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May 20, 2004 - 2:17pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office is keeping a close eye on a sexually oriented offender who was following a West Muskingum school bus last week.

37-year-old Charles Butcher II was driving his black Geo Tracker near the vicinity of the school bus for two days. Authorities are watching Butcher because of a prior conviction in 1995 where Butcher was convicted of abducting a female with a handgun in Muskingum County. The female in that case escaped and Butcher served 9 years in...
May 20, 2004 - 12:41pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
It’s a crime that’s been plaguing our area for many years. The people committing these prostitution crimes are in many cases victims themselves.

You may have seen them walking the streets, searching for the next customer or fix; they don’t look like Julia Roberts or the prostitutes in movies. And according to the Director of the Muskingum County Behavioral Health Department Steve Carrel, they’re getting younger and younger.

Carrel says he’s seen men and women working...
May 20, 2004 - 12:31pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
With budget cutbacks all over…Muskingum County has found a new way to save those pennies, and it may lead to big savings.

After April 1st 1986, Federal Law required all employees in the State be subject to Medicare. The cost would be split between the employee and the employer. Well the Muskingum County Auditor Anita Adams wants to challenge that rule.

She says County General was picking up the cost for all the departments in the county, costing them about $363,000 a...
May 20, 2004 - 7:06am
6 years 7 weeks ago
Investigators believe a partially burned body found Monday near a sewage treatment plant in Hatfield; Massachusetts may be that of a missing Navy Sailor from Virginia.

They’ve issued an arrest warrant for her roommate, a sailor from Galloway, Ohio.

Twenty-one year old Laura Anne Skinner lived in Virginia Beach and was assigned to the Navy’s U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt.

One of Skinner’s roommates, 21-year old Jarred Swartmiller, was also reported missing after the...
May 20, 2004 - 5:41am
6 years 7 weeks ago
Some of the more than 200 residents of Southeast who were forced out of their homes by floods may be able to return today as the muddy water receded.

Glouster and Trimble in Atbens County and Corning in Perry County, on Wednesday, all were under about three feet of water from Sunday Creek, which was swollen by about four inches of rain.

There were no reported injuries.

On Wednesday, Governor Taft declared a state of emergency in both Counties. That step is...
May 19, 2004 - 9:44pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
An interesting story out of the Cambridge State Highway Patrol Wednesday night.

According to Trooper Milligan at about 5:23 p.m. a vehicle rear-ended another care on U.S. 22. That same car then sped away and rolled over onto it’s top further down the road. The two occupants got out of the car, pushed the car back onto its wheels and took off again. The car finally ran into a parked dump truck on State Route 209.

Trooper Milligan says the two occupants were taken into...
May 19, 2004 - 9:40pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
After he makes a formal apology, charges are dropped against former St. Thomas Principal Michael Sens.

Sens was facing five counts of disseminating harmful material to juveniles when he showed students pornographic pictures to determine their origin.

Wednesday at a pretrial conference, the case was resolved because of signatures by both Sens and the parents involved.

City Law Director Scott Hillis says the Mr. Sens agreed in writing that he would not return to...
May 19, 2004 - 9:35pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
Wednesday evening at the First Baptist Church, loved ones and friends gathered for a prayer service for Jordan Van Allen’s family.

According to Pastor Peter Mathewson, this service is a chance for all those who are grieving to come together and find strength in each other and in God. He adds that the Van Allen Family has been a part of the church’s congregation for many years.

Jordan’s funeral is Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the church. His calling hours are Thursday from 2:...
May 19, 2004 - 4:19pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
A local water company has issued a boil advisory.

The Portersville East Branch Water Company in Malta says it is asking some of its customers to boil their water for two minutes before using it.

So if you live north of Porti Flamingo road and West of Royma Road in Portersville you are included in the advisory.
May 19, 2004 - 3:41pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
The day after a flooding event normally means a clean up day and concern that it may happen again.

This storm forced numerous people to evacuate their homes, but the evacuees returned home as of 8 this morning.

Executive Director of the Muskingum Valley Red Cross chapter Dan Hartman, says “Most of the water is down the roads have cleared a lot of families are heading back. What we’re finding is we’ve got close to 20 homes 14 in Corning and 6 in Hemlock don’t know how...
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