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Brooke athletes suspended for hazing

WELLSBURG – Brooke County school officials have called a student discipline hearing Oct. 7 to consider action against two Brooke High School student athletes accused of hazing.

Superintendent Kathy Kidder confirmed the two have been suspended from athletic activities until the hearing is held. Whether the hearing is open to the public depends on the wishes of the students’ parents, she noted.

She said state policy prohibits the school district from releasing the names of students involved in disciplinary actions, before or after action has been taken.

Kidder confirmed the incident involved three soccer players, with a freshman player the target of the alleged hazing, on Monday evening. She said the freshman wasn’t physically harmed.

Kidder said the incident was reported that evening and investigated then by the school’s soccer coaches and athletic director, who reported it to school board officials on Tuesday.

She said Principal Toni Shute also is involved in the investigation.

Kidder said as a Level 3 violation of the school district’s student conduct code, hazing may be punished with school suspension or expulsion.

City man pleads guilty to fraud

COLUMBUS – A Steubenville man pleaded guilty in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to fraud after an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation showed he was working while receiving benefits. Randall Bridges Jr.’s was given a suspended sentence of 90 days in jail on the misdemeanor count of workers’ compensation fraud, but he’ll have to complete two years of community control, maintain employment and make restitution of $6,151.45.

According to BWC, the investigation showed Bridges worked as a salesperson/independent contractor at Global Childcare Resources in Steubenville while he was receiving temporary total disability benefits for a prior workplace injury.

Temporary Total Disability is for injured workers who are totally disabled from work for a short period of time due to a work-related injury or occupational disease. An injured worker cannot work while receiving these payments.

BWC’s Special Investigations Unit opened the investigation after receiving an anonymous tip about Bridges’ activities.

Pietranton named to WesBanco post

WHEELING – Anthony F. Pietranton has joined WesBanco Inc. as the executive vice president of human resources, the Wheeling-based multi-state bank holding company announced Friday.

Pietranton, who will begin his new job on Oct. 16, comes to WesBanco from TriState Capital Bank, where he served as vice president of human resources for the $2.2 billion banking and financial services company. Prior to joining TriState Capital, he was associated with Three Rivers Aluminum Co., where he served as vice president of human resources.

He is a graduate of West Virginia University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and his master’s degree in industrial relation.

Pietranton will replace John W. Moore, who will retire from WesBanco on Dec. 31 with more than 37 years of service. Moore will remain in his position to complete the transition.

The announcements were made by Paul M. Limbert, WesBanco’s president and chief executive officer.

WesBanco has $6.1 billion in total assets, and provides banking services through 118 locations and 104 ATMs in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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Investigation into shooting continues

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said the investigation into a shooting in Unionport on Wednesday evening is continuing.

John Hartsouk, 36, was at a house he owns on county Road 39B when he had an altercation with two men – Randy Ewing, 52, and Rockwell Good, 72, both of county Road 39B, according to the sheriff’s department.

There were conflicting statements given as to what led up to the shooting.

Ewing and Good said Hartsouk came at them and assaulted Ewing and then went after Good, who fired the shots, Abdalla said.

Hartsouk is claiming Ewing and Good came at him, Abdalla said.

Hartsouk was shot in the arm and abdomen.

He was able to drive himself to the Unionport fire department, where he was transported to the county airport to be taken by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital.

Adena woman killed in motorcycle crash

WINONA – A 21-year-old woman was killed Thursday in a motorcycle accident on state Route 9 in Columbiana County.

The Lisbon Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash and according to information released, Kara Molnar of Adena was a passenger on the motorcycle driven by Richard Hall, 28, of Kingsport, Tenn.

The crash occurred just south of Whinnery Road in Butler Township shortly after 3 p.m. when Hall failed to negotiate a curve and went off the right side of the road into a wooded area hitting two trees.

He and Molnar were ejected upon impact and were not wearing helmets, according to the report.

Molnar was pronounced dead at the scene by the Columbiana County Coroner’s office, and Hall was taken by medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital where he was reported to be in stable condition.

Beginner ballroom dancing class set

STEUBENVILLE – Area residents can take a beginner ballroom dancing class this fall at Eastern Gateway Community College.

Students will learn the basics from the beginning with rhythm patterns such as swing, rhumba, cha cha and slow dance.

The class occurs on Saturdays, beginning Oct. 19 and ending Nov. 9. The time is noon to 2:30 p.m. at the college’s Gateway Wellness Center, located on the upper level of the Pugliese Center on John Scott Highway. The cost is $75 per couple.

Registration is due by Oct. 12 by calling (740) 264-5591, extension 310.

Route 2 to be closed for parade Thursday

FOLLANSBEE – State Route 2 will be closed from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday for the Brooke High School homecoming parade.

During that time north- and southbound traffic will be rerouted to Mahan Lane and Eldersville, Rockdale and Cross Creek roads.

Officers and security personnel will be along the detour to assist drivers.

Spay, neuter clinic to be held

WINTERSVILLE – The Brooke County Animal Welfare League will offer low-cost spaying and neutering through the Roaming Animal Sterilization Clinic at Low Cost Clinic on Nov. 2-3 at the Jefferson County Airpark.

Pre-payment is required. No walk-in services or vaccinations will be available.

The clinic is not limited to Brooke County residents. Any interested pet owner may make an appointment by calling (304) 374-4443.

Grants available for various projects

The Northern Panhandle Resource Conservation and Development Council, an agency serving Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and Marshall counties, is offering grants for projects involving soil and water conservation or educational activities promoting that.

The grants usually are offered as matches for funds secured by the applicant. Qualifying projects include community gardens, farmers’ markets, outdoor classrooms, high tunnels and Ag Day programs.

Grant applications should be submitted by Oct. 30. For information, call Ed Huff in Hancock County, (304) 914-6699; Ruby Greathouse in Brooke County, (304) 312-5212; Cele Duvall in Ohio County, (304) 336-7135; or Howard Coffield in Marshall County, (304) 780-8866.

Solid waste board meeting moved

FOLLANSBEE – Because of a scheduling conflict, the Brooke County Solid Waste Authority has moved its next quarterly meeting to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 at its office at 231 Rockdale Road.

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Arrest made in vehicle break-in

STEUBENVILLE – Shane Wilson, 20, of 2516 Sunset Blvd. was arrested by City Police after he was seen breaking into a pickup truck owned by a city police officer early today.

Police were called around 12:46 a.m. today to the 300 block of Wilshire Boulevard about a person seen breaking into vehicles. An officer was driving down Wilshire Boulevard when he saw Wilson. The officer reported Wilson took off running.

Wilson eventually was caught hiding next to a house in the 2500 block of Hollywood Boulevard. He was charged with two counts of criminal mischief, petit theft and obstructing official business.

Man arrested for shooting AK-47

STEUBENVILLE – Terry L. Green Jr., 24, of Apartment 1, 1333 Euclid Ave. was arrested by City Police Wednesday evening after he allegedly fired shots from an AK-47 at his residence.

