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Trustees meeting set for today

MINGO JUNCTION – The Steubenville Township trustees will meet at 6 p.m. today instead of Thursday due to a scheduling conflict.

The township trustee meetings are held at the 25 Smithfield St.

Council to hold special meeting today

FOLLANSBEE – City Council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. today to discuss possible changes to the 2013-14 budget.

The meeting will be held at the City Building.

National Day of Prayer breakfast set

WELLSBURG – Wellsburg Mayor Sue Simonetti, the Wellsburg Ministerial Association and Wellsburg Kiwanis Club will team to present National Day of Prayer activities on Thursday.

The Kiwanis Club will present the mayor’s prayer breakfast at 8 a.m. at Wellsburg Methodist Church. There’s no charge for admission, though donations are welcome.

The Wellsburg Ministerial Association will present a prayer service at 7 p.m. on the town square. Paul Bailey will be the guest speaker.

Wells Township seeking lifeguards

BRILLIANT – Wells Township officials are accepting applications for lifeguards.

Applicants must be at least 15 years old.

Applications are available at the township office, 409 Prospect St. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

The wage is $8.50 per hour.

For information, call (740) 598-9602.

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Road closing, work announced

Pot Rock Road near Wellsburg will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. beginning Tuesday while crews with Access Midstream install a gas line crossing.

The closing will be in effect until May 15, and Rabbit Hill Road has been named the detour. Inclement weather and other circumstances could change the project schedule.

The West Virginia Division of Highways also has announced other road work to be performed, pending suitable weather.

Crews in Brooke County will patch Grisby Lane/Tent Church Road and Windy Hill/Hukills Run Road and pull shoulders and ditches along state Route 27 and Camp Run Road.

Crews in Hancock County will patch Ohio River Boulevard, ditch along Tope Road and mow along several roads.

Mud bog scheduled at Friendship Park

SMITHFIELD – A mud bog will be held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds at noon Saturday.

Registration is at 11 a.m.

The truck entry fee is $20, with first- and second-place class finishers awarded.

For information, contact Rick Shell at (740) 424-8411, Bob Grimes at (740) 424-6140 or Glen Wood at (740) 346-5880.

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Foot chase ends with arrest

WINTERSVILLE – A village resident has been charged with obstruction and criminal trespass after leading police on a foot chase near Indian Creek High School, Chief Ed Laman said.

Laman said Casey R. Gill, 32, 105 Americana Circle, also was served with a bench warrant for non-payment of fees. He is being held in the Jefferson County Justice Center.

“We got a call that someone was hanging around Big Lots,” the chief said. “We went to check it out, and (Gill) was walking toward the school. He saw our cruiser and bolted. One of our officers chased him on foot.”

Laman said Gill was apprehended in Orchard Place.

“One of our canine (units) found him hiding in a shed,” the chief said. “It turned out we had a warrant for him to begin with, a bench warrant.”

Ohio Highway Patrol and Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies assisted, he said.

Woman victim of scam artist

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies say a Dillonvale woman was scammed out of $2,000 by a man who told her she’d won $355,000 in a contest.

According to reports, the man initially told the woman he needed $500 to put a stamp on her winnings. After receiving the $500, the man allegedly told her he needed $1,500 more.

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating.

Homicide suspect to appear in court

WELLSBURG – The Burgettstown, Pa. man indicted for the shooting death of Jason Lee Pratz of McKinleyville is slated to appear for a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Brooke County Circuit Court.

Until then, Rocco Zuccaro, 28, of Burgettstown, is being held in the Northern Regional Jail in lieu of a $1 million bond approved by Circuit Court Judge Ronald Wilson.

The hearing follows his extradition from Washington County, Pennsylvania, where he was arrested at his home on April 17.

Zuccaro was indicted for murder in a special grand jury session held Tuesday.

Pratz, a 30-year-old former employee of Weirton Medical Center and volunteer with the Brooke Hills Park spookhouse, was found dead in his home on Genteel Ridge on Feb. 19.

County engineer sets work schedule

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Engineer James Branagan released the work schedule for next week for the highway department.

Ditching – Mount Pleasant-Adena Road (county Road 6); county Road 7G (Pottery Addition connector); Ross Ridge-Alikanna Road (county Road 43); and Pleasant Hill Road (county Road 45).

Road closings will be announced.

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Man accidentally shot self in foot

STEUBENVILLE – A city man who initially said he was shot while taking out the trash Thursday evening later admitted he accidentally shot himself in the foot, City Police reported.

Tilal J. Johnson, 18, of 1124 Claire Ave. was driven to Trinity Medical Center West around 10 p.m. Thursday with a gunshot wound to the foot. Johnson told officers he was taking the garbage out on the side of the house when he was shot, police said. Johnson then admitted he was playing around with a gun and it discharged, police reported.

Man found innocent after bench trial

STEUBENVILLE – Ernest Robinette, 46, of 118 Spruce Lane, Mingo Junction, was acquitted of one count of complicity to possession of drugs after a bench trial before Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson on Thursday.

Robinette was arrested in August by the Ohio State Highway Patrol after a traffic stop and drugs were found.

Defense attorney Stephen Lamatrice said Robinette had removed scrap and other trash located outside a vacant doctor’s office in Wintersville. There were samples of medication in the trash, Lamatrice said. He said Robinette didn’t knowingly have the drugs in his possession.

Henderson dismissed a charge of tampering with evidence and another count of complicity to possession of drugs after the prosecution rested its case.

Friends of Smithfield group to meet May 4

SMITHFIELD – The Friends of Smithfield Community Development Corp. will meet at 11 a.m. on May 4 in the Smithfield Presbyterian Church social room.

Linda Helt and John Borkowski will give an update on the Northern Cemetery mowing and the status of the membership drive. Village Council updates will be given, and the group will be looking for ideas and projects.

