Concealed carry permit suspended
STEUBENVILLE - The concealed carry permit for Selwny F. Ellis Jr., 22, of 2023 Oregon Ave. was suspended for one year on Wednesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Ellis pleaded guilty to an amended indictment charging possession of a firearm while intoxicated.
Ellis was pulled over by City Police on May 6 and immediately told the officer he had a concealed carry permit. The officer suspected Ellis was under the influence of alcohol but he tested under the legal limit.
He was indicted on a felony charge of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, but the county prosecutor's office agreed to amend the charge to a misdemeanor.
County Assistant Prosecutor George Sarap said Ellis has no prior record and had just obtained the concealed carry permit.
Bruzzese also issued a fine of $50 against Ellis. The judge said Ellis' gun will be returned to him after the one-year suspension of the concealed carry permit.
Route 2 paving to begin Sunday
WELLSBURG - Crews will be working through the night next week to pave state Route 2 from 27th Street to state Route 67.
Officials with the West Virginia Division of Highways said beginning Sunday and continuing through Friday, crews with Kelly Paving will be working on the section of highway from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Traffic will be reduce to one lane but maintained with flaggers while crews rotomill the highway, perform drainage work and repave the highway.
Completion of the project could be delayed by rain. Drivers are asked to reduce speed as they enter the work zone.
PSD board calls special meeting
WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Public Service Board has called a special meeting at 3:30 p.m. Monday to discuss a propposed inter-governmental agreement with the city of Follansbee involving the reading of meters for Follansbee water customers served by the district.
The meeting will be held at the board's office at 711 Charles St.
Flu clinic set for Sept. 27
FOLLANSBEE - The Brooke County Health Department will offer flu vaccinations Sept. 27 at the Brooke County Senior Center.
There's no cost for those who present Medicare cards. Other insurance cards also should be presented.
Appointments should be made by calling (304) 527-3410.
For information, call the health department at (304) 737-3665.
Hydraulic fracturing focus for panel
STEUBENVILLE - Students for a Fair Society will host an informational two-person panel on the costs and benefits of hydraulic fracturing at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery of the J.C. Williams Center at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Panelists include Dr. Yuri Gorby; Howard A. Blitman, chair of civil and environmental engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.; and the Rev. Neil Pezzulo of Glenmary Home Missioners in Cincinnati.
Students for a Fair Society is a group dedicated to upholding the teaching of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church in its fullness, according to officials. Neither the Franciscan University nor the Catholic Diocese of Steubenville have confirmed whether they have signed a lease for mineral extraction.
This event is free and open to the public.