MUSKINGUM COUNTY, OHIO (WHIZ) - Avondale youth center employee, 35-year-old Rodney Curtis is facing over 70 sex charges involving a minor. He was arrested Friday. According to Prosecutor Mike Haddox the victim is a 15-year-old female.
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The Muskingum County Prosecutor's Office says a Zanesville Man is facing over 70 sex charges involving a minor.
34 year old Rodney Curtis, who previously worked at the Avondale Youth Center was arrested Friday. Wednesday in Muskingum County Common Pleas court he was arraigned on the charges and plead not guilty. Prosecutor Mike Haddox says the victim is a 15 year old female who lives at the Avondale Youth Center. Haddox told us more about the alleged accusations.
The Avondale Youth Center gave the community some Christmas cheer Saturday evening.
For the sixth year now, the Olde Fashioned Christmas Celebration was held at the center. There were a few different purposes for the event. The first was to kick off the Christmas Fund Campaign. Solomon Curtis, Team Leader for the Avondale Youth Center told us about the second purpose.
"This is an event where our director, Nate Norris, 6 years ago said, 'Hey we really need to do something for...
A Christmas tradition is returning again this year.
The Avondale Youth Center will hold its fourth annual Olde Fashioned Christmas Celebration Saturday 5 to 8 p-m. The free event has become a tradition for many families to start their holiday festivities.
"We're going to have carriage rides, we're going to have face painting, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be here at 5 o'clock and so the kids will get their wish list together," said Avondale Director, Nathaniel Norris...
Dogs play a special role in the lives of the kids at the Avondale Youth Center.
Every Friday, Sadie Mae, comes to visit. She was rescued from animal shelter in Muskingum County and is certified as a "Canine Good Citizen." Her appearance serves as therapy for the kids at the center.
"It teaches responsibility,"said Director of the Avondale Youth Center Nathaniel Norris. "We have them go walk Sadie Mae. It teaches them some love and empathy for something...
Kids are celebrating Christmas early at the Avondale Youth Center in Zanesville.
A holiday themed open house is held annually the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and this year the center is celebrating 100 years of service in the community. Public Information Officer Gary King said children enjoy carriage rides and visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, but it's also an eye-opening experience for those who attend.
"I always say it's kind of like Willy Wonka's chocolate...
The Avondale Youth Center kicked off its 2nd annual Christmas Fund Campaign Saturday evening.
The event featured carriage rides, snowball fights, multiple area choirs as well as a visit from of course, good Old St. Nick. But the event was more than just a great way to ring in the holiday season for the center's youth, it's a way to help raise money for a great cause.
"The fund actually is a fund that helps the kids all year round. It helps kids with trips, school...
It was a time for families to get together to do something they love.
The Zanesville Trail Riders held a family enduro open to all motorcycles and all ages. The Gaitten family from New Straistville calls themselves a 'dirt bike family,' and spent some quality time on the trails Saturday.
"I think these are a great thing. I'd like to see it catch on and more and more people come. It's something smaller kids can do. There's no pressure. The trails are great. It's a great...
A local yard sale helps buy area kids school supplies.
The Avondale Youth Center is hosting event Friday the 30th and Saturday the 31st from 8 a.m. to about 5 p.m. Avondale Youth Center Leader Sherry Holdstein said there's plenty of stuff and you pick the price.
"Everything is on a donation. Nothing has a set price. You can take and pay whatever you want for however much you get," Holdstein said.
She said everything was given to them by people of the community,...