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BREAKING NEWS: Kidnapper Has Been Arrested

BREAKING NEWS: Suspected Kidnapper Has Been Arrested

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US Marshals say that the suspect has been arrested in the kidnapping case involving a 13-year-old girl and a 3-week-old infant. 

Shooting sows terror at Washington mall; shooter on loose

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The first 911 call came in just before 7 p.m. on a busy Friday night at the Cascade Mall: A man with a rifle was shooting at people in the Macy's Department Store.

Charlotte police video: new details of shooting of black man

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Charlotte police released dramatic video footage Saturday that shows officers surrounding a black man with his hands at his side before shots are fired and he buckles to the ground. It's unclear if there was anything...

Crazed Clown With Machete Reported in Steubenville Video included

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Reports of a crazed clown are being investigated in Steubenville.

Much Cooler For The Weekend

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The cooler air will be here before Dawn. Should feel more like October this weekend. Sunday is looking a little bit better than Saturday. Next chance for rain comes Monday afternoon and evening.

Students send powerful message to teacher battling cancer

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Bridge Street Middle School students lined the street right outside their school on Friday just to show one of their teachers just how much they care for her.

Cardiac Arrest Survivor Shares Story

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On Saturday as people gather at Heritage Port for the Annual Heart Walk, one Wheeling man will be in the front row. 

Local Doctor Returns from High-Level Meeting in Washington DC

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One local doctor is back from a high-level meeting in Washington DC discussing stem cell treatment. 

Amber Alert Suspect's Credit Card Used in W.Va.

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A credit card belonging to the suspect in an Amber Alert was used at the Go-Mart and Dollar General in West Virginia. 

Economic Future Looking Bright in Harrison County

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Officials in Harrison County are excited about the economic future after the announcement of plans to build a new 1,000 megawatt natural gas-fired electrical power generation facility.

Locally Shot Film to Debut at Marquee Cinema

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A new locally shot short film is set to make it's world debut next week. Beyond the film, those involved say it's been a way to cultivate the artistic ability of area youth and give them something constructive to do.

Obstacles abound as 2 poor US cities consider merging

Two of the country's poorest cities are talking about a merger they say could help both, though they may need a sizable boost in taxpayer dollars to make it happen.

Police Continue Search for Missing Children, One of Them Has a Medical Condition

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Police are still searching for two missing children and the man accused of kidnapping them. The latest update from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children shows that one of the children may be in need of medical attention. 

State releases redacted autopsies for 8 Ohio slaying victims

The Ohio attorney general's office has released redacted copies of the final autopsy reports in the unsolved slayings of eight family members.

Rape Trial Postponed After Defendant No Shows due to Illness Video included

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According to Judge Frank Fregiato, the trial has been postponed until next week due to the defendant having an illness, which is contrary to other reports he did not show up and police were looking for him.

Video shows deadly encounter between police, black man Video included

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Video of a deadly encounter between Charlotte police and a black man shows his wife repeatedly telling officers he is not armed and pleading with them not to shoot her husband as they shout at him to drop a gun.

McDonald's testing Happy Meals for breakfast

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McDonald's is considering another addition to its all-day breakfast menu: Happy Meals. 

J.K. Rowling: Harambe isn't part of Harry Potter universe

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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has clarified that slain Ohio gorilla, Harambe, is not a part of her fictional universe.

Ohio man pleads guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm

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A Coshocton man has pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm in Federal Court. 

CBS to donate Charles Osgood's bow tie to museum

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CBS says it will donate the bow tie that Charles Osgood wears Sunday to host his final edition of "Sunday Morning" to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

FBI says it's evaluating abuse allegations against Pitt

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The FBI says it's gathering information about an incident involving Brad Pitt and his family aboard a private flight last week.

Superintendent disputes cafeteria worker's 'shaming' claims

Stacy Koltiska says she had to take a hot lunch away from an elementary school student because his parents were more than $25 behind on his meal account. Stacy Koltiska says she had to take a hot lunch away from an elementary school student because his parents were more than $25 behind on his meal account.
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A Pennsylvania school superintendent disputes the account of a cafeteria worker who says she quit over what she considers a "lunch shaming" policy. 

Living Free connecting mind, body, and soul to fight drug addiction

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Former addicts say it's often the hardest to recover from an addiction on the streets.

UPDATE: Martins Ferry Police Locate Missing Teen

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If you have any information as to her whereabouts, you are urged to call our anonymous Lauttamus Security Crime Fighters tip line at 1-800-223-0312.

Madison School Students Took A Walk With the Wheeling Mayor, Police Chief & U.S. Attorney and Learned Important Lessons

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It was all part of the U.S. Attorney's tour of area schools, spreading the word about the dangers of drugs. All the students at Madison School were invited on the walk, but the fifth graders got a special talk first. It may seem like a young audience to target, but officials say it's actually the perfect age. "You know, at that age, when I ask who wants to be strong and healthy and smart, they all raise their hands," said Bill Ihlenfeld, U.S. Attorney for the Northern Dis...

