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May 11, 2004 - 7:53am
6 years 18 weeks ago
The Ohio Department of Transportation says part of Interstate 70 in Licking County is
now partially reopened after an early morning incident.

O-dot’s Cindy Brown says at around 8:00 this morning a portion of I-70 westbound in Licking County was closed between State Route 13 and State Route 79.

Brown says a truck carrying hazardous material has caught fire in the westbound rest area between the two routes.

No word on what type of hazardous chemicals the...
May 11, 2004 - 6:43am
6 years 18 weeks ago
Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro is suing to remove as caretaker a cemetery operator who spent a year and half in prison for stealing from its maintenance fund.

Petro says Robert Merkle and other trustees haven’t been maintaining the cemetery where more than 17-thousand people are buried.

The lawsuit filed in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court also seeks to prevent them from selling any burial plots.

Merkle was convicted in 2002 of stealing 93-thousand dollars...
May 11, 2004 - 6:38am
6 years 18 weeks ago
The Ohio Supreme Court will decide today on whether a judge can order a deadbeat dad to try and not have any more children.

Medina County Judge Kimbler imposed the unusual sentence on Sean Talty for being more than 30-thousand dollars behind in child support payments for three daughters.

According to Court records, the 32-year old has fathered at least six children by five women.

He also owes support in Butler, Summit and Wayne Counties.

His lawyer J...
May 11, 2004 - 4:54am
6 years 18 weeks ago
Area firefighters are blaming a lightning strike for a fire last night that damaged a well known ice cream factory next to the landmark Velvet Ice Cream Mill in the Licking County town of Utica.

Twelve fire departments with more than 100 firefighters battled the blaze.

Police said a few residents near the plant had to be evacuated for awhile last night because tanks at the plant were leaking ammonia.

Andre Dager, whose family has owned Velvet for four...
May 10, 2004 - 8:12pm
6 years 18 weeks ago
The Zanesville Police Department continues its search for an armed robbery suspect.

According to Zanesville Detective Ric Roush, police are looking for the man seen in the pictures. At about 5:45 Sunday morning, police say the suspect entered the Speedway- Super America Station at 930 Blue Avenue, threatened the two clerks with a handgun, and took an undisclosed amount of money from the register.

As he was exiting the store, he stole a purse from a car near the gas pumps...
May 10, 2004 - 7:51pm
6 years 18 weeks ago
There may be more jobs coming to Zanesville…that’s what Executive Director of the Port Authority Larry Merry said tonight in City Council.

You might remember WHIZ brought you a story at the end of April announcing that Worthington foods will be closing their facility.

Tonight Merry confirmed that announcement and had this to say about the positive news for Zanesville, “we’re not at this time sure how many jobs but there will be a gain in jobs here in Zanesville community...
May 10, 2004 - 5:28pm
6 years 18 weeks ago
The Dow Jones industrials average is back below the ten thousand mark, a place it hasn’t been since December.

For many this is rather significant since we look at the Dow as a representative of the major stocks in the market.

Shawn Phelps of Century National Bank says the 2 main factors that are driving the market today are corporate earnings and interest rates.

Phelps says, “when there’s a chance for interest rates to go up typically investors pull out of the...
May 10, 2004 - 2:25pm
6 years 18 weeks ago
It’s been a month since the new concealed carry law took effect here in Ohio an many gun advocates say the time it takes to actually get your permit is too long.

According to Major Bryan Hoover of the Muskingum County Sheriff’s office they process about ten applications a day.

“We have so far 220 applications and we’ve issued 144.” Sad Hoover.

Business may be going well for them, however people are saying the 45 days it takes to get the permit is an...
May 10, 2004 - 2:23pm
6 years 18 weeks ago
If you’ve been through downtown Zanesville lately, you’ve probably noticed the old Pollicks’ Jewelry building is being renovated.

The new owner of the building says they are completely restoring it.

Also while doing renovations they discovered remnants of what could have been a multiple fire at one time.

After completion, they hope to open an antique furniture store.
May 10, 2004 - 11:48am
6 years 18 weeks ago
Today is National Women’s Check-up Day and in honor of this day Genesis-Bethesda offered a variety of screenings, assessments and information about women’s health.

Not all of the programs were free but some were, like the DermaView, it’s a machine that tests skin for the potential of cancer.

Patients place their face in a small curtained box. An ultraviolet light is shined on the face. Wellness Technician Nancy Swope says its one of the best ways to detect pre-cancerous...
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