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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.

Chip seal – Smithfield Station-Weems Road (county Road 25) and Fernwood-Bloomingdale Road (county Road 26).

Crow Hill Road to be closed for work

HAMMONDSVILLE – Crow Hill Road (Saline Township Road 290A) will be closed from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday for a culvert replacement, according to township officials.

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Road work announced

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

Crews will install drains for a parking area being created for carpool and vanpool participants near the Harmon Creek exit of U.S. Route 22. The $159,854 project is expected to be completed Sept. 20.

Crews in Brooke County also will patch Cross Creek Road, install minor drainage structures along Blacks Hollow Lane and sweep U.S. Route 22.

Crews in Hancock County will patch Standish Mill, Shady Glen and Turkey Foot roads; Anderson and Okie lanes; Riggs and Gaston roads and Yvette Street; and ditch along Locust Hill Road.

Crews also will mow along many roads in both counties.

Sidewalk sale at the mall

STEUBENVILLE – The Fort Steuben Mall is holding its annual Labor Day Sidewalk Sale today through Monday.

Participating mall stores will set up tables and racks that will feature items offered at summer and back-to-school discounts.

Also this weekend, Piercing Pagoda is having a My Bead trunk show. All beads will be 30 percent off, plus purchasers will able to buy three and get one free. Everything else in Piercing Pagoda will be buy one and get one half off. Shoppers who spend $50 will receive a $25 coupon redeemable Sept. 11-19. Children’s jewelry will be marked at 20 percent off.

Prevention, recovery meetings scheduled

STEUBENVILLE – A finance committee meeting of the Jefferson County Prevention and Recovery Board will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the board office, 524 Madison Ave.

A buildings and grounds committee meeting of the board is planned at noon on Sept. 10 at the board office.

Outage planned on Orchard Street

WEIRTON – The Weirton Area Water Board reports that from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday water service will be off in the 3700 block of Orchard Street so crews can replace a broken valve.

Residents of the area may experience discolored water throughout the day. Customers should refrain from washing laundry through Saturday to prevent rust from staining clothing. Following the outage, the area also will have a boil order in effect because of the loss of water pressure in the service lines.

Red Cross sets blood drives

WINTERSVILLE – The American Red Cross Jefferson County Chapter has scheduled blood drives during the Labor Day weekend.

Collections will be held at the chapter offices, 81 Talbot Drive, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and at Eastern Gateway Community College from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Donors must be in generally good health and weigh at least 110 pounds to donate blood. Blood donors must also be 17 years old, with the exception of 16-year-olds who have parental permission. To make an appointment, visit www.RedCrossBlood.org. or call (800) REDCROSS.

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Lawsuit filed against landfill for cash owed

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson-Belmont Solid Waste Authority has filed a lawsuit in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court against Apex Environmental for money the solid waste district says is owed in tipping fees.

Apex Environmental, which operates a landfill near Amsterdam, is required by state law to pay tipping fees to the solid waste district for each ton of garbage disposed at the landfill.

The solid waste district claims the landfill has not paid tipping fees from March through September of 2012, and has not requested an extension of time to make the payment.

The solid waste authority says it is owed $68,653.

Environmental Logistics Services of Bridgewater, N.J., also was named as a defendant.

Cliff Meyer, JB Green Team executive director, said the district has sent letters to Apex and had numerous conversations with company officials trying to get the matter resolved. Meyer said he had no further comment.

Apex officials didn’t return a call for comment.

Truck thief search continues

WELLSBURG – City Police continue to seek a man who stole a pickup truck from the new Eagle Manufacturing facility under construction near 22nd Street Tuesday.

City Police Sgt. Les Skinner said the man was described as white, in his late 20s or early 30s, about 6 feet tall and weighing 170 pounds, with a buzz cut and wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans or khaki pants.

Skinner said the man took the truck from a lot across from the Eagle site at about 5 p.m. after attempting to start another vehicle there.

He said the owner, who is a worker involved in the construction, attempted to stop the man by jumping on the hood as the thief pulled away. The man was treated and released at a local hospital for injuries he sustained when he fell from the hood, Skinner said.

Skinner said workers at the site reported the vehicle headed northbound on state Route 2, and area police were asked to watch for it.

He said Wellsburg Police arrived at the scene after the thief fled and there was no police pursuit of the vehicle, though he was told a worker at Eagle attempted to follow the truck.

Skinner said the vehicle was found, with its frame bent, by Weirton Police near a wooded area near the former Pleasant Valley Golf Course off North 12th Street. He said a K9 unit and others searched unsuccessfully for the man.

Anyone with information about the incident should call City Police at (304) 737-1121 or (304) 527-1430.

Pa. charter founderplead not guilty

PITTSBURGH – The founder and former CEO of a cyber-charter school that educates more than 11,000 Pennsylvania students has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that he siphoned more than $8 million from the school through a network of profit and nonprofit companies he also controlled.

Fifty-eight-year-old Nicholas Trombetta entered the plea Wednesday at his arraignment before a federal magistrate in Pittsburgh. His accountant, Neal Prence, also 58, pleaded not guilty to allegedly helping Trombetta shield the stolen money from federal taxes.

Trombetta, founder of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, allegedly bought a $1 million Florida condominium, houses for his girlfriend and mother, and spent nearly $1 million on living expenses since 2006. Federal prosecutors say he tucked away most of the money in a shell company for his retirement.

Authority OKs unloading stations

WEIRTON – The port authority board passed a resolution authorizing construction of three additional truck unloading stations at the World Point Terminal, reserving the right to pre-approve engineering plans and ensure regulatory compliances.

“The first canopy is in closing right now,” Interim Executive Director Karl Keffer said, adding the distribution of proceeds from World Point and its local affiliate, Center Point/APEX, to Weirton Area Port Authority is in progress.

“I thought we weren’t getting any money at all,” board member Santo Santoro said.

Keffer said “private equity bonding is coming in, closing out the as-builts.”

“As the as-built facility is completed, distribution of proceeds will begin in the next 10-14 days,” he said.

Earlier, he said the “private equity piece just came together.”

He said James White Construction Co. is doing the planned extension of the containment area.

The board tabled action on a proposal to add four seats.

Controlled bow hunt in Panhandle

WEIRTON – Residents of Brooke and Hancock counties are eligible to take part in a controlled bowhunt from Sept. 30 through Dec. 21.

Any hunter planning to participate must attend one of the mandatory pre-hunt meetings at the Millsop Community Center’s Weirton Room at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. Sept. 4, or 6 p.m. Sept. 18. Those attending the meeting must bring their International Bowhunter Education Foundation card, photo identification (driver’s license) and an ink pen to complete the application and other paperwork.

For information, contact Lee Snoderly at (304) 737-2375.

JVS board to meet Sept. 5

BLOOMINGDALE – The Jefferson County Joint Vocational school board will meet in special session at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at the board office, 1509 county Road 22A, to discuss personnel issues.

