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UMWA Local 7690 to meet Monday

CADIZ – United Mine Workers of America Local Union 7690 will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at Harrison Community Hospital.

Newell residents warned of scam

NEWELL – The Newell Volunteer Fire Department is warning Newell residents of a scam involving people going door to door and soliciting funds in the department’s name.

“We do not endorse these individuals nor have any affiliation with such an effort,” Assistant Fire Chief Tim Steele said.

Anyone approached by the solicitors should contact the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Steele said.

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Wellsburg man charged with burglary

WELLSBURG – A Wellsburg man was arrested Wednesday for daytime burglary after he was seen and apprehended by a local resident, according to the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department.

According to the sheriff’s department, Ronald L. Henry Jr., 31, was charged with daytime burglary after he was detained by a local woman who saw him coming out of a broken rear window of a home on Rabbit Hill Road at about noon.

Four pneumatic nail guns taken from the home also were found near the window.

The sheriff’s department was dispatched to the scene when the woman and her husband called to report suspicious activity outside the house.

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

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City woman sentenced in golf-club attack

STEUBENVILLE – Kimberly L. Williams, 31, of Apartment H, 817 Market St., was placed on three years of probation on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after she pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.

City Police were called on Dec. 15, 2012, to an apartment in the 800 block of Market Street about a woman bleeding from the back of the head, saying she was hit with a golf club.

Williams was indicted on a charge of felonious assault but it was amended to aggravated assault.

She faces up to 12 months in prison if she violates probation.

Sentence given to city man in drug case

STEUBENVILLE – Duan E. Harris, 29, of Steubenville was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Harris pleaded guilty in two drug cases and had his probation revoked on a third drug case.

Harris in July was allowed to enter drug treatment in lieu of conviction after he pleaded guilty to two counts each of drug trafficking and drug possession. Harris was placed on probation for one year and ordered to undergo drug treatment.

Harris then was indicted on a total of three drug trafficking charges and four counts of drug possession following two arrests in October. The county prosecutor’s office dismissed the four counts of drug possession when Harris pleaded guilty to the drug trafficking charges.

Wells Township police issue 2013 report

BRILLIANT – Wells Township Police Chief John Ingram reported the department answered 2,908 calls in 2013 and traveled 59,030 miles in cruisers.

Ingram said calls were down slightly from 2012 but miles traveled increased.

Highlights of the report included: 29 breaking and enterings; 12 burglaries; 56 domestic complaints; 19 cases of operating a vehicle under the influence; 74 alarm calls; 469 security checks; 58 thefts; 363 traffic citations; 87 vehicle accidents; 99 calls assisting fire departments or emergency medical services; 78 warrants served; 163 calls assisting the public; and 180 calls assisting other law enforcement agencies.

Trooper to receive state award

WINTERSVILLE – Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Greg Mamula was to receive a state award today for recovering five stolen vehicles and making on-the-spot apprehensions in 2013.

Mamula, a 17-year patrol veteran, will receive a special ACE Award license plate for his cruiser and a ribbon for his uniform.

The award was to be presented at the highway patrol academy today.

Mamula graduated from Steubenville High School in 1986 and Ohio State University in 1991. He joined the highway patrol in 1997.

Blood drive slatedThursday at church

STEUBENVILLE – Due to a shortage in blood supplies, the American Red Cross Jefferson County Chapter has scheduled a blood drive Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 284 Lovers Lane.

All donors will receive a T-shirt, and coffee and doughnuts will be available.

New Cumberland certifies election

NEW CUMBERLAND – A provisional ballot has added one vote to the victory side of the New Cumberland Park Board levy, which passed in a special election held Jan. 18.

New Cumberland Council met as the board of canvassers on Tuesday to certify the results of the special election, making the official outcome 72-7.

The excess levy, the main source of revenue for the city park board, expires in 2018.

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Power outage affects many in Brooke County

WELLSBURG – Crews with MonPower were working early today to restore power to about 1,500 homes and businesses served by the company’s Cross Creek substation.

Allen Staggers, spokesman for MonPower, a division of FirstEnergy, said a line feeding the substation went out about 7:15 a.m. but crews made temporary repairs that should have restored service to the area at about 7:57 a.m.

He said affected areas included state Route 27, Rabbit Hill, Putney and Genteel ridges and adjacent roads.

Staggers said crews were investigating the exact source of the outage, but such incidents aren’t unheard of in extremely cold weather.

“When it’s super cold like this, demand for electricity is up and equipment can get overloaded,” he said, adding exposure to the cold also can cause equipment failure.

