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May 25, 2004 - 6:12am
6 years 17 weeks ago
An ex-marine from Ohio has been convicted of killing his girlfriend and her baby.

A Florida jury on Monday found former Marine Sergeant James Coleman the third guilty of second-degree murder in the strangulation of 19-year old Jessica Hine. It also convicted him of first-degree murder for smothering her two-month old son.

The jury begins deliberating tomorrow on whether to recommend that the 25-year old from East Cleveland should get the death penalty.

May 24, 2004 - 9:38pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
The Newark Police Department continues to search Monday night for an early morning stabbing suspect.

According to the Department, the suspect is 22-year-old Damien Turner. He is wanted in connection to the stabbing of 19-year-old Ciara Hadnot, of 41 North 40th Street. The incident took place at the above residence at about 1:00 a.m.

Reports show that Hadnot suffered from multiple stab wounds. She was eventually transported to Grant Medical Center in Columbus.
May 24, 2004 - 8:15pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
A few big issues were discussed at the city council meeting tonight.
The disturbance of the peace ordinance was moved to a second reading after some concerns were raised about the provisions of the existing ordinance pertaining to musical performances at outdoor venues.

Some issues regarding zoning areas and commercial vehicles being parked near residences were also discussed at the meeting.

And as far as the status of the 146-60 connector road project, Council...
May 24, 2004 - 4:17pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
It’s day number 4 as the strike continues for local SBC workers trying to raise awareness about their problems with the company.

The workers are still negotiating with the company, but are frustrated at the status on forming a contract.

Angela Phelps a communications technician says, “As of right now all we are aware of is we are communicating with the company. We’re still not getting very far on any of the issues. I know that we’ll be coming back to work tomorrow but we’...
May 24, 2004 - 4:10pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
The search is on tonight for a new health commissioner in Muskingum County.

Today the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department announced that health commissioner Robert Titko will retire from the Department at the end of the year.

Jennifer Hiestand of the Health Department says, “This gives the Board of Health ample time to recruit a successor and select a person and then that person will have time to work hands on with Robert.”

Titko joined the Health...
May 24, 2004 - 4:04pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
If you were affected by the flooding in Perry County you may be eligible for some help.

The Perry County Department of Job and Family Services has been awarded emergency funds to be distributed to certain elderly and disabled families that meet eligibility requirements.

If you are interested you need to apply for the funds at the Job and Family Services Office in New Lexington.

It’s located at 212 South Main Street and its hours are Monday through Friday from...
May 24, 2004 - 12:47pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
This morning The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office started accepting bids for health care services provided to the inmates.

Only Premier Healthcare made one bid, totaling 181-thousand dollars.

Terry Newman, Jail Administrator, says that this bid will result in major savings.

Currently, health care is provided privately by a doctor and to nurses. Last year the cost totaled 300-thousand dollars and this year the cost was projected to be 360-thousand.

May 24, 2004 - 12:43pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
Superintendent of the Starlight Programs John Hill was at the County Commissioners to discuss concerns over new rules the Muskingum County Job and Family Services will be putting into place and the effect for the fiscal and budget planning for the Starlight programs.

Hill projects that the program will have a total of 100-thousand dollars in cuts over the next year.

“Basically that will increase the reliance on the local levy money,” said Hill, “It’s a trickle down effect...
May 24, 2004 - 12:39pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
The Z-Bus Transit System may be getting some new vehicles, if they can get the funding from the City and County.

Muskingum County Commissioner Don Madden says that every year the Transit Bus System gets access money from the Ohio Department of Transportation to use form capital purchases including new buses.

The Transit System was looking to purchase three smaller buses, a mini van, a personal car and a new computer system.

The total price should be 235-...
May 24, 2004 - 6:43am
6 years 17 weeks ago
The number of jail inmates who kill themselves differs greatly in Ohio’s largest Counties.

So do opinions on whether such deaths can be prevented.

From 1999 through 2003, there were eight suicides at the Franklin County Jail in Columbus and six at the Lucas County Jail in Toledo.

Cincinnati’s Hamilton County Jail had four suicides in that time and Cuyahoga County Jail in Cleveland had one.

The rate is higher in Lucas County because the jail averages...
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