Month: October 2018

Man Pleads Guilty to Rape Charges in Harrison County

A man with a history of sex crimes in Harrison County could be sent to prison for nearly three decades. Two victims came forward after Charles Ash Jr., recently served short stints in jail and at Eastern Ohio Correction Center. They brought serious past offenses to light, leading to what will be a much harsher penalty for the 41-year-old. On Tuesday morning, Ash entered guilty pleas to two counts of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition. He could be ordered to spend 27 years in...

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Warrant Issued for the Mother of Missing Belmont Co. Children

A Belmont County mother has gone from being a person of interest to being a suspect. Tabitha Gallagher of Flushing disappeared with her boyfriend, Wesley Burdge, and their two small children just before authorities were about to arrest Burdge for child porn. That was Oct. 11. At that point, Tabitha Gallagher was not facing charges. Now, nearly three weeks later, with no trace of the family or their silver Honda Odyssey, Belmont County officials feel Gallagher isn’t just an innocent victim–she’s allegedly an active participant in their disappearance. The warrant against her is for obstructing justice, which is a...

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Bridgeport Used Car Dealer Accused of Failing to Deliver Vehicle Titles

A consumer protection lawsuit has been filed by the attorney general against a Bridgeport used car dealership. Tri State Auto Group LLC and its owners, Chad and Candice Anthony, have been accused of failing to deliver its vehicle titles to buyers. This is after more than 40 complaints against the business. The lawsuit seeks reimbursements for consumers and an order to prohibit Tri State Auto Group from being granted a dealer...

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Steubenville City Council Allowing City Manager to Put Out Bids for Valve Replacements

Steubenville council made additional steps last night to fix its water and sewer lines. Council approved an emergency ordinance to authorize the city manager to put out bids for valve replacement work. The cost of that project is nearly $7 million. Council is still awaiting final approval from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency on its rate structure plan. City residents are expected to see a roughly 15 percent increase in utility bills in the first...

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Belmont Co. Residents Confused and Angry Over Property Value Increases

A line of angry Belmont County residents formed inside the Belmont County Courthouse yesterday for informal hearings with the auditor. They say their property values went up thousands of dollars and they have no idea why. Belmont County Auditor Roger Conroy says they reappraise properties every 6 years and usually see about a 15-to-16 percent increase in property values. These meetings give people the opportunity to meet with the appraisers and discuss any concerns. The hearings continued to 7 p.m. yesterday evening, and will continue again from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday. Conroy said complaints must be filed by...

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