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July 10, 2003 - 4:42pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
A Columbus Man changes his plea to guilty in connection with four counts of drug charges in Muskingum County. 25-year-old Fred Wolverton III pleaded guilty to one count possession of a drug called MDMA, one count possession of marijuana, one count possession of drug paraphernalia – such as scales and one count possession of cocaine. Wolverton originally pleaded not guilty to the charges on June 4th. He was arrested in May on Interstate 70 during a routine traffic stop. State troopers found...
July 10, 2003 - 1:45pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
A well-known Zanesville man has died. 66-year-old Frank Rossi was co-owner of the Friendship Pottery in Roseville. He moved to Zanesville in 1961 as plant engineer for Cesco-Ferro Corporation. Rossi, who passed away Wednesday, was a member of the Knights of Columbus, The Zanesville Country Club, and a former member of the Zanesville Rotary Club. He also served on the St. Thomas and Rosecrans school boards. Calling hours are Friday from 2-to-4 and 7-to-9 at the Hillis funeral home. The...
July 10, 2003 - 9:17am
5 years 6 weeks ago
A plan that cuts funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission has been approved this week by a house subcommittee. Forty-one congressional lawmakers had asked the subcommittee’s chairman, Ohio Congressman Dave Hobson, to help them preserve funding for the commission, which helps poor people in Appalachia. Hobson is a Springfield Republican and says there wasn’t enough money in the budget to spend more on the commission. The proposed 33-point-one-million-dollar budget for the A-R-C isn’t...
July 10, 2003 - 8:41am
5 years 6 weeks ago
Health officials in the buckeye state are pleased to learn that two-thirds of Ohio’s possible cases of SARS-Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome- are not SARS after all. The Ohio Department of Health said test results from the U-S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ruled out ten of the state’s 15 cases. Test results are pending on the other five.
July 10, 2003 - 8:39am
5 years 6 weeks ago
Two state lawmakers are asking the U-S department of education in Washington for a little more time in approving a school accountability plan as required by the no child left behind act. The feds have threatened to withhold more then 400 million dollars in federal funds if the plan isn’t approved by the start of the school year.
July 10, 2003 - 8:36am
5 years 6 weeks ago
The board that oversees the state teachers retirement system is hiring an outside company to conduct a performance audit of the system. Some members have expressed concern about the management of the fund, particularly the spending of million of dollars on bonuses, artwork, and travel while assets plunged during the faltering economy.
July 10, 2003 - 8:21am
5 years 6 weeks ago
Television talk show host Jerry Springer is looking more like a candidate for the U-S senate from Ohio. He’s holding a news conference in Columbus this morning to unveil a 30-minut infomercial designed to boost his national fund-raising efforts. He says he may seek to challenge republican senator George Voinovich next year.
July 10, 2003 - 7:05am
5 years 6 weeks ago
A spokesman for the State Highway Patrol says police captured a man who escaped from a mental hospital in Columbus while undergoing treatment to make him competent to stand trial for murder. Police located him in Columbus. According to Captain John Born, 38-year-old James Johnson was arrested Wednesday night in Westerville. Johnson is accused of killing his grandfather and injuring an uncle seven years ago. Hospital officials say that Johnson escaped last Thursday night while watching a fire...
July 10, 2003 - 7:03am
5 years 6 weeks ago
Statistics show that Ohio’s large cities have been losing population for decades. Now the Census Bureau’s 2002 population estimates say the same trend is occurring in older suburbs closest to the cities. At the same time, newer cities on the outskirts are gaining more residents. Newer, outlying suburbs tend to attract wealthy and middle class residents who can afford to build homes and businesses that need land to expand. Demographers say this shift in population has meant that inner-ring...
July 9, 2003 - 11:47pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
A convicted sexually oriented offender pleads not guilty to charges of failing to register his address the Sheriff’s Department. 47-year-old Jerry Galigher was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of allegedly failing to provide his change of address. Galigher was convicted of a sex offense in the early 1990s. Because of his sexual offender conviction, Galigher must register his address with the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Department at least once a year, or every time he moves. If convicted,...
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