The Zanesville exotic-animal incident has prompted the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to launch a hotline (1-855-DWA-OHIO) and a website (http://dangerouswildanimals.ohio.gov) where Ohioans can report suspected cases of neglect or abuse of wild animals.
Let’s say you want to get from I-70 to I-670 west. Is it even possible, given the closed ramps?
Yes, of course. Simply take I-70 west to Rt. 315 north. When you see a break in the fence bordering the freeway, drive down the embankment. Ford the Olentangy River. On the east bank, meet a man wearing a red carnation. He will introduce you to a guide who will lead you through the storm sewer system. After a brief journey, you will emerge near an I-670 ramp. From there, just follow the signs.
The Dispatch hockey writers discuss the Blue Jackets’ first win of the season and the team’s tough schedule ahead.
Aaron Portzline: “The shock of it, to me, was that they had played so poorly. When a team tries to dig itself out of poor play, usually it’s a gradual process, where they start to play pretty well and have sort of middling results for a few games. They don’t usually go from zero to 60 in one game. It was startling, really.”
When you’re losing, leaders take the blame. It comes with the responsibility. I’m fine with that. I’m just trying to make sure guys stay upbeat, stay positive and we get out of this. I’ve got one thing on my mind: win a game, which would be the best thing for the fans, for ourselves, for management and ownership.
Everything has been said. We’ve been through every kind of loss. We’ve looked at every angle, heard every speech. We’re at the point now where we’re moving on. We’ve played eight games and we have 74 left. We can’t change the eight. We have to focus on the next one.
“For those who prefer realism to fantasy, we offer this sober assessment as a public service: The Blue Jackets’ playoff chances are almost dead.”—Dispatch sports columnist Bob Hunter, “Blue Jackets need to fix mess now”
Lee Reinhart, a community organizer for Equality Ohio, was discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard nine years ago for being gay. He is to mark his official return to military service today during a ceremony in Chicago.
Billy White, the owner of Yellow Rose Tattoo in Zanesville (business Facebook page here), says he’ll donate the proceeds from tattoos of tigers and other exotic animals that customers bought through Saturday at his shop in Zanesville, the city near Terry Thompson’s exotic-animal farm.
Update: White says he is extending the benefit for another week.
When 56 exotic animals escaped from a Muskingum County animal farm, law enforcement did what they could with the resources they had, but they were unprepared for such a major incident. If lions, tigers and bears were to escape from the Columbus Zoo, would authorities be prepared?
ZANESVILLE, Ohio — Dozens of wild animals — from bears to lions to wolves — were running loose in Muskingum County yesterday, apparently set free from their cages.
Meanwhile, the man who owned the animals was found dead on the wildlife preserve that he ran, authorities said.
What happened to Terry Thompson — and how his animals were all set free — went unanswered last night, as deputies continued to try to round up the creatures. Those that they cornered, they shot, Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said.