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October 2, 2006 - 11:51pm
7 years 6 weeks ago
We've received news that two students from the Newark City School District have confessed to police that they are responsible for vandalizing a fleet of over 20 buses over the weekend at the school bus garage.

Newark City School District officials tell WHIZ News that a safe school tipline was called by one of the possible vandals. Police followed up on that tip, and located one of the young men. After interviewing the boy, authorities learned that another student was involved...
October 2, 2006 - 6:17pm
7 years 6 weeks ago
We have new statistics on the law enforcement crack down that took place over the weekend.

During the four-day period, starting Thursday morning, law enforcement in the county, which included the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office, the Zanesville Police Department, and the State Highway Patrol, made 1248 traffic stops.

“I think it was great,” Sheriff Bob Stephenson said. “I mean now know what to expect when we had an endeavor such as this but I think looking at the numbers...
October 2, 2006 - 6:16pm
7 years 6 weeks ago
Zane State College will host the 13th annual Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education (OACHE) conference October 5th and 6th.

Senator George Voinovich, Governor Bob Taft, and Appalachian Regional Commission co-chair Anne Pope will be attending parts of the two-day conference.

OACHE is a group of 10 public colleges and universities in the 29 counties of Appalachian Ohio.

“Their mission is to get as many of our citizens into higher education as possible,” Zane...
October 2, 2006 - 6:16pm
7 years 6 weeks ago
County Commissioners heard from the Soil and Water Conservation District about a new grant it has secured to help with watershed conservation.

The grant is funded by state and federal dollars through the Clean Water Act.

The $70,000 grant goes towards helping farmers pay for their efforts to protect the Salt Water Creek watershed.

“Bottom line being improved water quality,” Dick Sorg of the Soil and Water Conservation District said.

Farmers who choose...
October 2, 2006 - 6:11pm
7 years 6 weeks ago
Muskingum County Commissioners approved changes to the county’s 911 plan that set’s the stage for enhanced 911 for cell phones.

The change in the county plan means it will be eligible for funds to help pay for equipment needed to receive enhanced 911 cell phone calls.

“When someone calls 911 from their cell phone,” said 911 Coordinator Bo Keck. “It will come into the dispatch center and show right away where they are at.”

The county will receive 143 thousand...
October 2, 2006 - 2:49pm
7 years 6 weeks ago
Newark School District bus drivers were shocked this morning, when they came to work only to find vandals had wreaked havoc on buses.

“Over 20 buses had been vandalized,” said Newark Superintendent Keith Richards. “Fire extinguishers were set off all over the dashboards, floor and windows. There was paint and varnish thrown on windows. All of the first aid kits were stolen.”

The surveillance tape, taken from the bus garage shows a group of vandals making their...
October 2, 2006 - 10:37am
7 years 6 weeks ago
It was a dramatic scene on the banks of the Muskingum River in Zanesville Monday morning.. and now police are ruling it a suicide.

Police say a truck driver called 9-1-1 to report seeing a woman jump off the 6th street Bridge around 10:00 o’clock.

At first, authorities thought that the victim may have jumped with a baby, since people reported seeing a woman with a child minutes earlier. Authorities ruled that out once they found the body of an adult african american...
October 2, 2006 - 7:41am
7 years 6 weeks ago
Newark City Schools are closed today (Monday) after officials say their entire fleet of buses was vandalized over the weekend.

District Spokeswoman Karen Truett says all 51 buses were damaged, and it appears the damage was done at different times over the weekend.

Newark School Officials are hoping to have enough buses to be back on the roads by Tuesday.
October 1, 2006 - 8:06pm
7 years 6 weeks ago
One local family is without a home tonight after the rear of their house collapses.

It happened around 5 p.m. at 1022 Sharon Ave.

Mary Eddy, who lives in the home, says her estranged husband was tearing town walls in the basement about a month ago and failed to brace the building properly.

“It’s been falling here and there for the past couple of days,” Eddy’s son Chris Stamn said. “Today’s the biggest fall all of them.”

Eddy says she doesn’t have...
October 1, 2006 - 8:05pm
7 years 6 weeks ago
It was a perfect day for a car show at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds.

Dozens of tricked out rides, from classic cars to imports, were on display during the Octoberfest celebration.

The money raised during the event goes to help the Springfield Township Lions Club.

“Everything we get goes to them,” event chair Bill Agin said.

Organizers are hoping to raise around $3000.

Today’s event also featured arts and crafts and plenty of food.
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