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Man facing voyeurism charge

WEIRTON – A Steubenville man is being held in the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville on a fugitive from justice warrant alleging voyeurism.

Mario Obryan Lyles, 27, of 410 Henry Ave., Steubenville, was arrested Monday in Weirton on the fugitive warrant after city police received reports that a man allegedly was seen photographing women in the fitting rooms at Kmart.

Lyles is facing a charge of voyeurism in Steubenville Municipal Court after an incident on July 11 in which he followed a woman at Wal-Mart and tried to take pictures of her from behind.

His bond was set at $100,000, pending an extradition hearing in West Virginia.

Lyles was convicted of voyeurism in Steubenville after he put a camera under a dressing room door at the JCPenney’s store at the Fort Steuben Mall in February 2008. He was sentenced to 20 days of house arrest.

Mingo council to discuss roof

MINGO JUNCTION – Village Council is set to meet at 11 a.m. on Thursday in the Municipal Building to transfer about $67,000 out of the capital improvement account to replace the building’s roof.

Council has authorized a contract with Hicks Roofing of New Philadelphia.

Council also will meet in executive session to discuss contract negotiations with the Mingo Junction Safety Forces.

Concert set Aug. 7 for Aracoma Park

MINGO JUNCTION – Rich Treglia will perform at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at a concert at Aracoma Park.

The village is holding a series of concerts at the park throughout the summer months, including Spinning Jenny on Aug. 15.

Man arrested for trafficking narcotics

CADIZ – The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Cadiz and Jewett police departments on Friday arrested Tristen J. McGuire, 20, of San Diego, and recently of Massillon, Ohio, on charges of trafficking in narcotics.

McGuire was stopped as a passenger with three males from Michigan and the Massillon area. Two occupants of the vehicle were cited and released, and McGuire was arrested.

A search of McGuire turned up several narcotics, including crack cocaine, heroine, marijuana and pills.

Harrison County Sheriff Ronald Myers indicated the arrest is the result of a month-long investigation and surveillance of the suspects transporting and selling narcotics in Harrison County.

McGuire is being held in the Harrison County Jail on a bond of $75,000.

Weirton man pleads guilty to drug charges

WHEELING – A Weirton resident has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Wheeling to drug charges, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Tuesday.

Ronald Snider, 50, faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine after admitting to conspiracy to distribute cocaine, Ihlenfeld said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams Jr. prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Jefferson County Drug Task Force.

Snider is free on bond.

Meanwhile, Jose Jesus Tapia Montes, 36, of Washington, Pa., was sentenced in federal court to 30 months in prison and Elmer Pina Pinto, 44, also of Washington, to 33 months imprisonment for aiding and abetting in the transportation of an individual in interstate commerce with intent to engage in illegal sexual activity,” Ihlenfeld said. The two were remanded to the custody of U.S. Marshals pending assignment to a federal prison.

Body of man found in Beaver Creek

CALCUTTA The body of a man reported missing Monday evening was recovered from Beaver Creek in Columbiana County early Tuesday morning after an overnight search that included helicopters, K-9 units and countless emergency personnel.

Jim Smith, 66, Columbiana-Lisbon Road, had left his home at about noon Monday to do some fly fishing at Beaver Creek State Park and at one point had spoken to someone on the phone, advising he was headed downstream toward Gretchen’s Lock, according to assistant Calcutta fire Chief Dave McCoy.

When Smith failed to return home when expected, his wife became concerned.

Calcutta Fire Department had launched a search of the park and creek on Monday evening, putting boats and canoes into the water with firefighters and having firefighters, EMS personnel and others walk the rough trails bordering the creek.

A call came in Tuesday morning to the command post that Smith’s body had been found in the creek about a quarter mile from the main park, with two teen-age searchers in a canoe having spotted it.

Ex-Marine rifleman turns himself in

After eluding authorities for more than a day, a former Marine rifleman wanted for allegedly shooting at his girlfriend’s Sand Hill home Sunday gave himself up to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday.

A warrant had been issued for the arrest of Adam Riggle, 31, of Sand Hill following the incident in which he allegedly fired at least 11 shots in and around his girlfriend’s residence. According to Sheriff Kevin Cecil, Riggle fled before authorities arrived and was believed to be armed and potentially dangerous to law enforcement officials. Cecil said he believed the general public was not in harm’s way.

Cecil said nobody was injured during the incident, as Riggle’s girlfriend fled the area once the first shots were fired.

Numerous officers and federal officials searched several residences Monday in an unsuccessful attempt to locate Riggle. Officers contacted members of Riggle’s family in Marshall County, who arranged for him to turn himself in.

Riggle was charged with endangerment involving a firearm with domestic violence and unlawful restraint involving a firearm. On Tuesday afternoon, Cecil said Riggle was arraigned in Marshall County Magistrate Court with bond set at $100,000.

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Man facing voyeurism charge

WEIRTON – A Steubenville man is being held in the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville on a fugitive from justice warrant alleging voyeurism.

Mario Obryan Lyles, 27, of 410 Henry Ave., Steubenville, was arrested Monday in Weirton on the fugitive warrant after city police received reports that a man allegedly was seen photographing women in the fitting rooms at Kmart.

Lyles is facing a charge of voyeurism in Steubenville Municipal Court after an incident on July 11 in which he followed a woman at Wal-Mart and tried to take pictures of her from behind.

His bond was set at $100,000, pending an extradition hearing in West Virginia.

Lyles was convicted of voyeurism in Steubenville after he put a camera under a dressing room door at the JCPenney’s store at the Fort Steuben Mall in February 2008. He was sentenced to 20 days of house arrest.

Mingo council to discuss roof

MINGO JUNCTION – Village Council is set to meet at 11 a.m. on Thursday in the Municipal Building to transfer about $67,000 out of the capital improvement account to replace the building’s roof.

Council has authorized a contract with Hicks Roofing of New Philadelphia.

Council also will meet in executive session to discuss contract negotiations with the Mingo Junction Safety Forces.

Concert set Aug. 7 for Aracoma Park

MINGO JUNCTION – Rich Treglia will perform at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at a concert at Aracoma Park.

The village is holding a series of concerts at the park throughout the summer months, including Spinning Jenny on Aug. 15.

Man arrested for trafficking narcotics

CADIZ – The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Cadiz and Jewett police departments on Friday arrested Tristen J. McGuire, 20, of San Diego, and recently of Massillon, Ohio, on charges of trafficking in narcotics.

McGuire was stopped as a passenger with three males from Michigan and the Massillon area. Two occupants of the vehicle were cited and released, and McGuire was arrested.

A search of McGuire turned up several narcotics, including crack cocaine, heroine, marijuana and pills.

Harrison County Sheriff Ronald Myers indicated the arrest is the result of a month-long investigation and surveillance of the suspects transporting and selling narcotics in Harrison County.

McGuire is being held in the Harrison County Jail on a bond of $75,000.

Weirton man pleads guilty to drug charges

WHEELING – A Weirton resident has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Wheeling to drug charges, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Tuesday.

Ronald Snider, 50, faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine after admitting to conspiracy to distribute cocaine, Ihlenfeld said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams Jr. prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Jefferson County Drug Task Force.

