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June 4, 2004 - 7:50am
6 years 47 weeks ago
The Executive Director of a youth mentoring program in Newark is named in a 29- count Grand Jury indictment accusing him of having sex with a boy over a seven-year-period.

If convicted of rape, 65-year-old James Russell faces a mandatory life sentence, since the alleged rapes began when the boy was 12.

Russell has been suspended as head of the Big Brothers Organization in Newark.

The indictment returned by a Licking County Grand Jury yesterday includes four...
June 4, 2004 - 7:28am
6 years 47 weeks ago
Ohio’s strawberry crop will turn to jelly if it’s not picked soon.

The crop has ripened about ten days ahead of schedule. The first wave of fruit needs to be pulled within the next few days.

Kate Miles of Rosby’s Farms in Brooklyn Heights says it’s almost a despite situation.

Ohio’s strawberry season typically after June tenth and extends through July fourth. But recent warm weather has caused what some are calling one of the earliest harvests in memory....
June 3, 2004 - 6:51pm
6 years 47 weeks ago
Harold Newell was recently denied the right to receive a permit to carry a concealed weapon from the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office, stating Harold had a felony conviction from 1966, a crime he committed when he was 18. He and some friends stole 5 cases of beer from a small business.

He has spent over 20 years in the Marine Corp., and became a VIP Arms Specialist. He received his federal firearms license to buy and sell firearms, which he did for 9 years. It wasn’t until 1988, he...
June 3, 2004 - 6:23pm
6 years 47 weeks ago
The Big weekend is almost here. Organizers for the Gus Macker are gearing up and ready to go.

Downtown Association Manager Dana Matz says trophies are arriving and courts are being prepared for the biggest tournament of the year, with over 800 teams and 3200 players.

Registration will begin tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 in front of the Courthouse. Players need to bring a copy of their birth certificate and a waiver, available at the registration site.

This is the...
June 3, 2004 - 2:31pm
6 years 47 weeks ago
We have some new development to tell you about today. At today’s County Commissioners meeting a member of the Crimson King Farms, Jon McCarty says they have purchased the land on Old Stage Road for development. It would result in 16 to 17 news homes.

The homes are expected to cost between $185,000 to $220,000 and will be three to four bedrooms.

McCarty says the improving economy has made this area very profitable for them.

HE says there has been quite a bit of...
June 3, 2004 - 2:27pm
6 years 47 weeks ago
Muskingum County Commissioners today hear about ways to improve some area roads.

Bids were being taken this morning for a seal-coating project.

County Engineer Loren Camp was also there to review the bids and says it’s necessary to help improve the roads and control dust.

“It’s a road building process that we go through to them hard surfaced build them up and build some road base,” said Camp.

Two bids were submitted. The Shelly Company for near $119,...
June 3, 2004 - 11:23am
6 years 47 weeks ago
The House Republican Campaign committee is canceling the contracts of two consultants under scrutiny because of a federal investigation.

A spokesman for House Speaker Larry Householder says Brett Buerk and Kyle Sisk are being let go because issues centered around the two have become too distracting.

Householder spokesman Dwight Crum says the decision was made yesterday afternoon at a republican caucus retreat.

Buerk is Householder’s former Chief of Staff. He...
June 3, 2004 - 8:54am
6 years 47 weeks ago
Police have arrested a co-worker of a man found shot to death six weeks ago in an outdoor farm market’s walk-in cooler.

Laurie Jean Hoover is charged with aggravated murder in the death of 66-year old John Pauley who worked with her at the Gahanna Farm Market.

Police say they have physical evidence from searches at two addresses, including the home the 22-year old Hoover shares with her parents. The case against her also included statements she made to investigators....
June 2, 2004 - 10:23pm
6 years 47 weeks ago
Despite the rain Wednesday night, the sun was shining for a special awards ceremony for the Soroptimists Club of Zanesville. Our city’s local chapter is part of an international club comprised of business and professional women. But Wednesday night was to honor County Commissioner Dorothy Montgomery with the Woman Of Distinction award.

According to President of the Zanesville Chapter, Bobbe Poe, the club chose Montgomery for her integrity among her other attributes.

June 2, 2004 - 10:09pm
6 years 47 weeks ago
An Ohio trucker is still missing Wednesday night, two days after his truck blew a tire and crashed into a guardrail.

Police say it didn’t appear that 64-yea-olr Parker Lawrence Kelly of Cambridge was hurt in the minor crash on the Pennsylvania turnpike, but now they’re not so sure.

Kelly’s wife told police that after Kelly was given a ride to a motel Monday night that he left to buy cigarettes but got lost. After he was found and returned to the motel, he left to go to a...
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