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Two groups fire

shots at each other

STEUBENVILLE – Two groups of men fired gunshots at each other shortly before 1 p.m. in the alley in the rear of the 1400 block of Maryland Avenue, City Police reported.

A group of four to five men were walking along Ohio Street when they fired gunshots at another group of men in the alley, an officer reported. The other group returned fire.

Police found numerous spent shell casings in the alley.

The first group of men fled toward Oregon Avenue and scattered before officers arrived on scene, police reported.

Police Chief William McCafferty said detectives presented information to the county prosecutor’s office concerning possible charges.

Ramp to close

for Route 22 work

WEIRTON – The ramp from West Virginia Route 2 north to U.S. Route 22 east will be closed Monday and Tuesday night while crews seal the new roadway surface.

The ramp will be closed from 6 p.m. each night and remain closed until 6 a.m. the following morning in an effort to reduce the impact on traffic, state highway officials said.

During that time, traffic heading east will be detoured to the Veterans Memorial Bridge, state Route 7, University Boulevard and onto the bridge again to reach Route 22 east.

The ramp closing was moved from an earlier date. Inclement weather and unforeseen circumstances could result in it being postponed again.

Drivers are encouraged to watch for changing traffic patterns and when possible, take alternate routes.

Boil ordered for

residents in Brilliant

BRILLIANT – A 48-hour mandatory boil order continues through noon Friday for Brilliant Water and Sewer District customers on North Street due to a main line water break there.

Customers affected are asked to monitor water prior to washing clothes due to the possibility of discolored water within the system.

Input sought

on Brooke Glass

WELLSBURG – The public is invited to comment and learn about efforts to rehabilitate the former Brooke Glass factory at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Salvation Army Service Center at 401 Commerce St.

Attendees will be asked how the city may promote itself to potential new businesses and what it can do to encourage both businesses and new residents to come there.

The Northern West Virginia Brownfields Development Center and the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle have secured private and federal grants to assess environmental remediation needed at the site in hopes of spurring development there.

Satellite office for

veterans to be open

DILLONVALE – The satellite office of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Dillonvale American Legion, Liberty Street, to assist veterans, dependents of veterans and/or veteran’s widows with VA pensions, compensations, burials, schooling, medical assistance and other veteran benefits.

For information or assistance, call the Veterans Service Office at (740) 283-8571 or visit the office at Suite 310, 500 Market St., Steubenville. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, except it is closed every Wednesday afternoon to the public.

Ross Township trustees to meet

IRONDALE – The Ross Township trustees will meet in special session at 7 p.m. Monday at the township garage, 6172 county Road 54.

Officials are to discuss placing fire and EMS levy renewals on the November ballot.

The trustees regularly meet at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month.

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Buckeye Local

sets screenings

RAYLAND – Appointments for screenings will be offered in the Buckeye Local School District for all children entering preschool and kindergarten this fall.

The screenings will be held beginning at 9 a.m. on Aug. 18 at Buckeye Local High School.

Necessary forms at the time of the screenings include a birth certificate, complete shot record and Social Security card.

Registration forms will be accepted on Aug. 18. A screening time will be given for each child on that day.

Those with questions can call (740) 546-4900, (740) 598-4160 or (740) 769-7395.

Indecent exposure complaint reviewed

WHEELING – Ohio County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a woman walking a naked man around a yard on a leash outside at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at a Roney’s Point residence. Roney’s Point is located between Valley Grove and Triadelphia.

Deputy Nelson Croft said a passerby called authorities after seeing the couple in the yard.

“It’s a case of consenting adults having outdoor sex,” Croft said, describing it as kinky. “We referred it to the prosecutor’s office for consideration of an indecent exposure charge.”

He said the woman apparently was dressed and leading the naked man around the yard on his hands and knees. Croft said no charges were filed at the scene because deputies did not witness the event. According to Croft, the Washington County, Pa., couple was visiting friends.

“They were both dressed and in the house when we got there,” he said.

Ohio County Prosecutor Scott Smith has not decided if he will bring charges against the couple. Smith said he had not yet seen the official report and would not make a determination on potential charges until he had reviewed the case.

According to West Virginia law, a person is guilty of indecent exposure when they intentionally exposes their sex organs or the sex organs of another person, or engage in any overt act of sexual gratification. According to the law, it is not considered indecent exposure for a mother to breastfeed a child in any location, public or private.

Planned power

outage set for Sunday

WELLSBURG – Officials with Mon Power have announced electric service in the north Wellsburg area will be disrupted from 12:01 a.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday while crews replace equipment in the North Wellsburg Substation.

The outage will affect about 1,000 customers from the substation on 12th Street north, and Mon Power will attempt to contact affected customers by phone beforehand.

In the event of inclement weather, the outage will be rescheduled for Aug. 10 during the same hours. For questions, call (800) 686-0022.

School board

calls special meeting

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Board of Education has called a special meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday to consider hiring of personnel for the upcoming school year.

The board will meet at its office at 1201 Pleasant Ave.

Judge steps aside in Akron slayings case

AKRON – A judge in Akron accused of bias by county prosecutors has voluntarily stepped aside in a pending death-penalty case.

Summit County Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands on Tuesday notified the Ohio Supreme Court of her withdrawal from the case of an Akron man facing aggravated murder charges in the drug-related slayings of four people last year.

From staff and wire reports

In a letter to the court, Rowlands wrote that she was stepping aside because of the “complexity of the matter” and the “gravity of the issues involved.”

Rowlands had countered prosecutors’ claims, including that she wants them to drop death-penalty specifications in the trial of 22-year-old Deshanon Haywood.