The meeting is open to members and non-members.

Lightning strike causes house fire

COLERAIN – Lightning struck a house at 54151 Krob Lane Wednesday afternoon, damaging some siding, according to authorities.

Ty Wilson of the Colerain Volunteer Fire Department said his department was assisted by Barton, Brookside and Sunset Heights firefighters. Wilson said no one was home at the time of the incident and there were no injuries.

Health department announces schedule

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Health Department will offer immunizations and tuberculosis shots from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Nursing division program information is available by calling (740) 283-8530.

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Blasting above state Route 7 resumes

BRILLIANT – Blasting work recently resumed on the hillside above state Route 7 near Rush Run as part of the $22 million landslide repair project, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported.

Minor traffic delays are expected between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. each day, ODOT reported. The blasting schedule may be altered depending upon weather conditions. Both north and southbound traffic will be stopped daily for approximately 10 minutes while blasting occurs. ODOT advised motorists to plan ahead to avoid delays. Only one blast will occur per day.

State Route 7 has been reduced to one lane in each direction on the northbound side of the highway between Rayland and Brilliant since a major landslide occurred in March 2011. ODOT’s contractor for this project is Beaver Excavating Co. of Canton. Work is expected to be completed in 2014.

Go to heraldstaronline.com to watch a video of recent blasting on the hillside.

Truck wreck causes minor traffic problem

WINTERSVILLE – A tractor-trailer hit a guardrail around 11:27 a.m. Wednesday on U.S. Route 22, near the Broadacre exit, causing minor traffic problems along the highway, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.

The driver, Thomas K. Orenbaun, 40, of Bulger, Pa., lost control of the truck and it went off the right side of the road and hit the guardrail, the patrol reported.

Orenbaun, who wasn’t injured, was charged by the patrol with failure to control.

Recreation group schedules meeting

MINGO JUNCTION -Village Council’s recreation committee is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. today in the Municipal Building to discuss use of the girl’s softball field.

Man sentenced in child sex case

STEUBENVILLE – Robin Turner, 66, of 810 county Road 19, Mingo Junction, was sentenced to 12 months in prison on Wednesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after pleading guilty to a charge of gross sexual imposition.

Turner was charged with sexual contact with a 7-year-old girl in December.

County Assistant Prosecutor Edward Littlejohn Jr. read a letter from the victim to the court. In it, the girl said Satan had taken over Turner. The girl said she was mad at Turner but now forgives him.

Bruzzese ordered that Turner be classified as a Tier II sex offender, requiring him to report his address to the county sheriff where he lives or works every 180 days for 25 years.

Retail sales show slight increase

STEUBENVILLE – Retail sales in Jefferson County increased about 2 percent in February compared to the same period last year.

Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said retail sales for February totaled $52.65 million, generating $789,846 in piggyback sales tax revenue for the county. Agresta said piggyback sales tax receipts for February 2012 generated $772,042, based on retail sales of $51.46 million.

February piggyback tax figures are historically among the lowest of the year.

Retail sales in Jefferson County have averaged $60.20 million a month in 2012, compared to $54.97 million a month during the prior four years.

Mingo council plans special meeting

MINGO JUNCTION – Village Council will meet in special session at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss filling the village administrator’s position.

The meeting also will include discussion of finances.

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Body found in river identified

The body of a white male who was found in the Ohio River on April 16 has been identified as Timothy Ralston, 52, of Chester.

Ralston was identified from dental records obtained by the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, said office spokeswoman Marsha Dadisman.

Ralston was last seen Nov. 20 by witnesses who said he jumped off the Jennings Randolph Bridge. Ralston was being pursued by the police at the time for allegedly attacking his estranged wife and 21-year-old son with a pipe.

Authorities said Ralston fled their High Acres Drive home and drove his pickup truck down the U.S. Route 30 hill and to the bridge, where he jumped into the Ohio River.

Ralston was missing for nearly five months, and the place where he was found, near the Wellsville Intermodal Facility, is about seven miles downriver from the Jennings Randolph Bridge.

Dinner to benefit Madonna Class of ’15

WEIRTON – A spaghetti dinner to benefit the fundraising efforts of the Madonna Class of 2015 will be held Sunday in the high school cafeteria.

The dinner, courtesy of Williams Country Club, will be from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and include pasta, meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and a drink.

The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children. Eat in or take out. Family take-out is available for $25.

Harrison board changes meeting

CADIZ – The Harrison Hills City Board of Education will hold its regular meeting next month on May 23, not May 30.

It will be held at 7 p.m. at the administrative office.

Steubenville man claimed to be a cop

EAST LIVERPOOL – A Steubenville man who claimed to be a police officer when picked up by a trooper from the Lisbon Highway Patrol post was back in East Liverpool Municipal Court this week.

Terry G. Weyand Jr., 24, Lovers Lane, was charged April 14 with operating a vehicle while under the influence, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and a marked lanes violation after he allegedly failed to move over for a patrol cruiser which had another vehicle pulled off the berm of state Route 7 south of East Liverpool.

In court this week, Weyand’s attorney Chris Amato presented a written “not guilty” plea for his client.

A pretrial is set for 10:45 a.m. on May 14. Recognizance bond of $1,000 had been set previously.

When stopped on Shadyside Avenue the day of his arrest, Weyand reportedly advised the trooper, “I’m a cop. I would give you a break. Can’t you let me go? I’ll just disappear.”

Inquiries with several police departments in Ohio and in West Virginia failed to turn up Weyand on their employee rosters, although he was interviewed by East Liverpool Police Department after passing a Civil Service exam for patrolman last year.

A captain with the Wells Township Police Department in Brilliant confirmed Tuesday that Weyand had worked there “in the past,” but declined to comment when asked how recently he had been employed at the department.