Police were called around 8 p.m. to the area of Euclid Avenue and Belleview Boulevard about shots being fired. Police reported officers located a shell casing from an assault rifle outside Green’s residence. Green gave officers permission to search his house and the AK-47 was found hidden in the basement.

Green was charged with discharging a firearm within city limits.

Columbus man pleads to gun possession

STEUBENVILLE – Michael L. Pannell, 18, of Columbus was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center on Wednesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Pannell pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon and attempted tampering with evidence.

Pannell and a juvenile were arrested at the Heritage Place Apartments on July 12 following an incident in which they were seen waving guns. Pannell tried to throw the gun into a vehicle prior to his arrest.

Pannell will be on probation for three years. He faces up to three years in prison if he violates probation.

Fundraiser planned for Chester boy

CHESTER – A fundraiser for Tyler Simpson, a Chester boy who was seriously injured in a car-pedestrian accident last year, will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Chester Municipal Building.

The car cruise and silent auction is being sponsored by Chester City Councilman John “Woody” Woodruff and the Sons of the American Legion Post 121. The cruise-in will feature 30 trophies.

Items for the auction may be dropped off at Rock Springs Parts and Service, 600 Carolina Ave. or at 136 Carolina Ave. Checks may be made out to “Tyler Simpson Love Cruise” and sent to Northern Hancock Bank & Trust, 226 Washington St., Newell, WV 26050. For information, call Woodruff at (304) 387-2459 or (304) 491-2707.

Reunion planning meeting Friday

STEUBENVILLE-The Wintersville High School Class of 1964 reunion committee will meet at 1 p.m. Friday at C.J.’s Family Restaurant on Sunset Boulevard. Questions can be directed to Lola Swanagan at (740) 537-4977.

Water service in Weirton affected

WEIRTON – Weirton Area Water Board officials said water service will be out for a portion of downtown Friday morning. Water service will be off from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. from the 3500 block of Main Street and Marland Heights Road from Main Street to West Street. The outage will allow crews to replace a broken valve in the water system.

Residents and businesses in the affected areas may experience discolored water Friday and into Saturday morning. Water customers are advised to refrain from washing laundry through Saturday to prevent rust staining.

Once water service is restored, a boil order will be in effect. The boil order affecting the area beginning in the 3300 block of Zeta, Elm, Orchard, West and Main streets and ending at Virginia Avenue was lifted at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The boil order was put into effect after a series of valve replacements.

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Man charged in elderly molestations

STEUBENVILLE – A Weirton man was brought back to Steubenville on Monday on charges that he molested incapacitated older females at two nursing homes in the city.

Andrew W. Scott, 60, of 3313 Overbrook Drive, Weirton, was arrested by Weirton Police and lodged in the Northern Regional Jail. A Steubenville officer transported Scott to Steubenville on Monday to face two charges of gross sexual imposition.

City Police were called about reports of female patients at a city nursing home on Stanton Boulevard saying a man had come into their room and inappropriately touched them in late June.

Police also were called to a nursing home on Sinclair Avenue in August about staff going into the rooms of patients and seeing a man dropping his pants down. The man then was chased out of the building by staff, police reported.

Scott was identified through security cameras, police reported

Police Chief William McCafferty said the victims of the alleged molestations had mental and physical impairments.

Buckeye Local places stress on safety

TILTONSVILLE – Progress made in improving districtwide safety and security was discussed on Monday’s Buckeye Local Board of Education meeting.

Buckeye South Elementary Principal Kim Leonard updated board members about security improvements by staff and students. Leonard noted positive results of a recent assessment of the school by Mingo Junction-based Special Tactics and Rescue Training.

Leonard reported on recent efforts to raise safety levels in each building, including increased signage meant to funnel general public traffic flow in and around a building; mandatory personal identification items such as lanyards and nametags; as well as how and where students, teachers and guests in the building can gain entry and then move through the hallways of a specific building.

Hoagland was present at Monday’s meeting to present his firm’s monthly assessment update to the board.

The next board meeting is slated for 6 p.m. on Oct. 28 at West West Elementary School in Adena.

Saline Township road to be closed

HAMMONDSVILLE – Saline Township Road 307 (Old State Route 7) will be closed from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Thursday from a point 0.3 mile from the state Route 7 underpass for a culvert repair, township officials said.

Quaker history author at Puskarich

CADIZ – Greg Hinshaw, a student of Quaker history and writer of commemorative books and histories, will be the guest speaker at the Puskarich Public Library at 7 p.m. Thursday to speak on “Our Quaker Heritage: Early Meeting Houses and Quakers of Harrison County.”

The superintendent of Randolph Central Schools in Winchester, Ind., he has been a student of Quaker history, publishing commemorative books and articles in the Indiana Magazine of History, Quaker History and International Journal of Social Education.

He has visited Harrison County more than once in his search of information.

County Road 26 to

be closed for work

WINTERSVILLE – Fernwood-Bloomingdale Road (county Road 26) will be close beginning at 8 a.m. Friday through 5 p.m. on Oct. 4 in a section for a slip repair, the Jefferson County Engineer’s Department reported.

The road will be closed one-half mile west of county Road 34. There will be no through traffic.

Beginner ballroom dancing class set

STEUBENVILLE – Area residents can take a beginner ballroom dancing class this fall at Eastern Gateway Community College.

Students will learn the basics from the beginning with rhythm patterns such as swing, rhumba, cha cha and slow dance.

The class occurs on Saturdays, beginning Oct. 19 and ending Nov. 9. The time is noon to 2:30 p.m. at the college’s Gateway Wellness Center, located on the upper level of the Pugliese Center on John Scott Highway. The cost is $75 per couple.

Registration is due by Oct. 12 by calling (740) 264-5591, extension 310 .

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Speaker set Friday at Franciscan University

STEUBENVILLE – The Rev. Peter Ryan will speak at Franciscan University of Steubenville on the historical circumstances surrounding the penning of Pope Paul VI’s controversial encyclical, Humanae Vitae.

Ryan’s talk, “Humanae Vitae in Historical and Social Perspective,” will take place at 3 p.m. Friday in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery, J.C. Williams Center. His lecture will be given during Franciscan’s Humanae Vitae at 45: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Holiness Conference, on Friday and Saturday.

“In the ’60s, prominent Catholic theologians argued for a change in the teaching on contraception while others defended the traditional teaching. Pope Paul VI listened to both sides and, unconvinced that the teaching could be changed, forcefully reaffirmed it in Humanae Vitae,” says Father Ryan, the executive director for the Secretariat of Doctrinal and Canonical Affairs for the USCCB.

Ryan is a moral theologian and former director of spiritual formation at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. He has written extensively on ethical and theological issues.

This event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. For information, visit or call (800) 437-8368.

