On Thursday, I attended a press conference announcing a methadone and marijuana raid involving a Wood County man.
Ordinarily, while this is newsworthy, it would be worthy of a news release, not a news conference. But what was different about this operation, is that it involved two counties, one in West Virginia and one in Ohio.
You can read the story elsewhere on WTAP's web channel. But because the man is from West Virginia and the arrest was made in Ohio , it merited the cooperation of law enforcement agencies in Wood County, West Virginia (to get a warrant search of the man's Davisville home) and Washington County, Ohio (to make the arrest).
It's also a story which involves two states and two counties.
Some of our viewers often complain that, as a television station, we're only interested in one side of the Ohio River or the other. That's why I love covering something like this: to prove that there are stories which involve both sides of the river. That we have similar concerns, regardless of which state we live in. That, regardless of whether we pay our taxes to West Virginia or to Ohio, there are issues in one state in our area which can affect residents of the other state.
There's one other thing people in both states need to remember.
The thing which divides West Virginia and Ohio is called the Ohio River. It isn't the Berlin Wall.
I noted the death this week of long-time Columbus sportscaster Jimmy Crum. Since the NBC affiliate for whom Crum broadcast for four decades isn't seen in Parkersburg, most local viewers might not recall him, although you might have a memory of his working Cincinnati Bengals radio broadcasts in the 1970's (where I, in fact, first heard him).
Most of the Columbus news stories I read talked about his long association with Ohio State football and basketball teams. One even said he "bled scarlet and gray".
None mentioned that, prior to his glory years in Columbus, Crum went to college at Ohio University. That, in fact, is where I met him, at an O.U. alumni event about 20 years ago.
But whatever his true colors were, one thing isn't in dispute. He was a class act, and he will be missed.
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