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December 8, 2003 - 11:24pm
5 years 11 weeks ago
At Zanesville City Council tonight, the first reading of an ordinance was passed that would authorize the city to contract out the food services at the Zanesville City Jail.

Aramark Corporation currently provides food to the Muskingum County Jail and has proposed a three-year contract with the city. If accepted, the deal wouldn't affect the jobs of the four employees currently working in the jail's kitchen.

Because the private company can do the job more efficiently,...
December 8, 2003 - 11:06pm
5 years 11 weeks ago
Complaints of low water pressure from homeowners in the Timber Run Road area had commissioners busy Monday.

They were reviewing the results of tests ran by the water departments and discussing possible solutions. The testing concluded that pressure is dropping below the levels mandated by the EPA.

Water Department Manager, Chester Smith, says there's a few ways to fix the problem. With the addition of the new West Muskingum School in that area, the county may be able...
December 8, 2003 - 10:25pm
5 years 11 weeks ago
A Zanesville man is deemed competent to stand trial in Muskingum County, on a total of five counts. According to Assistant Muskingum County Prosecutor Jim Workman, 35-year-old Rian Hardcastle has been indicted on one count aggravated burglary, two counts abduction, one count failure to comply with the order of a police officer, and one count violating a protection order. His attorney Scott Eickelberger entered a motion for a competency review on September 24th. Based on the report heard...
December 8, 2003 - 10:24pm
5 years 11 weeks ago
Police continue to search for the suspect or suspects who broke into the Creno’s Pizza early Monday morning.

According to Zanesville Detective Ric Roush, just after midnight the front window of the Maple Avenue restaurant was broken.

Roush said a safe was taken from the store as well as an undisclosed amount of money from within the safe.

Police are asking for any information.
December 8, 2003 - 10:22pm
5 years 11 weeks ago
Employees of Big Bear Grocery stores in Zanesville and surrounding areas are wondering the fate of the grocery store chain.

This past week parent company Penn Traffic auctioned off several stores.

If approved Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle would acquire seven Big Bear stores in Newark, Columbus and Marietta for nearly $47 million.

A bid by Kroger to purchase eleven Big Bear stores was rejected by Penn Traffic. There’s no word yet on what will happen to the...
December 8, 2003 - 10:15pm
5 years 11 weeks ago
Authorities are hoping that cameras erected along Interstate-270 in Columbus will give them a clue into who’s behind the 14 shooting along the highway. Workers put up camera on poles late Monday afternoon.

Authorities are reluctant to release a complete profile of the shooter or shooters, saying there is not enough information. However Franklin County Chief Deputy Steve Martin Monday described a bit about what type of person might be responsible.

Martin says the...
December 8, 2003 - 2:02pm
5 years 11 weeks ago
As we begin to start decorating for the holiday season, it’s important not only to keep in mind the safety of children, but pets too. Gary Graham of the animal shelter here in Zanesville says there are plenty of ways to protect your pets from holiday hazards. Graham says cats especially will bat the glass ornaments off the tree and they will swat them, break them, getting glass in their paws. Some decorations can also be dangerous for pets, so you should make sure to keep certain plants out...
December 8, 2003 - 1:54pm
5 years 11 weeks ago
A fire at a downtown law firm could have been a lot worse if not for the help of an office employee.

According to the Zanesville Fire Department a fire broke out early this morning in a closet/kitchenette of the Jones, Funk and Payne law firm located on 4th street in downtown Zanesville.

Fire Chief Dave Lacy praises the woman who was the only person in the building at the time of the fire. Lacy says, “She did the right thing by leaving that door closed and upon...
December 8, 2003 - 1:47pm
5 years 11 weeks ago
The flu season has started in full force this year, and has been blamed for the deaths of at least eleven children across the country. It could be the worst flu season in years, especially since now the manufacturers of the vaccine claim they aren’t making any more. So what can we do to protect ourselves? Dr. Vicki Whitacre the medical director of the Health Department says frequent hand washing and avoiding large crowds will help because that is how the flu is being transferred. While...
December 8, 2003 - 10:36am
5 years 11 weeks ago
The Zanesville fire department says it could have been a lot worse than it was. A fire this morning happened at the Jones, Funk, and Payne law firm at 45 North 4th Street.

Fire Chief Dave Lacy says a fire broke out in a storage closet in a kitchen. There were no injuries reported. The whole building suffered some smoke damage.
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