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Suspicious object on barge being investigated

WILLIAMSTOWN — A second report of a suspicious item on a barge on the Ohio River is being investigated.

Wood County 911 Center Director Rick Woodyard said the object was found on a boat docked on the Ohio side of the river, about a mile north of the Williamstown Bridge.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said West Virginia State Police are investigating. The Ohio River is considered part of West Virginia.

Last week, authorities responded to the Pleasants/Tyler County line after what was described as a “self-constructed bomb” was discovered on a barge carrying gravel. The bomb was dismantled by a State Police bomb squad.

Read more in Wednesday’s edition of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

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