Regional roundup

Texas man pleads to sexual abuse

WELLSBURG — A Lamarque, Texas, man pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of sexual abuse by a custodian and was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison.

Jim G. Kadin, 56, was sentenced after entering into a plea agreement reached by his attorneys, William Brogan and Justin Hershberger, and Brooke County Prosecutor Joseph Barki III and approved by 1st Judicial Circuit Court Judge Ronald Wilson.

According to court documents, the crimes stem from sexual contact with a child in Kadin’s care in 2015 and 2016.

The agreement allows Kadin to be considered for parole in seven years but pending its approval, he will be sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation and must register as a sex offender for life.

Barki said during the supervised probation restrictions will be placed on where Kadin may live and work and authorities may check his home, phone and computer periodically for evidence of violations.

The prosecutor said the plea agreement was supported by the victim’s parents.

Wellsburg volunteer cleanup planned

WELLSBURG — Members of the Downtown Wellsburg Revitalization group welcomes volunteers to join in a cleanup of Charles and Main streets from Sixth to 10th streets on Sept. 22.

Participants will meet at noon at the Wellsburg Town Square and are asked to bring gloves and cleaning supplies for pulling weeds, raking leaves and collecting litter. City officials have agreed to provide and collect garbage bags.

In the event of rain, the cleanup will be moved to Sept. 29.

Susie Mullenbach, project chair, said the intent is to spruce the downtown business district before the Wellsburg Applefest.

For information or to donate supplies, bottled water or money, call (304) 281-1239.

HC Oldtime Fair begins Friday

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Oldtime Fair takes place today through Sunday at Tomlinson Run State Park.

Admission today is a donation to the F.I.S.H. Pantry, and $1 on Saturday and Sunday.

Live entertainment takes place all three days at Shelter 1.

Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday with a day filled with activities, including K-9 demonstrations, the Barnyard Olympics and “fireman for a day.”

On Sunday, gates again open at 10 a.m. Featured Sunday will be tractor games, American classic car show and the Barnyard Olympics.

The fair also features crafts and vendors, baked good contests and exhibits.

Bat in Chester area tests positive for rabies

CHESTER — A bat from the Chester area was found to be positive for rabies, confirmed Wednesday by the Hancock County Health Department.

County health officials again are urging residents to be cautious when outside and if wild animals are present.

“Exercise extreme caution when observing an animal displaying strange behavior, especially animals that are usually nocturnal (such as bats and raccoons in daylight hours), animals that are staggering when walking, and/or animals that show no fear being around humans,” a release from the health department reads.

Residents are asked to contact the Hancock County Dispatch (911) if they encounter an animal acting strangely.

To report animal bites, contact the Hancock County Dog Warden at (304) 564-3311, extension 292 or the Hancock County Health Department at (304) 564-3343.

From staff reports