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April 14, 2004 - 4:11pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell was in Cambridge today to speak about some of the key issues affecting Ohioans.

One of the main subjects he discussed was his plan to change the way statewide residents vote. He says, “I anticipate that we will have right around 30 counties that will use the new electronic touch pad systems this November and then the rest of the transformation will take place in 2005.”

Blackwell says there is a lot of controversy over whether or not...
April 14, 2004 - 3:56pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
While the Red Roof Inn robbery investigation continues, the owner of the Zanesville hotel speaks out tonight.

Tim Longstreth says his staff was well prepared for the robbery, and helped aid in the capture of the suspects.

Longstreth adds that they have not increased security since the incident because he believes their system is effective. He said, “All of our people are trained to handle in the proper way. We haven’t changed a thing because we believe that what we’ve done...
April 14, 2004 - 2:47pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
It’s o-k now, but earlier today there was a mess on County Road Six in Muskingum County.

Engineer Loren Camp says around 9:00 this morning a big mudslide occurred and shut down the road.

Camp says the mudslide was so large it also pulled down some power lines when it happened.

It took County Highway Crews until 3:00 in the afternoon to clean up the mess and re-open County Road Six.

It happened just north of the Philo-Duncan Falls Bridge and no...
April 14, 2004 - 10:52am
6 years 7 weeks ago
A driver not paying attention was to blame for a car/bus accident at the Maysville High School on Panther Drive.

The call came in to the Muskingum Sheriff’s Office at around 8:45 this morning.

According to Muskingum County Deputy Sheriff Donn Steer, the accident occurred when the blue pick-up drove into the school bus. The bus then dragged the car for a short time before coming to a stop.

At the time of the accident the bus was filled with elementary school...
April 14, 2004 - 10:45am
6 years 7 weeks ago
Local food pantries are asking for your help. Operation Feed is a program designed to help feed families in Muskingum County and it’s currently underway and they need your donations.

This morning volunteers were sorting through various loads of canned and boxed food that they received from last weekend’s auto show in the Colony Square Mall. But Jill Crippen who runs the pantry in South Zanesville says they need money more than food.

“Most of the pantries in the area...
April 14, 2004 - 8:17am
6 years 7 weeks ago
The Zanesville Muskingum County Port Authority is feeling the heat of a sexual harassment investigation against its Executive Director Larry Merry.

Muskingum County Commissioner Don Madden tells Whiz News that a letter of concern has been sent to the Port Authority concerning the sexual harassment issue and the fact that it has not yet been resolved.

It’s possible that the county could pull its portion of funding for the organization if the issue is not settled.
April 14, 2004 - 7:19am
6 years 7 weeks ago
Prosecutors say four teenagers planned to set off bombs at Lima Senior High School last month. One was to be posted on the roof to shoot police of officials who tried to stop them.

16-year old Christopher Butcher admitted yesterday in Allen County Juvenile Court to a charge of delinquency by inducing panic. He was sentenced to detention for six months or until his 21st birthday.

A hearing is set for today for one of the other three charged. Authorities wouldn’t say...
April 14, 2004 - 7:14am
6 years 7 weeks ago
State Auditor Betty Montgomery says the East Cleveland school district went broke partially because it wasted money.

Two stinging audit reports released by Montgomery yesterday accuse the suburban Cleveland district of overspending, failing to use responsible purchasing practices and keeping shoddy records.

They say the East Cleveland District hastened its financial collapse by ignoring dozens of cost-saving steps recommended five years ago.

State examiners...
April 14, 2004 - 6:41am
6 years 7 weeks ago
A Mansfield couple is fighting attempts by doctors at Akron Children’s Hospital to withdraw life support for their comatose son who they say is brain dead.

The attorney for the parents, Arica Heimlich and Matthew Stein says that the couple believes that miracles can happen.

But Stein also has a potential murder charge riding on his five-month old son’s fate.

The baby, Aiden Stein, suffered severe skull and brain injuries while in his father’s care on March 15th...
April 14, 2004 - 6:09am
6 years 7 weeks ago
A new website has been launched and brochures have been unveiled to promote Ohio's new Amber Alert System toll free hotline.

The website is ohioamberplan.org and the hotline is 877-amber-oh and it was put in place by Ohio's Amber Alert Steering Committee.

The announcements were made at Ohio's first statewide Amber Alert Conference in Columbus this week for public safety officials and broadcasters.

Rob Glenn of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency said no...
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