Archives for July 2016

MCDOWELL VO-Retired Glen Dale city clerk facing embezzlement charges

A retired Glen Dale city clerk was formally arraigned Monday morning in Marshall County on charges of embezzlement…

Pamela Lantz pled not guilty to the charge and now has until Wednesday to post bond and avoid jail. She allegedly took more than $70,000 from the city. The judge set bond in the amount of $5,000 cash or surety professional bondsman.

Lantz is facing 1-10 years in prison if convicted.

Marshall County Prosecutor Rhonda Wade say Lantz would change the book-keeping when mostly large companies — and sometimes other customers — paid their water bills.

According to an FBI investigation, Lantz admitted the crime.

She had moved to the Columbus area a few years ago, but came back to Marshall County to face the charge.

Martins Ferry paving company spilled chemicals into the Ohio River

A Martins Ferry paving company spilled chemicals into the Ohio River on Saturday. More from Lin McDowell…

30,000 to 40,000 gallons of the liquid basis used for their asphalt leaked out, with a small portion reaching the shore of the river, according to Ohio County EMA director Lou Vargo.

Vargo says while it made quite the mess, he stated the environmental impact would be minimal. He added the majority of it was contained into the plant area. A small amount traveled down to the shore line, but there was no negative environmental impact.

Vargo says the EPA was contacted due to protocol, but because the spill was mostly contained, he does not believe any wildlife is in danger.

I’m Lin McDowell

Disruptive casino hotel guest facing multiple charges

A disruptive casino hotel guest was asked to leave a local hotel, but instead ended up behind bars.

WTOV-TV is reporting Wheeling police say Kelsie McKinney was arrested for trespassing after hotel security at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack asked her to leave several times.

McKinney was a guest from Missouri and was acting out. McKinney was then taken to police headquarters where she refused to be fingerprinted and told officers she didn’t want to mess up her nails, had a disease, and began hissing.

She is also charged with obstructing an officer, but has bonded out of jail.

I’m Lin McDowell

A blaze in Mingo Junction Wednesday morning

A blaze in Mingo Junction Wednesday morning…more from Lin McDowell…

Multiple crews responded to a duplex fire along Simpson Way in Mingo Junction on Wednesday morning.

According to officials, a family, including children and a dog, made it out of the home safely. They say most of the fire was contained to the upper floor of the duplex.

The fire ignited around 8:45 a.m.

Crews from Mingo Junction, Hillendale, Steubenville and Brilliant fire departments assisted in extinguishing the blaze.

I’m Lin McDowell