State Route 164 to be restricted
BERGHOLZ – State Route 164 will be closed Tuesday for four days for railroad crossing repairs, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported.
Amtrac of Ohio will be doing the work.
Beginning at the intersection of state Route 164 and state Route 43, traffic will be detoured north on state Route 43 to state Route 39, east to state Route 524, south back to state Route 164 and reverse, ODOT reported.
Engineer releases work schedule
STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Engineer James Branagan released the work schedule for county highway department crews for next week:
Chip seal -Bergholz-New Somerset Road (county Road 53), Mount Zion Road (county Road 57) and Brush Creek Township Road 289.
Bridge repair -State Park-Mooretown Road (county Road 54).
Road closings will be announced.
Parkway West work under way
PITTSBURGH – The shoulder of Interstate 376 (Parkway West) will begin a long-term closure in both directions from the Rosslyn Farms interchange to a point 1,500 feet past the Carnegie interchange. The closure will occur nightly beginning at 10 p.m. on Tuesday in both directions.
The work is part of a $72.83 million improvement to the Parkway West, according to PennDOT. The project will include miling and resurfacing I-79 and the Fort Pitt Tunnel. Work will include bridge preservation and rehabilitation, drainage improvements, guardrail upgrades, signage and pavement marking, median barrier replacement and sign structure rehabilitation.
The shoulder closure is in addition to the closure of the Carnegie on-ramp to the westbound Parkway West that began Friday morning. PennDOT’s Dan Cessna said the merging from the ramp with the construction had “proved to be a difficult challenge to motoristsconsidering the heavy volume or traffic.” A detour has been posted.
Missing woman found in Cuyahoga River
BRECKSVILLE – A body found in a river in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park has been identified as a woman who was reported missing last week.
Two park rangers found the body around 6 p.m. Thursday north of Highland Road Bridge in Brecksville. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner confirmed Friday it was the body of 30-year-old Hillary Sharma.
Sharma of Eastlake was last seen Aug. 19. Her car was found around midnight Aug. 21 in the parking lot at the park’s main visitor center.
Sharma’s cause of death is pending determination by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner.
Park officials say the investigation hasn’t led them to believe park visitors are at any increased risk.
Jury acquits doctor on 26 of 27 counts
AKRON – A jury has acquitted a northeast Ohio pain doctor of all but one of the 27 sexual-misconduct counts filed against him in a case that centered on accusations he improperly touched 11 female patients.
Hudson resident Dr. James Bressi was found guilty of one count of sexual imposition Friday in an Akron courtroom. The charge is a third-degree misdemeanor carrying a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 7.
Bressi faced 13 counts of gross sexual imposition, 12 counts of sexual imposition and two counts of rape. He testified he never improperly touched anyone.
– From staff and wire reports
STEUBENVILLE – Torre G. Cater Jr., 20, of 1526 Orchard St. turned himself into City Police on Thursday after he allegedly threatened one of the victims of Sunday’s shooting in the 1400 block of Maryland Avenue.
Police reported being called to a house around 7 p.m. Wednesday in the 400 block of South Fifth Street concerning the shooting victim being threatened with a gun. Police reported Carter told the victim to get out of town.
Carter was charged with aggravated menacing and intimidation of a victim.
He was being held without bond at the county jail, pending an appearance today in municipal court.
Two juveniles were shot around 8 p.m. in Piece of Pie Park near Maryland Avenue. Two men were subsequently arrested and charged with felonious assault.
Shell casings found
after shots fired call
STEUBENVILLE – City Police were called around 10 p.m. Thursday about shots fired in the South End of the city.
Police reported four shell casings were found in the 700 block of Slack Street.
No other evidence was found.
Child hit by
car in Weirton
WEIRTON – A female child was hit by a car Thursday morning on School Street, according to officials.
The child was transported to Weirton Medical Center for treatment, and the extent of her injuries is unclear.
The call was received at 7:07 a.m., and by the time firefighters reached the scene six minutes later, the child already was inside an ambulance, according to Chief Jerry Schumate of the Weirton Fire Department.
Calls to the Weirton Police Department had not been returned as of Thursday afternoon.
Set for Tuesday
STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Landlords Association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 2502 at Eastern Gateway Community College.
New hours announced
for MLK Center
STEUBENVILLE – The Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center will begin fall and winter hours Tuesday.
According to Recreation Director Mary Beth Sills, the new hours for the center are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The recreation center will be closed on Sundays.
Sills said the MLK Recreation Center will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day.
Information about the MLK Center operating hours and programs at the facility is available by calling (740) 283-6000, extension 4000.