Haywood’s co-defendant, Derrick Brantley, who was identified as the principal gunman, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, www.ohio.com

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Cruiser vandalized,

dragged through street

ADENA – Village Police and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a bizarre incident in which an Adena police cruiser was pulled by chain by two individuals in a pickup truck at about 2 a.m. today, according to an incident report filed with the sheriff’s department.

The individuals allegedly hooked a chain to the cruiser – which was parked at the village Municipal Building – and dragged it about 0.2 mile west on West Main Street, shearing off a telephone pole and causing major damage to the cruiser, according to reports. The individuals then abandoned the cruiser and drove into Harrison County. Several witnesses identified the two individuals, who are still at large, according to reports. The cruiser was severely damaged during the incident, stated sheriff’s deputies.

Man injured from

shots fired today

STEUBENVILLE -Two suspects were being held today in the Jefferson County jail in connection with a shooting that occurred early this morning at the corner of Oregon and Kendall avenues, according to reports from City Police.

Charges are pending against Ronin Simmons, 18, 765 N. Eighth St., and Tiron Noel, 37, Williamsport, Pa., following a report of a shooting about 3 a.m. Police arrived to find a victim with two gunshot wounds to his leg. The victim eventually was flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital, according to reports. His condition is unknown.

Police tracked the suspects to a garage at 603 McDowell Ave., where the individuals were hiding. Police recovered three handguns from the suspects, who are expected to be charged by the Jefferson County prosecutor today, according to the report.

UMWA Chapter No. 1304 to meet

HOPEDALE – The United Mine Workers of America Chapter No. 1304 will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Capraros in Hopedale, according to Donald McLaughlin, recording secretary.

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Knox Township road

limited during work

TORONTO – Knox Township trustees announced Dump Road (Knox Township Road 240) will be limited to one lane on Wednesday during chip-and-seal work on the road.

County issues

water boil order

WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson County Water and Sewer Department has issued a water boil order for customers in the G-2 area through 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

Crews worked Sunday morning to repair a water main break on county Road 4. The boil order includes county customers on county Roads 4, 14, 15, 16 and 17.

Farmers’ market

vouchers unavailable

NEW CUMBERLAND – Farmers’ market vouchers for Hancock County senior citizens were in short supply this year, according E. Mark Knabenshue, executive director of Hancock County Senior Services.

“We’re out,” Knabenshue said. “There won’t be any more until next year.”

Senior centers around West Virginia received fewer voucher booklets from the U.S. Department of Agriculture this year because, in the past, counties did not redeem all the vouchers, he said.

“The USDA cut back on the number sent to each county’s senior service agency,” he said. “I don’t blame them. Everything has a cost associated with it.”

Knabenshue said the voucher packet’s value was increased from $20 to $30.

Hancock County Senior Services received 165 packets this year, compared to 250 last year, and distributed all of them by July 17, he said.

Hancock County operates two farmers’ markets where senior citizens can redeem their coupons – one on Penco Road in Weirton and one in New Manchester.

For market hours, contact the WVU Extension Service office in Hancock County.

Weirton Kidz Day

planned Saturday

WEIRTON – A day of fun and games is promised for area children Saturday at Marland Heights Park.

The second-annual Weirton Kidz Day is planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the park, offering games, giveaways and prizes for all children in attendance.

The event is being organized by MedExpress Urgent Care in Weirton.

While there will be no charge, organizers will accept donations to benefit the Marland Heights Community Association and its efforts to restore and reopen the Margaret Manson Weir Memorial Pool.

The Weirton Kidz Day is designed to provide area children with a day of fun, and will be free to kids and their families.

According to organizers, the day will include free food, including pizza from Panhandle Foods, and activity booths provided by local businesses and organizations.

For information, contact MedExpress at (304) 723-3627.

Vacation Bible School set

at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church

STEUBENVILLE – Vacation Bible School is planned from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. today through Thursday at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 2305 state Route 213.

The theme is “Lifeway’s AgencyD3 – discover, decide, defend.”

Children ages 3 through 12th grade may participate nightly.

Also during this week, teens can experience D3 with Bible study and special activities.

Adults also will have the opportunity to participate in Bible study.

Rabies clinic

set for Saturday

FOLLANSBEE – Webark Estates will hold a rabies clinic from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Tractor Supply store on state Route 2.

The cost is $5 for a three-year vaccine administered to previously vaccinated pets. No appointment is needed.

Dogs should be brought on leashes and cats in carriers.

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Road closing announced

WINTERSVILLE – The bridge on County Road 24, also known as Cow Path Road, will be closed for bridge repairs starting at 7 a.m. Monday.

The bridge will be closed to all through traffic until 5 p.m. Thursday.

Columbia Gas starts next phase Monday

STEUBENVILLE – Columbia Gas contractors will resume work Monday on the next phase of the installation of new main and service lines in the downtown and South Street from Seventh Street to state Route 7.

City Engineer Michael Dolak said traffic will be maintained but motorists are advised to be aware of periodic lane closures and changing traffic patterns.

Motorists are advised to expect increased delays to drive cautiously through the work zone.

Dolak said the closure is needed in order for Columbus Gas and their contractor to perform new main and service line installations.

Island Creek trustees change meeting date

STEUBENVILLE – The regular monthly meeting of the Island Creek Township trustees will be moved to 7 p.m. on Aug. 5 at the township garage located on state Route 213 due to the Jefferson County Fair.

The normal meeting date would have been Aug. 12.