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Concert set today in Mingo Junction

MINGO JUNCTION – Vanilla Sounding Chocolate will perform at 6:30 p.m. today at Aracoma Park.

Retail sales show decrease in June

STEUBENVILLE – Retail sales in Jefferson County decreased 3 percent in June compared to the same period last year.

Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said retail sales for June totaled $61.92 million, generating $928,935 in piggyback sales tax revenue for the county. Agresta said piggyback sales tax receipts for June 2012 generated $958,707, based on retail sales of $63.91 million.

Monthly retail sales in Jefferson County for 2013 have averaged $62.63 million, compared to $60.20 million a month for all of 2012.

Wells Township trustees meet

BRILLIANT – The Wells Township road crew was praised during a recent meeting of the township trustees for its repairs on Hukill and Ohio streets.

Trustee John Cook commended the crew for repairs on Hukill and Ohio, adding that recent storms caused problems. Police Chief John Ingram thanked Road Superintendent John Keyoski and crew for repairs in that area.

A resident asked if the road in Weems, discussed at previous meetings, is a township road. Trustee Joe Ellis said it is not a township road, and no final determination has been made about it.

Ingram reported 233 calls in July with 6,251 miles logged on cruisers.

Charles Nest, pool manager, noted his there were no problems this year. He also said the pool equipment operated without any problems.

Ellis commended Nest for a good job at the pool this summer.

Malcolm Fellows reported a recent blood drive was successful and also commented on the success of a recent fundraiser for a resident held at the firehouse.

Socks and Shoes for Souls at Brightway

SMITHFIELD – Those with new socks, shoes and boots, or gently used shoes to spare, are needed for the Socks and Shoes for Souls Drive to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Brightway Center on county Road 15.

Brightway will accept monetary donations until Sept. 11. New, clean or gently used items for children or adults in any size can be brought to the center through Sept. 12.

Brightway is working with the Urban Mission, Salvation Army, food bank and other agencies and will distribute the collected items to families in need in the county.

32 Ohioan drug suspects charged

MARION – Several dozen people have been charged or arrested in a roundup by a drug task force in northern Ohio.

WBNS-TV in Columbus reports 32 of 46 people indicted were arrested Tuesday in the task force operation around Marion.

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Carroll County Farm Bureau hosts meeting

CARROLLTON – The Carroll County Farm Bureau is hosting its annual meeting at the FFA Muskinghum Camp at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 3.

The cost is $12 per person for ages 12 and over, $6 for ages 5-12; and free for those under 4. Reservations are due Wednesday.

Trustees will be elected to the county board, members and volunteers will be recognized for their achievements, and members will vote on local, state and national policies at the meeting.

Members also may pay their annual dues of $60 per year and mail their reservations for the dinner to Carroll County Farm Bureau, 2146 E. High Ave., New Philadelphia, OH 44663, or call the office at (330) 339-7211.

Wells Township trustees to meet

RUSH RUN – Wells Township trustees will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Rush Run Church.

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Scrabble session set for Wednesday

STEUBENVILLE – Area Scrabble enthusiasts will gather Wednesday for their monthly game session in room 1504 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 Labor Day.

For information, call (740) 264-9893.

Relay wrapup picnic Tuesday

STEUBENVILLE – Team captains, members and volunteers who participated in the 2013 Steubenville Area Relay for Life sponsored by the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society are invited to attend a relay wrapup picnic set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Jim Wood Park.

Picnic food will be provided, but those attending are welcome to bring side dishes.

Lights of Hope bags will be available for a donation that cancer advocate Barb Wilinski will be taking with her to National Lobby Day in Washington, D.C.

UMWA Local 7690 to meet Sept. 3

CADIZ – The United Mine Workers Local 7690 will meet at 9 a.m. on Sept. 3 in the Harrison Community Hospital cafeteria.

McKinley to conduct townhall meeting

BETHANY – U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley, R-Wheeling, will conduct a townhall meeting on Sept. 3 at Bethany Memorial Church.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the townhall meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.

McKinley plans to update residents on activities taking place in Congress before taking questions from those in attendance.

The event will be open to the public.

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Road work announced

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

Crews with James White Construction of Weirton will begun clearing an area near the Harmon Creek Exit of U.S. Route 22 for a parking area for commuters participating in carpools and vanpools.

The $159,854 project is expected to be completed Sept. 20.

Crews also will be patching Route 22 and Cross Creek Road in Brooke County and Congo-Arroyo, White Oak Run and Standish Mill roads in Hancock County.

They also will be ditching along Pittenger Road and Crescent Lane in Hancock County and mowing along several roads in the two counties.

Brooke PSD to meet Wednesday

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Service District board will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday to discuss projects and construction.

The meeting will be held at its office at 711 Charles St.

Budget adjustments to be discussed

WEIRTON – City Council will meet in special session Monday.

Discussion will include general fund and coal severance fund budget adjustments, as well as the sanitation review committee report.

An executive session also was requested by the city manager.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 201 of the Weirton Municipal Building.

County engineer issues work schedule

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

Chip seal – Graham Road (county Road 18); Hopewell Hill-Rush Run Road (county Road 4); and Wells Township roads.

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

Road closings will be announced.

Man sentenced in drug case

STEUBENVILLE – A man who had a large bag of heroin and 177 individual packets of heroin hidden in his underwear when he was brought to the Jefferson County jail pleaded no contest Friday morning and was sentenced to two years in prison by Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr.

Raymond C. Franklin, 21, of Chicago was one of five people arrested in October in a raid on a house on State Street.

A corrections officer at the county jail didn’t find the heroin, said county Prosecutor Jane Hanlin.

Franklin was bragging to other inmates at the county jail about his hidden heroin.

One inmate called the county drug task force and the heroin was found.

Woman sentenced in elderly theft case

STEUBENVILLE – Stephanie Mills-Carter, 37, of 3373 Wilson Ave. was sentenced to three years in prison by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after she pleaded guilty in a theft case involving an elderly woman in December.

Mills-Carter pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one count of identity fraud in a case involving the theft of $12,608. 72 according to court records.

Bruzzese told Mills-Carter she must make restitution or face additional jail time.

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Man held in truck incident

MINGO JUNCTION – Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies say theft charges are pending against a 28-year-old Adena man who allegedly stole a fuel truck from his employer to satisfy a drug debt.

Travis Knight, 340 S. Bridge St., is currently being held In the Jefferson County jail on two warrants for failure to appear.

Deputies said the fuel truck, stolen from Oxford Mining, had initially been hidden in the woods off Montwell Drive before it was moved to county Road 26 (Coal Hill Road), where it was located Thursday near a cemetery.

Man sentenced in injuries to child

STEUBENVILLE – James Howard, 25, of 610 Pine St. was sentenced to nine months in prison on Thursday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Howard pleaded guilty to child endangerment.

Howard was arrested after his 2-year-old daughter was brought to Trinity Medical Center West on May 15 with bruises and a swollen forehead. The child was later transferred to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Howard told Henderson in court the child soiled her underwear and he was running upstairs to get her cleaned up when the girl’s head hit the wall.