Snider is free on bond.

Meanwhile, Jose Jesus Tapia Montes, 36, of Washington, Pa., was sentenced in federal court to 30 months in prison and Elmer Pina Pinto, 44, also of Washington, to 33 months imprisonment for aiding and abetting in the transportation of an individual in interstate commerce with intent to engage in illegal sexual activity,” Ihlenfeld said. The two were remanded to the custody of U.S. Marshals pending assignment to a federal prison.

Body of man found in Beaver Creek

CALCUTTA The body of a man reported missing Monday evening was recovered from Beaver Creek in Columbiana County early Tuesday morning after an overnight search that included helicopters, K-9 units and countless emergency personnel.

Jim Smith, 66, Columbiana-Lisbon Road, had left his home at about noon Monday to do some fly fishing at Beaver Creek State Park and at one point had spoken to someone on the phone, advising he was headed downstream toward Gretchen’s Lock, according to assistant Calcutta fire Chief Dave McCoy.

When Smith failed to return home when expected, his wife became concerned.

Calcutta Fire Department had launched a search of the park and creek on Monday evening, putting boats and canoes into the water with firefighters and having firefighters, EMS personnel and others walk the rough trails bordering the creek.

A call came in Tuesday morning to the command post that Smith’s body had been found in the creek about a quarter mile from the main park, with two teen-age searchers in a canoe having spotted it.

Ex-Marine rifleman turns himself in

After eluding authorities for more than a day, a former Marine rifleman wanted for allegedly shooting at his girlfriend’s Sand Hill home Sunday gave himself up to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday.

A warrant had been issued for the arrest of Adam Riggle, 31, of Sand Hill following the incident in which he allegedly fired at least 11 shots in and around his girlfriend’s residence. According to Sheriff Kevin Cecil, Riggle fled before authorities arrived and was believed to be armed and potentially dangerous to law enforcement officials. Cecil said he believed the general public was not in harm’s way.

Cecil said nobody was injured during the incident, as Riggle’s girlfriend fled the area once the first shots were fired.

Numerous officers and federal officials searched several residences Monday in an unsuccessful attempt to locate Riggle. Officers contacted members of Riggle’s family in Marshall County, who arranged for him to turn himself in.

Riggle was charged with endangerment involving a firearm with domestic violence and unlawful restraint involving a firearm. On Tuesday afternoon, Cecil said Riggle was arraigned in Marshall County Magistrate Court with bond set at $100,000.

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Va. woman sentenced for stealing MTR

WHEELING- A Virginia woman has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for embezzling more than $1.3 million in horse racing funds from Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, at which she was employed.

Prosecutors say 49-year-old Anita Ambler was sentenced Monday in Wheeling for stealing from Mountaineer in Chester over several years.

Ambler had been convicted in April on 11 counts of mail fraud, 10 counts of wire fraud and four counts of transacting in criminal proceeds.

In addition to her prison sentence, Ambler also must pay back the money and forfeit her estate in Reva, Va., along with a vehicle she bought with the stolen funds.

Concert set for Aracoma Park

MINGO JUNCTION – Rich Treglia will perform at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at a concert at Aracoma Park.

The village is holding a series of concerts at the park throughout the summer months.

Man stable following stabbing

EAST LIVERPOOL – A 33-year-old man was in stable condition at Pittsburgh Medical Center Monday after being stabbed during the early morning hours.

According to reports, city police were called by a Fairmont Street resident at 12:34 a.m. about a bleeding man lying on his porch.

Scott Ingram Jr., 33, whose last known address was West Fourth Street, was found bleeding heavily from his chest and leg, and police said he identified the person who stabbed him. He was flown by helicopter to the Pittsburgh facility.

Capt. Tom Clark went to a home at 1300 Brightview Drive, a block from where Ingram was found, with a trail of blood found leading from that home to the Fairmont Street location.

A detective called to the scene interviewed the Brightview Drive homeowner, her son and grandson. Ingram and one of the men reportedly were arguing over a woman when the stabbing occurred.

A folding knife with a 3.5-inch blade was recovered as evidence.

Police are still investigating the incident with no charges filed as of Monday afternoon.

Authorities searching for missing man

CALCUTTA – Emergency personnel from St. Clair Township and other agencies responded Monday night to the main portion of Beaver Creek State Park for a report of a missing fisherman.

According to firefighters and ambulance personnel at the scene, the 66-year-old had been fly fishing and didn’t return home when expected. His wife notified police, and attempts were being made to pinpoint the location of his cell phone, which he had failed to answer.

His Jeep was found sitting in the parking lot near the Pioneer Village at the state park. Highlandtown Fire Department brought its hovercraft to maneuver the creek, and a STAT MedEvac helicopter also helped in the search, which encompassed the park and creek.

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Man arrested on drug charges

STEUBENVILLE – A man has been arrested following a drug raid at about 2 p.m. Friday at the Oregon Avenue home where he was living.

Robert Jackson, 32, of 1525 Oregon Ave., and formerly of Chicago, has been charged with three counts of trafficking heroin following the raid, which involved the Jefferson County Drug Task Force, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Marshal’s Service.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said three controlled buys had been conducted at the house prior to his arrest, and $1,500 in cash was confiscated during the raid.

Abdalla said the investigation may lead to other arrests.

OVI checkpoints to be conducted

STEUBENVILLE – The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and Wintersville and Steubenville police departments, will be conducting two drunk driving checkpoints tonight.

The first will be on Main Street in Wintersville from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. today and from midnight to 2 a.m. Sunday morning on state Route 7 in Steubenville.

The drunk driving checkpoints, funded by federal grant money, are planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers, said Lt. Joseph Fetty, patrol Steubenville Post commander.

The checkpoints also will be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat alcohol-related injury and fatal crashes, Fetty said.

The patrol is urging people, prior to consuming alcohol, to designate a driver or make other travel arrangements.

City man placed on probation

STEUBENVILLE – Jesse N. Birden, 20, of 415 Union Ave. was placed on two years of probation on Friday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Birden pleaded guilty to possession of heroin.

Birden was arrested by City Police on April 11.

He faces up to 18 months in prison if he violates probation.

County engineer issues work schedule

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

Chip seal – Timothy Ridge Road (county Road 58); Wolf Run Road (county Road 75); and township roads in Brush Creek and Knox townships.

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

Road closings will be announced.

Road work announced

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

In Hancock County, crews will be patching Race Track, Middle Run and Hardins Run roads and ditching along Shepards Valley and Arner roads.

In Brooke County, crews will be making repairs to U.S. Route 22, patching state Route 2 and sealing Pierce Run Road.

Crews also will be mowing along several roads in both counties.

Paving work set for U.S. Route 250

CADIZ – Resurfacing work is expected to begin Tuesday on U.S. Route 250 through the Tappan Lake area in Harrison County, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

More than 7 miles of U.S. Route 250 will be resurfaced from just east of the dam to just east of Mizer Road.

Traffic will be maintained with flaggers, according to ODOT. ODOT’s contractor for this $2.26 million project is Shelly & Sands Inc. of Zanesville. All work will be completed by mid-November.

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Patrol to conduct OVI checkpoint

WINTERSVILLE – The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported it will conduct a drunk driving checkpoint Saturday evening in Jefferson County.

