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Man Charged in Barge Explosive Device Case and Dangerous TikTok Challenge: These are the headlines of the week

(WTRF) – Here’s a look back at the headlines of the week.

For more than a week, emergency crews were called in to tow tugs and barges down the Ohio River, over reports of “suspicious devices.” Today, a man is indicted for these incidents.

-> Suspect in explosive device custody on Ohio River has already been in trouble with authorities

Nathaniel Blayn Becker, 42, has been charged with Possession of a Firearm or Unregistered Explosive Device. Officials traced the materials used in these devices to stores in Marietta, Ohio, and used the surveillance video to identify Becker.

A big announcement from WVU Medicine this week, as it is delaying a vaccine term for employees until January 21, 2022.

-> WVU Medicine postpones vaccine mandate

The original deadline was October 31. WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital President and CEO Douglass Harrison said the deadline has been extended due to a new bill in West Virginia that would allow certain medical and religious exemptions to terms of office. COVID-19 vaccines. This bill comes into force in 90 days.

Governor Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine made several stops in the Ohio Valley this week, providing grants for various major projects.

-> Governor DeWine helps fund Harrison County jail

The Ohio First Lady stopped in Barnesville to start the week and spoke about a project in the area to update the water and sewer systems. Governor DeWine announced $ 60,000 for Mingo Junction, to help widen pipes and install various hydrants to help in emergency situations. The governor also granted funding to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, to go to a much needed jail.

The Moundsville Country Club is about to close its doors. The Regional Economic Development Authority, also known as RED, wants to buy the property for industrial use.

-> Moundsville Country Club set to close

However, there are two sides to the decision: those who want to accept the offer and those who want to save the club. The club has been in existence for 81 years. There is a hearing on November 18 and depending on the outcome, the sale could be put to a shareholder vote by the end of the year.

There is a challenge circulating on social networks that is downright dangerous.

-> Dangerous TikTok challenge makes cars less safe in Ohio Valley

It’s called the “Lug Nut Challenge” on TikTok and already in the Ohio Valley Straub Automotive Group said lug nuts were loose on vehicles at one of its dealerships.

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