The talk, in addition to providing the lead address for the conference, is sponsored by the Henkels Lecture Series and is part of the fall 2013 Distinguished Speakers Series.

Lanes to close for bridge construction

WEIRTON – The West Virginia Division of Highways will close portions of the left lanes for both eastbound and westbound traffic on U.S. Route 22 as part of bridge work at Colliers Way.

The lane closures are scheduled to begin Wednesday and will involve the construction of piers in the existing median for a new Colliers Way Bridge.

During the lane closures, there will be a width restriction of 24 feet in both travel directions, according to information provided by WVDOH. These closures will be in effect 24 hours a day for the duration of the project. The bridge construction project is scheduled to be completed Oct. 31, 2014.

Motorists are advised to watch for changing traffic patterns.

Police still looking or chase suspect

WHEELING – Police on Monday continued their search for a man who led officers on a vehicle chase through the city, sometimes against oncoming traffic, before he crashed into a home in East Wheeling and fled on foot.

The chase began at about 10:30 a.m. when numerous law enforcement agencies attempted to stop a speeding Ford Excursion that was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70. The vehicle reportedly was stolen Sunday night from Monroe County.

The SUV reportedly struck a vehicle in the Wheeling Tunnel before exiting onto state Route 2 and driving into the Goosetown area of East Wheeling. That’s where it crashed into a house at 1218 1/2 Baltimore St. The Wheeling Fire Department responded to the crash scene to secure the building.

At one point, the suspect drove onto the city’s jogging trail at Tunnel Green.

A door-to-door search was initiated in the Goosetown area and along McColloch Street in East Wheeling. A K9 unit also was put into service, searching the wooded areas along the jogging path and the area where the vehicle crashed.

The suspect was described as a white male with dirty blonde hair wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a hat. Police suggested the suspect may have been barefoot as they found shoes in the front seat of the crashed vehicle.

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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 harvest time. Call (740) 264-9893.

McKinley plans town hall meeting

NEW CUMBERLAND – U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley, R-Wheeling, will hold a townhall event in New Cumberland Tuesday.

The event, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and beginning at 7 p.m., will take place at the New Cumberland City Hall, 104 North Court St.

During the townhall, McKinley will provide an update on activities within Congress and then take questions from those in attendance. The townhall is open to the public.

College fair planned Oct. 7 at WLU

WEST LIBERTY – The Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual College Fair is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Oct. 7 at the Academic Sports and Recreation Complex at West Liberty University.

Participants will have the opportunity to talk with representatives from more than 100 participating colleges and universities. Students will be bussed in from area high schools from the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and Eastern Ohio, according to a prearranged schedule. Parents and other interested individuals are welcome to attend.

Information regarding various levels of adult education and graduate programs will be available at the college fair.

The 2013 event is sponsored by WesBanco and WTOV-TV. WesBanco representatives will be available during the fair to answer any questions regarding financial planning and lending for future educational needs.

For information, call the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce at (304) 233-2575.

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Man sentenced in sexual case

STEUBENVILLE – Talt D. Malone, 23, of 3101 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, was sentenced on Friday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after Malone pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Malone had sexual conduct with a 15-year-old girl in January.

Malone will be one two years of probation after his released from the Eastern Ohio Correction Center.

Bruzzese ruled that Malone 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.

County engineer releases work schedule

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

– Patching – JFK Highway (county Road 47).

– Pavement repairs – Brilliant-New Alexandria Road (county Road 19).

– Warren Ridge-Smithfield-Rayland Road (county Road 15) will remain closed for a slip repair through 5 p.m. on Oct. 2 at a point 0.75 mile north of state Route 150. There is no through traffic at that point.

Hydrant testing set for next week

STEUBENVILLE – Fire Chief Carlo Capaldi has announced a fire hydrant testing, inspection and flow program will be conducted in the Pleasant Heights and Lincoln Heights areas of the city Monday through Friday.

“This activity will be done between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and is expected to be completed by Friday,” said Capaldi.

“The Pleasant Heights area from Washington Street to Cardinal Avenue, the entire Lincoln Heights neighborhood and the McCauslen Manor neighborhood will be affected. Water customers in the tested areas may experience reduced water pressure and a slight discoloration in their water. Residents in those affected areas should refrain from washing clothes during the testing time for their area. Anyone who has any questions about the hydrant inspection process should contact the Steubenville fire office at 740-283-6000 extension 1802 for more information,” Capaldi noted.

Sentence handed down in domestic case

WELLSBURG – A Follansbee man has been sentenced to two to 10 years in jail after being found guilty of malicious assault and third-offense domestic violence by a Brooke County jury.

The sentence was ordered for Michael L. Pustovarh, 42, of Follansbee, by 1st Judicial Circuit Court Judge Ronald Wilson on Wednesday.

The jury found Pustovarh guilty of the charges following a two-day trial that included conflicting testimony from Pustovarh and the victim, Pustovarhs’ former girlfriend, about a June 2012 altercation between the two.

Peter Kurelac, Pustovarh’s attorney, had argued his client acted in self-defense. He said Pustovarh struck his girlfriend because she had pushed him to the ground, causing him to injure his ankle, and was striking him.

Brooke County Prosecutor Joseph Barki III said after the woman pushed Pustovarh to the ground, he pulled her down, holding her in a chokehold and striking her repeatedly.

He presented photos of her with a swollen face and bruises around her eye, jaw and back.

While Pustovarh also claimed injuries from the incident, no evidence was presented to support that.

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Prison sentence ordered in drug case

STEUBENVILLE – Victoia D. Webb, 26, of Apartment 55, 901 Bank St., Toronto, was sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after pleading guilty to drug charges.

Webb was one of several people arrested during a drug raid at Whispering Hills apartment complex in May.

She pleaded guilty to three counts of drug possession and single counts of aggravated drug trafficking, with a juvenile specification, tampering with evidence, unlawful possession of a dangerous ordinance and endangering children.

Henderson also ordered Webb to forfeit $1,200 in cash, three firearms and a vehicle to the Toronto Police Department.

Brooke PSD board to meet Wednesday

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Service District board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss construction projects.

The board will meet at its office at 711 Charles St.

Scarecrows on the Square Festival set

CARROLLTON – Scarecrows on the Square Festival will be held Sept. 28 in the village.

Festival organizers are looking for crafters of all types of scarecrows, with categories including family, political, classroom, business and organizations.

Also, crafters with various items to sell and food vendors are being sought.

The location of the festival will be in the square where the Carroll County Courthouse, McCook house/historical society, businesses and a restaurant are located.

There is a $5 fee to enter due by Sept. 27. Send the fee to Scarecrows, P.O. Box 505, Carrollton, OH 44615. Make checks payable to CRBA.

Forms also can be picked up at Ashton’s 5 and 10, Sweeney-Dodds Funeral Home, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and CVB. Information can be obtained by calling (330) 627-0103.