County Assistant Prosecutor Jeff Bruzzese said there was probably more anger involved.

Bruzzese said the child has since completed recovered.

Smithfield VFD plans photo fundraiser

SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department is conducting a fundraising drive to support the department and to help provide special training and life-saving equipment and items not covered by available tax revenue.

For those making donations of $25 or more, a special portrait studio session will be offered Sept. 14. There will be a free 10-inch-by-13-inch portrait and with extra orders, the department will receive an additional $10 for each portrait session. Brochures have been sent to those in the areas reached by the fire department.

Crew House open house Sunday

RICHMOND – The Crew House Museum on Main Street, operated by the Richmond Community Historical Society, will continue its summer open house series from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors can tour the facility that features a variety of Richmond memorabilia and check out the Jefferson Union room of school items, including yearbooks, uniforms and trophies.

There will be Richmond pottery on sale and newly available T-shirts from Memorial Day for $15 bearing the logo “In Richmond, We Remember.” Phil Judy is president of the historical society. For information, call (740) 765-4534.

Fires under investigation

BLOOMINGDALE – The state fire marshal has been called to investigate separate fires overnight that destroyed a barn and a vacant home.

Belvedere firefighters say they were called to a barn fire at around 11 p.m. Thursday in the 2500 block of state Route 152, Bloomingdale. The structure was fully involved by the time they arrived, but neighbors were able to save three horses that had been inside.

While crews were still at the scene of the barn fire, firefighters said they were called to a house fire in the 1700 block of Delia Drive. The fire, in a vacant house, was reported around 5:07 a.m. today.

Also responding to the call were firefighters from Unionport, Wintersville and Richmond, as well as the American Red Cross.

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Two guns found after traffic stop

STEUBENVILLE – Two men were arrested Wednesday evening and two guns were recovered during a traffic stop on South Sixth Street, City Police reported.

An officer said a vehicle pulled out in front of him shortly before midnight Wednesday in the 200 block of South Sixth Street and was stopped by the officer in the 100 block of North Sixth Street.

The driver initially gave the officer a false name but was seen trying to hide a driver’s license in the center console, police reported.

The driver was identified as Trey Shuttlesworth, 21, of 915 Sherman Ave. Police reported he was searched and a loaded 9 mm pistol was found in the waistband of his pants.

A passenger, Rayshawn Mitchell, 21, of 1414 Oregon Ave., tried to run away but was placed in handcuffs, police reported. A handgun was found in the rear waistband of his pants, according to police. A check of the handgun came back as stolen, police said.

Shuttlesworth was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, having a weapon as a convicted felon and falsification. Mitchell was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, resisting arrest and receiving stolen property.

Raid conducted on gas station

STEUBENVILLE – State and local authorities conducted a raid on the Hawk Gas Station, 157 S. Seventh St., Wednesday morning as part of an investigation into alleged food stamp fraud.

The Jefferson County Drug Task Force and the Ohio Investigative Unit served a search warrant at the gas station looking for evidence of alleged food stamp fraud.

City Police reported that during the search drug task force members found numerous items of drug paraphernalia. The owner, Nath Gorakh, 52, 249 S. Eighth St. was interviewed and admitted he was aware the items were being sold for drug-related purposes, police reported.

The drug paraphernalia included boxes of digital scales, glass smoking pipes and marijuana pipes, police reported.

Gorakh was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and is to appear in municipal court.

The investigation into food stamp fraud will be presented to the county grand jury, police reported.

Hammond PSD meeting moved

WELLSBURG – A meeting of the Hammond Public Service District board has been moved from Wednesday to today at 4 p.m. at the board’s office, 736 Charles St.

The meeting will be conducted by the Brooke County Commission, who will oversee the district until it fills three vacancies on the board left when its members resigned recently.

Residents of the district interested in serving should contact the commission at (304) 737-3661.

Salem Township trustees to meet

RICHMOND – Salem Township trustees will met in special session at 5 p.m. on Friday to discuss health insurance for employees.

The meeting will be held at the township garage.

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Jury convicts man of gun possession

STEUBENVILLE – Quintae L. Stubbs, 22, of Steubenville was sentenced to 30 months in prison by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson on Tuesday after a jury convicted him of having a gun as a convicted felon.

County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin told the jury that Stubbs and another man were at the Fort Steuben Mall on May 23. An off-duty officer working security stopped both men and it appeared Stubbs was nervous. The officer discovered there was an warrant out for Stubbs but he had already left the mall, Hanlin said.

Other officers were searching the area and Stubbs was seen getting into a car in a parking lot off Main Street, Wintersville, Hanlin said. Stubbs was removed from the vehicle and a loaded handgun was found inside a bag on the floor below where he was sitting, Hanlin said.

Stubbs wasn’t allowed to be in possession of a gun because of a prior drug possession conviction.

Defense attorney David Vukelic said officers didn’t see Stubbs in possession of the gun. He said police didn’t do fingerprint or DNA testing on the gun. Vukelic said Stubbs immediately denied it was his gun.

The jury deliberated about one hour before returning with the guilty verdict.

Suspicious Yorkville

fire investigated

YORKVILLE – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and the state fire marshal’s office are investigating suspicious fires at a vacant house at 1913 county Road 2, Yorkville, on Tuesday.

A deputy was called to the house Tuesday evening by the Yorkville Volunteer Fire Department. A beer bottle with a wick sticking out was found inside the house after the minor fire was extinguished, a deputy reported.

The deputy was at the Yorkville fire station when a second report of a fire at the same house was received. A burning plastic gas can and two beer bottles with wicks were found.

The sheriff’s department reported a yellow liquid was inside the bottles. A sample of the liquid will be sent to the state fire marshal’s office for analysis, the sheriff’s department reported.

Man sent to prison

on drug charges

STEUBENVILLE – Lamar D. Johnson, 23, of 1502 Madison Ave., Toronto, was sentenced to one year in prison on Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Johnson pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges.

Johnson pleaded guilty to selling marijuana twice in April and May out of a house in the 800 block of Logan Avenue, Toronto. and selling marijuana on May 17 in Toronto within 1,000 feet of a school.

Johnson in February 2012 was sentenced by Henderson to nine months in prison after he violated his probation for drug trafficking charges by being charged with another drug trafficking charge.

Johnson was placed on probation in January 2012 and then sold prescription drugs to a police confidential informant 15 days later.

Mingo concert set for today

MINGO JUNCTION – The concert in the park series will continue at 6:30 p.m. today at Aracoma Park featuring Rich Grantonic.

Body discovery closes I-71

COLUMBUS – Police say a body found on a highway led officers to close several miles of a major interstate artery in the city during the morning commute.

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Hearing continued in child porn case

WELLSBURG – A preliminary hearing for the Mingo Junction man charged with possession of child pornography has been continued at his request.

James Alan Sepik, 46, of 219 Petrick Ave., sought and was granted a continuance while appearing without an attorney Monday before Brooke County Magistrate Robin Snyder. A date hasn’t been set for his next court appearance.

