Glouster, Ohio police chief arrested
A police chief from a nearby town is being housed at the Washington County Jail after being arrested Friday on a fifth-degree felony count of obstruction of justice.
Police Chief Lucas Mace was arrested by the Athens County Sheriffs Office and will be held in protective custody at the Washington County Jail, said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.
Mace, 38, of Glouster, was appointed as police chief approximately two years ago and previously served as captain of the Glouster Police Department.
As captain, Mace was put on paid administrative leave for a short time in in early 2012 while he was investigated for possible misconduct out of an incident arising at the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville.No charges were ever filed out of the incident and Mace was elected police chief shortly after, according to the Athens Messenger.
The arrest comes less than four months after then Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly was indicted on 25 counts, including 23 felonies, related to allegations of theft in office and tampering with evidence. It was not immediately clear if Mace's arrest was related.
Belpre pool opening will be delayed
The Belpre Swimming Pool will open Saturday, a day later than planned, said City Safety-Service Director Dave Ferguson.
Officials had expected the pool, which opened in 2007 after a large campaign to replace the old, dilapidated pool, to be ready for this year and announced the opening for Friday.
"Unfortunately, we found a crack in one of the filters and couldn't let it wait," Ferguson said.
The new filter was ordered and installed Friday.
Fire dept. comes to aid of disabled boat
The Marietta Fire Department was called out and had to use its fire boat to help a boater in distress on Friday.
Lt. Mike Dietsch said a boater who put his boat in the water for the first time this year encountered some problems at the Indian Acres boat ramp.
"The motor quit running and (the boat) started taking on water," he said.
Dietsch said by the time the department arrived, the man had gotten the boat tied off to the bank of the Muskingum River.
"We pulled up and tied to him and towed him to the boat ramp and assisted him in getting his boat back on the trailer," he said.
Dietsch said no injuries resulted and he believes this is the first time this year the fire department has had to use its boat.
Mine workers union, company to meet
The strike that started nearly two weeks ago at International Converter, 17153 Industrial Highway in Caldwell, is still ongoing, but the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) Local 4826 is scheduled to meet with the company on Wednesday for further bargaining.
The strike started May 11 at midnight because of claims of unfair labor practices.
In a press release Thursday the UMWA said it was the intention of the 57 workers on strike to hold a march and candlelight vigil Friday around 7 p.m., starting at the Noble County Fairgrounds and ending at the International Converter plant.
Jo LeMoin, vice president of Human Resources for International Converter, said in an email Friday it is the hope "to reach an agreement next week that is mutually beneficial to everyone."