Although the initial report by Trooper D.M. Brown indicated a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle was pending against Weyand, the court had no record of additional charges this week.

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Animal control officer captures coyote

STEUBENVILLE – A coyote wasn’t wile enough to avoid capture by the city’s animal control officer on Monday morning.

The animal control officer was called to the 800 block of North Fourth Street about a coyote growling at a family dog. The animal control officer reported finding the coyote outside a fenced area on the side of the house. The officer said he slowly approached the coyote with his cable loop pole and slipped the loop over the coyote’s head.

The animal control officer put the animal in the back of his truck and drove it to a wooded area off county Road 26 and released it.

Robbery-assault report dismissed

FOLLANSBEE – Brooke County Sheriff Chuck Jackson said a robbery and assault reported by a local man on March 31 didn’t occur.

Jackson referred to a report by a man who said he was walking in the area of Randall Avenue and Lee Road when another man demanded his wallet and stabbed him in the arm.

The investigation into this matter has concluded that the incident never occurred and was invented by the man to hide another situation, Jackson said.

He added his department always investigates such complaints, whether they’re believed to be founded or unfounded.

Jackson said the Brooke County prosecutor will consider whether to charge the man with false reporting.

Paving work to begin on state Route 150

MOUNT PLEASANT – Paving of more than 9 miles of state Route 150 from Mount Pleasant to state Route 7 is set to begin this week, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported.

Traffic will be maintained with flaggers.

ODOT’s contractor for the $2 million project is Shelly & Sands Inc. of Rayland. The completion date is mid-September.

Construction meeting set for Wednesday

WELLSBURG – The construction meeting of the Brooke County Public Service District will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the district office located at 711 Charles St.

Weirton man charged with robbery

WEIRTON – A 29-year-old city resident has been charged with robbing Mugsy’s on Penco Road early Monday morning.

Police said Frank Pietranton, 29, 116 East Circle Drive was arrested at his home and charged with robbery in the second degree.

More than $8,500 was taken from the business, they said.

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Man arrested twice

for shoplifting

STEUBENVILLE -A city man was arrested twice in about 90 minutes Sunday for shoplifting alcoholic beverages from stores, City Police reported.

Officers were called to Maryland Market Sunday evening about Jonathan Brown, 23, of 626 Prospect Ave. trying to take alcoholic beverages. Brown was arrested and taken to the county jail, where he was released by corrections officers on his own recognizance.

Officers were called to Speedway on North Third Street about 90 minutes after Brown’s first arrest about Brown trying to steal beer, police reported. He again was arrested but Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla ordered Brown to be held in the county jail until his court appearance in Municipal Court today.

AKC Gun Dog

championship set

BLOOMINGDALE – The American Kennel Club, the nation’s largest dog registry, will bring the inaugural AKC Pointing Breed Walking Gun Dog Championship to Mingo Sportsman’s Club near Bloomingdale April 27 through May 1.

The event will feature 60 of the country’s top Gun Dogs. Seven different pointing breeds will be represented.

The venue at Mingo Sportsman’s Club is fast becoming one of the top areas to display pointing dogs, thanks to the efforts of the members of the Mingo Club in managing the courses. Several national events have been held at this location in the past, as the area offers the opportunity to display the qualities that pointing breed owners value in their performance dogs.

“The AKC is pleased to have the opportunity to bring the inaugural AKC Pointing Breed Walking National Championship to Mingo Sportsman’s Club,” said Tom Maneely, AKC executive field representative.

“The AKC has a 20-year history of hosting a National Championship for dogs where the person handling the dog is mounted on horseback. With this event we want to identify and reward the superior hunting dogs where the dog is handled from foot. I am looking forward to seeing many of the nation’s finest bird dogs in competition,” Maneely said.

Scrabble session

set for Wednesday

STEUBENVILLE – Area Scrabble enthusiasts will gather Wednesday for their monthly game session in room 1502 at Eastern Gateway Community College.

Play time will run from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with newcomers welcome and encouraged to bring the board game if they have one. No fees are charged.

Bonus words will be words related to Mother’s Day.

For information, call (740) 264-9893.

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Community Days booths available

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Community Days Committee will accept applications for booths for this year’s festival, which will be held July 12-14 at the Follansbee Park parking lot.

Applications can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the City Building, 872 Main St., and must be returned no later than June 21.

ABATE motorcycle ride planned Saturday

WEIRTON – ABATE of West Virginia’s Upper Ohio Valley Chapter will host its 19th-annual “Bugs Outta Bikes” motorcycle ride on Saturday.

The ride will start at Shooterz . Registration will begin at noon, with the first bike leaving at 1 p.m.

An entry fee will be waived for those becoming a new member of ABATE at registration.

For information, call (304) 797-7092.

Group to host spay-neuter clinic

WINTERSVILLE – The Brooke County Animal Welfare League will sponsor a Roaming Animal Sterilization Clinic at Low Cost spay-neuter clinic for dogs and cats on May 4-5 at the Jefferson County Airpark.

Any interested pet owners, not only Brooke County residents, should call (304) 374-4443 for details and appointments.

WSX Management Club to meet

WEIRTON – The Weirton Steel Management Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Giovanni’s Restaurant (former Gio’s Family Restaurant) in the banquet room. All members and former members are invited to attend the dinner and social time.

Tag-in event planned at fairgrounds

SMITHFIELD – A tag-in event is planned May 4 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds at Friendship Park.

All Jefferson County youth ages 8-19 planning to sell a market animal – hog, lamb, goat, feeder or dairy beef feeder steer – as an independent exhibitor or as a 4-H member or with FFA at the 2013 Jefferson County Fair must bring their animal or animals. There can be no more than two market animals.

