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January 21, 2004 - 11:12pm
5 years 47 weeks ago
A Zanesville man was convicted seven years ago in the death of his 3-year-old daughter…and now the Muskingum County Prosecutor’s Office must retry the defendant.

According to Assistant Muskingum County Prosecutor Jim Workman, 33-year-old Eric Patterson was convicted in 1994 of involuntary manslaughter, with the underlying felony offense of child endangering and abuse of a child charges in the December 17th death of Lacey Patterson. Workman said that Patterson was found not guilty...
January 21, 2004 - 11:10pm
5 years 47 weeks ago
Morgan County Sheriff Tom Jenkins says their search is over tonight for the missing person and missing vehicle, last seen on Sunday, January 18th.

Jenkins says that his office, the Marietta Post of the State Highway Patrol, members of the M and M Fire Department, the Division of Parks and Recreation, and the Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft concluded their search this morning when members of one of the boats spotted a large object in the Muskingum River....
January 21, 2004 - 7:37pm
5 years 47 weeks ago
Many people may not take it seriously, but should.

Frostbite to our extremities can be dangerous with our extreme cold weather we’ve been experiencing.

Dr. Joseph Stein from the Bethesda E.R. says people tend to ignore the numbness that they start to feel because the numbness will go away eventually and that is when real tissue damage is done.

Dr. Stein says minor frostbite can be treated at home with water. Have someone else test the water, it should be warm...
January 21, 2004 - 7:27pm
5 years 47 weeks ago
Zanesville Police now have in custody a man who allegedly stole a Ford Explorer out of The Country Fair Shopping Center, on Maple Avenue, then fled.

The man sent the Zanesville Police with the help of the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office on a dangerous, high-speed chase.

The driver, 42 year-old Steven Koehler of Columbus was detained after slamming the vehicle into a guardrail.

Koehler has been charged today with one count grand theft auto, and one count of...
January 21, 2004 - 3:18pm
5 years 47 weeks ago
The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office says it’s in the second day of its search for a missing person.

Chief Deputy Wes Elson says Clark Balaj has not been seen since last Thursday.

His car was discovered by the Perry County Sheriff’s Office abandoned.

Elson say it’s thought that Balaj, who may have health problems, may have walked into Muskingum County.

Law enforcement officers on Tuesday searched from the air in a plane and helicopter and today are...
January 20, 2004 - 11:16pm
5 years 47 weeks ago
It’s a big day in court for a former Muskingum College student convicted of killing her newborn baby.

Jennifer Bryant appears before Muskingum County Common Pleas Judge Howard Zwelling for an early release hearing on Wednesday. Back on June 2nd, Bryant was sentenced to three years on an involuntary manslaughter charge, one year on a child endangering charge, and six months on an abuse of a corpse charge.

At the time of her sentencing, Judge Zwelling told Whiz News...
January 20, 2004 - 11:05pm
5 years 47 weeks ago
The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing person. According to Sheriff Thomas Jenkins, that person is 80-year-old Louis Huck, of McConnelsville. Mr. Huck was last seen on Sunday, January 18th. His vehicle, a 2002 pewter-colored Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck is also missing.

Whiz News has also learned from Sheriff Jenkins that his office and the Marietta Post of the State Highway Patrol are investigating a single vehicle accident where an unknown vehicle slid...
January 20, 2004 - 7:34pm
5 years 47 weeks ago
Many Americans started the New Year out with going on a diet or at least thought about it, and if you are one of the many who has not figured out which diet to go on you might want to read up.

WHIZ asked a local expert about the two most popular diets: The South Beach and The Atkins.

Dietician Sharon Graff-Harrison says that both diets demand a lot from a dieter.

Unlike the Atkins diet, the South beach diet includes carbs and high fiber.

January 20, 2004 - 7:29pm
5 years 47 weeks ago
Many are worried about mad cow disease; it’s mad plenty of headlines recently.

Last Month it killed one person in the US, but what is being done to prevent the disease from spreading further?

Mark Mechling, an Extension Agent for Muskingum County says since then there has been a lot of screening done and the good news is that there are no new cases.

However there is still one problem that remains, our trade beef exports with other countries has gone down.
January 20, 2004 - 7:25pm
5 years 47 weeks ago
While flu cases at least in our area are decreasing, in some other nations there is a new

kind of flu to worry about.

So far, 13 people have died from a new strain of influenza called the Bird Flu that comes

from chickens.

Vicki Whitacre Director of the Muskingum County Health Department says the chickens

that are affected by the flu are not being used for poultry in this country. The reason the

flu has killed so many people...
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