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Evidence markers are placed on N. Court Street and the sidewalk next to the Jefferson County Courthouse in Steubenville , Ohio, Monday Aug. 21, 2017, after Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. was ambushed and shot early Monday morning. Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla says courthouse video shows Bruzzese firing about five shots at the gunman, who also fired about five shots before a probation officer ultimately killed the suspect. (Darrell Sapp//Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

‘Ambush And Attempted Murder’ of Jefferson County Judge in Steubenville

STEUBENVILLE — Nathaniel Richmond spent his final hours Monday morning driving in downtown Steubenville, where he was stopped at 3:58 a.m. for having only one operable headlight. The 51-year-old Richmond was issued a warning by a Steubenville police officer and told to get the defective ...

Steubenville City Manager Jim Mavromatis speaks about the shooting.

Steubenville Shooting Suspect Had Civil Lawsuit Pending Before Judge Bruzzese

STEUBENVILLE — Nathaniel Richmond, 51, of Steubenville — the man authorities said died in a shootout after he opened fire Monday morning on Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. — had a civil case pending before the judge. Richmond filed a wrongful death lawsuit in ...

Ohio Valley Officials Confident In Court Security

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Local court and law enforcement officials reacted to the Monday morning shooting of Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese, which occurred outside the courthouse in Steubenville, by expressing faith in existing security measures but wondering if more can be done ...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice Calls For Caution On Statue Removal

WHEELING — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Monday condemned the recent actions of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va. in protesting the removal of a Civil War statue, but he urged caution against eliminating historical items some find offensive. Justice spoke on a variety of topics ...

President Donald Trump speaks at Fort Myer in Arlington Va., Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, during a Presidential Address to the Nation about a strategy he believes will best position the U.S. to eventually declare victory in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Trump Vows Victory in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reversing his past calls for a speedy exit, President Donald Trump renewed the United States’ commitment Monday to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, declaring that U.S. troops must “fight to win.” He pointedly declined to disclose how many more troops might be sent ...

Officials Investigating Sewage Spill in Wheeling Creek

WHEELING — Health and water pollution control officials are investigating a weekend sewage spill into Wheeling Creek in the Pleasanton area of Wheeling. A citizen reported seeing sewage floating in the creek in the vicinity of Wheeling Jesuit University on Sunday. Howard Gamble, ...

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Wheeling leaders may adopt a “non-owner occupied property registration program,” part of which could lead to inspections of rental units, such as these on National Road.

Rental Property Rules To Be Discussed by Wheeling City Council

WHEELING — Councilman Dave Palmer insists his proposed “non-owner occupied property registration program” is not just about inspecting rental units in Wheeling, as he said the aim is to help both landlords and tenants understand their obligations — and to help city officials identify ...

West Virginia Senator Ryan Weld’s Bills To Focus On Addiction Treatment

WHEELING — Recent efforts by the West Virginia Legislature to curb drug addiction have focused on punishment for offenders, and Sen. Ryan Weld says the next move by lawmakers should be to start looking at improving drug treatment policies in the state. During the Legislature’s off months, ...

U.S. Gen. John Nicholson, top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, left, talks with Col. Khanullah Shuja, commander of the national mission brigade of the Afghan special operations force, and U.S. Gen. Joseph Votel, head of U.S. Central Command, at Camp Morehead in Afghanistan on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. The three officers attended the launch of the Afghan Army’s new special operations corps. (AP Photo/Lolita Baldor)

U.S. Military Leaders Await Afghan Decision From President Trump

CAMP MOREHEAD, Afghanistan (AP) — Signaling that the U.S. military expects its mission to continue, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Sunday hailed the launch of the Afghan Army’s new special operations corps, declaring that “we are with you and we will stay with you.” Gen. ...

Kasich Urges Trump To End Staff Chaos

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich urged President Donald Trump on Sunday to stop the staff chaos at the White House and “settle it down.” Strategist Steve Bannon last week became the latest top White House official to follow Trump’s national security adviser, a ...

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A barge carrying coal and sand travels beneath the Fort Henry Bridge on its way north on the Ohio River.

Coal Rebounds, But Winds of Change Blow

WHEELING —U.S. Department of Energy data show coal will surpass natural gas to again become the leading fuel for electricity generation this year, while mines affiliated with Consol Energy report both production and profit growth compared to 2016. Still, American Electric Power is looking ...

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As indicated by the notice on the pole, Wheeling officials are reviewing the status of The House of Hagar, located at 114 14th St.

ACLU Representing House of Hagar in Dispute With City of Wheeling

WHEELING —Kate Marshall’s Catholic House of Hagar may have to stop serving the indigent in East Wheeling amid complaints filed by neighbors about alleged debris and foul language, but the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia is trying to prevent the closure. “I am troubled by ...

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Sara Quigley floats toward the ground across the surface of the Stone Center using rappelling equipment on Saturday. She was one of many participants in the YWCA’s Over the Edge fundraiser.

Over the Edge Fundraiser Benefits YWCA in Wheeling

WHEELING — What do you need to raise money for a good cause? Some ropes, a few harnesses and several brave volunteers. On Saturday, a few dozen people rappelled from the top of the Stone Center down to the street, and they took some sense of pride in their action because it was unusual, and ...

Federal Aid For Flooding Is Coming for Marshall and Wetzel Counties

McMECHEN — Individual residents of Marshall and Wetzel counties are now eligible for federal aid as they work to recover from major flooding that occurred last month. Although the flooding also impacted Ohio County, individual residents in the county are not yet eligible for such ...

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Both chlorine and ultraviolet wastewater treatment methods are used throughout the local area. Here wastewater is treated with ultraviolet light at the Eastern Ohio Regional Wastewater Authority plant in Bellaire.

Communities Weigh In on Wastewater Treatment Methods

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Wastewater treatment methods are on the minds of many after recent leaks at St. Clairsville’s plant, where the city uses a chlorine disinfection system. Several local treatment plant operators talked last week about their processes, safety factors and options for ...

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Volunteering at the Wheeling Brewing Co. booth at Heritage Port Saturday during Mountaineer Brewfest are Brittany Bender and Drew Moore.

Brewfest Good for What ‘Ales’ You

WHEELING — Good times flowed for the hundreds who filled up on about 150 varieties of craft beer Saturday during the fourth annual Mountaineer Brewfest at Heritage Port. “It’s such a great atmosphere,” Wheeling resident Delcee Raszkiewicz said. “It’s a perfect venue for a festival ...