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MTR names COO as acting president

CHESTER – MTR Gaming Group Inc. chief operating officer Joseph L. Billhimer has been named acting president.

Chester-based MTR announced Billhimer’s appointment on Thursday in a news release. The company says Billhimer also will continue as chief operating officer until a permanent president is appointed.

The company had announced in April that former president and CEO Jeffrey Dahl was resigning to pursue other business opportunities. Dahl’s resignation and Billhimer’s appointment were effective Monday.

MTR owns Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort in Chester, Scioto Downs in Columbus and Presque Isle Downs and Casino near Erie, Pa.

Man sentenced in Toronto meth case

STEUBENVILLE – Sean E. Householder, 35, of 1418 Madison Ave., Toronto, was sentenced to thee years in prison on Thursday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after pleading guilty to charges in connection with a methamphetamine lab bust in Toronto on March 31.

Householder pleaded guilty to illegal assembly of chemicals in the manufacture of drugs and illegal manufacture of drugs.

Toronto Police reported the house had been under investigation for about six months prior to the raid by police, county drug task force and sheriff’s department.

Steubenville man dies in Harrison wreck

JEWETT – A Steubenville man died following a rollover crash on state Route 151 in Green Township, Harrison County, between U.S. Route 22 and Jewett, around 7:45 a.m. Thursday.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a Honda Accord operated by Bradley H. Kincaid, 43, of 1648 Roosevelt Ave., was eastbound along state Route 151 at a high rate of speed when the vehicle went off the left side of the road at a curve, struck an embankment and overturned, a trooper said. Kincaid was ejected from the vehicle, the patrol reported.

Emergency personnel from Jewett, Cadiz, Hopedale and Harrison Community Hospital arrived on the scene. He was transported to Jewett Park and taken by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The crash remains under investigation.

School employee charged with theft

FOLLANSBEE – A custodian at Follansbee Middle School has been arrested for allegedly taking medication from a cabinet there.

The Brooke County Sheriff’s Department has charged Thomas W. Steele of 1117 Neville St., Follansbee, with petit larceny and possession of a controlled substance.

His case is pending in Brooke County Magistrate Court.

Kathy Kidder-Wilkerson, Brooke County superintendent, said Steele’s status will be discussed at the June 10 school board meeting.

School board to hold special meeting

STEUBENVILLE – The city school board set a June 26 public hearing to consider the re-employment of Fred Heatherington, who is set to retire today.

Heatherington is a career-based instructor at Steubenville High School and also served as athletic director and high school baseball coach.

The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. prior to the monthly school board meeting.

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Two arrested in city drug bust

STEUBENVILLE – Two Chicago men were arrested on gun charges and face drug trafficking charges after a traffic stop early today and a subsequent drug raid, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department reported.

A deputy patrolling pulled over a car with four men inside at University Boulevard and Woodlawn Road. The deputy called for the K-9 unit of the county’s drug task force. The dog detected drugs and the car was searched.

A deputy said about $20,000 in cash and two handguns were found.

The drug task force then executed a search warrant at a house on Central Court and a large amount of heroin was found, the sheriff’s department reported.

Kyle M. Irvin, 28, and Charles H. Thompson Jr., 26, both of Chicago were charged with carrying a concealed weapon. The drug task force was to meet with the county prosecutor’s office today for the possible filing of other charges.

The two other men in the car were allowed to leave, the sheriff’s department reported.

Two arrested in robbery case

STEUBENVILLE – Two men were arrested early today in connection with a robbery at the park in Empire, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department reported.

The sheriff’s department reported a couple was at the park around 11 p.m. Wednesday and were robbed at gunpoint of more than $100.

The two robbers took off running, the sheriff’s department. The two men, identified as Shawn Antill, 19, of 9069 state Route 213, Toronto, and Jordan Fuller, 20, of 302 Park St., Empire, were located at a house in Empire, the sheriff’s department reported. No gun was recovered, a deputy said.

Charges of robbery are pending against the men, the sheriff’s department reported.

Woman holds burglar at gunpoint

STEUBENVILLE – A female surprised a burglar early today and held him at gunpoint until City Police came to the house.

Police reported the resident at 982 McKinley Ave. called police around 5 a.m. saying she stopped a burglar in her house and was holding a gun on him.

Ryan Geary, 23, of 1394 1/2 Sinclair Ave. was charged with burglary and possession of criminal tools.

Two arrested following fight

STEUBENVILLE – Two people were arrested Wednesday evening after a fight that sent a woman to the hospital with a large laceration on her face, City Police reported.

Stephanie Keenan, 23, of 422 Darlington Road was charged with felonious assault. Curtis Woodland, 24, also of 422 Darlington Road was charged with disorderly conduct at an emergency scene.

Police were called to the Darlington Road home around 11 p.m. No further information was available.

Truck fire causes store evacuation

STEUBENVILLE – A cleaning company truck parked beside Wal-Mart caught fire around 10 a.m. Wednesday and forced the evacuation of the store, the City Fire Department reported.

The truck was parked next to a storage bin of empty and full propane tanks, the fire department reported.

Some smoke got into the building, but the truck fire was quickly extinguished, the fire department reported.

The store was evacuated for about 30 minutes, the fire department reported.

Cadiz yard sale set June 7-8

CADIZ – The 15th-annual Cadiz Community Yard Sale will get under way June 7-8 with sales throughout the village. Families, businesses and organizations around Cadiz are participating in the event, which is sponsored by the Cadiz Business Association.

Participants are encouraged to hold yard sales, porch sales or garage sales on the same weekend, while merchants can hold sidewalk sales and groups can schedule fundraising car washes, bake sales and other activities.

A $3 registration fee for yard sale participants ensures location, and sale information will be included in advertising and on flyers distributed that weekend. Yard sales may be held on either, or both, of the schedule days, and registration forms will be available at Ormes Hardware, Coffy’s, Shurfast, DiAngelo’s, Utica Safety Apparel and the Cadiz/Harrison County Visitors Center. Forms also may be downloaded from the Cadiz Business Association Facebook page. The deadline to register is Friday, and forms may be dropped off at Utica Safety Apparel on 154 S. Main St.

For information, contact Theresa Posada at (740) 942-0093.

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Man sentenced to prison in drug case

STEUBENVILLE – Dino Suriano Sr., 55, of Wintersville was sentenced to a mandatory two years in prison on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Suriano pleaded guilty to four counts of drug possession.

Suriano’s house at 100 Powells Lane, Wintersville, was raided by the county’s drug task force in December and officers found 205 methadone pills, four morphine tablets, 47 oxycodone pills and cocaine.

Suriano was arrested a week after the raid.

Sewer line repairs to affect traffic

WEIRTON – Sewer line repairs will necessitate the closing of Patterson Road from Fernwood Drive to Beacon Drive from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday.

School board to meet in special session

STEUBENVILLE – The city school board of education will meet in special session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Harding Middle School cafeteria to consider a public notice for the rehiring of a retired school employee.

UMWA Local to meet Saturday

HOPEDALE – Members of United Mine Workers of America Local No. 1304 will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Capraros.

Shippingport plant featured

SHIPPINGPORT, Pa. – A television program featuring comedian Larry the Cable Guy’s visit to the Bruce Mansfield Plant in Shippingport last fall is scheduled to air today on the History Channel.

“Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy,” with the air date subject to change, will show the host interviewing employees and contractor boilermakers about their jobs at the coal-fired FirstEnergy power plant. Larry the Cable Guy, whose real name is David Lawrence Whitney, also toured the plant and tried his hand at welding.

“Larry was down to earth, and, yes, he is very entertaining,” said Plant Director Mike Rawlings. “He asked intelligent questions. The purpose of Larry’s show is to educate – not just to entertain.”

“They actually went inside one of the boilers to make repairs to boiler tubes,” FirstEnergy spokesman Mark Durbin said. “During normal plant operations, the areas where they were making repairs would normally be about 3,000 degrees.”

During the September 2012 visit, plant employees took a collection and contributed $500 toward Larry’s Git-R-Done Foundation, Rawlings said.

After the show airs, it will be available for purchase through the History Channel website: www.History.com

Rabies clinics set in Brooke County

The Brooke County Animal Clinic will offer rabies and other vaccinations for dogs and cats from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the following dates: June 10 at the Hooverson Heights Fire Department; June 11 at the Colliers Fire Department shelter; June 12 at the Beech Bottom Fire Department; and June 13 at Wellsburg’s 1st Ward Park.

The cost is $8 for rabies vaccinations for dogs or cats and $15 for distemper shots.

Dog licenses, which are required by the county, also may be obtained for $3 each.

Council moves regular meeting

WELLSBURG – City Council will meet at 7 p.m. June 18 at City Hall. The meeting was scheduled for June 11 but is being moved due to the general election.

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Charges filed in

patrol chase

STEUBENVILLE – Kevin Wells, 36, of 101 township Road 428, Toronto, is facing misdemeanor traffic charges but the Ohio State Highway Patrol is expected to seek a felony failure to comply charge through the county prosecutor’s office after a chase Friday evening.

A trooper said they attempted to pull Wells over around 5:30 p.m. Friday on state Route 7, near Costonia. Wells took off on county Road 56 at speeds reaching 80 mph, a trooper said. He then turned onto township Road 376, again at a high rate of speed, the patrol reported. The trooper said Wells was going so fast that troopers lost sight of him.

The patrol had a plane in the area that was used to spot Wells, the patrol reported. Wells was unable to make a turn on the road and troopers boxed him in so he couldn’t escape. Wells was charged with driving with a suspended license and reckless operation.

Man arrested after

shot fired into street

STEUBENVILLE – David Russell, 53, of 28 township Road 281, Steubenville, was arrested by City Police early today on charges of felonious assault and falsification after officers said he fired a shot into the street following an altercation at North Seventh and North streets.

Officers were called around 5:17 a.m. today about a shot fired. There they found Russell, who had a concealed carry permit, and another man. Russell initially told officers a car backfired but the other person said Russell had fired a shot into the street following an argument, police reported. Russell then changed his story and admitted to firing the shot, officers said.

Police found one spent shell casing and a bullet on the street. Russell was being held on a $25,000 bond at the county jail.

Woman flown to

hospital after wreck

STEUBENVILLE – Holly E. Mazur, 19, of county Road 75, Amsterdam, was flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital on Saturday evening after an ATV accident off county Road 39, Bloomingdale, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department reported.

A deputy said Mazur was riding up a hill when the ATV flipped, resulting in Mazur having a laceration on the back of her head. Mazur was not wearing a helmet, a deputy said.

Man charged

following accident

BEECH BOTTOM – A Short Creek man has charged with driving under the influence and other offenses after striking two vehicles on state Route 2 near Park Avenue Friday night.

The Brooke County Sheriff’s Department also has charged Jeremy M. Kuhn, 31, of 206 Curtis Way, with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to render aid, driving while his license was suspended for DUI and huffing.

According to police reports, Kuhn told sheriff’s deputies he had inhaled from a computer air duster prior to the accident.

Sheriff’s deputies said Kuhn was traveling south on Route 2 when he struck two vehicles head on. At least three people, including a passenger in Kuhn’s vehicle, were transported by the Brooke County Ambulance Service to area hospitals.

Their conditions aren’t known.

Route 2 to be closed

for parade today

FOLLANSBEE – State Route 2 will be closed from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. today for the Brooke-Hancock American Cancer Society Relay for Life Parade.

North- and southbound traffic will be detoured to Cross Creek, Rockdale and Eldersville roads and Mahan Lane, with Follansbee Police and private security personnel assisting along the route.

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Charges filed against juvenile, adult

STEUBENVILLE – A 19 year old city man and a juvenile were arrested Friday night after they were discovered allegedly trying to break into a South Seventh Street house.

Jonathan White, 2722 Cleveland Ave, was charged by city police with aggravated burglary and carrying a concealed weapon.

The juvenile was charged with aggravated burglary, carrying a concealed weapon and curfew violation.

White is lodged in the Jefferson County Justice Center in lieu of a $150,000 bond.

The juvenile was taken to the juvenile detention center.

Man arrested on multiple charges

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies found 27 year old Benjamin M. Delguzzi at a relative’s home at 164 Marina Road in Island Creek Township early Saturday.

Delguzzi, 1135 Oak Grove Ave. was involved in a domestic incident last week and now faces Charges of domestic violence, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

A deputy tried to take Delguzzi into custody twice but Tammy Delguzzi kept interfering. At one point, Benjamin Delguzzi punched the deputy in the face, the sheriff’s department reported. Benjamin Delguzzi was able to break free and started to run, with the deputy catching him on Arlington Avenue, the deputy said. Delguzzi was able to pull himself out of his shirt and ran into the woods, escaping arrest, the sheriff’s department reported.

A charge of obstructing official business was filed against Tammy Delguzzi last week

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County engineer lists work schedule

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

Ditching -Timothy Ridge Road (county Road 58) and Mingo Junction-Goulds Road (county Road 15).

Pavement repairs – Warren Ridge-Smithfield-Rayland Road (county Road 15).

Patching – Ross Ridge-Alikanna Road (county Road 43), Pleasant Hill Road (county Road 45) and Timothy Ridge Road.

Road closings will be announced.

SHS Alumni Association to meet

STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville High School Alumni Association will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Scaffidi’s Restaurant.

City Council to hold special meeting

STEUBENVILLE – The City Council will hold a special regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to consider emergency legislation directing the acting city manager to reach formal agreements with the LaBelle Neighbors Who Care and the Community for Youth Deveoplment for the operation of the Belleview Pool this summer.

The council will hold a sunshine meeting following the special meeting.

Harrison Hills school board plans sessions

CADIZ – The Harrison Hills City Board of Education will hold a work session to discuss goals and strategies on June 19 and 20 at Salt Fork Lodge near Cambridge.

The work session will be conducted by the Jefferson County Educational Service Center.

No action will be taken following the two day meeting.

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Board of elections certifies results

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Board of Elections on Thursday certified the results of the May 7 primary election.

The board of elections will not meet in June. The next scheduled meeting is on July 15, when the board will certify the list of independent candidates.

Candidate petitions for non-partisan races in the November general election, such as village and township officials and school boards, will be available the first week of June.

The filing deadlines is Aug. 7.

Park to open this weekend

WELLSBURG – Brooke Hills Park’s swimming pool, paddle boats and miniature golf course will open Saturday.

