Local Briefs

Man charged following pursuit

FOLLANSBEE — A Wellsburg man has been charged with fleeing with reckless indifference following a police chase on Main Street (state Route 2) at about midnight June 28.

According to court documents, Michael D. Ensminger, 45, of 58 27th St., was observed by a Brooke County sheriff’s deputy traveling southbound near Mark Avenue, then veering across the double lines and into the northbound lane to pass a vehicle.

The deputy said Ensminger turned onto Gilbert Avenue, ran through two stop signs, and took Gilbert Avenue to return to Main Street, heading north “well above the posted speed limit” and struck a guardrail before stopping in the no driving lane near Archer Hill Road.

The officer said Ensminger emerged from his vehicle, ran across the southbound lanes of Route 2 and jumped over the guardrail. He said he followed Ensminger on foot, and the two rolled down the hill and into a chainlink fence.

The deputy said he and Ensminger were struggling when the suspect broke away and into an area of high vegetation, where he was apprehended by the department’s K-9 unit.

Prior to the pursuit, a warrant had been issued for Ensminger’s arrest for grand larceny for allegedly keeping a vehicle for a period beyond which the owner had agreed to lend it. Prior to that, Ensminger had been suspended for driving under the influence.

His case is pending in Brooke County Magistrate Court.

Concert set for Thursday

FOLLANSBEE — A free concert featuring the Big Band Sound of Vince Villanova will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the former Carlin Dodrill Field House by the Bluewave Center, formerly Follansbee Middle School.

The concert is intended to kick off Follansbee Community Days, which will be held Friday through Sunday at the Follansbee Community House parking lot nearby.

Airport board to meet on Monday

WINTERSVILLE — The Board of Trustees of the Jefferson County Regional Airport Authority will meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Monday in the public conference room in the terminal building at the Jefferson County Airpark, 600 Airpark Drive, Wintersville.


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