Anyone needing shelter or other assistance because of the outage or other weather-related issues should call (304) 737-3660, (304) 527-1430 or (304) 737-5002.

Retail sales show increase in November

STEUBENVILLE – Retail sales in Jefferson County increased in November by nearly 18 percent compared to the same period last year.

Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said retail sales for November totaled $70.1 million, generating $1,051,512 in piggyback sales tax revenue for the county. Agresta said piggyback sales tax receipts for November 2012 generated $891,555, based on retail sales of $59.43 million.

Retail sales in Jefferson County averaged $64.14 million a month for the first 11 months of 2013, compared with $60.2 million a month for all of 2012.

Retail sales in the county topped $70 million in a month for the third time in 2013, compared to once in 2012 and none in 2010 and 2011.

Scholarship announced by CAC

STEUBENVILLE – The Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development is offering a scholarship opportunity to eligible high school students in a 30-county service area of Ohio who want to attend an institution of higher education.

The scholarship is offered in collaboration with COAD-member Community Action Agencies and the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education.

The David V. Stivison Appalachian Community Action Scholarship Fund is in memory of the former COAD employee as a tribute to his pursuit of academic excellence and his commitment to help others achieve their potential. Stivison was a native of Hocking County and a graduate of Ohio University and Harvard Law School.

To be eligible, scholarship applicants must reside in a household with a total annual income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

Interested persons may contact the Community Action Council’s Administration Office at (740) 282-0971, extension 110, for information or to request an application.

The deadline to apply is March 1.

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Irondale man pleads in sex case

STEUBENVILLE – Justin A. Davis, 26, of 185 Saline St., Irondale, was sentenced to six months at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center and two years of probation on Friday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Davis pleaded guilty to sexual battery and two counts of sexual imposition.

Davis was charged with having sexual conduct with a then-17-year-old girl at his home in April.

Bruzzese also ruled that Davis is a Tier III sex offender, requiring him to report his address to the county sheriff where he resides every 90 days for the rest of his life.

Mingo Junction man sentenced in court

STEUBENVILLE – John Cebula, 58, of Apartment 307, 125 Ravine St., Mingo Junction, was placed on two years of probation by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Cebula pleaded guilty to breaking and entering and theft.

Cebula was charged with the August break-in of the office of the apartment building he resided and taking keys to other apartments.

Cebula faces up to one year in prison if he violates probation.

Polish Athletic Club meetings slated

STEUBENVILLE – Upcoming events at the Polish Athletic Club include an executive meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the club, 433 N. Seventh St. Pictures will be taken at 7 p.m., officials said.

A regular meeting is planned at 8 p.m. Thursday at the club. Dues for 2014 must be paid before the start of the regular meeting.

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Man shot while driving car

STEUBENVILLE -City Police are investigating a man being shot in the hand in a car in the 1300 block of Jefferson Street around 9:10 p.m. Wednesday.

Police were called about shots fired and found multiple shell casings. Broken car-window glass was found at the intersection of Jefferson and Elk streets.

Police then were called to Maryland Market on Maryland Avenue about a man who came into the store saying he was shot in the hand. Store workers said the man went out the back of the store but left his vehicle in the lot.

The county’s 911 system got a call that the man, Cheyne Forte, 23, of Steubenville was at a house on Kendall Avenue. He then was transported to Trinity Medical Center West, with a gunshot wound to the pinkie finger of his left hand, police reported. Forte told police there were two to three men on Jefferson Street when the shots were fired.

Plea entered in heroin death

WHEELING – A Wellsburg man has admitted in U.S. District Court to distributing heroin that caused the death of a 22-year-old Follansbee man in March 2011.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Justin A. Withers, 29, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the distribution of heroin. Withers faces a prison term of 150 months. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled.

Withers and his co-defendant, Curtis J. Adams, 29, were indicted by a federal grand jury last year for allegedly delivering heroin that caused the death of a Brooke County man in 2011.

According to the indictment, Adams and Withers allegedly gave the victim heroin in exchange for gold and jewelry on March 22, 2011. The case became a federal matter when the men allegedly traveled to Steubenville to purchase the heroin and then back to Brooke County, where it was distributed to the victim.

Adams pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 60 months on a charge of interstate travel in aid of racketeering.

Airport authority sets meeting

WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson County Regional Airport Authority Board will meet in special session at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the terminal building at the Jefferson County Airpark to discuss various runway improvement project issues.