The tag-in will take place in front of the fair office from 8 a.m. to 11 am.

For information, call (740) 317-5592.

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Speaker planned at Franciscan University

STEUBENVILLE – Curtis Martin, president and co-founder of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, will discuss how future generations can heed Pope John Paul II’s call to the new evangelization at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the St. Joseph Center’s seminar room at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

The discussion is part of Franciscan’s Distinguished Speakers Series, which keys on individuals who have distinguished themselves by integrating their faith and public life. It’s a collaboration of the offices of advancement, student life, athletics and the center for leadership.

Martin and his wife, Michaelann, founded FOCUS at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., in 1998. Since then, FOCUS has grown to more than 300 missionaries serving 74 campuses in 30 states across the United States.

Martin is a 1993 MA graduate of Franciscan University. Pope Benedict XVI appointed Martin as a Consulter to the Pontifical Council of the New Evangelization in 2011.

County engineer releases work schedule

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Engineer James Branagan released the work schedule for next week for the highway department.

Ditching – Bergholz-New Somerset Road (county Road 53); Mount Pleasant-Adena Road (county Road 6); and county Road 7G (Pottery Addition connector).

Road closings will be announced.

Road work announced for Northern Panhandle

The West Virginia Division of Highways has announced minor road work to be performed this week, pending suitable weather.

In Hancock County, crews will be patching Moores and Doris lanes and Dale Street, ditching along Jefferson Street and mowing along marks Run and Stewart Run roads and Lee and Willis ways.

In Brooke County, crews will be patching Cross Creek and Petit Heights roads and pulling shoulders and ditches along Genteel Ridge and Bradys Ridge roads.

County Road 53 to be closed

BERGHOLZ – Bergholz-New Somerset Road (county Road 53) will be closed in a section from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday to allow crews with the Jefferson County Engineer’s Department to install a culvert.

The road will be closed at the intersection of county Road 53 and Ross Township Road 290. There will be no through traffic.

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Arrest made in threats to deputies

STEUBENVILLE – A Toronto-area man was arrested and lodged in the county jail early today after allegedly making threats to blow up that very building and kill county sheriff’s deputies.

Najee Tucker, 23, of 757 township Road 428, Toronto, called the sheriff’s department around 1:20 a.m. today, making threats to blow up the justice center and shoot deputies, the sheriff’s department reported. Tucker said he was somebody else and gave a different address, the sheriff’s department reported. A deputy said they believe Tucker was trying to get somebody else in trouble.

Deputies were able to trace the phone call back to Tucker’s home. The cell phone he used in making the calls was found, and Tucker admitted to making the threats, the sheriff’s department reported.

Threat at school being investigated

STEUBENVILLE – City Police responded Wednesday morning to a bomb threat to the Catholic Central High School and Bishop John King Mussio Middle School facility after a hand-written note was discovered on a teacher’s desk in the middle school.

High school Principal Rich Wilinski said the students were evacuated from the high school building to the Bishop John King Mussio Elementary School gymnasium while a search was conducted.

Wilinski said City Police and school staff cleared the building after approximately one hour and the students returned to their classrooms.

Diocesan spokesperson Pat DeFrancis said school officials are cooperating with City Police as the investigation into the threat continues.

Tack swap to raise funds for new barn

CADIZ – The Harrison County 4-H Horse Committee is hosting a tack swap from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 4 at the Harrison County Fairgrounds.

The tack swap is being held inside the junior fair building, rain or shine.

“This is a great opportunity to ‘spring clean’ your tack box and closet to get ready for the new show season” stated Laynette Shively, committee chair. Vendors of tack, horse equipment and show clothing are invited to reserve tables at $10 each. Admission to the event is $1 per person.

Proceeds go toward the replacement of the horse barn at the fairgrounds.

Vendors can reserve tables by calling Sherri VanTassel at (740) 546-4706 or via e-mail at ohlaw94@aol.com. Reservations are requested to ensure all have adequate space. Food, beverages will be available.

The committee also is hosting a horse show starting at 10 a.m. on May 11 at the fairgrounds. A variety of classes will be offered with per-class and all-day fees.

For a copy of the show bill, e-mail VanTassel.

Training canceled by housing programs

STEUBENVILLE – The fair housing programs of Steubenville and Jefferson County and the Ohio Valley Fair Housing Center has canceled training for case managers, social workers and other social service professionals set for Wednesday.

The training will be rescheduled at a later date.

Health fair to be held

WEIRTON – The Brooke County Health Department will hold a health fair with a variety of vendors, screenings and door prizes from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 25 at Freedom Place Apartments at 3744 Main St. Balanced lifestyles supporting good health and the prevention of chronic diseases will be among topics covered. For information, call (304) 737-3665.

Ramp to Route 22 closing Monday

PITTSBURGH – The ramp from Old Steubenville Pike onto U.S. Route 22 eastbound at McDonald will be closing Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced.

In addition to the long-term ramp closure, a long-term closure of the right lane on U.S. Route 22 East will occur in the area of the McDonald interchange.

The closure is slated to begin at 7 a.m. Monday and will continue through late August.

The closure is part of a $2 million project including bridge superstructure and interchange rehabilitation, resurfacing, patching and related improvements. Work at the interchange is to conclude in late fall.

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Humane society meeting today

WINTERSVILLE – The public meeting of the Jefferson County Humane Society will be held at 6:30 p.m. today in the community room of the Jefferson County Animal Shelter.

Tickets remain for Glenn Miller concert

CHESTER – Tickets remain for the appearance by the Glenn Miller Orchestra Tuesday at Oak Glen Middle School.

Advance tickets will be sold for $21 at the school until 4 p.m. Tuesday. The remaining tickets will be available for $24 when doors open for the event at 6:45 p.m. The OGHS Jazz Ensemble will begin the program at 7 p.m. The Glenn Miller Orchestra will follow at 7:30 p.m. For information, call (304) 374-7474.

