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July 17, 2003 - 8:54am
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A man suspected of being the rapist who terrorized the Ohio State University Campus area in Columbus for more than six months suddenly decided to plead guilty to two of the attacks. Kennedy Wheeler accepted a plea bargain Wednesday night, as one of his alleged victims was about to make a videotaped statement to play at his trial. In accordance with the deal, Franklin County common pleas judge John Connor sentenced Wheeler to 30 years in prison for two counts of rape, plus burglary and receiving...
July 17, 2003 - 8:44am
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Officials in Perry County are currently investigating a drowning that occurred at a rock quarry around eight o’clock Wednesday evening. The sheriff’s department was dispatched to Sand Rock Road in Glenford. The body of the victim, 16-year-old William Hunter of Pickerington was recovered from the quarry. According to witnesses on the scene Hunter was swimming in the quarry when he went under. Several people on the scene attempted to retrieve him, but were unsuccessful. No foul play is suspected...
July 17, 2003 - 8:37am
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Two children are dead after they drowned in Licking County Wednesday afternoon. The two reportedly drowned in a pond located at a trailer park in Heath. It was determined that the eight year old boys Nathan Boyer and Brandon who’s last name has yet to be released, had entered a drainage pond near a playground at the rear of the property through a hole in a fence and had gone under water. One of the boys was removed by a neighbor, who attempted to revive him, but was unsuccessful. The second boy...
July 16, 2003 - 11:56pm
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Family, friends and police are looking for a teenager who's been missing since July 14th. 13-year-old Kevin Angler was last seen on Monday on Gray St. He is 5'7" tall and weighs about 140 lbs. He was last seen wearing blue jean shorts and a black t-shirt. Anyone with information on Kevin Angler can call Zanesville Police at 455­0700.
July 16, 2003 - 11:50pm
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He was set to go to trial August 1, but now, proceedings for Henry Hagar are scheduled to begin October 3. Hagar is facing one count of aggravated murder in the death of Muskingum County Sheriff's Deputy, Robert Tanner Jr. Hagar was arrested for reportedly shooting Tanner on January 8, 2002. He has pleaded not guilty. The defense team requested the continuance saying they wanted more time to prepare for trial. Judge Mark Fleegle granted that request.
July 16, 2003 - 5:51pm
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The fate of a Perry County woman accused of killing her stepdaughter was decided today. Brandi Conley died over six years ago, but today jury decided on whether the four year old’s death was an accident of if Donna Conley was the cause. This morning a jury found Conley guilty of child endangering and involuntary manslaughter. It took the jury over four hours to reach a decision, but in the end, it was the medical advice from the doctors that decided Donna Conley’s fate. “There was some very...
July 16, 2003 - 12:09pm
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A Perry County Stepmom has been found guilty in the death of a child. Donna Byrnes Conley was found guilty on one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of child endangering in the death of 4-year-old Brandi Marie Conley. The trial started Monday in Perry County Common Pleas Court in front of Judge Linton Lewis. During the trial Conley maintained that on December of 1996 she found the child injured on the landing at the foot of a flight of stars in her Saltillo home in Perry County...
July 16, 2003 - 8:49am
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Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich says he would support a federal law allowing same-sex marriages, a change from his stance on the issue during his 1996 congressional campaign. Kucinich made the statement yesterday at a Washington forum for presidential candidates sponsored by a national gay-rights organization.
July 16, 2003 - 8:43am
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The state board of education says it’s creating a statewide task force to find ways to redesign Ohio’s public high schools. The group is to look at reasons why so many students drop out and why some of those who graduate aren’t prepared for college or the work force. State superintendent Susan Tave Zelman says about 20 percent of those who start high school never finish. That number is as high as 50 percent in some districts. Zelman says the board will look at Cincinnati and West Clermont’s...
July 16, 2003 - 8:37am
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Many Ohio farm fields are saturated after the recent rains but experts say that with good weather some could rebound. However, damage to overall harvest yields has likely been done. Still, crops planted on higher ground or in areas that didn’t get too much rain are doing well. The USDA estimates that 55 percent of the corn crop is good or excellent, as are 51 percent of soybeans. Hay and winter wheat have been ready for cutting but many farmers are only now getting into the fields. Only eleven...
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