‘Bernie’s Kids’ program brings joy to more than 200 kids at Christmas
BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. (WTRF) ‘Bernie’s Kids’ was brought to life about 40 years ago by former Brooke County Sheriff and Commissioner Bernard Kazienko as a way to help families in need at Christmas time Bernie got the idea from his uncle, Hillman “Izzy” Isinghood, who would repair bikes, wagons, or toys and give them to […]
Bell ringers, other support sought by Salvation Army
The Christmas season can be a busy time, filled with shopping and preparations for special gatherings, but it also is a time when many reflect on the blessings in their lives. Local leaders of the Salvation Army are asking area residents to consider those who are not as fortunate by helping them help fellow citizens in need.
Straub Automotive's generous toy donation revives Toys for Tots in Northern Panhandle
OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. — Straub Automotive has donated more than 250 toys to a non-profit that has just returned to the area. Since November, Straub has been collecting toys and donations from employees and customers to give to Toys for Tots. All told, they raised $1,000, more than 250...
Brooke County Centralized Ambulance Station back on track
BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. (WTRF) After a few snags, construction for the Brooke County Centralized Ambulance station is back on schedule. If you remember back in August tanks were found beneath the property that turned out to be an old gas station from the 50s. This follows the most recent reports from the DEP stating that […]
Brooke County Sheriff’s Department holds swearing in for nine promotions and two new deputies
BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. (WTRF) Multiple deputies on the Brooke County Sheriffs Department have received promotions and they were officially sworn into their new positions by Judge Jason Cuomo on Tuesday. Captain Doug Mills has been promoted to Chief Deputy. Kyler Ferguson has been promoted to Captain. Alex Shuman, Johnathan Tober, and Kaylin Ferguson are now […]
PSC asked to investigate Frontier outage that impacted 911 centers
The WV E911 Council is asking the Public Service Commission of West Virginia (PSC) to investigate after 10 emergency call centers were left unable to receive 911 calls for up to 10 hours last week due to a Frontier outage.
When will Brooke County's multi-million dollar judicial center be finished?
Brooke County’s new multi-million-dollar judicial center was set to be completed in the fall. But that didn’t quite happen. “With any large-scale project like this, you run into some minor snags, equipment delays, getting product to the site, so we've worked through all those details, we're in the final stages now, hopefully with an opening in mid-January,” Commissioner Tommy Diserio said.
Brooke County ambulance station construction has resumed
WELLSBURG — Brooke County Commissioner Tom Diserio said Tuesday an environmental issue that had delayed construction of the county’s new ambulance station has been addressed and work on the building has begun. Diserio provided an update on the project following Tuesday’s Brooke County Commission meeting. While crews...
Man allegedly punches K9 officer after fleeing local police
BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. (WTRF) – Brooke County deputies deployed a K9 in the arrest of a man in Follansbee Monday morning. Just after 8:30 a.m. Monday, Brooke County deputies were dispatched to an address on Lee Road, Follansbee for a complaint of a bond violation. Levi Thomas, 38, was at the residence, allegedly in the […]
Brooke County center hosts event for 'Healthy Grandfamilies'
BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. — The Brooke County Family Support Center will be hosting an event Thursday from 5-7 p.m. to help what they're calling “Healthy Grandfamilies.”. It's an opportunity for grandparents raising their grandchildren to learn about resources provided in the community. The event will focus on teaching...
Respiratory illness in dogs raises alarm: What local veterinarians want you to know
OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. — An unknown respiratory illness has been seen in dogs across the country. And local veterinarians want you to know what to do if the illness reaches your home. Just like people, dogs can catch the flu too. That's what this sickness mimics. "Flu is probably...
Local man arrested after multi-county crime spree and Steubenville store makes offers Christmas 365 days a year: Here’s a look back at the week’s top headlines
(WTRF) — Here’s a look back at the week’s top stories. Wheeling police have arrested a man who walked into a local business and allegedly committed an armed robbery. Man arrested in Brooke County is the same man that Wheeling Police were looking for in armed robbery Officials say it took place Wednesday at Lily’s […]
WELLSBURG — A local man has been charged with fleeing on food, resisting arrest and violation of a bond condition following a pursuit on Nov. 30 that ended in an altercation between him and the police dog of the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department. Thirty-eight-year-old Levi Thomas, who has...
Brooke County EMA to host meeting to prepare residents for winter weather
BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. (WTRF) Brooke County EMA is trying to prepare residents for winter weather with their Storm Ready Program. They will be hosting a Winter Weather Storm Spotter training course taught by the National Weather Service out of Pittsburgh. The program will be held in the River Room at the Brooke County Library in […]
Power outage planned Wednesday in Wellsburg area
WELLSBURG – Mon Power has scheduled a power outage for the Wellsburg area between 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Wednesday, according to the Brooke County Emergency Management Agency. The outage will affect approximately 1,400 customers, with affected customers to be notified by Mon Power. Several county government offices will...
Ohio Valley man arrested for kidnapping and other serious crimes
BROOKE COUNTY– An Ohio Valley man has been arrested for kidnapping and other serious crimes. Deputies in Brooke County say they responded to a report of a burglary in progress on Glass Lane, Wellsburg, WV. Officials say the owner of the establishment was able to detain a female subject but a man ran into the […]