Sanitary board will meet Thursday
WEIRTON - The city Sanitary Board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Sanitary Board Conference Room located at 5000 Freedom Way.
Father to stand trial in child's death
PITTSBURGH - The father of a 12-year-old girl who was killed when his SUV backed over her during her first date has been ordered to stand trial on drunken driving and endangerment charges.
Richard Benton, 54, of Pittsburgh, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday after Allegheny County prosecutors added two counts of endangering the welfare of a child to a previously filed drunken driving charge.
Police contend Benton was drunk when Shamera Harris got out of his SUV on Feb. 23 to pose for photos with a boy after her first date. When Benton also got out, the vehicle drove backward over the girl, dragging her until it hit a tree.
"He's maintaining he's innocent of any wrongdoing. It's a horrible tragedy for the whole family," defense attorney David Cercone said after the court proceeding.
According to a criminal complaint, Benton refused field sobriety and breath tests after slurring his words and smelling of alcohol at the scene of the crash.
Benton told police he thought the vehicle was in park.
The girl's mother, Carla Harris - who is Benton's girlfriend - told police Benton was "messing around with the gear shifter" before getting out of the vehicle.
Harris has said she wasn't aware Benton was drinking before she went with him to pick up her daughter and the boy at a movie theater.
WVU says enrollment holds steady
MORGANTOWN - West Virginia University officials say the number of students on its Morgantown campuses is expected to look similar to last year's total.
While the school will do its official count in October, this year's freshman class should be between 4,900 and 5,000 first-time students.
The Dominion Post reports that there were 29,466 students on WVU's main campus last year.
That was a slight dip from the previous year and included freshman enrollment of 4,913 students.
Officials say the school is still seeing students from its traditional eastern feeder states and there's also been an increase in students from the Big 12 footprint, mainly from Texas
There's a slight uptick in students from Pennsylvania and Ohio but the university has seen a drop in students from New Jersey and Maryland.