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January 9, 2003 - 6:15am
4 years 44 weeks ago
A man accused of kidnapping a Zanesville cab driver and a passenger on New Year’s Eve now faces an indictment. 22-year-old Matthew Rupe of Bidwell was indicted on one count of aggravated robbery and two counts of abduction. Rupe was arrested after he allegedly kidnapped the driver and ordered her to drive to Pomeroy, Ohio. According to Detective Ric Roush of the Zanesville police department, the cab driver convinced Rupe that she needed to make a stop for gas. When the cab stopped, Rupe...
January 9, 2003 - 6:11am
4 years 44 weeks ago
The Ohio Supreme Court won’t reconsider a ruling that could cost the state millions of dollars in payments to coal companies. In a four-to-three ruling on December 18th, the court ruled the state must pay R-T-G incorporated for coal on land the company owns in Guernsey county. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources deemed the land unsuitable for mining because it sits on an aquifer that is the primary water source for the village of Pleasant City. Ohio law requires the state to pay for...
January 9, 2003 - 6:02am
4 years 44 weeks ago
The man charged in the shooting death of a Blue Rock boy last summer has been found competent to stand trial. Last summer 9-year-old Michael Derwacter was riding his bike in a Zanesville alley when he was shot. Wednesday the former Zanesville man charged in the case was found competent to stand trial. A competency hearing was held for 21-year-old Michael Martin. Doctors declared Martin o-k to face charges of reckless homicide, involuntary manslaughter and discharging a firearm over a...
January 8, 2003 - 11:25pm
4 years 44 weeks ago
Congratulations are in order again for another group of students who completed the 17-week D.A.R.E program. Students at Frazeysburg intermediate attended a ceremony that marked the completion of learning how to stay drug and violence free. According to some of the students and one of the teachers, they will remember the things that they learned through D.A.R.E for years to come. Along with a certificate from the Ohio Attorney General's Office, The students will also receive a T-Shirt and other...
January 8, 2003 - 11:22pm
4 years 44 weeks ago
The Muskingum County Health Department is still in need of males ages 18 or older, both users and non-users of snuff or chewing tobacco. Those of you who help with the study will receive a cash compensation. For more information please call Sue or Bill Jones at 455-2217.....
January 8, 2003 - 5:39pm
4 years 44 weeks ago
Muskingum county sheriff Bob Stephenson is dealing with an overcrowding problem at the county jail. It's costing taxpayers thousands of dollars. Many counties in the area have had to deal with the high price tag associated with the problem. Due to an increase in crime, the Muskingum county jail, which has the capacity to hold 180 inmates, has had an average of 225 inmates for the past four months. To deal with the overcrowding, inmates have been housed at facilities in other counties. So far...
January 8, 2003 - 6:48am
4 years 44 weeks ago
State tax officials say President Bush’s economic stimulus package would whack about 600-thousand dollars out of Ohio’s already beleaguered budget over two years. Those revenues would be from income taxes on stock dividends, which the president proposes to reduce or eliminate. Ohio department of taxation spokesman Gary Gudmundson says if Bush chooses to cut the tax rate rather than eliminate the tax, the loss to the Ohio treasury would be less. The prospect of such a revenue loss on top of a...
January 8, 2003 - 6:40am
4 years 44 weeks ago
The numbers are good for the John Mcintire library in Zanesville. Customer service manager Blair Tom says for the year 2002, the library wanted to increase circulation to 800-thousand items. This week Tom announced that the library exceeded that goal by more than 10-percent. Tom attributes reader advisories and policies that allow customers to check out more items and at longer periods of time for the increase in circulation.
January 8, 2003 - 6:34am
4 years 44 weeks ago
Do you feel lucky? Well if you do the Mega Millions Lottery is growing again. The multi-state drawing will grow to 28-million dollars for Friday’s game. The best Ohio players could do was two tickets showing four of the five lotto numbers, plus the mega ball number, for five-thousand dollars.
January 8, 2003 - 6:21am
4 years 44 weeks ago
The call is going out today from the United Way of Muskingum, Perry and Morgan counties. The annual fundraising campaign is underway, but donations are down. Executive director Keely Warden says the campaign stands at 850-thousand dollars and this time last year the effort was at one-million dollars. Warden says she is concerned about the campaign. Warden says she understands the economy is rocky right now, but she wants people to understand that the need for the money is up. All of the...
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