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March 18, 2003 - 7:16pm
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The Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department is called to the scene of a brush fire that got out of hand. Among the rubble they discovered an elderly man, who had died. According to Muskingum County Sheriff Bob Stephenson, last night around seven, the department responded to a call about a grass fire on Adamsville Road. After the fire was fully extinguished, officials found 83-year-old Ray France. Officials say France was burned severely, but they believe he died from a heart attack. So...
March 18, 2003 - 7:13pm
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Several dozen high school students rallyied at the Ohio Statehouse today to protest school funding cuts. The students from districts around Ohio say they are upset Govenor Taft's recent cuts to education. 16-year old Rachel Tomasir of Norton says she wants to make Taft and lawmakers realize students aren't happy with the cuts. 17-year old David Zita of Norton says he hopes Taft will change his mind after hearing directly from students. Taft cut 100 million dollars from schools to balance...
March 18, 2003 - 6:52pm
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House republicans want to use hunting and fishing license fees and other special funds to avoid Govenor Taft's proposed tax hikes. House republicans have identified as much as 210 million dollars that they believe could help balance Ohio's budget. State Rep. Jim Hughes says he expects to find more funds within a month. Republicans are looking into hundreds of rotary funds, which collect specialized fees, federal grant money or debt income. The money typically goes to designated purposes, not...
March 17, 2003 - 9:24pm
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It’s a change of pace for the Gus Macker tournament. If you plan on taking part in this year's festivities, you may want to take note. Gus Macker is a statewide basketball competition held in downtown Zanesville. This will be the seventh year for the event. Participants range from five years old and up. In 2002, the event brought in 957 teams. Many of the high school or middle school players on those teams are from the same schools, but that won’t be the case this year. According to Dana Matz,...
March 17, 2003 - 7:35pm
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A construction mishap earlier this morning in South Zanesville leaves residents in the 2-hundred block of East Main Street temporarily without water. Thousands of gallons of water poured into the street and into the front yard of an adjacent home when construction workers accidentally miscalculated the location of a water line. The South Zanesville Water Department repaired the severed line and water service to houses in that block was restored. Residents whose water service was disrupted by...
March 17, 2003 - 7:20pm
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With an imminent war with Iraq fast approaching, the second round of soldiers from an Army National Guard Unit in McConnelsville will be deployed. Around 3-hundred soldiers from the 2-174th Air Defense Artillery Battallion will be departing around 6 tomorrow morning for undisclosed areas overseas. Falling under the U.S. Central Command Area of Operations, the unit will be deployed for at least one year. Thousands gathered at Morgan High School over the weekend for a special send-off ceremony...
March 17, 2003 - 7:13pm
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Now that the U.S. is moving closer to war, the Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency wants the community to be reassured that all agencies are monitoring the current U.S. and world situation daily. Public Information Officer Jennifer Hoffman says that local emergency officials including law enforcement and fire service agencies, healthcare volunteer agencies, and amateur operators have been meeting regularly to access the situation, and have been doing so for a long time. In the...
March 17, 2003 - 6:54pm
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30-year old Michael Steffee received 9 months behind bars and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of one thousand fifty one dollars. Steffee wa arrested in November of last year, after he and co-defendant, Scott Robert broke the front window at Baker's Store. The two stole cigarettes and cash. Roberts was sentenced in Frebruary.
March 17, 2003 - 6:43pm
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It's four years behind bars for a man who kidnapped a cab driver and threatened the car's passenger with a knife. According to Muskingum County prosecutor, Mike Haddox, Judge Mark Fleegle sentenced 22-year old Matthew Rupe of Bidwell today. Rupe was charged with one count of aggravated robbery and two counts of abduction. He was arrested on New Year's Eve after he kidnapped Emily Davis, a driver for the Starbrite Cab Company and her passenger. Davis managed to get help by telling Rupe she...
March 16, 2003 - 9:37pm
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A former Newark woman says she was raped by a fellow cadet at the Air Force Academy in 1981 but she felt she had to keep quiet to protect her military career. 40-year-old Tammy Jones says she felt her credibility would be called into question if she made an issue of the attack. Jones, who is now a teaches in New Mexico, says she discused the attack with a commander. She says the commander was somewhat sympathetic, but the message she recieved was clear: keep quiet or your career will be...
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