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August 16, 2003 - 8:16pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
Investigators say three failed transmission lines in Ohio likely caused this week’s blackout. Experts are working to understand why the disruption spread throughout the Northeast and Midwest and into Canada, and was not contained. North American Electric Reliability Council Chief Michehl Gent says the council is fairly certain that the problem started in Ohio. Gent says the transmission system was designed to isolate problems such as those apparently involving the three lines in the...
August 16, 2003 - 8:13pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
The Cambridge Police Department continues to investigate the homicide of a juvenile male on Stewart Avenue in Cambridge. The suspect in the crime, 36-year-old Marvin Johnson, was captured by the Zanesville Police Department and Muskingum’s Sheriff’s Office late Friday morning, after Johnson fled from Guernsey County authorities. Cambridge Police Chief Richard Wayt says a confidential informant gave police a tip that Johnson may be headed to Zanesville in a taxi. This tip lead to the...
August 16, 2003 - 8:12pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
Computer problems have caused the Columbus police to outfit the computers in their cruisers with software to guard against a computer virus sweeping the country. Police officials say the computer worm has affected at least 100 computers in Columbus police cruisers. The worm attacks certain Microsoft products and can cause a number of problems for the patrol car computers. It renders them unable to electronically communicate with dispatchers, receive background information, run license plate...
August 15, 2003 - 5:06pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
The state’s unemployment rate fell in July to 6.2%. That’s down from 6.3% in June. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services credits the decline to seasonal hiring in the leisure and hospitality industry. Morgan County had the highest unemployment rate in July at 16.4%
August 15, 2003 - 5:04pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
A former Newark-area volunteer for Big Brothers-Big Sisters of America has been sentenced to 89 years in prison for sexually abusing eleven boys when they were younger than 13. Licking County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Marcelain also classified 35-year-old Scott Wagner as a sexual predator. He won’t be eligible for parole or early release and will be spend the rest of his life in prison unless his conviction is overturned on appeal. Prosecutors said Wagner used a four-wheel vehicle, video...
August 15, 2003 - 5:03pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
The death of a suburban Columbus man on Monday has been linked to the West Nile Virus. It’s the first death in Ohio connected to the virus this year. State and Franklin County Health officials aren’t releasing any details about the 77-year-old man, including whether he died at home or in a hospital. The man had become ill this month. They say a blood sample from the victim led to the connection that he died of complications related to the virus. The disease is transmitted to humans by the...
August 15, 2003 - 10:52am
5 years 7 weeks ago
The lights should be coming on later today for the remaining First-Energy customers in northern Ohio who lost power during the nation’s largest power outage. About 100-thousand customers are still without power. At its peak yesterday, one-point-four million customers were without power. While power is coming back on, the utility may have to institute rolling blackouts. It is asking customers to conserve energy. Early reports indicated that the blackout that’s affected several key cities in...
August 15, 2003 - 8:43am
5 years 7 weeks ago
Teachers upset at the state agency that oversees their pensions will make their complaints loud and clear today to the agency’s board of directors. Current and retired teachers are expected to rally outside the statehouse before attending a state teachers retirement system board meeting. Teachers are upset over reports that millions of dollars have been spent on bonuses, artwork and travel at the same time that assets plunged. The former executive director also has acknowledged making...
August 15, 2003 - 8:35am
5 years 7 weeks ago
A former Newark-area volunteer for Big Brothers-Big Sisters of America has been sentenced to 89 years in prison for sexually abusing eleven boys when they were younger than 13. Licking County common pleas judge Thomas Marcelain also classified 35-year-old Scott Wagner as a sexual predator. He won’t be eligible for parole or early release and will spend the rest of his life in prison unless his conviction is overturned on appeal. Prosecutors said Wagner used a four-wheel vehicle, video games,...
August 14, 2003 - 11:48pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
State emergency officials say six Ohio counties are still mostly in the dark Thursday night. The Ohio Emergency Management Agency says about 90% of utility in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron and Lake counties are without power. Stark, Summit, Portage, Richland and Lorain have up to 50% without power and Lucas, Morrow and Marion have up to 25%. As of 10 p.m., about 880,000 Firstenergy customers were still without power. Lt. Governor, Jennette Bradley says utilities are telling state...
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