Archives for November 2017

New Ordinance Governing Speech To Take Effect In Steubenville – Some Locals Outraged

A new ordinance in Steubenville means that if you want to speak at a council meeting, you will now have to register four days prior to that meeting. The ordinance will officially take place in late December, and it will mean that anyone who wants to speak before council during a regular meeting, will have to register all their questions, comments and concerns with the clerk by 4PM the previous Friday evening. This is a pretty big change, considering that until now, the public forum section of council meetings was always open for comments with no prior registration necessary. But some residents say that is just wrong… and on several fronts. First, they say they often have no idea what the agenda may be for the next meeting, so how can they submit questions about it in advance. They say if something is discussed during a meeting, they should be able to speak up about it at that same meeting, without having to wait a week to comment on it. The ordinance barely passed, by a 4 to 3 vote.

Harison County Garage Destroyed By Flames

Flames devoured a garage Tuesday evening in Harrison County. It happened on Sinfield Road in Hopedale, where firefighters say when they arrived the garage was fully involved. Inside that garage, was a lot of shop equipment, along with a four wheeler. All was destroyed. The blaze spread to the rear of a nearby house, where it melted the siding. The house was saved though. There is still no word on what may have started the fire. Nobody was hurt.

Subway Thief Sought

Police continue to investigate today, after a man broke into a Subway restaurant late last week, and got away with what they are calling “an undisclosed amount of cash.” It happened last Friday night just before 11 in Sistersville. If you think you may have any information about it that would help investigators nail the thief, you should contact Sistersville Police, who say while they are trying to get a clearer picture from surveillance video, they need any help from the public that they can get.

Belmont County Judge Comes Down Hard On Home Invaders

In Belmont County Court on Monday, the last of three men who were involved in a Martins Ferry home invasion last year, learned his fate. 24-year-old Derion Becker was hit hard… seven years in prison. It was close to the maximum allowable, which would have been 8 years. The crime happened in March of 2016 at a home on Columbus Avenue in Martins Ferry, and Becker was shot with his own gun during the incident, when the person living there grabbed his shotgun to shove it aside, and it went off, hitting Becker in the face. He had to be life flighted from the scene. In handing down the sentence, the judge commented that he believed Becker, after reviewing the entire record, was not a very good criminal. He told Becker, “you break into a guy’s house to commit this crime and you get your face blown off.” Becker’s two co-defendants, Chance Leonard and Stefon Ray, were sentenced to eight years in prison each.

Local Woman Dies In Carroll County Crash

A local woman died in a two-vehicle crash Saturday night in Carroll County. According to police, 20 year old Heaven Crosby was southbound on Citrus Road, when her car collided with a pickup truck in which six people were traveling. It happened around 8:30 Saturday night. Police say five of the six people in the truck were taken to area hospitals for treatment, but their conditions are unknown at this time. That fatal Saturday night crash remains under investigation today.

No Injuries Reported In Cameron Air Tank Blast

Some scary moments just before noon yesterday in Cameron, West Virginia, where an underground air tank ruptured at a business there. Officials say it happened at Camforge, a machine shop that makes supplies for the oil and gas industry. Although the explosion caused a lot of damage to the building, nobody was hurt in the blast. Emergency responders included the Cameron Volunteer Fire Department, Cameron Police and Marshall County EMA Director Tom Hart. The cause of that air tank rupture is still being investigated.

Police On The Lookout For Impaired Drivers

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says they want to be out there and be visible over the Thanksgiving holiday. AAA is predicting more than 51 million Americans will be traveling this holiday weekend, more than any Thanksgiving in the past decade. To keep the roads safe, and the traffic flowing, the Ohio State Highway Patrol will have additional troopers on the road. They say the Thanksgiving holiday is one of the biggest all year for arrests and impaired drivers. If you are pulled over and arrested for impaired driving on a holiday weekend, troopers say you better be prepared to spend some time behind bars too, until the courts reopen. Troopers say if you see anyone that you suspect may be an impaired driver, call them by hitting #677 on your cell phone.

Belmont Home Invader Sentenced

In Belmont County Court, a man was sentenced in connection with a home invasion robbery that took place last year. 26 year old Kenneth Hall suffered two gunshot wounds to his knees in the robbery that took place at a home on Pipe Creek Road last November. Hall pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery in October. On Monday, he was handed the maximum… eight years in prison.
Hall still needs crutches to get around after being shot by the homeowner, when he and another man… Lucas Crooks… each wearing masks, forced their way into a man’s house. The homeowner shot at them, injuring both Hall and Crooks. Hall was hit in both legs, and Crooks took a bullet to the neck. The judge came down particularly hard on Hall yesterday, saying not only did he violate the sanctity of the home, but he did it while young children were there. Crooks was also previously sentenced to eight years in prison for the crime.

Brooke City Accused Thief Headed To Trial

A Brooke County man who is already behing bars on charges related to a grand larceny case, is now headed to trial. Joshua Webster is charged with transferring stolen property and conspiracy to transfer stolen property. Webster was arrested last month, along with co-defendants Chad Galloway and Ashley Galloway. The three are accused in a string of thefts of expensive power tools that were later sold.

East Liverpool Shooting Leaves Woman With Gunshot Wound To The Head

An early morning shooting Sunday at Woodland Hills Apartments in East Liverpool remains under investigation by East Liverpool Police, who say two suspects remain at large after fleeing in a silver vehicle. Deandre Dozier and Randy Otis according to police, may still be in or around the Youngstown area. Police were called after the two allegedly barged into an apartment just after midnight, and following an argument, shot a woman in the head. The victim, who has been identifed as Christen Wilson, was rushed to an area hospital. There has been no update yet today on her condition. Both Dozier and Otis are said to be armed and dangerous. If you encounter them, do not approach them. Call the East Liverpool Police Department at (330) 385-1234.