Irondale financial report complete

IRONDALE -The Irondale village financial report for 2013 is complete and is available for viewing at the office of the fiscal officer.

For information, call (330) 532-2216.

Hancock County sets pre-kindergarten registration

NEW CUMBERLAND – Phone-in registration for Hancock County pre-kindergarten classrooms for the 2014-15 school year will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday and Jan. 31.

Interested parents/guardians of children who will be 4 years old prior to Sept. 1 are to call (304) 564-3411, extensions 3329 or 3330, and speak with a registrar to begin the registration process.

In the Weirton area, registration will be accepted for classrooms at Northern Panhandle Head Start Pipinos Center, Weirton Heights Day Care, the Children’s Academy and Weirton Elementary School.

In northern Hancock County, registration will be accepted for classrooms at New Manchester Elementary School, Allison Elementary School, Northern Panhandle Head Start Center in Newell and the Tree House in Chester.

Parents/guardians with questions about the program should contact Erica Sauer, Hancock County Schools pre-kindergarten coordinator at (304) 564-3411, extension 3329.

Enrollment in classrooms is tuition-free.

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Wells Township set second meeting

BRILLIANT – The Wells Township trustees will hold their second meeting of the month at 7 p.m. Thursday at the township office, 409 Prospect St.

Brooke county boards have vacant seats

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Park and Recreation Commission, which overseas Brooke Hills Park, and the county’s building commission have vacant seats.

The park board meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month at the park’s clubhouse.

The building commission meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at the county courthouse. It was formed by the Brooke County Commission to pursue improvements to the county’s buildings, including the proposed expansion of the courthouse.

Letters of interest should be submitted to County Clerk Sylvia Benzo at the courthouse.

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Wayne Township financial report ready

BLOOMINGDALE – The 2013 annual financial report for Wayne Township is available for public review at the township garage, 11991 county Road 26, Bloomingdale.

Contact Sue Campbell, township fiscal officer, at (740) 944-1482 to schedule an appointment.

Wells Township financial report ready

BRILLIANT – The Wells Township 2013 financial report is complete and available for inspection at the township office, 409 Prospect St., during normal business hours.

Harrison changes meeting to Thursday

CADIZ – The Harrison County commissioners’ meeting for Wednesday has been postponed until Thursday. The time remains at 10 a.m.

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Road work announced

The West Virginia Division of Highways has announced crews will patch U.S. Route 30 and ditch along state Route 8 in Hancock County, as well as patch state Route 2 in Brooke County.Drivers may experience some delays, and the work is pending suitable weather.

Brooke PSD to meet Wednesday

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Service District board will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday at its office at 711 Charles St. The board will discuss upcoming construction projects.

Smithfield Police give monthly report

SMITHFIELD – A report of the activity conducted by the police department was given at the Jan. 14 meeting of Village Council by Sgt. Casey Robinson.

There were nine traffic citations issued, 89 warnings, one vehicle crash handled, one littering, one theft, one child-related call, five incident reports handled, one harassment case and one criminal damage case. Robinson reported that a gun shot trauma kit is needed for the village.

Friends of Smithfield meeting scheduled

SMITHFIELD – Evan Scurti, Jefferson County Port Authority executive director, will be the guest speaker at the meeting of the Friends of Smithfield to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Presbyterian church social room.

All area residents are encouraged to attend to offer opinions and focus on a new project for the group. There will be an election of officers and directors for 2014, and a membership drive is planned.

Buckeye board to meet on Wednesday

DILLONVALE – Teachers in the Buckeye Local School District have given their tentative approval to a proposed labor contract with the district, prompting school officials to schedule a special meeting of the school board for 8 a.m. Wednesday at the district’s administrative offices.

Board members will vote to accept or reject the tentative contract with the district’s teachers’ union. It is possible the board would vote to reject the tentative contract, as two of its members were seated less than two weeks ago, officials said.

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Man transported following accident

KNOXVILLE – A local man was transported following a single-accident at about 7 p.m. Friday on state Route 152 near the Toronto Rod and Gun Club.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the driver – Ryan Straker, 28, of Steubenville -was transported to Trinity Medical Center West for injuries that appeared to be life-threatening. The vehicle overturned on its roof and he had to be extricated by area firefighters.

The highway patrol said the weather, which included slick road conditions, was a factor in the accident.

Saline trustees will hold special session

HAMMONDSVILLE – The Saline Township trustees will meet in special session at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the township complex, 164 county Road 50A, to discuss EMS personnel.

