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April 3, 2006 - 10:26pm
7 years 7 weeks ago
Forgery and theft charges put a former local pastor behind bars.

Thirty-one-year-old Philip Watters of Zanesville was charged with two counts of felony theft and eight counts of forgery stemming from incidents that occurred from December to January 2005, when Watters forged and cashed checks totaling three-thousand dollars from two area church's bank accounts.

Investigations were conducted by the Zanesville Police Department.

Watters is a...
April 3, 2006 - 10:06pm
7 years 7 weeks ago
A local man will spend over a decade in prison on a long list of drug charges.

According to The Muskingum County Prosecutor's Office, 42-year-old Joe Zander Pressley aka "Smoke" of Zanesville, was charged with multiple counts of drug trafficking and possession of crack cocaine and cocaine.

The charges stem from a crack house bust conducted by The Muskingum County Sheriff's Office in September of 2005, where detectives recovered 42-thousand dollars in drugs....
April 3, 2006 - 10:00pm
7 years 7 weeks ago
A local judge throws the book at an area man convicted of aggravated burglary and theft.

According to The Muskingum County Prosecutor's Office, 21-year-old Aryon Maxwell of Adamsville will serve a sixteen year prison sentence for the June 2005 burglary of a Blue Rock home.

Charged with aggravated burglary with a firearm specification, and theft of a firearm, Maxwell and a co-defendant burglarized the home while the homeowners were present.

The two...
April 3, 2006 - 5:47pm
7 years 7 weeks ago
Whether they are food inspectors in restaurants, sanitarians or school nurses, people trying to keep the public healthy are everywhere.

Today WHIZ reporter Jennifer Jarrell went out with one public health worker whose work often goes overlooked.

One misplaced valve or wrong sized pipe can cause a whole lot of problems.

“Anything from getting really bad sick to your stomach to going to the hospital-SARS that was a plumbing issue,” Chief Certified Plumbing...
April 3, 2006 - 5:24pm
7 years 7 weeks ago
At the Old Steam and Gas Club show in the Colony Square Mall, tractor restorers explained that the show is more than just displaying old tractors, it’s about rebuilding history and showing off hard work and sweat.

For Jasmine Lo’s full report, click “Watch Video” or read below.

Tractor enthusiast Wendell Smitley says getting the color right is just one part of restoring a tractor. The decals, steering wheel, fenders, he’s put hours into each piece to make...
April 3, 2006 - 4:48pm
7 years 7 weeks ago
The isles of the Maple Avenue Goodwill store are lined with clothing today, but tomorrow at this time they will be transformed into a high fashion runway.

Tomorrow is the 4th annual Goodwill Fashion Show.

Models will be showing the latest spring fashions at Goodwill prices.

The show is a way to say thanks to all of Goodwill’s customers and raise some money at the same time.

Business Development Marketing Specialist Adam Jones says, “It’s a...
April 3, 2006 - 4:38pm
7 years 7 weeks ago
All they wanted to do was lend a hand in Slidell, now two local business owners are among a handful of finalists for an outstanding character and citizenship award.

Shannon Keck and her husband Brad Carrel own “The School House” supply store, and wanted to use their resources to help out.

And back in October they got the chance.

Keck says, “We took our first batch of school supplies, we took them to Bayou Woods Elementary, then we stopped at a teacher store,...
April 3, 2006 - 3:14pm
7 years 7 weeks ago
For the second time, a Perry County woman has pleaded not guilty to killing her stepdaughter a decade ago.

40-year-old Donna Conley was arraigned on charges of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment in the death of 4-year-old Brandi Marie Conley.

Donna Conley was convicted on the same charges in 2003 and served almost two years of a 13-year sentence, but she was freed last summer after courts found flaws in the original indictment.

Prosecutors got a...
April 3, 2006 - 10:35am
7 years 7 weeks ago
Child abuse and neglect is up 50% in the last five years, and Muskingum County Children Services is hoping the month of April will bring attention to this alarming statistic.

Child abuse prevention month kicked off Friday, and in the coming weeks 901 pinwheels will be displayed at the courthouse to account for those who have been neglected or abused over the past year.

Executive Director of MCCS Dave Boyer , “It’s really important that agencies like ours and general...
April 2, 2006 - 11:24pm
7 years 7 weeks ago
Shoppers at the Colony Square Mall can check out more than just the latest fashions this week.

They can also check out pieces of history.

The Old Steam and Gas Club will be displaying old tractors in the mall starting Monday.

The club displays tractors at the mall every year.

Club members say the displays help educate the public.

"Our club is here for what I believe are educational reasons," Club Vice President Tracy Holdren said. "We've...
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