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February 6, 2004 - 1:31pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
Area creeks and streams are running high again today. It was just one month ago that rivers were running out of their banks after more than 3 inches of rain fell.

This time widespread reports of an inch or more of rain were certainly enough, when combined with snow melt, to send waterways running high again.

Sporadic road closures have been reported in Morgan and Guernsey counties today due to high water.
You can find the latest road closures and river stages...
February 6, 2004 - 12:04pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
While last month’s flooding may be over, federal assistance was available today for local families and business owners in Morgan county.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency along with local emergency management opened a disaster relief center at the Riecker building in downtown Mcconnelsville.

Damage totals for the area estimated to over $700,000. Morgan County Emergency Management Director Terry Robison urges anyone who was affected by the flood to come to the center...
February 6, 2004 - 9:14am
6 years 35 weeks ago
The Zanesville Police Department is investigating a complaint about pornography at St. Thomas School in Zanesville.

Chief Detective Ric Roush says his officers are looking into a complaint made by a parent that a student was shown pornography off a computer disk.

Roush says not many details are being released but a detective is looking into the matter.

School and Diocese officials are not commenting on the issue.
February 5, 2004 - 10:42pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
As of news time on Thursday evening, Columbia Gas crews are still going door to door to turn on gas service individually.

A 6-inch gas leak at the intersection of Richey Road and North Mill Drive on the north end of town not only closed off the intersection, but also cause many area residents to lose their heat. Columbia Gas crews turned off service at about 4:00 Thursday afternoon.

According to Columbia Gas’s Ray Frank, as of 8:15 Thursday evening, crews had repaired...
February 5, 2004 - 4:36pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
It’s a parents’ worst nightmare.

If the thought of having your child abducted by a stranger makes you cringe, there are some tips to make sure your child is never taken away from you.

Zanesville Police Chief Eric Lambes says as soon as the child is old enough to understand the concept of strangers, talk with them about the importance of not trusting any adult they do not know.

Lambes also says many times kids have the impression that ‘bad’ people look bad,...
February 5, 2004 - 4:27pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
An accident involving a semi-truck carrying fiberglass made a mess of Interstate 70 Thursday afternoon.

Crews were still cleaning up until late Thursday afternoon after the truck went over a guardrail and slid down a hill.

There were no serious injuries to the driver or the passenger in the semi. An eyewitness says he was surprised they were able to climb out of the truck safely.
February 5, 2004 - 2:34pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
Here’s the latest information on the natural gas leak on the north end of Zanesville.

Muskingum County Sheriff Bob Stephenson says around 3:00 this afternoon Columbia Gas of Ohio repairs crews will turn off gas in the Melody Lake area.

The reason: it will allow gas crews to fix a two-inch gas line that developed a six-inch fracture.

The gas shut-off will affect several hundred homes in the Mill Drive and Richey Road area, which is the intersection where the...
February 5, 2004 - 11:45am
6 years 35 weeks ago
The Zanesville Fire Department is investigating a natural gas leak on the north end of Zanesville that has forced some evacuations.

It happened at the intersection of North Mill Drive and Richey Road.

Zanesville Fire Chief Dave Lacy describes the leak as “major”.

Columbia Gas of Ohio crews are on the scene and are working to fix the problem.

Authorities have asked residents within 300 feet of the leak to evacuate.

Muskingum County...
February 4, 2004 - 9:35pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
Good news for the Genesis Health Care System: one of the men implicated in a mail and wire fraud scheme has been sentenced to more than two years behind bars for his involvement.

According to United States Attorney Michael Sullivan, 57-year-old Jack Malamut of Norton, Massachusetts was sentenced to two and a half years in prison, followed by two years of supervised release. Malamut must also make $126,000 in restitution to Genesis. Sullivan says Malamut plead guilty to seven...
February 4, 2004 - 6:36pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
There is help out there for the hundreds of people devastated by the flooding in part of the state.

Morgan, Franklin, Licking and other counties hit hard by the flooding qualify.

The federal Emergency Agency says many people can qualify for assistance for the damage for their homes. The first thing to do is call 1-800-621- 3362 for an inspector to come to your home.

Flood victims from McConnelsville will have the opportunity to speak with FEMA representatives...
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