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Society to show films of John Ford

STEUBENVILLE – Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Film Society will host screenings of two films directed by four-time Academy Award winning director John Ford.

“The Quiet Man” will be shown at 7 p.m. on Jan. 24. Starring John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara and Barry Fitzgerald, the film tells the tale of an American escaping from his country and dark past to make a new home in his ancestral Ireland.

“Young Mr. Lincoln,” a partly fictionalized biography about the early life of President Abraham Lincoln, will be shown at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21. Starring Henry Fonda, the film follows the life of the American president as a young lawyer facing his greatest court case.

In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Ford directed more than 140 films and is considered one of the most influential filmmakers of his generation. He is most well known for his Western films, such as “Stagecoach” and “The Searchers” and adaptations of 20th-century American novels, such as “The Grapes of Wrath.”

Both film screenings are free and open to the public and will take place in Anathan Theatre, located in the ground floor of Egan Hall. Panel discussions will follow the screenings.

RSVP offers tax assistance

FOLLANSBEE – The Brooke-Hancock-Ohio-Marshall Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will offer free assistance to senior citizens and low-income families from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. each Tuesday, beginning Feb. 4.

Appointments should be made by calling (304) 527-3410.

Aid in completing tax returns is provided by trained volunteers through AARP’s Tax Counseling for the Elderly program.

Wintersville planning commission to meet

WINTERSVILLE – The village’s planning commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 at the Municipal Building, 200 Grove St., regarding a parking lot variance.

Chamber choir will perform at FUS

STEUBENVILLE – The Pittsburgh Camerata, an a capella chamber choir, will perform Jan. 25 at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel and will feature works from the middle of the choral ensemble’s 38-year history when it entered its “fields of praise” era. The choir will perform works by Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Johannes Brahms, Benjamin Britten and “Fern Hill” by John Corigliano.

The Pittsburgh Camerata features Renaissance/Baroque and 20th century music. Since its founding in 1974, the mixed choir has performed more than 1,000 pieces of music.

The concert is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Franciscan University Fine Arts Society.

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Arrests made in pizza driver robbery

MINGO JUNCTION – Village Police arrested an adult and juvenile in connection with the Tuesday evening robbery of a pizza delivery driver.

The driver was called to deliver a pizza to a house on Edwards Street around 9 p.m. Police said the house was vacant and the driver was jumped and robbed of $8.

Tyler Gregg, 18, of 115 Grandview Ave., Mingo Junction, was taken to the county jail on a pending charge of robbery. A juvenile also was apprehended.

Police will go to the prosecutor’s office today for formal charges.

Police Chief Steve Maguschak said the arrests were made through a thorough investigation by an officer.

Trooper finds loaded handgun

STEUBENVILLE – An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper found a loaded handgun during a traffic stop around 2:30 a.m. today at South Seventh and Market streets.

The trooper charged the driver, Stephanie N. Tate, 18, of 1106 Neville St., Follansbee, with operating a vehicle under the influence. A loaded .45-caliber handgun was found in the glove box.

The trooper said an 18-year-old man from the city was in the passenger seat. Both people in the vehicle denied ownership of the gun. The trooper will take the case to the county prosecutor’s office for a determination of charges for the gun.

Three injured at tire store fight

STEUBENVILLE – Three people were injured, one seriously, after a fight broke out inside Johnny’s Tire Mart around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, City Police reported.

Police reported a vehicle was dropping off tires when a second vehicle pulled up. The occupants of both vehicles began to argue and then entered the shop, police reported.

The men grabbed tools and began to hit each other, an officer reported.

Everyone except one person, who was found on the floor, bleeding from the top of the head, fled before officers arrived at the business. Police were called a short time later to Trinity Medical Center West about two men coming to the hospital with injuries sustained in the fight.

Police reported as many as seven people could have been involved. Detectives are investigating.

Power outage announced

Mon Power has announced electric service for the McKinleyville and Bethany areas will be interrupted from 12:01 a.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday while crews repair equipment in the McKinleyville Substation.

The outage will affect about 750 customers, including the two communities and the area east of McKinleyville to the state line and south of Bethany to the Ohio County line, including state Route 67, McAdoo Ridge and Pierce Run roads, Bethany Pike, Bealls Ridge, Camp Run Road, state Route 88 and Lazears Run and Castleman’s Run roads.

CCHS entrance test scheduled

STEUBENVILLE – The Catholic Central High School guidance department has announced its pre-registration plans for the 2014-15 school year.

Eighth-grade pupils not attending Bishop John King Mussio Junior High are invited to to take the entrance placement test followed by a tour of the high school.

