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January 26, 2004 - 10:28pm
6 years 3 weeks ago
There’s a nip in the air in the Zanesville City Jail that has nothing to do with what appears to be a faulty furnace.

Police Chief Eric Lambes says there is a problem with the furnace and sometimes the temperature in the jail reaches 50-degrees. That’s a far cry from its normal setting of 65-degrees.

Some inmates from the jail have contacted WHIZ News about the cold conditions, saying they would like the situation looked into. The Chief says they have been having...
January 26, 2004 - 10:03pm
6 years 3 weeks ago
There’s good news tonight for the city of Zanesville…

The long awaited construction project for the State Route 146 and State Route 60 connector road has finally been passed by the council.

Larry Merry of the Zanesville Port Authority says this is one of the big steps necessary to move this project forward. One of the main reasons the connector road project was created was to reduce the amount of traffic through our city.

Merry says, “ Many of the roads people...
January 26, 2004 - 6:27pm
6 years 3 weeks ago
With the worst snowfall of the year so far, local residents are left having to brace the cold and dig their way out.

But what you may not think of when you are their shoveling is how it affects your health.

Joseph Stein, Chairman of the Genesis Emergency Services says when people are out there they forget how long they’re doing this activity and it can be much more strenuous than what they normally do. As a result they could end up with breathing problems or heart attacks...
January 26, 2004 - 6:22pm
6 years 3 weeks ago
If you were looking for a shovel or some salt you probably had a bit of trouble finding either.

Some local businesses only had empty shelves to offer customers.

A manager at a local Wal-Mart told WHIZ they had a few shovels left, but couldn’t keep salt on the shelves.

Meanwhile, Jim Bartsch, store manager for the Maple Avenue Kroger, says when there is a threat of bad weather people buy everything.

Bartsch also says they are temporarily out of shovels...
January 26, 2004 - 6:03pm
6 years 3 weeks ago
ODOT’s Crews weren’t the only ones out clearing away snow.

If you weren’t outside shoveling, it wasn’t hard to look outside and see someone that was.

Gary Adams, owner of the Marathon gas station on Rt. 40 says the weather change is no surprise to him.

Brent Davis says he as someone that plows his driveway, but he was worried about the mailman.

The snow and ice made Penni Noll miss going to work.

No matter what not too many people that were...
January 26, 2004 - 5:55pm
6 years 3 weeks ago
With predictions of yet another snow storm on the way the Ohio Department of Transportation remains full staffed and working around the clock to clear out what’s left of last night’s snow and make way for what mother nature has in store for us next.

Phil Newman, Manager of the Muskingum County Branch of ODOT says his crews have working all day and are ready for more.

Over the last few weekends ODOT’s salt supply has gone down, but Newman says more is on the way.
January 26, 2004 - 7:12am
6 years 3 weeks ago
The biggest snowfall of the season began with a strong burst of the white stuff early Sunday evening.
A strong winter storm, armed with plenty of Gulf moisture brought some fairly big snows into the Ohio Valley. Early snowfall rates on Sunday approached an inch an hour. --The weekend, of course, had all ready begun with 2" of snow falling Friday night.

Reports of an additional 4-6 inches of snow were common across SE Ohio as of late Sunday night. As expected, a rapid change...
January 26, 2004 - 6:08am
6 years 3 weeks ago
The Muskingum County sheriff’s office has issued information on this week’s most wanted suspect.

He is Jason Wolverton. He’s charged with two counts of forgery, two counts of theft and one count of misuse of a credit card.

His last known address is Wilmer Street in Zanesville. Deputies describe Wolverton as six-feet two-inches tall, 240 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

If you have any information on his whereabouts call the Muskingum County sheriff’s...
January 26, 2004 - 5:51am
6 years 3 weeks ago
The fate of a former Muskingum College student convicted of killing her newborn baby will be announced today.

Muskingum County Common Pleas Judge Butch Zwelling says he will make his decision public this afternoon on the fate of Jennifer Bryant.

She wants to be released early from prison.

The judge held a hearing last week on the issue and heard from the attorney representing Bryant and the Muskingum County Prosecutor’s office.

Bryant has already...
January 25, 2004 - 7:47pm
6 years 3 weeks ago
More sad news from Wednesday night’s fatal fire. The fire has now claimed three lives.

76 year-old John Fountain died Sunday at the OSU Medical Center. He was a family friend staying with the Winland family.

The fire also killed six year-old Andrew Winland on Saturday, and seven year-old Kimbi Winland, on Wednesday.

This is a devastating time for the Winland family and the Muskingum Valley Chapter of The American Red Cross is helping the family, but says any...
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