City events committee looking for vendors
STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville Events Committee is accepting applications to participate in the Sights and Sounds of the Christmas parade set for noon on Dec. 6.
Judy Bratten, executive director of the Historic Fort Steuben and Visitors Center, said registration forms for the parade are available at the visitors center.
“We are also looking for vendors, organizations, businesses and individuals who would also like to participate in the 2015 Hometown Celebration.
Anyone interested in being part of the celebration are invited to an informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 in the visitors center,” said Bratten.
in house burglary
STEUBENVILLE – Bruce Billingsley, 23, of 406 Stella St., Tiltonsville, was placed on two years of probation on Wednesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Billingsley pleaded guilty to burglary.
Billingsley was charged with entering a vacant home on state Route 152, Toronto, on April 9 but he didn’t take anything. He faces up to eight months in prison if he violates probation.
Refuse services not
interrupted by holiday
CARROLLTON – Refuse and recycling collection services for Kimble customers in Carroll County will occur as scheduled without interruption, while a damaged roof is repaired at the company’s Carrollton transfer station.
Haulers utilizing the Kimble transfer station for disposal services will be redirected to other Kimble disposal facilities.
A portion of the roof was damaged at the Kimble transfer facility just outside of Carrollton around 9 a.m. Tuesday. Employees in the facility safely exited the building without injury.
“We mobilized our own equipment to clean the debris, and expect to have the facility fully operational by the end of the week,” said Keith Kimble, president at Kimble Recycling & Disposal Inc. The roof damage occurred after a truck had backed into and damaged a support structure earlier in the morning. For information, contact Kimble at (330) 343-1226.
Vets satellite office open in Dillonvale
STEUBENVILLE – The satellite office of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be open from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dillonvale American Legion, Liberty Street, Dillonvale, on Sept. 3.
The office can assist veterans, dependents of veterans and/or veterans’ 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 and closed every Wednesday afternoon to the public.
to meet Tuesday
WINTERSVILLE – Village Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the municipal building, 200 Grove St.
School board calls
WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Board of Education has called a work meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday to discuss facilities.
It will meet at its office at 1201 Pleasant Ave.
to speak at library
CADIZ -Researchers of Banded Spirits, Ohio’s top paranormal team, are scheduled to appear at Puskarich Public Library at 2 p.m. Sept. 13 for a presentation.
The team formed in 2007 and has built a reputation as Ohio’s top paranormal team. They have had more than 200 investigations a on their resume to date, from ships to historical landmarks and residential homes, the group has built a strong following.
Members of the crew are Chris Page, founder; Amy Cobb, co-founder; and Karlo Kuzic, project manager.
They have displayed their talents on the Aminal Planet’s series “The Haunted,” Biography Channel series “My Ghost Story,” plus History Channel’s new series “Hautned History.”
The team will discuss places in Ohio that are haunted, equipment used in the field, the different spirits encountered and how to conduct your own investigations. Call the library at (740) 942-2623 to register.
June retail sales
STEUBENVILLE – Retail sales in Jefferson County increased by nearly 10 percent in June compared to the same period last year.
Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said retail sales for June totaled $68.05 million, generating $1,020,845 in piggyback sales tax revenue for the county. Agresta said piggyback sales tax receipts for June 2013 generated $928,935, based on retail sales of $61.92 million.
Retail sales have averaged nearly $3 million more a month for the first half of 2014 compared to the same period last year.
Soil, water conservation
district board to meet
STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District board of supervisors will meet in special session at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Towers, 500 Market St.
Members are to review office space and discuss the relocation of the agency to the downtown facility.
Polish Athletic Club
STEUBENVILLE -The Polish Athletic Club meeting scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday has been canceled, according to officials.
Sports Medicine Center
at WMC open Saturdays
WEIRTON – Weirton Medical Center has announced its new Saturday Sports Medicine Center. The program is a free, walk-in injury assessment clinic for high school athletes performed by WMC orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine experts and physical therapists.
It will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. every Saturday during football season in the hospital atrium. No appointment is needed.
This weekend only, because of scheduled football games at Weir High School, the clinic will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday. For information, call (304) 797-6325.
sets office hours
CHARLESTON – Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced that a consumer representative from the office will conduct mobile office hours in the area to answer consumers’ questions and address concerns regarding scams or fraud.
Amy Nickerson, a consumer outreach and compliance specialist with the Attorney General’s Office, will host mobile office hours as follows:
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Brooke County Courthouse, 632 Main St., Wellsburg.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Hancock County Courthouse, 102 Court St., New Cumberland.
Mobile office hours are open to the public, and reservations are not required
“Our office uses mobile office hours as a tool to educate consumers on the ways they can protect their personal and financial information from scammers,” Morrisey said.
