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Month: May 2018

Search Continues for Drowned Belmont Co. Man

Search crews in Belmont County will continue search operations this morning at 8 o’clock after an apparent drowning in Belmont Hills Lake yesterday. According to emergency crews, they are searching for a 32-year-old man who is a resident of Belmont County. The man was reportedly at the area with at least one other person when they decided to go in the water. The water is very murky, and according to Ohio County EMA Director Lou Vargo, the diver had zero visibility under the water when he was searching for a body yesterday. The water is also full of...

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Hit-and-Run Driver Causes Transformer Box Fire

Wheeling Police say a man driving a Jeep Liberty in Elm Grove struck a vehicle before driving away from the scene, only to get caught when he had another accident. Deputy Chief Marty Kimball says the incident happened just after 1:00 yesterday afternoon. The man reportedly veered off of National Road, demolished a parked car, and then sped away. According to officials, moments later, the driver smashed into a transformer box, which caught on fire. Wheeling firefighters were able to get the man out of his Jeep and put out the fire. Officials took the man to the hospital, where he is being...

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Search Continues in NC for Martin’s Ferry Man

Officials in North Carolina are still searching for the body of a young Martins Ferry man who drowned last Sunday at Elk River Falls in Avery County The search for 26-year-old Thomas Edward McCardle Jr. began when he reportedly slipped off a rock in Elk River Falls while visiting the area. The search was temporarily suspended due to high waters but the Avery County Sheriff’s Office stated they will not stop looking until they find his...

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Retired Priest Faces Sexual Abuse Allegations

The Catholic Diocese of Steubenville has removed Monsignor Mark Froelich from active ministry duties due to allegations of sexual abuse against the retired priest. Steubenville Diocese Director of Communications Dino Orsatti said the allegations stem from incidents in the late 80s, early 90s, when the person was under 18. A statement regarding the retired priest was read in Bridgeport at St. Joseph, Temperanceville at St. Mary, the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary in Barnesville, and Sacred Heart in Neffs. The accused worked at several regional schools including St. Joseph Central High School in Ironton, Guernsey Catholic High School in Cambridge, and St. John Central High School in Bellaire. If you were a member of any of these parishes, or were a student at any of those schools, contact your local municipal police department. Potential victims or those who have knowledge of credible allegations are also encouraged to contact the diocese. In the diocese, victims are encouraged to contact: Thomas S. Wilson Diocesan Office of Civil Law 422 Washington St., Steubenville (740) 282-3631 Or email:...

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Hepatitis A outbreak has WV Health Departments On Alert

A multi-state outbreak of Hepatitis A has health departments concerned across the country and in West Virginia. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department said there are no current cases of Hepatitis A in Ohio County or in the Northern Panhandle. However, health officials have confirmed 121 cases of hepatitis A across the state, in which 80 percent of the cases are in Kanawha and Putnam counties. Eight of the cases have been of food service employees, but State Chief Health Officer Dr. Rahul Gupta said they have not found evidence the general public is at risk. Gupta said good hygiene is a good way from spreading the disease….

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