Stories tagged with: Muskingum County Sheriff's Office

March 5, 2014 - 10:52am
1 year 49 weeks ago

Tornado sirens sound throughout the state as part of severe weather awareness week.

In Muskingum County the sheriff's office dispatch center sets off the sirens as part of the test. The dispatch center can sound sirens for the entire county or certain portions.

"It's like everything else you seldom need it but you want to make sure when you need it it works," said Sheriff Matt Lutz. "It's kind of like back up generator your always want to try it before you...

January 31, 2014 - 5:43pm
2 years 1 week ago

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz says after a long term investigation his deputies raided two homes on Bailey Street in connection to drugs.

The sheriff says after obtaining search warrants, deputies from his office and the Guernsey County Special Response Team searched both residences Friday evening. Resulting in three people being taken in custody for questioning.

"We did take one individual in custody from the house over there and a male and a female in custody from...

January 14, 2014 - 11:12am
2 years 4 weeks ago

A Zanesville man is sentenced for his role in connection to a drug case.

29-year-old Codey Starkey was sentenced to eight years in prison for one count each of possession of cocaine, heroin, Lorazepam, Vicodin and having a weapon while under disability.

Judge Kelly Cottrill ordered Starkey to also forfeit his weapons and be placed on post release control for three years once his jail time is served.

In July, the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office said Starkey and co-...

December 3, 2013 - 10:18am
2 years 10 weeks ago

A Zanesville man charged in connection to a drug bust in July of this year enters a guilty plea in court.

34-year-old Jason Tate plead guilty in Muskingum Common Pleas Court to one count of possession of cocaine, one count of possession of heroin, possession of Lorazepam and having a weapon under disability. Six other charges will be dropped at sentencing.

Judge Kelly Cottrill ordered a pre-sentence investigation in the case. Tate's bond was continued at $250,000.


November 18, 2013 - 3:10pm
2 years 12 weeks ago

The Ohio Attorney General's Office says the number of concealed carry permits have soared over the past year.

Officials say a record breaking, 82,000 permits have been issued from this year through the end of September. This is significantly higher than all of last year and according to Sheriff Matt Lutz, the same goes for Muskingum County.

"We kind of went through basically October, as a gauging point from the year 2012,” explained Lutz. “Through October, we had...

October 24, 2013 - 10:06am
2 years 15 weeks ago

There's frustration for Maysville School District officials as another bomb threat takes students out of class.

Superintendent Monte Bainter said that around 8:15 a.m. Thursday morning was found written on the second floor bathroom wall of the middle school. Sheriff's deputies swept the building. Both the high school students and middle school were evacuated.

"We went into a soft lock down and got the kids contained to their classrooms," said Maysville Superintendent...

October 22, 2013 - 5:26pm
2 years 16 weeks ago

A 20 year deputy of the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office needs your help after battling a debilitating disease and expensive medical bills and medication.

Doug Smith was diagnosed with a disease in February that causes scarring of deep lung tissue and eventually the tissue becomes so thick, the lungs cannot provide oxygen to other organs.

"He had some asthma-like symptoms,” explained Doug's Sister-in-law, Anita Riley. “He did some checking with the doctor and...

October 2, 2013 - 3:44pm
2 years 18 weeks ago

The Zanesville Police Department was awarded $37,455.51, the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office was awarded $20,853.99 and the Coshocton County Sheriff's Office received $29,207.23 by the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Ohio Traffic Safety Office for the 2014 fiscal year to make Ohio's roadways safer.

"The primary mission is to reduce traffic fatals in the state of Ohio through a collaborative effort," said Lt. Steve Rine. "And it's...

September 5, 2013 - 5:24pm
2 years 22 weeks ago

Sheriff's deputies are required by the state to take a shooting qualifications test every year, according to Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz. With the new surface on their Adamsville Road shooting range, the deputies will be able to train during all four seasons.

"With the conditions we had before, anytime we had rain, ice; anything like that, puddles would freeze up and it causes problems with footing," said Deputy Sheriff Ryan Williams. "And any time an officer...

August 30, 2013 - 4:07pm
2 years 23 weeks ago

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz announced on Friday afternoon, that his office made a huge break in a federal drug investigation linked to Zanesville, that has been going on since 2009.

According to Sheriff Lutz, on August 21, the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office arrested six Zanesville residents in connection to drug trafficking of narcotics and firearms violations.

"The charges have been filed in U.S. Federal Court. This was a joint investigation with...

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