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February 8, 2005 - 1:00am
7 years 7 weeks ago
A man previously charged with rape and sexual battery entered a plea in court Monday to answer to one of the charges. The rape charge was dropped.

According to Assistant Muskingum County Prosecutor, 24-year-old Jeremiah Rutter of Zanesville pleaded guilty to sexual battery.

The charge stems from a March tenth incident involving a young child.

The state is recommending Rutter be sentenced to three years in prison if convicted.
February 8, 2005 - 12:45am
7 years 7 weeks ago
A local man could face up to 15 year in prison if convicted of a crime involving three minor females.

According to Assistant Muskingum County Prosecutor Jim Workman, 23-year-old Russell Tanner of Zanesville entered a guilty plea to three counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of misdemeanor voyeurism.

Workman says, the charges stem from an incident that occurred on December 21st of 2004 when Tanner allegedly touched three minors inappropriately.

February 7, 2005 - 8:42pm
7 years 7 weeks ago
Another major drug bust this week—this time the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office seized a large amount of drugs, weapons and cash from three Zanesville men, totaling over $30,000.

After a 6-7 week investigation, the Sheriff’s Office used a search warrant during a drug raid last Thursday. Officers arrived at the home of 25-year-old Chad M. Morrison on Warwick Avenue in Zanesville.

Here’s what was confiscated:
• 68.8 grams crack cocaine
• 88 grams powder cocaine...
February 7, 2005 - 8:35pm
7 years 7 weeks ago
Tonight the Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority held a special board meeting to discuss plans to expand the Muskingum Family Y into a full-service facility.

For those that are unfamiliar with the current Y, that means adding a pool, basketball courts and much more. In order to expand their facilities, they'll have to expand their property and change locations. They also want to lease the land from the Port Authority.

Currently the store-front facility operates on...
February 7, 2005 - 5:50pm
7 years 7 weeks ago
The Muskingum County Commissioners finalized their budget today and the results are in…
Don Madden says this was a challenging budget for the commissioners to put together, and there were cuts made across the board.

“We have tried to be fair to all the departments and make cuts where we could that had the least impact on individuals lives,” says Madden.

Madden says the 2005 budget is about 25 million dollars. The reason for the cuts is because the county has a...
February 7, 2005 - 4:19pm
7 years 7 weeks ago
Ohio farmers are awaiting this spring to find out if their soybean crops are affected by a fungus known as soybean rust.

Mark Mechling with the Muskingum County OSU Extension office says they are waiting to see whether the fungus shows up here in the Midwest.

“It came on some wind currents this past fall into the United States and basically impacted some soybeans in the southern part of the country, it did not reach the Midwest,” says Mechling.

Mechling says...
February 7, 2005 - 1:39pm
7 years 7 weeks ago
While many people think diamonds are a girl’s best friend…you should never underestimate the power of flowers, which have the ability to make Valentine’s Day special for any woman.

Greg Orofino owner of Florafino’s says this is probably their most popular time of the year. So if you are planning on sending flowers, you need to place your order early.

Orofino says, “Hopefully the guys who are sending flowers will order early this year because a lot of times the orders are...
February 7, 2005 - 12:35am
7 years 7 weeks ago
It was a super Sunday for New England fans, but even if you weren't able to make it to the big game, celebrating this American tradition could take place just about anywhere.

To hear the reaction from local residents click on the view video button.
February 6, 2005 - 5:13pm
7 years 7 weeks ago
Maybe they just wanted to work off the calories they planned on eating during the Superbowl or they just wanted to get a breath of fresh air---either way today's warm weather had people out and about today.

This afternoon the trails near Bethesda Hospital were busy with walkers who say they just wanted to take advantage of the spring-like temperatures.

"We just got back from Arizona and we're used to all that warm weather so we'll take advantage of it again today so here...
February 6, 2005 - 5:06pm
7 years 7 weeks ago
It was a doll lovers delight at the Zanesville Art Center.

Girls of all ages came out to hear stories from the "Doll Lady" herself, and they even got the chance to make their very own dolls.

The total collection numbers around 600 and today around 200 dolls are being showcased.

Shelley Gallant says each and every doll is unique because each one tells a story.

"Dolls tell the history of mankind. They're very special to people and it's a reflection of...
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