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W.Va. mayor, police chief charged

SUMMERSVILLE, — The mayor, police chief and former clerk of a West Virginia city have been charged with embezzlement. Criminal complaints filed Friday in Nicholas County charged Richwood Mayor Chris Drennen, police chief Lloyd Allen Cogar and former clerk Abigail McClung. The filings come ...

Elementary students to learn golf

PRINCETON, W.Va. — Elementary school students in a West Virginia county will start learning basic golf skills as part of their physical education classes. The First Tee of West Virginia says in a news release that students at 17 schools in Mercer County will get golf instructions from ...

Trump lashes out at Mexico, Central America

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday accused Mexican and Central American leaders of doing “nothing” to prevent illegal immigrants from coming to the United States — one day after his administration signed an agreement with some of those same leaders aimed at reducing the ...

Flu outbreak closes Hancock County Schools

NEW CUMBERLAND (AP) — All the schools in Hancock County are being closed because of a flu outbreak. A state Education Department spokesperson forwarded a voicemail from the superintendent confirming the Friday closures. In the voicemail, Superintendent Timothy Woodward says all schools in ...

DMV commissioner on her way out

CHARLESTON — The commissioner of the state Division of Motor Vehicles is on her way out after questions over her handling of the Motor Voter program and the rollout of automatic voter registration. In a statement Thursday, the Department of Transportation said the DMV Commissioner Pat Reed ...

Ward 5 council candidates present platforms

WEIRTON — The city will be holding its municipal primary election Tuesday, with registered voters casting ballots for the offices of mayor and all seven members of city council. There are five candidates filed to fill the seat of Ward 5 councilmember: George Charnie, Richard K. Ford, Jesse ...

‘Stuff the Bus’ to assist Weirton Christian Center

WEIRTON — For the third consecutive year, Holiday Lanes and its youth bowlers will be lending a hand to the Weirton Christian Center. Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, the annual Stuff the Bus collection will be held in the parking lot of the bowling alley, located at 3745 Main St., Weirton. ...

Traffic detour plans along U.S. Route 22 detailed

WASHINGTON, Pa. — Signs alerting motorists that U.S. Route 22 traffic would be detoured at the Burgettstown exit beginning April 15 were posted prematurely, a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesperson said Tuesday. “Those signs were not correct,” PennDOT District 12 Media ...

Brooke Intermediate North donates to St. Anthony Church

FOLLANSBEE —Brooke Intermediate North donated $1,674 to St. Anthony Church, Thursday. Raised from a penny war, the donated money will be used by St. Anthony’s “Friday Friends,” to go toward food bags on Fridays for students in need. The penny war is a fundraising competition where ...

Port authority to focus on grants

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Port Authority on Wednesday was informed by its Executive Director Evan Scurti he will be persuing an $800,000 grant which will allow Eastern Gateway Community College to purchase equipment to train workers for industrial jobs. Scurti said the federal ...

Man driving 130 mph was heading to White House

CHARLESTON (AP) — A Missouri man who threatened President Donald Trump and sped to the White House with a gun had driven 13 hours without stopping before he was pulled over along a West Virginia highway Wednesday, a trooper said. Eric Leonardo Charron of Kansas City, Missouri, was arraigned ...

Ex-Defense Department workers get probation for thefts

ELKINS (AP) — Two former U.S. Defense Department employees have been sentenced to four years’ probation for stealing and selling property from a government warehouse. Prosecutors say 35-year-old Shane Morgan of Buckhannon and his father, 61-year-old Russell Morgan of Helvetia, were ...

Woman allegedly posed as officer to ‘inspect’ pain meds

ST. CLAIRSVILLE (AP) — An Ohio woman is accused of following people home from a St. Clairsville pain clinic, pretending to be a police officer and telling them she needs to inspect their medications. Belmont County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Forro says 45-year-old Marlese Lopez of Martins ...

Area tourism directors share ideas

STEUBENVILLE — Tourism directors from three states gathered in Steubenville Wednesday to share ideas and marketing strategies, the first time they’ve met outside the Mountain State. Judy Bratten, executive director of the Visitor Center and Historic Fort Steuben, said it’s all about ...

Northern Panhandle’s roads need repairs

MOUNDSVILLE — West Virginia’s Department of Transportation on Tuesday released lists of secondary roads in need of maintenance, including priorities in Northern Panhandle counties. Included on the lists are rankings of which roads need the most maintenance work in each county and what ...

Where Weirton’s candidates stand on the issues

WEIRTON — The city will be holding its municipal primary election Tuesday, with registered voters casting ballots for the offices of mayor and all seven members of city council. Three of the city’s council races are uncontested, with only the incumbents of those three seats filing for ...

Chamber recognizes achievements of area businesses

CHESTER — Members and officials with the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce, along with their guests, gathered Tuesday at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort for the chamber’s 83rd-annual membership meeting and awards banquet, recognizing the accomplishments of area businesses and ...

Delegate Swartzmiller: Add Social Security tax bill to special session agenda

Delegate Randy Swartzmiller is asking for West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s help to make certain no seniors in West Virginia will pay taxes on Social Security benefits. Swartzmiller, D-Hancock, has written a letter to Justice requesting he extend the call for the current special legislative ...

Lawsuit: Bransfield ‘sexual predator’ and ‘binge drinker’

WHEELING — A civil lawsuit filed in Ohio County Circuit Court alleges Bishop Michael Bransfield to be “a sexual predator” prone to binge drinking liquor, then molesting young men. The suit filed Friday lists the complainant only as someone with the initials “J.E.,” described as ...

Wheeling Hospital accused of violating laws

WHEELING — The Department of Justice on Monday intervened in a whistleblower lawsuit against Wheeling Hospital Inc., R & V Associates Ltd. and hospital CEO Ronald Violi for allegedly violating the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback statute. The government, in its 49-page filing under the ...