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PAC meetings

planned

STEUBENVILLE – An executive board meeting of the Polish Athletic Club is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday at the club, 433 N. Seventh St.

The regular board meeting is planned at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Bank to hold

community day

SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield branch of US Bank will be collecting nonperishable food for the Smithfield Food Pantry and offering refreshments to visitors throughout the day on Aug. 1.

The food pantry serves 175 local residents each month, according to organizers.

In the bank’s lobby are displays highlighting efforts to aid the community by the food pantry, Friends of Smithfield, Smithfield Fire Department, Smithfield American Legion Post 396 and Brightway Center.

Two suspects held

for home invasion

JEWETT – Two women were arrested on Wednesday in connection with a violent home invasion that took place at 101 Wheeling and Lake Erie St. on Tuesday.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., three individuals invaded the home of a 71-year-old man. According to Jewett Police Officer Todd Walker, who responded to the scene, Bryan K. Nicosia of Steubenville allegedly beat the man and tied him with duct tape and a fan cord to a chair before locking him in the bathroom. The three suspects then made off with $4,000 in cash and gold coins from the elderly man’s safe.

The man was taken to the hospital and released the same day. He suffered torso lacerations, multiple facial fractures, a broken nose and possible internal injuries. He will require further treatment from a specialist, according to officials.

The two women who ransacked the man’s home have been apprehended. Autumn R. Stabile, 19, reportedly called authorities from Steubenville needing a ride to turn herself in. She was taken to Harrison County authorities and gave the name of Kara Clark, the second female suspect. Clark was arrested on Wednesday night in Brilliant by Wells Township Police Officer Brian Watson.

According to Walker, Stabile knew the victim and had been to his home before.

Both women are being held in the Jefferson County jail.

Nicosia, 31, is still on the run. A warrant is out for his arrest, and he is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Jewett Police at (740) 946-1471.

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Candidates sought

for school board seat

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County school board seat held by the late Frank Ujcich will be on ballots in the Nov. 4 general election.

Those interested in filling the seat should file for candidacy from Aug. 4-19 no later than 5 p.m. at the county clerk’s office at the Brooke County Courthouse.

To comply with residency conditions for the school board, candidates must be residents of the Wellsburg or Weirton magisterial districts. A $25 filing fee and certificate of announcement are required.

For information, call county Clerk Sylvia Benzo’s office at (304) 737-3661.

The winner of the election will serve the remainder of Ujcich’s four-year term, which began July 1. The Brooke County school board is expected to appoint a person to fill the seat until the election.

Red Cross issues

call for blood

The American Red Cross, including the Jefferson County Chapter in Wintersville, is facing a blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected, according to officials. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

A blood drive is planned from noon to 6 p.m. Friday at the Brilliant Volunteer Fire Department at 1001 Third St.

“Hospital patients continue to need lifesaving blood this summer, and they’re relying on the generosity of volunteer donors to give them hope in the days and weeks ahead,” said Carolyn Kean, community CEO of the Red Cross Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region. “Pleas consider giving the gift of life. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for patients in need – and you never know when it could be your loved one needing blood.”

Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time, officials said.

Schwebel halts bread

line for contamination

YOUNGSTOWN – The Schwebel Baking Co. on Tuesday halted production at its Midlothian Boulevard plant.

According to WKBN-TV, the action came after listeria bacteria was discovered on the premises during a scheduled environmental assessment.

In a press release, the company said that as a precautionary measure, it is voluntarily withdrawing any potentially affected products.

Exactly which products may be affected were not listed in the release, but a check of the two grocery stores in Columbiana County showed that all white bread had been removed from the shelves.

To check if a loaf of bread is possible affected, check the “Best Used By” section of the bag. If it begins with an A, officials said, people can return the bread and get a refund.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, listeria is a bacteria that can cause serious infection and especially affects the elderly, newborns, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems. Among the symptoms are fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.

Vince Bevacqua, a Schwebel spokesman, said only certain strains of listeria can cause serious infections, and officials are not sure what type of strain was present at the bakery.

No other Schwebel bakeries are impacted by this suspension.

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Water outage

planned Saturday

WELLSBURG -Wellsburg water customers from 12th Street to the north end of the city will be without water from 12:01 a.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday while crews repair a damaged valve at 19th and Commerce streets.

A 48-hour boil order will follow for those without water during that time.

In the event of inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances that prevent the work from being done, the outage will be rescheduled for Aug. 2 during the same hours and an announcement will be made.

For information, call (304) 737-2143.

City man sentenced

on drug charge

STEUBENVILLE – Joshua E. Morris, 30, of Rear 836 Lincoln Ave. was sentenced to nine months in prison on Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Morris pleaded guilty to possession of heroin.

Morris was arrested by City Police on Jan. 16 in the 700 block of Market Street.

Wells Township trustees to meet

BRILLIANT – Wells Township trustees will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the township office, 409 Prospect St.

Meetings normally are held the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

Veterans service meeting planned

STEUBENVILLE – A legislative committee meeting of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be held at 1 p.m. July 29 at Suite 310, 500 Market St.

Veterans and/or interested parties are welcome to attend.

Garrison to host oil,

gas forum in Ferry

MARTIS FERRY – Jennifer Garrison’s campaign will host an oil and gas forum from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 29 at Martins Ferry Middle School. Panelists will include elected officials and community stakeholders from Belmont, Columbiana, Jefferson, Harrison, and Monroe counties.

The participants are to discuss topics, including road safety and use, impacts to first responders and the environmental impacts of disposal wells.

Garrison is a Democratic candidate for Ohio’s 6th Congressional District and founder of the Southeastern Ohio Landowners Association.

