Bellaire chief details arrests for council

BELLAIRE – Bellaire Police Chief Mike Kovalyk gave village council a detailed rundown of the incident Monday night that led the arrest of a fugitive wanted out of El Paso, Texas.

David and Eddie Rector, 38, were both apprehended after Lt. William Shallcross and Ptl. Kevin Yates responded to a call that a male was threatening to shoot people at the Francis Wallace Apartments.

After determining Eddie Rector was featured on a Crime Stoppers web site and was wanted by El Paso Police, both men were detained.

Eddie Rector was listed as armed and dangerous and was wanted on a warrant for parole violation.

“We were aware he was in the area,” Kovalyk said. “He had connections with previous people that we’ve arrested here in the area surrounding St. John Grade School.

“No one was injured or hurt during the arrest. The two subjects were wanted out of El Paso. (David Rector) is still in the area because he is out of his pickup radius.

“Certain offenses are designate according to severity of offense for a pickup radius.”

Kovalyk noted that while both Rectors were staying with relatives in the Bellaire area, those relatives, like the Rectors, are originally from out of state.

The chief commented that a lot of the arrests being made in town recently are not of Bellaire natives.

“We have an influx of people from Texas and a lot of our arrests of late have been people not from Bellaire.”

  • Council approved an ordinace transferring property in the village’s commerce park tothe Belmont County Port Authority for the sole purpose of economic development.

A warranty deed will be drafted in consideration of $20,000 with the expectation that the port authority will cause the property to be transferred to Muxie Distributing. It is anticpated a minimum of 30 additional jobs will be created within the village.

The three-reading rule was suspended via a 6-0 vote and the ordinance also passed 6-0.

  • Councilman Jerry Fisher proposed that the village take an official stance of support for the upcoming Bellaire Village Schools’ levy. It passed 6-0.
  • Pam Nyles from the Bellaire Chamber of Commerce, in a letter to council, asked for any assistance with Cashland’s Sept. 15 Adopt-a-Pet fundraiser to benefit juvenile diabetes research. Cashland is looking for monetary gift basketb donations.

Solicitor Ed Sustercic also informed council of Cashland’s zoning variance request so that it can move into the former Westy’s Grocery.

Russell Burkhart told Sustercic that a few more meetings need to take place in regard to that issue.

  • Burkhart informed council he’s been having issues with the demolition crews in town. Some of them, Burkhart explained, are tearing down the houses they are contract to demolish and moving on to the next house without cleaning up the initial property.

“We should give them 30 days to get the hosue town, covered with topsoil and seeded and put straw over the grounds before moving on,” Burkhart said. “One gentleman told me the work was completed. I went and checked and it wasn’t. That the second time this particular person has done that.”

  • The Bellaire Police Department wrote 16 tickets for illegal parking during August. Parking ticket collections for the month were $694 with collections for illegal parking tickets totalling $280.

Six traffic citations were heard in mayor’s court and nine in Belmont County Eastern Division Court.

The department made 12 general arrests, 19 via warrant, for a total of 31.

Eight vehicular crashes were responded to with a total of nine vehicle damage reports taken.

There were 385 calls dispatched to the department via Belmont County 911 in August.

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