Man sentenced in domestic case
STEUBENVILLE - James R. Smallwood, 37, of 631 Garrett Ave. was placed on probation for two years on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Smallwood pleaded guilty to felony domestic violence.
Smallwood also pleaded guilty to resisting arrest. He was arrested on July 22 by Mingo Junction Police.
Smallwood was charged with felony domestic violence because of a prior domestic violence conviction. He faces up to 18 months in prison if he violates probation.
Weirton Council sets special meeting
WEIRTON - Weirton Council will meet in special session today to consider a resolution asking the state of West Virginia to address the "potentially hazardous and confusing direction of traffic flow" at the intersection of Three Springs Drive and U.S. Route 22 west.
The meeting is slated for 6:30 p.m. in council chambers.
Richmond report available for viewing
RICHMOND - The village's annual financial report for 2012 is complete and can be viewed at the city building, 37 W. Main St.
To make arrangements to view it, call (740) 765-5372.
Hospital enforcing visitor policy
WHEELING - With influenza still spreading across the country, one local hospital is reminding people that only two patients per visitor are permitted at one time.
At Wheeling Hospital, Medical Director Dr. Vic Perrone said it is in the patients' best interests to limit the number of people who visit them.
"We fully understand how important it is for our patients' friends and relatives to visit them. But given the severity of the flu this year, we are being extra vigilant in enforcing our two-visitors-per-patient policy. Obviously our patients already have some type of medical issue. Further complicating their condition by a visitor bringing in a cold or flu to a patient's room can be lessened by limiting the number of visitors,'' Perrone said.
"This policy is in effect year-round, but we really need to emphasize it during cold and flu season," he added. "We ask that patients, friends and relatives cooperate and understand this measure is to protect the patients. Most visitors are fine with visiting patients in shifts of two.''
People also are being asked to use hand sanitizing stations when they enter and exit the facility.