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September 28, 2013
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

Brooke athletes suspended for hazing

WELLSBURG - Brooke County school officials have called a student discipline hearing Oct. 7 to consider action against two Brooke High School student athletes accused of hazing.

Superintendent Kathy Kidder confirmed the two have been suspended from athletic activities until the hearing is held. Whether the hearing is open to the public depends on the wishes of the students' parents, she noted.

She said state policy prohibits the school district from releasing the names of students involved in disciplinary actions, before or after action has been taken.

Kidder confirmed the incident involved three soccer players, with a freshman player the target of the alleged hazing, on Monday evening. She said the freshman wasn't physically harmed.

Kidder said the incident was reported that evening and investigated then by the school's soccer coaches and athletic director, who reported it to school board officials on Tuesday.

She said Principal Toni Shute also is involved in the investigation.

Kidder said as a Level 3 violation of the school district's student conduct code, hazing may be punished with school suspension or expulsion.

City man pleads guilty to fraud

COLUMBUS - A Steubenville man pleaded guilty in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to fraud after an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation showed he was working while receiving benefits. Randall Bridges Jr.'s was given a suspended sentence of 90 days in jail on the misdemeanor count of workers' compensation fraud, but he'll have to complete two years of community control, maintain employment and make restitution of $6,151.45.

According to BWC, the investigation showed Bridges worked as a salesperson/independent contractor at Global Childcare Resources in Steubenville while he was receiving temporary total disability benefits for a prior workplace injury.

Temporary Total Disability is for injured workers who are totally disabled from work for a short period of time due to a work-related injury or occupational disease. An injured worker cannot work while receiving these payments.

BWC's Special Investigations Unit opened the investigation after receiving an anonymous tip about Bridges' activities.

Pietranton named to WesBanco post

WHEELING - Anthony F. Pietranton has joined WesBanco Inc. as the executive vice president of human resources, the Wheeling-based multi-state bank holding company announced Friday.

Pietranton, who will begin his new job on Oct. 16, comes to WesBanco from TriState Capital Bank, where he served as vice president of human resources for the $2.2 billion banking and financial services company. Prior to joining TriState Capital, he was associated with Three Rivers Aluminum Co., where he served as vice president of human resources.

He is a graduate of West Virginia University, where he received his bachelor's degree in psychology and his master's degree in industrial relation.

Pietranton will replace John W. Moore, who will retire from WesBanco on Dec. 31 with more than 37 years of service. Moore will remain in his position to complete the transition.

The announcements were made by Paul M. Limbert, WesBanco's president and chief executive officer.

WesBanco has $6.1 billion in total assets, and provides banking services through 118 locations and 104 ATMs in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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