The location of the checkpoint will be announced Saturday morning.

Two sent to prison for violations

STEUBENVILLE – Two people were sentenced to prison on Thursday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after admitting to probation violations.

Thomas P. Riggs, 29, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for failing to report to his probation officer and being convicted of breaking and entering in Summit County. Riggs was sentenced to 90 days in jail and placed on two years of probation in May 2012 after pleading guilty to burglary.

Christy L. Tompkins, 38, of Mingo Junction was sentenced to 15 months in prison after being arrested on a drug possession charge and failure to pay fines and restitution to the victim. Tompkins was sentenced in June 2011 to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center and placed on two years of probation after pleading guilty to theft of a debit card and theft of a credit card.

Mother charged with driving drunk

DILLONVALE – Crystal M. Ross, 29, of 118 Holly Ave., Mingo Junction, was charged by the Ohio State Highway Patrol with driving drunk after a wreck Thursday afternoon on state Route 150 in which her daughter was later flown to a Pittsburgh hospital.

The patrol reported Ross was driving west on state Route 150, between Dillonvale and Mount Pleasant, when the car went off the side of the road and hit a utility pole.

Ross and her 7-year-old daughter were taken to Ohio Valley Medical Center, the patrol reported. The daughter later was flown by medical helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Ross was charged by the patrol with failure to control, operating a vehicle under the influence and child endangering.

The patrol was to meet with the county prosecutor’s office today concerning additional charges.

Probation ordered in pornography case

STEUBENVILLE – Brian K. Wilson, 24, of Apartment 7, 627 N. Fifth St., was placed on four years of probation by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after pleading guilty to pandering obscenities involving juveniles.

Wilson was named in a bill of information charging him with 10 counts of pandering obscenities.

He admitted to being in possession of pornography involving juveniles between the ages of 12-15 from December 2009 through April 2010.

Bruzzese also ruled Wilson is 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.

Wilson faces up to 15 years in prison if he violates probation.

Man sentenced in gun case

STEUBENVILLE – Randy M. Otis, 20, of 2225 Sunset Blvd. was sentenced Thursday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after pleading guilty to carrying a concealed weapon.

Otis was in a vehicle on May 1 when it was stopped by the county drug task force and a gun was found on him.

Otis will be on probation for two years.

He faces up to 18 months in prison if he violates probation.

Blood drive being held in Brilliant

BRILLIANT – The Brilliant Volunteer Fire Department, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and other police and fire departments are sponsoring a blood drive from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. today at the Brilliant fire station, 1001 Third St.

Regulator replacement delayed for Alikanna area

STEUBENVILLE – The city water department has delayed the replacement of a pressure regulator in the Alikanna area until next week.

The project originally was scheduled for this week.

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Jefferson County Vets hold annual picnic

SMITHFIELD – The Jefferson County Veteran’s Association will hold its annual picnic for all veterans of the county and their families at 3 p.m. Saturday, according to Bill Smythe, commander..

The event will be held at the Friendship Park shelters 4 and 5.

Saline Township Trustees to meet

HAMMONDSVILLE – The Saline Township Trustees will hold their monthly meeting at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the township complex.

Wayne Township has agenda plan

BLOOMINGDALE – The Wayne Township Trustees have adopted a new meeting agenda procedure, the board has announced.

Meetings, which are held at 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month, will now be conducted by agenda. Persons with an issue they would like to speak about must request to be placed on the agenda no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting.

The office telephone number and fax number is (740) 944-1482.

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Waterline break on state Route 43

AMSTERDAM – Due to a waterline break on state Route 43, Jefferson County water customers in areas from county Road 43 extending north to Amsterdam could experience a loss of service or low pressure. A boil order is in effect until 2 p.m. Monday.

County Road 12 closes Tuesday

NEW MANCHESTER -County Road 12, Tomlinson Park Road, in Hancock County will close effective Tuesday between the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday from milepost 0.0 to milepost 0.41 for paving through 5 p.m. July 29. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes, and inclement weather could change the project schedule.

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State Route 150 bridge work to start

RAYLAND – State Route 150 will be restricted beginning next week between Rayland and Dillonvale for a bridge replacement project, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported.

The bridge is located over Short Creek about three miles west of state Route 7 between Dillonvale and Rayland.

Two-way traffic will be maintained in one, 10-foot lane with temporary traffic signals, ODOT reported.

ODOT’s contractor for the $1.4 million project is Shelly and Sands of Zanesville The project has an interim completion date, requiring all lanes be open to traffic by mid-December, according to ODOT. However, some work will remain on the project through June 2014.

State Route 519 to be closed

NEW ATHENS – State Route 519 will be closed to traffic Monday for a bridge replacement project in Athens Township, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported.

The bridge is located west of New Athens over Busby Road (township Road 264). Beginning at the intersection of state Route 519 and U.S. Route 22, traffic will be detoured east on U.S. Route 22 to U.S. Route 250 east to state Route 9 in Cadiz, then south on state Route 9 back to state Route 519, and reverse.

ODOT estimated the road to be closed 21 days.

ODOT’s contractor for the $379,296 project is Ohio-West Virginia Excavating of Powhatan Point.

Park and ride work delayed

STEUBENVILLE – The Ohio Department of Transportation reported the start of construction has been delayed on two park and ride lots north of Steubenville at the intersection of state Routes 213 and 7.

The start date has been postponed until Aug. 19 due to material delays, ODOT reported.

One existing park and ride lot will be expanded to include a total of 46 spaces, and a new lot will be constructed across the street in the same general area that will hold approximately 30 vehicles, ODOT reported.

ODOT’s contractor, Shelly and Sands of Zanesville, will begin work on the new lot first to minimize disruptions for patrons, according to ODOT.

All work on this $458,454 project is expected to be completed by mid-November.

County engineer releases schedule

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

Chip seal – Monroeville-Irondale Road (county Road 55); Timothy Ridge Road (county Road 58); Wolf Run Road (county Road 75); and Brush Creek Township roads.

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

Road closings will be announced.

Airport authority to hold special session

WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson County Regional Airport Authority trustees will meet in special session at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the airpark to discuss and act on wind damage remediation issues as well as a grant application for snow removal equipment.

The meeting will be held in the conference room at the terminal.

Trustees to meet on aggregation

BRILLIANT – The Wells Township trustees will hold another public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the township office at 409 Prospect St. regarding the electrical aggregation.

The meeting will be held before the regular trustees’ meeting.

W.Va. Rail Authority sets session

WEIRTON – The West Virginia State Rail Authority is looking for public input on a statewide rail plan for freight and passenger services.

The group will host an informational session from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Millsop Community Center to discuss the plan, seen as an important first step in charting a direction for freight and passenger rail service over the next 20-30 years.

A formal presentation is slated for 6 p.m.

For information, call the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission at (304) 797-9666.

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Health department sets weekly schedule

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

The county health department is located in the former Ohio Valley Towers on Market Street.

Road work announced

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

Crews in Hancock County will patch state Route 2 in the northern end of the county and ditch along Hardins Run Road.

Crews in Brooke County will perform repairs to U.S. Route 22, patch state Route 2 and seal Pierce Run Road.

