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April 14, 2003 - 8:14pm
5 years 46 weeks ago
A man who targeted the Dairy Mart on Pine Street twice will be spending the next eight months behind bars. Judge Butch Zwelling sentenced 35-year-old Kenneth Johnson Monday on once count of breaking and entering, one count of theft, one count of carrying a concealed weapon and one count of vandalism. According to Assistant Muskingum County Prosecutor, Jim Workman, Johnson was arrested after breaking into the Dairy Mart in September of 2002. Workman also says that Johnson vandalized the store...
April 14, 2003 - 5:22pm
5 years 46 weeks ago
As Govenor Bob Taft continues to close the gap in Ohio's 162 million dollar budget deficit, local governments are feeling the effects. Earlier today, Muskingum County's auditor met with the commissioners to discuss the cuts in funding for local governments. It is estimated that the state budget calls for a 7 percent cut in local government funds for the county and its various villages and townships. To deal with the cuts, auditor Anita Adams and the commissioners are asking department heads...
April 14, 2003 - 9:52am
5 years 46 weeks ago
The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit that questions the constitutionality of Ohio law that makes it illegal to conceal a gun unless it’s for self-defense. The lawsuit was filed by a national gun-rights group, The Second Amendment Foundation, and some individuals from Cincinnati who want to ease Ohio’s gun restrictions. Cincinnati attorney Bill Gustavson says if justices toss out the law, it is likely Ohioans could begin to conceal weapons without having to get a...
April 14, 2003 - 9:26am
5 years 46 weeks ago
Flowers and Photographs adorn the front steps of a house near Ohio State University today where five college students died in a fire early Sunday. The fire has been ruled suspicious. Investigators haven’t yet said what started it. Authorities have identified four of the five students killed in the blaze. Two are Ohio State students who lived in the house and two attended Ohio University.
April 13, 2003 - 6:12pm
5 years 46 weeks ago
Family members and friends host a benefit for the children of Bobbie Waller-Moorehead, who was killed in an automobile accident, nearly one month ago. Moorehead was thirty years old and the second oldest of seven children. Family members say she spent most of her time with her children. Now that she is gone, relatives are left with raising her four-year-old daughter Destiny Rogers and son Guy Reid, who is twelve years old. To help provide a better future for the children, volunteers spent the...
April 12, 2003 - 8:32pm
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A growing trend among law enforcement agencies is replacing departing police chiefs not with officers from within the department, but with candidates from across the state. The villages of Heath and Hebron in Licking County are two such towns that use the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police to advertise statewide and nationally to fill their vacant leadership positions. Retired Hebron Police Chief Michael Carney was hired through the association three year ago. The association's solid...
April 12, 2003 - 8:26pm
5 years 46 weeks ago
Cans, paper, plastic...all commonly used items, all items commonly seen on the side of roads. That's why the Ohio Department of Recycling and Litter Prevention is sponsoring its "Plant Pride, Not Litter" campaign through the beginning of May. This program spreads litter prevention awareness across the state, and helps to keep Ohio clean. In conjunciton with the "Plant Pride, Not Litter" campaign is "Motorists' Awareness Day" on Saturday, April 26th. On this Saturday more than 500 businesses...
April 12, 2003 - 4:28pm
5 years 46 weeks ago
Soldiers from the 2-174th Avenger Unit of the Army National Guard will soon be receiving some little touches of home. Family members and friends gathered at the unit’s headquarters in McConnelsville to assemble care packages for the soldiers. Joyce Epifano, a volunteer, says she hopes the packages from home wrapped with a little tender loving care, will go a long way towards making the soliders feel as if they're at home. The team of volunteers went through boxes filled with items such as...
April 11, 2003 - 4:27pm
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A powerful bronze figure stands tall in the downtown skies of Zanesville watching over the city. The huge Indian statue was lifted into the air and placed on top of the sixth street building. Alan Cottrill owns the building and is the artist who creates the real life sculptures. It took Cottrill around three months to finish the nine foot bronze sculpture, which weighs seven hundred pounds. In the near future, Cottrill plans on turning the upper part of his building into a gallery displaying...
April 11, 2003 - 3:20pm
5 years 46 weeks ago
Muskingum County Sheriff's Office dispatchers Kim Hambel, Joleen Kinsel, and Tadd Lantz have been thanked for their professionalism during a difficult situation. On Tuesday, April 8th the three were honored at the 4th Annual Gold Star Awards luncheon for their outstanding performance during the shooting death of Deputy Robert Tanner, Jr. on January 8, 2002. According to Cheif Deputy Wes Elson, the three worked together as a team, and their professional performance led to the arrest and safe...
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