Band parents to elect officers

STEUBENVILLE – Steubenville Big Red/Harding Middle School band parents will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the high school band room. Officers for the 2013-14 season will be elected.

Relay for Life meeting Tuesday

STEUBENVILLE – A Tuesday evening planning meeting of the 2013 Steubenville Area Relay for Life sponsored by the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society will get under way at 7 p.m. in lecture hall 2100 of Eastern Gateway Community College.

It is open to anyone interested in organizing a team or being a part of the fundraiser event for cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services.

This year’s relay will be held June 21-22 at the Robert Kettle Memorial Stadium at Indian Creek High School in Wintersville.

Relay co-chairs are Kyle Elder and Jaclyn Walters. Bethani Barsch is the ACS staff partner.

For information about participating, volunteering or donating to the Steubenville Area Relay for Life, call Barsch at (888) 227-6446, extension 2212; Elder at (740) 219-0147 or kyleelder@gmail.com; or go to the website at www.relayforlife.org/Steubenville.

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County engineer releases work schedule

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Engineer James Branagan released the work schedule for next week for the highway department.

Ditching – Ross Ridge-Alikanna Road (county Road 43); Bergholz-New Somerset Road (county Road 53) and Mount Pleasant-Adena Road (county Road 6.

Culvert replacement – Ross Ridge-Alikanna Road (county Road 43).

Road closings will be announced.

Fundraiser dinner at Jewett VFD

JEWETT – A baked steak and baked chicken dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Jewett Volunteer Fire Department.

The meal will include vegetables, salad, bread, dessert and beverage.

Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children.

New vaccinations offered at clinic

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Health Department will be administering new vaccinations required of incoming seventh graders and high school seniors from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 at Brooke High School.

Since last year state health and school officials have required that seventh graders receive a booster dose of the DTaP vaccine, which protects against tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis and a dose of MCV4 meningitis vaccine.

Incoming seniors must show proof of a single dose of Tdap and a booster dose of MCV4 if the first dose was given before the child’s 16th birthday.

Parents and guardians should first contact their child’s doctor to ensure their children’s vaccinations are up to date and the additional doses aren’t available through their doctor. Those planning to bring their children should make appointments, to ensure they bring the proper documentation, by calling (304) 737-3665.

The clinics are aimed at youth who are uninsured but the vaccines will be available to those with insurance but not able to obtain them through their doctors, for a fee.

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Karaoke Fun Night set in East Springfield

EAST SPRINGFIELD – The East Springfield Community Center will host a karaoke fun night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.

Admission is $2 with free admission for children under age 10.

Refreshments will be available. Music will be provided by DJ Chelsea Matta.

The center is located on county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department.

Applications for lifeguards accepted

BRILLIANT – Wells Township officials are accepting applications for lifeguards from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. weekdays at the township office, 409 Prospect St.

Applicants must be at least 15 years old. Contact the township office at (740) 598-9602 for more information.

Indian Creek team to meet

WINTERSVILLE – The Indian Creek Local Curriculum Improvement Council/District Leadership Team will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Bantam Ridge building’s gymnasium.

The meeting is open to the public.

W.Va. statehood lecture in Wheeling

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Humanities Council established its Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau in 2011 to help organizations across the state strengthen programs related to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the birth of the Mountain State.

The year 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of West Virginia statehood. In honor of the occasion, the Humanities Council’s speakers bureau focuses this year on statehood topics.

A Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau program will be presented at 7:15 p.m. April 23 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 3536 Eoff Street, Wheeling. The featured speaker is Dr. David T. Javersak, Dean Emeritus of the School of Liberal Arts at West Liberty University. Javersak’s talk, titled “Species of Legal Fiction: The Wheeling Conventions,” is free and open to the public. The South Wheeling Preservation Alliance is hosting the program and may be contacted at (304) 233-8917 for information

A native West Virginian, Javersak grew up in Weirton and attended Hancock and Brooke public schools. As a student at Broadview Jr. High, he won a Golden Horseshoe in 1959. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from West Liberty State College, his master’s in American history and Pacific Island history from the University of Hawaii and a doctorate from West Virginia University in American history and African history. In 1997, he was named a West Virginia History Hero in recognition of his research, writing, editorial work and lecturing about the state, especially his home town, his alma mater, and his current home, Wheeling.

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Man sentenced in domestic case

STEUBENVILLE – Daniel C. Rippee, 22, of 127 Euclid St., Amsterdam, was sentenced by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. on Tuesday to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after pleading guilty to single counts of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor domestic violence.

The county prosecutor’s office reported Rippee was involved in a domestic dispute with his wife on Jan. 8 and pushed her down the steps, resulting in a serious head injury.

Rippee will be on probation for two years after his release from the Eastern Ohio Correction Center. He faces up to 18 months in prison if he violates probation.

Teacher achieves master teacher status

STEUBENVILLE – Jodi Rielly of the Buckeye Local School District has achieved Master Teacher status during the Jefferson County Educational Service Center Consortium Master Teacher Application Reader evaluation.

Rielly was the only teacher to submit an application seeking master teacher status.

Head Start to hold open house

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Community Action Council Head Start will hold an open house Thursday.

The public is invited to attend the open house from 10 a.m. to noon to visit classrooms, meet the teachers and see the pre-school children.

Head Start Centers are located at 189 Hanna St. in Adena, 587 Bantam Ridge Road in Wintersville, 243 S. Seventh St. in Steubenville and 106 Grandview Ave. in Tiltonsville.

“This is an opportunity to see first hand the daily operations at the Head Start Centers and how Head Start works to improve the lives of children and families,” explained Head Start Director Juanita Thorn.

