Shots fired at
car with teens
STEUBENVILLE - A car reported stolen out of Wheeling was hit several times with gunfire around 7:07 p.m. Tuesday in the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, City Police reported.
The 14-year-old female driver was arrested by police and charged with receiving stolen property. There were four teens in the car between the ages of 13 and 16, police reported.
The car was found abandoned several blocks away in an alley, police reported. The juveniles were stopped in the 1200 block of Wellesley Avenue and questioned, an officer said.
The front and rear windshields, a tire and doors were struck with bullets, police reported. Officers said they found six spent 9 mm shell casings in the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.
City Police Chief William McCafferty said detectives and officers still are investigating what caused the shots to be fired at the vehicle and who was involved.
Trial date set in
child porn case
STEUBENVILLE - A trial date of March 18 has been set for Ryan D. Kasler, 31, of 24 Union St., Mount Pleasant, who recently was indicted by a federal grand jury in Columbus on three counts of receiving or possessing child pornography.
Kasler was arrested on Dec. 6 after a federal raid at his house.
Kasler's name and address were uncovered during an investigation into a foreign company distributing child pornography, according to an affidavit for a criminal complaint filed in federal court.
Between Jan. 28, 2006, and Feb. 15, 2011, Kasler placed orders and made purchases of films and photos on 13 occasions, according to the affidavit filed by a U.S. postal inspector. The films and photos contained child pornography, the postal inspector said.
U.S. District Court Senior Judge James L. Graham scheduled a jury trial for Kasler on March 18.
Kasler pleaded innocent to the charges and is being held without bond.
WELLSBURG - A Weirton man was transported by medical helicopter following a collision involving a tractor-trailer Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of state Route 2 and 27th Street.
City Police said Timothy Derby, 51, of Weirton was transported to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center after the pickup truck he was riding in struck the front tandem wheel of a tractor-trailer.
Police said the driver of the pickup truck was traveling south on the highway when he failed to stop for the large truck, which was northbound and turning onto 27th Street.
No one has been cited in connection with the accident.
BETHANY - Ralph Baxter, chairman and chief executive officer of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, has been announced as Bethany College's 2013 commencement speaker at 10 a.m. on May 18.
Baxter has held his position since 1990, during which he expanded Orrick, extending its geographic reach and transforming the company from a domestic firm with California origins to one of the world's largest and most prominent law firms, with more than 1,100 lawyers in offices across the United States, Europe and Asia, according to officials.
He has been recognized as one of America's "100 Most Influential Lawyers" by the National Law Journal and is the founder of the Law Firm Leaders Forum, a gathering of law firm leaders that annually examine issues facing the profession. In addition, he was named a California Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer magazine.
Baxter received a bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University in 1968, a master's degree in 1970 from Catholic University of America and a juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1974.
Baxter serves on the advisory board of Harvard Law School's Center on Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry and is active in numerous civic leadership and public interest organizations, particularly in California and West Virginia.