The pool and paddle boats will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays after that. Miniature golf will be open through the week, but visitors need to stop by the clubhouse first on weekdays.

The park’s 18-hole golf course has opened and will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday, with hours to expand in the summer.

The cost for nine holes is $5 with an additional $5 for a cart, and the cost for 18 holes is $10 and an additional $10 for a cart. On Mondays pass holders pay half price for carts, and on Wednesdays all golfers pay half price on green fees.

For information, call (304) 737-1236.

Toronto Main Street Museum opens season

TORONTO – The Toronto Main Street Museum will open its 2013 season from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday with a new exhibit displaying artifacts from the 1950s and 1960s award-winning Toronto American Legion TORVET drill team being featured.

With the opening of the new Toronto school later this year, a display of pictures, trophies and other memorabilia on loan from the current high school is being highlighted in the museum this summer.

The high school display will change throughout the season with the addition of school newspapers and yearbooks.

The historical society will continue to hold the popular “Reminiscing” sessions on Sunday afternoons.

The museum, located at 210 Main St., is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday until after Labor Day. For information, contact Carolyn Walker at (740) 537-2157.

I-70 speed limit going up on July 1

A portion of Interstate 70 in western Belmont County is one of several stretches of highway where the state of Ohio will raise the speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph this summer.

The speed limit on I-70 will rise from the Indiana border in the west to exit 215, where National Road crosses over the interstate on the western edge of St. Clairsville.

The increase excludes portions of I-70 that pass through the Dayton area, Columbus and Zanesville.

In Belmont County, the speed limit will remain at 65 mph from just west of the Interstate 70-state Route 9 interchange in St. Clairsville to the West Virginia border, according to Ohio Department of Transportation spokeswoman Becky Giauque. The speed limit on Interstate 470 will remain at 65 mph.

The new law takes effect July 1 and will increase the speed on 570 miles of the state’s 1,332 miles of interstate highways.

ODOT is making 317 new signs to comply with the legislation and to alert motorists to the increased speed at a total cost of $8,287.19.

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Man sent to prison in city stabbing case

STEUBENVILLE – Curley Clarke, 65, of 1643 Ridge Ave. was sentenced to six months in prison on Wednesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Clarke pleaded guilty to an amended indictment charging aggravated assault.

Clarke was indicted on two counts of felonious assault in connection with a stabbing on March 4.

City Police were called to Ridge and Pittsburgh avenues about a stabbing. Police reported the victim told police he saw his girlfriend being held by her hair by Clarke with a knife to her neck outside a house on Ridge Avenue. The victim went outside and was stabbed by Clarke, police reported.

The county prosecutor’s office amended the indictment when Clarke agreed to plead guilty to the lesser charge.

Settlement conference set in property dispute

NEW CUMBERLAND-A property dispute between Hancock County commissioners and attorney Lawrence Manypenny may be nearing a resolution.

Visiting Judge David W. Hummel Jr. of Marshall County Circuit Court scheduled a settlement conference for the two parties at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Hancock County Courthouse.

The dispute came to a head last year when Manypenny asked the commissioners to compensate him for the county’s use of land he claims to own. Manypenny’s law office is adjacent to the Hancock County Magistrate Court, and Manypenny claims ownership of the land up to and including the Magistrate Court sidewalk and enclosed staircase.

In February, Manypenny’s office erected caution tape, orange pylons and “no trespassing” signs on the land between the two buildings. The action prompted commissioners to ask a judge for an injunction ordering Manypenny to remove the barriers.

In a hearing in February, Hummel ordered that public access to Magistrate Court not be hindered until the case is resolved.

Hancock County Commissioner Jeff Davis said Assistant Prosecutor William Fahey will represent the commissioners at Tuesday’s conference. Any settlement offer will have to be approved by commissioners, Davis said.

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Husband, wife, charged in domestic

STEUBENVILLE – Charges were filed against a husband and wife in connection with a domestic violence call around midnight Tuesday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department reported.

A deputy on patrol in the city heard a call about a domestic incident in progress at 1135 Oak Grove Ave. The deputy reported Benjamin M. Delguzzi of the residence came home to locked doors and kicked open a door. The deputy was outside talking to the wife, Tammy Delguzzi, 31, when the husband came around the side of the house and began yelling at the wife and trying to assault her.

The deputy tried to take the husband into custody twice but the wife kept interfering. At one point, Benjamin Delguzzi punched the deputy in the face, the sheriff’s department reported. Benjamin Delguzzi was able to break free and started to run, with the deputy catching him on Arlington Avenue, the deputy said. Delguzzi was able to pull himself out of his shirt and ran into the woods, escaping arrest, the sheriff’s department reported.

Charges of domestic violence, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and obstructing official business were filed against Benjamin Delguzzi. A charge of obstructing official business was filed against Tammy Delguzzi.

Chester Hall of Fame Class of 2013 chosen

CHESTER – The Chester Hall of Fame Class of 2013 includes the city’s current mayor, its police chief and two former educators, committee Chairman Jerry Smith said.

The 12-member Chester Hall of Fame Committee met to consider the nominations on Monday, selecting Mayor Ken Morris, Chief Ken Thorn, Chester Lions Club member and retired teacher Don Hood and the late Sara Thomas, who also taught in Hancock County schools.

The four new members will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at 6 p.m. on July 3 at First Christian Church, 330 Indiana Ave. The induction ceremony is free and open to the public.

The Chester Hall of Fame dates back to the city’s centennial celebration in 2007, when the first inductee class was announced. The Hall of Fame currently has 21 members.

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Students receive scholarships

STEUBENVILLE – Several Catholic Central High School graduating seniors have received Franciscan University of Steubenville awards.

The students are Cuyler Ledyard, Dustin Bates, Mary Burton, Frank DiCarlantonio, Suzannah Evans, Samantha Giannamore, Haley McCalister, Michael Gotta, Richard Happ and Steven Kotur.

Kotur and Gotta received the John and Blanche King Music awards. The scholarship awards are presented to students who plan to attend Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Woman allowed to

get drug treatment

STEUBENVILLE – Virgie D. Breeden, 34, of 2570 township Road 378, Steubenville, was allowed to enter drug treatment in lieu of conviction by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. on Monday.

Breeden was charged with possession of heroin and possession of a hypodermic needle after an investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol into a wreck on state Route 213, Toronto, on Sept. 2.

Breeden pleaded guilty to the charges, which will be dismissed if she maintains drug rehabilitation treatment for two years.

Man sentenced in

center escape

STEUBENVILLE – Ryan M. Leeper, 22, of Urichsville was sentenced to one year in prison by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Leeper pleaded guilty to escape.

Leeper was serving a sentence in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center on state Route 43, Wintersville, out of Tuscarawas County for failing to report his address as a convicted sex offender.

Leeper walked through a kitchen door at the correction center on April 30 during a routine kitchen cleaning and walked out onto state Route 43.

A City Police officer saw Leeper later that day in the 400 block of Westwood Drive after responding to a call of suspicious behavior. The officer said Leeper at first gave a fake name but later admitted he was the person who walked away from the EOCC.

City man sentenced

in chase, gun case

STEUBENVILLE – Dallas Fleshman, 19, of 424 S. Sixth St. was sentenced to one year in prison on Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Fleshman pleaded guilty to improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.

