Man arrested in vehicular assault
STEUBENVILLE -Ronnie D. Watson, 29, of 179 township Road 310, East Springfield, was arrested Wednesday by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department in connection with an incident in which his girlfriend was run over by Watson's vehicle.
The sheriff's department reported the girlfriend and Watson were driving on state Route 43, Amsterdam, Tuesday evening when the girlfriend somehow exited the moving vehicle. The girlfriend was then run over by the rear tire, the sheriff's department reported.
Watson left the scene but came to the sheriff's department to give a statement on Wednesday. He claims his girlfriend tried to commit suicide. Watson then was arrested and faces charges of aggravated vehicular assault and domestic violence.
The girlfriend was taken to the hospital but there is no word on her condition.
Work set for U.S. Route 250
CADIZ - Work will begin Monday to repair a landslide and reconstruct a section of U.S. Route 250 (Cadiz-Harrisville Road) approximately 3 miles east of Cadiz, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported.
Construction will include the realignment of about one-half mile of U.S. Route 250 beginning at township Road 93 (Dickerson Church Road) extending eastward. Portions of the roadway embankment in this area have repeatedly eroded due to heavy rains, causing sections of the pavement and guardrail to fail, ODOT reported. The road will be reconstructed on a new alignment to eliminate the eroded embankment and prevent future rock slides. It will also remove a dangerous "S" curve and create a single gradual curve in its place, ODOT reported.
Two-way traffic will be maintained in an 11-foot lane with flaggers and temporary traffic signals, however, the road may be closed to traffic later this summer to allow for some of the work, ODOT reported.
ODOT's contractor for the $1.6 million project is Trucco Construction Co. of Delaware, Ohio, and work is expected to be completed by September.
WMC to raise funds for fireworks
WEIRTON - A campaign is being launched within the Weirton business community to raise money for this year's community Independence Day fireworks display.
Weirton Medical Center will be spearheading the effort to raise funds for this year's fireworks display, set to take place July 4 in the city, according to Kelli McCoy, director of communications at the hospital.
The Renaissance Weirton committee already donated $5,000 for the show, but Weirton Council members determined at Monday's regular meeting that the remaining costs were too much for the city's budget to accommodate. Consequently, they voted against funding the balance of the display this year.
"We will be forming a group of civic-minded business owners, individuals and organizations to raise the needed funds so our community can celebrate the nation's birthday," McCoy said. "WMC will lead the way with this effort as a way to say thank you to the community. We are confident this will be quickly accomplished."
The fireworks display will cap off a day of activities, including the annual Weirton Independence Day Parade in the morning, and the "Band Blast," battle of the bands event scheduled for the evening.