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Month: January 2021

Heeding of protocols helping decrease COVID numbers in Jefferson County

COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County have been trending downward during the past two weeks. Hospitalizations are also down, but ICU numbers are still high. That means people are still getting severe symptoms and needing help. Officials say it is better to treat your symptoms early, rather than too late. The health department does contact tracing when someone tests positive, and most cases in the county are from close contact. Jefferson County is hoping to hold another free COVID-19 testing drive-thru soon. The health department will partner with the City of Steubenville and National Guard to administer the tests. Although...

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Arrest made after police pursuit

A police pursuit took place yesterday evening resulting in the arrest of one man. Ohio State Highway Patrol Post 84 began the chase in Washington County, then the Monroe County Sheriff’s office and OSHP St. Clairsville Post stepped in when the chase reached Fly, Ohio. Sheriff Charles Black says Brian Wade was driving a vehicle stolen from West Virginia. Wade was arrested on State Route 7 just south of Long Ridge Road. He’s charged with felony fleeing and eluding, along with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia, and receiving stolen property. Black also says Wade has warrants in Ohio...

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Shadyside Police Officer Arrested

Bellaire police arrest a Shadyside police officer on Thursday morning. Dan Napolitano, 49, is in the Belmont County Jail on a domestic violence charge. His girlfriend, 27-year-old Tiffany Clark, also was arrested on a domestic violence charge. Napolitano has been with the department for more than 20 years. Shadyside police say the incident remains under investigation. A meeting will be held with village officials to determine what’s next. Photo Credit:...

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Police chase from Benwood to McMechen tops 100 mph; passenger still at-large

Benwood Police attempted a routine traffic stop yesterday evening which led to a high-speed police chase, and one of the culprits is still at large. According to Benwood Police Chief Frank Longwell, an officer clocked a driver going 78 mph in a 55 mph zone on Route 2. Once the driver was pulled over, he told officers he didn’t have a license. The officer then asked the driver to get out of the vehicle. That’s when the driver decided to flee instead. The truck took off headed towards Marshall Street south from Benwood where he reached speeds of 50...

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Benwood police investigating incident involving 2-month-old baby

Benwood police are investigating an incident that involved a 2-month-old baby. A call came into the department around 9 o’clock Monday morning of an infant not breathing. The child was still alive and taken to a local hospital and then taken by medical helicopter to Morgantown. According to Police Chief Frank Longwell, it is believed the baby was in bed with the father — and that no drugs were involved. This is the third instance of an infant being injured while in bed with a parent since last July in the city. And Longwell says babies need to be put...

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