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Washington Avenue Span in Wheeling To Close Today

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Photo by Scott McCloskey The Washington Avenue Bridge that spans Big Wheeling Creek was closed for part of the day Wednesday. Crews with Mountain Gas Co. were wrapping an 8-inch gas line that runs beneath the structure to protect the line from corrosion. The bridge is scheduled to be closed ...

Paden City High School Student Took Gun To School in Truck

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PADEN CITY — A Paden City High School student faces a criminal investigation and could be expelled for having a gun in his truck on school property. Law enforcement and school officials said no one was ever in danger and they believe the gun was left in the student’s truck because he had ...

Ohio County Sexual Assault Case Delayed

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The preliminary hearing for a man charged with sexually assaulting a teenager was continued by an Ohio County magistrate. An official with Ohio County Magistrate Charles Murphy’s office said the defense attorney for Timothy James Criswell Sr., 33, of Moundsville, asked for the continuance. ...

Wheeling Police Reports

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WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT Between 8:13 a.m. Tuesday and 6:18 a.m. Wednesday, officers handled 21 traffic stops, three vehicle accidents and three miscellaneous calls. WEDNESDAY At 4:53 a.m., 33rd Street, fireworks. At 12:38 a.m., Bethany Pike, burglar alarm. TUESDAY At 11:38 ...

Former Mingo Mayor Dies

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MINGO JUNCTION — A former mayor and councilman of the village has died. John R. “Wiz” Fabian, 86, of Mingo Junction died Monday at Trinity Medical Center West in Steubenville. He was a graduate of Mingo High School Class of 1949. He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during ...

Both Sides Preparing as If U.S.-North Korea Summit Is a Go

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WASHINGTON — Rapid-fire diplomacy played out on two continents in advance of an “expected” summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, the strengthening resolve coming after a series of high-risk, high-reward gambits by the two leaders. Officials wouldn’t ...

Slip Closes St. Clairsville Bike Trail

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St. Clairsville’s bicycle trail was closed during the weekend and Memorial Day after Saturday’s heavy rainfall made a bad situation worse and sent mud and debris to block the northern side of the trail. City officials said they expect the trail to be reopenned at the tunnel by this ...

Martins Ferry Teacher Isn’t Slowing Down After 48 Years

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Mary Mossor loves teaching. She loves it so much that she is finishing her 48th year as an educator. Moreover, the Weirton resident has no plans to retire in the near future. Mossor has spent all but one of those years with the Martins Ferry City School District. She said she has enjoyed ...

Crews Look For Drowned Man in St. Clairsville Lake

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Crews were bringing in cadaver dogs this morning to continue searching a lake near Belmont Hills Country Club for a suspected drowning victim. Lou Vargo, Ohio County Emergency Management director, said officials in Belmont County called in an underwater diving team from ...

West Virginia University Study Probes Chronic Opioid Use

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Four factors increase the odds that a patient will wind up on chronic opioid therapy, suggests research conducted by a team of researchers led by Nilanjana Dwibedi, assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. The study is the first to investigate the risk of ...

Jefferson County Set To Lose WIC Funds

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STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Health Department is losing Women, Infants and Children money because of a drop in the WIC caseload that’s part of a statewide decline. The health board met Tuesday and made personnel moves to reflect a 17 percent cut in the caseload. The peer helper ...

Church, Firefighters Plan Blood Drive in Martins Ferry

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The First Presbyterian Church is helping the Martins Ferry Volunteer Fire Department in its mission to save lives with its sixth annual blood drive. This year’s drive will be from noon to 4 p.m. May 31 at the Martins Ferry Recreation Center, 401 S. Fourth St. The drive’s goal is 20 units ...

Wheeling Police Reports

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WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT Between 9:48 a.m. Sunday and 7:59 a.m. Tuesday, the Wheeling Police Department handled 42 traffic stops, one vehicle accident and seven miscellaneous calls. TUESDAY At 7:13 a.m., Chapline Street, disorderly adult. At 7:12 a.m., Chapline Street, drug ...

Belmont County Land Bank Expands Services to Powhatan Point

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The Belmont County Land Reutilization Corp., commonly called the land bank, is expanding its service area. The land bank so far has focused on dilapidated properties along the Ohio River communities of Martins Ferry, Bridgeport and Bellaire. During Friday’s meeting of the organization, ...

Retired Diocese of Steubenville Priest Faces Sex Abuse Allegation

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BRIDGEPORT — A retired Belmont County Catholic priest and former schoolteacher has been relieved of active ministry duties after the Roman Catholic Diocese of Steubenville received what it says is a credible sexual abuse allegation against him. Diocese spokesman Dino Orsatti said Monday that ...