Construction time for the scarecrows is between 10 a.m. and noon and judging will start at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 28. The festival hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Community Yard Sale gets rescheduled

STEUBENVILLE – Due to the weather forecast, Eastern Gateway Community College’s annual community yard sale is rescheduled for Sept. 28.

The sale occurs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Jefferson County campus. The sale is set in the college’s Sunset Boulevard parking lot. Admission is free.

Water outage planned Sunday in Weirton

WEIRTON – The Weirton Area Water Board has announced a planned water outage to take place in portions of the city’s downtown on Sunday.

According to information provided by the board, water service will be off between noon and 8 p.m. in an area beginning at the 3300 blocks of Zeta Street, Orchard Street, West Street and Main Street and ending at Virginia Avenue.

Crews are replacing four broken valves in the city’s water system.

Residents and businesses in the affected area are advised they may experience discolored water throughout Sunday and early Monday morning.

Customers are advised to refrain from washing laundry during this time.

Once water service is restored, the affected areas will be under a boil order, which will remain in effect until further notice.

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Three arrested in burglary case

STEUBENVILLE – Three people were arrested early today in connection with a burglary and theft of a television in the 200 block of Cunningham Lane, City Police reported.

A resident on Cunningham Lane told officers he was arriving home around 1:30 a.m. today when he saw three men running at him. Police reported the resident ran inside the house, with the three men banging on the door. The men then left in a car, police reported.

The resident then noticed the house was broken into and a large-screen television was missing, police reported.

A county sheriff’s deputy stopped a car on McConnell Avenue matching the description that was at the house.

Three men inside the car were charged by police in the case: Jonathan White, 19, of 2722 Cleveland Ave., burglary; Robert Smith, 23, 2117 Estelle Ave., burglary; and Caine M. Brown, 19, Pittsburgh, complicity to burglary and obstructing official business.

Officers went to White’s residence and found the stolen television up against the outside of the house, police reported.

Republican committee to meet Monday

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Republican Party Executive Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Brooke County Public Library.

Slip repair projectbegins near Jewett

JEWETT – Work is getting under way this week to repair a landslide along state Route 9/state Route 151 near Vale Road, just west of Jewett, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported.

Traffic is currently being maintained with flaggers; however, it will be reduced to one, 12-foot lane with traffic signals in the next two weeks, ODOT reported.

ODOT’s contractor for this $957,885 project is BBR Drilling Co. Inc. of Belmont.

All work will be completed by June, but ODOT officials expect the road to be reopened to two-way traffic this year.

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Suspect arrested in tavern theft Monday

TORONTO – A city man was in the Jefferson County jail this morning after being arrested Monday on charges relating to a break-in at a local tavern, according to City Police reports.

Michael Nemeth, Apartment 1, 303 Market St., was arrested by City Police Monday and charged with felony breaking and entering after being recognized by witnesses on surveillance tape after a break-in early Monday morning at Shooters Bar, 236 N. Fourth St. Hundreds of dollars worth of liqueur were reportedly stolen during the theft.

Nemeth was arrested Monday afternoon after several witnesses identified him on security cameras. Nemeth also was a former employee at the bar, according to the report.

The incident still is under investigation, according to officials.

Sedgmer memorial 5K run/walk planned

CADIZ – The sixth-annual Lucas D. Sedgmer Memorial Scholarship Fund 5K Run/Walk will be held at 1 p.m. on Oct. 6 at Sally Buffalo Park. In addition, a Lap the Lake event will occur along with the 5K run/walk, while a kid’s 100-yard dash will start at 12:30 p.m.

To pre-register, entries with check or money order may be mailed to: Lucas D. Sedgmer Scholarship Committee, 111 Old Steubenville Pike Cadiz, OH 43907, attention: Clint Barr. Checks may be made payable to Lucas D. Sedgmer Scholarship Fund. T-shirts will go to the first 75 registered 5K run/walk participants.

Lap the Lake allows participants one or more laps around the lake at their pace and is $5 per person. Advanced run/walk registration is $20. Cost on race day is $25, and the kid’s 100-yard dash is $5.

Registration forms are available at the Harrison County Treasurer’s Office, Harrison News Herald, the Facebook page “We Miss Luke” or by calling (740) 491-1371.

Trinity West site of pet blessings

STEUBENVILLE – The annual pet blessings will be held at 5 p.m. on Oct. 3 at Trinity Medical Center West. This event is a celebration of the ministry and life of St. Francis of Assisi, who was known for his ability to interact with animals.

This event is held worldwide, but is especially meaningful at Trinity due to the co-sponsorship of the health system by The Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio, according to officials.

All pet owners are invited to attend. The blessings will take place at the statue of St. Francis of Assisi in the Main Drive at Trinity Medical Center West.

Hancock Shelter to be open on Sundays

NEW MANCHESTER – The Hancock County Animal Shelter, 715 Gas Valley Road, will be open on Sundays and closed on Mondays starting this Monday. Office hours will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Public hours during the rest of the week – Tuesday through Saturday – will remain the same at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shelter board members decided to open the shelter on Sundays to better accommodate the schedules of county residents, many of whom have said they are able to visit the shelter on weekends only.

“It is our hope that increasing weekend hours will help the shelter obtain more adoptions as well,” shelter spokesman Tom Goff said.

The shelter has a moratorium on accepting new cats and kittens. To address the increased cat intake, the shelter is running low-cost adoption specials on cats and kittens through Sept. 30.

Cat adoptions, normally $80, are now $25, and kitten adoptions, normally $100, are now $50. The fee includes spaying or neutering and shots.

Goff said the shelter hopes to be able to accept cats and kittens again soon.

“We would like to thank the residents of Hancock County for their patience while the shelter works to find homes for the cats and kittens currently in their care,” he said.

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Man injured in tire cutting machine

STEUBENVILLE – A worker at Lasting Mulch, 320 N. Fifth St., was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital after the worker got his arm caught in a tire shredding machine Saturday afternoon, the city fire department reported.

The worker was suffering from severe trauma to his right arm when the fire department was called at 1:55 p.m. Saturday.

A medical helicopter landed at the North End ballfield to transport the unidentified worker to the Pittsburgh hospital.

Road work announced

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

Petit Heights Road in Wellsburg will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday through 5 p.m. on Sept. 25 while crews widen and pave it.

Crews in Weirton will install guardrails and stripe the new parking area for carpoolers near the Harmon Creek Exit of U.S. Route 22. Crews also will patch U.S. Route 22 and Cross Creek Road in Brooke County.

Crews in Hancock County will pave Arroyo-Congo Road, patch North Fork, Hudson Hill, Bell Hill and Chapman roads and ditch along Virginia Terrace and Florence Road.

Also, crews will mow along roads in the two counties.

Carroll County road to close for work

BERGHOLZ – The Carroll County Engineer’s Department reported Colony Road (county Road 74), located north of Bergholz, will be closed for two weeks beginning Thursday for a culvert replacement.