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Armed robbery

under investigation

FOLLANSBEE – The Brooke County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an armed robbery at about 10 p.m. Saturday at Uncle Pep’s convenience store on Rockdale Road.

According to the sheriff’s department, a man brandishing a knife ordered an employee at the store to give him money from the cash register and the employee complied.

The man was described as about 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds and wearing a purple bandana over his face and a hooded West Virginia University sweatshirt.

Images from a video camera at the store showed him fleeing on foot.

Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s department at (304) 527-1430 or (304) 737-3660.

Suspicious fire

on Oak Grove Avenue

STEUBENVILLE – The city fire department is investigating a suspicious porch fire that occurred at 4:45 a.m. today at 1423 Oak Grove Ave.

Assistant Fire Chief Frank DeLeonardis said today a porch swing was on fire when the firefighters arrived.

No one was at home at the time of the fire.

A fire department inspector will be at the scene today.

Street closing set

for Tuesday

STEUBENVILLE – DiDregory Avenue between Sunset Boulevard and Calvin Jones Way will be closed to all through traffic Tuesday.

City Engineer Michael Dolak said the street will be closed from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. to allow a plumbing contractor to make repairs to a customer’s sewer connection on DiGregory Avenue.

Motorists are advised to use an alternate route.

Dog kills 7-month-old

baby in Dayton

DAYTON – Police in Dayton say a dog has attacked and killed a 7-month-old boy.

Police said the baby’s stepgrandmother was watching the infant for the day when her dog attacked and killed him Sunday afternoon.

A Montgomery County coroner’s investigator says the baby, whose name hasn’t been released, is from another state. An autopsy is planned for today.

An animal control officer removed the dog, an American Staffordshire terrier, which is registered at the adress where the baby was killed.

Montgomery County records show an American Staffordshire terrier, which resembles a pit bull, is registered at the address where the baby was killed.

WVU to add

200 security cameras

MORGANTOWN – West Virginia University is soliciting bids for about 200 security cameras.

Dean of students and director of housing Corey Farris said the cameras mainly will monitor residence halls’ entrances and exits.

From staff and wire reports

He says the cameras will add another layer of security.

Bid documents state that Aug. 5 is the deadline for companies to submit bids.

Information from: The Dominion Post, www.dominionpost.com

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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AEP files lawsuit against county agency

STEUBENVILLE – AEP Energy filed a lawsuit Friday in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court against the county job and family services department claiming the agency switched electric suppliers while still under contract with AEP.

In the lawsuit, AEP states the county job and family services department signed a three-year contract in October 2012. The county commissioners entered into a contract about a month later with another electric supplier for county buildings.

AEP said the new electric supplier notified the company in December 2012 that the county had switched suppliers.

AEP is claiming the county job and family services department owes $23,844 in early termination fees under the contract, plus $5,007 in late fee charges.

County Commissioner David Maple had no comment on the lawsuit.

Ramp closed for road work

WEIRTON – The ramp from West Virginia Route 2 north to U.S. Route 22 east will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday while crews grind the roadway surface for smoothness, said officials with the West Virginia Division of Highways.

During that time traffic bound east for U.S. Route 22 will be diverted onto another ramp to the Veterans Memorial Bridge, Ohio Route 7, University Boulevard and on to Route 22.

The work is part of $2.3 million project begun in April to repair approaches and joints along the bridge and replace concrete sections.

Drivers traveling U.S. Route 22 between Weirton and Steubenville from all directions are asked to use caution.

Engineer releases work schedule

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

Patching – Bergholz-New Somerset Road (county Road 53); Toronto-Empire Road (county Road 7F); Rush Run Road (county Road 17); and Mount Zion Road (county Road 57).

Pavement repair – Rush Run Road.

Slip repair – Fernwood-Bloomingdale Road (county Road 26) will remain closed through 6 p.m. on Monday at a point 0.3 mile west of Bantam Ridge Road (county Road 34).

Bridge repair – Smithfield Station-Weems Road (county Road 25).

Culvert replacement – Mount Zion Road will be closed from a point one mile east of county Road 54 from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Monday. There will be no through traffic.

Road closings will be announced.

City announces street work starts Monday

STEUBENVILLE – City Engineer Michael Dolak has announced several street projects will start Monday including paving work on Woodlawn Road from Ridge Avenue to Oregon Avenue.

“Shelly & Sands of Rayland will be putting down a new hot mix asphalt surface course. Traffic will be maintained, however, motorists are advised to allow extra time for traffic stops. Motorists are urged to use alternate routes to avoid delays,” said Dolak.

“No parking signs will be posted. If vehicles are left on the street the vehicles will be towed and owners will be responsible for towing and storage fees,” added Dolak.

Dolak also announced Columbia Avenue between Granard Parkway and Oxford Boulevard will be closed to through traffic for approximately four days for pavement replacement.

Access for local residences will be maintained on Oxford Boulevard.

And the eastbound right lane and the westbound left lane of Sunset Boulevard from Bryden Road to Efts Lane will be closed for approximately eight hours starting at 8 a.m. Monday.

Dolak advised motorists to expect increased delays and urged to drive cautiously through the work zone while an AT&T contractor performs telecommunication work.

From staff reports

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Crash on state 152

results in injuries

TORONTO – An unknown number of victims were injured and flown by medical helicopter after an accident Thursday evening at the entrance of Austin Lake, state Route 152, according to reports from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The accident involved two vehicles and occurred about 10 p.m., officials said. No further details were available early today.

The accident remains under investigation, according to the patrol.

