At 10:43 a.m. on Wednesday, reports flooded in to Gallia County 911 of power loss throughout the east end, beginning around the GoMart gas station on Eastern Avenue. Also reported at the same time was a semi trailer that had allegedly torn low hanging cable lines in the area of Chestnut Avenue. According to a spokesperson from American Electric Power, the outage was caused by equipment failure, affecting more than 200 people in Gallipolis, extending from the area of Gallia Avenue north to the city limits. Traffic lights in the area were out during the outage, leading to some confusion among drivers. Gallipolis Police Department reminded drivers to proceed with caution anytime a traffic control device is not working properly and obey motoring laws accordingly. The outage lasted from shortly after 10 a.m. until just before 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
James Montgomery, 41, of Gallipolis, was arrested Tuesday on a first-degree misdemeanor charge of domestic violence for an incident occurring on Jackson Pike the same day.
The Gallia County Courthouse sustained a substantial water leak Wednesday afternoon as an unidentified man leaned on a water fountain in the hall in front of the Gallia County Court of Common Pleas before a waterline ruptured. Court house officials say water leaked through to the Gallia Board of Elections on the second floor and minor drips were discovered in the courthouse front lobby. Courthouse officials say they believe the incident to be accidental.