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July 16, 2004 - 10:29pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
The Army says an Ohio native serving on the Army’s Special Forces has died of the injuries he sustained nearly two months ago in Iraq.

Staff Sergeant Paul Mardis of Palmetto, Florida, died yesterday at an Army Medical Center in Washington.

The 25-year-old born in Coshocton was wounded when an improvised explosive device was detonated.

He worked as an engineer with the Fifth Special Forces Group based in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Mardis has been awarded...
July 16, 2004 - 4:31pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
The flag at West Muskingum High is flying at half-staff tonight,

As hundreds of people are still lining up to pay their respects to principal Gary Ankrum, who passed away Tuesday morning. Known better as Hank, students, colleagues, and friends came to the high school this evening, saying they are going to miss their principal and friend.

Students said although he was busy, he always inquired about their lives.
Gary Ankrum spent over 40 years in education.
July 16, 2004 - 4:23pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
20-year-old B.J. Richard-Bey changed his original plea from not guilty to guilty Friday in Judge Mark Fleegle’s courtroom.

Richard-Bey, seen here in the store’s security camera picture, was arrested after an armed robbery at the Speedway Gas Station on Blue Avenue.

He pleaded guilty Friday to one count of aggravated robbery with a gun specification, one count felony theft, one count misdemeanor theft, and one count of having a weapon while under disability.

July 16, 2004 - 4:18pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
Charges are still pending from Thursday night’s accident on Underwood Avenue near Shinnick Street.

According to Sgt. Chris Rice, 24-year-old Kenneth Guisinger of Zanesville was driving down Eastman Street when he reportedly drove into oncoming southbound traffic on Underwood Avenue.

His car hit a second car driven by 33-year-old Monica Abbott, also of Zanesville. Both drivers were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital following the accident. Guisinger was treated and...
July 16, 2004 - 4:13pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
An update to the shooting in an Echo Avenue house from earlier this week.

The shooting allegedly happened just before 11:00 p.m. Wednesday night at this house located at 538 Echo Avenue. After questioning, police arrested 40-year-old Randy Taylor of that address.

Officers originally had responded to a domestic dispute call and found that a 9-mm handgun had been discharged into the floor of the house. Five people were inside the home at the time of the alleged incident,...
July 16, 2004 - 2:50pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
A local furniture store has decided to expand its services to the community.

In a special groundbreaking ceremony today Coconis furniture hopes to have it’s newest building serve as the company’s 30,000 square foot warehouse and distribution center.

With a new distribution center comes more jobs for the community.

President of Coconis Furniture Randy Coconis says, “Because of the increased growth there will be dramatically increased jobs in our existing store...
July 16, 2004 - 2:10pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
The Zanesville community gathered today to hold a special prayer service for a former Zanesville High School grad hit by a car two weeks ago in Tennessee.

Friends and neighbors are holding on to their faith, so that 23-year-old Micah Ashley Jones will wake up from her coma.

Family friend Adam King says, “We know that prayer is the key ingredient in all this and we know that through God all things are possible.”

The girl who chased after her dream of becoming a...
July 16, 2004 - 9:57am
6 years 35 weeks ago
A former member of the Whiz Media Group family has died.

36-year-old Steve McBroom died of a heart attack Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio.

McBroom was Whiz T-V and Radio Sports Director from July of 1989 to November of 1993.

He had been working in sales in Columbus until his death.

McBroom’s arrangements are being handled by the Rodenberger Funeral Home in Napoleon, Ohio.

Visitation will be held tomorrow from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday...
July 16, 2004 - 7:05am
6 years 35 weeks ago
A Lancaster couple is suing the city school system over repeatedly putting their kindergarten child on the wrong school bus.

Jason and Melissa Cottrill claim their son was misplaced at least five times this past school year. They say the Medill Elementary School pupil was either not placed on the correct bus or wasn’t dropped off at his designated bus stop, or both.

School attorneys declined to comment on the suit.

The suit seeks 25-thousand dollars in damages...
July 16, 2004 - 6:35am
6 years 35 weeks ago
Six corrections officers are scheduled to appear in a Youngstown court this morning on charges that they took part in a beating of an inmate.

The officers, three current and three former, were arrested yesterday and are to appear in U.S. District Court. They are charged with conspiracy against civil rights.

The case involves a former Mahoning County Jail Inmate. 25-year old Tawhon Easterly of Youngstown. Authorities sad he was beaten December 2001 after he struck a...
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