Trump Calls for Dramatic Expansion in Domestic Energy Exploration while in Pittsburgh Video included

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Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump was in Pittsburgh Thursday as the keynote speaker at Shale Insight.  

Police Investigate Armed Robbery in Woodsdale

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Police are investigating an armed robbery that happened late Wednesday night on Edgington Lane. 

Police K9 Displays Talents in Belmont County

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One of the Belmont County Sheriff's Department's K9s demonstrated her talents Thursday.

Natural Gas Electrical Plant to be Built in Harrison County

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The Harrison County Community Improvement Corporation has announced plans to build a new 1,000 megawatt natural gas-fired electrical power generation facility will be constructed on 60 acres in the Harrison County Industrial Park. 

Panel Discusses Shale Prior to Trump Visit in Pittsburgh

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Prior to Trump's speech in Pittsburgh on Thursday, a panel with political representation from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia spoke on shale, Tri-State collaboration. 

Man linked to 4 slayings is indicted in 2, plus kidnapping

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A man linked to the slayings of four women in Ohio has been indicted in two of those and the alleged kidnapping of another woman whose 911 call led authorities to the defendant.

Police Make Arrest During Drug Bust in Tyler County

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Police say they pulled over a man for speeding through a school zone. When they searched his motorcycle they found prescription pills, a handgun, meth, cocaine, and over $1,200 in cash. 

Officers in W.Va Call for Clown Sightings to Stop

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Scary clowns showing up on the side of the road is no joke, according to some deputies in West Virginia. There have been several complaints about people dressed up as clowns and armed with various weapons. 

Viral photos show father dragging girl by hair through Walmart

Erika Burch took this photo Sept. 19, 2016 in a Cleveland, Texas Walmart, showing a father apparently dragging a child by the hair ERIKA BURCH VIA KHOU Erika Burch took this photo Sept. 19, 2016 in a Cleveland, Texas Walmart, showing a father apparently dragging a child by the hair ERIKA BURCH VIA KHOU
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Police and child welfare officials are investigating after a shopper posted a picture of a father dragging his young daughter by the hair through a Walmart.

Toddler tries to wake mom after apparent OD in store

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A heartbreaking video of a mother lying unconscious on a store floor while her little girl tried to revive her has led to criminal charges.

Boil Order Issued for Oglebay Area

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The City of Wheeling Water Department has issued a boil order on Thursday in the Oglebay area. 

Coast Guard Holds Security Drill at the Highlands

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It's a terrifying premise, one that could happen in real life. A cyber attack, that's triggered by innocent people simply opening an email.  

Concerned mom calls cops to teach her 3-year-old daughter a lesson

Camille Fortin, 3, gets advice from Scottsdale police officer Corey Snead. MICHELLE FORTIN Camille Fortin, 3, gets advice from Scottsdale police officer Corey Snead. MICHELLE FORTIN
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She feared her lesson wouldn’t stick, so she called the police department’s non-emergency line for assistance.

Kitten lovers beware: CDC warns of cat disease risk

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Cat owners beware: your favorite pet(s) may be carrying germs that can make humans very sick.

Blue Bell recalling some ice cream

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Consumers should return the affected cartons to their place of purchase for full refunds.

Ohio man sentenced for distributing heroin in Ohio County

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A Cleveland man has been sentenced for distributing heroin in Ohio County. 

Online Ordering Now Available at DeFelice Brothers Pizza

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You can now order online for some DeFelice Brothers Pizza locations.

Fentanyl blamed for spate of overdoses in West Virginia city

Authorities say the heroin that led 27 people to overdose in a five-hour span in a single West Virginia city had been mixed with the powerful painkiller fentanyl.

First Grade Teacher Uses Sister's World Journey to Teach Students Video included

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A local woman crossed Europe on foot, accomplishing a personal goal, and with a first grade class cheering her on along the way.  

Police: Ohio woman overdoses with baby grandson in backseat

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Police say a 56-year-old Ohio woman is suspected of overdosing in her pickup truck with her baby grandson in the backseat.

Ohio Mayors for Hillary Continue Stopping in Jefferson County

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The democratic mayor's bus tour will be coming through the Ohio Valley Thursday evening.

Follansbee Flood Victims Receive Relief Money

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This week in Follansbee they're finishing up handing out the first round of relief money donated to the community. 

CA House Band of the Week: Toronto Red Knights

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If you love high school football along with 80's music and a great half time show you need to check out the Toronto Red Knights.

Judge Jeannine Pirro to Make Ohio Valley Visit

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Another great speaker is headed to the Ohio Valley! In just a few weeks on October 10th, Judge Jeannine Pirro will be speaking at Steubenville High School Auditorium as part of the Herald Star, Weirton Daily Times speaker series.  

New Study: 200 Million American's Tap Water has 'Erin Brockovich' Chemical

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A new study from the The Environmental Working Group found the carcinogenic chemical called chromium-6 in the water supplies of more than 200 million Americans in all 50 states. 