Crews will mow along several roads in both counties.

Library board to meet Wednesday

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the library’s Elmer Vincent Meeting Room.

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Manhunt continues for escaped prisoner

STEUBENVILLE – A manhunt will continue today for a prisoner who walked away from a work detail at Friendship Park on Tuesday.

Benjamin M. Delguzzi, 27, of Steubenville was serving a 180-day sentence out of Steubenville Municipal Court for assault. Delguzzi was involved in a domestic incident in May in the city. Delguzzi got into physical confrontation with a sheriff’s deputy.

Delguzzi initially was charged with assault on a police officer, a felony, but it was reduced to assault in municipal court.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said a Cadiz officer fired a Taser at Delguzzi on Wednesday afternoon near Cadiz but Delguzzi was able to escape. Delguzzi later broke into a home outside Cadiz and stole clothing, Abdalla said.

The sheriff said the Ohio State Highway Patrol used an airplane and STAT MedEvac provided a helicopter for the search. Numerous police agencies also participated.

“Hopefully he will turn himself in,” Abdalla said.

Man arrested in socks and underwear

STEUBENVILLE – City Police responding to a disturbance call Wednesday around noon found a man intoxicated, breaking a clay flower pot dressed only in his socks and underwear.

Officers were called about a man taking off his clothes and yelling in the 4000 block of Sunset Boulevard. An officer found the man at the rear of a home, near a pickup truck with its door open, police reported. The man was breaking the flower pot and was taken into custody.

The officer said the man gave a false name but the officer found a union card nearby with the man’s correct name.

Zane A. Walker, 32, of 1209 Gilchrist St., Brilliant, was charged with intoxication, falsification and criminal mischief. He also was served outstanding warrants out of municipal court for obstructing official business and felony vandalism.

Man sentenced to jail for violation

STEUBENVILLE – Zachary P. Robinson, 22, of Mingo Junction was sentenced to 60 days in the county jail on Wednesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Robinson admitted to a probation violation.

Robinson pleaded guilty to burglary and theft in July 2010 and was allowed to enter drug court. He was charged with possession of cocaine in June 2011 and sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center and placed on two years of probation.

Robinson admitted to recently using heroin, Xanax and sleeping pills. He will be on probation for a year. He faces up to 20 months in prison if he again violates probation.

Ramp in Mingo Junction to close

MINGO JUNCTION – The state Route 7 northbound off ramp at Logan Avenue will be closed to traffic on Friday as part of a $2.55 million bridge replacement project over McLister Avenue, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported.

Traffic will be detoured north to Steubenville to the Lincoln Avenue exit, then west on Lincoln Avenue to the southbound state Route 7 onramp and continue south on state Route 7 back to Logan Avenue. The ramp is expected to be closed for 120 days, ODOT reported.

One lane of traffic is being maintained in each direction on Route 7.

Civil Service discusses descriptions

STEUBENVILLE – The Civil Service Commission is meeting with city department heads to discuss employee job descriptions.

Commission Chairperson Delores Wiggins said the three-member commission recently met with the acting superintendents from the city water department and wastewater department.

“The job descriptions we have requested from each city department were past due and most of them haven’t been upgraded since the 1980s. We will meet with additional department heads in the coming weeks to review all job descriptions,” Wiggins said.

ESC changes meeting date

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Educational Service Center Governing Board has changed its July meeting from Tuesday to July 26.

The board will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Educational Service Center office building at 2023 Sunset Blvd.

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Boil order issued in New Alexandria

NEW ALEXANDRIA – Jefferson County water customers in the New Alexandria area are on a 48-hour water boil order through Thursday evening after a water break.

Service was restored late Tuesday after the break.

Prisoner walks away from work detail

STEUBENVILLE – Area law enforcement officers are looking for a prisoner from the Jefferson County jail who walked away from a work detail at the county fairgrounds at Friendship Park on Tuesday.

Benjamin M. Delguzzi, 27, of Steubenville was serving a 180-day sentence out of Steubenville Municipal Court for assault. Delguzzi was involved in a domestic incident in May in the city. A county sheriff’s deputy working in the hilltop areas answered the call and got into a physical altercation with Delguzzi.

Delguzzi initially was charged with assault on a police officer, a felony, but it was reduced to assault in municipal court.

Delguzzi was using a weed trimmer at the fairgrounds Tuesday afternoon. A deputy monitoring the work crew noticed Delguzzi missing. The weed trimmer was found on the ground near a trail the deputy believes Delguzzi used in his escape.

Several police agencies searched the surrounding area Tuesday but Delguzzi wasn’t found.

Drug treatment ordered in case

STEUBENVILLE – Duan E. Harris, 28, Apartment A, 719 Market St., was allowed to enter drug treatment in lieu of conviction by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Harris pleaded guilty to two counts each of drug trafficking and drug possession.

Harris was under investigation by the county drug task force and had made controlled sales of heroin at the end of November and early December. A raid was conducted on Harris’ residence on Dec. 11 and drugs and $969 were confiscated. Henderson ordered the $969 forfeited to the drug task force.

Harris will have to successfully complete a drug treatment program and remain drug free for a year. If he is successful, the charges will be dismissed. If not, he faces up to 12 months in prison.

Man sentenced in gun possession case

STEUBENVILLE – Devin M. Williams, 27, of 1235 Wellesley Ave. was sentenced to nine months in prison on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Williams pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon.

Williams was with a group of six men walking down the middle of Carnegie Avenue, between Euclid and Ridge avenues on April 30. The officer said he was going to write citations to the men for failure to use a sidewalk.

A Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy arrived as backup and saw a loaded handgun in the rear pocket of Williams.

Police reported another man, Brandon Garrison, 23, of 310 S. Fifth St. tried to take off running but was caught by officers. He also was carrying a handgun. Garrison’s trial on carrying a concealed weapon and having a weapon as a convicted felon is pending in common pleas court.

County Democrats to hold annual picnic

STRATTON – The Jefferson County Democratic Party will hold its annual picnic from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on July 28 at Stratton Park.

Democratic Party Chairman John Abdalla said the picnic menu will include barbecued chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, baked beans, potato salad, macaroni salad and refreshments.

There will be a $10 donation for each person.

Free summer course at EGCC

STEUBENVILLE – Adult Basic and Literacy Education will offer a free summer bridge course for math and English later this month at Eastern Gateway Community College.

A.B.L.E. will offer the free classes from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays. The classes begin July 29 and conclude Aug. 21 on the Jefferson County campus.

To enroll, call (740) 264-5591, extension 271.

Annual alumni golf outing set Aug. 9

STEUBENVILLE – Eastern Gateway Community College Alumni Association will hold its annual golf scramble on Aug. 9 at Dyer Country Club in Toronto.

Registration begins at 4:30 p.m., with a four-person team shotgun start at 5 p.m. All area residents are welcome to golf. Cart rentals are available for an additional fee.

The winning team will earn $200, with the second-place team earning $100. A 50/50 drawing and skins will be available. Dinner will be held when prizes and awards are distributed.

The cost is $30 per golfer for nine holes. A four-player team will cost $150 and includes a hole sponsorship. All proceeds benefit the Eastern Gateway Alumni Scholarship Fund. Businesses may sponsor a hole for $40. For questions and registration, call (740) 264-5591, extension 113.

