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April 24, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

Body found in river identified

The body of a white male who was found in the Ohio River on April 16 has been identified as Timothy Ralston, 52, of Chester.

Ralston was identified from dental records obtained by the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, said office spokeswoman Marsha Dadisman.

Ralston was last seen Nov. 20 by witnesses who said he jumped off the Jennings Randolph Bridge. Ralston was being pursued by the police at the time for allegedly attacking his estranged wife and 21-year-old son with a pipe.

Authorities said Ralston fled their High Acres Drive home and drove his pickup truck down the U.S. Route 30 hill and to the bridge, where he jumped into the Ohio River.

Ralston was missing for nearly five months, and the place where he was found, near the Wellsville Intermodal Facility, is about seven miles downriver from the Jennings Randolph Bridge.

Dinner to benefit Madonna Class of '15

WEIRTON - A spaghetti dinner to benefit the fundraising efforts of the Madonna Class of 2015 will be held Sunday in the high school cafeteria.

The dinner, courtesy of Williams Country Club, will be from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and include pasta, meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and a drink.

The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children. Eat in or take out. Family take-out is available for $25.

Harrison board changes meeting

CADIZ - The Harrison Hills City Board of Education will hold its regular meeting next month on May 23, not May 30.

It will be held at 7 p.m. at the administrative office.

Steubenville man claimed to be a cop

EAST LIVERPOOL - A Steubenville man who claimed to be a police officer when picked up by a trooper from the Lisbon Highway Patrol post was back in East Liverpool Municipal Court this week.

Terry G. Weyand Jr., 24, Lovers Lane, was charged April 14 with operating a vehicle while under the influence, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and a marked lanes violation after he allegedly failed to move over for a patrol cruiser which had another vehicle pulled off the berm of state Route 7 south of East Liverpool.

In court this week, Weyand's attorney Chris Amato presented a written "not guilty" plea for his client.

A pretrial is set for 10:45 a.m. on May 14. Recognizance bond of $1,000 had been set previously.

When stopped on Shadyside Avenue the day of his arrest, Weyand reportedly advised the trooper, "I'm a cop. I would give you a break. Can't you let me go? I'll just disappear."

Inquiries with several police departments in Ohio and in West Virginia failed to turn up Weyand on their employee rosters, although he was interviewed by East Liverpool Police Department after passing a Civil Service exam for patrolman last year.

A captain with the Wells Township Police Department in Brilliant confirmed Tuesday that Weyand had worked there "in the past," but declined to comment when asked how recently he had been employed at the department.

Although the initial report by Trooper D.M. Brown indicated a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle was pending against Weyand, the court had no record of additional charges this week.

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