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Cosby judge rejects new trial bid; Camille Cosby sees bias

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge on Tuesday rejected Bill Cosby’s bid for a new trial or sentencing hearing, leading the comedian’s wife, Camille, to again accuse the judge of bias against her husband. The ruling by the same judge that presided over Cosby’s trial also led the ...

Review: ‘Johnny English’ sequel is an ode to low-tech charm

There’s nothing really new or fresh or bold in “Johnny English Strikes Again,” the third installment of Rowan Atkinson’s bumbling-spy saga/James Bond spoof. And for some of us, maybe that’s not such a terrible thing. Sometimes you don’t want the hip new cocktail. Sometimes you ...

Megyn Kelly apologizes for suggesting blackface OK

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC’s Megyn Kelly swiftly apologized Tuesday for a morning show segment that questioned why dressing up in blackface for a Halloween costume is wrong. Following a social media backlash, Kelly wrote in an email to NBC News colleagues that she realized such behavior is ...

GOP candidate DeWine stumps in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — With Election Day fast approaching, the GOP contenders for Ohio’s governor and lieutenant governor visited Republican Party headquarters to encourage a more grassroots effort. Mike DeWine, Ohio’s attorney general and candidate for governor, and running mate Jon Husted, ...

Conference focuses on future

WHEELING — As stakeholders partner across state lines in an effort to create a petrochemical hub in the tri-state area, those here are looking for ways to to ensure that West Virginia comes out on top regarding developments related to potential a ethane cracker plant. Economic advisers, ...

Murder suspect seeks new representation

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Brookside man accused of the shooting murder of his wife may be getting new representation from the state and a possible change in trial dates. Rudolph Richard Galberth, 37, of 11 Driggs Lane, appeared Tuesday in Belmont County Common Pleas Court. Attorneys from the ...

Rates raised to pay back borrowed money

STEUBENVILLE — City officials are hoping they’ve raised water and sewer rates enough to convince Ohio EPA and lenders they’ll be able to pay back any money the city has to borrow for much-needed infrastructure improvements, without unduly burdening residents living on low- or ...

Mills gets eight years in drug case

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A man arrested with more than 90 grams of cocaine in his possession will spend the next eight years behind bars. Dermial Herbert Mills, 34, with addresses in Bellaire and Cleveland, saw the maximum sentence imposed for second-degree felony possession of drugs. During ...

Bids are opened in Monroe

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County officials took another step toward making a planned building a reality on Monday. Bid openings for construction of an agricultural learning center in Woodsfield began during a Monroe County Board of Commissioners meeting. Mary Jo Westfall, Ohio State University ...

Renacci stops by locally

WOODSFIELD — U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci said Monday afternoon that Monroe County reminded him of the western Pennsylvania coal and steel community where he grew up. “I understand what these people here are concerned about,” said Renacci, R-Ohio, who is vying for a U.S. Senate seat on Nov. 6. ...

Drug take back events set for Saturday

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Law enforcement in both Belmont and Harrison counties will participate in drug take back events on Saturday. According to information released by Peter Riesbeck, Riesbeck Food Markets Inc. director of human resources, this initiative addresses a vital public safety and ...

Arena floor is multi-faceted

WHEELING — The floor of WesBanco Arena can change over as frequently as twice in the same day. Whether it’s insulated, ice, dirt or built for basketball, arena officials say changes to the floor can require a tremendous amount of labor in a short period of time. Just last week, more ...

Shelter facing high demand

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two new full-time assistant dog wardens are now working for the Belmont County Animal Shelter. Each new assistant is paid about $12 per hour, and the commissioners are looking to hire assistant dog wardens from the current kennel staff. The county commissioners said the ...

Free safety course offered

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — For the second year in a row, Sgt. Tom DeVaul of the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement and state officers are offering a course that is required to obtain a hunting license. DeVaul said they are motivated by a love of the sport and a desire ...

Bellaire’s ‘Boo Bash’ was bustling

WAITING TO get Halloween candy during the Boo Bash in City Park in Bellaire on Saturday are, front row, from left, Johnny Adams, 8, of Powhatan; Chloe Barack, 10, and Luke Barack, 8, of St. Clairsville; and Rowdy Adams, 10. Middle row, from left, Addison Kovach, 10, of Powhatan; Allison Vingia, ...

Ghosts and ghouls on the run

T-L Photo/ ROBERT A. DEFRANK THE OHIO Valley Mall hosts the Monsters in the Mall 5K on Saturday, where participants were invited to run in costume to raise money for Coats for Kids at Belmont, Ohio, Brooke and Marshall County Salvation Army sites. More than 50 pre-registered, with almost 100 ...

WWII vets share stories

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Nine Belmont County veterans who served during World War II had breakfast and shared their memories of that turning point in history on Saturday. The St. Clairsville American Legion hosted the gathering, and many Legion members took the opportunity to meet and speak with ...

Empty lots a burden

MARTINS FERRY — There are now nearly 60 empty lots the city must take care of following demolition of blighted properties. Caring for those lots has become a bit of a burden on the city, which already is stretching its resources and manpower thin. Councilman Bruce Shrodes brought the ...

Students learn many facets of bus safety

MARTINS FERRY — When to be quiet. How to escape during an emergency. When it is OK to cross the road. These are just a few of the rules taught to youngsters who attend school across the Ohio Valley. And one local district already has taught its students the rules in advance of National ...

Flushing man still on the run

FLUSHING — A Flushing resident accused of pandering child pornography still is on the run nine days after a warrant for his arrest was issued through the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department. Chief Deputy James Zusack said Wesley A. Burdge, 46, of Flushing still has not been found. He fled ...