Fleshman was in a vehicle stopped by City Police on Jan. 13. He took off running, and a city officer testified Monday that he saw Fleshman throw a handgun over a fence. Fleshman was caught and officers retrieved the loaded handgun.

Defense attorney Eric Reszke said Fleshman had never been arrested as an adult and no drugs were found on him or in the car. County Assistant Prosecutor Samuel Pate said Fleshman had a history of delinquency as a juvenile, which escalated to serious felonies as an adult.

Sheriff’s deputy

cleared of accusations

NEW CUMBERLAND – A Hancock County sheriff’s deputy has been cleared of accusations that he physically abused his child.

The deputy, whose name has not been released, came under investigation for physical abuse of a minor after his ex-wife leveled charges against him, authorities said. The deputy has legal custody of the child.

Sgt. Scott Adams, of the West Virginia State Police’s Crimes Against Children Unit in Wheeling investigated the matter at the request of Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher. Adams said the case is closed.

“Based on statements from the alleged victim and other information provided, the complaint was unfounded and the charges were found to be not true,” he said.

Adams would not release the name of the deputy or details about the allegations.

Fletcher could not be reached for comment but had stated previously the allegations were the result of a “messy divorce.”

“This is a young officer, and you’ve got a person making these allegations, and it could end his career,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher added he considered the dispute a civil matter but nonetheless referred it to the West Virginia State Police for further review. The child and its mother were both interviewed.

The deputy was kept on active duty while the investigation was pending, he said.

Tires, other materials to be collected

WINTERSVILLE – Used tires and rims are being collected from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 3-4 at the Cross Creek Township Police Station, 251 Air Park Road.

Also collected will be household junk appliances, furniture, yard decorations, yard furniture, play equipment, toys, bikes, box springs and mattresses, carpeting, household electronics, car and household batteries.

Tires from local businesses, semi-trailer tires or rims, paint, liquids or hazardous waste materials and items containing freon will not be accepted.

For information, call (740) 264-0131.

Energy audit to be Weirton focus

WEIRTON – Representatives of Honeywell will meet with City Council at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the recent energy audit. The meeting will be held in conference room 201 in the city building.

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Man arrested following stabbing

FOLLANSBEE – A Follansbee man is in critical condition at a Pittsburgh hospital and another has been charged with malicious wounding in connection with an incident Sunday night.

David Roland Hofffman, 45, of 144 Loretta Ave., Follansbee, was arrested by the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department for allegedly stabbing a man known to him in the chest at his home at about 10:30 p.m.

According to police reports, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Hoffman’s home after a man there called 911 to report a man was standing over him with a knife.

Sheriff’s deputies said when they arrived, they found the victim sitting in a stairway inside and bleeding heavily and Hoffman sitting in the living room, where they arrested him.

The victim was treated at the scene by the Brooke County Ambulance Service before being transported by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital, according to the reports.

A motive for the assault wasn’t clear.

Hoffman is being held in the Northern Regional Jail, where he awaits arraignment in Brooke County Magistrate Court.

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 that raises money 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 on participating, volunteering or donating to the Steubenville Area Relay for Life sponsored by the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society, call Barsch at (888) 227-6446, extension 2212; Elder at (740) 219-0147 or kyleelder@gmail.com; or the website at www.relayforlife.org/Steubenville.

CCHS Key Club raises funds during mini relay

STEUBENVILLE – The Catholic Central High School Key Club recently raised $3,000 during its third-annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

The students walked in the high school pavilion for more than an hour to raise the money.

This year’s event was held in memory of English teacher Cathy Costantini, who died last year.

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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 Memorial Day. For information, call (740) 264-9893.

School board calls special meeting

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Board of Education will hold a special work meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 1201 Pleasant Ave.

The board will discuss a proposal to buy timber from school property, policies, personnel and facilities.

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No injuries in truck fire Friday

WEIRTON – City fire crews extinguished bales of hay that had ignited in the back of a pickup truck late Friday afternoon.

According to the Weirton Fire department, several bales of hay had caught fire as the truck was traveling eastbound on Interstate 22 near the Three Springs Drive exit. Firefighters extinguished the bales, which had been knocked off the truck onto the pavement, according to reports. There were no injuries, and the fire was quickly extinguished.

Weirton council to discuss energy audit

WEIRTON – City Council will meet with representatives of Honeywell Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for a workshop discussion of their recent energy audit. The meeting will be held in Room 201 at the City Building.

County engineer lists work schedule

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

Ditching -Timothy Ridge Road (county Road 58) and Mingo Junction-Goulds Road (county Road 15).

Pavement repairs – Warren Ridge-Smithfield-Rayland Road (county Road 15).

Patching – Ross Ridge-Alikanna Road (county Road 43), Pleasant Hill Road (county Road 45) and Timothy Ridge Road.

Road closings will be announced.

Road work announced

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

The westbound lanes of U.S. Route 22 between Three Springs Drive and the Harmon Creek exit have been reduced to one lane from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. while crews apply a high-friction, skid-deterrent surface to each lane.

The project also will involve the westbound on-ramp from Three Springs Drive.

Pending suitable weather and other conditions, the work is expected to be completed later next week.

In Hancock County, crews will be patching Pennsylvania Avenue, ditching along Shepherds Valley Road and mowing along Ohio River Boulevard.

In Brooke County, crews will be re-paving Eldersville Road in the Hooverson Heights area, patching U.S. Route 22, pulling shoulders and ditches along Tent Church and Putney Ridge roads and Chips Lane.

Manchin staff to visit Northern Panhandle

Staff from the office of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin will visit the Northern Panhandle next week, making stops in Brooke and Hancock counties.

The staff members are planning to travel to all counties to meet with constituents, hear their concerns and gather feedback, according to information provided by the office. The stops are scheduled for the following times and places:

– Hancock County – Noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Greater Weirton Senior Center, 3425 Main St., Weirton; then 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Chester City Building, 600 Indiana Ave., Chester.

– Brooke County – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Follansbee City Council Chambers, City Building, Penn and Main streets, Follansbee; then 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Brooke County Public Library, 945 Main St., Wellsburg.

WSX Management Club to meet

WEIRTON – Members of the Weirton Steel Management Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Giovanni’s Restaurant in the banquet room. All members and guests are invited to attend the dinner and social time.

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Police investigating child’s head injury

STEUBENVILLE – City Police are continuing an investigation the severe head injuries of a 2-year-old girl, who was flown to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh in serious condition.

Police were called to Trinity Medical Center West on Wednesday about a child with old and new bruises and a swollen forehead. A juvenile detective said the child’s father claimed the bruises were there when he got the child from the mother, who lives out of town.

County children services also was called to assist in the investigation.

The detective said he interviewed the child’s mother Wednesday night.

The detective said the girlfriend of the father, Alissa Milano, 23, of 610 Pine St. was arrested by the detective on a charge of obstructing official business.

The detective said Milano lied during the investigation.

Man charged in cab driver robbery

STEUBENVILLE – Donald Keeton, 36, of Martins Ferry was arrested by City Police on Wednesday in connection with the robbery of a cab driver.

Police were called to the 2100 block of Sunset Boulevard about a cab driver saying his wallet was taken.

Officers searched the area for the suspect and found Keeton walking on Granard Parkway.

Officers were able to identify him as the suspect because he had left luggage with personal papers in the cab. The cab driver also identified Keeton as the man who robbed him, police reported.