“Parents or caregivers with children 3 or 4 years old are invited to our open house to enroll their children. Parents who want to enroll their child are asked to bring income verification. Head Start staff will be available to assist with registration,” said Thorn.

“Recruitment for enrollment is held at all Head Start activities and there is no cost to attend any Head Start activities,” declared Thorn.

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County Road 43 to be closed in a section

STEUBENVILLE – Ross Ridge-Alikanna Road (county Road 43) will be closed in a section from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday so county highway department said workers can replace a culvert.

The county engineer’s department the road will be closed from the intersection of state Route 213 to a point 0.4 mile east of Seven Creeks Road (Island Creek Township Road 383).

There will be no through traffic.

PERI to meet on Wednesday

WINTERSVILLE – Jefferson County, Chapter 5, Public Employee Retirees, will hold its monthly meeting at noon Wednesday at Zalenski’s.

Guest speaker will be Chip Railing of Valley Hospice, who will discuss end of life directives, living wills, among other topics.

All public employee retirees and spouses are encouraged to attend. Information about hospitalization also will be shared.

County Road 19 to be closed for line

RAYLAND -County Road 19 (Brilliant-New Alexandria Road) will be closed in a section from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday so a county water and sewer department contractor can install a 10-inch water line as part of water improvement project, the county engineer’s department reported.

The road will be closed about 1,000 west of township Road 510.

There will be no through traffic.

Brilliant Lions Club plans ham dinner

BRILLIANT – The Brilliant Lions Club will serve a ham dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Brilliant Presbyterian Church on Second and Main streets.

Cost for adults is $8 and $4 for children.

The menu includes ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, drinks and desserts.

Eat in or carry-out available.

Tickets are available at the door or from any Lion member.

Volunteers needed for Comcast Cares Day

WEIRTON – Volunteers are needed to assist with a beautification project at Starvaggi Memorial Park as part of this year’s Comcast Cares Day.

Employees of Comcast and NBC/Universal, as well as their families, each year join with residents wishing to volunteer their time on a variety of community projects.

In 2012, volunteers at more than 600 sites in 39 states and Washington, D.C. donated more than 450,000 community service hours.

This year, volunteers and Comcast employees will be gathering at Starvaggi Parkbeginning at 8 a.m. on April 27.

Comcast employee Jeremy Straight said part of the reasoning for selecting Starvaggi Park is the small work force usually available to Weirton’s Parks Department.

“It’s going to be a huge help to them,” Straight said, noting some of the work will include beautification and landscaping.

Similar activities are being planned across the country.

Having residents from the community volunteer their time will benefit a town more than just through the work performed, company representatives explained.

“For as many volunteers as we get, Comcast will donate money to the community,” Comcast employee Carlos Ovalle said.

For information, or to register as a volunteer, contact Straight at (412) 926-5453 or Ovalle at (740) 457-8858.

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PA man charged with assault, resisting

WELLSBURG – A Towanda, Pa., man has been charged with battery on an officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and destruction of property following an incident at a local restaurant Friday.

According to police reports, the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department and Wellsburg and Follansbee police were called to the Station Grille on state Route 2 following a report of a fight there at about 11:10 p.m.

Deputies said Tracy C. Nielson, 46, of Towanda was found there restrained by two men and refusing to leave.

The deputies said Nielson refused to cooperate and as they were attempting to apprehend him, grabbed a sheriff’s deputy’s throat and kicked a Follansbee officer in the leg.

The reports said a Follansbee officer fired a Taser at Nielson and after he was put in a sheriff’s department cruiser, he attempted to kick out the window until he was restrained by a Wellsburg officer.

His case is pending in Brooke County Magistrate Court.

Toronto finance committee to meet

TORONTO – The city school board’s finance committee will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the superintendent’s office in Karaffa Elementary School.

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County engineer releases schedule

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Engineer James Branagan released the work schedule for next week for the highway department.

Ditching – Costonia-Mount Tabor Road (county Road 56) and Ross Ridge-Alikanna Road (county Road 43).

Culvert replacement – Ross Ridge-Alikanna Road.

Road closings will be announced.

UMWA Local 7690 to meet Monday

CADIZ – United Mine Workers of America Local 7690 members are to meet at 9 a.m. Monday in the Harrison Community Hospital cafeteria.

Friendship Park Board to hold meeting

SMITHFIELD – The Friendship Park Districrt Board will meet in special session at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the park office to discuss action on the lease for the racetrack.

Road work announced

Pot Rock Road in the Wellsburg area will be closed from Monday through April 15 while crews install a retaining wall there.

Rabbit Hill Road is the official detour during the project, which will be performed by Ohio-West Virginia Excavating as a subcontractor for Dominion Transmission.

The West Virginia Division of Highways also has announced minor road work to be performed next week, pending suitable weather.

In Hancock County, crews will be patching Kings Creek, Culler and Turkey Foot roads and ditching Fourth and Third avenues in Newell.

In Brooke County, crews will be patching Greens Run and McCords Hill roads and pulling shoulders and ditches along Apple Pie Ridge and McCords Hill roads.

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Woman sentenced

in bank robbery

WHEELING – Jessica Crawford, 32, of Marianna, Pa., was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey to 51 months in jail for her part in the December 2010 robbery of the United Bank in Weirton.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Crawford will be on probation for five years, and she was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $31,846. Crawford pleaded guilty to a charge of bank robbery for her involvement in the robbery on Dec. 3, 2010, of the United Bank on Three Springs Drive.

Crawford was charged in the Weirton bank robbery and five other bank robberies in Pennsylvania and West Virginia with her then boyfriend, Rudolph Todd Haladyna, formerly of Clarksville, Pa., Haladyna has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the bank robberies.

