RIVER NEWS THURSDAY 4.26.18
Ohio AG Investigating Bethesda Police Chief
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office said they are looking into possible misuse of the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway, against Bethesda Police Chief Eric Smith.
Smith has been on paid administrative leave for several weeks after some concerns were expressed by residents.
Former Sheriff Fred Thompson has been named police commissioner for the village, temporarily replacing Smith.
Meanwhile, two police officers resigned following the action taken against Smith. Councilman Brian Bee resigned due to a conflict of interest.
The County Prosecutor’s Office is also reviewing information to determine if any criminal charges are warranted against Smith.
Moundsville Luring Case Ends With False Report Arrest
Moundsville Police Chief Tom Mitchell said a woman was arrested after a story concerning a child predator at the Loading Zone on 4th Street.
Amanda Ross was arrested for falsely reporting an emergency in Moundsville.
Police say video surveillance showed she was lying, and then an admission of guilt led to her arrest.
The luring incident that took place at the Dairy Queen on April 15 is still under investigation.
Gathering in Weirton for Steelworker Memorial Day
Steelworkers, families and the public will gather in Weirton today for Steelworker Memorial Day.
Each year on April 26, a service honors the 117 steelworkers who have died while working at the mill.
Those names are listed on a memorial on County Road and are read aloud while a bell is rung.
This is the seventh year for the service, which local officials said is important to help the public realize how dangerous working at the mill truly is.
Early Voting in WV Starts
Election Day, May 8th, is less than two weeks away for residents in WV. For those individuals confident in their choices for office, they can vote before then thanks to early voting. Donald Kersey with the WV Secretary of State’s office says residents have multiple options about where to vote.
This year voters will have to present an acceptable form of ID, which can be a government-issued card such as a driver’s license, or a utility bill, or a bank statement issued within six months of the election.
Early voting continues through May 5.
Ohio Co. Man Arrested After Shooting
A man has been arrested after a shooting on Stone Church Road in Ohio County.
Christopher “Kevin” Wildern is in jail after he allegedly shot his girlfriend with a high-powered rifle. She suffered serious injuries to her arm and was air lifted to a Pittsburgh hospital.
Wildern was arrested because he is not allowed to have a weapon due to a court recently ruling that he was found mentally defective.
Wildern is in the Northern Regional Jail on a $5,000 cash-only bond.