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April 6, 2004 - 11:08am
6 years 7 weeks ago
Today at Buckeye Stoneware on Putnam Avenue, the Tourism Team in Muskingum County had their monthly meeting to discuss what’s hot with tourism here in our area.

The group of about 20 discussed ways to advertise and market Muskingum County to out of towners. Their main focus is to encourage tourists to shop in our area. Vice President of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce Kelly Ashby says that tourist shouldn’t be disappointed with what we’ve got here.

April 6, 2004 - 6:39am
6 years 7 weeks ago
By the April 15th deadline the Ohio Department of Taxation expects to receive another two and a half million state income tax returns, that's in addition to the three and a quarter million they have already received.

Tax Commissioner Bill Wilkins says taxpayers who mail in paper returns will have to wait six to eight weeks for a refund.

But taxpayers who use the Department's internet filing system, called Ohio I-File, can get refunds in five to seven days.

April 5, 2004 - 9:59pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
Prosecutors in South Carolina will seek the death penalty against a man they say planned a multi-state crime spree that ended with the deaths of four people including an Ohioan.

24-year-old Quincy Allen has been charged in Columbia, South Carolina, with killing two people with a shotgun.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott calls Allen a “spree killer.”

Prosecutors say they expect defense attorneys to bring up the issue of his mental capacity.

April 5, 2004 - 4:49pm
6 years 7 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
6 years 7 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
6 years 7 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
6 years 7 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
6 years 7 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
6 years 7 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
6 years 7 weeks ago
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...
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