Ihlenfeld said Crawford was the get-a-way driver in most of the robberies, which occurred in 2010.

Mingo Junction hiring

summer workers

MINGO JUNCTION – Mingo Junction officials are hiring lifeguards, concession stand workers and park laborers at Aracoma Park for the summer season.

Applications are available at the village administrator’s office in the Municipal Building.

Saline spring cleanup, tire recycling set

HAMMONDSVILLE – The Saline Township annual spring cleanup and tire recycling is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and April 12 at the township building, 164 county Road 50A.

Tires from businesses and semi-trucks, as well as electronics, paint and hazardous products will not be accepted. For information, call (330) 532-2195.

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Brooke to present comedy this weekend

WELLSBURG – The Brooke High School Theater Department will present the Moss Hart-George S. Kaufman comedy, “You Can’t Take It With You,” at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday in the school’s auditorium.

Directed by senior Jake Bryan, seniors Victoria Gerst and Jackson Boyce play the two leads, with Joe Douglas, Mackenzie Burns, Megan O’Donnell, Angela Casinelli, Amanda Milantoni, Alex Burdick, Max Hardt, Nick Caldwell, Zac Morris, Frankie Eggert, Alexis Defibaugh, Trent Radcliffe and Kaitlin Glasure rounding out the cast.

The production is being overseen by theater and English instructor Nathan Marshall. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students who present student IDs.

SRG will meet Monday

STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville Revitalization Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Froehlich’s Classic Corner restaurant. The meeting is open to the public.

Robbery reported at Bridgeport bank

BRIDGEPORT – The Citizens Bank at 325 Howard St. was robbed at gunpoint just after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, sending law enforcement on a manhunt throughout the village.

The suspect was described as a male about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing a black, leather jacket, blue jeans, black shoes and a hooded sweatshirt pulled up over his head. He also may have been wearing a ski mask.

At the same time the bank robbery was reported, officials at Bridgeport High School were evacuating staff and students following a reported bomb threat. It was not clear whether the threat was related.

Law enforcement officers from the Bridgeport, Martins Ferry and Shadyside police departments, the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department and Ohio State Highway Patrol were on the scene of the robbery within minutes of the alarm being sounded by a bank employee. At one point, officers stopped a man on Howard Street but had not made an arrest. Investigators were expected to review security tapes at the bank.

The bank was locked down as police combed the area for the suspect, who was believed to have fled on foot. Before officers roped off the building, customers not knowing what had happened were attempting to enter the bank only to find the front doors locked. Motorists attempting to use the drive-through also were turned away, apparently by a bank official.

The same bank was robbed twice in 2011.

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Brooke to present comedy this weekend

WELLSBURG – The Brooke High School Theater Department will present the Moss Hart-George S. Kaufman comedy, “You Can’t Take It With You,” at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday in the school’s auditorium.

Directed by senior Jake Bryan, seniors Victoria Gerst and Jackson Boyce play the two leads, with Joe Douglas, Mackenzie Burns, Megan O’Donnell, Angela Casinelli, Amanda Milantoni, Alex Burdick, Max Hardt, Nick Caldwell, Zac Morris, Frankie Eggert, Alexis Defibaugh, Trent Radcliffe and Kaitlin Glasure rounding out the cast.

The production is being overseen by theater and English instructor Nathan Marshall. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students who present student IDs.

SRG will meet Monday

STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville Revitalization Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Froehlich’s Classic Corner restaurant. The meeting is open to the public.

Robbery reported at Bridgeport bank

BRIDGEPORT – The Citizens Bank at 325 Howard St. was robbed at gunpoint just after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, sending law enforcement on a manhunt throughout the village.

The suspect was described as a male about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing a black, leather jacket, blue jeans, black shoes and a hooded sweatshirt pulled up over his head. He also may have been wearing a ski mask.

At the same time the bank robbery was reported, officials at Bridgeport High School were evacuating staff and students following a reported bomb threat. It was not clear whether the threat was related.

Law enforcement officers from the Bridgeport, Martins Ferry and Shadyside police departments, the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department and Ohio State Highway Patrol were on the scene of the robbery within minutes of the alarm being sounded by a bank employee. At one point, officers stopped a man on Howard Street but had not made an arrest. Investigators were expected to review security tapes at the bank.

The bank was locked down as police combed the area for the suspect, who was believed to have fled on foot. Before officers roped off the building, customers not knowing what had happened were attempting to enter the bank only to find the front doors locked. Motorists attempting to use the drive-through also were turned away, apparently by a bank official.

The same bank was robbed twice in 2011.

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Football executive to give local talk

STEUBENVILLE – Lamar Hunt Jr., who is part of the family ownership of the Kansas City Chiefs and other professional sports franchises, will share his conversion story, “My Father, My Life: Making Peace,” on Thursday at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

His talk is sponsored by the Franciscan University Athletic Department. It will be held at 2 p.m. in the International Room of the J.C. Williams Center and is free and open to the public.

Hunt is the founder of Loretto Properties and Loretto Charities and serves on the advisory board of the Catholic Radio Network. His family owns several sports teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs and a minority share of the Chicago Bulls NBA franchise.

His father, Lamar Hunt, founded the Kansas City Chiefs (originally the Dallas Texans), co-founded the American Football League, and helped coin the term the “Super Bowl.”

Zoning board OKs personal storage unit

WEIRTON – The city’s zoning board of appeals approved a conditional-use permit Tuesday for a personal storage facility.

City resident Mike Heilman sought the permit for his property at 1305 Potomac Ave., city officials said. In C2 zoning districts, they said personal storage units require a conditional-use permit.

Sheriff to speak at joint meeting

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla will speak at a joint meeting of Steubenville for Liberty and the American Patriot Council-Washington/Jefferson/Hancock Chapter set for 6:30 p.m. on April 11 in room 1506 at Eastern Gateway Community College.

