Stories tagged with: Sheriff Matt Lutz

April 20, 2015 - 6:09pm
4 days 11 hours ago

The investigation into the Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department has resulted in an arrest.

The Muskingum County Sheriff's Office arrested Adam Siddle. He is the former Assistant Chief of the volunteer ire department. Sheriff Matt Lutz was cautious to release many details about the case since it is still ongoing, but he did say Siddle is indicted on 16 counts.

Those counts include 2 counts of theft, 9 counts of telecommunications fraud, 4 counts of forgery, and also a...

January 28, 2015 - 6:22pm
12 weeks 2 days ago

There are many different kinds of phone scams across the region and across the world. Scammers call you pretending to be someone you know or claim that you won something. Sometimes, they even threaten to turn off your power. They try anything to get you to send money to them for nothing. 

 Usually when the phone rings, people answer it as soon as they can reach it. And they believe the person on the other end of the line is who they say they are. But that's not always the...

January 22, 2015 - 12:48pm
13 weeks 1 day ago

We have an update on the two bodies that were discovered in a home on West Road Tuesday morning.

The male individual who died was identified as Thomas A. Cash. He was 64 years old and was living at 1663 Linden Avenue. Cash had been staying with Carolyn Eileen Porter off and on and had known her for very long time. Preliminary autopsies were carried out on the two individuals. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz told us the results allowed for a big turning point.

"Yesterday I...

January 13, 2015 - 9:45am
14 weeks 3 days ago

A Muskingum County woman is dead after an overnight fire.

Muskingum County Coroner Dr, Charles Feicht says 58-year-old Toni Finnerty of Philo died of some inhalation. The fire took place at 210 3rd Street in Philo around 11:45 Monday night. Harrison Township Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Todd Elmore says when his crew arrived on the scene smoke was showing and flames were coming out of the windows. Elmore says it took about 15 to 20 minutes to get the fire under control. He...

December 31, 2014 - 11:52am
16 weeks 2 days ago

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz sat down with us Tuesday and gave us an in depth look at the 2014 drug problems in the area.

According to Lutz, drugs is always the number one focus when it comes to cracking down on crime. There are many drugs out on the streets. We asked Lutz what we deal with here specifically who gave us an overview of what we see here in the county.

"It's kind of hard to pinpoint one exact drug as a major biggest drug. In our community from what we're...

December 2, 2014 - 1:27pm
20 weeks 3 days ago

The Muskingum County Sheriff's Office said one person has died after a Tuesday morning farm accident. 

The accident took place just after 7am at 5930 Edgemoor Road in Adamsville. Sheriff Matt Lutz reports that 51-year-old William Miller, a resident of the farm, was attempting to use the PTO Shaft on a tractor to run a compressor on a milking parlor.

The Sheriff said Miller became entangled in the PTO shaft and sustained severe injuries and died at the scene. 


November 22, 2014 - 5:42pm
21 weeks 6 days ago

Many people got trapped driving in some dangerous weather conditions early this morning.

Sheriff Matt Lutz issued a level three snow emergency this morning until about noon, and at that time it dropped to a level 1 until all back roads were cleared off. A level three snow emergency means that all roads are closed to non-emergency personnel and no one should be on the roads unless it is absolutely necessary. Sheriff Lutz says they only call level three snow emergencies under certain...

October 22, 2014 - 9:41am
26 weeks 2 days ago

According to the United States Department of Transportation 1.6 million auto accidents are attributed to cell phone use each year, which accounts for nearly 6,000 deaths. A company out of Virginia is hoping to find a way to prevent these catastrophes.

A representative from the company ComSonics said the company is in early stages of development of a radar like device that could determine if a driver is texting. Similar to Ohio's seatbelt laws, texting and driving is a secondary...

October 15, 2014 - 5:58pm
27 weeks 2 days ago

The Muskingum County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted this week is 39-year-old Brian Hatfield.

Hatfield has been accused of helping to misspend nearly $500,000 designated for emergency services for the Harrison Township Emergency Medical Service. According to Sheriff Matt Lutz, Hatfield is wanted on a nationwide pickup for failure to abide by the conditions of his bond in reference to engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, money laundering and theft.

"The judge issued this...

July 28, 2014 - 5:50pm
38 weeks 3 days ago

The report came at approximately 4PM yesterday afternoon, that the body of a missing woman could potentially be in a wooded area across from the Brookside Apartment Complex. Sheriff of Muskingum County Matt Lutz says that a body was located there by deputies and a K9 unit. According to their initial cornier investigation, the deceased woman could have been in the wooded area for as much as two weeks. Lutz said that they are confident it could be that of the missing individual.


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