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October 13, 2004 - 3:25pm
6 years 8 weeks ago
Beginning next year school districts will have to report incidents of bullying along with discipline data, something schools already report annually.

Bullying advocate Tom Brown has been fighting for kids for years. A victim of bullying himself, he has made several films about child cruelty and has been an advocate of installing new programs into schools to teach awareness about bullying.

Brown says getting picked on as kids equals pain that children can carry...
October 13, 2004 - 2:23pm
6 years 8 weeks ago
The race for President will make another stop in Muskingum County, only this time it won’t be Senator John Kerry and his running mate, but rather two television stars.

The Kerry campaign today announced that former “Family Ties” T-V stars Meridith Baxter and Michael Gross will be in our area to promote the Kerry candidacy this Friday around 12 Noon.

Baxter and Gross played the mom and dad on the popular T-V show.

If you are interested in seeing them you need...
October 13, 2004 - 11:47am
6 years 8 weeks ago
The Zanesville Police Department is currently searching for the suspect involved in an armed robbery Tuesday morning.

At around 5:15 a.m. that morning, a black male entered the Exxon Tiger Mart on Underwood Street and demanded money from the clerk on duty. Detective Sergeant Ric Roush told us that the man has been identified as being 43-year-old Melvin E. Fields of Zanesville.

Roush says the clerk on duty was not injured, and he added, “He also brandished a...
October 13, 2004 - 11:35am
6 years 8 weeks ago
One of Zanesville’s own police officers is receiving a highly honorable award on Friday from Attorney General Jim Petro.

Detective Steve Jones was involved in an act of self-defense last December when a suspect pulled two hand guns out and pointed them at him. When Jones told him to put down his weapons, the suspect said nothing and began firing. He had no choice but to fire back.

Here’s what he said went through his head, “Shock. I kind of expected it, but I didn’t...
October 12, 2004 - 7:37pm
6 years 8 weeks ago
The Zanesville Police Department may be getting some new equipment thanks to a $11,000 grant from City Council.

Council voted to pass the "Local Law Enforcement Block Grant" which city police say they desperately need.

"Our shooting range is in need of alot of upgrade. That's at the head of our list right now. We do alot of training, we really need to do some upgrading," says Police Chief Eric Lambes.

The ZPD says many things need to be upgraded and that $11,000...
October 12, 2004 - 5:35pm
6 years 8 weeks ago
They're big and beast-like and carry diseases. Now rats ar taking over one local neighborhood and causing problems for neighbors.

Brenda Greiner has lived behind this house for five years and now says she's never seen anything this disgusting.

The house located at the corner of Sheridan and Linden Avenue in Zanesville is apparently vacant, and the city says that even though it's been condemned, they can't find the owner.

Code enforcement officials say that if...
October 12, 2004 - 4:29pm
6 years 8 weeks ago
If you've seen some more spiders in your home lately, you're not alone. April Young says this isn't uncommon--every fall she has to call an exterminator.

"We usually have them sprayed every fall. When it starts getting this type of weather, they get big and gross and they scare me," says Young.

Exterminators says more spiders come out this time of year when temperatures cool down. Orkin exterminator Eric McWhorter says, "It's a constant temperature in your home so if...
October 12, 2004 - 2:06pm
6 years 8 weeks ago
Many of you may not know about how the office of criminal justice services helps us here in Muskingum County but they provide some essential services for our area.

Director Karen Hughey, who was appointed by Governor Taft spoke about a variety of topics at today’s noon rotary meeting.

The office of criminal justice knows counties all across the state are strapped financially and want to help out in any way they can.

Hughey says Muskingum County is unique in that...
October 12, 2004 - 1:05pm
6 years 8 weeks ago
Many students depend on scholarships to get them through college. One local university held a scholarship breakfast to recognize students who earned money to help them through the financial burden of attending college.

Zane State College held their 19th Annual Scholar Recognition this morning at their campus center. 105 students were awarded a total of over $90,000 today. Executive Director of the Zane State College Foundation, Bob Adams, says the breakfast has three main points...
October 11, 2004 - 4:11pm
6 years 8 weeks ago
A case of meningitis has been reported in a Muskingum County School. One local doctor says this time of year is when meningitis cases are on the rise. Dr. Charles Feicht of Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital says meningitis is more common when kids head back to school.

Feicht says there are two types of meningitis---bacterial and viral. Most of the cases he’s seen lately have been viral meningitis, the less serious type. “Bacterial is very serious and life-threatening but viral caused...
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