Sepik, who is being held at the Northern Regional Jail, also requested a reduction in the $500,000 bond set by Brooke County Magistrate Linda Viderman, arguing he hadn’t committed a violent crime.

But the reduction was denied after Brooke County Prosecutor Joseph Barki III argued Sepik encouraged violent crimes to be committed against children by downloading pornographic images of them from the Internet.

Sepik, a former girls softball coach, was arrested by the West Virginia State Police on four counts of possession of child pornography after a woman turned in a flash drive containing hundreds of explicit images and several letters written by him.

According to court documents, the woman found the flash drive near the Follansbee softball field.

Barki said additional charges may be filed against Sepik in light of the many images found.

One arrest made in OVI checkpoint

STEUBENVILLE -One driving under the influence arrest was made at drunk driving checkpoints that were held Friday into Saturday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.

About 400 vehicles were stopped on Main Street in Wintersville, with a citation issued for driving with a suspended license. Another person was charged with possession of marijuana, the patrol reported.

At a later checkpoint on state Route 7, north of Logan Avenue, in Steubenville, the patrol stopped about 62 vehicles. One person was charged with drunk driving and another person was arrested on an outstanding warrant, the patrol reported. There were four people cited for driving with a suspended license, the patrol reported.

Store evacuated after gas leak

STEUBENVILLE – Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse on John Scott Highway had to be evacuated Monday after a contractor working on the roof hit a natural gas line, the City Fire Department reported.

The fire department contacted Columbia Gas and crews shut down the main gas supply.

The store remained evacuated for about 45 minutes, the fire department reported.

City man arrested on felony warrants

STEUBENVILLE – Donte Elvoid, 19, of 518 Maxwell Ave. was arrested by City Police on Monday on seven felony warrants out of Allegheny County, Pa.

Officers went to the house on Maxwell Avenue and a female came to the door, reports showed. Officers saw two people run out out the back of the house, but both were caught.

Elvoid was one of the people.

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Hearing continued in child porn case

WELLSBURG – A preliminary hearing for the Mingo Junction man charged with possession of child pornography has been continued at his request.

James Alan Sepik, 46, of 219 Petrick Ave., sought and was granted a continuance while appearing without an attorney Monday before Brooke County Magistrate Robin Snyder. A date hasn’t been set for his next court appearance.

Sepik, who is being held at the Northern Regional Jail, also requested a reduction in the $500,000 bond set by Brooke County Magistrate Linda Viderman, arguing he hadn’t committed a violent crime.

But the reduction was denied after Brooke County Prosecutor Joseph Barki III argued Sepik encouraged violent crimes to be committed against children by downloading pornographic images of them from the Internet.

Sepik, a former girls softball coach, was arrested by the West Virginia State Police on four counts of possession of child pornography after a woman turned in a flash drive containing hundreds of explicit images and several letters written by him.

According to court documents, the woman found the flash drive near the Follansbee softball field.

Barki said additional charges may be filed against Sepik in light of the many images found.

One arrest made in OVI checkpoint

STEUBENVILLE -One driving under the influence arrest was made at drunk driving checkpoints that were held Friday into Saturday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.

About 400 vehicles were stopped on Main Street in Wintersville, with a citation issued for driving with a suspended license. Another person was charged with possession of marijuana, the patrol reported.

At a later checkpoint on state Route 7, north of Logan Avenue, in Steubenville, the patrol stopped about 62 vehicles. One person was charged with drunk driving and another person was arrested on an outstanding warrant, the patrol reported. There were four people cited for driving with a suspended license, the patrol reported.

Store evacuated after gas leak

STEUBENVILLE – Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse on John Scott Highway had to be evacuated Monday after a contractor working on the roof hit a natural gas line, the City Fire Department reported.

The fire department contacted Columbia Gas and crews shut down the main gas supply.

The store remained evacuated for about 45 minutes, the fire department reported.

City man arrested on felony warrants

STEUBENVILLE – Donte Elvoid, 19, of 518 Maxwell Ave. was arrested by City Police on Monday on seven felony warrants out of Allegheny County, Pa.

Officers went to the house on Maxwell Avenue and a female came to the door, reports showed. Officers saw two people run out out the back of the house, but both were caught.

Elvoid was one of the people.

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Training offered in enrolling uninsured

WEIRTON – West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, a Charleston-based organization, is offering training to employees of nonprofit groups in enrolling uninsured West Virginians for Medicaid or subsidized private insurance policies in the new health insurance marketplace.

The free training program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Mary H. Weir Public Library. The Brooke-Hancock Family Resource Network, C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc., Healthways Inc. and Catholic Charities also are involved in organizing it.

Participants won’t receive any form of certification but will receive an overview of the new enrollment process and how they can help someone get coverage, said Perry Bryant, executive director of West Virginians for Affordable Care.

Interested parties should pre-register at www.enrollwv.org. For information, call (304) 344-1673 or (304) 748-7850.

Mother arrested after son walks away

WINTERSVILLE – A mother was arrested after her 3-year-old son walked away from her Bantam Ridge Road home on Saturday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Danelle R. Snyder, 36, of 1688 Bantam Ridge Road, Wintersville, was arrested after her son was found wandering into a yard in the 100 block of Evergreen Terrace. A person there called the sheriff’s department, and then Snyder called the sheriff’s department reporting she couldn’t find her son.

Snyder showed up at the Evergreen Terrace home with alcohol on her breath and her speech was somewhat slurred, a deputy reported.

Snyder was arrested in November for a similar incident in which her son was found running onto Bantam Ridge Road, the sheriff’s department reported.

Snyder was taken to the county jail and now faces a child endangering charge, a deputy reported.

Council committee meetings announced

STEUBENVILLE – City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to review legislation from the finance department for the remainder of this year.

Council also will meet at 7 p.m. with Municipal Court Judge Dan Spahn for a personnel issue.

And City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in executive session to continue to review applications for the city manager position.

Third Ward Councilman Greg Metcalf said last week the list of applicants has been narrowed to six candidates.

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Hydrant testing, inspection set

STEUBENVILLE – The city fire department will be conducting a fire hydrant inspection, testing and flow program starting Monday.

Fire Chief Carlo Capaldi said the tests will be done between 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and should be completed by Aug. 20.

“The hydrants will be tested on University Boulevard, the north end of the downtown from state Route 7 to Highland Avenue, the south end of the downtown from state Route 7 to Spring Avenue and Lincoln Avenue area to the city limits,” said Capaldi.

“Water users may experience reduced water pressure and a slight discoloration in their water when the hydrants are tested in their neighborhood. Residents should refrain from washing clothes during the inspection and testing in their neighborhood,” explained Capaldi.

“Questions about the hydrant inspection and testing program can be answered by calling the fire office at (740) 283-6000 ext. 1802.

Road to be closed for pipeline work

Pot Rock Road in the Wellsburg area will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday while crews with Access Midstream construct a natural gas pipeline under the road.

