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Wheeling Man Arrested After High-Speed Chase Ends in Bridgeport

A car reported stolen led law enforcement on a chase that exceeded 90 mph on U.S. 40 through Bridgeport on Tuesday before it crashed into a sheriff’s department cruiser. No one was injured, but the suspect, William James Carr, 40, of Wheeling, is being held in the Belmont County Jail. He ...

Union Carpenters Build Wheeling Soup Kitchen’s Stores

Local union carpenters have come together to build hope in those in need of food this winter season. This week, members of the Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters and Project BEST teamed up to collect and deliver food items to the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling. Two ...

Man Allegedly Provides Fake ID During Traffic Stop in Triadelphia

A man stopped while driving a suspected stolen vehicle found himself in even more trouble after allegedly providing false identification first to an Ohio County sheriff’s deputy, then to a magistrate judge. On Jan. 29, deputies identified a car that had been reported stolen driving on ...

Weirton Man Is Facing Federal Drug Charges

A federal grand jury this week indicted Lavel L. Hicks of Weirton on drug and firearms charges. Hicks, 43, faces six cocaine-related counts and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. He allegedly distributed cocaine in November and December 2017 and December 2018 in Brooke and ...

Wheeling and Ohio County Police Reports

WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT From 8 a.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday, officers handled 13 traffic stops, two vehicle accidents and two miscellaneous calls. TUESDAY At 8:23 a.m., North Erie Street, serve warrant. At 8:23 a.m., Chapline Street, hit and run. At 8:41 a.m., 15th Street, ...

Ohio Valley Sees Extreme Temperature Swings

What a difference a week makes. A 69-degree temperature swing in the span of five days led Wheeling to experience record low temperatures last week and then a record high this week. Data from the National Weather Service listed Wheeling’s high temperature on Monday at 64 degrees, which ...

Development’s Possible Cost to Wheeling Taxpayers Unknown

The redevelopment of two downtown city-owned buildings could involve taxpayer funds, as Wheeling City Council and Main Street Ventures continue to work through the details of rehabilitating 1107 and 1109 Main St. Council on Tuesday took the next step in advancing the redevelopment of the ...

Stanley Stewart Named Interim Superintendent of Marshall County Schools

Longtime educator and public servant Stanley Stewart was sworn in Tuesday to serve as Marshall County Schools’ interim superintendent until June 30. Marshall County Board of Education members appointed Stewart to fill the vacancy left by former superintendent Jeffrey Crook, who resigned ...

Mayor Glenn Elliott: Wheeling-Pitt Building Renovation ‘Vital’ for Downtown

Restoration of the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Building at a cost of about $30 million would constitute “the biggest one-time investment in downtown in the history of Wheeling,” Mayor Glenn Elliott said. Elliott made that assertion Tuesday at the Friends of Wheeling’s Preservation ...

Trial for Suspect in Wheeling Island Murder To Begin April 15

The trial for accused murderer Branden Ensminger has been set for April. Ensminger, 27, remains lodged at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville awaiting his day in court for the murder of Rayna Shae Vaughan, who was found dead in her Wheeling Island apartment in March 2018. His trial is ...

Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger Named to Drug Enforcement Board

Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger has been unanimously elected to serve on the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Executive Board for 2019. Vic Brown, executive director of Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, said the board provides leadership and direction on ...

U.S. Attorney Announces Drug, Gun Indictments by Grand Jury in Wheeling

Randy Lee Donahue Jr. and Lauren Hedges, both of Wheeling, were indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on drug charges, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced. Donahue, 37, and Hedges, 26, face trial on one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count ...

Wheeling, Ohio County and Belmont County Police Reports

WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT From 8 a.m. Monday to 8 a.m. Tuesday, officers handled 16 traffic stops, three vehicle accidents and one miscellaneous call. MONDAY At 8:53 a.m., North Huron Street, follow-up. At 8:59 a.m., Interstate 70, motorist assist. At 9:39 a.m., 14th Street, serve ...

Lecture Series To Focus on Wheeling’s Settlers

The Wheeling Area Genealogical Society has launched a monthly lecture series, Wheeling’s First Families, as part of the year-long Wheeling 250 observance. Lectures are being offered in the auditorium at the Ohio County Public Library, 52 16th St., at 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of each ...

Belmont County Woman Gets 4 1/2 Years for Theft From Cemetery

Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra sentenced a woman to four and a half years in prison and ordered her to pay almost $300,000 in restitution for stealing money from Belmont Memorial Park Cemetery. Karen Sue Ellen Neff, 48, of 1200 Christine Drive, Powhatan Point was convicted in ...

Ohio County Sheriff’s Office Swears In Two New Deputies

Photo by Scott McCloskey The Ohio County Sheriff’s Office celebrates the swearing-in of two of its newest members, Kile Dailey and Luke Thomas, on Monday. Participating, from left, are Chief Deputy John Schultz, Sheriff Tom Howard, Circuit Judge Michael J. Olejasz, Dailey and ...

West Virginia University Seeking Patients for Ovarian Cancer Clinical Trial

The WVU Cancer Institute is enrolling patients in an innovative clinical trial to treat ovarian cancer. Dr. Valerie Galvan Turner, gynecologic oncologist at the WVU Cancer Institute, will help lead the trial to evaluate the efficacy of varying dosages and combinations of the cancer ...