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Month: April 2021

Former Franciscan University of Steubenville Friar charged with rape and sexual battery arraigned

A former Franciscan University of Steubenville Friar accused of raping a student years ago was arraigned Wednesday morning, then released. David Morrier plead not guilty to rape and sexual batter at the Jefferson County Courthouse and was released on his own recognizance. Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said since Morrier appeared voluntarily, he’s entitled by statute to be out of jail until the trial date approaches. The alleged crimes took place from Nov. 2010 to spring 2013 — but came to light a few years ago. The alleged victim was first an undergraduate and then a graduate student at...

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Health officials would like to see more younger people get vaccines

While shots have been going in arms quickly for the older populations in West Virginia, health officials are now concerned about some of those in the younger age groups. According to the state’s website, more than 890,000 doses have been administered — and almost 360,000 people are fully vaccinated. People under the age of 45 only account for 17 percent of those. And across the state, health officials are seeing positive cases rise among that age group. “The greatest number of new cases is in the 18s up to 40 years old,” C. Clark Milton, D.O., the director of...

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1 dead, 3 injured after multi-vehicle crash in Wheeling

I-70 and I-470 were closed Sunday due to a crash but opened back up shortly after to allow for slowed traffic to pass through. The crash occurred near the I-470 split and some traffic in Elm Grove was redirected as the fire hose was stretched across National Road to reach the interstate. The Wheeling Police Department confirms one person died in the crash while 3 others were injured and transported to Wheeling Hospital. Police say a delivery truck, passenger car and a tractor-trailer collided, resulting in the delivery truck catching fire. The Wheeling Fire Department was on scene extinguishing...

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Belmont commissioners unable to make county a 2nd Amendment sanctuary

Residents in Belmont County have been requesting that Commissioners to consider making the county a 2nd Amendment sanctuary. That means the county would continue to abide by all federal laws that are currently in place but would oppose the enforcement of new laws. A local shooting academy owner made the request earlier this month addressing concerns with some in congress pushing for stricter gun laws. Wednesday, the commission adopted a resolution to support the 2nd Amendment, but County Prosecutor Kevin Flanagan says the commissioners cannot decide to become a sanctuary county. “The commissioners do not have unlimited authority,’ Flanagan...

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