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May 6, 2004 - 6:14am
5 years 42 weeks ago
A Deputy Police Chief in Columbus says the lead homicide detective was taken off the case of an arson that killed five college students to take a fresh look at the year-old investigation.

Deputy Chief Antone Lanata says Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien had no role in his decision to replace Mike McCann.

Some of the victims’ parents who have built a strong rapport with McCann have expressed concern that his criticisms of O’Brien prompted the reassignment.

May 6, 2004 - 5:39am
5 years 42 weeks ago
The Timken Company will have to shut down melting operations at its Faircrest Steel Plant in the Canton area after it was discovered that radioactive cesium 137 apparently was in a load of scrap metal.

Officials said on Wednesday the cleanup will take two to three weeks, but the rolling mill will stay open.

Company Vice-President W.J. Timken Junior says a sensor on Tuesday detected the cesium 137, a radioactive metal commonly used to make gauges and treat cancer, in a...
May 5, 2004 - 9:21pm
5 years 42 weeks ago
Traffic was backed up a bit on the Y-Bridge Wednesday night.

According to Lt. Bill Shaw with the ZPD, at about 6:15 p.m. a male driver blacked out behind the wheel of his car, struck another vehicle head on and ran into the Plumbing Supply Company building in downtown Zanesville.

No one was injured in the accident. The Y-Bridge was temporarily closed for about 45 minutes.
May 5, 2004 - 7:23pm
5 years 42 weeks ago
It was a happy homecoming for the troops and families from the 1485th Ohio National Guard Transportation Unit.

The troops retuned home today from supporting Iraqi Freedom to a welcome home ceremony at the New Towne Mall in New Philadelphia.

It was a whirlwind of tears, cheers, laughter and hugs. The unit was gone from their families for 15 months. The celebrations continue for those families.

A huge party is planned in Hudson, Ohio tomorrow night.
May 5, 2004 - 5:29pm
5 years 42 weeks ago
A major timeout is being called for this year’s Gus Macker basketball tournament in Zanesville.

A big problem may limit the number of players in this year’s event due to an issue with the postal service.

Dana Matz of the Zanesville Downtown Association says the dilemma involves the applications for the tournament, but they’re working to get it under control.

Matz says, “The applications were mailed from Michigan on April 15th. No one in Ohio has received them....
May 5, 2004 - 5:24pm
5 years 42 weeks ago
Hunger is a major problem in our area. That’s why campaign’s such as the United Way’s Operation Feed are set up to help supply those in need with food items.

For families like Mark Stones’, food pantries are a means of survival.
Stone says, “when you don’t have proper ability to feed oneself then the family just breaks down everybody’s unhappy and it causes a lot more problems in the long run.”

Programs like Operation Feed are designed to provide the necessary food...
May 5, 2004 - 4:11pm
5 years 42 weeks ago
It’s time to tackle one of the most germ-infested rooms in your house: the kitchen.

Germs are everywhere, but that doesn’t mean they’re harmless. Especially near food bacteria are abundant. That means the kitchen is filled with germs. According to Family and Consumer Science Agent Pam Montgomery, kitchens are in the “danger zone” for germs and bacteria to grow. The “danger zone” is between 140-40 degrees.

Remember those numbers? They’re the necessary temperatures to...
May 5, 2004 - 1:30pm
5 years 42 weeks ago
A celebration for the Nelson T. Gant Foundation has been postponed.

The local organization was planning its second birthday for this weekend, but due to illness it has been postponed.

An organization spokeswoman says the event was scheduled for this Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the home of Dave Mitzel.

If you were planning to go and would like a refund you can contact the Muskingum County Community Foundation.
May 5, 2004 - 1:22pm
5 years 42 weeks ago
Hundreds of students, teachers and parents are protesting the state’s school funding system today.

Participants in the rally outside the Ohio Statehouse say the system still relies too heavily on local property taxes.

They say the state isn’t doing enough to fix an education system found unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court three times.

Students from Newcomerstown schools say they must now pay to play sports or be in the band because taxpayers can’t...
May 5, 2004 - 5:39am
5 years 42 weeks ago
A preliminary investigation shows no evidence of engine or equipment failure in a tour plane that crashed on a lava flow in Hawaii last month.

The plane’s pilot Jelica Matic and her tow passengers, Dallas and Catherine Ratcliff of Portsmouth, Ohio, survived the impact but were burned in a fire that started after the crash.

The Ratcliff’s are in stable condition at a hospital in Honolulu. Hospital officials won’t release information on Matic’s condition.

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