Third victim

dies in fire

CADIZ – A fire that occurred early Wednesday morning at 42009 Upper Clearfork Road has claimed a third victim.

On Wednesday, two young children died as a result of their injuries, while their mother was flown to a Pittsburgh-area burn center. The mother died in the hospital Thursday, according to officials.

The blaze resulted in two others requiring treatment, although their injuries were not life-threatening, officials said. The residence was declared a loss.

Units from the Ohio Fire Marshal’s office and a detective from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department were on scene investigating Wednesday, but a cause for the fire has yet to be released.

Flushing woman

dies in accident

A Flushing woman who was riding on a motorcycle with her husband was killed in a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 70 outside Columbus on Wednesday around 5 p.m.

According to police, Gayle Jackowski and her husband, Carl Jackowski, 58, were riding east on their motorcycle and were getting off the interstate at the Pickeringon exit when they were struck by a car that did not stop. Gayle Jackowski was thrown from the motorcycle. She died at a Columbus area hospital. Her husband was treated and released, according to officials.

The couple had just finished a cross-country trip from Oklahoma and were only two hours away from reaching their home when the accident happened. They both had on helmets when the accident happened.

The suspect is believed to be driving a damaged silver or gray Chevrolet Malibu with rear-end damage and a broken tail light from the crash, officials said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (614) 575-6911.

Breakfast-brunch

Sunday planned

EAST SPRINGFIELD – The East Springfield Community Recreation and Service Center will host a fundraiser breakfast/brunch from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The menu will include pancakes, buckwheat cakes, french toast, Belgium waffles, hash browns, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee, juice and tea. Cost is by donation.

Patrons can dine in or get carry-out orders. For information, call (740) 543-3700.

The center is located on county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department.

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Information offered

on gas leases

WHEELING – The West Virginia University Extension Service will hold a free education program on understanding renegotiations and renewal of natural gas leases at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the West Virginia Northern Community College Wheeling campus on Market Street.

For directions of information, call WVU Extension Agent Norm Schwertfeger at (304) 737-3666.

Eric Gordon, a lawyer with experience in writing and negotiating natural gas leases, and experts from the WVU Extension Service will be on hand.

After the presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session.

Economics Club

to have guest

WHEELING – Joy Pullman, a research fellow at the Heartland Institute, will be the guest speaker at the West Liberty University Economics Club’s next meeting at noon July 24 at River City, 1400 Main St..

Pullmann is managing editor of School Reform News and 2013 recipient of a Robert Novak journalism fellowship for in-depth reporting on Common Core national education standards.

A buffet lunch will be available for $15. Attendees may pay at the door. For reservations, call (304) 336-8301 or contact Jeff Knierim at jknierim@westliberty.edu.

Local fire department

gets federal grant

UNIONPORT – The Unionport Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $51,172 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, made the announcement on Wednesday

Projects funded through the grant program include training, facility upgrades and modifications and supplies such as protective equipment.

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Police investigate shots fired

STEUBENVILLE – City Police are investigating reports of shots being fired around 8 p.m. Tuesday in which a house at 1254 Maryland Ave. was hit with gunfire.

Police first were called to the 1300 block of Ridge Avenue for a report of shots fired. A witness reported seeing a man running with a gun. Officers found no evidence of shots being fired.

About 15 minutes later, police were called to the 1200 block of Maryland Avenue for a report of shots fired. A witness reported waiting about 15 minutes to call the police.

The witness said a small red pickup truck, possibly with two occupants, drove by and shots were fired, police reported. A resident told police the house in the 1200 block of Maryland Avenue was hit with gunfire.

Police reported finding two .40-caliber spent shell casings in the street.

Program promotes tobacco sale awareness

Several businesses in Brooke and Hancock counties will receive materials aimed at promoting awareness of restrictions against the sale of tobacco products to minors through a federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment grant administered by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

The See Red? campaign reminds business owners and staff to ask for photo identification when selling tobacco and check for a red background on driver’s licenses and state nonoperator IDs and the customers’ birthdates.

They also are reminded they may be inspected by West Virginia State Police and others and fined for noncompliance.

The effort involves Youth Services System Inc. as the lead substance abuse prevention organization and Brooke and Hancock Advocates for Substance Abuse Prevention as well as similar agencies in Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel counties, who will assist with the inspections.

All participating Hancock County businesses complied while 66.7 percent of Brooke County businesses did.

OSU Extension notes master gardener events

WINTERSVILLE – Problem solving in the garden, with Sarah Cross, OSU agriculture and natural resources educator, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Adena Library. To register call (740) 546-3782

Beneficial bugs and plants for the garden will be presented by Darlene Horstman from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Clark Memorial Branch Library.

Lasagna gardening will be the topic when Cross makes a presentation at noon on July 23 at the Main Branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County.

The Gateway Farmers’ Market, located at the Eastern Gateway Community College lower parking lot, will have a sub-irrigated planter demonstration today at the market that is open from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30. Invasive species will be discussed on July 30.

The Hopedale Farmers’ Market, located at the USDA Building parking lot across from the Hopedale Fire Hall, will be the site for a session on Lyme disease on Saturday and companion planting will be discussed on July 26.

The market is open from 9 a.m. to noon.

School board calls special meeting

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday to consider hiring a construction manager for a proposed new middle school.

The board will meet at its office, 1201 Pleasant Ave.

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Charge dropped in

check theft case

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County prosecutor’s office dismissed a receiving stolen property charge against William G. Holt, 44, of 203 Clifton Ave., Mingo Junction, during a court hearing on Monday before Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson.