In the event of inclement weather, the closing could be postponed. Cross Creek Road and state Route 27 have been designated as detours during the closing.

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

In Brooke County, crews will be patching U.S. Route 22, McKims Ridge, Morton Hill and Halls roads and Garfield Way and mowing along U.S. Route 22.

In Hancock County, crews will be patching Sixth Street in Newell and Washington School and Flats Cemetery roads, ditching along Gas Valley Road and mowing along state Route 8 and Harris Street.

Street paving starts Tuesday

STEUBENVILLE – The 2013 City Street Hot-Mix Asphalt Resurfacing program will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

According to City Engineer Michael Dolak the initial work will involve the removal of the existing asphalt surface using a cold milling process.

“Traffic will be maintained, however motorists are advised to use alternate routes to avoid delays. After the preparation, a new hot-mix asphalt surface will be placed a few weeks later,” said Dolak.

“The project streets will be posted with No Parking signs at least one day in advance. If vehicles are left on the street the vehicles will be towed and owners will be responsible for towing and storage fees. We apologize for any inconvenience,” noted Dolak.

Streets included in this phase of the paving operation portions of Cunningham Lane, Scenic Drive, Westwood Drive and Fellows Drive.

Dolak said the city has contracted with Shelly & Sands, Inc. of Rayland to do the paving project.

Department sets nursing activities

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Health Department nursing division will offer immunizations and TB testing from 9 until 11 a.m. and from 1 till 3 p.m. Tuesday.

More information about the nursing division activities is available by calling (740) 283-8530.

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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 conduct two drunk driving checkpoints tonight.

The first will be on Main Street in Wintersville from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., and the other will be from midnight to 2 a.m. Saturday 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.

Board certifies list of election candidates

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Board of Elections on Thursday certified the list of candidates for the Nov. 5 general election.

Two local alcohol sales options in the New Somerset Precinct were rejected after the petitions were determined not to have enough valid signatures.

Also, Brian Wilson resigned from the board of elections during its meeting on Thursday. Wilson is on the ballot seeking re-election as a Wayne Township trustee. He was appointed to the board of elections after his previous election as township trustee. Board of elections members are not allowed to be on the ballot.

The Jefferson County Republican Party executive committee now will have to meet to select a replacement.

The deadline for write-in candidates is Aug. 26. The voter registration deadline is Oct. 7.

Two sentenced in house burglary

STEUBENVILLE – Two men were sentenced on Thursday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. in connection with an Aug. 30 burglary of a house in the 300 block of Braybarton Boulevard.

Lloyd M. Hayes, 25, of Apartment 2, 2612 Sunset Blvd. was sentenced to one year in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of burglary.

Charles P. Jones, 29, of 1308 Pennsylvania Ave. was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center by Bruzzese after pleading guilty to burglary, complicity to burglary, theft and receiving stolen property. Jones will be on probation for two years. He faces up to four years in prison if he violates probation.

Man sentenced in Empire robbery

STEUBENVILLE – Jordan M. Fuller, 20, of 16918 state Route 152, Toronto, was sentenced to one year in prison on Thursday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Bruzzese after Fuller pleading guilty to an armed robbery in Empire on May 29.

Fuller pleaded guilty to charges of robbery and theft.

Fuller and another defendant were given a ride to Empire by a couple. Once in Empire, a gun was pointed at the victims and cash and a cell phone were taken, according to police reports.

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Patrol to conduct OVI checkpoint

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

The location of the checkpoint will be announced Friday morning.

Annual WHS reunion set for Saturday

WINTERSVILLE – The annual All-Wintersville High School Reunion will be held Saturday at Aladdin Land.

The event is a covered-dish lunch with the meal beginning at noon. Drinks will be provided, but those attending should bring their own table service.

“Come early and stay late so you can visit with old friends and classmates,” a news release about the reunion reads.

A photographer will be at the reunion who will take class pictures at a cost of $25, and alumni will receive the pictures before they leave the reunion, according to organizers.

The Wintersville High School Class of 1948 will be honored guests this year.

Cross Creek trustees change meeting date

WINTERSVILLE – The Cross Creek Township trustees have changed their next board meeting to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 due to the Labor Day holiday.

The meeting will be held at 251 Airport Road.

Child safety day to be held at Rent-A-Center

WEIRTON – A Weirton business is joining forces with some of the city’s emergency responders to provide assistance in keeping area children safe.

The Rent-A-Center located in the Shop ‘n Save Plaza on Penco Road will host a child safety day from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

The Weirton Fire Department will have its fire safety trailer on display to teach children how to escape from a house fire. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department will provide fingerprinting services for area children and Rent-A-Center employees will provide a cookout for those who attend.

For information, contact Paul Russell, manager in training, or store manager Angel Stewart at (304) 723-3444.

Republican committee to meet Aug. 26

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Republican Executive Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 26 at the Brooke County Public Library.

The group’s leaders said all interested Republicans and conservatives are welcome to attend.

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Three held after alleged assault

STEUBENVILLE – Three people were taken into custody today after a man was allegedly assaulted with a kitchen knife in the 1400 block of Oak Grove Avenue.

The victim told police the disagreement stemmed from a dispute over his cell phone. He said he’d allowed a woman to use his phone and when she refused to return it, someone else had slashed his finger with the knife.

Robert Simmons, 62, 765 N. Eighth St., was charged with felonious assault in connection with the incident, police reported.

Also arrested were Juliette Harton, 49, of 1423 Oak Grove, on two active bench warrants, and Margo Creech, 53, 1324 Wellesley Ave., also on an active bench warrant.

Indian Creek Athletic Booster Club to meet

WINTERSVILLE – The Indian Creek Athletic Booster Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Indian Creek High School cafeteria.

Solid waste board moves meeting

FOLLANSBEE – The Brooke County Solid Waste Authority will meet at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at its office at 231 Rockdale Road.

The meeting was rescheduled from Aug. 6 due to a lack of a quorum.

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Boil order issued in city

STEUBENVILLE – A water boil advisory was issued Monday afternoon for the Alikanna neighborhood following the scheduled replacement of a pressure regulator.

Assistant Water Superintendent Michael Wigal said consumers should vigorously boil any water used for drinking, making ice, cooking or oral hygiene for at least one minute.

“The water department is collecting water samples from the Alikanna area to be analyzed. Once the results are satisfactory we will issue a statement to remove the boil water advisory.

Questions about the advisory can be answered by calling (740) 283-6041,” Wigal said.

Tregila to perform at Aracoma Park

MINGO JUNCTION – Wednesday’s concert at Aracoma Park will be Rich Treglia.

The free concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Wintersville finance committee to meet

WINTERSVILLE – A village finance committee meeting is planned at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the village office, 200 Grove St.

Vigil Mass set for Wednesday

STEUBENVILLE – The Knights of Columbus will have its annual Rosary procession and Vigil Mass for the Feast of the Assumption of Mary at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Sacred Heart Villa in Sunshine Park.

The Rosary procession will precede the Vigil Mass.

