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Arrest Made in Connection With Bank Robbery


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A man from The Plains is in custody in connection with a Monday bank robbery at Hocking Valley Bank. After three different interviews with investigators, Willard Whitmore, 68, of Walnut Street, is charged with armed robbery, possession of criminal tools and tampering with evidence, according to Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith. The arrest came after the Hocking… Read More

Developmental Disabilities Board Superintendent Placed On Leave

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The superintendent of the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday morning according to an email sent to staff members. Eric Young was placed on leave as of 9:30 a.m., Thursday. According to emails obtained by the Messenger through a public record request, Board President John Day, along with… Read More