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MVNU Cross Country teams involved in accident

MOUNT VERNON— Mount Vernon Nazarene University cross country teams were involved in a motor vehicle accident Friday afternoon around 2:45 p.m. in Shelby, Ohio, in Richland County. Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams and coach were traveling northbound on South Gamble Street in Shelby when a semi-tractor trailer went left of center and struck two vehicles traveling with MVNU. Two additional vehicles traveling with the caravan were not hit. The Shelby Police Department and Shelby Fire Department responded to the scene where five MVNU players were taken to area hospitals and treated for minor injuries.

“This afternoon our cross country team, while traveling to a scheduled event in Sandusky, was involved in a multi-vehicle crash within the city limits of Shelby, Ohio. The crash, which involved a semi-tractor trailer, resulted in heavy damage to several vehicles and five student-athletes being transported to a local hospital with minor injuries for precautionary measures,” said Aaron Quinn, Athletic Director.

“In times like this, we pause to give thanks to God for his care and take a moment to reflect on the truly important things in life. I am very grateful to the city of Shelby for their willingness to step in and help in so many ways.”

Families of the players have been notified and MVNU Cross Country Coach Chip Wilson has been with the team for the entirety of the day. The crash is still under investigation by the Shelby Police Department.


8 month old left in hot car, father arrested

By George Breithaupt, KnoxPages.com Reporter 

MOUNT VERNON - Mount Vernon police were called to 911 Coshocton Ave. on Thursday to investigate a report of an infant left inside a parked vehicle. According to the report when officer Nicolas Holdren arrived on the scene he spoke to the woman who had made the report. Officer Holdren observed an infant inside an unlocked vehicle. Holdren said the vehicle appeared to have been lived in. He observed the back passenger side window was open about two inches. He also observed several bottles of Round Up beside the car seat and other items on the floor board in the back of the vehicle. There was also an empty pizza box on the front passenger side and several items underneath it. Holdren also found a diaper bag with several birth certificates inside.

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The scene on Coshocton Avenue Thursday in which an infant was found unattended inside a car - KP Photo

The infant was observed to have rosy cheeks and was sweating heavily. Holdren removed the infant and requested assistance from the Mount Vernon Fire Department to check on the condition of the child. Holdren removed the infant's heavy pants and sat with him in the air-conditioned cruiser in an effort to cool him off. The infant had a full diaper and one of the observers offered a clean diaper to the officer. Holdren changed the diaper and continued his efforts to cool down the infant.

Children Services was advised of the situation and responded to the scene at about 1:08 PM. The Mount Vernon Fire Department did a preliminary check of the condition of the infant and transported him to Knox Community Hospital. The Mount Vernon Fire Department advised they measured the temperature inside the vehicle at 111°F.

At about 1:35 a male, identified as Donald Ireland, the infant's father, came to the vehicle from the area of Buffalo Wild Wings. Ireland told the officer he had forgotten about his 8-month-old son being in the car. Ireland's information was run through the Law Enforcement Automated Data System and was found to have several active warrants out of the Heath Police Department. Ireland was arrested and handcuffed. Detective Bobo spoke to the assistant prosecutor and was advised to charge Ireland with child endangering. Ireland was transported to Knox Community Hospital because he was experiencing chest pains. Medical staff at the hospital cleared Ireland medically and he was transported to the Knox County Jail, charged with child endangering and incarcerated.

The infant's mother, was working in Croton, was advised of the situation and left to go to Knox Community Hospital. The infant was released to the custody of Children Services. 


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Donald Ireland - Knox County Jail photo



Riverbank erosion protection sought for Howard water well field

By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — When Jeff Pickrell, water/wastewater superintendent, met with the county commissioners on Tuesday, his top priority was to choose a method to stabilize the riverbank along a section of the Kokosing River. The urgency is because of a Friday deadline to apply for grant money through the Ohio Public Works Commission.

The area that needs stabilization is near the Howard well field. Through the years, erosion has changed the course of the river so that it now is within 50 feet of Well No. 5 and 150 feet of Well No. 3. The goal of the stabilization project is to stop further erosion into the well field.

Pickrell presented three options and their costs to the commissioners:

*Riprap (broken stone or concrete) $380,000
*Gabion baskets (wire mesh baskets filled with rock) $470,000
*“Fabric” (plants and revegetation) $550,000-$570,000

Pickrell said that the baskets are more aesthetic, but “our ultimate goal is to keep the soil from further eroding away.” He recommended the riprap because it gives the “best bang for customer bucks.”

Pickrell is applying for a Natural Resources Assistance Grant through OPWC. The grant has a 25 percent match which will come from county funds or a Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District grant Pickrell will apply for in December. “If we could get a Muskingum Watershed grant we could have no out-of-pocket expenses,” he told the commissioners. “Worst case scenario we'll pay 25 percent, which I can cover [through my budget.]”

