Muskingum County authorities announce a traffic stop resulted in several drug arrests.
Back in April, the State Highway Patrol in Preble County stopped a mini van for speeding, and discovered 20 pounds of marijuana - that was headed to a Muskingum County residence.
"The officer smells burnt marijuana inside the vehicle, which basically gives him probable cause to search that vehicle. Then after the search, he discovers about 20 pounds of what we call hydroponic...
The satellite trucks, news vans and spectators poured into Muskingum County as Marian Thompson and her five remaining exotic animals arrived at the Kopchak Road farm on Friday.
It's here on this farm where Terry Thompson released dozens of exotic animals before committing suicide back in October. Now, almost seven months later, his widow Marian is making national headlines once again.
The Muskingum County Sheriff's Office has a reason to celebrate.
Sheriff Matt Lutz said his dispatchers are being awarded for their efforts during the exotic animal release in Zanesville last October. Dispatchers Bill Rowe and Joleen Kinsel received Smart 9-1-1 Telecommunicator Awards, and the entire dispatch center won the Ohio 9-1-1 Gold Star Award.
"I think it's always good to recognize someone for their hard work," said Lutz. "It makes us feel good...
Two dispatchers with the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office are being recognized nationally...
Joleen Kinsel and Bill Rowe received Gold Star Dispatchers Awards from the state for their efforts during last year's exotic animal incident. Sheriff Matt Lutz said that with all of the chaos that night, they handled their job flawlessly.
"Joleen Kinsel and Bill Rowe were the two dispatchers that worked that evening leading up to that and then into the night, and the days after that...
A routine traffic stop led to the discovery of seven illegal aliens in Muskingum County.
Sheriff Matt Lutz said one of his deputies pulled over a vehicle with Arizona registration on Interstate 70 just after midnight on Friday.
"Upon conducting his investigation into that case, he had seven Hispanic males in the vehicle," said Lutz. "The officer also had a K-9 check the vehicle, and the dog alerted to the vehicle as well for drug activity."
Employees of the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office are settling into their new home.
Sheriff Matt Lutz said the downtown location closed on Wednesday, and the new office on East Pike will open to the public on Tuesday. Lutz said the move has been very successful so far, but there's still a lot of work to do during this transition period.
"Anytime you move, you're going to have excess stuff that you have to bring, and there's a lot of stuff that's been filed away that...