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April 6, 2012
The Herald-Star

City man transported after car accident

STEUBENVILLE - A city man was transported by medical ambulance to Trinity Medical Center West Thursday morning after an accident on Sunset Boulevard, according to City Police reports.

Chad R. Smith, 33, was traveling westbound in the 4500 block of Sunset Boulevard when his vehicle was struck by another vehicle that had drifted left of center, according to reports.

RuthAnn Rankin, 24, of 128 Hiddenwood Drive was cited by City Police for the incident, and Smith was transported to Trinity Medical Center West, where he was treated and released.

Worker injured at drilling site

WELLSBURG - A worker at a natural gas drilling site on Genteel Ridge Road was transported by the Brooke County Ambulance Service to Ohio Valley Medical Center following an accident there Wednesday evening.

Stacey Brodak, senior director corporate development for Chesapeake Energy, confirmed an employee of Whipstock Trucking, a subcontractor at the drill site, was injured while crews were moving the drilling rig at about 8 p.m.

The man was transported by ambulance to the hospital, Brodak said.

The company hasn't released the worker's name or his condition.

Mingo ordinance committee to meet

MINGO JUNCTION - Village Council's ordinance committee will meet at 11 a.m. Monday in the Municipal Building.

Body in river ID'd as homeless man

WHEELING - The body pulled from the Ohio River near Bellaire on Monday afternoon has been identified as Antonio Oxendine, a 48-year-old white male who had been living on the streets of Wheeling, according to officials.

Wheeling Deputy Police Chief Martin Kimball on Thursday said Oxendine's death has been ruled an accidental drowning.

Identification initially proved difficult, and investigators were unable to get fingerprints due to the decomposition of the body. After it was reported there was a tattoo on the man's right forearm, however, local law enforcement agencies began contacting Wheeling Police with possible matches. Oxendine's family assisted the medical examiner's office and ultimately identified him by his tattoos.

A man on the Ohio side of the river first noticed the body in the water Monday after a boat passed. A boat from the Wheeling fire department, along with Wheeling Police, pulled the body from the river after responding around 4 p.m.

Oxendine's body was released to his family. Kimball said they are not from the local area.

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