USW locals schedule golf outing

EAST SPRINGFIELD – United Steelworkers of America Locals 1190 and 4195 will hold the Steelworkers reunion golf outing at Spring Hills Golf Club on Aug. 9.

The format is a three-man scramble, six-persons to tee. Players are responsible for their own golf fees. The cost is $29 per person and $25 for retired seniors. For tee times, call (740) 543-3270.

Food, beverages and prizes will be offered for golfers and non-golfers at the outing.

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City man faces prison in drug case

STEUBENVILLE – Eugene D. Hopkins, 23, of 1609 Moreland Drive was sentenced to 16 months in prison on Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Hopkins pleaded guilty to two counts of drug possession.

Hopkins was in a vehicle stopped by the Ohio State Highway Patrol on Dec. 6 on the Wellesley Avenue Extension. Troopers found cocaine near Hopkins, and a female juvenile was in possession of heroin.

The county prosecutor’s office dismissed two counts of corrupting another with drugs when Hopkins pleaded guilty. One of the drug possession charges was that he conspired with the teen for possession of heroin.

Hopkins served a prior prison sentence of 18 months for drug trafficking.

Man sentenced to serve six months

STEUBENVILLE – Wade L. Manns, 19, of 1632 Oregon Ave. was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center on Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Manns pleaded guilty to a drug charge.

Manns pleaded guilty to felony possession of heroin and tampering with evidence and misdemeanor theft, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest.

Manns was caught shoplifting at the Fort Steuben Mall on Dec. 22 and threw a bag when approached by an officer. The officer reported finding a handgun and eight bags of heroin inside the bag. Manns tried to pull away from the officer as he was being escorted to a cruiser, police reported.

Manns will be on probation for 18 months. He faces up to nine months in prison if he violates probation.

Christmas Clothes Closet giveaway set

JEWETT – The Christmas Clothes Closet will offer clothing for people in need with a special summer giveaway Thursday and Friday.

The doors will be open for the organization at its location in the former Jewett school building.

Founder Kelly Bozeman said monetary donations will be accepted for anyone who wants to make a donation.

Clothes of all sizes for men, women and children will be available, including shoes, she said.

“I want to emphasize that this is for people in need. We do not want to have people coming in to pick up clothes and reselling them,” she said.

The organization also is accepting donations of children’s clothing and backpacks for a back-to-school giveaway to be held in August.

For information, call (740) 424-6059.

Weirton water plant schedules shutdown

WEIRTON – The Weirton Area Water Board has announced a scheduled shutdown of the water plant from 10 p.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday.

The shutdown will allow crews to replace sluice gates at the water treatment plant.

Customers in the higher elevations of downtown Weirton may experience a loss of water or low water pressure during the outage.

Water officials have determined storage levels are at adequate amounts for fire protection throughout the downtown area, and the city fire department has been notified.

Customers also may experience discolored water throughout the city during this time and should refrain from washing laundry through Friday morning.

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Morrisey to visit in Northern Panhandle

WEIRTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey will be in the Northern Panhandle this week to talk about growing the economy.

Morrisey is hosting Jobs Summit town hall meetings in Weirton, Wellsburg and Wheeling.

A forum is planned at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at West Virginia Northern Community College in Wheeling. On Thursday, he’ll host a town hall meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the large shelter at Brooke Hills Park, and at 7:30 p.m. in Mary H. Weir Public Library in Weirton. Refreshments will be provided at the Weirton location.

The public is encouraged to attend any of the three town hall events.

“Many West Virginia counties have faced some difficult economic challenges in recent years, and the counties in the Northern Panhandle are no exception. These town hall meetings are designed to discuss what stumbling blocks exist that keep businesses from growing or locating in the county and how the Attorney General’s Office may help to remove some of those barriers,” Morrisey said.

The town hall meetings are part of a statewide Jobs Summit and Listening Tour that Morrisey had announced in April. At that time, he’s said his office can and should play a role in improving West Virginia’s business climate by reviewing federal and state regulations to determine if any improvements can be made.

Individuals interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP by contacting Morrisey’s office at 304-558-2021 or by e-mailing communications@wvago.gov.

Steubenville Township sets public hearing

MINGO JUNCTION – The Steubenville Township trustees will hold a public hearing on the budget at 6 p.m. Thursday at the trustees office, 25 Smithfield St.

Free concert set at Laurel Hollow Park

NEWELL -A free concert is planned at 2 p.m. July 28 at Laurel Hollow Park.

Bill Crawford will present a tribute to Johnny Cash at 2 p.m., and the Harmony Brothers will perform at 3 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Newell Community Improvement Coalition and the Newell Lions Club.

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Four arrested on

drug charges

WEIRTON – Four individuals face drug charges following a traffic stop in the city Thursday.

Weirton Police arrested Nico GlennLeMere Mayo, 18, of Steubenville; Natasha Lester, 28, of Steubenville; Michelle Harris, 43, of Steubenville; and Raven Harris, 25 of Weirton.

Mayo was charged with possession of heroin with the intent to distribute and conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute heroin. Michelle Harris, Raven Harris and Lester were charged with conspiracy to possess heroin with the intent to distribute.

All were transported to the West Virginia Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville and are awaiting arraignment by a Brooke County magistrate.

Kids Camp

deadline nears

STEUBENVILLE – Registration for the 20th-annual College Camp for Kids at Eastern Gateway Community College is open through July 19.

The camp is for youth in kindergarten through eighth grade and runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 5-9 on the Jefferson County Campus. Kindergarten children attend half-day sessions with a variety of activities. Older campers will attend several classes that will include crafts, interactive learning and activities.

Rates are $110 for weeklong full-day or $60 for weeklong half-day. Camp information and registration forms may be obtained by calling (740) 264-5591, extension 310.

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Teen charged after doing doughnuts

STEUBENVILLE – A teen was charged by City Police with reckless operation of a vehicle after he allegedly did doughnuts in the grass at Murphy Field on Pleasant Heights early today.

Police were called about a pickup truck doing doughnuts at the park. An officer said portions of the grass was damaged.

A resident gave an officer a tip on where the truck was parked. It was found in the 400 block of Union Avenue, and the teen driver admitted to doing the damage, police reported.

Woman sentenced in elderly theft case

STEUBENVILLE – Ashley N. Zrinyi, 23, of 2202 township Road 378, Steubenville, was placed on one year of probation by retired Stark County Common Pleas Judge Richard Reinbold after Zrinyi pleaded guilty to theft from an elderly person and misuse of a credit card.

Zrinyi faces up to one year in prison if she violates probation.

Brilliant Water to hold budget hearing

BRILLIANT – Members of the Brilliant Water District will hold a budget hearing for the 2014 budget at 7:30 a.m. Friday. The meeting will be held at the water district office at 706 Second St.

Retail sales show slight increase

STEUBENVILLE – Retail sales in Jefferson County slightly increased in April compared to the same period last year.

Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said retail sales for April totaled $63.1 million, generating $946,850 in piggyback sales tax revenue for the county. Agresta said piggyback sales tax receipts for April 2012 generated $942,008, based on retail sales of $62.8 million.

