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November 27, 2003 - 10:12am
4 years 45 weeks ago
Warning to all Ohio residents, doctors and health officials in the Buckeye state are bracing for what could be a rougher flu season than the state has seen in several years. They're urging people, especially the very old and very young to get vaccinated. There is no way of knowing exactly how serious this round will be, but the flu has already been hitting western states hard causing a few deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says many of the identified cases have been of the...
November 27, 2003 - 10:03am
4 years 45 weeks ago
Prosecutors in Hocking county have agreed to a plea bargain that enables a killer to avoid the death penalty and possibly win his freedom in 15 years so they can make a case against his alleged accomplice, the victim's grandson. Originally, Daniel Spencer and Troy Estep, both of Circleville, were indicted on aggravated murder and other charges in the slaying of Estep's 85-year-old grandmother Wretha Poling. Poling was found dead in her Laurenville home on May 13th, 2001. She had been bludgeoned...
November 27, 2003 - 8:52am
4 years 45 weeks ago
On probation for arson, a fifteen year old acknowledged in court that he was afraid of getting caught for smoking marijuana, so he submitted a male relative's urine. Trouble is, that sample tested postive for cocaine. Chance Copp of Chillicothe admitted the plan to fake his drug test to Ross County Juvenile Judge Richard Ward. He also acknowledges smoking marijuana, and his own urine tested positive for that. Ward ordered Copp back into juvenile detention until a new sentencing hearing can be...
November 27, 2003 - 8:47am
4 years 45 weeks ago
A former school band director was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison for sexual conduct with students. 38-year-old Kevin Kohler of norwalk apologized for his actions in court, and claims that when he gets out of prison he wants to work to prevent sexual assaults from happening to other kids. In a plea deal, Kohler pleaded no contest to one count of rape and guilty to six counts of sexual battery. No contest pleas mean the defendant won't fight the charge. Prosecutors dropped a second...
November 26, 2003 - 10:31pm
4 years 45 weeks ago
An accident on State Route 208 turns deadly for a Tri-Valley Middle school student this afternoon. Around 3:00 p.m. in Madison Township a car driven by a 17 year-old lost control, drove off the left side of the road, struck an embankment and rolled over. A 12 year-old not wearing a seatbelt was thrown 75 feet from the vehicle. He was med-flighted to Children’s Hospital in Columbus where he was pronounced dead just after 7:30 p.m. Since he is a minor, his name is not being released. The 17...
November 26, 2003 - 2:12pm
4 years 45 weeks ago
Students from the Muskingum Christian Academy were showing off their class gift baskets today for their annual auction. The students were trying to be extra creative with the themes for this year’s baskets. The 12th grade class wanted to make a basket for couples to bid on including a few reservations to hotels for an overnight stay. The auction will be held November 29th at 5pm at the Good Samaritan gym.
November 26, 2003 - 2:07pm
4 years 45 weeks ago
Today marks one of the busiest travel days of the year. Not only for drivers, but also for the state patrol. There are a few things local residents should keep in mind when heading to the highways. Since the volume of cars increases during the holidays, traffic can certainly slow things down when traveling. In 2001, there were eight fatalities on Thanksgiving Day alone, so be sure to be safe when driving this holiday.
November 26, 2003 - 6:59am
4 years 45 weeks ago
Although Thanksgiving is tomorrow, only one thing is on the minds of local hunters. Deer. Because December first is the official start of the much anticipated deer-gun season in Ohio. To prepare for the season, students at West Muskignum High school are focusing on the importance of safety while hunting. First, you need to get your hunting license, read up on all the rules and regulations, and get permission from property owners. The hours for hunting start a half hour before sunrise, until...
November 26, 2003 - 6:54am
4 years 45 weeks ago
About 300 young performers from Southwestern Ohio will be marching in the 77th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tomorrow. The Miami University Marching Band, The Oak Hills High School Varsity Singers and two dozen jump-roping girls from The Kings Local School District in Warren County have been gearing up for this event for months. An estimated two million people will be watching from along the parade route, and there will be an audience of about 60 million TV viewers this year.
November 26, 2003 - 6:46am
4 years 45 weeks ago
A Tuesday morning house fire has killed two boys and injured their mother, stepfather, and another child. At least two are in critical condition this morning. Columbus Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Fultz says the boys were found on the second floor of the house. Their names haven't been released, however the Franklin County Coroner Brad Lewis says the 12, and 13 year old boys died of what appeared to be smoke inhalation. An autopsy is planned for tomorrow. Fultz says firefighters got the...
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