Three to face charges in county

EAST LIVERPOOL – Three people are facing charges in Jefferson County after allegedly stealing a car in East Liverpool Monday morning and being apprehended in Saline Township a short while later.

Veronica D. Keenan, Rubicon Street, called police at 11:31 a.m. to report she had run into the church at the corner of Saint George and Mulberry streets and came out to find her car missing.

As Patrolman Shawn Long was searching the area for the vehicle, the dispatcher reported the license plate number and information.

A caller reported hearing the information on the police scanner in his car and said he was following that vehicle in Wellsville and it was headed into the Yellow Creek area through the intermodal park.

Long proceeded into the village and met some witnesses who said the car in question had gone back a dirt road into Yellow Creek. Long found the vehicle with three people he knew inside, attempting to turn around underneath the train trestle.

Wellsville and Saline Township police were called for backup, with Saline Township Chief Cliff Utt arriving on the scene as Long ordered the three people out at gunpoint and onto the ground.

Taken into custody by Long were Brenston T. Thompkins, 18, of East Liverpool; Brice S. Young, 18, of Wellsville; and a 17-year-old Streetsboro boy.

The three will be charged in Jefferson County where the vehicle was located since no one in East Liverpool witnessed it being taken, according to Chief John Lane.

He said a charge of receiving stolen property is expected to be filed against them, with the 17-year-old to be charged in juvenile court.

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PERI chapter to meet Wednesday

WINTERSVILLE – Jefferson County Chapter 5, Public Employee Retirees, will hold its monthly meeting at noon Wednesday at Zalenski’s. The guest speaker will be attorney William Haynes. All retirees and spouses are welcome.

Service hours extended for start of fall semester

STEUBENVILLE – Eastern Gateway Community College begins the fall semester on Aug. 26.

The Jefferson County campus will have admissions, financial aid, advising and bookstore services open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 30. Additionally, the business office on the Jefferson County campus will be open until 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and Aug. 19-22 and 26-29.

All tuition and fees, including financial aid finalization, is due by 4 p.m. Friday for students registering by Aug. 16.

The Jefferson County campus will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for registration.

All offices on the Jefferson County campus will be closed from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 19 for an employee in-service meeting.

New student orientation will be held at the Jefferson County campus from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 21. New students must call (740) 264.5591, extension 212, to register for morning or afternoon.

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Weirton man killed in highway wreck

CADIZ – Bryan P. Westlake, 36, of 3501 Elm St., Weirton, was killed in a two-car, head-on wreck Friday morning on U.S. Route 22, just east of county Road 51, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.

The patrol reported a 1999 Honda Accord driven by Bryan P. Liggett, 32, of 438 Melwood Drive, Toronto, drove left of center while traveling west and hit Westlake’s 1997 Mazda Miati head-on around 6:55 a.m. Friday, the patrol reported.

Westlake was pronounced dead at the scene, the patrol reported. Liggett was transported to Trinity Medical Center West and then transferred to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a trooper reported.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts and had to be extricated from the cars. the patrol reported.

The investigation into the wreck is continuing, a trooper said.

Wellsburg road to be closed

WELLSBURG – Zink Hollow Road (county Road 32/3) will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday for crews to repair a slide, according to West Virginia Division of Highways officials.

The slide repair will be performed by Ohio/W.Va. Excavating for Dominion Transmission.

The closure will affect through traffic only, officials said.

Alternate routes will be state Route 67 and county Road 32.

Inclement weather could change the project schedule, officials said.

Harrison Hills school board to meet

CADIZ – The Harrison Hills City Board of Educatin will meet in special session at 7 p.m. Thursday in the administrative office to discuss personnel, business and operational issues, according to officials.

Steubenville schools rally set Wednesday

STEUBENVILLE – The City School District’s annual back-to-school rally will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Harding Stadium.

The Big Red Band will perform, as well as the high school cheerleaders.

Administrators and school principals will be on hand, and members of the back to school rally committee will distribute school supplies to students present.

Indian Creek schools set orientation times

WINTERSVILLE – Preschool orientation for pupils in the Indian Creek Local School District is planned from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Aug. 28-30 at each elementary school.

Kindergarten orientation will be held on Aug. 28.

Screenings for pupils in first grade will be given on Aug. 28-29. A first-grade teacher will contact parents with a day and time for screenings.

The Indian Creek Middle School orientation/open house is planned from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 22 for fifth- and sixth-graders and parents, as well as any new pupils in the district. An open house for all pupils at the school is set from 10:30 a.m. to noon that day. Supply lists and schedules for the pupils will be made available during the open house or the first day of classes, which is Aug. 28.

Schedules for Indian Creek high schoolers will be available from 9 a.m. to noon beginning Aug. 19-23.

The freshmen orientation/open house is slated from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 21. Students should meet in the gymnasium.

Open houses from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at Wintersville Elementary School and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 27 at Hills Elementary.

Weirton Council slates workshop

WEIRTON – City Council will meet with representatives of Honeywell Monday at 6:15 p.m. to discuss the city’s recent energy audit.

The meeting will be held in Conference Room 201 in the Weirton Municipal Building.

Water work scheduled for Alikanna

STEUBENVILLE – The Alikanna area of Steubenville will be temporarily out of water Monday while a pressure regulator is replaced.

Assistant Water Superintendent Michael Wigal said the replacement of the pressure regulator, “will most likely take most of the morning starting at approximately 8 a.m. The work may continue into the early afternoon.”

Wigal said the pressure regulator prevents the over pressurization of the water lines in the Alikanna neighborhood.

“After the replacement is complete a Boil Water Advisory will be issued and will remain in effect until water samples are collected and analyzed. We will issue a notification once the Boil Water Advisory is lifted. If residents have any questions please contact the Steubenville Water Treatment plant at 740-283-6041,” added Wigal.

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Thursday concert at fort canceled

STEUBENVILLE – Thursday’s Family Night concert at Historic Fort Steuben was canceled because of the unsettled weather that moved through the Tri-State Area.

Judy Bratten, executive director of the fort, said the concert will not be re-scheduled.

The final concert of the season, featuring Dancing Queen, is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Louis and Sandra Berkman Amphitheater.

Landmarks panel approves new sign

STEUBENVILLE – The Historical Landmarks Commission approved a new sign for the Jefferson County Museum during a brief meeting Thursday.

Urban Projects Director Chris Petrossi said the museum will be allowed to install a new 4-by4-foot ivory sign with black letters at the corner of North Fifth Street and Franklin Avenue. The sign will be installed by Off the Wall Signs.

Runway public hearing scheduled

WINTERSVILLE – A public hearing on the Jefferson County Regional Airport Authority’s runway project will be held at 6 p.m. on Aug. 22 in the conference room at the terminal, 600 Airpark Drive. The airport authority is preparing to lengthen and widen the runway at the airpark to accommodate increased traffic.

’13 Pigskin Preview events set at mall

STEUBENVILLE – The 2013 Pigskin Preview, sponsored by WCKD-FM, is set from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Fort Steuben Mall.

