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August 5, 2003 - 4:20pm
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The entire country is suffering from a blood shortage, but central Ohio has reached dangerously low levels. The summer, or trauma season, is still in full swing and donor turnout at area blood drives has been low. The result is blood reserves well below the norm. “As of late last week, we had point one day supply. Point one day supply of O negative, which our optimum level, our ideal back up supply is three days,” said Abby Corder, Donor Recruitment Representative for Red Cross. Type O...
August 5, 2003 - 4:20pm
5 years 50 weeks ago
Every Sunday night we bring you one of Muskingum County’s most wanted on the WHIZ news, and so far, you’ve helped put them behind bars. Beginning in April 2002, WHIZ and the Muskingum County Sheriff’s office started broadcasting suspects. Since then, fifty-one out of fifty-nine criminals have been caught thanks to anonymous tips. “That percentage rate, that’s almost eighty-eight percent success rate in this particular project since April 2002. It’s unbelievable and I’d like to think it’s...
August 5, 2003 - 4:12pm
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The afternoon almost turned tragic for one Zanesville girl. A car struck Marich Hamilton on Sheridan and Linden road in Zanesville earlier this afternoon. According to Zanesville Police Department, Hamilton ran out into the road from between parked cars and was hit by a Jeep Grand Cherokee. She appeared to have no major injuries and was treated at an area hospital. The Jeep was going about twenty miles per hour and no carelessness was reported. Police said no citations will be issued....
August 5, 2003 - 3:07pm
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Authorities around Ohio say that production of Methamphetamine is on the rise throughout the state. Te drug known as “poor man’s heroin” is popular in rural areas. But this year the drug labs also are being found in urban areas near Akron and Columbus. John Cooke, a criminal intelligence analyst who tracks Meth production for the state, says there is a definite increase. The drug’s popularity has grown so much that state authorities held a two-day meeting last month to talk with police...
August 5, 2003 - 2:02pm
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Governor Bob Taft has announced a five billion dollar plan to rebuild portions of Ohio’s road system. The ten-year jobs and progress plan could create four-thousand construction jobs but depends on key federal funding that has yet to be approved. Taft says the plan would focus on improving congested and dangerous roads, improving bridges and completing rural routes. In our area the plan calls for the completion of the 161 Corridor between Newark and Columbus. Taft says the state must...
August 5, 2003 - 8:45am
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The American Red Cross says the chronic blood shortage has gotten so bad that it’s ill prepared to handle any surge in hospital trauma cases in central Ohio. A single trauma case can require up to 40 units of blood. As of yesterday, the office in Columbus had just 30 units of o-negative blood. That’s the blood type that can be given to any recipient. Central Ohio Red Cross spokeswoman Catherine West says the agency sent out an urgent appeal for donors last week. Usually that does the trick, but...
August 4, 2003 - 5:12pm
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Zanesville Police officers. 29-year-old Jocelyn Atkinson pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of assault on a peace officer, one count of resisting arrest and one count possession of drugs. Atkinson was arrested on June 8 for OMVI. At the time of the arrest, officers found the drug Diazepam in the car. When officer Duvall and Johnston attempted to bring Atkinson to the city jail, she reportedly It’s a possible three years behind bars for a Zanesville woman accused of assaulting two kicked...
August 4, 2003 - 5:07pm
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It’s three years of community control for a Columbus man accused of selling drugs in Muskingum County. In April, Le Von Britt pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking crack/cocaine. He was sentenced Monday. In addition to the community control, Judge Mark Fleegle, sentenced Britt to complete a drug rehabilitation program and 250 hours of community service. Britt was arrested after selling to a confidential informant working with the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Department. Drug Unit. One...
August 4, 2003 - 3:08pm
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It’s Election Day Tuesday for some area residents. Voters in the West Muskingum School District will head to the polls to decide a 2.6 mills operating levy. Superintendent Marvin Wourms says the levy is necessary, but will not cost the taxpayers any more money. The money raised by the levy will be used for such things as textbooks, teachers’ salaries and insurance for the school district, which supports more than 1,800 students. Wourms also stresses that this issue is separate from the bond...
August 4, 2003 - 2:31pm
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Sleeping in a high school and doing construction work all day. This does not seem like a typical way teenagers spend their summer, but a group of kids enjoys trying to make a difference in Zanesville. Over four hundred high school age kids flooded Zanesville for the week in something they call Zanesville Hope. The city, along with United Methodist Church, sponsored the group to come to town. Today was day one of work on repairing homes for the elderly, disabled and low-income families. “We...
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