazer from being taken
Caudill were transferred to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail, SEORJ. Both
are scheduled to appear at a bond hearing Tuesday May 20. Boyer was transferred
to the Chillicothe Police Department.