County Assistant Prosecutor Jeffrey Bruzzese said checks were stolen from an elderly man earlier this year. The person who may be responsible for the theft told Holt to cash one of the checks and the money would be used for a construction project on the check theft victim’s house. Holt said part of the money was to be used to pay him for the construction work. Holt said he gave all the money back to the man, and he never was called about the construction job.

Bruzzese said the evidence would show Holt didn’t have reason to believe the check was stolen.

Bruzzese added the investigation is continuing into the theft of the checks.

Man sentenced in

house burglary

STEUBENVILLE – Michael T. Bell, 26, of 813 Fourth St., Brilliant, was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center on Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Bell pleaded guilty to burglary.

Bell admitted he broke into a house in the 800 block of Main Street, Brilliant, on May 7 and attempted to take copper piping.

Bell pleaded guilty in June, and Henderson allowed him to be released from jail for several hours to move personal items from the place where he was staying. Bell didn’t report back in time to the county jail, and it wasn’t until the next day that he turned himself in after police were looking for him.

Bell will be on probation for one year after his release from the Eastern Ohio Correction Center. He faces up to nine months in prison if he violates probation.

Mingo to offer

school supplies

MINGO JUNCTION – Mingo Junction Social Services will have a food and school supply distribution for village residents in need beginning at 9 a.m. on Aug. 13.

Sophie Schoolcraft, social services director, said the distribution is open only to families with children in preschool through high school.

People wanting to make cash or food donations should call Schoolcraft at (740) 535-1072 or mail donations to Mingo Junction Social Services, 501 Commercial St., Mingo Junction, OH 43938

Applications for the distribution are available at the water office in the Municipal Building.

Ross Township public

hearing set July 28

IRONDALE – A public hearing will be held concerning the Ross Township budget for 2015 at 7:30 p.m. July 28 at the township garage, 6172 county Road 54.

Ross Township

road closed for work

IRONDALE -Ross Township Road 218 (Lawry Hill) will be closed from county Road 53 to township Road 289, approximately 1 mile, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday through July 29 for road repairs, weather permitting.

Local traffic will be permitted but may experience delays, the township trustees reported.

Blood drive

set July 25

BRILLIANT – The Brilliant Volunteer Fire Department, American Legion Post 573 and the local senior citizens group are sponsoring a blood drive at the fire house from noon to 6 p.m. on July 25.

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Engineer releases work schedule

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

Patching – Bergholz-New Somerset Road (county Road 53); Toronto-Empire Road (county Road 7F); Reeds Mill-Bloomingdale Road (county Road 22A); and Rush Run Road (county Road 17).

Pavement repair – Rush Run Road.

Slip repair – Fernwood-Bloomingdale Road (county Road 26) will be closed from 7 a.m. Monday through 6 p.m. on July 21 at a point 0.3 mile west of Bantam Ridge Road (county Road 34).

Road closings will be announced.

Rib event postponed

STEUBENVILLE – The Ville Rib Burn off set for today and Sunday at Bellevue Park has been postponed, according to organizer Rod Harton.

Harton said there were unexpected issues and he will attempt to re-schedule the event on a later date.

Brooke Commission moves meeting

WELLSBURG – Because of a scheduling conflict, the Brooke County Commission has moved Tuesday’s meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the commission’s meeting room on the first floor of the county courthouse.

Development council to receive funds

A local development agency is getting a helping hand to promote economic growth in the region.

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-Wheeling, announced the Brooke-Hancock Regional Development Council had been awarded $70,000 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

“It’s important to revitalize the economy in places like Weirton and New Cumberland when families continue to struggle,” said McKinley. “This award will help support small businesses and promote job creation and growth in this region.”

The EDA investment will be used by the Brooke-Hancock Regional Development Council to promote and support private industry, investment and job creation in the region, according to McKinley.

15-year-old Cleveland boy fatally shot

CLEVELAND – The county medical examiner in Cleveland says a 15-year-old boy believed to have been fatally shot at an apartment suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

The examiner’s office on Friday identified the teenager as Rasheen Bledsoe Jr. of suburban Maple Heights.

Cleveland police say he was shot while he and two or three other juvenile males were visiting an adult’s apartment. Police say the adult reported hearing a loud noise and then seeing the other males flee the apartment, with one of them holding a gun. The injured teenager was found unresponsive and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead early Thursday morning.

From wire and staff reports

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Tankers collide in Harrison County

CADIZ – Two commercial tankers hauling water collided on Route 22 near Cadiz at approximately 7:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

One westbound truck crossed the center line and struck the second vehicle, causing the westbound vehicle to turn over. The driver was seriously injured and traffic was stopped so he could be transported via medical helicopter to the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, according to reports. The other driver was uninjured.

Volunteer EMS and firefighter crews from Cadiz and New Athens responded to the accident, and citations were issued.

Highway patrol plans OVI checkpoint

WINTERSVILLE – The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, announced that an OVI checkpoint will be held from 10 p.m. today until 2 a.m. Saturday on state Route 151 in Scio.

The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers, the patrol reported.

The checkpoint also will be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat alcohol-related injury and fatal crashes, the patrol reported.

One hurt in county Road 23 wreck

SMITHFIELD – One person was flown by medical helicopter to Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling following a two-vehicle accident around 3 p.m. Thursday on county Road 23, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.

A car driven by Darlene Boyd of 1497 county Road 8, Dillonvale, was traveling north on county Road 23 and went left of center, striking an oncoming pickup truck driven by William Keeder of 278 township Road 247, Toronto, the patrol said. Boyd was flown to the hospital.

The accident remains under investigation.