The road will be closed about 100 feet south of the intersection with Ocelot Road (township Road 309).

Oktoberfest set Oct. 13 in Bergholz

BERGHOLZ – An Oktoberfest will be celebrated at the Bergholz Fire Station from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 13. Members of the Bergholz Ruritan are planning the event.

There will be a flea market, and crafters are invited. Lacy Law can be called at (740) 768-9192 or Andrea Allender at (740) 768-2523 for booth space.

There will be food, music and activities for children. A 50-50 fundraiser is being held, with the drawing that day.

A kid’s dance will be held Oct. 11 and again on Nov. 15 at the Bergholz Fire Station from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available, and the cost is $3.

A kid’s Halloween party will be held between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the fire station, immediately after T

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Wellsburg road to be closed

WELLSBURG – Petit Heights Road will be closed during the next two weeks while crews widen it.

The West Virginia Division of Highways has announced the road will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Monday. The work is expected to be completed at 5 p.m. Sept. 25.

There are no alternate routes.

Hydrant testing set to start Monday

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

According to Fire Chief Carlo Capaldi the testing and inspection will be conducted from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“We anticipate completing the testing by Friday afternoon,” said Capaldi.

Capaldi said the LaBelle neighborhood from Franklin Avenue and University Boulevard to Washington Street and from Brady Avenue to Belleview Boulevard.

“In the areas where hydrants are being tested water users may experience reduced water pressure and a slight discoloration in their water. Residents in the affected area should refrain from washing clothes during the testing time period. Questions about the program can be answered by calling the Steubenville Fire Office at 740-283-6000 extension 1802,” said Capaldi.

Saline Township Road to be closed

HAMMONDSVILLE – Dry Run Road (township Road 306) will be closed from 7 a.m. Monday until 4 p.m. on Tuesday for a culvert replacement, according to Saline Township officials.

County engineer issues work schedule

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

Tree trimming – JFK Highway (county Road 47).

Ditching – Mount Pleasant-Adena Road (county Road 6); and Glen Robbins-Mount Pleasant-Rayland Road (county Road 1).

A bridge on Unionport Road (county Road 39) will be closed from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday for soil sampling. The bridge is located 3 miles north of county Road 22A and 4 miles south of state Route 646. There will be no through traffic.

Warren Ridge-Smithfield-Rayland Road (county Road 15) will be closed about 0.75 mile north of state Route 150 from 8 a.m. Tuesday through 4 p.m. Sept. 24. There will be no through traffic.

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City man arrested after car chase

STEUBENVILLE – A city man was arrested following a high-speed chase that traversed both hilltops Thursday evening, City Police reported.

An officer tried to pull over a car on the Wellesley Avenue Extension around 9:22 p.m. for a traffic violation when it accelerated at a high rate of speed. The officer followed the vehicle across Labelle View onto Pleasant Heights, police reported.

The driver drove onto West Market Alley and stopped, where the officer ordered him out of the car and onto the ground, police reported.

Robert G. Washington, 42, of 407 Lawson Ave. was charged with fleeing and eluding, failure to signal turn, reckless operation, stop sign and a bench warrant out of municipal court.

City man sentenced in probation, drug case

STEUBENVILLE – Rick L. Noviski Jr., 35, of 613 Pine St. was sentenced to 14 months in prison on Thursday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Noviski pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and admitted to a probation revocation.

Noviski was stopped on June 5 by City Police on North Seventh Street and crack cocaine was found in his possession.

Noviski was sentenced to 182 days in jail in October 2011 after pleading guilty to aggravated assault. Noviski then failed to report to his probation officer.

Road closed for culvert work

IRONDALE – Knox Township Road 344 will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday for a culvert replacement.

Man charged following accident

BEECH BOTTOM – A Yorkville man has been charged with driving under the influence causing injury and failure to maintain control following a two-vehicle accident at about 6 a.m. Wednesday on state Route 2.

Paul J. Lukas, 53, of 311 Sinclair Ave., Yorkville, faces the charges after his vehicle veered into the path of a vehicle in the opposite lane, according to the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department.

The driver of the other vehicle was a woman, and her name wasn’t available. She was transported to an area hospital by ambulance.

Wellsburg Police and several fire departments also responded to the accident.

Juvenile apprehended following incident

WELLSBURG – A juvenile has been referred to Brooke County’s juvenile justice system after allegedly screaming obscenities while in his underwear on 25th Street at about 6:25 p.m. Wednesday.

According to police reports, Brooke County sheriff’s deputies told the youth, whose name hasn’t been released, to stop screaming, but he refused and attempted to flee, slipped on the pavement and fell to the ground.

According to the reports, the youth continued to resist arrest and swear at the deputies as they handcuffed him.

The deputies said the youth appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.

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Water plant worker assaulted with knife

TILTONSVILLE – An employee at the Tiltonsville water treatment plant said he was attacked by a man with a knife on Wednesday morning at the plant, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department reported.

The worker said a man in his 20s approached him and asked for his wallet, a deputy reported. The man pulled out what appeared to be a steak knife when the worker said he didn’t have any money, according to the sheriff’s department.

The assailant lunged at the worker, with the worker putting up his right arm in defense, the sheriff’s department reported. The worker was cut on the inside of his forearm, a deputy said.

The assailant then took off running. The sheriff’s department and other police departments searched the area but couldn’t locate the man.

The worker was taken to East Ohio Regional Hospital but refused treatment, the deputy said.

It’s National Preparedness month

CADIZ – September is National Preparedness Month, and Joseph Maiorano of the Ohio State University Extension office in Harrison County is encouraging residents to prepare for disasters or emergencies by making an emergency plan.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has the 2013 National Preparedness Month Toolkit available at

The toolkit can be used to empower people to prepare and coordinate activities with the family, neighbors and others during National Preparedness Month, Maiorano said.

The site will inform residents about developing an emergency plan that includes the care of pets, aiding family members with access and functional needs and safely shutting off all utilities.

For information, contact Maiorano at (800) 628-0141 or

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Fundraiser for Chester boy set Sept. 29

CHESTER -A fundraiser for Tyler Simpson, a Chester boy who was injured in an accident last year, will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Chester Municipal Building.

The car cruise and silent auction is being sponsored by Chester City Councilman John “Woody” Woodruff and the Sons of the American Legion Post 121. The cruise-in will feature 30 trophies.

Items for the silent auction may be dropped off at Rock Springs Parts and Service, 600 Carolina Ave., or at 136 Carolina Ave. Checks may be made to: “Tyler Simpson Love Cruise,” Northern Hancock Bank & Trust, 226 Washington St., Newell, WV 26050.

Simpson, 14, was injured Nov. 18, 2012, when he was struck by a pickup truck with a trailer while he was crossing Carolina Avenue.

Library board to meet Sept. 18

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library board will meet at 1 p.m. on Sept. 18 at the library.