Students should report to the main lobby in the high school at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday. The day will conclude at approximately 11 a.m. In the event of a snow day or two-hour delay, the test will be given on Jan. 23.

To pre-register, call (740) 264-5538.

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City man sentenced in shooting case

STEUBENVILLE – William D. Ross III, 19, of Steubenville was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. for Ross’ part in a shootout involving two other men.

Ross pleaded guilty to a felonious assault charge, with a firearm specification.

According to court documents, Ross fired shots at Torrance Lyda, 41, of Steubenville on Sept. 3 in the 800 block of South Street. Lyda returned fire and Ross was hit in the leg, according to the court file.

Anthony Elmore, 29, of Steubenville was with Ross when the shots were fired, according to Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin.

Elmore and Lyda also face a felonious assault charge, with a firearm specification. Their trials are pending in common pleas court.

A second case against Ross charging assault on a police officer was dismissed as part of Ross’ plea on Tuesday. That case involved a City Police office on July 14 in the 500 block of Maxwell Avenue.

Peacock indicted for murder

WHEELING – An Ohio County grand jury Monday indicted Craig Tyler Peacock, 22, of Clewiston, Fla., for murder in the Sept. 1 death of former Wheeling Jesuit University senior Keven Figaniak.

Figaniak, 21, died of head injuries allegedly suffered during a Labor Day weekend altercation with Peacock and 24-year-old Jarrett Mathis Chandler.

Ohio County Prosecutor Scott Smith said Chandler of Winnfield, La., was charged with misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter through a bill of information Monday in Ohio County circuit court.

Peacock remains at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville under a $1 million cash bond. Smith said he did not know the status of Chandler, who also was being held under $1 million bond.

During Peacock’s Sept. 12 preliminary hearing, a Wheeling detective testified that Figaniak and another WJU student were returning to campus from a Carmel Road bar late Aug. 31 when they encountered Peacock, Chandler and a third man, Tyler Witty – who has not been charged with a crime – outside an Edgington Lane establishment.

Trio arrested for shoplifting

CALCUTTA – Three Hancock County residents were charged Tuesday by St. Clair Township Police after employees of Dunham’s reported shoplifters in the store.

Charged with multiple counts of theft and possession of criminal tools were Serena A. Jacobs, 21, and Gene B. Wright, 30, while Jacobs’ mother, Kimberly Lynn Jacobs, 37, was charged with complicity to theft. All three are from New Cumberland.

Chief Donald Hyatt said the department was called shortly after noon about shoplifters reportedly stealing .303-caliber rifle ammunition from the store.

A description of the two women and one man and their car, including the license plate number, was broadcast and three township officers began searching for the suspects.

East Liverpool Patrolman Jim Krawiec reportedly spotted a car matching the description southbound on state Route 11 near the Jackson Street bridge and initiated a stop.

Inside, he found two women and a man matching the description of the shoplifting suspects and they reportedly had a bag that had been described by store personnel as being used in the theft of the ammunition.

The large-caliber ammo taken from the store was found inside the bag, according to Hyatt, who said the vehicle was towed to the township police department and drug paraphernalia related to the use of heroin was found inside.

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Man stabbed with scissors during dispute

STEUBENVILLE – Two people were charged with domestic violence following a dispute Monday afternoon that left a man with a stab wound in the shoulder, City Police reported.

Police were called around 12:20 p.m. on Monday to 442 S. Sixth St. about a domestic disturbance. Cherelle Feaster, no age listed, of the home said she was involved in an oral and physical altercation with her boyfriend, Maurice R. Hines, no age listed, of 340 Orchard Place, Wintersville, police reported.

During the fight, which involved a small TV being thrown, Feaster grabbed scissors and told Hines to leave, police reported. Hines responded saying he would kill her with the scissors, an officer said.

Feaster then stabbed Hines in the shoulder, and he left the house, police said.

Hines was found on Railroad Avenue and treated by Ambulance Service Inc. personnel, police reported.

Both Hines and Feaster were issued a summons to appear in municipal court.

City man convicted by federal jury

WHEELING – Michael McGee, 42, of Steubenville faces up to 30 years in prison after his cocaine trafficking conviction last week in federal court.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said McGee was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and Jefferson County following a three-day jury trial before U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr.

McGee, who has prior convictions for armed robbery and cocaine and marijuana trafficking, was found to have conspired with codefendant Ronald Snider and others to distribute cocaine from November 2012 through June, Ihlenfeld said.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams Jr. and investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Steubenville Police Department.