Sheriff’s department locates meth lab

SCIO – A local pharmacy purchase is what led the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department to active meth cooks in Scio on Wednesday night, thanks to the National Precursor Log Exchange.

NPLEx is a real-time electronic logging system used by pharmacies and law enforcement to track sales of over-the-counter cold and allergy medications. Many of these drugs contain pseudoephedrine, which can be used to illegally manufacture methamphetamine. Last month, CVS Pharmacies in West Virginia opted to stop selling medications that contain pseudoephedrine in an attempt to hinder potential meth-makers.

The sheriff’s department was able to execute a warrant and arrest Randall Moon, who had two “shake and bake” one-pot meth labs located in his basement. Moon, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran, lives in his home on East College Street with his wife and three children. He was taken into custody and is being charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class 2 felony.

This is not the first time a meth lab has been found in the Scio area. Two individuals were arrested on a meth lab bust at Allensworth Apartments in September of 2013, and in December of last year three people were busted for a meth lab on Mud Run Road, near Bowerston.

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Welding training

openings at EGCC

STEUBENVILLE – Eastern Gateway Community College will begin another training class for welding on July 21.

The noncredit basic program runs 10 weeks, and the intermediate to advanced program runs another 10 weeks.

Unemployed Ohio residents or someone displaced from a job in Ohio may qualify for program costs through the Workforce Investment Act administered by OhioMeansJobs Jefferson County. The cost of the basic program is $5,000 and for the advance program the cost is $7,500.

The deadline for registration for the programs offered in the welding lab at the Jefferson campus in Steubenville is July 19. Call (740) 264-5591, extension 1910. To determine WIA eligibility, contact OhioMeansJobs Jefferson County at (740) 282-0971.

All welding programs at Eastern Gateway provide the skill preparation required for AWS and other industry certifications, according to officials. Student progress in welding classes depends on individual effort and ability. Welding instructors are AWS certified welding instructors, who come from various industries.

Traffic changes made

for bridge demolition

WEIRTON – The West Virginia Division of Highways has announced a road closure and traffic adjustments to allow for the demolition of the existing Colliers Way Bridge.

Through July 18, both east- and westbound traffic will be closed on U.S. Route 22 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. to allow for the demolition of the existing bridge. Traffic will be maintained through the use of the Colliers Way exit and entrance ramps. Traffic also will be directed onto the constructed portion of the new Colliers Way Bridge.

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Tax bill payment

due on Thursday

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said Thursday is the last day to pay tax bills for the second half of 2013 without penalty.

Persons who did not receive a bill should contact the county treasurer’s office at (740) 283-8572.

Credit card payments are only accepted by telephone at (800) -2PAY-TAX (1-800-272-9829) or online at www.officialpayments.com and use jurisdiction code 4577. Agresta said Official Payments, the service provider, charges a convenience fee for the service.

Payments of cash or check can be paid at the treasurer’s office on the first floor of the courthouse.

Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 398, Steubenville, OH 43952, or dropped in the drop-off box located on the alley side of the courthouse. Persons wanting a receipt must return the entire statement along with a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Agresta urged residents to use the drop-off box because banks are no longer accepting the tax payments.

Lane closing

announced in city

STEUBENVILLE – City Engineer Michael Dolak announced today traffic will be maintained on Sunset Boulevard starting Wednesday.

“The eastbound right lane of Sunset Boulevard from Stanton Boulevard to the Brady Avenue interchange will be closed starting at 7 a.m. Wednesday. One-lane traffic will be maintained but motorists are advised to expect increased delays and urged to drive cautiously through the work zone near Harding Middle School,” said Dolak.

He said a contractor will be replacing the parking lot entrance near the Harding School addition project.

That work will continue for several days.

PERI to meet

Wednesday

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

Guest speaker will be state Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire. All retirees, spouses and guests are welcome.

4-H club to be formed at Urban Mission

STEUBENVILLE -The Ohio State University Extension office and the Urban Mission have partnered to form a new 4-H club at the Urban Mission warehouse.

An open house will be held on July 17 for all interested children, teens and parents. 4-H projects will be highlighted and youth will participate in activities, including food and nutrition studies, gardening and bottle rocketry.

Those interested in becoming part of this 4-H club can call the Extension office at (740) 264-2212 or come to the Urban Mission warehouse at 311 N. Sixth St. from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on July 17.

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City man has

probation revoked

WHEELING – U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II reported the federal probation for James Timothy Snyder III, 31, of Steubenville was revoked and he was sentenced to 24 months in prison.

Snyder was sent back to prison for a new felony conviction of reckless fleeing in a vehicle, failure to submit monthly supervision reports, failure to notify probation office with change of address and failure to report an arrest to the probation office within 72 hours, Ihlenfeld said.

Snyder originally was sentenced on May 12, 2007, to 54 months in prison and six years of supervised release for the distribution of cocaine base within 1,000 feet of a protected location. In August 2008, Snyder’s sentence was reduced to 44 months in prison pursuant to the crack resentencing guidelines.

Snyder was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Man overdoses in

portable toilet

STEUBENVILLE – City Police found a man passed out in a portable toilet at Beatty Park Thursday evening from an apparent drug overdose.

Police were called to the park around 9 p.m. and found Benjamin B. Clifton, 38, of 343 Rockdale Road, Follansbee, lying in a fetal position in the portable toilet. An officer said Clifton was taking shallow breaths and was foaming at the mouth.

Police found a plastic bag with drug residue in his hand. An officer also found shoe laces tied into knots, which police believe was used as a tourniquet, and a hypodermic needle in his pants pocket.

