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August 8, 2003 - 10:14am
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There are major developments today in a recent arson case. A Columbus Prosecutor says he may drop charges against the man suspected of starting the fire that killed five college students near the Ohio State University campus.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien says he's questioning the charges after reviewing the videotaped police interview with 20-year-old Robert Lucky Patterson and after talking to five witnesses. He will be meeting with the victims' families today to discuss the...
August 7, 2003 - 11:39pm
5 years 12 weeks ago
Police had their hands full Thursday afternoon. According to Lt. Bill Shaw, at around 4:00 p.m. police were called to Gant Municipal Stadium where they found the press box and the baseball portion of the stadium on fire. Eyewitnesses told police four juveniles broke into the stadium, vandalized the facility and set fire to the press box. Lt. Shaw reported that after an extensive search, four juveniles were taken into custody and will be charged with vandalism of the facility. All four...
August 7, 2003 - 8:39pm
5 years 12 weeks ago
The Zanesville Police Department continues to search for the two remaining suspects in the second homicide of the year. The dispute occurred late Wednesday night at the 400 block of Spangler Drive. Shortly after 21-year-old Michael Allen, of Zanesville died of a gunshot wound to the head. According to Detective Ric Roush with the ZPD, it appears a minor dispute caused the shooting. One individual, 21-year-old Jeremy Smith, has been taken into custody as a material witness. Two juvenile...
August 7, 2003 - 8:38pm
5 years 12 weeks ago
Family and friends gathered to mourn Army Specialist Brett T. Christian who was buried at Arlington National Cemetery Thursday afternoon. Christian was killed in Iraq last month when his convoy was ambushed by a grenade attack. The 27-year-old hails from North Royalton near Cleveland.
August 7, 2003 - 8:38pm
5 years 12 weeks ago
The prosecution rested its case Thursday against a woman arrested for breastfeeding her infant daughter while driving on the Ohio turnpike. Prosecutors in Portage County wrapped up with testimony on Ohio Highway Patrol Sergeant Michael A. Harmon, who was called to assist with the May stop of Catherine Nicole Donkers. Donkers is shown on police videotapes refusing to cooperate with troopers until getting permission from the man she calls her husband…Brad Barnhill.
August 7, 2003 - 2:42pm
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A cozy night and a touch of nature are all part of the “Safari In The Wilds” annual tour. It’s the ninth year for the fundraising event and this year organizers are offering a special preview of the animals. You will have the opportunity to look at the animals by standing outside in a fenced area. Those who attend the event will get to enjoy exotic animals, food, and entertainment. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 16th. Activities will begin at 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. for further...
August 7, 2003 - 10:52am
5 years 12 weeks ago
The Zanesville Fraternal Order of Police has announced its endorsement in the race for Zanesville Mayor. F-O-P President Pat Corder says the organization voted to endorse republican candidate Dave Joseph. Corder says in order for there to be an endorsement, two-thirds of the attending F-O-P members must vote for a candidate. Joseph, along with current Mayor Jack Fenton and independent candidate Rick Lavy all met with F-O-P prior to the vote. The meeting was open only to F-O-P members.
August 7, 2003 - 8:15am
5 years 12 weeks ago
The second homicide that has occurred this year in Zanesville has prompted investigations by local police. Zanesville Police Detectives aren't releasing too many details at this time, but according to Ric Roush with the detective bureau, the shooting happened last night a little before midnight in the 400 block of Spangler Drive. The name of the shooting victim is not being released pending the notification of family members, however we do know that there are three suspects involved, and...
August 6, 2003 - 5:38pm
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There’s some good news for senior citizens and their families. The Area on Aging’s Passport Program was dealing with funding issues, but those have now been resolved. The Passport Program works to keep people who are sixty and over in their homes as long as possible, rather than forcing them to enter a nursing home earlier than necessary. Community Education Coordinator for the Area Agency on Aging, Laurel Dubeck, says, “Our budget has been cut and we did have a waiting list for awhile…but...
August 6, 2003 - 4:50pm
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A suspect in an arson case changed her plea to guilty in court. 26-year-old Robin Ferrell is charged with one count of aggravated arson and one count of arson. Ferrell originally pleaded guilty in June. She is accused of reportedly helping co-defendant, Edgardo DeJesus of pouring gasoline on a car that belonged to Jodi Ritterbeck and setting it on fire. Ferrell is accused of driving DeJesus to get the gasoline and driving him to and from the crime scene. The fire happened near a residence...
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