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Man Gets 70-140 Years in Sexual Assault Case in Ohio County

Convicted sex abuser Matthew William Gates was sentenced to 70-140 years in prison Thursday for what officials described as one of the worst cases of sexual abuse and torture ever to come before the court. Circuit Judge James Mazzone handed down the sentence to Gates, 40, who was convicted ...

Pediatric Doctors Join Wheeling Hospital Staff

Wheeling Hospital has hired three pediatric hospitalists for a new service to provide inpatient care of infants and children around the clock. Dr. Judith Romano, director of the hospital’s Center for Pediatrics, said the pediatric hospitalists work in concert with a child’s primary care ...

“The Dude” Abides at Wheeling’s Capitol Theatre

Photo by Ian Hicks Dressed as “The Dude” Jeff Lebowski, Ryan Tucker, concessions manager at the Capitol Theatre, recreates the famous bowling scene from the movie “The Big Lebowski,” which was shown at the theater Thursday. The final installment in the Capitol’s Summer Movie Series, ...

Police Reports

WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT Between 8:11 a.m. Wednesday and 7:54 a.m. Thursday, officers handled 12 traffic stops, eight vehicle accidents and two miscellaneous calls. THURSDAY At 7:54 a.m., Lane 16, dead on arrival. At 7:53 a.m., Orchard Road, dead on arrival. At 6:44 a.m., 18th ...

West Virginia Supreme Court in Session at Independence Hall in Wheeling

Wheeling Park High School seniors Miyah Kureishy and Sierra Donaldson said their interest in law grew after listening to attorneys present arguments Wednesday before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals at Independence Hall in Wheeling. Kureishy and Donaldson were among about 170 high ...

Sock Drive in Marshall County to Aid Texans in Need

With the help of their community, two sisters are hoping to ease the struggles of families in the Houston area this month. “Tootsies for Texas,” a charity project crafted by Marshall County mother Lori Shipley and her sister, Susie Cubick, a teacher at John Marshall High School, soon will ...

Young People Are the Focus At Belmont County Fair in St. Clairsville

While the Belmont County fair has several new features and attractions, organizers agree the children participating in the event remain the focus. Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas was the keynote speaker as the fair officially got underway Wednesday. He shared memories from his childhood ...

Monroe County Commissioners Support New Port District in Woodsfield

Monroe County’s 29 miles of riverfront property soon may be part of a new port district overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The proposed Mid-Ohio River Valley Port District would stretch from the Gallia/Meigs county line in the south, up the Ohio River to include Columbiana ...

St. Clairsville Man Bitten by Dog; Owner Allegedly Leaves Scene

Authorities are looking for a dog and its owner after a person received a serious bite in St. Clairsville on Tuesday. According to the city police department, officers responded to a reported dog bite at 9 a.m. at the Veterans Affairs clinic at Plaza Drive. The report states a man suffered ...

Weirton Lime Company Expanding Its Facility in Hancock County

A lime company operating in Weirton plans on expanding its facility to meet recent growth in its business. Mississippi Lime Co. was granted a variance during this week’s meeting of the Weirton Zoning Board of Appeals, which would allow the construction of a 118-foot silo at the company’s ...

Ohio County Celebrates Substance Abuse Recovery Month

The Wheeling community is coming together for National Recovery Month in September, hoping to increase awareness of mental and substance abuse disorders, and celebrate those in recovery. Local events begin with a town hall meeting for parents, “Heroin Starts here,” from 6-8 p.m. today at ...

Police Reports

WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT Between 8:17 a.m. Tuesday and 7:53 a.m. Wednesday, officers handled three traffic stops, three vehicle accidents and five miscellaneous calls. WEDNESDAY At 7:35 a.m., South Front Street, animal complaint. At 4:10 a.m., North Erie Street, disorderly adult. At ...

Blood Drive Honors John Marshall High School Student in Glen Dale

John Marshall High School students and the surrounding community gathered Tuesday to remember a classmate and help others in need. The Marshall County Childhood Cancer Awareness Group joined forces with John Marshall’s Blood Drive Club and the Central Blood Bank on Tuesday to host a blood ...

Rigas Restaurant Closing After 54 Years in Bellaire

After 54 years in business, Rigas Restaurant closed its doors for good on Sunday. Rosalie Kovalyk said her parents, Clara and Mike Rigas, opened the eatery that served family-style meals made from scratch at 33rd and Belmont streets on Nov. 17, 1963 — less than a week before President John ...

Ohio County Schools Sees Slight Enrollment Decrease

Ohio County Schools saw total enrollment drop slightly more than 1 percent since this time last year, according to data Superintendent Kim Miller provided board of education members Monday evening. There were 5,268 students enrolled across the district on Aug. 31, compared to 5,332 on Sept. 1, ...

Moundsville Recreation Board Reduced to Advisory Role

Moundsville City Council voted Tuesday to strip decision-making authority from the city’s parks and recreation board by dissolving it and re-establishing it as an advisory body only. Mayor Eugene Saunders, who is a member of the parks and recreation board, joined Councilman Phil Remke in ...

Brooke County Animal Shelter Takes In Animals From Flood-Ravaged Texas

The Brooke County Animal Shelter is helping to relieve the plight of an animal shelter affected by the hurricane in Texas. Brooke County Commissioner Jim Andreozzi on Tuesday applauded the efforts of the shelter’s staff and volunteer Lori Baltich in taking in about 14 dogs from a Texas ...

Child Neglect and Abuse Case Moves to Ohio County Circuit Court in Wheeling

A Wheeling couple charged with abusing and neglecting a 2-year-old child saw their cases moved to Ohio County Circuit Court for consideration by a grand jury. Apollo Rice, 26, and Sabrina Hall, 18 both waived their right to a preliminary hearing in magistrate court on Tuesday. Rice and Hall ...

Police Reports

WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT Between 10 a.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday, officers handled 10 traffic stops and one vehicle accident. TUESDAY At 7:48 a.m., 29th Street, burglar alarm. At 7:52 a.m., 800 block of Warwood Avenue, animal complaint. At 7:18 a.m., 400 block of Richland Avenue, ...