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Man pleads guilty to sex crime

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — This week saw a last-minute guilty plea in a sex crime, and the sentence of a co-defendant in a York Township theft in office case in Belmont County Common Pleas Court. Derrick Ellington, 41, of 4415 Noble St., Bellaire, was scheduled for trial Tuesday before Belmont ...

Diocese reaches settlement in lawsuit

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WHEELING — A settlement has been reached in a civil suit filed by a former secretary to former Bishop Michael Bransfield against the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. The suit initially was filed in Ohio County Circuit Court in March on behalf of “J.E.,” identified only as a personal ...

Weedmaps to stop advertising unlicensed pot businesses

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The major online pot shop directory and cannabis marketplace Weedmaps announced Wednesday that it will no longer allow black-market businesses to advertise on its site, a decision that could boost California’s efforts to rein in its vast illegal market. State regulators ...

Air New Zealand blames profit dip on engine issues, fuel

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s national carrier said Thursday that increased fuel costs and engine problems were the main reasons why its annual profit dropped by more than 30 percent. Air New Zealand on Thursday reported a pre-tax profit of 374 million New Zealand dollars ...

Pentagon cancels billion-dollar missile defense project

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is pulling the plug on a billion-dollar, technically troubled project to build a better weapon that would destroy incoming missiles. The move is aimed in part at considering new approaches to missile defense at a time of rapid technological change. The ...

Hoagland, DeWine announce safety center

Community

COLUMBUS — State Sen. Frank Hoagland joined Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday as he issued an executive order creating a statewide school safety center through a new specialized division of Ohio Homeland Security. The new comprehensive statewide office, the Ohio School Safety Center, will ...

Bethany’s president delivers ‘State of the College’ address

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BETHANY — The Rev. Dr. Tamara Rodenberg, president of Bethany College, said the institution continues to adapt and innovate in its approach to academic excellence. The Bethany community gathered together Monday in Wailes Theatre to hear the annual “State of the College” address ...

Detours expected with lower bridge weight limit

Community

WHEELING — Downgrading the weight limit of the Washington Avenue Bridge in Wheeling is expected to cause logistical changes that will also increase travel time for many large trucks and buses that regularly use the aging span. City of Wheeling officials announced this week that the weight ...

Road repairs expected once utility work is complete

Community

FLUSHING — Mayor Angelo Vincenzo expressed confidence that damages to Johnson Lane will be fixed once utility work is completed there after a resident expressed frustration from dealing with the resulting water runoff for six months. At the Aug. 8 regular council meeting, Flushing resident ...

Common Slovakian Roots

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BARTON — St. Nicholas Orthodox Church will host a visit from Bishop Milan Lach, S.J., this weekend. Milanis a hierarch of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma, Ohio. The bishop and members of his family have planned this visit because their ancestors and the ancestors of many church ...

Two arrested in Wheeling Island shooting death

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WHEELING — Two people have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of an Ohio man on Wheeling Island earlier this week. Danny Ivan Mendoza, 25, of Maryland and Mai’ehia Lane-Plater, 22, of Wheeling, were arrested Wednesday afternoon in Fort Washington, Maryland, after Wheeling ...

Bulldog Pride Night

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LOCAL YOUNGSTERs enjoy the annual “Bulldog Pride Night” held at the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District campus Tuesday. Parents, students and family members toured the building, met the teachers and students received their schedules and other materials. Pictured, from left, are ...

Pugh re-applying for mayoral run

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The upcoming mayoral race will have multiple challengers, but the incumbent may not be on the ballot. Monday’s meeting of the Belmont County Board of Elections saw three contenders for St. Clairsville’s mayor approved for candidacy on the ballot. However, incumbent ...

Chase, kidnapping cases in court

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BELLAIRE — Two defendants, accused of a kidnapping and high-speed car chase, appeared in Belmont County Eastern Division Court Tuesday, with further hearings set for this week. Jonathan Michael Sampson, 32, of 125 Carter Ave., Tridelphia went before before Judge David Trouten, but no plea ...

Council approves $780K budget

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BRIDGEPORT — After much consulting between the village and the Ohio Auditor of State’s Office, village council unanimously approved the Fiscal Year 2019 budget. Bridgeport Mayor David Smith thanked two workers with the auditor’s office, and council president Marvin Husarik, for their ...

Trump acknowledges China policies may mean economic pain

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump acknowledged Tuesday his aggressive China trade policies may mean economic pain for Americans but insisted they’re needed for more important long-term benefits. He insisted he’s not fearing a recession but is nonetheless considering new tax cuts to ...

Walmart sues Tesla for solar panels that went up in flames

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NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart sued Tesla for “gross negligence” on Tuesday, saying that the electric car company’s energy division installed solar panels that went up in flames on its store rooftops. The retailer said fires broke out at seven store rooftops between 2012 and 2018, causing ...

Accident claims life of Scio woman

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CADIZ — Mary Taylor, 60, of Scio, was killed in a two-vehicle accident that happened about 11:45 a.m. Monday on U.S. 22, west of Cadiz, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Taylor was driving a 1998 Nissan pickup truck east on the road when police say she lost control of the vehicle. ...