Clifton was transported to Trinity Medical Center West for treatment. Police said he will be charged with drug abuse and possession of a hypodermic needle.

Utica Shale Academy

meeting rescheduled

STEUBENVILLE -The Utica Shale Academy July board meeting has been rescheduled for July 10.

The board meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Southern Local School District offices in Salineville.

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Amsterdam tax budget ready for viewing

AMSTERDAM – A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. on July 14 at the village building, 103 Springfield St., concerning the tax budget for next year.

Mingo to offer free Fourth swimming

MINGO JUNCTION – The village will offer free swimming at the Aracoma Park pool on the Fourth of July from noon until 6 p.m.

Mayor John Fabian said there are three shelters that aren’t rented on Friday and families can bring a picnic lunch and use the tables at the shelters at no charge.

Library sets day for youth at fair

CADIZ – The Puskarich Public Library is offering a special program at the Harrison County Fair Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the commercial building, according to Sandi Thompson, librarian.

There will be farm-based activities, crafts and storytelling time, with each child up to 8 years old given a book to take home.

The Harrison County Farm Bureau will provide an ice cream treat for the children.

Park announces holiday hours

WELLSBURG – The Brooke Hills Park golf course will close early on Independence Day, with the last cart for nine holes going out at 7 p.m.

The course will open at 8 a.m., while other facilities at the park will be open from noon to 5 p.m. only.

Solid waste board to meet Tuesday

FOLLANSBEE – The Brooke County Solid Waste Authority will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at its office at 231 Rockdale Road.

Members are to discuss a portable loading ramp and wastewater permit for its recycling center, state-required audit, grant application for an electronics collection, personnel and recycling.

The board normally meets quarterly on the fourth Tuesday of January, April, July and October.

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Man sentenced

in burglaries

STEUBENVILLE – Paul Roe, 34, of 406 Canton Road, Wintersville, was sentenced on Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after Roe pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary.

Roe was charged with the burglaries of houses on state Route 151, Mingo Junction, Scott Featner Road, Mingo Junction, and county Road 17, Rayland, in late March and early April.

Henderson ordered Roe to make $1,000 in restitution to two of the victims.

Roe will be on probation for three years. He faces up to 30 months in prison if he violates probation.

Work to begin on

U.S. Route 22 bridge

CADIZ -The Ohio Department of Transportation reported work is set to begin Monday on a U.S. Route 22 bridge repair project, located about 5 miles east of Cadiz.

ODOT reported two-way traffic will be maintained in one, 12-foot-wide lane with temporary traffic signals.

ODOT’s contractor for this $995,542 project is BOG Construction Inc. of Berlin Center. The scheduled completion date is Oct. 31.

Man faces charges

after home invasion

WELLSBURG – A city man faces several charges after allegedly entering the home of a neighbor with a pistol at about 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Brooke County Sheriff’s Department has charged Briggs B. Stein, 47, of 1226 McAdoo Ridge, with wanton endangerment, destruction of property, trespassing and discharging a a firearm within 500 feet of a home.

According to court reports, a neighbor told deputies Stein walked into his home with a pistol but he convinced Stein to leave, after which he fired shots outside.

Sheriff’s deputies dispatched to the scene were joined by West Virginia and Follansbee Police when they ordered Stein to come out of his own home. A family member emerged from the home with a pistol belonging to Stein, and Stein was arrested inside without incident.

Stein’s motives for his actions weren’t clear.

His case is pending in Brooke County Magistrate Court.

Man identified

in drowning

EAST LIVERPOOL – A young man who drowned while swimming at the Broadway Wharf Saturday had just celebrated his birthday two days before.

East Liverpool Police have identified the victim as Herbert Lancaster, 19, 235 W. Fourth St., who was found by emergency personnel from the Chester and Newell volunteer fire departments about 10 feet from shore when he failed to surface after jumping from the docks near the boat launch.

Lancaster, his girlfriend and others had been jumping into the water and grabbing onto the dock when they surfaced, but the last time he failed to grab on and went back underneath the water and failed to resurface, according to police Capt. Terry Faulkner.

Faulkner said police were advised Lancaster did not know how to swim, but he said that had not been confirmed.

In addition to the firefighters, a boat from the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources also was used in the 20-minute search for Lancaster, who was located about 60 yards west of the boat launch.

Firefighters immediately began resuscitation efforts as they headed back to shore with Lancaster, who was transported to the hospital by Lifeteam ambulance, according to reports.

Jury trial canceled

due to man’s death

LISBON – The recent death of Richard Lewis, who was charged with obstructing justice, canceled his jury trial in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on Monday.

According to an obituary, Lewis died last Wednesday at Valley Hospice near Steubenville.

Lewis, 61, Township Line Road, Wellsville, was charged with two counts of obstructing official business for allegedly helping his stepson, Nicholas Carosiello, 33, of Chester, by lying to investigators on Aug. 12 and 15, 2011, following the death of Holly Carosiello.

Nicholas Carosiello is facing several charges, including aggravated murder, in the death of his estranged wife around the same date.

Court documents allege Lewis’ story continued to change. At times during the investigation he claimed an unknown person was inside the home; he heard two or three shots, but claimed not to know who fired the weapon; he claimed he did not know who was shot and he claimed he was the only person inside the home at the time of the shooting. He also allegedly moved guns around inside the home before investigators arrived.

Assistant County Prosecutor John Gamble said he was waiting for defense attorney Joseph Ludovici, who had been representing Lewis in the matter, to send him a copy of the obituary before any action would be taken regarding closing the case against Lewis.