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Mother Intended To Kill Daughters

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A woman accused of killing her 8-year-old daughter and shooting her 11-year-old daughter in the leg allegedly admitted her intent to kill both her children and take her own life. Julie Ann Orellana, 46, of 291 Tall Pine Lane, Gerrardstown, was arraigned Friday on the ...

W.Va. Supreme Court Apponitee Challenge Set for Monday

PARKERSBURG — Arguments will be heard Monday before the West Virginia Supreme Court on the challenges to the qualifications of two people on the high court. Wayne King, of Clay County, and William K. Schwartz, of Kanawha County, both attorneys, have challenged U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins’ ...

A New Generation Is Rocking the Vote

CRAIGSVILLE — The seniors of Richwood High School in Nicholas County walked Thursday into a classroom to sign papers. They weren’t registering for clubs, or sports or even to select the next homecoming king and queen. Those students were signing up to exercise a fundamental part of ...

Ensminger Trial To Begin In New Year

Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct the first name of the defendant from Brian to Branden. WHEELING — The man accused of murdering his girlfriend on Wheeling Island in March had his trial date set Thursday during a docket day in Ohio County Circuit Court. Branden ...

Updated: 4 Arrests Made after Early Morning Amber Alert

Four Family Members Charged in Child Abduction By HEATHER ZIEGLER Associate City Editor WHEELING -- A 6-year-old local boy is safe and four of his relatives, including his mother, have been arrested after the child was forcibly removed from his father's home in the Fulton area of Wheeling ...

Mall Ring Road Scheduled to Close in October, Traffic Will Be Diverted

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio Department of Transportation and the Belmont County Commissioners have said the project to construct a connector road from the Ohio Valley Mall to the city of St. Clairsville is nearing completion. Mall Ring Road, from the back of the mall to the Residence Inn and ...

Snoopy, Nailers Team For Campaign

WHEELING — Snoopy is joining the Wheeling Nailers to share an anti-smoking message with youth in the community. A larger-than-life figure of the cartoon character received a contract Thursday with the Nailers. The sculpture, which has been resting in Peterson Rehabilitation Hospital’s ...

Hurricane Florence Victims Enjoy Rooms, Wait Out Storm At Oglebay Park

WHEELING — Oglebay Park opened its doors and hosted about 20 evacuees displaced by Hurricane Florence. Normally, Wilson Lodge hosts vacationers, families, business groups and organizations. But starting over the weekend, it offered complimentary accommodations to those who needed to find a ...

Five Dogs Removed From Partially Collapsed Warwood House

WHEELING — The Ohio County dog warden removed five dogs from a home in Warwood after emergency officials responded to a call Wednesday afternoon to a partially collapsed structure. Dog Warden Doug McCroskey said he came to the scene after Wheeling firefighters called him regarding the dogs. ...

Gunman Shoots Four at Pennsylvania Magistrate’s Office

MASONTOWN, Pa. — The man who shot four people at the office of a Fayette County, Pa., magistrate was facing charges of strangulation and assault in relation to an August domestic violence incident. State police and District Attorney Rich Bower did not identify the man, but said he was shot ...

DeAndre Davis To Be Sentenced in Murder Case

WHEELING — The trial scheduled to begin this week for DeAndre Davis ended before it began, which also put the case against two brothers accused of a Wheeling Island murder near its finality. Davis, 27, entered an Alford plea Friday before Circuit Judge David Sims. The plea came three days ...

Experts: Raise Steubenville Water Rates by More Than 29 Percent

STEUBENVILLE — Water system consultants recommended Tuesday evening to City Council a more than 29 percent rate increase in the city’s water rates to begin fixing a system that is nearing the end of its projected service life. The report from Arcadis, a state-required asset management ...

Five Local Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

WHEELING -- Five Northern Panhandle high school seniors have been named National National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, making them eligible to be one of 7,500 National Merit Scholars to be named next spring. Wheeling Park High School has three semifinalists: Lillian Bischof, Marguerite ...

Wheeling Police Arrest Man Climbing Suspension Bridge Cables

WHEELING -- City police officers this morning responded to the Suspension Bridge for a a man climbing the cables on the downtown side of the bridge. Police briefly closed the bridge and the man climbed down. Gregory Tyler Alderson, 26 of Fairmont was arrested for public intoxication and trespassing.

Wheeling City Council Pictures A Mural to Welcome Visitors

WHEELING — A mural to greet visitors entering Wheeling from Interstate 70 is in the works. Wheeling City Council heard the first of two readings Tuesday night of an ordinance authorizing the creation of a mural in Kossuth Park. The park is situated at the base of the I-70 eastbound exit ...

Rise West Virginia Program Makes Slow, Steady Progress

CHARLESTON — Since June, the West Virginia National Guard has made progress in getting people who lost their homes during 2016 flooding into houses and trailers, but it acknowledged it remains months from meeting every need. That’s according to Adjutant Gen. James Hoyer, who gave a ...

Top Health Officer Leaving West Virginia DHHR

CHARLESTON — Dr. Rahul Gupta, who headed the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health and supervised the Office of Drug Control Policy, is the next high-profile Justice Administration official leaving. However, Gov. Jim Justice said Tuesday afternoon he was able to fill one of those ...

Moundsville City Clerk To Serve As Manager

MOUNDSVILLE — City Clerk Sondra Hewitt will pull double duty for the immediate future while temporarily serving as Moundsville’s city manager. Hewitt was appointed Tuesday as interim city manager until the job could be posted and filled through proper channels. Mayor Allen Hendershot ...

Audits Find Issues With State Mine Safety Agency, Parks System

By STEVEN ALLEN ADAMS For The Intelligencer CHARLESTON — The state agency that performs mine inspections is unable to explain increases in mine jury rates, while another agency in charge of state parks doesn’t have the resources to keep up on maintenance. Those were the determinations of ...

Wheeling PD Backs New Safety Building

WHEELING — Falling in line with city firefighters, the Wheeling Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 38 is throwing its support behind the city’s efforts to provide a new Public Safety Building for its first responders. Firefighters pledged their support earlier this summer. Members of the ...