Month: July 2018

W. Va. Transportation Secretary Worries About Costs on I-70 Project in Wheeling

State Transportation Secretary Tom Smith wouldn’t speculate Monday on whether expensive bids on a key Roads to Prosperity project is an indication the program may produce fewer projects over the next several years. The bids in question are for the Interstate 70 project in Wheeling that includes several bridges and other work. Smith said the project has been enhanced since it was originally announced last year so he knew it was probably going to top the original projected $170 million price tag. Bids came in about $100 million more than expected. He didn’t rule out a possible rejection of...

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Two Arrested for Drugs After Traffic Stop in Belmont Co.

Belmont County Sheriff’s Deputies stopped a vehicle for a routine traffic stop on Friday and became suspicious after questioning the two individually, and getting a different story from Craig Ayers and Megan Funkhouser. It turns out, Funkhouser had a warrant out for her arrest in Harrison County. Meanwhile, Ayers had a gun taken from him that was in his waistband that had been reported stolen at a recent burglary in Bellaire. The deputy also found more than two ounces of crystal meth, money and scales. Funkhouser is being charged with failure to appear, plus possession of drug instruments and...

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Police Chase In Belmont County Ends in Crash

A Martins Ferry man is in custody after he stole an SUV from the Martins Ferry recreation center with the keys still inside. Police say he led them on a chase that reached speeds up to 95 mph on Route 7. During the chase, the SUV hit another vehicle, but the man continued trying to get away on only three tires. Police say he got off the 48th Street exit in Bellaire, crashing into another SUV, ending the pursuit. He was taken into custody. Police say he was intoxicated. No one was injured. Martins Ferry, Bridgeport and Bellaire Police...

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Walmart Greeter Assaulted by Shoplifter

Steubenville Police need your help in catching a man who assaulted an employee after attempting to take a TV from the Walmart around 7:30 Sunday night. When the greeter approached him about it, he shoved her head first into a door. A family member said the 72-year old suffered a broken arm and required 14 stitches on her face. The suspect was described as a male, wearing a black shirt and gray cargo...

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