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Fight leads to wanted felon arrest

WHEELING, W.V. - Two men are behind bars after a fight in Wheeling late Tuesday night.

Officials with the Wheeling Police Department say they learned about a fight in progress along 18th Street at about 11:45 p.m. Officers were warned that one of the men, Buck Ward, was reportedly armed with a knife and had an active felony warrant for his arrest with the Ohio County Sheriff Department for domestic battery.

When officers arrived, they saw the men running into an alley behind 16th Street and jumping over a fence into a back yard along 15th Street.

Officers found Ward hiding in the rear of a yard along 15th Street. He was arrested and taken to OVMC Emstart for treatment to injuries he sustained when jumping over the fence. Ward was later served with the felony warrant as well as a body attachment order out of Circuit Court for non-payment of child support. Ward was also charged with malicious wounding and attempted malicious wounding because of the fight. As of Wednesday, he is in the Northern Regional Jail until he can be arraigned.

Another male, Joe Courtwright, was also taken into custody and issued citations for possession of marijuana and public intoxication.

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