Stories tagged with: Sheriff Matt Lutz

January 8, 2013 - 5:37pm
2 years 29 weeks ago

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.


January 7, 2013 - 12:04pm
2 years 29 weeks ago

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,...

January 5, 2013 - 2:52pm
2 years 29 weeks ago

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...

January 3, 2013 - 6:31pm
2 years 29 weeks ago

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.

"I think for the most part our office does a...

September 24, 2012 - 6:08pm
2 years 44 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 - 12:11pm
2 years 48 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 - 11:34am
3 years 10 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 - 3:13pm
3 years 13 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 - 7:00pm
3 years 15 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 - 4:13pm
3 years 16 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,...

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