Elderly man dies after fall

BELPRE – An elderly Beach Drive man died after falling off a ladder Wednesday at his home, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.

William Thomas Gotschall, 77, was on a six-foot ladder working on a houseboat at his residence, Sheriff Larry Mincks said. Gotschall collapsed and fell off the ladder, the sheriff said.

The cause of death is under investigation, Mincks said.