Road work announced

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

Crews in Hancock County will patch U.S. Route 30 and ditch along state Route 8.

Crews in Brooke County will be doing temporary patching along U.S. Route 22 and ditching along Pierce Run Road, Butcher Lane, Rogers Way, Roseland Street, Pettibone Lane and Ellen Drive.

Library’s financial report available

STEUBENVILLE – The annual financial report of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County for 2013 is available at the fiscal office, 407 S. Fourth St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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Multiple wrecks close highway

STEUBENVILLE – A series of multiple wrecks around 6:30 a.m. today on northbound state Route 7, between University Boulevard and the U.S. Route 22 split, resulted in the highway being closed for about an hour.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and city police and fire departments responded to the wrecks. There was one reported minor injury.

Weirton Police closed the Veterans Memorial Bridge to keep traffic from backing up on state Route 7, and Steubenville police closed the highway at University Boulevard.

The patrol reported ice on the road was the cause of the wrecks.

Police chase vehicle after it flees stop

STEUBENVILLE – James G. Beigel, 54, of 132 Brady Circle E. faces numerous charges after he fled officers who were checking why he was stopped in the middle of an intersection Sunday evening, City Police reported.

An officer was answering a call of a vehicle stopped in the middle of an intersection near South Fourth Street around 9:45 p.m. with the driver appearing to be intoxicated. When the patrolman tapped on the window of the vehicle, Beigel looked up, screamed and stepped on the accelerator, police reported. The vehicle was stopped in the 500 block of North Fourth Street after striking a police cruiser, an officer reported.

Beigel, who was taken to Trinity Medical Center West, was charged with running a stop sign, red light, reckless operation, failure to comply with the order of a police officer and resisting arrest.

Man charged in robbery at station

STEUBENVILLE – Rernard Ellis, 33, of 1047 Main St. was arrested by City Police on Sunday on a charge of robbery.

Police reported a man was getting ready to pay for gas at Speedway, 201 N. Third St., around 7:10 p.m. Sunday when Ellis grabbed the money. The man chased and confronted Ellis, when Ellis punched the man in the face, police reported. The man and Ellis wrestled, with Ellis being subdued until police arrived, an officer reported.

Ross Township report available

RICHMOND – The Ross Township trustees’ financial report for 2013 is complete and can be viewed by residents.

Call fiscal officer Odessa Pethtel at (740) 765-4691 for an appointment.

Harrison board sets special session

CADIZ – The Harrison Hills City Board of Education will meet in special session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the administration office in Cadiz.The board is to discuss personnel issues.

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Council moves regular meeting

FOLLANSBEE – Follansbee Council has moved next week’s regular meeting from Monday to Wednesday because members will be attending the West Virginia Municipal League conference.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in council chambers of the Follansbee City Building.

Island Creek report available

TORONTO – The 2013 Island Creek Township financial report is complete for Island Creek Township and is available to view by appointment with the fiscal officer.

For information, call (740) 765-4612.

Mingo Junction taking shelter reservations

MINGO JUNCTION – The village will be accepting shelter house reservations beginning at 8 a.m. on Jan. 22 at the Municipal Building.

College help for adults available

STEUBENVILLE – The Ohio Appalachian Educational Opportunity Center is providing free assistance to adults who are interested in entering or returning to college.

Help includes locating colleges that match a student’s area of interest, assistance with admission and financial aid forms, assistance with GED training and more.

For information, call Dennis Vince at (800) 265-5343 or (740) 264-5591, extension 204.

Special meeting in Saline Township

HAMMONDSVILLE – The Saline Township Trustees will hold special meeting to discuss short-term disability insurance at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

The meeting will be held at the office complex, 164 county Road 50A, Hammondsville.

Health board sets board meeting

STEUBENVILLE – The city board of health will meet at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the Pugliese Conference Room in the City Building.

Outage planned in Brooke County

BETHANY – Officials with MonPower have announced a planned service interruption for the areas of McKinleyville and Bethany on Jan. 19.

The service interruption will take place from 12:01 a.m. to 8 a.m., during which time repairs will be performed on equipment at the company’s McKinleyville substation.

In addition to the communities of Bethany and McKinleyville, the planned outage also will affect the area east of McKinleyville to the state line and south of Bethany to the Ohio County line, including state Route 67, McAdoo Ridge Road, Pierce Run Road, Bethany Pike, Bealls Ridge, Camp Run Road, state Route 88, Lazears Run Road and Castleman’s Run Road.

