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July 24, 2003 - 4:23pm
5 years 11 weeks ago
Training never stops for emergency personnel. As technology improves, so does the threat of bio-terrorism. The Muskingum County Disaster Services is preparing for the worst by holding training seminars. Thursday, different agencies were at the water department, working on a confined space rescue. Through several Weapons of Mass Destruction, Homeland Security grants, our area Haz-Mat team now has the capabilities to handle different levels of emergencies.
July 24, 2003 - 4:22pm
5 years 11 weeks ago
Residents may soon find some cash in their mailboxes. The government is sending families who qualified for the Child Tax Credit last year a pre-payment for this year’s amount. Families will be contacted by the IRS. They will receive up to $400 per child starting July 25th. This is an advanced payment because the Child Tax Credit increased from $600 to $1,000. Families can receive up to $1,200 total.
July 24, 2003 - 4:20pm
5 years 11 weeks ago
An Ohio State student, her boyfriend and his roommate were found bound and shot to death in a rented house near campus, and police say they have no suspects or possible motives for the slayings. A roommate found the bodies Wednesday of 21-year-old Kayla Hurst, of Granville, 23-year-old Aaron Grexa of Greensburg, PA, and 22-year-old Eric Hlass, who had recently moved to Columbus from Russellville, AK. Hurst was an English Major at Ohio State. The others were not students. A window was broken...
July 24, 2003 - 4:20pm
5 years 11 weeks ago
Two eastern Ohio sheriff’s deputies are to appear in court Thursday on federal drug charges. US Attorney’s Spokesman Fred Alverson says Belmont County Sheriff’s deputies Robert A. Sears of Bridgeport, and Ronald D. Dyson or St. Clairsville are charged with two counts each of extortion and one count each of conspiring to sell cocaine. They are scheduled for an initial appearance in UU District Court in Columbus.
July 24, 2003 - 4:19pm
5 years 11 weeks ago
An Ohio soldier died of natural causes while serving in the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Thursday that Air Force Master Sergeant David Scott died while serving at the US Embassy there. The 49-year-old Union man was a reservist with the 445th Airlift Wing based at Wright-Patterson. He served as Assistant Chief of Information Systems for the 445th Communications Squadron. He is survived by a wife and daughter. He will be buried with military honors in...
July 24, 2003 - 9:28am
5 years 11 weeks ago
Noble County Sheriff Landon Smith is facing ethics questions after a judge in neighboring Monroe County said Smith used an inmate as a cook in a restaurant he owns. Monroe County Court Judge James Peters says Smith created a safety threat by granting an unauthorized work release. Monroe County pays Noble County to house some of its inmates in the Caldwell jail. Peters said court probation officers on July 11th found the inmate working at a restaurant Smith and his wife operate in Belle...
July 24, 2003 - 8:19am
5 years 11 weeks ago
Condemned inmate Richard Cooey came within 12 hours of his scheduled execution when a federal judge ordered it be postponed. U-S district judge Dan Aaron Polster last night granted a request by Cooey’s lawyer for more time to study the case. The 36-year-old Cooey had been scheduled to die by injection at ten o’clock this morning for the 1986 deaths of two university of Akron students. The Ohio attorney general is appealing the delay to the sixth U-S circuit court of appeals on Cincinnati. There...
July 24, 2003 - 8:11am
5 years 11 weeks ago
Columbus police have identified the body of an Ohio State University student and two others found yesterday afternoon in a rental house several blocks East of the Ohio State campus. Police spokesman Brent Mull says the victims are 21-year-old Kayla Hurst, of Granville, 22-year-old Aaron Grexa of Pennsylvania and 23-year-old Eric Hlass, of Russellville, Arkansas. Hurst was an Ohio State student. The others were not. Police don’t know Grexa’s hometown. Sergeant Mull says someone who lives in the...
July 23, 2003 - 11:38pm
5 years 11 weeks ago
A granville woman is one of three victims police found dead Wednesday in a house outside the OSU campus. Columbus Police say 21-year-old Kayla Hurst was a student at the school. According to a police spokesperson, someone who lives in the house called police after finding the bodies in an upstairs room. So far, police have not released. The house is in an area where both students and non-students live.
July 23, 2003 - 4:39pm
5 years 11 weeks ago
There is a changing of the guard as a new police chief is sworn in this afternoon in Cambridge. Chief Richard Wayt officially took his vows in front of a crowd of family and co-workers during a brief ceremony. Now that he is on the administrative side of the force, he has a very clear idea about what needs to be done. “I just want to try to make sure that law enforcement in the community is done properly, professionally. And I believe that it is now. I believe we have standards that we...
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