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October 15, 2004 - 11:25pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
A recent robbery suspect has been located and is now in police custody.

According to Sgt. Detective Ric Roush with the ZPD, the suspect involved in the early morning robbery of the Exxon Tiger Mart on Underwood Street is now behind bars.

The suspect, 43-year-old Melvin E. Fields is currently locked up in the city jail, and is charged with one count aggravated robbery and one count theft.

Fields was arrested this morning at 2:25 without incident in a downtown...
October 15, 2004 - 11:20pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
Fire officials have now ruled that yesterday's Union Baptist Church fire on 8th Street was in fact arson.

According to Zanesville Fire Chief Dave Lacy, the fire was deliberate in nature.

Investigations revealed that the building was apparently buglarized as part of, or in conjunction with the arson.

A reward of up to five thousand dollars will be available for any information leading to the identification of the persons responsible for the fire.

October 15, 2004 - 6:14pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
Mac, Gizmo and Rex are part of the Licking County K-9 unit.

This week they received custom fit bullet- proof vests to protect them in the most dangerous of situations.

The vests are and protective goggles or doggles were donated to the department from the Ohio Police Training Academy and weigh anywhere from 5-7 pounds. They protect the dogs from .45 caliber weapons and are stab resistant.

Deputy Randy Morton says it is taking some time for the dogs...
October 15, 2004 - 3:19pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
A local hospital is already making plans to move some administrative offices to the old Big Bear grocery store on the north end.

Genesis CEO Tom Sieber says Genesis Bethesda Hospital plans on moving about 100 employees to the new site in hopes of free up space in the parking lot.

The hospital also plans on tearing down two buildings on the Good Samaritan Campus. Sieber says the $3 million project should be completed by the end of the year. Right now they just plan on...
October 15, 2004 - 3:14pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
Some celebrities made a stop at one Zanesville home to rally support for Senator John Kerry.

You may remember for former "Family Ties" stars—actress Meredith Baxter who played the mother Elyse Keaton and actor Michael Gross who played the father Steven Keaton on the hit tv show.

The event took place at Dr. Keith Brantley’s home, where many people came to hear their message. Baxter says she is a strong supporter of stem cell research and she also wants to...
October 15, 2004 - 11:53am
7 years 11 weeks ago
South Zanesville Burger King employees came to pick up their last paychecks today, after six of the fast food chains abruptly closed this week.

The owner of these franchises, Frank Lorch, owns two stores in Zanesville, two in Newark, one in Buckeye Lake and one in Coshocton.
Former employee Kathe Robinson was there today getting her paycheck and saying goodbye to her fellow employees. “They’re hurt. Like I said, we were one big family and it just hurts. We made all these...
October 15, 2004 - 11:30am
7 years 11 weeks ago
South Zanesville is proposing an income tax increase for its residents on the November ballot.

The ½% increase is needed to maintain services currently in the village, and without it, Herb Perry, Mayor of South Zanesville, says they may have a lot to worry about. “People are concerned about the security of the village, you know, the police department, the fire department.”

Perry says that when he spoke to the sheriff in their village, he said their average response time...
October 14, 2004 - 11:41pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
In the spirit of volunteerism the Genesis Healthcare Foundation has announced the recipient of the 2004 Community Service Award.

The award annually recognizes an individual who significantly contributes to the commmunity and exemplifies the Genesis values of compassion, trust, innovation and excellence. This year, WHIZ's Van Vannelli was honored.

A reception dinner was held tonight to present Van with this award. Vanelli has been a member of the Zanesville community for 36...
October 14, 2004 - 3:48pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
A thirty-year run for a local pottery company is coming to an end.

The Hartstone Pottery Outlet on Dearborn is closing up shop. The Company is owned by Carlisle Home Products. Director of Manufacturing, Wes Foltz says it’s due to big competitor imports and a declining demand for their hand painted items.

Foltz says there is still the possibility that local investors will pick up the product and keep Hartstone alive.

Foltz adds production will...
October 14, 2004 - 3:25pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
Some good economic news tonight as crews are beginning to dig and break ground this week, for a 450,000 ft. retail space on the north end of Zanesville.

The shopping space will be located just west of the Golden Coral and the Community Bank, just beyond the intersection of state route 60 and North Point Drive.

Shoppers will be able to access the retail center from the new 146/60 connector.
No word yet on specific stores in the space. Both the connector and...
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