Charges filed in club raid

STEUBENVILLE – Two people have been charged with liquor law violations as a result of a raid on Club 106 on South Street early Friday, the Ohio Department of Public Safety reported.

As a result of a partnership between the Steubenville Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Department of Public Safety’s Ohio Investigative Unit, with the assistance of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Special Response Team, a search warrant was served on the club at 601 South St.

Agents obtained a search warrant based on information indicating the club was operating as a liquor establishment without a permit and also that there was other illegal activity occurring within the club, the department of public safety reported.

The search warrant resulted in the recovery of six handguns, two of which were found to be stolen; miscellaneous narcotics including cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, prescription pills and marijuana; and resulted in two people being charged, the department of public safety reported. It was also found that the club was illegally serving alcohol without a permit, according to state officials.

The owner of the club, Derek Smith, 47, of Steubenville was charged by agents with illegal sale of alcohol, a first-degree misdemeanor and keeper of place, an unclassified misdemeanor. A club employee, Nona Steigerwald, 36, of Mingo Junction was charged with Illegal sale of alcohol, a first-degree misdemeanor.

The case remains under investigation and additional charges could be filed, the department of public safety reported.

About 120 people were inside the club at the time of the raid, even though Smith was under a common pleas court order not to have the club open until he gets the proper city permits.