Stories tagged with: Terry Thompson

February 5, 2014 - 3:11pm
2 years 24 weeks ago

The widow of the Muskingum County man who released dozens of exotic animals from his Kopchak Road farm before killing himself says she has moved the surviving animals to another farm in the state.  Marion Thompson says in a December 30th letter obtained by the Associated Press through a records request that she transferred two adult leopards, two primates, and a bear to the other farm.  The five animals were among those quarantined by the state after Thompson’s husband; Terry...

January 1, 2014 - 10:52pm
2 years 29 weeks ago

Following the release of dozens of exotic animals in 2011 by Muskingum County resident, Terry Thompson, Governor John Kasich created an exotic wild animal commission and new regulations and permit requirements have gone into effect with the start of the new year. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said the commission's main goal was to create a state wild animal response plan, and that the plan was given to Ohio's 88 counties to modify and make adjustments to fit the needs of each...

July 31, 2013 - 4:55pm
2 years 51 weeks ago

More than a thousand historical items from vintage cars and motorcycles to horses and donkeys will be up for auction at one of Zanesville's most infamous locations.

The Thompson farm, the scene of the release of exotic animals, will host an auction of their personal property that likely will interest any collector, automotive enthusiast or horse lover.

"We have a lot of interest in motorcycle enthusiasts, we have people coming in just for the vintage parts because everything...

May 4, 2012 - 5:59pm
4 years 12 weeks ago

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The satellite trucks, news vans and spectators poured into Muskingum County as Marian Thompson and her five remaining exotic animals arrived at the Kopchak Road farm on Friday.

It's here on this farm where Terry Thompson released dozens of exotic animals before committing suicide back in October.  Now, almost seven months later, his widow Marian is making national headlines once again.

"I don't think they should...

April 17, 2012 - 7:00pm
4 years 14 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...

March 14, 2012 - 7:15am
4 years 19 weeks ago

(AP) A proposal to regulate ownership of exotic animals in Ohio is getting its first hearing before State Senators.

Efforts to strengthen the state's law took on new urgency in October when authorities were forced to kill 48 wild animals, after their owner Terry Thompson freed them from his Kopchak Road farm and then committed suicide.

Republican State Senator Troy Balderson of Zanesville introduced the bill to ban new ownership of exotic animals in the state.

January 4, 2012 - 6:34pm
4 years 29 weeks ago

A final report in the Terry Thompson exotic animal incident has been released. After months of speculation - Thompson committed suicide after he released 56 wild, exotic animals.

A report released by the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation confirms gunshot residue was found on the hand of 62-year-old Terry Thompson of Kopchak Road. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said with no leads indicating otherwise authorities stand behind their original ...

December 22, 2011 - 7:28pm
4 years 31 weeks ago

The Muskingum County Coroner has released the final report on Terry Thompson, the Kopchak road man who released dozens of wild animals before committing suicide.

The findings show that Thompson had no alcohol or illegal drugs in his system. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz reacted to the release of the autopsy report.

"I think the biggest key there was for everybody was wanting to know if there were any drugs or alcohol in his system, and again that doesn't really get too...

December 22, 2011 - 7:13pm
4 years 31 weeks ago

Two Zanesville volunteers are being recognized for their assistance in the exotic animals release in Muskingum County.

The Muskingum County Commissioners declared December 22nd as "Jacob Gates and Jordan Jasper Day". Gates and Jasper are volunteers at the Falls Township Fire Department, who helped with emergency communication when Terry Thompson released 48 exotic animals form his property on Kopchak road in October.

"Very chaotic, very chaotic." recalled...

December 22, 2011 - 9:18am
4 years 31 weeks ago

A final coroner’s reports shows a Muskingum County man who released dozens of wild animals and then killed himself had no alcohol or illegal drugs in his system. The Columbus Dispatch reports the findings released this week also confirm that 62-year-old Terry Thompson of Kopchak Road died after he put a gun to the roof of his mouth and fired, and, the report indicates he was bitten and clawed by large cats immediately after his death October 18th on his property near Zanesville....

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