Additionally, Nickerson will attend the Brooke County Fair Sept. 5-7 and the Wheeling Heritage Port Sternwheel Festival Sept. 11-13. For information about the mobile office hours or other events, contact Nickerson at (304) 543-8457.
Four Case students
were on doomed plane
CLEVELAND – A small rented airplane crashed and burned shortly after takeoff Monday, killing four college students who were taking a sightseeing flight around Cleveland after their first day of classes.
The four men were students at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Three were members of the varsity wrestling team.
The wrestlers were identified as 20-year-old Lucas Marcelli of Massillon; 18-year-old Abraham Pishevar of Rockville, Md.; and 18-year-old John Hill of St. Simons, Ga. The fourth student was the pilot, 20-year-old William Felten of Saginaw, Michigan.
County Road 72 bridge damaged
HAMMONDSVILLE – Flooding rains washed out part of the abutment on a bridge on Pine Grove Road (county Road 72) forcing the county engineer’s department on Monday to close the bridge on an emergency basis at a point one mile west of state Route 213.
County Engineer James Branagan said the bridge has had recent repair work and is in good condition. But a large tree had fallen into the creek, which diverted flood waters into the abutment during storms on Wednesday.
Branagan said he is working to get borings to determine what type of foundation is necessary for the abutment, which actually holds one of the bridge’s trusses.
He said the bridge will be closed for at least a month.
Drivers and school buses face a 12-mile detour with the closing of the bridge.
in fire Monday
WELLSBURG – An apartment at 836 Charles St. was destroyed by smoke and water damage resulting from a fire Monday afternoon.
City Assistant Fire Chief Stanley Kins said the fire originated from a dryer in the upper floor apartment of the three-story building and firefighters were able to contain it quickly.
The Wellsburg, Follansbee, Hooverson Heights and Franklin Community fire departments were called to the scene at about 5:30 p.m. after Wellsburg Police officer Dan Casto reported it.
“It could have ended up really bad,” Kins said, adding the fire could have spread to the other apartments through a common attic as well as adjacent buildings that are close.
“The other apartments are liveable,” he said.
Kins said Brooke County Emergency Management Director Bob Fowler was arranging for temporary lodging for the apartment’s residents.
to hold prayer vigil
STEUBENVILLE – Second Baptist Church at 717 Adams St. will be the site of a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. Wednesday concerning events in Ferguson, Mo.
Several area ministers and community leaders are scheduled to speak.
Polish Athletic Club
STEUBENVILLE – Polish Athletic Club members are to meet at 8 p.m. Thursday at the club, 433 N. Seventh St.
ride slated Sept. 7
CADIZ – The annual Harrisonian Motorcycle Benefit Ride for Harrison Community Hospital will be held on Sept. 7.
Registration is to begin at 10 a.m. at the lower level parking lot at the hospital. The ride will begin at noon and will end with riders returning at approximately 4 p.m. to the hospital cafe for a meal and door prizes. Coffee, orange juice and cinnamon rolls will be served during registration.
Donations are $15 per rider and $10 per passenger.
Also, there will be a 50-50 drawing at the end of the ride. All proceeds will benefit the Harrison Community Hospital Auxiliary.
set for Tuesday
STEUBENVILLE -The Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times will present their annual Community Tailgate Party from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Area residents who attend the event, which will be held in Herald Square Park at 401 Herald Square, will have the opportunity to purchase an advance copy of The Gridiron, this year’s high school football preview, a hot dog, a bag of chips and a drink for $3. Proceeds will benefit literacy programs at the newspapers.
The Steubenville High School pep band is scheduled to perform at 11:30 a.m.
This year’s football edition will be included inside Wednesday’s editions of the newspapers.
destroyed by fire
COLLIERS – A vacant single-story house on Pebble Drive off Tent Church Road was destroyed by a fire at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
Firefighters from Colliers, Franklin Community and Hooverson Heights were at the scene for a few hours extinguishing and cleaning up after the fire. Because the area isn’t served by hydrants, tanker trucks from several area departments also were dispatched. The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined.
Republicans to host
STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Republican Party will host its annual Fall Fest at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.
According to Chairman Brian Wilson, speakers include U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, and Republican candidate for state representative Ron Ferguson. Wilson said a special congressional leader will be the guest speaker during the social and casual dinner.
Reservations for the $35 event can be made by calling Fran Rensi at (740) 381-4352 or e-mailing Rensi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grandparents Day set
at Belleview Clubhouse
STEUBENVILLE – The Parks and Recreation Department will host a grandparents’ day and a chance to learn about life during the American Revolutionary War at the first Dolly and Me Tea set for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Belleview Clubhouse.
