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March 27, 2013
The Herald-Star

City man transported after vehicle accident

STEUBENVILLE - A city man was transported to Trinity Medical Center West after a two-vehicle accident on state Route 7 Tuesday, according to City Police reports.

Joseph Krager, 62, 815 Oxford Blvd., was transported by ambulance after being struck by a vehicle driven by Carlon Starr, 34, 32 township Road 582 while Krager was stopped at a stop light. Starr was cited by police for assured clear distance, according to the report.

Krager's condition was unknown early today. A passenger in Krager's vehicle refused treatment, according to officials.

Weirton Easter egg hunt set Saturday

WEIRTON - Area youngsters can take part in the Weirton Community Easter Egg Hunt set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Millsop Community Center.

The event is a free for all area youngsters from toddlers to age 12.

The egg hunt is hosted annually by the city's park board and Weirton Elks Lodge No. 1801, with support from Weirton Eat 'n Park Restaurant.

Eggs are filled with candy and some have special prize tickets, organizers said.

Smithfield post office has new hours

SMITHFIELD - A survey of the Smithfield post office patrons regarding realignment hours resulted in 154 surveys returned from the 339 mailed to the postal customers.

After reviewing surveys returned and taking into account postal service operational needs, retail hours at the Smithfield location will be 9:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. weekdays, with the office closed from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. for lunch. Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to noon.

Total Saturday window service hours will not be reduced and access to delivery receptacles will not change as a result of the post plan realignment of weekday window service hours, officials said. Access to delivery receptacles will not be reduced from current hours.

Customers have the option of going to the Dillonvale or Bloomingdale offices or the Adena post office.

Fire victims' funeral services begin Friday

BRIDGEPORT - Funeral arrangements for three children who died in an apartment fire in Bridgeport begin with visitation Friday at Wilson Funeral Home.

Visitation for the Looby children - Joshua Jr., 5; Ruthann, 4; and Aubrey, 2 - is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, 920 National Road, Brookside, and again Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m., which will be held at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Brookside.

The children died March 17 when a fire broke out at 10:45 a.m. in their apartment at 3115 Main St. in downtown Bridgeport. Their parents - Joshua Looby and Caroline Jean Owens - were taken to a Pittsburgh hospital, where they are being treated for burns.

The Ohio State Fire Marshal's Office still is working to complete its investigation of the blaze, but representatives said last week there was no criminal activity connected to the fire. They also said they could not rule out the fire being electrical in nature. In response to rumors circulating in the community, Ohio State Fire Marshal's Office spokesman Michael Duchesne said there was "definitely no meth lab" at the apartment.

Duchesne said Tuesday all the investigators were out in the field and could not be reached to discuss the Bridgeport fire.

Game to benefit Special Olympics

WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Special Olympics Bears will play the Brooke County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge and Brooke County Sheriff's Deputies at 7 p.m. April 5 at Wellsburg Middle School.

The game will follow another between FOP members and the Franklin Fire Department at 6 p.m.

Admission is free. There will be door prizes, drawings and refreshments sold.

JVS to host welding workshop

BLOOMINGDALE - The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School will host a virtual welding workshop using the teachWELD welding simulator from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on April 4. Reservations must be made by e-mailing or calling Todd Parker at (740) 264-5545, extension 503.

Another bomb threat at Dominion

NATRIUM - Still waiting to process its first barrel of ethane, the under-construction $500 million Dominion Resources natural gas facility received its second bomb threat in the last two months Tuesday.

"The people who do these things are domestic terrorists," said Corky Demarco, executive director of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association.

Marshall County Emergency Management Director Tom Hart said the West Virginia State Police, Marshall County sheriff's deputies, officials with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and officials with Dominion explored the construction site Tuesday afternoon. After closing state Route 2 between Fish Creek Road and state Route 89 for about two hours, officials reopened the road upon determining the threat was not credible.

"About 1:30 p.m., a note was found on-site that characterized a bomb threat," said Dominion spokesman Dan Donovan, emphasizing he did not want to reveal the exact language in the note. "We then evacuated about 700 construction workers."

Donovan said most of the construction workers, who are working under the direction of Chicago Bridge & Iron, which Dominion hired to build the plant, should return to the site today.

In February, officials also evacuated workers from the site for a bomb threat that eventually was determined to be a hoax.

"This is not civil disobedience - this is a crime. They need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said Demarco regarding whoever is making the bomb threats.

Dominion recently entered into a $1.5 billion processing and transportation venture with Caiman Energy known as Blue Racer Midstream, which includes the Natrium plant. This network features facilities across Northern West Virginia and Eastern Ohio that will move gas and liquids out of the Marcellus and Utica shale formations.

Blue Racer spokeswoman Casey Nikoloric referred all questions regarding the bomb threats to Donovan. However, she said the Natrium plant should be open by late spring.

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