Open house set for Armed Forces Day

WELLSBURG – In observance of Armed Forces Day, an open house for the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor collection at the Brooke County Public Library will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

There will be new items on display related to the experiences of troops defending the Philippine Islands against Japanese invasion and those who were captured by the enemy, including survivors of the Bataan Death March.

Buckeye records commission to meet

DILLONVALE – The Buckeye Local Board of Education’s records commission will meet at 5:45 p.m. Monday in the administrative office.

Health board to meet Monday

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Board of Health will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Brooke County Courthouse.

The board will consider approval of the 2014 budget, community implementation plan and annual program plan and discuss the discontinuation of the HEALTHeWV program.

EGCC offering free GED prep courses

STEUBENVILLE – Eastern Gateway Community College offers free GED preparation courses.

The GED test is changing in January and due to this change, anyone wishing to test with the current exam between now and Dec. 31 must be registered for the test by Aug. 8. Anyone who applies after Aug. 8 will be taking the new test in 2014.

EGCC offers the courses on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Classes also are held in Toronto and downtown Steubenville.

For information, call (740) 264-5591 extension 271.

Water outage scheduled for some Weirton residents

WEIRTON – The Weirton Area Water Board has scheduled a water outage for residents in the downtown area from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Residents and businesses within the following perimeter will be without water service during that time: From Lee Avenue to Virginia Avenue and from Orchard Street to East Street, including the alley between Main Street and the ArcelorMittal tin mill building.

Following the scheduled water outage, there will be a 24-hour boil water notice in effect for residents and businesses in the area.

Customers in the higher elevations of downtown Weirton may experience loss of water or low water pressure for brief periods during the outage. Customers may experience discolored water throughout downtown. Customers should refrain from washing laundry through Monday morning.

For information, call (304) 797-8566.

County health department offers weekly nursing schedule

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Health Department will offer immunizations and tuberculosis testing from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the offices on Market Street.

Information about the nursing division activities is available by calling the health department at (740) 283-8530.

Manchin staff to visit Northern Panhandle next week

Staff from the office of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin will visit the Northern Panhandle next week, making stops in Brooke and Hancock.

The staff members are planning to travel to all counties to meet with constituents, hear their concerns and gather feedback, according to information provided by the office. The stops are scheduled for the following times and places:

Hancock County – Noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Greater Weirton Senior Center, 3425 Main St., Weirton; then 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Chester City Building, 600 Indiana Ave., Chester.

Brooke County – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Follansbee City Council Chambers, City Building, Penn and Main streets, Follansbee; then 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Brooke County Public Library, 945 Main St., Wellsburg.

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Woman charged with assault

WEIRTON – The Weirton woman who allegedly tried to hit two juveniles with her car Monday evening in the vicinity of Owings Street has been charged with two counts of malicious assault, reckless driving, disorderly conduct and public intoxication, Police Chief Bruce Marshall said.

The driver, identified as Theresa Hall, was released from the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville Tuesday. Her address was not immediately available.

“Our guys responded to a disturbance call in the area of Owings Street,” Marshall said. “As the situation unfolded we found the defendant had struck one of the juveniles and attempted to strike another.”

The boy who was struck suffered only minor scrapes. Marshall said the investigation is ongoing.

Wintersville man admits to violation

STEUBENVILLE – Jason L. Garrison, 27, of 334 Bradley Ave., Wintersville, was sentenced Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after Garrison admitted to a probation violation.

Garrison pleaded guilty to grand theft and theft for stealing $37,500 in firearms and other items from a house on Efts Lane in January 2012. Garrison was allowed to enter drug court in August but the county’s adult probation department filed for a probation revocation, stating Garrison again was abusing drugs and was not following the regulations of drug court.

Henderson said Garrison will be on probation for three years, during which time he must make restitution to the victim. Garrison faces up to 18 months in prison if he violates probation.

Owner of pitbulls cited after incident

FOLLANSBEE – The owner of two pitbull terriers involved in a fight with a collie on Oak Alley Sunday afternoon has been cited for violating a leash ordinance.

Lisa R. Koch, 23, of 765 Clifton St., Follansbee, received the citation from the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department, which assisted Wellsburg Police in investigating the incident.

Wellsburg Police were called because the Follansbee Police officer on duty was returning from transporting two subjects to the Northern Regional Jail, according to police reports.

According to police reports, Koch was releasing her dogs into her yard when a man was walking with his collie along Oak Alley. None of the dogs were leashed, police said.

Police said Koch, the owner of the collie and another person each were bitten while attempting to separate the three dogs and were treated at the scene by the Brooke County Ambulance Service.

According to the reports, Wellsburg Police shot and killed the two pitbulls while the collie died as a result of the attack.

Crews cutting rights of way in Weirton

WEIRTON – The Weirton Public Works Department crews will be cutting rights of way on Marland Heights Road Thursday from Rothrock Avenue to West Street between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., weather permitting.

Motorists can expect delays and one-lane traffic at times. For information, call (304) 797-8540.

Road closed for culvert replacement

STEUBENVILLE – Ross Ridge-Alikanna Road (county Road 43) will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday for a culvert replacement, east of Seven Creeks and west of the state Route 213 and county Road 43 intersection.

There will be no through traffic.

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Fire destroys Follansbee home

FOLLANSBEE – A home at 515 Lynn St. on Hooverson Heights was destroyed Monday afternoon by a fire that started with paper towels in the kitchen, according to the Hooverson Heights Fire Department.

Hooverson Heights fire Chief Rob Carroll said the paper towels caught fire and a woman in the home took them outside in an attempt to extinguish them, but they blew into the house. He said the wind also caused the fire to spread to other areas of the structure.

The Follansbee, Franklin Community and Wellsburg fire departments also were dispatched to the blaze, which caused streets near the home to be closed until it was extinguished.

Head Start to host carnival

WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson County Community Action Council Head Start will host a carnival at the Wintersville Head Start site from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Thursday.

The carnival will include a disc jockey, a performance by the Steubenville High School Steel Drum Band, games, food and face painting.

Every child attending the carnival will receive a gift bag.

Any child needing transportation to the carnival can call the Head Start center.

In the event of rain the carnival will be held at the St. Anthony Head Start site.

Residents offered tire collection, cleanup

BERGHOLZ – The Springfield Township trustees are sponsoring a tire collection and community cleanup Friday and Saturday at the township garage, 722 Monroe St.

The collection and cleanup are for township residents only.

Car and small truck tires with or without rims will be accepted. Semi-trailer tires are not allowed.

In the cleanup, township residents may bring household furniture, small household appliances and yard decorations/furniture, as well as play equipment, toys and bikes.

Paint, household garbage and televisions, computers and monitors will be not be accepted.

Hancock sheriff to continue meetings

NEW CUMBERLAND – Hancock County Sheriff Ralph A. Fletcher plans to continue interacting with local communities as he meets with residents in the Lawrenceville area this week.

Fletcher plans to speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department.

Fletcher said the meeting will be much like those previously conducted in Newell. He said it will give him a chance to meet with residents, hear their concerns and give them some information about his plans for the county.

“I am looking forward to meeting with residents and branching out to other areas of our county for additional meetings. I believe they have been successful thus far,” he said, noting he hopes to also speak with New Manchester residents.