Monthly retail sales in Jefferson County for 2013 have averaged $62.23 million, compared to $60.20 million a month for all of 2012.

Smoke testing set in city’s West End

STEUBENVILLE – The city’s wastewater department will be smoke testing Monday through July 19 on Teresa Drive, Yale Place, Harvard Avenue, Princeton Avenue, Parkdale Road, Cunningham Drive and Sharmont Drive.

Assistant Wastewater Superintendent Chuck Murphy said the smoke testing will be done weather permitting.

“Questions about the smoke testing process can be answered by calling the wastewater plant at (740) 283-6000, extension 5002. If we are prohibited by rain from smoke testing the make-up testing dates will be July 22 through July 26,” said Murphy.

Real estate taxes due in Harrison

CADIZ – Harrison County Treasurer Vicki Sefsick reminds residents of payments for real estate taxes for the second half of 2013 are due in her office by July 31. Manufactured home taxes are due by Aug. 8.

Those who have not received their second half bills in the mail can contact the office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at (740) 942-8861.

Blood drive set July 20

WELLSBURG – The Wellsburg Women of the Moose will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 20 at the Moose Lodge at 844 Main St.

Doughnuts will be provided to morning donors and a hot lunch to afternoon donors. All participants will be entered into a drawing for one of three pairs of Kennywood tickets.

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

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U.S. Route 22 paving scheduled

CADIZ -Work is scheduled to begin Monday to resurface more than 11 miles of U.S. Route 22 in Harrison County, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported.

Work will take place from the Guernsey County line at Smyrna to the four-lane section near Cadiz.

Two-way traffic will be maintained with flaggers, ODOT reported.

ODOT’s contractor for this $1.4 million project is Lash Paving Inc. of Colerain.

Park and ride to be expanded

STEUBENVILLE – Work is set to begin Monday on two park and ride facilities just north of Steubenville, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported.

An existing park and ride, located at the intersection of state Routes 7 and 213, will be expanded to include a total of 46 spaces, and a new lot will be constructed across the street in the same general area that will hold approximately 30 vehicles, ODOT reported.

ODOT’s contractor for the $458,454 project is Shelly & Sands Inc. of Zanesville. Work will begin on the new lot first to minimize disruptions for patrons, ODOT reported.

Boil order issued in downtown Weirton

WEIRTON – Residents and businesses in a portion of the city are under a boil order following a water line break in the city Tuesday.

Officials with the Weirton Area Water Board announced the boil order is in effect for Wood Street, Grant Street and the 200 and 300 blocks of Marland Heights Road.

The break was along Marland Heights Road, and crews made the necessary repairs to the line, flushing and refilling the system in the affected area as a result.

Water samples must be tested before the water is allowed to be used, officials said, so those living or working in the affected areas are asked to boil all water being used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, bathing and food preparation.

For information, call (304) 797-8566.

Legion Post 10 to host steak fry

WEIRTON – The Sons of American Legion Post 10 will hold its annual steak fry from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 19.

The cost is $10 and includes steak, baked potato, salad, desserts and coffee.

Legal beverages will be available for sale.

The post is located at 3140 Pennsylvania Ave.

The event is open to the public. Those with questions may call (304) 723-2732.

Animal shelter offers low-cost adoptions

NEW MANCHESTER – The Hancock County Animal Shelter is offering low-cost adoptions for cats and dogs through the end of the month.

Discounted adoption fees are $25 for adult cats (1 year old or older), $50 for adult dogs and $50 for kittens.

“This is always a challenging time of year for any animal shelter,” said shelter Director Lorrie Byo. “We are at the height of kitten season again, and we are experiencing increased animal intakes for dogs as well.”

The discounted adoptions will be offered on site, 715 Gas Valley Road, and at the Robinson Township PetSmart store throughout July.

All adoptions are subject to the standard adoption process, which includes, but may not be limited to, an adoption screening and a veterinary reference. The animal shelter retains the right to refuse any adoption at its sole discretion.

Shelter hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sundays by appointment. For information, call (304) 387-4102.

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Police investigating Labelle shooting

STEUBENVILLE – City Police are investigating a shooting late Monday that left a man with a gunshot wound to the knee area.

Police reported Donnell Turner, 20, of 1223 Wellesley Ave. was walking home around 11 p.m. Monday when he saw a group of about five men standing on his porch, with one of the men holding a gun. Turner told officers he briefly talked to the men and then he jumped off the porch and began to run away when he heard gunshots and felt a bullet hit his knee, police reported. Turner went to a friend’s house and a family member drove him to Trinity Medical Center West.

Officers located seven spent shell casings, including five on the porch of Turner’s house.

Man sentenced in officer assault case

STEUBENVILLE – Vincent J. Atwood, 35, of 158 Union St., Mount Pleasant, was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center on Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson involving an altercation between Atwood and police officers.

Atwood pleaded guilty to four counts of assault on a police officer and one count of failure to comply with the order of a police officer.

The county prosecutor’s office reported Atwood was involved in a bar fight and went to his home. Officers surrounded the house on March 9 when Atwood came out of the house with mace and sprayed the officers. The officers took Atwood into custody but one officer suffered a dislocated thumb in the struggle, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Atwood will be on probation for one year after his release from the Eastern Ohio Correction Center.

Republicans to hold annual picnic

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Republican Party will hold its 2013 picnic from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 3 at Jim Wood Park.

The event will be held at Shelter B.

All guests are asked to bring a covered dish. The local Republican Party will supply the hamburgers, hot dogs, beverages and tableware.

The cost of the event is $10 a person or $25 for a family.

Local Republican Party Chairman Dr. Brian Wilson is requesting checks be made payable to the Jefferson County Republican Party and sent to Fran Rensi, P.O. Box 2081, Wintersville, OH 43953.

“Reservations for the picnic can be made by e-mailing Fran Rensi at franrensi@comcast.net or calling or texting Fran at (740) 381-4352. And we are asking interested persons to please respond as soon as possible to assist us in the picnic planning,” said Wilson.

New Cumberland raises fiscal budget

NEW CUMBERLAND – City Council revised the city’s budget for fiscal year 2014 in a special meeting Monday, adding almost $50,000 in available funding.

West Virginia municipalities and counties usually submit their budgets to the state auditor in March and have until July to make revisions, City Clerk Tammy Jenkins said. The new fiscal year started July 1.

Council was able to adjust the general fund budget upward from $148,335 to $196,837 because of a carryover balance, Jenkins said.

Council also adjusted the coal severance tax revenue from $2,000 to $2,728. The latter is dedicated for streets and highways.

In addition, council approved an expenditure of up to $500 to make repairs to the city’s Kubota tractor, including new tires and new blades.

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Husband charged with kidnapping

STEUBENVILLE -Paul Clayton, 38, 416 Rosslyn Blvd., was charged with kidnapping and domestic violence early today after he allegedly tied up his wife and gagged her.

Police Chief Bill McCafferty said officers responded to the Clayton home and assisted Linda Clayton, who left and went to a friend’s house.

Paul Clayton was booked into the Jefferson County jail today.

Man charged in domestic incident

BEECH BOTTOM – A village man has been charged with domestic assault, cruelty to an animal and wanton endangerment following an incident Saturday night at his home.

