The Coshocton Tribune continues its countdown of the largest tales of the 12 months. The #1 story will likely be printed Dec. 31.
#6 River View closes Union, levy fails
The American Electrical Energy plant in Conesville will shut for good on the finish of Could. A number of entities are already feeling the influence of the approaching closure, in all probability none extra so than River View Native Faculties. The district has been coping with decreased tax funding from the plant for a number of years and has been planning for all times with out the plant.
Fifth-grade college students Deakon Ames and Taylor Meade take down decorations on the final day of college at Union Elementary Faculty. (Picture: Chris Criminal/Tribune)
This previous Could, the district closed Union Elementary Faculty as a price financial savings measure. It was determined to shut Union because of its low enrollment and distance from the principle River View campus in Warsaw. It had about 170 college students final college 12 months and one trainer per grade degree. That was down from 240 college students and two lecturers per grade degree in 2012.
Many of the college students and college have been transferred to Warsaw Elementary Faculty for the present college 12 months. The transfer is estimated to avoid wasting the district between $260,000 and $400,000 per 12 months.
The district sought to exchange the roughly $2.2 million being misplaced from the plant closure by placing a zero.75 p.c revenue tax on the November basic election poll that may have raised about $2 million for basic operations. Superintendent Dalton Summers stated a number of instances that the district wasn’t asking for greater than they’ve now, simply to keep up the present degree of schooling and extracurricular actions.
Principal Sheri Fortune will get a hug from third graders in Lindsay Lupher’s third grade class at Union Elementary Faculty. (Picture: Chris Criminal/Tribune)
The levy was defeated within the basic election by a rely of 1,933 votes to 1,352. In its first assembly after the election, the board of schooling with assist of the administration and lecturers determined to attempt once more on the spring major poll. Summers plans to current the board with a discount plan in January for the 2020-21 college 12 months if the levy would not move. That plan will embrace cuts of about $500,000 and layoffs, Summers stated.
With out extra income, Summers stated class sizes would enhance in any respect ranges and applications not required to be taught beneath the regulation can be eradicated. Extracurricular actions resembling sports activities, music, FFA, theater and varied golf equipment can be scaled again, want better outdoors assist or be lower solely.
#5 Drug trafficking, possession nonetheless a prime concern
Coshocton County Prosecutor Jason Given stated felony indictments by his workplace would in all probability end 2019 at round 230, with drug-related crimes coming in at greater than 100. These will likely be near highs set in 2018.
Direct drug-related crimes embrace trafficking, possession, conveyance into the jail and corrupting a minor with medicine. Nevertheless, Given stated different crimes resembling burglaries and thefts might be linked as addicts search a approach to pay for his or her behavior. Drug abuse has additionally led to an increase the previous few years to custody and abuse, dependency and neglect circumstances by means of kids providers.
Given stated such circumstances had amounted to round 15 to 20 per 12 months. Now they’re greater than 100 yearly. In July, Given and Danny Brenneman, Director of Coshocton County Job and Household Companies, spoke with Coshocton County Commissioners about JFS hiring an in-house lawyer who might extra effectively deal with such circumstances and unlock the prosecutor’s workplace to concentrate on the rising felony docket.
In October, Public Defender Jeffrey Mullen and Judges Van Blanchard and Robert Batchelor spoke with commissioners about elevating the charges for appointed attorneys. Mullen stated his workplace offers with about 1,300 circumstances per 12 months throughout frequent pleas, municipal and juvenile and probate courts. All three stated a minimum of being aggressive with surrounding counties was essential in attracting attorneys to guarantee defendants their constitutional rights.
Rocky A. Stubbs (Picture: Submitted Coshocton County Sheriff’s Workplace)
Probably the most jail time for drug trafficking this pay 12 months went to Rocky Stubbs in October. The 63-year-old from Coshocton was sentenced to 16 years in jail with 11 years of that point being necessary relating to 3 counts of trafficking in cocaine. One rely was a first-degree felony with a serious drug offender specification. Stubbs additionally needed to forfeit a 2007 Lexus, a 2009 Jeep and $14,463 in money.
Todd McCoy (Picture: Submitted)
Probably the most jail time handed out by Choose Robert Batchelor in 2019 was 36 years to Todd A. McCoy II, of Coshocton. McCoy had been charged with 30 counts in reference to burglaries and thefts relationship again to 2014. McCoy won’t be eligible for judicial launch for 18 years. Given stated he had by no means seen a string of non-violent property crimes of the breadth and quantity dedicated by McCoy. Given believed McCoy was merely at a breaking level when he was lastly apprehended by authorities. Given stated for nearly each crime, McCoy might give particulars about how he received into the home, the place we went and the place sure objects have been situated within the dwelling.
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