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April 5, 2004 - 4:49pm
5 years 47 weeks ago
Here’s a scary statistic: on average there is one roadway work zone injury every 15 minute in the United States- that’s 143 injuries per day!

With the warmer weather near, the orange barrels aren’t far behind. That’s why the Ohio Department of Transportation is especially encouraging drivers this week to follow the traffic laws in construction zones for national Work Safety Awareness Week.

Last year in our area alone, there were 156 crashes or injuries in a work zone. That...
April 5, 2004 - 4:41pm
5 years 47 weeks ago
Two Arizona men are being held in Muskingum County Jail today. Both are being charged with one of the area’s largest drug bust.

Two 40 Caliber Handguns and over 40 pounds of marijuana were recovered from the intersection of Hick’s Road and Old Wheeling.

53-year-old Rodney Colucy and 31-year-old Gustavo Verdugo are being charged with drug trafficking, a felony of the second degree.

Colucy currently has an outstanding warrant in Stark County for a similar offence...
April 5, 2004 - 3:46pm
5 years 47 weeks ago
The new Concealed Carry Law goes into action this Thursday and local businesses need to post signs to let people know if a weapon is permitted on their premises or not.

In conjunction with the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office and the Buckeye Sheriff’s Association, Sign Pro has been producing signs with a standardized wording for the whole state of Ohio to understand.

The NO WEAPONS signs come in a variety of sizes from a small 4x 6 in. decal, to a massive 24x 18 in. for...
April 5, 2004 - 7:11am
5 years 47 weeks ago
A coalition of medical and community groups wants to decrease Hamilton County’s high infant mortality rate.

The county has an infant mortality rate of ten point five for every one thousand live births. That’s significantly higher than the State average of seven-point-six.

The infant mortality rate is the number of babies that die before their first birthday.

The Coalition, which included the March of Dimes and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center,...
April 5, 2004 - 6:56am
5 years 47 weeks ago
It took a prison prayer meeting to get inmate Alvin Brooks thinking about giving a cookie to worst enemy in the Lebanon Correctional Facility.

Kairos Prison Ministry International organized the three-day event to spread the message of Christianity among prisoners.

The weekend was filled with backslapping hugs, fried chicken and Bible verses in the prison gym.

To solidify the theme of forgiveness, each of the prisoners who attended the Christian workshop was...
April 5, 2004 - 5:42am
5 years 47 weeks ago
Columbus police officials say they didn’t realize until the highway shooting case came along just how many gunshot reports they receive.

Police records show that, in the year 2003 alone, dispatchers took nearly 97-hundred of shots being fired in the City, a rate of more than one an hour.

Law enforcement officials say they didn’t pay close attention to the volume of those calls until it became apparent late last year that a serial shooter was firing at vehicles, primarily...
April 4, 2004 - 10:55pm
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The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office announces it has two men in custody, pertaining to a drug investigation.

According to Sheriff Bob Stephenson, his office has arrested two men for trafficking over 40 pounds of marijuana.

The two men have been formally charged by the Muskingum County Prosecutor’s Office with trafficking in drugs, a felony of the second degree.

The names of the two men have not yet been released, however Sheriff Stephenson says one of the men...
April 4, 2004 - 5:09pm
5 years 47 weeks ago
Several local Christian Churches united this morning on the Courthouse steps for a Palm Sunday Service.

Father Bertrand of St. Tomas Church says this kind of public announcement is important to the Christian faith.

After the service, which included singing, and reading from the Holy Scripture, and blessing of the palm, worshipers then marched in procession, east down Main Street. Father Bertrand says it’s symbolic of the procession of Christ.

Over a dozen...
April 4, 2004 - 3:51pm
5 years 47 weeks ago
Happy Meals make happy animals.

All across Ohio today McDonald’s and County Animal Shelters teamed up to help benefit the Humane Society.

Animal shelter volunteer Mary Fellers says, “Whenever you buy a happy meal or a mighty kids meal, a dollar from each one all day today will go towards the animal shelter.”

If you want to help the cause, but Happy Meals aren’t your thing, you can buy a paper doghouse that will be on display at McDonald’s for only a dollar....
April 4, 2004 - 3:49pm
5 years 47 weeks ago
The Crooksville Fire Department’s quick response may have helped save one family’s home today.

Crooksville, Newton Township and Roseville responded to a two o’clock call with a fire that started in the back of the house on East Brown Street.

Crooksville Fire Chief Dennis Dew says, “when we got to the scene there was a little bit of smoke showing. We laid the line out and knocked the fire out pretty quick.”

Three people live in the home and escaped safely....
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