Bellaire council utilizes program

BELLAIRE – Bellaire Village Council passed a resolution Thursday authorizing Village Administrator Dan Marling and Mayor Vince DiFabrizio to utilize Ohio’s Cooperative Purchasing program.

Directly after its passage, a subsequent ordinance was passed authorizing Marling to use that purchasing program to move forward with providing the Bellaire Police Department a new cruiser.

Both measures passed 5-0.

“I would like to thank council and Dan for the ordinance and for the purchase of the car,” Kovalyk said. “There is a need there and I appreciate everyone working together to get things done.”

Kovalyk noted his department had more than one vehicle over the 100,000 mile mark and the new cruiser, which could take anywhere from 60-120 days to obtain, will be a major help.

Judging from Friday’s arrest of an out-of-state fugitive on an extradition warrant out of Pennsylvania, they will likely need it.

Senior Patrol Officer J.J. Watson and Lt. William Shallcross worked quickly to apprehend Joshua Watson (Chi Chi), taking him at gunpoint and transporting him to the Belmont County Jail to await extradition back to Pennsylvania.

Watson was wanted on a felony parole violation and was also considered an escape risk with violent tendencies. The report stated that Watson was allegedly known to abuse drugs.

Kovalyk noted his department has seen an increase in out of the area criminals.

The chief also reminded residents to take extra precaution when driving on the roadways in and around town.

With the weather improving, more pedestrians, both on foot and riding bicycles and other modes of self-propelled transportation, will be out in full force.

“I’m just asking everyone to use a bit more caution,” Kovalyk said. “When the weather gets warmer, pedestrian traffic increases.”

Kovalyk is not being overly cautious in his plea either.

Tuesday, Bellaire police responded to a crash at the intersection on Noble and 41st streets. A pedestrian, Destiny M. Harris, was struck by a car and had to be transported to the hospital for treatment of a leg injury. The driver, a Terri Lou Nolan, was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

During April, Kovalyk noted his department has already picked up 18 fugitives on outstanding warrants. That is separate from the other arrests made during the month.

The chief noted that Judge John Vavra and the other division and county courts in Belmont County are working on the funding formula to ensure the law enforcement agency charged with transporting those picked up on warrants to the county jail are compensated. That should be in place shortly.

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