The charges were filed against Chad E. Griffith, 42, of Jones Lane, Beech Bottom, by the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department for allegedly deliberately striking his girlfriend’s dog with a vehicle and pointing an unloaded pistol at her.

According to police reports, the woman told sheriff’s deputies she grabbed the gun from him because he was reaching for bullets.

The dog’s condition wasn’t clear from the reports. According to the reports, Griffith threatened to harm the woman if the deputies didn’t arrest him.

Griffith’s case is pending in Brooke County Magistrate Court.

Electrical fire extinguished

STEUBENVILLE – City firefighters smothered a small electrical fire with a fire extinguisher in a residential breaker box Sunday afternoon at 2409 Sunset Blvd.

The residents reported hearing a pop and the basement was filled with smoke.

Assistant Fire Chief Frank DeLeonardis reported the fire was quickly extinguished and the house was ventilated.

He said the electrical service was disconnected at the house until the breaker box can be inspected.

Saddle club to meet, horse show set

RICHMOND – The Steubenville Saddle Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the club grounds on state Route 152 to finalize plans for the third show of the 2013 season, which will be held Sunday, with classes beginning at 9 a.m.

The final show of the four-show season will be held Sept. 1.

Membership in the club is open to anyone. An annual membership for a family is $25; $15 for an individual; and $10 for a youth. For 2013 memberships, checks can be made payable to the Steubenville Saddle Club and mailed to SCC, P.O. Box 431, Richmond, OH 43944.

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the club grounds. The club is in its 66th year. Debbie Grimes is the club president.

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County engineer issues work schedule

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

Patching – Cow Path Road (county Road 24) and Fairplay-Seminary Road (county Road 36).

Ditching – Cow Path Road.

Culvert replacement -Graham Road (county Road 18). The road will be closed from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at a point 0.6 mile north of county Road 17. There will be no through traffic.

Road closings will be announced.

Mingo sets first concert at park

MINGO JUNCTION -The first summer concert at Aracoma Park is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday featuring Rose Angelica and Sandy Pierro.

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Streets closed for derby, parade

FOLLANSBEE – Mark Avenue will be closed to traffic from 6:30 a.m. Sunday until the completion of the Follansbee Oil Can Derby early that afternoon.

Parking also will be prohibited on the street during that time.

State Route 2 from Mahan Lane to Cross Creek Road will be closed from 12:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 13 for the Follansbee Community Days Parade.

During that time Mahan Lane and Eldersville, Rockdale and Cross Creek roads will be established as the detour for north- and southbound traffic. City Police and security personnel will be along the route to assist drivers.

Free admission to pool offered

WELLSBURG – There will be free admission at the Brooke Hills Park swimming pool from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through July 12. The park also offers aqua Zumba each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., swim lessons for children ages 4 and up through July 15 and a day camp from July 24-26.

For information, call (304) 737-1236.

Toronto June fire report issued

TORONTO – The Toronto Fire Department had a total of six calls for the month of June, with an average turnout of nine members per call. The calls included one building fire; one vehicle accident with injuries; one watercraft rescue; one power line down; one dispatched and canceled enroute call; and one false alarm.

Members of the department completed the annual testing on all 1.5-inch-, 2.5- and 3-inch hoses. Total tested were 230 sections, which equals 11,500 feet of hose. Annual pump testing was performed on units 7512 and 7521. Several members of the department also received the required fit test for facemasks.

Titan football signups scheduled

TORONTO – Titan football signups will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and July 12 and 10 am. to noon July 13 at the Titan fieldhouse.

Bantam players must be ages 7-8 and must turn 7 by Sept. 30. The varsity ages are 11-12. Anyone turning age 13 anytime during the season isn’t eligible to play. Those playing the first year must bring their original birth certificate at the time of signups. The cost this year is $60 for one player; $80 for two players; and $100 for three players. All players will receive equipment, except players must have their own cleats. For information. call or text (740) 317-4553.

North River Avenue church sets activities

Upcoming activities at North River Avenue Christian Church include:

Sunday – Worship service at 9:45 a.m.; junior church service in the junior worship area for youth ages 5 through fourth grade; Sunday school at 11 a.m.; youth group meets at 6 p.m.; and the evening worship service at 7 p.m.

Monday – The Boy Scouts meet at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday – Adult Bible study begins at 7 p.m.

July 15-19 – Vacation Bible school at the church is from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The theme is “Everywhere Fun Fair” with director Jennifer Meyer. All are welcome.

Activities set at Hill Top Presbyterian

TORONTO – Hill Top Presbyterian Church on county Road 46 will host Vacation Bible School from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and July 12. The theme is “Everywhere Fun Fair – Where God’s World Comes Together.”

Classes are offered for preschool through junior high students. There will be Bible study, music, crafts, snacks, games and a lunch provided at noon. Children in the community are invited to attend the two-day event. Registration will be from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on July 11.

Activities at First Presbyterian Church

Upcoming activities at the Toronto First Presbyterian Church include:

Sunday – Worship begins at 11 a.m., and this is the annual red, white and blue service, and the Toronto American Legion Post 86 will be honored during the service. The church picnic will follow in the dining room.

Thursday – The yarn ministry will meet 10 a.m.

Riverview United Methodist events

Upcoming activities at Riverview United Methodist Church include:

There will be no prescription assistance program in July. The program will resume Aug. 1.

The church office is open from 8 a.m. until noon Mondays through Fridays. For information, call (740) 537-2210.

The Toronto Unit of the Salvation Army located in the Riverview Church is available from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For information, call (740) 537-4737.

First United Methodist sets activities

Upcoming events at Toronto First United Methodist Church include:

Sunday- The contemporary worship service will begin at at 8 a.m. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. The worship service begins at 10 a.m.

Tuesday -Summer Bible study will be at 10 a.m.

Thursday – TOPS meets at 5:30 p.m.

Friday – T.O.P.S. meets at 9 a.m.

Bible Methodist Church plans

Upcoming events at Toronto Bible Methodist Church include: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; service, 11 a.m.; evening service, 6 p.m.; weekly Bible study, 5:30 p.m.

Salvation Army aids prescriptions

TORONTO – Those between ages 18-64 who have no prescription drug insurance can call (740) 537-2210 for assistance. A team of volunteers will help clients apply for low-cost or no-cost medications. The free program has been providing assistance since 2002 at the Riverview United Methodist Church, 105 N. River Ave. Assistance is provided on the first Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. The entrance to the church is handicap accessible.

Those age 65 or older and who have no prescription insurance are eligible for the program.

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Abrilyn’s to open second store

STEUBENVILLE – Abrilyn’s, a New York style clothing and accessory boutique located in Center Court at the Fort Steuben Mall, is set to open a second store location on Friday.

The store will occupy the space next to Bath and Body Works and will feature women’s and men’s plus-size clothing and accessories in sizes small through 4XL, including scrubs, jeans, shoes, T-shirts, dresses and tops.

SRG to meet in August

STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville Revitalization Group will not meet in July. The next SRG meeting will be on Aug. 12.

Area 16 meetings set July 12, July 25

CADIZ – The Area 16 Workforce Investment Board’s quarterly meeting is set for 10 .m. July 12 at the Harrison Community Hospital.