Pickrell said the natural resources grant is a competitive grant; he anticipates knowing in the next six to eight weeks whether the county received the grant.

Pickrell also updated the commissioners on the status of Well No. 1, which has never worked since its drilling. He was not sure of the exact time, but thought it was in the 1980s. He said he will move forward with having a company clean the well and conduct a pump test at a cost of around $13,700.

“They feel confident they can get it back to functioning,” said Pickrell. “If it's adequate [flow], then we have another asset. If it's not, we'll plug it and remove a liability.”

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This photo shows how close the Koskosing River has come to the county's well field near Howard. In 1950, the river was nearly 300 feet from Well No. 5 and nearly 400 feet from Well No. 3. Now the river is just over 50 feet from Well No. 5 and 150 feet from Well No. 3.
Photo courtesy of the Knox County Commissioners

Child rescued from car in Coshocton Avenue parking lot

From staff reports

MOUNT VERNON - Police and EMS were called to a report of a child left unattended inside a vehicle at a Coshocton Avenue parking lot Thursday afternoon. On the scene, a police officer told KnoxPages.com the child was removed from the vehicle and transported to Knox Community Hospital. An adult was also transported to KCH. No word yet on what relationship, if any, the adult has to the child.

MVPD is expected to release more information about the incident in the near future.

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The scene Thursday afternoon when MVPD and EMS crews were dispatched to a report of a child left in a car - KP Photo


Around Ohio: Facebook announces plans to build data center in New Albany

NEW ALBANY - Facebook has chosen to build a new data center in the New Albany International Business Park. The company plans to invest $750 million to construct a 970,000-square-foot facility powered by 100 percent renewable energy. The project, the company’s tenth data center, will be situated on a 345-acre site located on the east side of Beech Road south of the State Route 161 interchange. It is slated to begin delivering services in 2019.

“We're thrilled to have found a home in Ohio and to embark on this exciting partnership,” said Erin Egan, Facebook’s VP of US Public Policy. “Everything here has been as advertised — from a committed set of community partners and strong pool of talent to the opportunity to power our facility with 100 percent renewable energy. The Buckeye State is a great place to do business.”

A 2017 U.S. Chamber of Commerce data center study estimates that construction of a data center of this magnitude will employ up to 1,688 local workers, provide up to $77.7 million in wages for those workers and produce $243.5 million in output along the local economy’s supply chain during construction. The same study estimates an annual injection of $32.5 million into the economy once construction is completed. After completion, Facebook expects to employ approximately 100 workers at its New Albany data center.

The close coordination between JobsOhio and local, regional and state agencies was a consideration in Facebook’s decision. “I am pleased that Facebook has selected Ohio for its newest data center and grateful to our JobsOhio economic development team and their partners for helping to make this happen,” said Governor John R. Kasich. “This is a $750 million investment in technologies and jobs of the future that will further diversify our state’s economy, and, with other leading-edge innovators locating here, help put Ohio front and center in the Knowledge Belt of the 21st century.” JobsOhio President and Chief Investment Officer John Minor added, “Along with New Albany and Columbus 2020, we welcome Facebook to Ohio. The attraction of Facebook brings another high-performing technology company to this state and strengthens the IT sector, talent and innovation in Ohio.”

New Albany landed its largest data center to date while competing with cities across the country. The center itself will be one of the most advanced, energy-efficient data centers in the world, featuring Facebook’s latest Open Compute Project hardware designs. It will be cooled using outdoor air and direct evaporative cooling systems resulting in world-class levels of energy and water efficiency.

Facebook was also attracted to the New Albany International Business Park’s robust high-speed fiber optic network, triple feed electric capabilities and its technology- and shovel-ready sites, notes New Albany Mayor Sloan Spalding. “Our commitment to public-private partnerships and collaboration has enabled us to streamline the planning process and accommodate businesses’ need for speed to compete in the global market,” says Spalding. “That success enables us to provide a high level of service and amenities for residents and generates substantial revenue for our schools.”

“New Albany city leaders continue to show great foresight by investing in public infrastructure and technology that enable the community to attract mission critical facilities like Facebook,” said William Ebbing, president of New Albany Company. “We are very proud of the collaboration between city leaders, the State of Ohio, JobsOhio, Columbus 2020 and New Albany Company that not only helped us attract a high profile company like Facebook but also has made the New Albany International Business Park an economic engine for Ohio, growing to more than 15,000 jobs.”

With the addition of this project, the New Albany International Business Park will exceed 11 million square feet of total development. The park’s Information and Technology Cluster, which includes Aetna, Nationwide Insurance, Discover Financial Solutions and TJX Technology Center along with Facebook, now accounts for $2 billion in private investment.

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