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May 12, 2004 - 3:55am
6 years 46 weeks ago
It was an overheated light bulb, not lightning that caused a fire Monday night that damaged The Velvet Ice Cream Factory in Utica.

Richard Harris, Fire Investigator, says the heat from a 150-watt bulb ignited records stored a few inches away. He says the bulb was left on by mistake.

No damage estimate is available.

A cleaning crew in the factory contacted 9-1-1 around 9pm Monday.

Twelve fire departments with more than 100 firefighters fought the blaze...
May 11, 2004 - 8:25pm
6 years 46 weeks ago
The prosecutor’s office has determined that the Zanesville Police Department acted in the best interest of the law pertaining to the fatal shootings of a suspect last year.

According to Muskingum County Prosecutor Mike Haddox, on December 21st of 2003, 23-year-old Michael Fowler also known as Freedom Allah, fatally shot 32-year-old Williard Pullie outside the Only Ones Club in Zanesville.

Later that morning police obtained arrest and search warrants for Fowlers at his home...
May 11, 2004 - 4:03pm
6 years 46 weeks ago
Lack of Funding is being blamed for lay-offs for the Heath Fire Department.

Six full-time, one part-time and the Chief will no longer be an active crew. As of May 23rd they will be loosing two people per shift. If department were to be called on more than one run- that’s when they would rely on back-up help.

There’s no guarantee that the 22 volunteer fire fighters would be able to come in and help.
May 11, 2004 - 2:53pm
6 years 46 weeks ago
I’m sure you’ve noticed the pollen outside and that can mean only one thing: Spring time allergies are here!

As part of allergy awareness month we caught up with Dr. William Grant who says anyone can develop allergies, especially as you get older.

Grant says, “allergies can affect any age group from early childhood to adult and allergies can change with the person changing their environment such as moving to the Midwest to the southwest as well as changing their homes.”...
May 11, 2004 - 1:21pm
6 years 46 weeks ago
The Highway Patrol had its hands full early this morning on I-70 after a truck and possible hazardous material incident.

It was a rough start for commuters on I-70 in Licking County after a possible hazardous chemical incident involving a tractor-trailer.

The Grandville Post of the Highway Patrol says it happened around seven a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-70 in Licking County and caused a massive traffic back up for several miles.

A semi-tractor trailer...
May 11, 2004 - 1:18pm
6 years 46 weeks ago
The Zanesville Police Department says they have their man…an armed robbery suspect….and television is getting some of the credit.

Chief detective Ric Roush says the man accused of robbing the Speedway/Super America on Blue Avenue is sitting in jail today.

Roush says the he credits a store photo of the suspect that was broadcast on the Whiz T-V news as the main reason for his capture.

Roush says he needs to do some additional investigating and will likely...
May 11, 2004 - 7:53am
6 years 46 weeks ago
The Ohio Department of Transportation says part of Interstate 70 in Licking County is
now partially reopened after an early morning incident.

O-dot’s Cindy Brown says at around 8:00 this morning a portion of I-70 westbound in Licking County was closed between State Route 13 and State Route 79.

Brown says a truck carrying hazardous material has caught fire in the westbound rest area between the two routes.

No word on what type of hazardous chemicals the...
May 11, 2004 - 6:43am
6 years 46 weeks ago
Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro is suing to remove as caretaker a cemetery operator who spent a year and half in prison for stealing from its maintenance fund.

Petro says Robert Merkle and other trustees haven’t been maintaining the cemetery where more than 17-thousand people are buried.

The lawsuit filed in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court also seeks to prevent them from selling any burial plots.

Merkle was convicted in 2002 of stealing 93-thousand dollars...
May 11, 2004 - 6:38am
6 years 46 weeks ago
The Ohio Supreme Court will decide today on whether a judge can order a deadbeat dad to try and not have any more children.

Medina County Judge Kimbler imposed the unusual sentence on Sean Talty for being more than 30-thousand dollars behind in child support payments for three daughters.

According to Court records, the 32-year old has fathered at least six children by five women.

He also owes support in Butler, Summit and Wayne Counties.

His lawyer J...
May 11, 2004 - 4:54am
6 years 46 weeks ago
Area firefighters are blaming a lightning strike for a fire last night that damaged a well known ice cream factory next to the landmark Velvet Ice Cream Mill in the Licking County town of Utica.

Twelve fire departments with more than 100 firefighters battled the blaze.

Police said a few residents near the plant had to be evacuated for awhile last night because tanks at the plant were leaking ammonia.

Andre Dager, whose family has owned Velvet for four...
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