The meeting will last until 8 p.m.

Abdalla is to discuss the Second Amendment and concealed-carry issues.

Allegations against deputy investigated

NEW CUMBERLAND – Allegations of misconduct against a Hancock County sheriff’s deputy are the aftermath of a “messy divorce,” Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said.

Despite what Fletcher characterized as a civil matter, he referred the case to the West Virginia State Police for further review. That investigation is continuing.

Fletcher would not identify the deputy, nor elaborate on the nature of the allegations. He said the deputy remains on active duty.

“I’ve done the prudent thing – I’ve asked another agency to look at it. They’ve found nothing at this time,” he said.

Fletcher said the source of the allegations is the deputy’s ex-wife.

State police officials could not be reached for comment.

Edison choir to sing at Pirates game

RICHMOND – Members of the Edison High School Choir will sing the national anthem at the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Washington Nationals game set May 4 at PNC Park in Pittsburg. Game time is 4:05 p.m.

Anyone wanting tickets for the game should contact Dani Carroll by April 10 at (740) 765-4313. Adult tickets are $15 and student tickets are $10. Checks may be made payable to the Edison Choir, Carroll said.

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Early voting begins for May 7 primary

STEUBENVILLE – In-person absentee voting begins today at the Jefferson County Board of Elections office, 117 N. Third St., for the May 7 primary election.

Voting will be available from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Extended hours will include Monday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and May 4 from 9 a.m. until noon. In-person voting will end at 4:30 p.m. on May 6.

Noon on May 4 is the latest absentee ballots can be mailed from the board of elections office.

The voter registration deadline is 9 p.m. on Monday.

A Democratic primary will be held in the 2nd and 4th Wards in Steubenville.

A special election will be held in precincts throughout the county with issues on the ballot, including school levies for the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, Buckeye Local and Indian Creek Local school districts; and levies in Saline Township, Richmond, Bergholz and Adena.

Benefit for fire victims set Sunday

BRIDGEPORT – A benefit to help the victims of the March 17 apartment fire in Bridgeport is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 56381 National Road.

There will be soup and sandwiches for sale, crafts and other vendors, a 50-50 drawing, an auction and a clothing drive. For information, call organizer Addy Beasley at (304) 238-4729.

Beasley, a Bellaire resident and friend of the Looby family whose three children died in the fire, said as of Monday the mother – Caroline Jean Owens – still is recovering in a Pittsburgh hospital. She has received several surgeries for burn wounds.

She said Owens periodically will wake up and mouth words about the fire and ask about her children. It still is not clear if she understands or remembers what has happened to them, Beasley said.

Beasley said the father – Joshua A. Looby – has been released from the hospital and is at home recovering with family members’ help. The children’s funeral service was held Saturday at St. Paul.

Beasley said the Looby family is seeking clothing donations. For Looby, men’s medium shirts and size 30 waist/30 length pants are needed. Owens is in need of women’s extra large tops and extra large pants – cotton only. Food and baked goods still are being accepted for the sale, and takeout containers also are needed.

Donations for another family whose apartment was destroyed in the fire also are being taken. Sizes needed include: women’s 14-16 pants, extra large shirts, shoes size 8; men’s 32 or 34 waist pants, large shirts, shoes size 8; and 10-year-old boy size 8 pants, medium shirts, shoe size 4.

The Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office still is investigating the blaze.

UMW Local 1304 to meet Saturday

HOPEDALE – The United Mine Workers of America Local 1304 members will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Capraros.

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Meth lab discovered at Toronto house

TORONTO -A crystal methamphetamine lab was discovered during a police raid Sunday evening at a home at 1418 Madison Ave. and two men were taken into custody, City Police reported.

Police Capt. Rick Parker said the house was being investigation for the past six months but a search warrant was executed Sunday evening. He said the Jefferson County Drug Task Force and the county sheriff’s department assisted with the investigation and raid.

Sean Householder, 35, and Adam Snyder, 32, both of the 1418 Madison Ave. were taken to the county jail on pending charges. Parker said police were to meet later today with the prosecutor’s office about the filing of felony charges.

Parker said the Drug Enforcement Administration was to come today to assist in the dismantling and cleanup of the meth lab.

Vandalism cancels Easter services

STEUBENVILLE – Vandals ransacked the interior of the Labelle Church of Christ, 301 Ohio St., forcing the church to cancel Easter services, City Police reported.

An officer patrolling the area saw a broken window and doors open to the church around 6 p.m. Saturday.

An officer went inside the church and discovered a fire extinguisher had been discharged and the sanctuary ransacked. Cabinet doors were opened and contents thrown on the ground, police reported. A couple inches of water on the basement floor was caused bywater being turned on in a clogged sink on the main floor, police reported. A TV and DVD player also may have been taken, police reported.

Assault reported

at Hooverson Heights

FOLLANSBEE – A local man reported he was stabbed by a man carrying a knife while walking in Hooverson Heights Sunday night.

According to police reports, the man told Brooke County sheriff’s deputies he was walking in the area of Randall Avenue and Lee Road when a man about 6 foot and wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and black sweatpants demanded his wallet and stabbed him in the upper left arm. The incident is being investigated.

Steubenville Saddle Club meets Tuesday

RICHMOND – The Steubenville Saddle club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the clubhouse at the saddle club grounds located on state Route 152.

The club’s show season will kick off May 5.

Chiefs to hold cheering sign-ups

STEUBENVILLE – Indian Creek Chiefs cheering registration for those ages 7-12 will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday in front of Hibbett Sports in the Fort Steuben Mall

The cost is $30. Participants are to bring copies of their birth certificates. For information, contact Suzanne Allen at (740) 632-2114.