The Johnstown Police Department in conjunction with the Licking County Drug Task Force and the Licking County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people in connection with the robbery of the CVS pharmacy Nov. 23.
The suspects have been formally charged with robbery and are being held in the Licking County Justice Center while awaiting legal proceedings, law enforcement officials said.
After the robbery, police released information about a suspect to the media and received many anonymous tips from village citizens.
Using these tips, they started an investigation which led to a traffic stop of the suspect, according to Lt. Josh Boudinot.
“We can’t speak highly enough of those who came forward and gave us tips,” he said. “Those anonymous tips helped us a lot.”
So far, law enforcement officials said they have recovered only 1,149 of the 3,440 painkiller pills that were stolen. The pills recovered have a street value of more than $30,000, officials said.
One of the suspects previously had served a jail sentence for robbery, law enforcement officials said.
A group of students at Pointview Elementary School trained for a 5K race while learning about empowerment through the new Girls on the Run club.
School secretary Molly Bussard is one of the club leaders.
“We want to empower and strengthen as many girls as possible. It’s a great program for all girls,” she said. “I wish I had something like this growing up.”
Girls on the Run is a national nonprofit program for girls in grades 3-8. The mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a curriculum that creatively integrates running.
Participants from Girls on the Run clubs across central Ohio participated in a 5K at Columbus Commons in downtown Columbus on Saturday, Nov. 14.
The club at Pointview started last year, after Bussard’s daughter was involved in the club at Alcott Elementary School.
“When she did that 5K at the end, I was so impressed. I didn’t know she was capable of that,” she said. “I thought to myself, this is a chance to start this great club at Pointview so I coordinated with other teachers and it continues to grow.”
Eleven girls participated last year. The same number took part this year.
Bussard runs the club with Pointview teacher Amanda Oakes.
But it’s not all about the race at the end.
“We finish up the season with a community impact project, so that the girls can experience helping and giving back to others. Last season, we decorated flower pots and delivered them to a local nursing home,” Oakes said.
This year, they will assemble care packages for female military service members.
The girls also explore issues such as bullying, handling emotions and what real beauty looks like.
For example, in one of the discussions about handling gossip, the girls played the classic “Telephone” game and learned that words and facts often get misinterpreted each time they’re told.
The girls often go running in Huber Village Park.
“It’s not a competition so everyone goes at their own pace,” Bussard said. “It’s all about doing your best.”
JOHNSTOWN VILLAGE COUNCIL RACE
Monday November 2, 2015 2:10 PM
oters in the village of Johnstown will be electing members of the Village Council when they go to the polls to vote in the general election Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Five people are running for three seats on Village Council.
The candidates include incumbent Cheryl Robertson and challengers Ben Lee, Lewis Main, Ryan Green and Russell Sparks.
Incumbent councilmen David Keck and Bob Orsini are not running.
Robertson manages her family farms in Sandusky County and previously worked at Johnson & Johnson.
She has served on the Village Council since February 2014 and on the Johnstown Economic Development Commission. Robertson said the village needs to seek economic development opportunities while retaining existing businesses.
She also wants to focus on managing the village budget as the village continues to grow.
Lee is distribution center operations manager at L Brands.
He said his passion for small towns sets him apart from the other candidates.
Lee said he wants to make sure the Johnstown experience he had growing up is the same for his young daughters.
Lee also said he wants to increase communication between the council and the community.
Main is retired. He worked at Western Electric, AT&T and Lucent Technology in a variety of accounting and supervisory positions.
He served 15 years on the council and Village Planning and Zoning Commission in the 1980s and 90s.
Main said he believes the Village Council needs to stick to its budget and sell surplus water and sewer capacities to reduce costs.
He said he also wants the village to prepare to become a city in 2020.
Sparks works in the emergency department at St. Ann’s Hospital and volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America.
Sparks said he is most concerned with traffic, water rates, trash service and police protection.
He said his goal is to bring police protection back up to the level where it was 10 years ago and look into getting a new trash service provider.
Green works in sales at Scotts Miracle Grow.
He said he plans to bring more businesses to Johnstown so people have more things to do and more amenities in the village. Green wants to place a framework in place that will encourage new businesses to move in.