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Route 2 spill affects traffic

FOLLANSBEE – Northbound traffic on state Route 2 was reduced to one lane for about four hours Monday while crews cleaned up tar pitch spilled on the highway from Archer Hill Road to the Sheetz gas station at about 1:40 p.m.

Bob Fowler, Brooke County director of emergency management, confirmed the material was spilled by a truck traveling from a local steel mill and removed by a company specializing in such cleanups at the trucking company’s expense.

Fowler said the spill was about a mile wide and reached some of the ditch along the highway. He said crews will lay new dirt and reseed grass in that area today.

Bridge work set for state Route 150

RAYLAND – Traffic delays are expected periodically between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. today on state Route 150 as part of a $1.4 million bridge replacement project, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported Monday.

Work began in late July to replace the bridge located over Short Creek about 3 miles west of state Route 7 between Dillonvale and Rayland.

Traffic will be stopped intermittently while ODOT’s contractor, Shelly & Sands Inc. of Zanesville, sets the concrete beams for the bridge, ODOT reported. Otherwise, two-way traffic is being maintained in one, 10-foot lane with temporary traffic signals.

ODOT reported the project has an interim completion date, requiring all lanes be open to traffic by mid-December; however, some work will remain on the project through June.

Man sentenced for bringing drugs into jail

STEUBENVILLE – Thomas Chaney, 43, of 1391 Tweed Ave. was sentenced Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after pleading guilty to illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention center.

Chaney was arrested in connection with a domestic incident and was taken to the county jail on July 16.

He had a valid prescription for Suboxen but didn’t tell a jailer he had the drug in his possession, which he said he tried to hide in his mouth.

Chaney will be on probation for two years. He faces up to 36 months in prison if he violates probation.

Portion of highway reopened

STEUBENVILLE – Paving work on a portion of John Scott Highway has been completed and the roadway from Sinclair Avenue to Lauretta Drive reopened to traffic late Monday.

The remaining part of John Scott Highway from Loretta Drive to Mall Drive will remain closed for approximately 60 additional days.

City Engineer Michael Dolak said the next phase of construction work on the highway will include culvert replacement, ditch line relocation, resurfacing with an asphalt overlay, installation of long life pavement markings, the replacement of guardrail and the upgrading of traffic signals.

The work also will include improving the intersection of John Scott Highway and Mall Drive.

Dolak said paving also is scheduled to start today on Scenic Drive.

“Weather permitting we will continue the paving work during the next several days on Westwood Drive, Fellows Drive and Cunningham Lane,” noted Dolak.

Shelly & Sands Inc. of Rayland is responsible for both paving projects.

Public service boardmoves meeting

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Service District board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at its office at 711 Charles St.

The meeting was moved from its regular time of 5 p.m.

Sanitary board meets Thursday

WEIRTON – The city’s sanitary board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the conference room at the offices located at 5000 Freedom Way.

ABATE ride set Saturday

WEIRTON – ABATE of West Virginia’s Upper Ohio Valley Chapter will hold a ride to benefit the Brooke- Hancock Veterans Memorial on Saturday.

Registration will begin at noon at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2716 located at 3435 Main St.

Cost will be $15 per person or $25 per couple.

The last bike out is at 1 p.m. Food and prizes will be provided at the end of the ride.

The ride is being held in memory of “Big Jim” Pittman. For information, call (304) 797-7092

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Two arrested for aggravated menacing

STEUBENVILLE – Two men were arrested by City Police for an incident in which a gun was allegedly pointed at a couple on George Street on Sunday afternoon.

Police were called to George Street around 3:30 p.m. after a truck pulled up in front of a house. A couple came out of the house and saw the driver looking in the woods. The couple asked the driver what he was doing and the driver and the passenger got back into the truck, police reported. The passenger pointed a handgun at the couple as they were driving away, police reported.

The truck was pulled over a short time later in the 1400 block of Belleview Boulevard, but no gun was found.

Charged were Bryan Walker, 25, Martins Ferry, aggravated menacing and possession of marijuana; and William Withers Jr., 29, 2721 Sunset Blvd., aggravated menacing and suspended license.

PERI to meet Wednesday

WINTERSVILLE – Jefferson County Chapter 5, District 9 Public Employee Retirees, will hold its regular monthly meeting at noon Wednesday at Zalenski’s.

The guest speaker will be Judy Owings, director of Prime Time. All retirees and spouses are welcome to attend.

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Water line repair completed

STEUBENVILLE – A scheduled water line repair project was completed successfully Friday afternoon by the city water department.

Assistant Water Department Superintendent Michael Wigal announced the repair on Market Street encountered no problems.

“There was no interruptions to water service in the downtown area and no interruption of water service. We appreciate the understanding and patience of the public while the work was under way. Questions can be answered by calling the water department at (740) 283-6041,” Wigal said.

City man sentenced in drug case

STEUBENVILLE – Deon L. Stinson, 36, of Steubenville was sentenced Friday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after pleading guilty to possession of cocaine.

Stinson was arrested on April 4 in the city.

Bruzzese also ordered Stinson to forfeit $466 found on him during the arrest.

Stinson will be on probation for two years. He faces up to 18 months in prison if he violates probation.

Smithfield man sentenced in arson

STEUBENVILLE – Jesse L. Sedon, 25, of 1036 Main St., Smithfield, 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 arson.

Sedon was charged with setting an empty house on fire on Aug. 1, 2012, on East North Street, Smithfield.

Sedon will be on probation for five years. He faces up to 18 months in prison if he violates probation.

County engineer releases schedule

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

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

Tree trimming – Mingo Junction-Goulds Road (county Road 74).

Pavement repair – Warren Ridge-Smithfield-Rayland.

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 Weirton, crews continue to establish a parking area for carpool and vanpool participants near the Harmon Creek exit of U.S. Route 22. Crews have installed drains and graded the site as part of the $159,854 project, which is slated to be completed Sept. 20.

Also in Brooke County, crews will be patching U.S. Route 22 and several areas of state Route 2.

In Hancock County, crews will be paving Arroyo-Congo Road, patching Standish Mill, Shady Glen and Turkey Foot roads, Anderson and Okie lanes, Riggs and Gaston roads and Yvette Street; and ditching along Locust Hill Road.

Crews also will be mowing along several roads.

Port group calls emergency meeting

WEIRTON – The city’s port authority will discuss financing, real estate and ethics in an executive session slated during an emergency meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pike Island Pool Marine Terminal, located at 3035 Birch Drive.

Township to hold flu shot clinic

HAMMONDSVILLE – Saline Township will be holding a flu shot clinic from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the township complex, 164 county Road 50A.

Dancing at East Springfield center

EAST SPRINGFIELD – The East Springfield Senior Center located on county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department will host a dance featuring the Sands of Time from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $5.

A brunch at 2 p.m. will feature spaghetti, salad and desserts.

Weirton schedules public hearing

WEIRTON – City Council has scheduled a public hearing for 7:30 p.m. Monday on the sewer project.