Local high schools have been invited to decorate free table space at the mall and sell their football souvenirs, memorabilia and game tickets.

The best decorated table/booth wins $500. The runner-up wins $250.

A back-to-school fashion show will take place at noon at center court.

A cheering demonstration by schools wishing to participate will follow.

For information, contact Cindy Taylor at WCDK-FM at (304) 723-1444 or Stephanie McVicker at the mall at (740) 264-7781.

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Three arrested in shots fired, riot

STEUBENVILLE – Three people were arrested Wednesday by City Police on felonious assault and aggravated riot charges after secret indictments were returned by the Jefferson County grand jury.

Charged were Jerry A. Crossland, 19, Apartment 5, 726 Brady Ave.; Donell I. Turner, 20, 1223 Wellesley Ave.; and Gary I. Turner, 19, 153 McDowell Ave.

The charges stem from an incident on May 29 in the 1400 block of Maryland Avenue.

Christopher Z. Hawthorne, 22, and James W. Hawthorne, 27, both of Apartment 1, 1219 State St., came back to Steubenville after a fight near Parlett and became involved in an altercation with a group of men and gun shots were exchanged, police reported at the time.

Crossland was arrested around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. Donell Turner was arrested a short time later in the 1500 block of Maryland Avenue, and Gary Turner was taken into custody about an hour later in the 1400 block of Maryland Avenue, police reported.

One arrested in apartment drug raid

STEUBENVILLE – Derrick R. Fletcher, 42, of Steubenville was arrested by the Jefferson County Drug Task Force during a raid Wednesday at an apartment at 601 Two Ridge Road, Wintersville.

The sheriff’s department and the U.S. Marshals Service also participated in the raid.

Sheriff Fred Abdalla said the drug task force made purchases of drugs from the apartment.

The apartment complex is for government-assisted housing. Abdalla said Fletcher was living at the apartment for the past year but his name wasn’t on the lease.

The sheriff said there were two children living in the apartment.

A small amount of heroin and $2,000 in cash was seized during the raid, Abdalla said.

Chip, seal program under way in Salem

RICHMOND – Salem Township trustees have announced chipping and sealing work will continue through Friday on Bowers Addition (township Road 205); Water Tower Road (township Road 220); Cherry Avenue (township Road 1406); and Wagner Road (township Road 203).

Eight pass civil service tests

STEUBENVILLE – Civil Service Commission Chairwoman Delores Wiggins said Wednesday eight people have passed two department civil service exams.

Six people passed the assistant wastewater operator test, and two candidates passed the water department operator test.

“The commission is very pleased all eight people passed the test. They all had good scores and we are encouraged by their interest in these jobs,” said Wiggins.

Poker run set for Saturday

HOPEDALE – The third-annual Motorcyclist Memorial Foundation poker run is set for noon Saturday at the Hopedale Memorial wall.

Money raised from the event will benefit the expansion of the Motorcyclist Memorial Foundation wall.

Signup for the poker run is from 10 a.m. to noon, and the registration fee is $10 a person.

The event will be catered by Manfred’s Restaurant, and trophies will be awarded to the best hand, worst hand and longest rider.

Information about the poker run is available by calling (740) 278-6189.

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W.Va. State Police set checkpoint

NEW CUMBERLAND – West Virginia State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on state Route 2 north of New Cumberland on Friday.

The checkpoint will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight in an effort to deter and detect impaired drivers, according to information provided by the State Police.

SHS schedule changes noted

STEUBENVILLE – Any Steubenville High School student, including new students, not receiving a schedule or an incomplete schedule should report to the high school on the following dates:

Monday, seniors.

Tuesday, juniors.

Aug. 14, sophomores.

Aug. 15, freshmen.

Freshmen orientation is planned from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the high school auditorium. The orientation also is for any new student and their parents. Those planning to attend should bring their class schedules.

Orientation set at Buckeye Local

RAYLAND – Orientation for seventh-grade pupils and any new pupils who will be attending Buckeye Local Junior High School this year will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s theater.

Parents are urged to attend with children.

Parents wanting to enroll a pupil in the school district for the first time will need to bring their child’s birth certificate, immunization records and Social Security number.

New pupils must enroll before the first day of classes, which is Aug. 20.

The school’s office is open from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays.

Call (740) 859-2196 or (740) 859-3050 for information.

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Captured burglar sent to prison

STEUBENVILLE – Ryan E. Geary, 23, of 1394 1/2 Sinclair Ave. was sentenced to two years in prison on Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after pleading guilty to charges of burglary and possession of criminal tools.

City Police reported a resident at 982 McKinley Ave. called City Police around 5 a.m. on May 30 saying she stopped a burglar in her house and was holding a gun on him. Officers went to the house and arrested Geary.

Brightway to host Day of Champions

SMITHFIELD – The Day of Champions will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at Brightway Center, located at 2511 county Road 15, just outside of Smithfield. It will be free of charge and there will be a lunch served as well as snacks and beverages throughout the day.

“This will be an all-day competitive event for youth from 10 years old through high school to come together and enjoy engaging in physical fitness and educational activities,” said Daryle Griffin, president and CEO.

Teams of five to 10 participants will rotate among activities, and all teams will come together for camaraderie and building friendships. At the end of the day, the team that has won the most events will be crowned the Champions of the Day, with each team member receiving a medal.

The camp, which was started as the Weekend of Champions at West Liberty University. is designed to develop leadership and character skills and promote physical fitness. David Lee Morgan, motivational speaker and author, will be the keynote speaker.

Reservations are mandatory and can be made by calling Cathy Takach, project manager, at (740) 733-7480.

Buckeye Local Back to School Bash planned

RAYLAND – The Buckeye Local School District’s Back to School Bash is planned from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the high school.

The event is planned to help students and their families prepare for the upcoming school year, according to administrators.

Officials will distribute packets of school/safety items to students in attendance.

The event also will include games, food and door prizes.

Floor hand training course offered

STEUBENVILLE – Eastern Gateway Community College and ShaleNET will offer a three-week floor hand training class from Aug. 19 through Sept. 6. The class will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Pugliese Center, 110 John Scott Highway.

Full scholarships are available for all veterans and unemployed Ohioans who qualify.

Students will learn basic skills needed for an entry-level position in the oil and gas industry. Floor hands operate well drilling and service rigs and also assist with general maintenance and connection and disconnection of pipes. The jobs are labor-intensive; most are 12-hour shifts for 14 days at a time.

Potential students must have a physical exam, drug screening and criminal background check at their own expense, which could cost about $150. Completion of the pre-screening does not guarantee placement in the class. A valid driver’s license also is required.

Applicants can go to www.ShaleNET.org and register . In addition, packets with the forms can be picked up at the Pugliese Center. Registration is required by Monday.

For information, visit www.egcc.edu/shale or call (740) 264-5591, extension 311.