Wells Township looking for lifeguards

BRILLIANT – Wells Township is accepting applications for lifeguards at $8.50 per hour.

Applicants must by 15 years of age or older. Applications are available at the township office, 409 Prospect St. from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. weekdays.

Contact the township office at (740) 598-9602 for information.

Fire destroys

Follansbee home

FOLLANSBEE – A home at 515 Lynn St. on Hooverson Heights was destroyed Monday afternoon by a fire that started with paper towels in the kitchen, according to the Hooverson Heights Fire Department.

Hooverson Heights fire Chief Rob Carroll said the paper towels caught fire and a woman in the home took them outside in an attempt to extinguish them, but they blew into the house. He said the wind also caused the fire to spread to other areas of the structure.

The Follansbee, Franklin Community and Wellsburg fire departments also were dispatched to the blaze, which caused streets near the home to be closed until it was extinguished.

Head Start to

host carnival

WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson County Community Action Council Head Start will host a carnival at the Wintersville Head Start site from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Thursday.

The carnival will include a disc jockey, a performance by the Steubenville High School Steel Drum Band, games, food and face painting.

Every child attending the carnival will receive a gift bag.

Any child needing transportation to the carnival can call the Head Start center.

In the event of rain the carnival will be held at the St. Anthony Head Start site.

Residents offered tire collection, cleanup

BERGHOLZ – The Springfield Township trustees are sponsoring a tire collection and community cleanup Friday and Saturday at the township garage, 722 Monroe St.

The collection and cleanup are for township residents only.

Car and small truck tires with or without rims will be accepted. Semi-trailer tires are not allowed.

In the cleanup, township residents may bring household furniture, small household appliances and yard decorations/furniture, as well as play equipment, toys and bikes.

Paint, household garbage and televisions, computers and monitors will be not be accepted.

Hancock sheriff to continue meetings

NEW CUMBERLAND – Hancock County Sheriff Ralph A. Fletcher plans to continue interacting with local communities as he meets with residents in the Lawrenceville area this week.

Fletcher plans to speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department.

Fletcher said the meeting will be much like those previously conducted in Newell. He said it will give him a chance to meet with residents, hear their concerns and give them some information about his plans for the county.

“I am looking forward to meeting with residents and branching out to other areas of our county for additional meetings. I believe they have been successful thus far,” he said, noting he hopes to also speak with New Manchester residents.

Wells Township looking for lifeguards

BRILLIANT – Wells Township is accepting applications for lifeguards at $8.50 per hour.

Applicants must by 15 years of age or older. Applications are available at the township office, 409 Prospect St. from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. weekdays.

Contact the township office at (740) 598-9602 for information.

Soil and water board to meet

WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors will meet at 3:30 p.m. today at the office, Suite A, 587 Bantam Ridge Road.

Meetings are usually held the first Tuesday of each month but was changed this month due to a lack of a quorum.

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Dog attack being investigated

FOLLANSBEE – A dog attack on Oak Alley that led to the deaths of three dogs is under investigation by City Police.

Wellsburg Police said they were called at about 6:34 a.m. Sunday to the street, where they found two pitbull terriers attacking a collie and shot and killed the pitbulls. The collie died at the scene as a result of the fight, they said.

Wellsburg Police were called to assist because the Follansbee police officer on duty was returning from transporting a subject to the Northern Regional Jail.

According to police reports, three people, including the owner of the pitbulls and the owner of the collie, were treated at the scene by the Brooke County Ambulance Service for bites they received while attempting to stop the fight.

Police said none of the dogs had leashes.

Veterans Memorial ride slated Saturday

FOLLANSBEE – A.B.A.T.E. of W.Va.’s Upper Ohio Valley Chapter will host its second-annual Veterans Memorial ride Saturday.

The ride will start at the Follansbee American Legion.

Registration will begin at noon, with the first bike leaving at 1:30 p.m. There will be a dinner and prizes at the end of the ride. There is no fee to register for this ride.

For information, call (304) 797-7092 or (304) 604-2557.

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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 – Ross Ridge-Alikanna Road (county Road 43); and Pleasant Hill Road (county Road 45).

Pavement repairs -Warren Ridge-Smithfield-Rayland Road (county Road 15).

Dillonvale-Longrun Road (county Road 7) will be closed from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday at the intersection of county Road 6 for bridge repairs.

Road closings will be announced.

Public hearings set for Mingo Junction

MINGO JUNCTION – Two public hearings have been scheduled concerning the electric aggregation program approved by voters in Tuesday’s primary election.

John Ney, an energy consultant with World Energy, said the public hearings are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday and 7 p.m. on May 22. Both meetings will be held in the basement of the Municipal Building.

Residents are automatically enrolled in the electric aggregation program unless they opt out, Ney said.

After the public hearings, Ney will begin negotiating a rate for electricity for residents and small businesses and the length of a contract. Village Council will have the final say on the agreement.

Residents can expect to see the lower rate in about 60 to 90 days, he said.

AEP will continue to be responsible for the delivery of power to homes and businesses, and will continue to read meters, maintain poles and wires and restore power after an outage, Ney said. The negotiated electric price will be on the AEP bill.

Wintersville planners to meet on Thursday

WINTERSVILLE – A village planning commission meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Municipal Building to discuss a lot split on Leonard Avenue.

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SRG to meet on Monday

STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville Revitalization Group will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Froehlich’s Classic Corner Restaurant.

The meeting is open to the public.

Spring cleanup continues in city

STEUBENVILLE – The city’s annual spring cleanup of bulk trash items will continue Saturday on Pleasant Heights.

Items should be placed at the curb area tonight.

The final collection will occur May 18 on all streets in the LaBelle neighborhood.

Harrison Central FFA holds chapter banquet

CADIZ – The Harrison Central FFA Chapter will hold its 14th-annual banquet at 6 p.m. on May 18 at the John W. Stephenson Center at the school.

Karen’s Kountry Kitchen will provide the food, and there is a $10 charge per plate for all FFA members.

Awards will be presented to members for achievements and the annual student auction will be held.

Trustees to hold public meetings

MINGO JUNCTION – The Steubenville Township trustees will hold public meetings at 5:30 p.m. on May 20 and 24 at the township garage at 25 Smithfield St.

A supplemental township license tax will be discussed.

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Seat belt checkup set for Friday

STRATTON – The Jefferson County Health Department will conduct a free safety seat checkup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Stratton Volunteer Fire Department.

The fire department is located at 136 3rd Ave.

Appointments are available by calling (740) 283-8636, or stop-ins are welcome.

Absentee ballots available

WELLSBURG – Applications for absentee mail-in ballots for the city’s June 11 general election are available by calling (304) 670-5567.

Registered voters who are unable to vote in person may apply. The deadline to register is May 21 at the Brooke County Courthouse.

Weirton planners OK pawn shop

WEIRTON – The city’s planning commission agreed Wednesday to recommend that council permit a pawn shop to operate out of a property currently zoned for commercial/professional uses.

The property, located at 1306 Potomac Ave., previously had housed a recycling center.

During the public hearing on the request, local realtor Jamie Guida of J.J. Guida/Airport Realty said her client wants to move his pawn shop into the building.

Chief Code Officer Rod Rosnick said a pawn shop business is currently not permitted at the property.

