Philo eighth grade students may not be home as early as they would like. Unfortunately due to traffic congestion, the group will not be returning home from their Washington, D.C. trip until approximately 2:00 a.m. Their estimated arrival time was at 11:30 p.m.
The man who is accused of opening fire inside an Ohio trucking company facility last week has been indicted. 50-year-old Tom West, also known as Joseph J. Eschenbrenner the Third, has been indicted on two counts of aggravated murder and three counts of attempted aggravated murder. West apparently worked for the trucking company in Atlanta from 1998 to late 2001.
The Ohio National Guard says it has alerted about 1200 members that they could be called up to active duty in the Middle East. Guard Spokesman Major Neal O’Brien says eleven units have been told they may be sent to the U.S. Central Command area, which includes Iraq and Kuwait. O’Brien says activation announcements could come any time but that they’re most likely to come after January 1st.
The Muskingum Respiratory Care Association has started their annual Yule Time Seal campaign. You can show your support for Rambo Memorial Health Center by making a donation and all the money goes toward services in Muskingum County. A goal of 55 thousand dollars has been set. Currently, over 22 thousand dollars in contributions have been received. The campaign runs through December 31st.
It looks like the days of Big Bear stores in Zanesville may be numbered. Earlier this week we told you about plans by Big Bear’s parent company, Penn Traffic, to sell 11 of its stores to Kroger. The company also said on December 3rd an auction would be held for those 11 stores and other Big Bear assets. WHIZ news received numerous phone calls from Zanesville Big Bear employees, who wished to remain anonymous, saying they were told the Zanesville north store would be closed on December 3rd...
A Thursday afternoon construction accident ends the life of a Zanesville man. According to Zanesville Fire Chief Dave Lacy, the victim is 54-year-old James W. Carpenter of Zanesville. Lacy says the accident occurred as Carpenter, an employee of Zemba Brothers Construction, was working in a trench on Dulty Lane, off Wayne Avenue at around 2:20 p.m. The trench collapsed, burying Carpenter approximately 12 feet into the ground. Crews worked for over two hours at the site. As of Thursday...
With the trench collapse on Wayne comes plenty of traffic congestion. According to dispatchers with the Zanesville Police Department, traffic on Wayne Avenue and Underwood Avenue was backed up for several hours, in both the north and south bound lanes. According to the ZPD, the sound bound lane was reopened at about 4:30. The northbound land was reopened shortly after that.
Traffic was backed up in Cleveland as well Thursday…heavy winds prompted transportation officials to put the brakes on truckers. State officials sent out word that the winds were blowing too hard for tractor-trailer trucks to roll on the Cleveland turnpike. Trucks with multiple hitches and mobile homes were banned from the turnpike while the winds whipped. Officials were worried the winds would blow trucks over.
Heavy winds left plenty of damage in northwestern Ohio as well. A historic building in Toledo was under renovation when it collapsed because of the wind and rain. Police say the 35-foot tall section couldn’t sustain the 50 to 60-mile-per-hour gusts Wednesday night. Crews stood guard all night, in case the rest of the building collapsed. And the wind also tore down power lines, and playground equipment.