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Two arrested for kidnapping, beating teen

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From staff reports MARIETTA — Two Washington County men have been arrested following the alleged kidnapping and beating of a 14-year-old boy in Marietta Monday. The boy was rescued by his grandmother, who was contacted with a ransom demand. According to Marietta Police, Kyle Davis, 23, ...

Free yoga sessions to be offered at Point Park

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PARKERSBURG — Thanks to sponsorship support from area businesses and organizations, free community yoga will take place each Wednesday at the Point this summer, said Full Circle Yoga and Yoga at Point Park. In 2016, in a collaboration to provide outside community yoga to the Mid-Ohio ...

Woman sentenced on sexual abuse charges

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PARKERSBURG — A woman was sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in prison for her part in allowing two juvenile family members to be sexually abused by her boyfriend. Lesley Knox, 35, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County, was sentenced to two terms of 5-15 years in ...

Parkersburg man sentenced for involuntary manslaughter

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PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man was sentenced for involuntary manslaughter Tuesday in Wood County Circuit Judge Robert Waters’ court. Levi Gainer was sentenced to five years at the West Virginia Department of Corrections with 12 days of credit for involuntary manslaughter and one year ...

Countdown to midnight: Legislation awaits governor signature or veto

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CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice has until midnight tonight to sign or veto bills passed by the West Virginia Legislature, otherwise those bills become law automatically. The 2019 legislative session started Jan. 9 and ended March 9. During the 60-day session, the legislature passed 294 bills. ...

Paden City struggles contaminated with water supply

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PADEN CITY — Sometimes the tap water in Jon Stillwagner’s home in Paden City flowed brown. Today, Stillwagner, 69, a lifelong resident of the town, is concerned about water in Paden City for a different, less-visible reason. Tetrachloroethylene, also known as PCE, a solvent commonly used ...

On the Record

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Wood Magistrate PARKERSBURG — Wood County Magistrate Court released the following reports March 25: * Carl Clayton Robinson, 30, of Parkersburg, was arraigned on a charge of violation of a domestic violence protective order and released on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond. In a separate ...

Hundreds attend Wood County education forum

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PARKERSBURG — Teachers, parents, students and community members gathered Monday to discuss education reform in West Virginia. About 185 people attended the Wood County public education reform forum at Blennerhassett Middle School in Parkersburg, the fifth in a series of public forums ...

Senators back public release of Mueller report

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Staff Report PARKERSBURG — Three U.S. senators from Ohio and West Virginia support the public release of the special counsel’s report on the Russian interference in the 2016 election. “As I’ve said consistently, I believe the report should be made public, with important exceptions ...

Wood County Commission looks to raise levy rate

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PARKERSBURG — Wood County Commission is looking at doing a “slight” increase in the county’s levy rate to raise money for the county as officials worked on finalizing the numbers for the 2019-2020 county budget. The commissioners were reviewing numbers and discussing decisions made in ...

PUCO approves plan to bring natural gas to Belpre

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BELPRE — Hopeful news has been received regarding a plan to address a bottleneck in supplying natural gas service to the Belpre area, according to Mayor Mike Lorentz. At Monday’s meeting of Belpre City Council, Lorentz said he received word from Ohio Rep. Jay Edwards, R-94th District, on ...

Good Friday Walk hosted by downtown churches

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PARKERSBURG — The annual inter-faith Stations of the Cross Good Friday walk will be held noon April 19, starting at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 532 Market St. The Stations of the Cross joins people of different faiths worshipping together at several downtown churches and depicts 14 ...

Reno man among those indicted by Washington County grand jury

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MARIETTA — A Reno man is facing multiple felony charges after shooting a gun toward his girlfriend and mother, one of more than 30 people indicted by a Washington County grand jury this month. Wyatt T. Barth, 21, of 4685 County Road 9, allegedly had an argument on Feb. 28 with his ...

Kite enthusiasts take to the sky at New Era festival

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MINERAL WELLS — Good weather throughout the weekend brought out a record number of people to the 10th annual New Era Kite Festival over the weekend. Sunny and windy conditions on Saturday and Sunday brought out many people to Mineral Wells Elementary School on W.Va. 14 in Mineral Wells ...

Morrisey seek information on Catholic Church sexual abuse

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PARKERSBURG — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is looking for witnesses and people who have information regarding sexual misconduct in the Catholic Church in the state of West Virginia. Morrisey was in Parkersburg on Sunday and spoke with The Parkersburg News and Sentinel ...

Bells ring in spring at Marietta church

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MARIETTA — The 29th annual Marietta Area Spring Ring, with its beautiful sounds of hand bell ringing and resonating throughout the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, was held Sunday evening in Marietta. Free and open to the public, the annual bell choir concert was a ...

Suspect items found at McDonough Wildlife Refuge

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VIENNA — Authorities are investigating two suspicious items found Sunday at McDonough Wildlife Refuge at Vienna. A walker who was going through the park around noon-12:30 p.m. found a two-liter bottle with liquid and metal items inside of it, said Vienna Police Chief Mike Pifer. Police ...

Musician hopes anti-bullying message resonates

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LOWELL — The assembly began with the sound of a flugelhorn floating over the crowded auditorium. Then the recorded band kicked in and students, grandparents, parents and staff at Lowell Elementary School clapped and stomped to the rhythm. David Wells, of Vienna, a Grammy-nominated ...