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...
Need to get rid of your expired prescription drugs?
In partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office and the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department will be collecting expired prescriptions or any other medications you no longer need. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz says trying to dispose of medication on your own not only can be harmful on the environment, but can also create other problems.
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...
Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said two Muskingum County residents face significant jail time after they went on a county-wide crime spree.
Sheriff Lutz said 26-year-old Jason Wheeler and 23-year-old Laci Huffman began their crimes on July 7th. He said they hit eight different locations from Gratiot to Blue Rock stealing two vehicles, license plates, electronics and other items. One of their last crimes was kicking open the door of a home near Chandlersville.
Last year the Operation Feed Campaign provided more than one million meals to Muskingum County residents.
Thursday, the campaign kicked off another year of fundraising for the 15 food pantries, 2 special need pantries and 4 hot meal programs in our area. This year's campaign chair said that the need in our area is great.
"We're at the point where that's not going to be reduced," said Chairperson Sheriff Matt Lutz. "We're going to have more needs, so it's very...
The Dangerous Wild Animal State Emergency Response Commission is closer to creating a statewide plan on dealing with animal escapes.
Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz is a member of that commission. He said some of the major topics concern who will respond, how incident command will be set up and making sure that everyone is on the same page. Once the commission submits their plan it will be handed over to county Emergency Management Agency Directors.
A Zanesville Community High School Teacher faces a charge in connecting to a reported home burglary.
Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said 58-year-old Howard Twiggs is charged with a fourth degree felony county of burglary. The sheriff said the morning of January 3rd they received a complaint in reference to a burglary in the 200 block of Eagles Nest Road.
"The complainant, who's the homeowner, said that he found a male subject in his house earlier that morning,...
Officials from three different law enforcement agencies take part in a chase ending in Duncan Falls.
Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said the incident started in South Zanesville during a traffic stop of a suspicious vehicle. The sheriff said when the black pickup truck failed to stop for police around 11:45 a.m.. authorities from his department joined in the pursuit.
According to scanner traffic the pickup led authorities over the 719...
The Muskingum County Sheriff releases its crime stats for the year of 2012.
This past year the office worked more than 700 cases and made more than 270 arrests. The sheriff said they also confiscated more than $650,000 in drugs. In 2012 they also had over 300 burglary related crimes with a clearance rate of 19 percent. The sheriff said those types of cases are some of the hardest to solve, due to lack of evidence and information.