The outage is expected to affect approximately 750 customers, according to a release from MonPower.

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Richmond financial report available

RICHMOND – Village officials stated the annual financial report for 2013 is completed and available for review at the Village Building, 37 W. Main St.

Call (740) 765-5372 to make arrangements to view the report.

Mingo Junction reorganizes at meeting

MINGO JUNCTION -Michael Herrick was elected by his fellow Village Council members to be president of council during a reorganization meeting on Tuesday.

Ernie Wilson was re-appointed as village solicitor.

Council meetings will continue to be held at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

Mayor John Fabian also announced his appointments to the various council committees:

All council members will be on the finance committee.

George Irvin Jr. and Chuck Dickey, with James Morrocco as chairman, safety committee.

Adam Peeler and Jack Brettell, with Dickey as chairman, service committee.

Herrick and Morrocco, with Brettell as chairman, buildings, roads and transportation.

Herrick and Dickey, with Peeler as chairman, streetlights, sidewalks and curbs.

Herrick and Dickey, with Irvin as chairman, water and sewage.

Morrocco and Brettell, with Herrick as chairman, cemetery, parks and recreation.

Morrocco and Dickey, with Herrick as chairman, health.

Research grant awarded to WLU

WEST LIBERTY – West Liberty University is getting a $156,000 grant to support a summer research program.

Officials say the money is for a summer undergraduate research experience in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The funds will be used over the next three summers to pay for workshops and seminars, as well as allow the university to offer stipends, room and board to qualified student interns.

Twelve students will be selected to take part in the research program. The interns will work with scientists to develop novel vaccines, survey crayfish biodiversity, perform anatomical studies or assess the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia.

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Health department closed today

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Health Department is closed today because of a water line break in the Ohio Valley Towers building.

Health Department Administrator Bruce Misselwitz said he hopes to re-open the health department offices Thursday.

Island Creek meeting set

STEUBENVILLE -Island Creek Township will hold a re-organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday prior to the regular monthly meeting.

The meeting will be held at the Township Garage located on state Route 213, Steubenville.

Township financial reports available

RICHMOND – Salem Township’s financial reports for 2013 are complete and can be reviewed by making an appointment with the fiscal officer.

For information, contact Judy Greer at (740) 765-5398.

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Rayland-area house destroyed by fire

RAYLAND – A fire late Monday evening destroyed a home at 3823 county Road 15, Rayland, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department reported.

A deputy patrolling saw the house engulfed in flames and stopped to account for the family living there. A family of four came out of a neighbor’s house and said the 15-year-old daughter noticed the fire and alerted the rest of the family to get out safely. A deputy said the daughter called 911 but the call was disconnected and the girl couldn’t get any cell phone service.

The father told the deputy the fire probably was started by a small space heater in a back room.

Fire departments from Brilliant, Smithfield, New Alexandria and Rayland responded and remained on scene until 2:30 a.m. today.

The American Red Cross Jefferson County Chapter responded to provide assistance to the firefighters and the family.

Shelter offered to Brooke residents

WELLSBURG – Bob Fowler, Brooke County director of emergency management, said emergency shelter is available to any resident with heating issues by calling (304) 737-5002.

Fowler said no residents have requested shelter but it is available, and he and others will be manning the county’s emergency command center through the day to address any weather-related emergencies that arise.

In a related matter, Fowler said public service districts serving unincorporated areas of the county have asked that residents leave their faucets on enough to allow a small drip of hot and cold water to deter water lines from freezing.

The advice particularly applies to lines that run through unheated or unprotected spaces. If residents turn on their faucets and no water comes out, the line may be frozen already and residents should call a plumber immediately.

Garbage pickup delayed in Follansbee

FOLLANSBEE – City officials have announced there will be no garbage pickup today because of the cold and because the landfill serving the city will be closed.

Instead Tuesday’s garbage routes will be collected on Wednesday and if needed, Thursday.

For questions, call (304) 527-1330.

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Arrest made in shots fired case

STEUBENVILLE – Alterik Rogers, 38, of 1308 Park St. was arrested on a charge of felonious assault Saturday in connection with shots being fired at an occupied vehicle, City Police reported.

Officers were called to the 1400 block of State Street after six shots were fired at a vehicle, occupied by a former neighbor of Rogers, police reported. One of the bullets penetrated the car and struck the victim in the leg but the bullet didn’t break the skin, police reported.

City Police Chief William McCafferty said Rogers and the victim, who was a former Park Street neighbor, had a disagreement that had been going on for more than a year.