Third reading of an ordinance authorizing up to $6.3 million in bonds is on the agenda for the business meeting, which will follow.

Also under consideration will be ordinances amending pay rates for union-represented police and public workers employees; a resolution amending residency requirements for city employees; installing signs restricting parking on Sundays to handicapped drivers in front of the Lutheran Church at 3432 West St.; painting a 40-foot yellow line on the north side of Powers Road, beginning at the durb and ending at 129 Powers Road; and entering into a contract for pump and running board mount repairs for Engine 4; revisions to the general fund and coal severance budgets; constructing a sidewalk on South 11th and Heights Streets for the Safe Routes to School program; and putting liens against properties to recoup building demolition costs.

African immigrant to speak at Bethany

BETHANY Paulo Nzambi, senior vice president and chief officer of operations at Manchester Bidwell Corp., will be the guest speaker for Bethany College’s Fall Convocation at 11 a.m. Thursday at the college’s Commencement Hall.

A Pittsburgh resident, Nzambi was born in the African nation of Angola, growing up amid a civil war that killed millions.

Nzambi made his way to the U.S., where he became an accomplished businessman and as a playwright, has shared his experiences in Angola.

Nzambi spoke at the college’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration in January.

“Nzambi’s message was inspiring,” said Bethany College President Scott D. Miller. “We’re excited to have him back; his story will give students the encouragement to give their all in academics, athletics and service throughout this academic year.”

An annual tradition at Bethany, the fall convocation serves to welcome students back to campus and recognize students for high academic achievement in the spring semester.

Donations sought for clothes closet

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Clothes Closet needs new underwear and socks or monetary donations so it may provide them to children and teens at Brooke County Schools.

Denise Spensky, president of the Brooke County Council PTA, said the group is preparing to distribute clothing from its clothes closet but lacks funds normally used to purchase underwear and socks. The group may only distribute new underwear and socks.

The group also welcomes donations of new or gently used coats or shoes.

A drop-box for donations has been established at the clothes closet at Pleasant Avenue and 26th Street. Those interested in making monetary donations may call Bobbie Jo Parsons, (304) 670-0396; or Denise Spensky, (304) 527-2516.

Bethany offers help to agencies

BETHANY – The Bethany College Service Learning Center will hold its fourth-annual Agency Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 20 in Commencement Hall.

All community agencies are welcome to reserve a free table, where they can meet with students, faculty and staff who are looking for service and internship opportunities. For information, call (304) 829-7150 or e-mail

“This is a great opportunity to get out there and tell them about your service needs,” said Katherine Shelek-Furbee, chair of the college’s department of social work.

The event is funded through a grant from PNC Bank.

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Marijuana found in man’s vehicle

WINTERSVILLE – Village Police arrested Matthew Allen, 28, of Pittsburgh on Thursday after a traffic stop revealed seven pounds of marijuana.

Police were alerted Thursday about a package being delivered to a business that contained marijuana. Police then contacted the Jefferson County Drug Task Force for assistance. A GPS tracking device was placed inside the package. Allen drove to Wintersville to get the package, and Wintersville officers then pulled him over for an alleged traffic violation.

The marijuana was discovered after Allen gave inconsistent answers to questions by the officer.

Chicago man arrested in heroin investigation

STEUBENVILLE – A Chicago man was arrested Thursday in possession of 100 grams of heroin as part of an investigation by the Jefferson County Drug Task Force.

Diondre Jones, 40, of Chicago was charged with possession of drugs. Sheriff Fred Abdalla said an investigation led to the drug task force asking the Ohio State Highway Patrol to stop Jones’ vehicle. The patrol stopped the vehicle around 2:30 p.m. at North Seventh Street and University Boulevard.

Man arrested in assault on officer

STEUBENVILLE – William D. Ross III, 18, of Steubenville was arrested Thursday on a warrant in connection with an assault on a police officer.

An officer stopped Ross on Maxwell Avenue on July 14 because he looked like a person who had been involved in a shooting case. As the officer was asking the man questions, the man began to run away, police reported. The officer grabbed the man’s arm, and the officer was dragged along the ground, police reported. The man was able to break free and eluded capture, police reported.

Police Chief William McCafferty said the officer suffered a shoulder injury.Officers were contacted Thursday about Ross being at a house in the 1300 block of Jefferson Street. Ross wasn’t in the house but a witness said he was seen running into a neighboring house. That house was searched and an attic door was seen ajar, police reported. Ross came out of the attic when ordered by police, McCafferty said.

Former clinic operator pleads guilty

WHEELING – The 62-year-old operator of the former Weirton Chiropractic Clinic has been sentenced in U.S. District Court in Wheeling to 18 months in prison plus two years of supervised release after pleading guilty in October to insurance fraud and income tax evasion.

Joseph W. Yurigan of New Alexandria, Pa., was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment to be followed by two years of supervised release.

Yurigan, a chiropractor, had pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud and one count of income tax evasion for calendar year 2008. As part of his plea, he agreed to make restitution of $513,373.92 for the health care violation and $322,692.03 for the tax evasion violation. Currently free on bond, Yurigan, who also operated the Wheeling Spine Center, will self-report to federal prison on Oct. 7.

Vice president to speak at dinner

CHARLESTON – Vice President Joe Biden will serve as key speaker at the West Virginia Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Oct. 12 at the Charleston Civic Center.

West Virginia’s Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio said U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin invited Biden to speak at the dinner, which will honor U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller for his 50 years of service to the Mountain State.

Tickets are $75 each or $1,200 for a table of 10. To make reservations or for information, call (304) 342-8121 or visit

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JVS Board meeting canceled

BLOOMINGDALE – The special board meeting of the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School set for today has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a future date.

Charges pending in assault case

MINGO JUNCTION – A village man is in the county jail facing pending charges in connection with an assault Wednesday evening that left another man unconscious, Village Police reported.

Police were called around 7 p.m. to the 700 block of Commercial Street about a man being beaten unconscious, police reported.

The suspect, Nick F. Zervos, 44, of 2667 Commercial Ave., was located on railroad property by Norfolk Southern police and taken into custody and charged with criminal trespass, police reported.

Police reported an officer will meet with the county prosecutor’s office about other charges.

The victim was taken to Trinity Medical Center West, where he received stitches, police reported.

Probation revoked for city man

WHEELING – A Steubenville man was sent back to prison after a probation revocation hearing before U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Thomas MacNeill, 31, was sentenced to 12 months and one day imprisonment for possession and use of synthetic marijuana, oxycodone and morphine and failure to attend substance abuse treatment appointments. He originally was sentenced in August 2008 to 51 months of imprisonment and three years of supervised release for interstate travel to promote the distribution of heroin.

Water line repair set for Friday

STEUBENVILLE – The city water department will start a major water line repair project at 7 a.m. Friday near the Fourth and Market streets intersection.

