A truck driver shot while trying to fix mechanical problem on I-470 and a local town that underwent their own Streetscape Project offers Wheeling words of encouragement: Here's a look at the week's top stories

(WTRF) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released more information on the trucker who was shot in the face on I-470 on Monday.  

Ohio State Highway Patrol give update and description of man who shot a truck driver in the face

According to officials, the victim, Michael Brundage of Ellenboro, was traveling westbound on I-470 when his commercial truck experienced mechanical problems, prompting Brundage to stop at the exit 3 ramp. 

Officials say Brundage stopped for about 20 minutes when a full-sized white commercial truck with blue letters also stopped on I-470 westbound., exit 3. 

The unknown suspect approached Brundage and shot him in the face. 

Ohio State Highway Patrol officials say the suspect is described as a black male, 5’10-6′, weighing around 200 pounds, wearing all black with a black toboggan that covered most of his face. 

Officials say the suspect fled the scene westbound on I-470 in the commercial truck. 

West Virginia man who murdered and dismembered bodies sentenced to life in prison

Described as one of the most horrific crimes Ohio County has prosecuted, Gerald Jako Jr. was sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murders of Lauren “LuLu” Cree-Jenkins and Trevor Vossen on Tuesday.  

Jako is currently serving a 100-year prison sentence for an aggravated robbery he committed back in 2019 at a cafe in Valley Grove.  

He has already served five years of that sentence and is eligible for parole in 20 years for the robbery.   

Once he has completed the robbery sentence, he will then begin serving the concurrent life sentences for two counts of first-degree murder he pled guilty to last September.    

WTRF Special Report: Surviving the Streetscape

Wheeling has been under construction for almost a year and a half now… causing frustrations for residents and businesses.  

The Streetscape project promises a brand-new downtown, but the construction of the project has made navigating through the city difficult.  

From 2009 to around 2012, Cambridge went through their own Streetscape project, with new curbs, benches, and awnings. 

Cambridge says their renovations did not come without growing pains and hopes Wheeling can hang on and look forward to a city with the comforts of modern life.  

Highlands Sports Complex hosts signature robotics four-day competition

After three years of diligent work, Ohio County School proudly presented its first-ever Gateway to the West Signature event at The Highlands.  

This internationally known event is a part of the VEX VRC Robotics competition and brought people from 15 states and Ontario, Canada to the Ohio Valley.  

The event was one of 25 across the globe and the only one hosted in the Mountain State.  

74 high school teams and 65 middle school teams registered for the event, all with the same goal – making it to The World Championship in Dallas, Texas.  

Those are the week’s top headlines, and for the latest news, any time of the week, you can visit our website.




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