Stories tagged with: Kopchak Road

May 4, 2012 - 5:59pm
3 years 2 weeks ago

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The satellite trucks, news vans and spectators poured into Muskingum County as Marian Thompson and her five remaining exotic animals arrived at the Kopchak Road farm on Friday.

It's here on this farm where Terry Thompson released dozens of exotic animals before committing suicide back in October.  Now, almost seven months later, his widow Marian is making national headlines once again.

"I don't think they should...

April 30, 2012 - 6:07pm
3 years 3 weeks ago

The are strong reactions to the decision handed down by the Ohio Division of Agriculture.

Sam Kopchak vividly remembers the night of October 18th, 2011.

He was bringing in his new horse, Red, into his barn when he noticed the horse was spooked by a loose bear on the Thompson farm.

"The bear was running around the horses, and the bear took off toward the north," said Kopchak.

After corralling the horse, Kopchak continued toward the barn.

"I started...

April 30, 2012 - 4:15pm
3 years 2 weeks ago

By now you've all heard the story of Terry Thompson, who released 56 exotic animals at his Muskingum County farm last October. And you know the story of his widow Marian Thompson, who fought to get the surviving five animals back from the Columbus Zoo.

But there have been animals residing on the Thompson's Kopchak Road farm since that infamous day in October.

And months after the exotic animal release that made national headlines, Sheriff's deputies are still chasing...

December 8, 2011 - 3:44pm
3 years 23 weeks ago

Officials in Muskingum County are making sure they're prepared in the event that an emergency strikes.

Thursday the Local Emergency Preparedness Committee gathered for their quarterly meeting. Guest Speaker Sheriff Matt Lutz spoke on the handling of a recent emergency. In October 56 wild, exotic animals were released from a farm on Kopchak Road, law enforcement responded to the scene where they were forced to kill 48 of those animals. Lutz reflected on what could have been done...

October 18, 2011 - 6:02pm
3 years 7 weeks ago

A dangerous situation continues to play out in Muskingum County and now possibly Licking County.

Sheriff Matt Lutz says Tuesday afternoon some dangerous animals were purposely let out of their secured fences and are now roaming free.

Zanesville, Maysville, Foxfire, Starlight and West Muskingum Schools are closed Wednesday due to the situation.

It all started at 270 Kopchak Road on the farm of Terry Thompson.

"Deputies arrived on the scene and found animals...

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