Stories tagged with: Sheriff Matt Lutz

September 24, 2012 - 5:08pm
2 years 22 weeks ago

Sheriff Lutz is back from Washington D.C. after a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill.

Lutz said he was asked about the events that took place last year on October 18th when Terry Thompson released dozens of exotic animals and then killed himself at his Kopchak Road farm.

The animals had to be killed by deputies to protect the public.

Lutz said the long day gave him an opportunity to talk to representatives about the importance of public safety.

"We had a...

August 27, 2012 - 11:11am
2 years 27 weeks ago

It's an unusual case involving a woman found burned in the middle of the road in an isolated area.

A 911 call into the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office describes the scene as a passerby finds a 29-year-old Canton woman in the roadway. The caller tells operators that the woman was burnt, raped and beat up. She was found in the middle of Keyes Road and Steel Hill Road in Muskingum County.

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said the woman remains in the burn trauma unit of...

May 18, 2012 - 10:34am
2 years 41 weeks ago

Local celebrities are ready to take a pie to the face to help out area food pantries.

It's all a part of raising funds for Operation Feed. June Smith is with children's services and organized the event.

"We had done it at our agency on a smaller scale a few years ago and it worked out very well so we decided if we got celebrities we could sell more tickets and it seems to be going pretty well so far," said Smith.

Sheriff Matt Lutz is one of those celebrities.

April 30, 2012 - 2:13pm
2 years 44 weeks ago

Muskingum County made world-wide news last year when Terry Thompson released his exotic animals before committing suicide. Now, the five creatures that survived the calamity, may be coming back...

Monday morning, the Ohio Department of Agriculture said the animals can be returned to Terry's widow, Marian Thompson. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt lutz reacted to the State's decision.

"I guess, if there is a positive side to it, at least we'll know what's there, with there...

April 17, 2012 - 6:00pm
2 years 45 weeks ago

The president of the United States Zoological Association believes exotic animal owner Terry Thompson did not take his own life....But was the victim of murder.

In a press conference posted on YouTube, Joe Schreibvogel said Thompson was murdered as part of a conspiracy to implement a ban on the private ownership of wild animals in the state. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz reacted to Shreibvogel's speculation.

"Far-fetched, would be one phrase. It really would not make a...

April 10, 2012 - 3:13pm
2 years 46 weeks ago

If you have expired or unused drugs, the Drug Enforcement Agency wants them...

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held on April 28th at the Muskingum County Jail. Sheriff Matt Lutz said there's only one restriction as to what you can bring.

"Obviously we don't take any kind of illegal substances. But as far as everything else, we've got such a good collaboration with everybody in our community, that we're taking sharps, the needles that people have discarded,...

April 3, 2012 - 12:48pm
2 years 47 weeks ago

A Supreme Court ruling could change the way local law enforcement agencies conduct searches on prisoners... Even those being held on a minor offense.

This week the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a 2010 ruling stating that officers do have the right to strip-search inmates to prevent illegal contraband and weapons from being smuggled into jail.

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said the practice of strip-searching has been controversial for quite some time.

The Sheriff told WHIZ...

February 14, 2012 - 4:11pm
3 years 2 weeks ago

Three armed robberies in the last five days is keeping local law enforcement officers busy.

On February 9th, the Papa Johns on Maple Avenue was hit by an armed robber.  On February 12th, another armed robbery happened at the Tumbleweed restaurant on Monroe Street, and last night a woman walked into a Duncan falls BP claiming she had a pipe bomb, and demanded money.

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said these are not the acts of professional criminals, but rather, desperate...

January 20, 2012 - 4:57pm
3 years 6 weeks ago

The Fraternal Order of Police, F.O.P.A. and F.O.P. Auxiliary held their annual Installation Banquet Thursday night.

During the banquet, members of Zane Lodge 5, F.O.P.A. #16, and other distinguished guests, recognized outgoing officers, and swore in the new officers, including President, Wes Elson, who replaced outgoing president, Tom Porter.
The event also featured awards, and scholarships. Including a "Citizen of the Year" award for Jack Hanna, of the Columbus Zoo...

December 5, 2011 - 2:59pm
3 years 12 weeks ago

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz will be recognized as a 2012 Officer of the Month.

The honor comes from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Sheriff Lutz was surprised with the announcement at the Muskingum County Commissioners Office.

"According to his e-mails I thought he was concerned, he was talking about wanting to know what it pertained to and if he needed to bring anything," laughed Commissioner Jim Porter. "It was kind of just a...

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