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Month: May 2020

St. C. Police nab pair following drug investigation

Two people were arrested following an extensive drug trafficking investigation Monday in St. Clairsville. Police Chief Matt Arbenz said Megan Funkhouser, 33, St. Clairsville and Billie Clark, 28, Oklahoma, were taken to jail after officers seized methamphetamine and over two ounces of suspected heroin and fentanyl. He said the pair had allegedly trafficked large amounts of dangerous drugs to the...

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Gov. Justice sets guidelines to reopen swimming pools, casinos

Week 5 of the governor’s ‘Comeback’ plan is officially underway across the Mountain State with swimming pools headlining reopenings this week. However, similar to other establishments, reopening won’t come without restrictions and guidelines set by the state. Gov. Jim Justice recently issued a guide to safely reopen swimming pools in West Virginia. The many requirements for staff members included screenings, Personal Protective Equipment and appropriate training. Highly-populated areas, such as rest rooms and water fountains will be limited to a certain number of users at one time. Signage and markings encouraging social distance is also recommended. Casinos have also received the green light to reopen from Gov. Justice. However, their reopening date is still more than a week away. Nevertheless, the governor has released guidelines to ensure a safe reopening. Initially, casinos will only be limited to 50 percent capacity. Layout adjustments to video lottery and table games must also be made to ensure at least six feet of distance. Unlike swimming pools, employees will only be encouraged to wear PPE. Cleaning and limitation was also highlighted in the guide. Spa and indoor amusement businesses are allowed to open as well this week. Gov. Justice is expected to deliver his next COVID-19 briefing at 10:30 a.m. this...

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73rd COVID death reported in West Virginia

A coronavirus death was reported by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources on Memorial Day. The individual was a 74-year-old male from Mineral County, according to state officials. An additional eight positive cases were confirmed on Tuesday. Gov. Jim Justice is expected to deliver a COVID-19 briefing Tuesday. Cases Per County (Case confirmed by lab test/Probable case): Barbour (7/0), Berkeley (277/10), Boone (9/0), Braxton (2/0), Brooke (3/0), Cabell (57/2), Calhoun (2/0), Clay (2/0), Fayette (45/0), Gilmer (10/0), Grant (10/1), Greenbrier (9/0), Hampshire (21/0), Hancock (16/2), Hardy (37/0), Harrison (38/1), Jackson (135/0), Jefferson (154/3), Kanawha (210/2), Lewis...

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Churches in W. Va. reopen, begin indoor services

This week President Trump pushed for governors to reopen churches in their states. Churches in West Virginia were allowed to hold indoor services this past Sunday. Masses will look different from what people are used to as churches make an effort to maintain social distancing and safety standards due to the coronavirus, but that does not make churchgoers any less excited to attend. “I’m looking forward to being part of the community,” said Todd Miller, a parishioner at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling. “We’ve been watching [church] on TV every week, and it’s so nice to come...

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Todd Cover DUI Arrest Dashcam Footage

The footage below, from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, is the dashcam footage from the DUI Arrest of Belmont Savings Bank President and CEO Todd Cover on the morning of November 23, 2019. Todd Cover Dashcam footage from DUI ArrestThe footage below, from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, is the dashcam footage from the DUI Arrest of Belmont Savings Bank President and CEO Todd Cover on the morning of November 23, 2019.Posted by River Talk 94.9FM & 100.9FM/River News on Saturday, May 23,...

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