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December 3, 2012
The Herald-Star

City Police chase car

on U.S. Route 22

STEUBENVILLE - A City Police officer gave chase to a vehicle out of the city onto U.S. Route 22 west around 12:30 a.m. Sunday before ending the pursuit near the Bloomingdale exit.

Police received a report of a disturbance in the area of South Fourth and Adams streets. An officer spotted a vehicle possibly involved and got behind it. The officer reported the vehicle took off, ignoring the cruiser's lights and siren. The vehicle got onto state Route 7 and then U.S. Route 22 west when the officer ended the chase, police reported.

The vehicle was located around 3 p.m. Sunday parked on Canton Road, police reported. The vehicle, which was parked near the owner's residence, was towed, officers said.

An arrest warrant has been issued for the person believed to have been driving the vehicle during the chase, police reported.

Johnson named to Energy, Commerce

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Ohio Valley now has two representatives on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which focuses on regulations affecting the coal industry and health care reform law.

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, announced his appointment Friday, and he joins Rep. David B. McKinley, R-Wheeling, as a member.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has subcommittees dealing with commerce, manufacturing and trade issues; communications and technology; energy and power; environment and the economy; and health. And most legislation related to those issues starts in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, according to Johnson.

The Energy and Commerce Committee "is one of the most influential committees in the House," he said. "It's not just about energy, but also about business, health care, telecommunications and the issues associated with them that are important.

"From an energy perspective, we're sitting on top of virtually all of the coal and natural gas in Ohio," he continued. "Domestic energy is everything people are talking about in Southeast Ohio, and it's revitalizing our economy."

In September, House members passed the Stop the War on Coal Act sponsored by Johnson. The bill seeks to "protect American jobs and support U.S. energy production" by prohibiting the secretary of the interior from issuing new rules or regulations believed to adversely impact mining jobs or the economy - but it hasn't passed the Senate.

ESC statements

available for review

STEUBENVILLE - The fiscal year 2012 basic financial statements for the Jefferson County Educational Service Center are now complete and available for inspection at the ESC treasurer's office at 2023 Sunset Blvd.

Windsor permit up for renewal

WEST LIBERTY - Although production stopped several years ago, Consol Energy is seeking to renew its West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection permit for the Windsor Coal Co. mine.

"There is some discharge coming off in some areas. But this is really just a formality," said Jeanie Funk, Environmental Resource Specialist with the DEP, regarding the permit renewal.

A legal ad published specified a surface mining permit for about 260 acres in the West Liberty area, crossing the border between Ohio and Brooke counties. Funk said the permit is in the name of Windsor, but the applicant is listed with the address of 1000 Consol Energy Drive, Canonsburg, Pa.

"Windsor is still listed on the permit," said Funk, noting the original permit was issued in 1981.

At the Windsor mine, Funk said the most that Consol is doing at the site is reclamation, but even this requires permit renewal.

Anyone wishing to comment on the Windsor permit should call the DEP at (304)457-3219.

According to American Electric Power, Consol acquired the mine from AEP in 2001. Consol information states the company permanently closed the mine the following year.

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