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February 8, 2006 - 7:17pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
"Anything would set me off."


Kayleigh VanHoughten has suffered from severe depression for years.


For Jasmine Lo's report on depression and Kayleigh's story, click "Watch Video" or read below.

"My mom would make me mad and I'd start yelling at her and then she'd get mad at


But she's not alone. About 25 percent of teens in Muskingum County report that they feel depressed at some point. And many of them don't know where to start...
February 8, 2006 - 7:11pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
A local man got quite a scare today when his grandson’s dog came close to drowning.


Deputies originally thought the 5-year-old child was the one in danger, but as they were on their way to the house on Kimes Road, they found out it was actually a dog that was in trouble.


The homeowner said the one-year-old Sheltie, Wendy, was playing with her companion when she ran out onto the ice and got stuck there.


“I thought she was going to fall through...
February 8, 2006 - 6:33pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
Officials at Grover Cleveland Middle School had a scare when a student brought a pellet gun into the building.


Officers say the gun was so real looking that it caused panic among the students, and the school went on full lock down.


“It was decorated to look like a real gun, but it was a kind of modified toy gun,” says Captain Michael F. Baker with the Zanesville Police Department. “They had changed the orange markings on it so that it could not be determined...
February 8, 2006 - 5:25pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
A classification and sentencing hearing was held Wednesday in Judge Mark Fleegle's courtroom for an area man who committed a rape crime in December of 2004.


According to documents from the Muskingum County Prosecutor's Office, 39-year-old Terry Bunger of Roseville was sentenced to eight years in prison.


Last month Bunger appeared in court to withdraw his former plea and enter a plea of guilty to the charge of attempted rape.


Along with the...
February 8, 2006 - 5:17pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
An area man, and former banker in Zanesville who was arrested last Friday on charges of theft ,was arraigned in court Wednesday in Judge Kelly Cottril's courtroom.


According to the Muskingum County Prosecutor's Office, 49-year-old Richard Cole, Jr. of Cambridge is charged with two counts of theft. He entered not guilty pleas in court , and his bond was continued at one hundred thousand dollars.


The charges stem from incidents that occurred in July of 2000 and...
February 8, 2006 - 12:11pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
A local school district is handed a defeat for the third time in the passing of an emergency levy.

Rolling Hills School District has tried two other times to get a levy passed for funding that is needed to keep the school afloat.

Superintendent of Schools Gary Norris says the district is facing serious consequences, and the cuts will go deeper into the academic areas of the school.

Norris also says the very existence of the district would be in question if the...
February 7, 2006 - 11:38pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
A local man is re-sentenced in Judge Mark Fleegle's courtroom on Monday charged with 62 counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor.


WHIZ brought you the story first over a year ago of a case that local authorities were calling the first of its kind in Muskingum County, one that Zanesville Police detectives hope will set a precedent for future internet porn cases in this area.


According to documents from the Muskingm County Prosecutor's Office, 36-year-old...
February 7, 2006 - 11:31pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
School officials with the Rolling Hills School District in Guernsey County were met with disappointment for a third time in less than a year Tuesday night, as a much needed emergency school levy failed in a special election.


Voters from the school district headed to the polls for a special election to pass or fail the ten mill/five year emergency operating levy.


Levies in August and November of 2005 both failed, and this attempt resulted in the same fate....
February 7, 2006 - 5:59pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
After nearly 21 years of keeping Muskingum County’s roads safe for travelers, Muskingum County’s ODOT official, Phil Newman, is retiring.


He says he’s enjoyed his time at ODOT, but he also remembers some treacherous winter and spring seasons that kept him, and his co-workers, up all night.


“Last year, with all the high water and the rain in the winter time, we had several roads closed and we were out around the clock taking care of the highways and so forth,”...
February 7, 2006 - 5:39pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
Two Coshocton High School teenagers are being held in Muskingum County charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

The Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office says it was contacted by a high school administrator requesting an investigation into threats made against a teacher and several students.

Sheriff Tim Rogers says as a result of the investigation conducted jointly by the school and an officer…two female students ages 12 and 13 were detained pending a formal hearing in...
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