Archives for April 2016

A major marijuana drug bust in Washington County

A major drug bust in Washington County as police believe a small home in Bentleyville was more like a greenhouse for marijuana. WTAE-TV is reporting that police Chief Richard Young said after a search warrant was executed Friday, investigators were “amazed to see this much in a small house, especially when you’re dealing with a single-family dwelling that had multiple children within.” Police said the basement was divided into three rooms containing 71 marijuana plants, multiple irrigation, heating, lighting and ventilation systems. The homeowner, Richard Ritenour, was arrested and is facing multiple drug charges and was being held in the Washington County Correctional Facility.

About one in 10 West Virginia children has to grow up with a parent behind bars

About one in 10 West Virginia children has to grow up with a parent behind bars at some point. According to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, that can hurt them for life. The report, called “A Shared Sentence,” says 34,000 West Virginia children will have had a parent behind bars during their youth, one of the highest rates in the country. Laura Gandee, interim executive director for West Virginia KIDS COUNT, says it could leave permanent scars. She stated that having a parent who’s in prison can be as damaging to a child as child abuse or domestic violence and that it’s a very traumatic time in a child’s life. Gandee says the state’s high rate of incarcerated parents may be due to substance-abuse problems, for which there is a severe shortage of treatment slots.

Kent State University Tuscarawas to hold business seminar

Kent State University Tuscarawas will host the seminar “How Customer Relationship Management Can Help Sustain Revenue Growth” from 9:30 to 11 a.m. May 12 in the Small Business Development Center, 1776 Tech Park Drive NE, New Philadelphia. Sign-in will take place from 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. Topics will include enabling sales teams, strengthening individual sales associate performance, providing greater access to customer information, improving customer interactions and tracking and business relationship transparency. The event is free admission. To register: dmspence@kent.edu

SCOTUS rules on voting districts

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to those fighting to ensure elections are fair.

The court unanimously ruled states can draw voting districts based on counting an area’s total population, not just the number of people of voting age. Catherine Turcer, policy analyst with voting-rights group Common Cause Ohio, explains the ruling doesn’t change things in Ohio, which already does total population redistricting at the State Legislature. But she says it’s an important decision nonetheless.

The cities of Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton and Toledo all joined in an amicus brief in the case opposing changes to voting age population districts.

SCOTUS

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to those fighting to ensure elections are fair.

The court unanimously ruled states can draw voting districts based on counting an area’s total population, not just the number of people of voting age. Catherine Turcer, policy analyst with voting-rights group Common Cause Ohio, explains the ruling doesn’t change things in Ohio, which already does total population redistricting at the State Legislature. But she says it’s an important decision nonetheless.

The cities of Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton and Toledo all joined in an amicus brief in the case opposing changes to voting age population districts.

Former Uhrichsville man sentenced to life in prison for murder

Wesley ‘Buster’ Clark, formerly of Uhrichsville, was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for killing 25 year old Dustin Moreland of Dennison. Harrison County Prosecutor Owen Beetham recommended that Hervey give Clark the maximum sentence – life in prison without the possibility of parole. Several members of Moreland’s family addressed the court Tuesday before Judge T. Shawn Hervey sentenced Clark to life in prison with parole eligibility after serving 30 years.

Two bomb threats under investigation by authorities

Two bomb threats were called into Belmont College and neighboring Belco Works on Tuesday morning.

Authorities say a computer-generated voice called Belmont County 911 at 7:48 a.m. to make the security threats. Chief Deputy James Zusack with the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office says the two locations were immediately evacuated and searched. Meanwhile, police are investigating the call and where it originated.
Authorities have declined to release further information pending the outcome of the investigation.