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October 14, 2004 - 12:55pm
6 years 50 weeks ago
A suspected arson fire at a local church had Zanesville firefighters hard at work this morning.

The Union Baptist Church on 8th Street was a sad sight after the flames were put out.

Ashes, burnt furniture and tears were all that was left this morning after a suspected arson fire took its toll on the building. Fire Chief Dave Lacy says the Zanesville Fire Dept. took only 3 minutes to respond to the fire and when they got there, it wasn’t pretty.
“Pretty much when we...
October 14, 2004 - 5:14am
6 years 50 weeks ago
A Zanesville business will soon be shutting down.

Whiz News has learned that Hartstone Pottery on Dearborn Street is in the process of telling employees that it will be closing down.

The company employs between 50 and 100 workers and is sending out letters informing them of the fate of the company.

Whiz News left a message for Hartstone plant manager Wes Foltz, but he did not respond to our call.

No official word has been given as to when the...
October 14, 2004 - 5:06am
6 years 50 weeks ago
The Zanesville Fire Department is investigating a possible arson fire at a local church.

Chief Dave Lacy says his crews were called to the Union Baptist Church on 8th street around 2:00 this morning.

The fire was discovered by a Zanesville police officer on routine patrol.

Lacy says fire fighters responded within three minutes and found a working fire inside the church.

Three fire engines, two ladders and a rescue truck were used to contain the...
October 13, 2004 - 3:34pm
6 years 50 weeks ago
Get ready for a spectacular holiday extravaganza!

The WHIZ Media group and the Zanesville Times Recorder are teaming up once again to sponsor a holiday Musical with a patriotic twist.

A live stage production entitled “Home for the Holidays” will be equipped with singers and dancers, with a special holiday message to all of our troops close and abroad.

The program will showcase many of the Y-City Star singers as well as new talent.
If you would...
October 13, 2004 - 3:25pm
6 years 50 weeks ago
Beginning next year school districts will have to report incidents of bullying along with discipline data, something schools already report annually.

Bullying advocate Tom Brown has been fighting for kids for years. A victim of bullying himself, he has made several films about child cruelty and has been an advocate of installing new programs into schools to teach awareness about bullying.

Brown says getting picked on as kids equals pain that children can carry...
October 13, 2004 - 2:23pm
6 years 50 weeks ago
The race for President will make another stop in Muskingum County, only this time it won’t be Senator John Kerry and his running mate, but rather two television stars.

The Kerry campaign today announced that former “Family Ties” T-V stars Meridith Baxter and Michael Gross will be in our area to promote the Kerry candidacy this Friday around 12 Noon.

Baxter and Gross played the mom and dad on the popular T-V show.

If you are interested in seeing them you need...
October 13, 2004 - 11:47am
6 years 50 weeks ago
The Zanesville Police Department is currently searching for the suspect involved in an armed robbery Tuesday morning.

At around 5:15 a.m. that morning, a black male entered the Exxon Tiger Mart on Underwood Street and demanded money from the clerk on duty. Detective Sergeant Ric Roush told us that the man has been identified as being 43-year-old Melvin E. Fields of Zanesville.

Roush says the clerk on duty was not injured, and he added, “He also brandished a...
October 13, 2004 - 11:35am
6 years 50 weeks ago
One of Zanesville’s own police officers is receiving a highly honorable award on Friday from Attorney General Jim Petro.

Detective Steve Jones was involved in an act of self-defense last December when a suspect pulled two hand guns out and pointed them at him. When Jones told him to put down his weapons, the suspect said nothing and began firing. He had no choice but to fire back.

Here’s what he said went through his head, “Shock. I kind of expected it, but I didn’t...
October 12, 2004 - 7:37pm
6 years 50 weeks ago
The Zanesville Police Department may be getting some new equipment thanks to a $11,000 grant from City Council.

Council voted to pass the "Local Law Enforcement Block Grant" which city police say they desperately need.

"Our shooting range is in need of alot of upgrade. That's at the head of our list right now. We do alot of training, we really need to do some upgrading," says Police Chief Eric Lambes.

The ZPD says many things need to be upgraded and that $11,000...
October 12, 2004 - 5:35pm
6 years 50 weeks ago
They're big and beast-like and carry diseases. Now rats ar taking over one local neighborhood and causing problems for neighbors.

Brenda Greiner has lived behind this house for five years and now says she's never seen anything this disgusting.

The house located at the corner of Sheridan and Linden Avenue in Zanesville is apparently vacant, and the city says that even though it's been condemned, they can't find the owner.

Code enforcement officials say that if...
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