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October 1, 2004 - 4:59am
5 years 46 weeks ago
A soldier from Marietta who suffered severe burns in a missile attack in Iraq died Wednesday at a Texas hospital.

Specialist Allen Nolan was a member of the army reserve’s 660th Transportation Company in Zanesville.

His brother, Larry, says the attack occurred while Nolan was driving a fuel tanker on September 18th north of Baghdad.

The Department of Defense hasn’t released any information.

The 38-year-old Nolan died at an Army Medical Center in...
October 1, 2004 - 12:11am
5 years 46 weeks ago
The names of two suspects involved in the murder of an area businessman were released this week.

According to Muskingum County Prosecutor Michael Haddox, 21-year-old Shaun A. Norris of 532 Forest Avenue in Zanesville, and 28-year-old James E. Walls of 459 Bonifield Court in Zanesville were both indicted this week on one count aggravated murder with a death specification, which alleges that the suspects committed murder while in commission of an aggravated robbery.

Norris...
September 30, 2004 - 10:44pm
5 years 46 weeks ago
After a three day trial, a verdict has been reached in the Jared Higgins murder trial. Eighteen year-old Higgins has been found guilty of murdering 21 year-old Michael Allen on Spangler Drive last year. The trial took place in Judge Howard Zwelling's Muskingum County Common Pleas Court.

After nearly five hours of deliberation, the jury found Higgins guilty of murder, but was unable to reach a verdict on an additional charge of aggravated murder. The 12 member jury decided unanimously...
September 30, 2004 - 3:37pm
5 years 46 weeks ago
An underground piece of our local history was discovered unexpectedly, and it’s leaving a lot of questions unanswered.

The American Legion recently bought the old Rokel Electrical wholesale property on 3rd. Street, behind the city jail.

Roy Schultz from the American Legion says they were digging for their new landscape when they discovered a huge underground cave, about 10 ft deep, 20 ft wide.
Shultz says he thinks the room was used to store coal in the early 1900’s....
September 30, 2004 - 3:26pm
5 years 46 weeks ago
Ohio University’s new president is getting acclimated to his new position by touring the regional OU campuses.


Dr. Roderick McDavis became OU’s president this past summer.
Today he met with faculty, students and the dean of OU Zanesville.


Dr. McDavis says he’s proud o represent Ohio University and its branches.
He says OU is in a select group of universities classified as a research university.


Dr. McDavis succeeds President Robert...
September 29, 2004 - 9:34pm
5 years 46 weeks ago
Hundreds of parents, administrators, and students filed into the Philo High School Auditorium tonight to ask and listen to Ohio state leaders and candidates talk about key issues affecting our public schools.


The candidates each received 4 minutes to talk about improving education with state funding being the number one issue addressed.


Parents say local property taxes are not enough to support their kids’ education.
September 29, 2004 - 5:45pm
5 years 46 weeks ago
6th graders at McKinley Elementary School tackled some big problems today as part of a social studies project.

Their teacher, Derek Hinkle says this project taught the kids a lot about the current problems in today’s society.

They focused a lot on solutions and were able to really get creative with some of the posters.

Hinkle says, “They did a lot of research down in the library spent a lot of time on the Internet we talked a lot about solutions and we debated...
September 29, 2004 - 5:34pm
5 years 46 weeks ago
Another spotting today of what could be the Lion on the loose in Muskingum County.

Bob Riggle tried to escape the recent hurricanes in Florida by migrating north back to his hometown of Zanesville.

Although he dodged the damage from Hurricane Jeanne, he wouldn’t be able to prepare for what he encountered this morning.

Riggle says, “I just looked around and all of a sudden looked up and saw this large cat and it was still dark but you could tell it was a cat...
September 29, 2004 - 5:08pm
5 years 46 weeks ago
As hunting season approaches many fathers look forward to taking their sons out and showing them the ropes. But this year if you’re a father who misses a child support payment you can forget reaching for the rifle.

The Muskingum County Child Enforcement Agency is cracking down on deadbeat dads by starting to suspend their licenses.

Lilly Paisley, a hearing officer says “Right now we’ve been suspending fishing/hunting licenses driver’s licenses, professional licenses as a...
September 29, 2004 - 4:52pm
5 years 46 weeks ago
It’s day two in the Jared Higgins murder trial. Eighteen year-old Higgins is accused of killing Michael Allen on August of last year.

The trial, led by Judge Howard Zwelling is taking place in the Muskingum County Common Pleas Court. Eight witnesses took the stand, including two of the men that were with Higgins the night of the murder. Twenty-two year-old Jeremy Smith and 18 year-old Myron Tuttle, both of Zanesville, testified that they both spent several hours drinking brandy and...
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