The Area 16 Council of Government quarterly meeting is slated at 1 p.m. July 25 at the Harrison County Department of Job and Family Services office.

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Felonious assault in 2012 case served

STEUBENVILLE – Sir Damien Harris, 30, of Steubenville was brought to the Jefferson County jail on Monday, where he was served with a felonious assault warrant out of municipal court.

Harris was charged with felonious assault after an incident in which a woman said Harris shoved her head through a glass door on Sept. 30 in the 700 block of North Seventh Street, according to City Police.

Police reported Harris also is a suspect in a shots fired case on Oct. 1. Police reported a house in the 1400 block of State Street was struck with 16 bullets.

Harris was arrested in Hanover Township, Pa., on Oct. 6 on drug and gun charges.

Harris was sentenced to five to 10 years in Washington County Common Pleas Court in May on weapons charges.

A deputy transported Harris from Pennsylvania on Monday.

Graham Road closed for road work

STEUBENVILLE – Graham Road (county Road 18) will be closed from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. today and Wednesday in a section for a culvert replacement, the Jefferson County Engineer’s Department reported.

The road will be closed 0.6 mile north of county Road 17. There will be no through traffic.

Beautification Committee to meet

STEUBENVILLE – The inaugural meeting of the City Council beautification committee will be held at 6:30 p.m. today in the council chambers.

The meeting is open to the public.

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Angela Suggs said the committee includes residents from throughout the city.

“But I am still encouraging anyone with ideas or suggestions on how we can improve our city’s appearance to join us tonight for the meeting,” Suggs said.

Follansbee Council meeting canceled

FOLLANSBEE – Monday’s Follansbee Council meeting was canceled due to a lack of a quorum.

Council will hold its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. July 15 in council chambers of the City Building.

Horse Committee drawing set

CADIZ – The Harrison County 4-H Horse Committee will have a drawing for an overnight package that includes two tickets to the Styx/REO Speedwagon concert at the Ohio State Fair, overnight accommodations at the Comfort Suites Hotel adjacent to the fairgrounds and a $50 gas card.

The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. on July 28, with hotel accommodations for the same night. Concert tickets provide for all-day admission to the fair. Tickets are $20 each for a package valued at $300. The money goes to the committee’s “barn fund” to replace the dilapidated horse barn at the county fairgrounds.

A limited number of tickets are being sold, and tickets can be obtained by calling Sherri VanTassel, committee vice chairman and Ohio Expo commissioner, at (740) 546-4706 or the Extension Office at (740) 942-8823. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m. on July 12.

Fourth of July activities set in city

STEUBENVILLE – The city will host the annual senior citizens luncheon at noon Thursday in the John F. Kennedy community room on North Sixth Street.

Mayor Domenick Mucci said the luncheon will include bingo games and door prizes.

The city also will offer free swimming starting at noon Thursday at the Belleview pool.

Events scheduled at Belleview Pool

STEUBENVILLE – Free swimming lessons will be offered for beginner and intermediate swimmers from noon until 1 p.m. Monday through July 12 at the Belleview Pool.

Parental permission is required along with registration. The only cost is the pool admission fee.

Senior water aerobics will be offered from 11 a.m. until noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting July 9. Free swimming for those 50 and over will be available from 10 a.m. until noon starting Monday.

Bloomingdale has Fourth plans

BLOOMINGDALE – Several events are planned in the village for the Fourth of July holiday.

A flag raising and opening ceremony are planned at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the park. Also, an old timers vs. teeny boppers baseball game is set for 7 p.m., followed by a hot dog roast.

Events Thursday include a breakfast served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Methodist church; an Anything that Moves parade at 1 p.m., with lineup at noon at the top of county Road 39; a golf ball drop at 2 p.m.; and inflatables for kids from 4 to 9 p.m. The cost is $4 per child.

A pet parade, sack races, an egg toss, an outhouse race and Jell-O contest are planned Thursday, as well as Deejay Anthony Bailey spinning tunes from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., followed by fireworks.

Organizers said a Chinese auction is planned Thursday evening and will include gift certificates from the Dove, Frank’s, Perry’s Glo Putt and Zalenski’s and items from Auto Zone, Regis, Thompson’s Florist, E-Spa Nails and Tropitan, as well as a Dave Barnhouse print featuring the Bloomingdale Methodist Church.

Oxford Oil leases now with Eclipse

Those who had drilling leases with Oxford Oil Co. in Eastern Ohio now have a contract with Eclipse Resources, thanks to a $300 million deal.

Eclipse, based in State College, Pa., acquired the Oxford company’s approximately 184,000 net acres in Ohio and 13.8 billion cubic feet of proven reserves throughout the Utica shale region.

“We are planning a very active drilling program in Harrison, Guernsey, Noble, Belmont and Monroe counties, commencing immediately and continuing for the next several years,” Benjamin W. Hulburt, president and chief executive officer of Eclipse. “We plan to grow our operated, Utica focused rig count to up to five horizontal rigs running in the play between now and year-end 2014.”

Before the deal, Eclipse owned 41,000 acres in Belmont, Guernsey, Monroe and Noble counties, which is the region with the most productive wells, according to company information. The company now owns about 90,000 acres in these “core Utica shale counties.”

Documents in the Belmont County Recorder’s Office show that Oxford held dozens of leases throughout the county.

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Man injured after jumping from car

STEUBENVILLLE -The Ohio State Highway Patrol is trying to determine why a man jumped from a moving vehicle on county Road 42 early Saturday morning that left him with serious injuries.

The patrol reported Charles Vantilburg, 43, of 306 Freeman St., Toronto, was in a vehicle with three other people when he told them he was going to jump from the moving vehicle. Vantilburg opened the door and jumped out, a trooper said.

Vantilburg was flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the vehicle, Patricia L. Starkey, 44, of 58 Pacemaker Plaza, Toronto, was charged by the patrol with operating a vehicle under the influence.

Shoplifting leads to police chase

STEUBENVILLE – A woman and a female juvenile were arrested Sunday evening after a shoplifting complaint led to a police chase, City Police reported.

Officers were called to Kroger around 8:33 p.m. Sunday about shoplifters. Police were told two females were in a car on DiGregroy Boulevard. An officer tried to block the vehicle in but it drove around the cruiser and turned right onto Sunset Boulevard, police reported.

Police chased the car on Sunset Boulevard, down the Market Street ramp, where the car turned onto South Fifth Street and ran several stop signs.

Police reported the car stopped in a gravel lot in the 300 block of South Fourth Street.

Angela L. Butler, 39, of 605 McDowell Ave. was charged with petit theft, obstructing police business, resisting arrest, fleeing and eluding, expired operator’s license and two counts of reckless operation.

A female juvenile was charged with petit theft, obstructing police business and possession of marijuana.

Township trustees reschedule meeting

MINGO JUNCTION – The Steubenville Township trustees have rescheduled the monthly meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday due to the holiday. The meeting had been scheduled on Thursday.

Water service to be disrupted

WINTERSVILLE – Water service to customers of the Jefferson County Water and Sewer District who are south of Meridian Greene will be disrupted Tuesday while crews relocate a water line at the Jefferson County Airpark.

There also will be a 24-hour boil order for the village beginning at noon Tuesday.