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September 18, 2003 - 4:06pm
5 years 38 weeks ago
Family members speak out Thursday about the man suspected in the shooting death of Bradley Barnett. After Wednesday afternoon’s shooting, relatives of the 20-year-old Barnett spent hours at Good Samaritan Hospital, attempting to cope with the potential loss of a loved one. Barnett later died of four gunshot wounds to his abdomen and arm. As of Thursday afternoon, the 22-year-old suspect Derrick Norris is still missing. Police followed tips and leads Wednesday night and all day Thursday,...
September 18, 2003 - 4:05pm
5 years 38 weeks ago
The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Department will once again use a federal block grant to upgrade technology. Thursday morning Major Bryan Hoover met with commissioners and the public about how the department will use the Department of Justice “Local Law Enforcement Block Grant.” The department has not determined exactly how to spend the $15,000 allocated to them. The grant total’s $40,000, however the money is shared between the sheriff’s department and the ZPD.
September 18, 2003 - 4:04pm
5 years 38 weeks ago
Muskingum County Commissioners heard what County Home employees call the other side of a serious issue. Thursday the employees spoke to the commissioners about last week’s firing of Nursing Director Sharon Mozena. The employees feel Mozena was fired without just cause. Since last week, the commissioners have received calls and letters tell them a second side to the issue. Commissioners proposed seeking the help of a fact finder to determine what route the county should take.
September 18, 2003 - 4:03pm
5 years 38 weeks ago
The Ohio Supreme Court Justice says the court pushed lawmakers as far as it could to get them to comply with orders finding the state’s system of funding public schools to be unconstitutional. Justice Andrew Douglas left the court in January. He was in the majority one year ago when the court ruled again that the school funding was unconstitutional. Douglas told the coalition that filed the lawsuit that finding elected officials in contempt for not complying with orders on school funding...
September 18, 2003 - 4:01pm
5 years 38 weeks ago
A prescription drug plan going before the legislature would provide discounts to about 2,000,000 Ohioans. The Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs says the plan will cover all Ohioans 60 or older and people who make 2 ½ times the federal poverty level (about $22,000 for a single person) or less. Legislative leaders say the plan will be a priority for lawmakers this fall. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services would administer the program.
September 18, 2003 - 12:52pm
5 years 38 weeks ago
With the help of new technology and the community, local law enforcement may be one step closer to finding missing persons. When you answer your telephone, you may hear something like this..."A child is missing. This is the Zanesville Police Department. The child's name and description is as follows...". Officers took part in a free training session conducted today by the staff of A Child is Missing, Inc. Their program provides law enforcement agencies with a neighborhood calling system...
September 18, 2003 - 10:23am
5 years 38 weeks ago
A Vinton County Commissioner must attend a three-day alcohol treatment program after pleading no contests to a drunken driving charge. A judge found 39-year-old Todd Gibson of McArthur guilty and ordered the suspension of his driver’s license for six months. The judge also suspended a 30-day jail sentence. Special Prosecutor Dave Warren says Gibson’s vehicle crashed into a house on May 2nd of this year. The State Highway Patrol says Gibson testes at nearly twice the legal limit.
September 18, 2003 - 4:14am
5 years 38 weeks ago
A Zanesville woman was sentenced on drug charges Wednesday. 26-year-old Beverly Bickford of Zanesville received a one-year sentence in the case. Bickford was facing one count of trafficking crack and one count of possession of crack. She was arrested in January after selling to an undercover police officer working with the Zanesville Police Department drug unit. The sale occurred on Hickory Street. Bickford reportedly was smoking crack at the time of the sale.
September 18, 2003 - 4:09am
5 years 38 weeks ago
Closing arguments are scheduled today in the trial of a Canton man charged with attempted murder in Guernsey County. 21-year-old Michael Morris is facing four counts of attempted murder. All four charges include gun specifications. Morris is accused of attempting to shoot his brother, his sister and his sister’s two friends. The shootings took place on June 3rd at the Bucket Hills Campgrounds after Morris reportedly had a fight with his mother. Trial testimony started Tuesday afternoon.
September 18, 2003 - 4:05am
5 years 38 weeks ago
A suspect in a Zanesville murder case appeared in court Wednesday. 17-year-old Jared Higgins was indicted on one count of aggravated murder. Higgins was arrested after a shooting on Spangler Drive on August 6th. 21-year-old Michael Allen of Zanesville died in the shooting after he sustained a gunshot wound to the head. Zanesville police say the incident appeared to be the result of a disturbance that got out of hand. Two other suspects were taken into custody after the shooting, but no...
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