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May 16, 2003 - 1:32pm
5 years 4 weeks ago
Ohio’s unemployment rate is at a nearly ten year high. The state says the jobless rate was 6.2 percent in April. That’s unchanged from the revised rate for March and the highest level since December 1993. The state says while employment picked up in April, those gains were partially offset by losses in manufacturing. The number of unemployed workers in Ohio was 368-thousand in April. That number is up 20-thousand over the past year.
May 16, 2003 - 1:27pm
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Muskingum County Sheriff Bob Stephenson says he expects an investigation into two house fires on May 3rd to be finished by Monday. Stephenson says an internal investigation is underway into the action of a 9-1-1 dispatcher and how he reacted to the report of two fires earlier this month. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is looking into the burning of the properties without proper permits. The sheriff says the properties are owned by the Downing Company of Zanesville and were being...
May 15, 2003 - 11:40pm
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Less than a month after announcing over 400 lay-offs, the Longaberger Company announced Thursday more employees would be losing their jobs. Longaberger officials attribute the layoff of 150 administrative and managerial positions to a weak economy. The lay-offs are effective immediately.
The company says it is offering support services such as income and benefit continuation for a limited time period to employees.
Thursday’s announcement comes just weeks after the company announced...
May 15, 2003 - 11:15am
5 years 4 weeks ago
If you live on the north end of Zanesville you were probably in the dark this morning. American Electric Power says a car slammed into a power pole on Military Road this morning around 8:00 a.m. The power pole was knocked to the ground and it knocked out service to just over 370 customers. A-E-P says power should be restored around 12 noon.
May 15, 2003 - 10:15am
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Newark school officials are crediting a 24-hour telephone hot line with helping to prevent what they say could have escalated into a threatening situation. An anonymous call to the line on Tuesday led police to the home of a 14-year-old student, where they discovered a gun and ammunition. The caller said the Roosevelt Middle School eighth grader had threatened to shoot his classmates. Robert Reincheld was arrested on an unrelated drug charge and has been expelled from school. Security Voice...
May 15, 2003 - 8:52am
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A Zanesville man charged in a local rape case appears in court and pleads not guilty. Last week 50-year-old Gerald Corbitt was indicted on four counts of rape. During his arraignment in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court, Corbitt pleaded not guilty to the charges. Judge Mark Fleegle set Corbitt’s bond at 400,000 dollars. Corbitt is accused of raping a six-year-old child on four different occasions between June of last year and April of this year.
May 14, 2003 - 4:44pm
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A fire destroys a home in Muskingum County and a candle could be what caused the blaze. Newton Township fire officials say when crews arrived on the scene the home on East Darlington Drive was engulfed in flames. Assisted by the South Zanesville and Roseville Fire Departments, fire crews extinguished the flames within fifteen minutes. Unfortunately, nothing from the structure could be salvaged. However, 46-year-old William Lyall and his two dogs escaped. The dogs were in good condition and...
May 14, 2003 - 4:36pm
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The city of Zanesville welcomes its new zoning planner Bryan Mason. Mayor Jack Fenton appointed Mason into office earlier this afternoon. Mason’s hard work at Muskingum College and a year of interning with former zoning planner Robert Hewitt earned him the position. During his internship, Mason worked on the zoning maps downtown and with the revitalization project. He also studied Zanesville’s zoning laws and other city laws to become more familiar with the code. Mason plans on continuing with...
May 14, 2003 - 10:22am
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More bad news for Ohio businesses already dealing with the tough economy. The state says it’s going to end rebates that have slashed worker’s compensation premiums since 1996. The decision means bills for private employers will quadruple this summer while public employees will see the same increase in two steps during the next six months. Ending the rebates means employers will have to pony up an extra 1.6 billion-dollars for premiums. Bureau of Workers Compensation officials says the...
May 14, 2003 - 10:18am
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The State Senate has completed action and sent to Governor Bob Taft a bill that would impose the same penalties on stalkers who use computers as people who stalk physically. People who have a pattern of threatening others through e-mail, messages posted on the internet or other electronic means could receive six months in jail for the first offense.
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