Participants will learn about life during Colonial America, what it meant to be a patriot or a loyalist, learn to dance the minuet and more while creating crafts for little girls and their favorite doll. Following the activities, participants will sit down to a tea with foods popular during the 1700s.
There is no fee to participate, but pre-registration is required and is limited to the first 20 girls who register. Girls are encouraged to bring their favorite dolls with them to the program. To register, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (740) 283-6000, extension 4000.
STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Engineer James Branagan released the work schedule for county highway department crews for next week:
Chip seal -Bergholz-New Somerset Road (county Road 53).
Shoulder repairs, culvert cleaning – Graham Road (county Road 18), Rush Run Road (county Road 17), Dillonvale-Longrun Road (county Road 7), Dry Fork Road (county Road 8), county Road 15A, Glen Robbins-Mount Pleasant-Rayland Road (county Road 1) and Mingo Junction-Goulds Road (county Road 74).
Road closings will be announced.
SHS Key Club
to collect food
STEUBENVILLE – Members of the Steubenville High School Key Club will be collecting nonperishable items for the Urban Mission Food Pantry as part of the Facta Non Verba Campaign of the Steubenville City School District.
Items will be collected from Sept. 1 through Sept. 19. All schools will be collecting the items. Items also will be collected at the Sept. 5 football game against Glen Estes at Harding Stadium.
For information or to donate items, contact Ross Ivkovich, Key Ckub adviser, at email@example.com or (740) 282-9741, extension 1427.
program offers $60
Parents about to become empty nesters with a son or daughter leaving for college can save and make money by parting ways with an extra refrigerator or freezer, through AEP Ohio’s refrigerator recycling program.
Older refrigerators and freezers often end up in garages or basements after being replaced by newer models in the kitchen. Older appliances can use up to three times more energy than most people realize. For example, refrigerators and freezers manufactured before 1990 can use three times more electricity than newer models.
AEP Ohio’s Appliance Recycling program allows Ohio customers to schedule a free pickup at their own convenience and receive $60 for each appliance limited to two appliances. After Aug. 31, the incentive value will be $50.
To schedule a free pickup call (877) 545-4112 or visit AEPOhio.com/WasteLess. Information is available at many appliance retailers. No purchase is necessary to participate in the appliance recycling program.
Man arrested after
shooting gun at head
STEUBENVILLE – City Police arrested a man Thursday evening who pointed a gun at his head, pulled the trigger but the bullet missed striking him.
Officers were called to the 800 block of Rosswell Avenue around 7:15 p.m. about a highly intoxicated man who left his residence with a handgun. A cop saw Arthur Benjamin Jr., 76, of 813 Rosswell Ave. in the parking lot of the Pleasant Food Mart. The officer saw a bulge under Benjamin’s shirt.
Benjamin reached under his shirt and pulled out the handgun as the officer got out of his cruiser, police reported. Benjamin pointed the gun at the left side of his head and pulled the trigger. The bullet missed Benjamin and struck the store, police reported.
Benjamin eventually dropped the gun to the ground after repeatedly being ordered to do so, police reported.
Benjamin was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, handling a weapon while intoxicated, discharging a firearm in the city limits and domestic violence.
Downed cable lines on
Route 22 halt traffic
WEIRTON – Traffic in the east- and westbound lanes of state U.S. Route 22 was at a standstill at 3 p.m. Thursday because of downed cable lines between Main Street and Harmon Creek exits, according to officials.
Corporal Douglas Mills of the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department said a Frontier fiber optic cable line started to droop because of unknown damage to a pole some distance up an adjacent hill.
After that, a tractor trailer “grazed” it, and the next westbound truck caught the lines, bringing them down across the truck and all lanes, according to officials.
Mills said no one was injured, and it took crews about 30 minutes to get traffic flowing again.
Leg through ceiling
leads to arrest
STEUBENVILLE – City Police searching for a man who fled on foot on Wednesday were able to arrest the man after his leg came through the kitchen ceiling in a house where he was trying to hide.
An officer saw Jessie L. Turner, 31, of 211 West Blvd., Mingo Junction, on a porch in the 1200 block of Claire Avenue around 6:30 p.m. Turner, who was wanted on warrants, took off running when the officer approached him. The officer lost sight of Turner and other cops searched the surrounding area.
An officer saw a door partially open at a house in the 300 block of Summit Avenue. The occupant of the house gave officers permission to go inside. An officer walked into the kitchen in the rear of the residence and Turner’s leg came through the kitchen ceiling from the attic, police reported.
Turner was taken into custody on a bench and assault warrants, probation violation, obstructing official business and criminal trespass.
