Stories tagged with: Terry Thompson

December 5, 2011 - 2:59pm
4 years 10 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...

November 4, 2011 - 3:50pm
4 years 14 weeks ago

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz is now revealing more details from the day Terry Thompson released his 56 exotic animals and then took his own life.

It happened October 18th on Thompson's farm on Kopchak Road. Newly released records and dash cam video show in detail how the dramatic day unfolded. The Deputy Reports tell multiple cases of animals charging at deputies before being shot and killed. One Deputy wrote that a bear died only 7 feet from where he was standing. The combined...

October 22, 2011 - 6:15pm
4 years 16 weeks ago

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In light of the recent incident where nearly 50 exotic animals lost their life, a tattoo shop in South Zanesville invites the community to show their support of the surviving animals.

Of the all the animals released by Terry Thompson, only 6 survived and are now being cared for by the Columbus Zoo. Owner of Yellow Rose Tattoo Billy White will donate 100% of proceeds...

October 21, 2011 - 4:41pm
4 years 16 weeks ago

Newly released documents are shedding light on exotic animal owner Terry Thompson's past.

On Friday, the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office released reports that date back as far as 2004.  Neighbors complained that Thompson's cattle were starving, and dead cattle were not removed from the property.

Two separate cases of a lion on the loose were also reported to the sheriff's office.  As part of an investigation in 2008, officials from the Columbus Zoo observed unsanitary...

October 20, 2011 - 5:47pm
4 years 16 weeks ago

The press conferences may be over, but people are still talking about Terry Thompson's exotic animals.

WHIZ talked to shoppers at the Colony Square Mall in Zanesville on Thursday.  Eric Robinson said he can't remember a time when Zanesville received so much media attention.

"It's something that people take interest in, and it's local, so it raises excitement in a small town," said Robinson.

Paul Gray said this situation should have never happened.  He...

October 20, 2011 - 11:37am
4 years 16 weeks ago

Sheriff Matt Lutz spoke to media outlets Thursday morning to wrap up the release of exotic animals and the death of their owner Terry Thompson.

Sheriff Lutz said a coroner's report confirms that Thompson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and that he suffered a bite to his head that appeared to have come from a large cat, like a bengal tiger just moments later. In all 56 animals were on the property, 48 were killed by law enforcement, one was killed by a cat and six were...

October 19, 2011 - 8:47pm
4 years 16 weeks ago

The caretaker of the Thompson farm has spoken to WHIZ exclusively and wishes things were done a bit differently.

Caretaker John Moore has a long history on the Thompson farm and has raised many of the animals since they were born. He says he wishes authorities gave him a chance to save some of the lions and tigers.

"If he just gave me some time, I could put most of those cats away. When you feed them everyday, 10 below zero and you're out there feeding those cats, and...

October 19, 2011 - 7:09pm
4 years 16 weeks ago

Governor John Kasich called Sheriff Matt Lutz Wednesday night to personally thank him for containing the dangerous animal situation in Muskingum County.

Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols tells WHIZ the Governor wanted to express his gratitude to the Sheriff and his deputies for performing extraordinarily well under extreme circumstances. The Governor will be inviting the Sheriff to the State House to formally thank him.

Nichols says the Governor hopes to have a law in place...

October 19, 2011 - 6:42pm
4 years 16 weeks ago

 One of the first sheriff's deputies on the scene is speaking out about the animal incident.

Deputy Jonathan Merry says when he arrived on Thompson's farm, he saw a Bengal tiger, two black bears and an African female lion being contained by no more than a normal livestock fence. He then saw a grey wolf running down kopchak away from the farm.

"At that time I got in my patrol cruiser, followed the wolf, the wolf turned westbound, again further in the opposite direction...

October 19, 2011 - 5:53pm
4 years 16 weeks ago

The events that have unfolded over the past 24 hours have sparked reactions from people all over the country including those who live just down the road from Terry Thompson's farm.

WHIZ caught up with residents of Eagle View Apartments on Kopchak Road to find out how they feel about this situation.  Connie Sines manages the property, and she said many of her residents spent the day inside.

"The only thing I worry about is something coming up over the bank at the creek...

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