McCafferty said Rogers was arrested based on statements of witnesses and the victim.

Rogers was being held on a $500,000 bond at the county jail, and is to appear today in municipal court.

PERI to meet on Wednesday

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

Guest speaker will be Dr. Brian Wilson, who is associated with Schrickel Chiropractic.

All retirees, spouses, and guests are welcome.

Pesticide applicator training session set

WINTERSVILLE – A private pesticide applicator recertification training session will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School. The cost is $25 if paid by Feb. 11 at the Ohio State University Jefferson County Extension office.

A master gardener program will begin in March for Jefferson and Harrison counties. Training will be held at the Jefferson County office and sessions will be held March through June on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Applications are being accepted now.

Visit go.osu.edu/hcmg for a flyer.

Getting affairs in order webinar focus

WINTERSVILLE – Getting the farm and family affairs in order in the event of a fatality or accident webinars will be held to address such situations. This is open to farmers across the county and will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.

No pre-registration is required and can be attended by logging on to carmenconnect.osu.edu/ohioagmanager.

Participants are encouraged to test their computer systems by logging onto the web site before the program. Information can be obtained by contacting David Marrison at marrison2@osuedu or by calling (440) 576-9008.

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Fire prompts nursing home evacuation

BEECH BOTTOM – More than 60 residents of Valley Haven Geriatric Center were evacuated from the skilled nursing home after a fire in the furnace released smoke into the complex at about 9:20 a.m. Friday.

Beech Bottom Fire Chief Roger Coulter said the residents were moved to Beech Bottom Primary School and an adjacent building there as well as an enclosed trailer belonging to the Brooke County Emergency Management Agency.

Coulter said the residents remained off-site for at least an hour while the source of the fire was determined and the building was cleared of smoke. He said the furnace was repaired and the residents were returned to the facility.

Coulter said the residents were transported by crews with the Brooke County Ambulance Service and first-responder units from West Liberty, Clearview and Triadelphia fire departments as well as Valley Haven’s own handicap-accessible van.

“It was a well-orchestrated response and team effort from everybody,” he said.

Richmond considers

water rate increase

RICHMOND – Village Council is proposing a basic rate increase of $3 a month for water customers, according to a letter mailed to customers on Dec. 30.

The rate increase is necessary, the letter notes, to increase revenue in light of the increased costs of maintaining and operating the village’s water department.

The increase would raise the minimum monthly rate from $12 to $15 for 2,000 gallons. “Additional usage will continue to be charged at $5 per 1,000 gallons,” according to the correspondence.

There has not been an increase since 2002.

The proposed ordinance to increase the fee will be read at the first three Village Council meetings in 2014 with meeting dates set for Monday, Jan. 20 and Feb. 3, all beginning at 7 p.m. at the city building.

“It is with regret this increase is necessary, and customers are encouraged to attend any of these meetings with questions or concerns you may have,” the letter from council reads.

Blood drive

set for Jan. 11

WELLSBURG – The Wellsburg Women of the Moose will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Moose Lodge at 844 Main St.

There will be doughnuts for morning donors and a light lunch for afternoon donors. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments may be made by calling Linda Porreca at (740) 264-4286 or (304) 737-1552.

Photo identification should be presented by donors that day.

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Man stabbed in leg following argument

STEUBENVILLE – A city man was transported to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh after he was stabbed in the leg early Wednesday morning following an argument at an apartment at 180 N. Fourth St., City Police reported.

Officers said the man and Joyce Stewart, 23, of 180 N. Fourth St. were involved in an argument in the hallway of the apartment building around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Police reported the couple went into an apartment, where the argument turned physical and the man was stabbed in the leg.

The victim initially told police he was stabbed at a downtown bar and walked home, before collapsing in the apartment kitchen, police reported.

Stewart was charged with falsification and domestic violence.

Toronto School

Board reorganizes

TORONTO – The city school board will meet 5 p.m. Jan. 9 for its reorganizational meeting with a special meeting to follow at the Karaffa Middle School library, 1307 Dennis Way. The meeting is open to the public.

UMW meeting set for Friday

CADIZ -United Mine Workers Local7690 will meet at 9 a.m. Friday at Harrison Community Hospital.

Trustees announce new meeting schedule

MINGO JUNCTION – The Steubenville Township trustees will hold their regular meetings at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

The trustees said the Tuesday meeting is set for 4 p,m. because of a scheduling conflict.

The trustees meet at the township garage building.