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April 16, 2004 - 11:13am
5 years 41 weeks ago
The student from West Muskingum High who brought a loaded gun to school this week will be in Juvenile Court next week to admit or deny charges.

The 14 year old is being charged with bringing a loaded, semi-automatic 380 handgun to school, allegedly to threaten another student. The charges include a felony charge of aggravated menacing and the other, bringing a firearm into a school safety zone.


The second student in question, a 15-year-old boy, will also be charged...
April 16, 2004 - 7:32am
5 years 41 weeks ago
Convicted of two murders, including that of a month-old baby, a Columbus man has been sentenced to two life terms in prison without a chance for parole.

A Franklin County Common Pleas Judge says Quan L. Tatum got his break when a jury recommended life in prison rather than the death penalty. The judge sentenced Tatum yesterday.

Jurors convicted Tatum last month of aggravated murder in the deaths of one-month-old Alamar John-William Wright and Habu Westbrook, a thirty-two-...
April 16, 2004 - 6:12am
5 years 41 weeks ago
At the invitation of the Circleville Police Chief, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation will examine an incident at the jail that left a Columbus man paralyzed.

Thirty-three year old William Harris Junior was hospitalized with an apparent spinal injury after he wrestled with police officers in the Circleville jail.

Circleville Chief Harold Gray says he sought the outside investigation to ensure an impartial review of the conduct of his officers....
April 15, 2004 - 9:13pm
5 years 41 weeks ago
He was arrested just over one year ago, after a routine traffic stop on the Maysville Pike revealed about 25 pounds of marijuana in his car…and now 32-year-old Kevin Sands of Zanesville is found guilty on that charge.

According to Assistant Muskingum County Prosecutor Bob Smith, Sands Thursday plead no contest to one count of possession, a felony of the third degree. After a short hearing Judge Howard Zwelling found him guilty on that charge.

Sands was arrested on March...
April 15, 2004 - 5:39pm
5 years 41 weeks ago
The gun incident Wednesday at West Muskingum High School is raising concerns about safety of the school.

Superintendent Marvin Wourms says the incident has sparked a need to take a step back and look at their present methods to ensure that weapons are not brought into schools, and hoe to keep students safe.

Some safety ideas in the past have included installing metal detectors in the schools; superintendent Wourms says this may be an option down the road.

The...
April 15, 2004 - 11:27am
5 years 41 weeks ago
The Sheriff’s investigation into the student that brought a loaded gun into West Muskingum High School continues.

The incident deals with a fourteen-year old boy that brought the loaded gun to the school to apparently threaten another student. The Sheriff’s Office says that they may charge the juvenile with aggravating menacing and conveying a weapon or firearm on school property.

Currently the Sheriff’s Office is trying to determine whether there is enough evidence to...
April 15, 2004 - 11:22am
5 years 41 weeks ago
The Muskingum Sheriff’s Office will be changing their hours to process concealed carry applications, and it’s not because of the large influx of people wanting to carry concealed weapons.

Muskingum County Sheriff Bob Stephenson says he thought the lines would be going around the corner and was surprised by the lack of excitement over the new privilege.

Since April 7th when the law took effect, the Sheriff’s Office has had only 130 people apply for permits. The low numbers...
April 15, 2004 - 10:17am
5 years 41 weeks ago
Authorities say a 21-year-old woman and her two young children were killed in an early morning mobile home fire in Guersney County.

Firefighters were called to the home in Salesville shortly before 6:00 a.m.

Guernsey County Sheriff Mike Mcauley says Crystal Johnson, her four-year-old son, Jason, and two year old daughter, Brittney Leighann died of smoke inhalation.

Firefighters say the three family members were found in a back bedroom, where smoke was the...
April 15, 2004 - 6:12am
5 years 41 weeks ago
Another attempt is underway today to ban smoking in all public settings in Columbus, including bars, restaurants and bowling alleys.

The Anti-smoking Coalition is launching a new attempt to make this ban official.

The effort by SmokeFree Columbus comes a decade after the columbus Health Department imposed a ban that was overruled by a judge who said the department didn't have the authority to issue such a ban.

Since then, more than 17-hundred cities, including...
April 15, 2004 - 5:37am
5 years 41 weeks ago
The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a Toledo man convicted of beating up his roommate and burying him alive so he could steal his car.

The Court ruled unanimously that Archie Dixon’s death sentence was appropriate and that the seriousness of the crime outweighed any factors he presented to spare his life.

Dixon was convicted in the September 1993 death of Christopher Hammer, who was beaten, robbed, then driven to a remote area and placed alive in a...
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