MISSING CHILDREN: Search continues for missing baby and teen

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The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is asking the community to be on the look out for a green 1996 Mercury Villager van with the Illinois license plate, E833210. 

Woman finds fried rat head in her fast food

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The location was cited for their facility not being "vermin proof" and "conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises."

Ohio police chief tweet on Tulsa shooting goes viral

Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw RODNEY MUTERSPAW (@RODNEYMUTE) VIA TWITTER Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw RODNEY MUTERSPAW (@RODNEYMUTE) VIA TWITTER

An Ohio police chief's tweets about the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma are going viral.

Pet of the Week: Ducky

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Meet Ducky, he's our Pet of the Week! Ducky is a male Chow mix we think around 3-years-old. 

Steubenville Man Arrested After Police Chase

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A Steubenville man is behind bars after leading police on a chase in the La Belle neighborhood.  

Community Bands Together To Support West Virginia Boy Fighting Neuroblastoma

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Simon Rohaly is a three-year-old boy from West Virginia battling stage-four neuroblastoma.

WTRF Ohio Valley Job and Career Fair Begins Today

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When you're out of work it can be like a full time job just to find new employment. At our annual WTRF job fair we hope to make your job search a one-stop shop.

Mylan CEO set to defend EpiPen prices amid public outcry

The head of pharmaceutical company Mylan is defending the cost for life-saving EpiPens, signaling the company has no plans to lower prices despite a public outcry and questions from skeptical lawmakers.

Restaurant Posts ‘Muslims Get Out’ Sign

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A restaurant owner upset after the mall stabbing in Minnesota over the weekend posted a controversial sign Monday morning.

Wheeling officials look to Greenville for development ideas Video included

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Revitalization of the downtown area of Wheeling is a frequently discussed topic in the Ohio Valley, so Mayor Glenn Elliott and Executive Director of Wheeling Heritage Jake Dougherty payed a visit to Greenville, South Carolina last week.

Evenflo recalls car seats over safety harness issues

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We've attached a list of recall information in this article.

Distracted Driving Simulator Making Rounds at Jefferson County High Schools Video included

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Don't text and drive! It's a message we bring you on WTRF daily through a PSA, and now students in Jefferson County are getting some hands on experience with its dangers.  The Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio State Highway Patrol made their first stop of the week with the driving simulator at Catholic Central High School Tuesday morning.  This simulator shows in real time what can happen when you take your eyes off of the road. 

Prosecutor: Nearly All Crime Linked Back to Heroin in Community

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The biggest crisis the Ohio Valley faces, is undoubtedly heroin.  Law enforcement, prosecutors and the courts say they can empathize with the truly addicted, but have no sympathy for those who bring the drug into our hometowns. According to those who deal with crimes everyday, outside of sex offenses, drugs and guns are the root of nearly all crimes in Jefferson County and throughout the Ohio Valley. 

School Cafeteria Worker Quits Over "Lunch Shaming" Policy

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A cafeteria worker says she has quit her job over something being called “lunch shaming,” where some students are being denied hot lunches over a new policy. 

Funeral of Ohio Trooper Hit by Driver Will be at College

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LORAIN, Ohio (AP) - The public wake and funeral for a veteran Ohio trooper who was struck and killed on a Cleveland interstate have been moved to a local college.      Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/2d8CZHk ) reports Kenneth Velez's wake service is scheduled Wednesday afternoon and evening at the Ewing Center Field House at Lorain County Community College. The funeral will be at the field house Thursday at 10 a.m.      Visiting hours originally were schedul...

More Ohio Kids in Foster Care Amid Opioid Epidemic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Child welfare advocates in Ohio say children have become the "invisible victims" of the opioid crisis as more kids are put into foster care and funding for children services agencies falls short.      The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2cWdbyZ ) reports that Ohio has some 14,000 children in agency custody. That's a nearly 13 percent increase since the end of 2012.      A recent survey done by the Public Children Services ...

524K Ohio Absentee Ballots Requested, 40K More Than 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State officials say more than 524,000 absentee ballots have been requested in Ohio this year - an increase of 40,000 compared to the same period during the 2012 presidential election.      Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) says nearly 12,000 of the absentee ballot applications are from military and overseas voters. The rest are from in-state residents.      Absentee ballot applications must be submitted by Nov. 5, the weeken...

Cops: Elderly woman kidnapped, robbed after giving duo ride

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State police are looking for a couple who kidnapped a 77-year-old Pennsylvania woman who gave them a ride, then held her captive for two days and robbed her of $5,000.

West Virginia Issues New Private Property Hunting Rules

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"No Trespassing" signs will no longer suffice to keep hunters off of private property.

Cold Case Investigation: Andrew Winkler

Cold Case Investigation: Andrew Winkler Video included

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The cold case of Jon Benet Ramsay has been making headlines again with the special airing on WTRF CBS. 



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