Stories tagged with: Sheriff Matt Lutz

March 5, 2014 - 11:52am
5 weeks 6 days ago

Tornado sirens sound throughout the state as part of severe weather awareness week.

In Muskingum County the sheriff's office dispatch center sets off the sirens as part of the test. The dispatch center can sound sirens for the entire county or certain portions.

"It's like everything else you seldom need it but you want to make sure when you need it it works," said Sheriff Matt Lutz. "It's kind of like back up generator your always want to try it before you...

March 3, 2014 - 6:12pm
6 weeks 1 day ago

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz is warning residents of an asphalt scam by  two men named Bill Boswell and Teddy Lee. Lutz says the two are suspected of running fake businesses called "Asphalt Construction" and "A-1 Paving." Lutz says the two men have been traveling across the nation, making stops in Ohio and right here in Muskingum County going door-to-door asking residents if they need their driveway re-paved.

"They try to basically...

January 17, 2014 - 6:57pm
12 weeks 4 days ago

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz says his deputies and officers from the Zanesville Police Department seize a drug house.

Sheriff Lutz says that their department constantly receives calls about illegal activity happening at 770 Findlay Avenue. Once they obtained a search warrant they went into the house and took Justin L.Minor into custody.

"Today we were able to get charges on him. We have obviously have a weapon under disability, we did find a gun at the residence...

January 1, 2014 - 10:52pm
14 weeks 6 days ago

Following the release of dozens of exotic animals in 2011 by Muskingum County resident, Terry Thompson, Governor John Kasich created an exotic wild animal commission and new regulations and permit requirements have gone into effect with the start of the new year. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said the commission's main goal was to create a state wild animal response plan, and that the plan was given to Ohio's 88 counties to modify and make adjustments to fit the needs of each...

December 19, 2013 - 7:25pm
16 weeks 5 days ago

The local community said its final goodbyes to one of it's most influential members.

Mourners watched as the funeral procession for 28 year veteran of the South Zanesville Fire Department and former South Zanesville Mayor, Dick Guss passed by. One woman says her grandson worked with Guss at the fire department and is devastated by the loss of such a well respected man and hero in the community.

"What can you say..I mean what can you say." said Donna Barker. He passed on...

November 26, 2013 - 7:41pm
20 weeks 13 hours ago

Morphine. . . Codeine. . . Hydrocodone. . . the list goes on. All have the same main ingredient.opium. The potent ingredient, typically used to relieve various forms of pain is derived from the opium poppy plant, can be traced back to ancient times and is used frequently in modern medicine.

"We have natural pain controllers in our body to some degree, so there are receptors there, so when those drugs hit those receptors, as fast and as hard as they do, that's when you've got that...

November 20, 2013 - 2:01pm
20 weeks 6 days ago

Local officials got in the pancake eating spirit Wednesday at Sertoma Pancake Day.

The five selected had just two minutes to eat as many pancakes as possible. In the end it was Sheriff Matt Lutz who took home the pancake eating prize, eating five flapjacks.

Sheriff Lutz said there was some strategy for the event.

"I told everyone coming into this that I don't know this was a contest I really wanted to win," Lutz joked. "I just knew that we had plastic...

November 18, 2013 - 4:10pm
21 weeks 1 day ago

The Ohio Attorney General's Office says the number of concealed carry permits have soared over the past year.

Officials say a record breaking, 82,000 permits have been issued from this year through the end of September. This is significantly higher than all of last year and according to Sheriff Matt Lutz, the same goes for Muskingum County.

"We kind of went through basically October, as a gauging point from the year 2012,” explained Lutz. “Through October, we had...

October 23, 2013 - 6:36pm
24 weeks 6 days ago

Need to get rid of your expired prescription drugs?

In partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office and the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department will be collecting expired prescriptions or any other medications you no longer need. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz says trying to dispose of medication on your own not only can be harmful on the environment, but can also create other problems.

"A lot of times we'll talk to people...

October 2, 2013 - 4:44pm
27 weeks 6 days ago

The Zanesville Police Department was awarded $37,455.51, the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office was awarded $20,853.99 and the Coshocton County Sheriff's Office received $29,207.23 by the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Ohio Traffic Safety Office for the 2014 fiscal year to make Ohio's roadways safer.

"The primary mission is to reduce traffic fatals in the state of Ohio through a collaborative effort," said Lt. Steve Rine. "And it's...

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