THERE IS a sick individual or more on the loose in Eastern Ohio.
Anyone who kills pets is mentally sick.
Three dogs have met with a deadly fate in the past few days. Two labrador retrievers were taken from a yard in Dillonvale and subsequently found dead.
If that wasn't horrific enough, a black labrador named Midnight was stolen from its owner's yard late last week in Holloway and found dead a mile away.
There is no way right now of knowing if the two crimes are connected. But my guess is, they are.
It makes you wonder what kind of person is capable of doing something so senseless and cruel. Secondly, it puts every pet owner in the area on high alert.
Animal rescue officials are urging pet owners to keep their pets inside or, if they need to be outdoors, to keep a watchful eye on them. That goes without saying.
These two recent acts disturb me. Only a low-life individual would do something of this nature.
Humane officials are taking some heat over the canine killings. But there is no way they can guard against such deeds.
What does need to happen is when the suspect or suspects are caught and convicted, they need to receive the most painful of punishments. They need to be locked in a cell, covered with raw meat and be exposed to some hungry pit-bulls.
I know that sounds drastic, but killing pets like they did calls for drastic punishment.
I NEVER had the opportunity to meet Sean Elerick. I wish I had.
The St. Clairsville resident was a community-minded individual. he was a man who like to make a positive difference in the lives of those who needed a boost.
Unfortunately, he died at age 45 two years ago from cancer.
I have always said that the best way to honor someone is to name something in their memory. Premier Bank & Trust did that and more in Sean's behalf, establishing the Sean P. Elerick Memorial Foundation.
Creating such a fund speaks volumes of Sean's character. The foundation has helped man nonprofit organizations throughout the area.
A Premier Server Night is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Chapz in Morristown from 6-9 p.m. Proceeds from the event go to keeping the foundation's work alive.
All the tips for the Premier servers will go to the Foundation. A Chinese auction, a 50/50 and a bake sale will all add additional money into the foundation's coffers. A deejay will be on hand to provide entertainment.
The fundraiser will be a way to pay tribute to Sean while also aiding projects he believed in.
THE BISHOP Donahue football team is paying tribute to a former assistant coach. Larry Carpenter died this summer. He served as a Bishops' grid aide the last several years after a lengthy tenure at St. John Central, where his three children -- Tom, Jocelyn and Devon were athletic standouts. Larry was a Buckeye North high grad and went onto star on the gridiron for Ohio Northern. The game ball for the Bishops' opener against Cameron last week also had Larry's name inscribed on it.
OHIO STATE Troopers made 263 drug arrests -- a 32 percent increase -- during the holiday reporting period of midnight Friday, Aug. 30 through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2. Aggressive driving citations were up 67 percent with 3,727 drivers cited and OVI arrests were up 9 percent with 762 drivers arrested. Despite the death of 13 people, who were killed in 11 crashes this year, Ohio experienced a drop of a fatality when compared to 2012 when 14 people died in 14 crashes. Of those killed, three were attributed to an impaired driver and six were motorcyclists.
FORMER OHIO State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has risen from the ashes. After his unceremonious exit from the Buckeyes due to Tattoogate, Pryor has claimed the starting job with the Oakland Raiders. His athleticism will be a needed commodity as the Silver & Black have one of the most porous offensive lines in the NFL. My prediction for the Super Bowl has the 49ers besting the Broncos.
THE JEFFERSON-Belmont Regional Solid Waste Authority Board is set to meet Monday at 5 p.m. at the Bellaire Public Library. The public is invited.
ANYONE WHO enjoys high school bands should take in a Buckeye Local High football game. The Panther marching band is large in number and superb in quality. I have a hard time believing there is a better unit in the OVAC.
CONGRATULATIONS TO the Belmont County Fair Board. The long-running event concludes today and this year's event may have been the best ever. The new venue gets it done.
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