Woman arrested for
leaving baby in cab
STEUBENVILLE - A woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon after City Police said she left her 5-day-old baby in the back of a cab while she went shopping inside Wal-Mart.
Brittany Richardson, 21, of 304 N. Third St. was charged with child endangering.
Police said they were flagged down by a cab driver around 4:30 p.m., who told them a woman took an older child with her into Wal-Mart but left the infant inside. The cab driver told police the woman said she would be back.
Police found Richardson at the checkout and took her outside to pay the cab fare.
Officers asked her why she would leave the infant with a stranger.
Police reported Richardson told them she had left a child inside a cab before while she went shopping. She also told officers she was only 21 years old and didn't know what she was doing yet, police reported.
Children services sent a caseworker, and the children were turned over to a family member.
Richardson was being held at the county jail on a $3,000 bond.
Man charged in child molestation
WEIRTON - A 19-year-old Weirton man charged with sexually abusing a 2-year-old girl has been released from the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville after posting bond.
Tyler Graham of 309 Elizabeth Drive was charged by City Police on Tuesday with raping the toddler.
Police said the child's mother had taken her daughter to the pediatrician for help with what she thought was a case of diaper rash. The pediatrician, however, examined the child and referred her to a gynecologist. The mother took her daughter to Weirton Medical Center, and personnel there notified police of the suspected sexual abuse.
The toddler had contracted a sexually transmitted disease and required surgery, authorities said.
Airport authority OKs
WINTERSVILLE - The Jefferson County Airport Authority gave Cloud 9 Aviation owner Phil Bender permission at a special meeting Wednesday to begin preparing a hangar for a new business venture.
The board emerged from a closed-door meeting with Bender and his business partner, former airport authority President Mike Menzel, to approve a memorandum of understanding allowing him to clean space in the "B" hangar in anticipation of renting it for his new venture, Pier Aviation. Bender currently rents space at the airpark, although not in "B" hangar.
Menzel had tendered his resignation to the board earlier this month to avoid a conflict of interest as he and Bender explored the feasibility of starting the new company.
A rental agreement for the new hangar space is being negotiated.
Economics club to host debate
WHEELING - The West Liberty University Economics Club will host a point-counterpoint discussion between two prominent political consultants at noon on Feb. 28 at River City Ale Works, 1400 Main St.
Participating will be John Brabender and Tad Devine. The moderator will be Wheeling talk show host Howard Monroe.
Brabender is managing partner and chief creative officer of BrabenderCox, a national political consulting and advertising firm. He was involved with the 2008 Rudy Giuliani 's presidential campaign, among many other election campaigns.
Devine is president of Devine Mulvey, a Washington-based media consulting firm. He was senior adviser in Al Gore's 2000 and John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaigns.
The University Economics Club is sponsored by the Center for Economic Philosophy at WLU and is funded through a grant from BB&T.
The cost of lunch is $15 and can be paid at the door. Checks should be made payable to: WLU Research Corporation.
Reservations should be made by calling (304) 336-8301.
From staff reports