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Washington County Sheriffs Apprehend Felony Robbery Suspect

By: KDKA-TV News Staff WASHINGTON (KDKA) – On Wednesday, Washington County Sheriffs took a suspect wanted for a felony robbery into custody after he was spotted in the parking lot of a Taco Bell in Washington. According to sheriffs, Chad Smith was wanted by both county sheriffs and City of Washington Police for robbery. He was seen in the passenger seat of a vehicle in the parking lot of the Taco Bell on West Chestnut Street and was ultimately taken into custody. Once Smith was arrested, police also found approximately 10.5 grams of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. He is facing charges of possession with intent to deliver, tampering with evidence, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and flight to avoid apprehension.
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Harrison County, OHheraldstaronline.com

Tornado, strong winds pummeled Jefferson, Harrison counties

WINTERSVILLE — A tornado winded its way through Jefferson and Harrison counties Thursday evening, destroying a Bantam Ridge home and damaging other structures during a powerful storm tracked by the National Weather Service from Columbiana County to Harrisville. Lee Hendricks, a meteorologist with the weather service’s Moon Township office, said...
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Wintersville, OHheraldstaronline.com

Storm damage in Wintersville: A slideshow

The storm that rolled through the region Thursday evening created a great deal of damage along Bantam Ridge Road in Wintersville. Officials with the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh will be investigating the debris to determine the severity of the event. Staff writer Warren Scott took these photos in that area Friday morning.
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Tornado Touches Down In Wintersville, Ohio, Damaging 23 Homes

JEFFERSON COUNTY, OHIO (KDKA) – A tornado touched down in Wintersville, Ohio, and damaged 25 structures on Thursday night. Wintersville fire chief Rob Herrington said the line of damage is a mile long in the Bantam Ridge Road area. He said the structures damaged include 23 houses, one business and one church. Five of the homes are total losses. (Photo Credit: KDKA) Herrington said many people were in their homes when the twister hit. Thankfully, no one was hurt. The roof of a home in the 800 block of Bantam Ridge Road was torn off and the walls are caving in. On the same street, there were trees on houses, a garage roof on top of a house and more homes with roofs missing. Herrington said a church caught fire, possibly after being hit by lightning. Michelle Moodie lives nearby, and she captured cellphone video when the apparent tornado was forming right before 6 p.m. She said the clouds were rotating, debris was flying around and sparks were flashing as the twister struck what was like power lines and transformers. WATCH: Possible Tornado Hundreds of residents in Jefferson County lost power. Herrington said many power lines came down and crews were removing debris off power lines.
Washington County, PAmonvalleyindependent.com

Washington County to consider home rule

A bi-partisan move by two Washington County commissioners will let the voters decide in November if they want a study to consider changing the county’s current government structure. In a 2-1 vote during a special meeting Thursday, Board of Commissioners President Diana Irey Vaughan, a Republican, and Vice President Larry...
Wintersville, OHWTOV 9

As night turns to day, it's time to assess storm damage

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio — Multiple agencies are out accessing the damage after a tornado ripped through parts of Wintersville on Thursday. As night turned to day, witnesses began to reflect on what happened. "Nobody was hurt,” Pastor Mike Mantos of the Wintersville Community Chapel said. “Everybody has come out fine....
New Athens, OHTimes-Leader

New Athens hit hard by tornado

NEW ATHENS — Numerous homes were damaged and power lines downed Thursday evening after tornadoes touched down in New Athens and Wintersville. One home on Culbertson Drive in New Athens was completely destroyed after the tornado ripped through the property, taking the roof with it. Homeowners John and Deb Ledger said they were in the middle of eating dinner around 5 p.m. when they received a tornado warning alert on their phones. It was only moments later when the twister began tearing away the roof of the structure. John said they began running through the home into the back of the house as the roof continued to rip away from the building. It was thrown into their backyard.
Belmont County, OHTimes-Leader

Rape trial testimony ends, verdict expected today

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The prosecution and defense rested their cases Thursday in the third day of Charles Olman’s trial for the rape of a 7-year-old girl. The jury will hear closing arguments this morning and then begin to deliberate. Olman, 29, of Bridgeport is accused of committing the offenses from...
Belmont County, OHWTOV 9

Key roads getting $1 million upgrade in Belmont County

BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio — A more than $1 million project will soon begin on Pogue Road that will include a complete restructuring of the roadway. Contractor Shelly and Sands will be rebuilding portions of Pogue and Oakview roads off U.S. 40 through a full-depth reclamation process. The roads run through...
Burgettstown, PAObserver-Reporter

Burgettstown woman waives child custody case

A Burgettstown woman waived her felony child custody interference charges Thursday to Washington County Court. District Judge Gary Havelka kept Lacey Unne Blake, 35, in Washington County jail without bond as federal charges were pending against the woman, online court records show. Blake was accused of taking her four children...
Wintersville, OHWeirton Daily Times

August installment of Wednesdays in Wintersville coming up

WINTERSVILLE — The weather has not been especially kind to the new Wednesdays in Wintersville that got off the ground first on June 2, and continued July 7, but there’s hope that Wednesday offering happens under sunny skies. Weather aside, people still came out to support the family-friendly July event...
Wintersville, OHWTOV 9

Hometown Olympians: Les Carney

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio — In the fall of 2015, Indian Creek named its brand-new track after Lester Carney, a sprinter who was an Olympic medalist. Born in 1934, Carney and his family would eventually to Wintersville, where he was a standout student-athlete. He earned a football scholarship to Ohio University,...
New Athens, OHHarrison News-Herald

UPDATE: SR 519 in New Athens closed

NEW ATHENS -Ohio 519 remains closed until power can be restored, according to J.D. Marlatt, transportation administrator for District 11 of ODOT in Harrison County. J.F. Electric, which has been contracted by AEP Ohio for that work, is on the scene and clearing debris and replacing two telephone polls on 519. But an employee of J.F. Electric said it could last well into Friday evening before their work is done.
Cadiz, OHheraldstaronline.com

County Fair officials seek to replace old barn

CADIZ — Officials are looking to replace a barn that has held livestock at the Harrison County Fair for 100 years. Members of the fair board made the decision after not being able to house horses in the barn due to unsafe conditions. The board has launched a capital campaign to raise money for the construction of a new barn, which they hope to able to complete before next year’s fair. The new barn will be 40-by-12-by-180 feet and feature 30 stalls, a tack room and a change room.