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West Virginia Northern Community College Student Accused of Striking Teacher

A student has been charged with malicious assault and banned from West Virginia Northern Community College after allegedly striking his teacher in the face during class this week. Melvin Shaw, 51, turned himself in to the Wheeling Police Department following the altercation that took place ...

New Martinsville Man Charged With Abuse Of Infant

A New Martinsville man has been charged with child abuse and neglect after his 3-month-old son was found blue and barely breathing at their home on Wednesday. Police arrested Joshua Lyons, 36, of 6129 Foundry St. in the Brooklyn section of the city. According to New Martinsville Police Chief ...

Bellaire Hopes to Avoid Sanctions by Starting Water Plant Work

By JOSELYN KING Staff Writer Bellaire Village Council took financial steps Thursday night to begin a $4.5 million renovation of its water plant, hoping the move helps them avoid imminent sanctions from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Council members began the meeting by seeking ...

Cleveland Man Charged Following Drug Seizure in Moundsville

A Cleveland man is facing several drug charges after the Marshall County Drug Task Force seized 120 grams of suspected crack cocaine from him in a McDonald’s parking lot. Marshall County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Bill Helms said the task force had been making controlled buys of drugs ...

Marshall County Commission Declares Support for Library

During a Marshall County Commission meeting this week, commissioners heard from representatives of the Moundsville-Marshall County Library and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program who presented proclamations of support. Jim Stultz, representing the library board, presented a proclamation in ...

Wheeling, Belmont County Police Reports

WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT Between 8:05 a.m. Wednesday and 7:02 a.m. Thursday, officers handled seven traffic stops, one vehicle accident and 10 miscellaneous calls. THURSDAY At 7:02 a.m., National Road, burglar alarm. At 5:43 a.m., Warwood Avenue, erratic driver. At 3:38 a.m., Eoff ...

New Grocery Store Opens in West Liberty

A grocery store, simply called, “The Store,” is open for business in West Liberty, providing local residents and nearby college students an opportunity to purchase goods without making a 25-minute drive to Wheeling or The Highlands. Co-owners Pete Miller and Scott Taggart, both of whom ...

Damage From Rain Minimal Around Ohio Valley

Despite the occurrence of heavy downpours this week, officials do not believe further rainfall will pose a hazard to the community, as the Ohio River is expected to remain below flood levels. Still, wet weather is leading to some problems, as evidenced by a mudslide along Cherry Hill Road in ...

Steubenville Will Maintain Fire, Police Staffing Levels

Steubenville should maintain current staffing levels for police officers and firefighters — currently 40 and 34, respectively — according to City Manager Jim Mavromatis. During a City Council Safety Committee meeting this week, Mavromatis said that as long as the current budget projections ...

Fregiato, Frizzi Delve Into Historic Belmont County Courtroom Drama

From land disputes to the first public hanging, there is a lot of legal history in Belmont County, according to Court of Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato and lawyer Daniel Frizzi Jr. At St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Clairsville on Wednesday, a crowd gathered to hear Fregiato and Frizzi ...

Wheeling Police Receive Anonymous Donation

After receiving a $37,500 donation from an anonymous source, the Wheeling Police Department purchased several pieces of equipment which officials believe will benefit the community. In almost six years of holding his current position, Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger has never seen a donation ...

Arrest Made After South Wheeling Foot Chase

Officers arrested a man for allegedly making threats while in possession of a gun before running from police, according to reports. Tony Eugene Ward, Jr., 20, of McDowell County, W.Va., was arrested by Wheeling police after leading them on a chase through South Wheeling. According to ...

Wheeling, Belmont County Police Reports

WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT Between 8 a.m. Tuesday and 7:52 a.m. Wednesday, officers handled six traffic stops, three vehicle accidents and three miscellaneous calls. WEDNESDAY At 7:52 a.m., South Broadway Street, meet complainant. At 7:41 a.m., Richland Avenue, breaking and ...

Moundsville Mulls Stormwater Fee

While no new business came before the Moundsville City Council, issues up for deeper discussion at next week’s policy subcommittee meeting were raised, including a proposed stormwater fee and a social media policy for city workers. During discussion of a regular stormwater board meeting, ...

Village of Bethesda Suspends Police Chief With Pay

After much public outcry, Bethesda Village Council voted unanimously to suspend Police Chief Eric Smith with pay Tuesday night, pending an investigation of complaints against him. The controversy surrounding Smith came to a head during Tuesday’s special council meeting when the chief was ...

Red Cross: Northern Panhandle Residents Can Obtain Free Smoke Alarms

The American Red Cross of Northwest West Virginia provides free smoke alarms to families that need them, but figures show Ohio County residents aren’t taking advantage of the service. Executive Director Sharon Kesselring addressed Ohio County Commissioners on Tuesday night, and provided them ...

Suspect in North Wheeling Hammer Attack Back in West Virginia

A Martins Ferry man has been charged in an attempted murder case involving his significant other being struck in the head with a hammer in North Wheeling on Jan. 16. Shane Edward Parr, 30, of Martins Ferry has been charged with attempted murder after an alleged domestic altercation took place ...

Wheeling Police Department Steps Up Traffic Enforcement Efforts

The Wheeling Police Department is taking steps to combat unsafe driving such as speeding and driving without a seatbelt after receiving multiple complaints from residents. Last week, officers focused on two areas in Wheeling including the 2100 block of National Road in Elm Grove and the 800 ...

Several Face Drug Charges in Ohio County

Two Moundsville women are behind bars after police discovered more than 2 pounds of marijuana and methamphetamine in a hotel room. On Monday evening, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office was called to a hotel in Triadelphia regarding a possible domestic violence situation. Upon arrival, Deputy ...

Wheeling Robbery Suspect Faces Numerous Charges

After allegedly brandishing a handgun while robbing an estranged companion on Friday, a Wheeling man with past felony convictions is behind bars. On Monday, Ohio County Magistrate Joe Roxby arraigned Treyvon Markelle Montgomery, 24, of Wheeling. Montgomery has been charged with robbery, ...