“Keep in mind, this will be for all C-2 areas, not just this (one),” he said.

The commission voted unanimously to refer the request to council for its approval.

Blood drive set for May 18

WELLSBURG – The Wellsburg Women of the Moose will sponsor an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at the Moose Lodge at 844 Main St.

Doughnuts will be served to morning donors and a hot lunch will be served later.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments also may be made by calling Linda Porreca at (740) 264-4286 or (304) 737-1552. Donors should bring a photo ID.

Sign work to start Monday

WINTERSVILLE – Work is set to begin Monday on a systematic sign upgrade project along U.S. Route 22 in Jefferson County, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported.

A safety project will replace the signs along U.S. Route 22 from Reeds Mill to state Route 7, ODOT reported.

Traffic will be maintained with flaggers when necessary.

Paving work to begin on Route 250

CADIZ – More than 3 miles of resurfacing work is set to begin Monday on U.S. Route 250 in Harrison County, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported.

Work will take place from the end of the newer, concrete section just east of county Road 501 (Welsh Road) to U.S. Route 22 at Cadiz, ODOT reported.

Traffic will be maintained with flaggers.

ODOT’s contractor for this $1.2 million project is Lash Paving Inc. of Colerain. All work is expected to be completed by October.

Breadbasket sets tag day

WEIRTON – The Community Breadbasket is staging a tag day Saturday at various locations throughout the city.

Volunteers will be collecting at Tudor’s Biscuit World, Ponderosa, Kmart, Shop ‘n Save, Convenient Food Mart on Pennsylvania Avenue, and Wal-Mart, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Choice America, Three Springs Drive location, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Suzanne’s Hallmark from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Kwik King, Colliers Way, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Members of the Tri-State Church of God, Sacred Heart of Mary, Covenant and United Methodist churches and the Boy Scout troop at Cove Presbyterian Church will assist.

Proceeds will be used to address hunger in the community.

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Voters decide fate of local levies

STEUBENVILLE – Four levies for communities in Jefferson County were approved by voters in the primary election on Tuesday, according to unofficial results from the county board of elections.

Voters in Adena approved a replacement levy in the amount of 2 mills for current expenses by a vote of 82-31.

Village voters also approved a renewal of a 5-mill levy for emergency medical services, with 86 voters in favor and 28 against.

Voters in Bergholz approved a renewal of a 1.5-mill levy for current expenses by a vote of 59-15.

Saline Township voters approved an additional levy of 2 mills for current expenses by a vote of 113-99.

Windsor Heights home involved in probe

WINDSOR HEIGHTS – The FBI, Marshall County Search and Rescue Team and Windsor Heights Police were involved in a search of the backyard of a home at the intersection of Francis Avenue and Sarko Street at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Village Police Chief Ulrich Utt said the search came following a tip that human remains were buried in the yard and two items dug from the yard were sent for testing.

But he said neither item, before testing, helped to confirm or dispute the tip.

Utt said owners of the home, whose names he didn’t release, cooperated with the search, which involved K-9 units.

Play Thursday to address drug abuse

WEIRTON – The Weir High Advanced Theatre Class will present “Choices,” a play about drug and alcohol abuse and making wise decisions, at 7 p.m. Thursday at the school’s Milton Weinberg Theater.

The play is presented in cooperation with Advocates for Substance Abuse Prevention, which also will present three public service announcements about prescription drug abuse set to air soon on local television stations.

Buckeye board sets special meeting

DILLONVALE – The Buckeye Local Board of Education will meet in special session at 8 a.m. Friday in the administrative office to discuss personnel, sale of property, field trips and boardmanship.

Benefit dinner for Terry A. Dear Sr.

TORONTO – A benefit spaghetti dinner for Terry A. Dear Sr. of Toronto will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Belvedere Volunteer Fire Department.

The cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. Carry-out will be available. The fundraiser also will include a Chinese auction and a 50/50 drawing.

A graduate of Edison High School, Dear is a single father and Army veteran who served in Iraq.

He suffered a spinal cord injury in July, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Dear has been approved for stem cell therapy. All proceeds from the benefit will be used for medical expenses.

An account has been established in Dear’s name at JPMorgan Chase Bank, Wintersville.

Questions can be directed to Chrissy Dear at (740) 314-2446 or Tina Dear at (740) 792-0311.

Registrations being taken for Car Cruze

WEIRTON – The Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is taking registrations for Car Cruze 2013 set from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 31 at the Weirton Event Center, 3322 East St.

All modified cars, motorcycles and trucks are eligible. Dash plaques will be given to the first 50 registrants. Registration is free. There will be drawings and door prizes.

The bands 40+ and De Ja Vu will provide entertainment.

For information, call (304) 797-7001 or visit the website at www.topofwv.com.

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Woman arrested in stabbing incident

STEUBENVILLE – Erica Demus, 22, of 1100B Lincoln Ave. was arrested on a felonious assault charge in connection with an alleged stabbing around 2:35 a.m. today, City Police reported.

Officers reported finding the victim in the alley behind the apartment, claiming Demus stabbed him in the hip area. Demus came out of the apartment and became belligerent with the officer, police reported. She also was holding a knife, the officer said.

The victim said he was arguing with Demus and was leaving the apartment when he said Demus stabbed him, police reported.

The victim refused medical treatment, police reported.

Man charged with assault of officer

ADENA – A bond of $150,000 was set for Eric Joseph Novak, 45, of Harrisville, when he appeared Friday before Common Pleas Court Judge Mark Beetham.

Novak was bound over to the grand jury on two counts of assault of police officers.

He was charged Thursday by sheriff’s deputies while operating an ATV on Miric’s Ridge outside Harrisville, according to reports, and Novak allegedly pushed a deputy.

Road work announced

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

Crews in Hancock County will patch U.S. Route 30, ditch along Tope and Carothers roads and mow along Three Springs Drive and Culler Road.

Crews in Brooke County will patch U.S. Route 22 and pull shoulders and ditches along Grisby/Tent Church Road and Chapman Heights.

Pot Rock Road near Wellsburg will remain closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week while crews install a gas line. The closing is in effect until May 15, and the official detour is Rabbit Hill Road.

PERI will meet Wednesday

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

Guest speaker will be Richard Sperry from Special Olympics.

‘Fit for a Cure’ event set May 15 at Macy’s

ROBINSON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Macy’s, the Mall at Robinson and Wacoal-America are sponsoring the 2013 “Fit for the Cure” event set from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 15 at Macy’s at the mall.

Each customer who attends for a personal Wacoal bra fitting will have $2 donated in her name to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. A purchase will result in another donation in the buyer’s name.

There will be refreshments, beauty product samplings, free gifts with purchase and free palm readings courtesy of Dr. Patricia Mauro.

Call (412) 787-9777, extension 1536, for an appointment.

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Dry Run Road to be closed for work

HAMMONDSVILLE – Dry Run Road (Saline Township Road 306) will be closed from 7 a.m. Monday through 3 p.m. Tuesday for a culvert replacement, township officials reported.

County engineer releases schedule

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

Ditching will be performed on 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.

Mingo hiring summer lifeguards

MINGO JUNCTION – The village is accepting additional applications for lifeguards at the swimming pool.

Applications are available at the Municipal Building from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Auxiliary to hold flower sale

WEIRTON – The Weirton Medical Center Auxiliary will hold a flower sale from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the hospital’s atrium.