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Fire destroys vacant house

YORKVILLE – A two-story vacant house near the village was destroyed early today in a blaze battled by five volunteer fire departments and two tanker task forces.

Yorkville Fire Chief Kevin Klubert said a call came in around 1 a.m. for the vacant structure on county Road 2 near Upland Cemetery.

Fire departments from Yorkville, Tiltonsville, Mount Pleasant, Rayland and Brilliant were on the scene, along with tankers from Belmont and Jefferson counties providing water.

Klubert said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The fire chief thought the vacant house was for sale.

VBS scheduled at Sycamore Tree Church

STEUBENVILLE – Vacation Bible School is planned from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today through Friday at the Sycamore Tree Church, 301 N. Fourth St.

The theme is “Go Fish,” and music, crafts and other activities will be offered during the event.

There will be a soup and sandwich sale at the church from 11 a.m. to noon on Aug. 15.

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Bergholz museum open Sunday

BERGHOLZ – The Bergholz Area Museum will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday with several special attractions.

Visitors can review the recollections of growing up in Bergholz provided by the perspectives of longtime residents, including the late Ralph McBane, Chancie Williams and Shirley O’Toole, whose writings and photos provide a glimpse of life in a simpler time.

There also is a Morgan’s Raid display on exhibit.

The museum’s permanent collection includes pictures and memorabilia related to area communities, the schools, local mines and various businesses.

The museum is located at the corner of Second and Jefferson streets across from the town parking lot. It is open the first Sunday of each month from May through November. Admission is free.

County engineer issues work schedule

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

Chip seal – Wolf Run Road (county Road 75); Ross Ridge-Alikanna Road (county Road 43); Pleasant Hill Road (county Road 45); and road in Cross Creek Township.

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 minor road work to be performed next week, pending suitable weather.

In Hancock County, crews will be patching Sixth Street in Newell, and Ballentyne Hill, White Oak Run and Rainey Hill roads; and ditching along Pennsylvania Avenue.

In Brooke County, crews will be patching Greens Run Road and U.S. Route 22 and sealing Pierce Run Road.

Crews will be mowing along several roads in both counties.

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City man sentenced in drug case

STEUBENVILLE – Tracy McGowan, 32, of 1401 State St. was sentenced to one year in prison on Thursday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after McGowan pleaded guilty to three counts of permitting drug abuse and one count of trafficking in marijuana.

Four Chicago men and McGowan were arrested following an Oct. 23 raid on McGowan’s house.

The Jefferson County Drug Task Force along with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug Task Force, federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation participated in the drug raid.

Authorities said 50 grams of heroin, an ounce of marijuana and $12,500 in cash, along with various drug paraphernalia and other evidence was seized during the raid.

McGowan was ordered by Bruzzese to forfeit $3,222 seized during the raid.

Three Chicago men were sentenced to prison and one Chicago man was sentenced to serve six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center.

Fire damages outside of garage

STEUBENVILLE – A fire the City Fire Department believes was intentionally set damaged the outside of a garage apartment in the rear of 1423 Pennsylvania Ave. around 12:30 a.m. today.

Neighbors saw two males who were attempting to break into vehicles run between two buildings, the fire department reported. A large amount of garbage, a mattress and wood pallets were lit on fire at the rear of one of the buildings, according to the fire department. The fire extended up the side of the garage apartment but was extinguished before it got inside the structure, the fire department reported.

The fire and police departments are investigating.

Follansbee man sent to prison

WHEELING – U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said David McGowan, 46, of Follansbee was sentenced to two months in prison on a probation violation for possession and use of oxycodone.

McGowan originally was sentenced on July 18, 2011, to one day imprisonment and three years of supervised release for the distribution of heroin. McGowan will self-report to the designated federal institution on Aug. 15.

Wellsburg man killed in accident

WELLSBURG – A 44-year-old Wellsburg resident was killed around 3 p.m. Wednesday when the flatbed truck he was operating on Brady’s Ridge Road overturned.

Brooke County Sheriff’s deputies said the driver, Thomas Hukill, was hauling a piece of heavy equipment when the accident happened.

The investigation is continuing, but authorities believe mechanical issues may have played a part in the mishap.

Brady’s Ridge Road connects Washington Pike with Bethany Pike, a dispatcher said.

Council to approve electric supplier

MINGO JUNCTION – Village Council has scheduled a special meeting for 3:30 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building to select an electricity supplier under the village’s electric aggregation program.

John Ney, an energy consultant with World Energy, said he has received about seven proposals for the electric rates. One proposal came in at the rate Ney said will save the average residential electric customer more than $170 a year.

If council selects an electric supplier on Monday, Ney said the program will go into effect with the October meter readings.

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Retail sales show increase in May

STEUBENVILLE – Retail sales in Jefferson County increased nearly 13 percent in May compared to the same period last year.

Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said retail sales for May totaled $64.92 million, generating $973,784 in piggyback sales tax revenue for the county. Agresta said piggyback sales tax receipts for May 2012 generated $862,879, based on retail sales of $57.52 million.

Monthly retail sales in Jefferson County for 2013 have averaged $62.77 million, compared to $60.20 million a month for all of 2012.

Gentile to stay in state Senate

STEUBENVILLE – State Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, announced Wednesday he will not seek the Democratic Party nomination for the 2014 Congressional race.

“In the past few months, I have been humbled by the number of constituents, local leaders and supporters who have asked me to consider running for the U.S. House. During this same time, I have been working in Columbus to protect seniors, homeowners and small business from new taxes and fighting to put more police and firefighters on the street and teachers in the classroom,” said Gentile in a prepared release.

“After careful consideration and deep deliberation, I have decided not to enter the race for Congress because I believe at this time I can best represent my constituents in the Ohio Senate,” Gentile stated.

Gentile won election in November 2012 to the 30th District state Senate seat he was appointed to 11 months ago defeating Republican challenger Shane Thompson of St. Clairsville.

Jefferson soil, water district plans program

WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District will offer a program about the future of the county’s natural resources from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Eastern Gateway Community College’s Pugliese Training Center on John Scott Highway.

RSVPs are due by Monday. Call (740) 264-9790 or send an e-mail to imoore@jeffersoncountyoh.com.

The board of supervisors invites input from those attending as they update the long-range conservation plan to promote wise land-use management to enhance natural resources.

A light breakfast will be served at 8 a.m.

CCHS Class of 1968 reunion approaches

STEUBENVILLE -The Catholic Central High School Class of 1968 will hold its 45-year reunion with weekend activities Aug. 9-10.

Former classmates will gather at the Spot Bar at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9. Events on Aug. 10 include a 4 p.m. Mass at Holy Name Cathedral, pictures at 5:15 p.m. at Froehlich’s Classic Corner with dinner at 6 p.m. followed by dancing.

Anyone interested in attending the reunion should call (740) 632-1683 or send an e-mail to cramblett@comcast.net.

Buckeye board changes meeting

DILLONVALE – The Buckeye Local Board of Education has rescheduled its monthly meeting for 7 p.m. on Aug. 19 at the administrative offices.