Regional roundup

Firefighters called to structure fire

BEECH BOTTOM – Firefighters from Windsor Heights and Beech Bottom were called to a structure fire at a modular home on Hukill Run Road at 10:52 p.m. Thursday.

Windsor Heights fire Chief Dave Arthurs said the fire originated from some heat tape on a pipe beneath the home and was extinguished quickly.

Weirton committee approves resolution

WEIRTON City Finance Committee members unanimously approved an annual resolution Thursday to enter into an agreement for an operations, maintenance and repair cost share program for Harmon Creek watershed structures.

The city will contribute $10,000 to split the cost of dam site inspections and maintenance with the West Virginia Northern Panhandle Conservation District. According to the website, the organization’s mission is “to provide for and promote the protection and conservation of West Virginia’s soil, land, water and related resources for the health, safety and general welfare of the state’s citizens.”

“This is the same funding we do every year for maintenance of the dam sites. We also do our own inspections,” Valerie Means, city manager, said. “We always work together with them on this.”

New Cumberland man in court today

NEW CUMBERLAND – A New Cumberland man was scheduled to appear in Hancock County Magistrate Court today on a charge that he solicited sex from a 15-year-old girl.

Douglas E. Wells, 42, was arrested March 24 on a felony count of soliciting a minor via computer following an investigation by the Detective Gerard Spencer of the Weirton Police Department.

The investigation began earlier in March when the girl’s mother called Weirton Police, saying a man had befriended the girl on Facebook, according to a complaint filed in Magistrate Court.

The man asked the girl how old she was and if she would ever date him, a 42-year-old, the complaint said. Spencer used the girl’s Facebook account and cell phone to chat with Wells, who allegedly asked the girl to have sex with him and to perform oral sex on him, the complaint said.

Wells also allegedly asked the girl to send him a nude picture of herself via the computer and had plans to pick the girl up so they could have sex, the complaint said.

The charge applies to “any person over the age of 18, who knowingly uses a computer to solicit, entice, seduce or lure, or attempt to solicit, entice, seduce or lure, a minor known or believed to be at least four years younger than the person using the computer, to commit any illegal act.”

Wells has not yet entered a plea but is scheduled to appear before Magistrate Michael Powell today.