Assistant Water Superintendent Michael Wigal said Market Street will be closed to traffic from Fourth Street to Commercial Alley until the work is completed.

“We are advising motorists to use an alternate route to avoid the work area,” said Wigal. “The water department is planning to complete this repair without interruption to water services in the downtown area of the city on Friday. However if we encounter unforeseen difficulties the repair project will be rescheduled for Sunday and will start at 7 a.m.,” explained Wigal.

“If the work has to be done on Sunday, Market Street from Fourth Street to Commercial Alley will remain closed until the repairs are completed. If we work on Sunday water service will be interrupted in the work area and possibly in the entire downtown area, including University Boulevard,” said Wigal.

Questions about the project can be answered by calling the water filtration plan at (740) 283-6041.

Brilliant Legion to hold Sept. 11 service

BRILLIANT – Brilliant American Legion Post 573 will conduct a Sept. 11 service at 2 p.m. Sunday at the post home. The group has held a commemorative service each year since the 2001 bombing.

There will be an honor guard, the Brilliant Volunteer Fire Department will take part, and there will be a flag raising on the fire truck. Organizations from the area have been asked to present wreaths in honor of those who died.

Sgt. Jack Ernest will be the guest speaker and refreshments will follow, according to Commander Roger Cline.

Airport master plan focus of hearing

WINTERSVILLE – A public meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 12 to solicit comments on the master plan for future growth at the Jefferson County Airport.

The board of trustees will host the meeting, to be held in the public meeting room at the terminal, located at 600 Airpark Drive.

Head Start classes start Monday

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Community Action Council Head Start school will start Monday at centers located in Adena, Tiltonsville, Steubenville and Wintersville.

Classes run from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and will be taught by AA accredited teachers and offer nutritional meals and field trips.

There is no cost for children to attend Head Start classes, and seats are still available in the classrooms. Enrollment is available by calling the CAC at (740) 282-0971, extensions 146 or 151.

The Head Start offers transportation and services to income-eligible families and children of Jefferson County.

The program also provides services for children with disabilities. Other services include parent, family and community engagement, social services, social emotional, education and male involvement.

Transportation will not be available the first week of school.

Groups to meet in Cadiz

CADIZ – The Area 16 Workforce Investment board quarterly meeting is set for 10 a.m. Sept. 13 in the Harrison Community Hospital.

The Area 16 Council of Government quarterly meeting is planned at 1 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Harrison County Department of Job and Family Services.

Historical Society to meet

MOUNT PLEASANT – The Historical Society of Mount Pleasant will hold its next meeting at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Elizabeth House Mansion Museum.

For information, call Sherry Sawchuck at (740) 769-2893.

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Concert set for today in Mingo

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

The band was set to perform on Aug. 28 but it was postponed due to rain.

Village, county cops conduct drug raid

MINGO JUNCTION – The county sheriff’s department, Village Police and the county’s drug task force conducted a raid at a home at 448 Murdock Ave. on Tuesday evening after authorities reported there were numerous heroin sales out of the home.

County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said Glenn Pethtel, 56, of the residence, was taken into custody on pending charges. Abdalla said drug paraphernalia was found inside the home.

Traffic delayed by

downed utility pole

BEECH BOTTOM – Traffic on state Route 2 south of Wellsburg was delayed early Tuesday while crews worked to remove a downed utility pole and power line.

The Brooke County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched at 7:35 a.m. after a garbage truck with American Disposal Services struck a utility pole near Panhandle Homes, causing part of it and live power lines to fall onto the highway.

The driver of the vehicle hasn’t been cited.

Teen transported to Pittsburgh hospital

FOLLANSBEE – A teen was transported by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh area hospital following a two-vehicle collision near the intersection of Eldersville and St. John’s roads at about 7 p.m. Sunday. The teen’s name and other details of the accident, which is under investigation, weren’t available.

Boil orders lifted in Weirton

WEIRTON – Boil orders placed in two sections of the city following work on water lines have been lifted.

According to information released by city officials Tuesday, the boil orders in the Owings Addition area of the city and the 3700 block of Orchard Street are no longer in effect.

The Weirton Area Water Board had instituted a water outage last week in Owings Addition, including all streets west of North 12th Street and north of Pennsylvania Avenue, including all of North 10th Street; Fairview, Elk, Weirview, Thurman, Titus, Mahan and all side streets, including Steel Boulevard, Wares Drive and Summit Circle in Harris Hills. The outage was to allow the replacement of isolation valves along North 12th Street. The Orchard Street boil order was put in place following work on Saturday to replace a broken valve in that area of the city.

Concealed-carry course scheduled

STEUBENVILLE – Eastern Gateway Community College will offer an NRA concealed-carry course on Sept. 19-21 in the the college’s Pugliese Center, 110 John Scott Highway, Steubenville.

Orientation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the center. The training will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 19 at the center and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Wintersville firing range.

The concealed-carry course consists of 10 hours of instruction and two hours of practical training, including range time and live-fire experience. This training also is honored in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and other states.

The student must complete a written examination that tests his or her competency and a physical demonstration of competency on handgun usage and rules for safe handling and storage of a handgun. Students must be 21 or older, and payment must be received prior to the course start date. The course is $75. Senior citizens pay $50. Registration deadline is Sept. 11. For information and to register, call (740) 264.5591, extension 310.

Mary’s Meals founder to speak on work for impoverished children

STEUBENVILLE – Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder of Mary’s Meals, an organization that pairs gaining an education with feeding impoverished children, will speak at 7 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery of Franciscan University of Steubenville.

The documentary “CHILD 31” also will be shown, which exhibits MacFarlane-Barrow’s work in Malawi, Kenya and India. The film was screened at film festivals all over the world, and won the best documentary and best soundtrack awards at the Pan Pacific Film Festival.

Mary’s Meals provides one meal every school day to more than 750,000 children worldwide. The organization is named after the Blessed Mother, who raised her own son in poverty.

Mary’s Meals traces its roots to 1992, when during the Bosnian conflict, MacFarlane-Barrow and his brother Fergus loaded a jeep with supplies and delivered them to Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Eventually, MacFarlane-Barrow, a fish farmer, founded Mary’s Meals.

The Mary’s Meals Franciscan University Chapter, under the guidance of theology professor Andrew Minto, raised thousands of dollars to open a kitchen in Malawi. Students are now fundraising to build a second kitchen elsewhere.

MacFarlane-Barrow’s talk is sponsored by Mary’s Meals Franciscan University Chapter and Franciscan University’s Center for Leadership. It is free and open to the public.

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Man killed in shooting in Weirton

WEIRTON – City Police said this morning they are still investigating a Labor Day shooting that left one man dead.

The incident happened around 12:30 p.m. Monday.

No further information is being released, City Police said.

Vehicle struck utility pole today

BEECH BOTTOM – Traffic on state Route 2 south of Wellsburg was tied up early today after a vehicle struck a utility pole near Panhandle Homes.

No other information was available about the accident.