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Dangerous Animal Response Team Members Appointed By Athens County Commission

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Members of Athens County's Dangerous Wild Animal Response Team were appointed Wednesday by the Athens County Commissioners. In response to a 2011 incident in Muskingum County in which several lions, tigers, bears and other wild animals were released, the state passed legislation requiring each county in Ohio to have a Dangerous Wild Animal Response Team…. Read More

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Grand Jury Requested By Ohio AG’s Office Continues To Hear Testimony

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UPDATE 4:45 p.m. Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly, responding to a subpoena issued by the Ohio Attorney General's Office to appear before an Athens County grand jury on Friday, was called into the area where the grand jury was meeting but only stayed for about 10 minutes. Afterward, Kelly declined to comment to The Messenger, saying… Read More

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Standoff With 80-Year-Old Man In Meigs County Over

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UPDATE 4:48 p.m. Shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, a domestic dispute turned stand-off with police that began around noon on Monday finally concluded in Meigs County. A post was made on the Meigs County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page announcing that the 80-year-old male keeping police at bay was taken into custody. "After a long battle,… Read More

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Man In Custody After Reported Shooting Incident With Deputies

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UPDATE 1:55 p.m. Franklin Green's arraignment is set for Wednesday at 10 a.m., according to Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn. He was indicted in January on felonious assault charges, and that's why deputies went to arrest him Monday. No new charges have been filed after Green allegedly shot at deputies, but more could come after… Read More