Archives for August 2017


A drug bust in Harrison County… A home in Harrison County was raided Wednesday, after a 9-month investigation following a tip about marijuana plants growing at the home on Stumptown Road. Officers swooped in and seized marijuana and a lot of cash. Also seized was what officers call “edibles”… food with marijuana laced in it. Several bags of marijuana, plants and a lot of items baked and infused with marijuana were seized, along with somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000 in cash, and weapons. The raid took nearly 2 hours to complete. A computer and cell phones, two vehicles, and syringes containing an unknown substance were also seized. Federal authorities are being called in, and additional charges are pending. The names of those taken into custody are not yet being released. They were later released and allowed to return home… for the time being. The investigation is widening.


In Belmont County yesterday, one man was taken to the hospital following some sort of an explosion. Emergency responders rushed to a property in Holloway after a bon fire somehow exploded, causing a man to suffer burns over a large part of his body. A medical helicopter landed at Schuler Park in Flushing to transport the burned man… whose identity has not yet been released… to a burn center in Pittsburgh. There’s no word today on his condition.


One person is dead following a Wednesday morning crash on County Road 68 in Toronto. 24-year-old Jacob Yeager of Toronto, died in that accident in Jefferson County. The Ohio State Highway Patrol believes alcohol was a factor. Yeager’s vehicle was headed north on County Road 68, and he lost control around a curve, went off the road sideways and rolled, then went top first into a tree, according to troopers, who also say he was not wearing a safety belt. Results of a toxicology report are pending.


In Jefferson County, some community members were at the Steubenville City Council Meeting, where they brought up the subject of rescue efforts for Hurricane Harvey victims.
Bishop Jermaine Moore and church member Maurice Prentice, said that they are collecting cases of water, to then deliver to the victims of the Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Maurice Prentice works for Fraley and Schilling Trucking Company. Now, through a hastily arranged partnership with Mount Zion Baptist Church, they are donating a truck to deliver the water to Texas, where despite the fact that they have gotten almost five feet of rain, they actually need water… drinking water that is. The effort got started because Prentice has a brother who lives in the devastated area, so he knows first hand how bad it is right now. He is one of the drivers who will be delivering the water to Texas, and he said he offered to donate his pay for the cost of the fuel to get it there. If you can donate a case of water, you can now drop it off at Mount Zion Baptist Church on 7th Street in downtown Steubenville.


The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Steubenville Police Department, swooped down on two homes in Steubenville Tuesday night, after getting tips about possible drug trafficking at the houses. Heroin was found in a home on Pennsylvania Avenue. Officers say they also found drugs in the house on Kendall Avenue after executing two search warrants. One man was taken into custody,but his name has not been released, as the investigation is ongoing. Officers credit the community for reporting their suspicions. More arrests may be pending, as the investigation continues.


An unrelated wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the man who shot Jefferson County Judge Joseph Buzzese [brew-ZEESE] earlier this month, has been dismissed. Nathaniel Richmond filed the lawsuit in April against the Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority following the deaths of some family members in a 2015 house fire, claiming that the house had exposed electrical wires and missing and inoperable smoke alarms. Lawyers representing Richmond filed a motion dismissing the case Friday. Richmond is the man police say shot Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese [brew-ZEESE] Jr. on August 21st, as the judge walked from his car to the courthouse in Steubenville. The judge as it turned out, was carrying a gun, and he fired back. A probation officer then shot and killed Richmond. The judge is recovering. Investigators now think that Richmond may have mistakenly thought Bruzzese [brew-ZEESE] had already dismissed the lawsuit the day he shot him.


An arrest Saturday in Belmont County for drug trafficking. Bellaire Police, along with the Belmont County Major Crimes Unit Drug Task Force, took 27 year old Anthony Hocker, formerly of Bellaire, into custody, when they nabbed him at the intersection of 46th and Jefferson Streets in Bellaire. Hocker is now facing four counts of drug trafficking heroin, including two felonies with specifications of trafficking within the vicinity of a school. Hicker is now behind bars in the Belmont County Jail where he is being held without bond.


There could be some traffic changes coming to downtown Wheeling. A study is said to be underway, into the possibility of making Main and Market streets two-way, in an effort to make Wheeling’s downtown area better for pedestrians. Mayor Glenn Elliott says he was notified by the West Virginia Division of Highways that the cost of the study will be covered by state and federal government up to 90 percent. The city will only have to cover 10 percent. He’s hoping that study could be done by 2019.


Some conservation and sportsman groups in Ohio are now concerned about what they claim a national-monument review could mean for the future of public lands. Mary Schuermann has the story…


A two vehicle accident Friday afternoon in Steubenville appears to have involved a unmarked sheriff’s vehicke. It happened at the intersection of Market Street and Fifth Street in Steubenville. So far, no information has been released regarding any injuries, or the name of the deputy who was in the unmarked car. No word on whether they were on duty at the time. Also no word on the identity of the other driver, or if there were any injuries. The investigation is ongoing.