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Wheeling Police Arrest Man in Mozart Murder

Emergency vehicles block South Frazier Avenue in Wheeling near the scene of a murder in a house there on Friday. (Photo by Shelley Hanson)

WHEELING — A 35-year-old man was arrested on a murder charge Friday night in connection with the death of a 41-year-old woman in the Mozart neighborhood of Wheeling.

William Ross Carman was arrested and charged with one count of murder in the death of 41-year-old Anorah Charlene Schostag of Wheeling, according to the Wheeling Police Department. Carman was taken to Northern Regional Jail on Friday night and will be arraigned before an Ohio County magistrate today.

Wheeling Police Department spokesman Philip Stahl said officers were called to the Mozart area at about 2 p.m. to investigate suspicious circumstances.

A WPD news release later stated the call concerned a person who was outside who appeared “distraught.”

While responding to the home, they discovered a woman dead inside. A man ran out of the back of the house. Officers eventually found the man on Frazier Avenue and took him into custody.

“He also had some injuries so he was transported to the hospital,” Stahl said, referring to WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital.

Stahl said he did not know of the nature of the apparent homicide. In addition to Wheeling police, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department and West Virginia State Police also responded to the scene.

North Frazier Avenue was blocked from traffic as officers investigated the scene. Police vehicles from the three agencies took up most of the road in front of the house where the homicide occurred.

The two-story house, white and gray in color, appeared to be well-kept on the outside. The commotion of events caused a few people to sit on their porches to watch and see what was happening. Some people tried to walk closer to the scene, but were turned away by police.

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