A variety of flowers, including hanging baskets, potted geraniums and flats, will be sold.

A gift certificate donated by Ianetti’s Garden Center will be awarded as a door prize each day.

Veterans office closed for staff training

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Veterans Service office will be closed Tuesday through Friday so staff members can attend school to obtain continuing education credits.

All constituents who receive assistance through the Veterans Service Office will be notified of procedures to be followed during the closure.

Service Officer Schelley Brooks said education requirements are established by the Ohio Department of Veterans Services and coordinated with the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office.

She said the mandatory education is provided to keep all personnel informed of VA changes, updates in law changes and all facets or filing claims with the VA.

“Anyone with questions should call the Veterans Service Office at 740-283-851.

Edison High School music concert set

RICHMOND – The Edison High School vocal music students will present their spring concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the high school auditorium.

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Coal truck overturns on U.S. Route 250

CADIZ – A coal truck accident left the driver injured and briefly closed U.S. Route 250 Thursday morning.

The truck operated by Gerald Bruce, 53, Bellaire, was eastbound on Route 250 near Cadiz when it overturned, knocking over a guardrail and spilling coal on the road, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Hydraulic fluid spilled.

Emergency response teams from Cadiz and Harrisville responded, and Bruce was transported to Harrison Community Hospital with head lacerations, according to reports.

Officials contained the spill and a cleaning company was called to the scene, officials said.

Route 250 was briefly closed while the truck was towed away.

Ohio Department of Transportation officials said the guardrail should be repaired by Monday.

Bruce was cited for failure to control, according to officials, who said speed may have been a factor.

Prison ordered in probation violation

STEUBENVILLE – William Santimarino, 24, of 32 township Road 306, Hammondville, was sentenced to 14 months in prison on Thursday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. on a probation violation.

Santimarino pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced in September 2011 to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center followed by two years of probation.

Santimarino failed an on-the-job drug test and then failed to report to his probation officer.

Council to meet in executive session

STEUBENVILLE – City Council will meet in executive session at 7 p.m. Monday in the City Hall Pugliese Conference Room to discuss personnel.

Area 16 boards schedule meetings

CADIZ – The Area 16 Workforce Investment Board quarterly meeting is set for 10 a.m. May 17 at Harrison Community Hospital, 951 E. Market St.

The Area 16 Council of Government quarterly meeting is planned at 1 p.m. on May 30 at the Harrison County Department of Job and Family Services.

Trustees to hold public meetings on tax

MINGO JUNCTION – The Steubenville Township trustees will hold two public meetings regarding a proposed supplemental township license tax. The meetings will be held at 5:30 p.m. on May 20 and 24 at the township garage, 25 Smithfield St.

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.

Nominations and the election of new officers will be held.

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Spring Avenue house hit with gunshot

STEUBENVILLE – City Police officers responding to a report of shots fired at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday found a bullet hole in a second floor window of a house in the 400 block of Spring Avenue.

Officers reported finding no spent shell casings near the home. Two females in a red car are considered suspects, police reported.

Man sentenced in child sex case

STEUBENVILLE -Robert P. Keenan, 31, of 174 township Road 691, Richmond, was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after pleading guilty to two counts of gross sexual imposition.

Keenan was charged with sexual contact with an 11-year-old girl in January and March.

Bruzzese ruled Keenan is a Tier II sex offender, requiring him to report his address to the county sheriff where he works or lives every 180 days for 25 years.

Board of elections to test equipment

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Board of Elections will conduct a public test at 10 a.m. Friday of tabulation equipment for Tuesday’s primary election at the board office, 117 N. Third St.

In-person absentee voting will end at 4:30 p.m. Monday. The board office will be open from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday for in-person voting.

Boil order lifted by Hammond PSD

WELLSBURG – A boil order issued for Hammond Public Service District customers on Chapman Heights and state Route 67 has been lifted. The order was issued last week after an electrical panel at the district’s water treatment plant failed. Hammond Superintendent Bob Sadler said temporary repairs have been made until the panel can be replaced.

Wall of Fame nominees sought

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Schools Wall of Fame committee is entering the 11th year in its quest to recognize past employees for distinguished service to Brooke County schools.

Honorees will be recognized at a ceremony by the Brooke County Board of Education and their names will be added to the Wall of Fame plaque.

Nomination forms are available at the Brooke County Board of Education Office, all Brooke County schools, bus garage and the Wellsburg, Follansbee and Weirton libraries.

Anyone with knowledge of a deserving individual may make a nomination. Prior nominations are eligible. Criteria for nominations are any past or retired Brooke County schools employee, both service and professional personnel and living or dead, with a minimum of 20 years of service. Nominations should be submitted no later than May 17.

Marland Heights association to meet

WEIRTON – The Marland Heights Community Association will hold an informational meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday in the big shelter at Marland Heights Pool and Park for those interested in the “Save the Pool” project.

Progress on the project and upcoming events will be discussed, including a May 25 jazz concert and wine tasting at the park beginning at 6 p.m. The concert will feature Erin Burkett, jazz vocalist and Broadway star, who will perform with her band. Tickets are $20 and cover both events.

The first “Pool Together” 5K Run and Walk will begin at 10 a.m. on June 15. Walkers may bring their dogs. Children’s activities will follow the race. For information go to the Marland Heights Pool Facebook site.

Regional roundup

Man arrested after escape from EOCC

STEUBENVILLE – A man who walked away from the Eastern Ohio Correction Center on state Route 43, Wintersville, was arrested by City Police about three hours later in the 400 block of Westwood Drive on Tuesday afternoon.

Ryan M. Leeper, 22, of Urichsville had been at the EOCC for 34 days when he walked through a kitchen door during a routine kitchen cleaning and walked out onto state Route 43.

A city officer on patrol stopped to ask Leeper questions because of suspicious activity. The officer said Leeper at first gave a fake name but later admitted he was the person who walked away from the EOCC.

Leeper was sentenced to the facility for failure to register as a sex offender.

Leeper was charged with escape and falsification.

Bergholz man sentenced to prison

STEUBENVILLE – Joshua A. Brown, 23, of Bergholz was sentenced to 24 months in prison on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Brown pleaded guilty to attempted burglary.

Brown was charged with trying to kick open a door at a house on state Route 524, Bergholz, on July 11.

Brown said he was chased by the property owner after the incident.

Brown admitted he was out on bond from a Harrison County criminal case when the incident happened on July 11.

Brown said he has already served 31 months in prison on charges of escape and receiving stolen property.

Council to hold special meeting

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

The meeting will be held at the City Building. It had been scheduled for April 30 but was postponed.

Filmmaker to appear at WLU club meeting

TRIADELPHIA – Filmmaker Phelim McAleer, director of the documentary “Frack Nation,” will speak to the West Liberty University Economics Club at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the university’s Highlands Center.

McAleer will answer questions about the film, which is about natural gas drilling, at the end of the free program, which is sponsored by WLU’s Center for Economic Philosophy.

For information, call (304) 336-8301.

Free safety seat checkups offered

STRATTON – The Jefferson County Health Department will offer free safety seat checkups from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10 at the Stratton Volunteer Fire Department, 136 Third Ave.

For information or to make a seat checkup appointment, call (740) 283-8636.