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Bottle Bomb Rocks Bellaire Apartment Complex     10 February, 2011, 11:41 am
BELLAIRE, Ohio -- Residents of a Bellaire apartment complex said they were rocked by the sound of a loud blast Tuesday night.

Just before 8 p.m., a tenant at the Francis Wallace Apartments called police to report an explosion.

A fire fighter dispatched to the scene quickly found the source -- a ruptured plastic bottle.

So-called "works bombs" have become an increasing problem for police and the public, according to officials.

Pranksters frequently set off the home-made bombs for the loud noise they make, but police have reported several incidents of residents being burned or even blinded by the chemicals inside.

Often, victims pick up the bottles, thinking they are disposing of litter, then get wounded when the bottles swell and burst.

Bellaire police are investigating the incident.

There were no injuries.
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4 Transported To Hospital After Belmont Co. Head-On Crash     10 February, 2011, 11:30 am
Officials said four people were transported to a hospital after a head-on collision in Belmont County.

The crash happened Wednesday afternoon on Kirkwood Heights Road, about three miles from Bridgeport.

State troopers said the driver was going too fast for snowy road conditions. The car also had bad tires, causing the driver to lose control and cross over the center line, crashing into the other vehicle
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One Injured in Two Car Accident     9 December, 2010, 10:24 am
Two people pull victim to safety in Route 7 accident.


SHADYSIDE -- One person is recovering after a two car accident in Belmont County.
The accident happened shortly after 11:00 a.m. on Route 7 in Shadyside.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, witnesses say a car was on the northbound shoulder of the road and cut out onto the highway.

A tractor trailer did not have time to stop.

"There was severe damage to the pasenger car. It actually caught on fire. Luckily, two good Samaritans stopped and smashed in the windows and pulled the driver to safety. He's in bad shape and was taken to OVMC in serious condition," said Sgt. James Tracy.

Tracy adds the driver of the tractor trailer is not facing charges.

The investigation continues.



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Another Abandoned Bellaire Home Goes up in Flames     9 December, 2010, 10:16 am
BELLAIRE, Ohio -- There was an orange glow in the sky in Bellaire before daybreak, along with heavy clouds of smoke.
The abandoned house at 43rd and Harrison streets was engulfed in a ball of flames.

Even utility poles were on fire.

And so were the houses behind and beside it.

"They woke me up at six o'clock in the morning," said Bob Jeffries, who lives next door. "My house was filling up with smoke. My wife and I were asleep. We just ran out with what we got on. Grabbed our dog and ran."

This fire makes approximately six abandoned houses that burned in Bellaire in the past three months.

The fire marshal has been called in again, but firefighters are cautious not to call it arson until the investigation is complete.

But the next-door neighbor, whose home is badly damaged, is saying it outright.

"Somebody has set it on fire," Jeffries said. "That's all there is to it. Somebody has set the place on fire. You know that was just a vacant home. No electric, no gas, no water, nothing on in it. And somebody has set it on fire."

Assistant Fire Chief Mike Wallace is asking for people in town to be the eyes
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Remains of missing woman found     27 November, 2010, 02:13 pm
November 21, 2010


Nearly seven months after an elderly woman disappeared from a local retirement facility, her remains were discovered Saturday.

According to Belmont County Sheriff Fred Thompson, a civilian-organized search team made the discovery in a wooded area less than a mile from the Country Club Retirement Home, located just outside Bellaire, where 80-year-old Luella Edge had resided.

The woman was reported missing on April 30 at which time Thompson's department was notified. An extensive search was immediately organized.

"(Over a period of a couple weeks), we gathered deputies on horseback, search dogs, department personnel and two helicopters," Thompson described. "We concentrated on an area heavily covered by dense woods and rugged terrain."

When no trace of Edge was located, the search was eventually halted.

Through the efforts of family members and friends, a new search was launched Saturday morning.

"They started at approximately 11 in the morning," Thompson stated. "From what I understand, the group was close to disbanding before opting to cover another 100 yards. That's when they made the discovery ...
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