Driver admits to
STEUBENVILLE – A driver involved in a one-vehicle accident around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on state Route 7, near Washington Street, admitted to City Police he had injected heroin into his body just minutes before the crash.
Police reported finding Joshua Barker, 33, of 16 Keifer Way, Weirton, passed out in the driver’s seat.
He was taken to Trinity Medical Center West for treatment. An officer said Barker was holding a cap for a syringe.
Police searched the car and found an uncapped syringe in a bag, a leather belt used as a tourniquet and a pipe used to smoke crack cocaine. An officer went to the hospital to interview Barker, who admitted to shooting up heroin just before the wreck.
He was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, possession of drugs, drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.
to meet Monday
WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Board of Health will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Brooke County Courthouse.
Approval of the public health threat preparations budget and medical countermeasures for the pandemic flu and other hazards are among issues on the agenda.
Kids Fun Day set
at Laurel Hollow Park
NEWELL – The Newell Community Improvement Coalition will hold its third-annual Kids Fun Day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Laurel Hollow Park.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a bounce house, crafts, face painting, balloon animals, cotton candy and sno-cones.
The menu also includes hot dogs, popcorn and a drink.
Jim “Magic Man” Tate of Weirton will provide entertainment.
The sponsor is Hancock County Savings Bank, with support from Team Mojo Foundation, the Hancock County Arts Council and Gary Amos.
Club meets Monday
WEIRTON -The Weirton Steel Management Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Giovanni’s Restaurant in the banquet room.
All members and former members are invited to attend the dinner and social time.
ATV driver injured
EMPIRE – Dearl Harris, 46, of 541 township Road 211, Bloomingdale, remained in critical condition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Tuesday following an ATV accident Saturday on county Road 68, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.
Harris was driving north on county Road 68, near state Route 152, around 11 p.m. Saturday when his ATV went off the right edge of the road, hit an embankment and Harris was ejected from the vehicle, the patrol reported. The ATV continued on and hit a utility pole.
Harris was flown by medical helicopter to the Pittsburgh hospital, the patrol reported.
The accident remains under investigation.
State Route 9
to be closed
CADIZ – State Route 9 will be closed to traffic beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at the entrance to the Harrison County Airport for removal of an overhead bridge, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported.
The road will remain closed until 6 a.m. Monday while a construction crew removes and demolishes the overhead bridge owned by Consol Energy.
Beginning at the intersection of state Route 9 and state Route 519 in New Athens, traffic will be detoured east on state Route 519 to U.S. Route 250 north and west to state Route 9 in Cadiz and reverse, ODOT reported.
to discuss personnel
WINTERSVILLE – Village Council will meet in executive session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss personnel issues prior to the council meeting at 7 p.m.
WEIRTON The controlled bowhunt in Weirton will be held from Sept. 29 through Dec. 31, according to the Weirton Police Department.
All participants must be residents of Brooke or Hancock counties.
All hunters planning to participate are required to attend one of the pre-hunt meetings, which will be held at the Millsop Community Center. Meetings will be held on at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sept. 8 and at 6 p.m. on Sept. 17.
Potential hunters must bring an International Bowhunter Education Foundation card, drivers license or photo identification and a pen to complete applications and paperwork. These items are required.
Revised regulations governing the hunt, hunting permits, maps of the hunting areas and other documents will be issued at the pre-hunt meetings.
There will be a two-day bowhunter education foundation course conducted Sept. 10-11. To register, call (304) 670-3343.
Contact Lee Snoderly at (304)737-2375 for information.
to hold steak fry
BEECH BOTTOM – The Beech Bottom Fire Department will hold a steak fry from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the fire station.
Tickets are $20, which includes a 12 ounce sirloin, baked potato with condiments, salad, roll and beverage. There will be a disc jockey and drawings.
For information, call (304) 374-3481.
CAC of Columbiana
offers services to vets
LISBON – The Community Action Agency of Columbiana County Inc. offers a number of services to veterans and their families living in Columbiana, Mahoning, Jefferson, Carroll or Tuscarawas counties that are facing a housing crisis.
To qualify for assistance under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, participants must be facing homelessness, including a leave the premise notice or court-ordered eviction and be under the required income limits. The program provides case management and financial assistance to those who qualify.
Those with questions or wanting to schedule an appointment, can contact the Community Action Agency at (330) 424-4013.
Jefferson County Fair
Board holds election
SMITHFIELD – An election of the Jefferson County Agricultural Society was held with the following results:
Board of directors: Jeff Wood Jr. and Debbie Hukill, 58 votes each; Carl Glenn, new candidate, 54; Chris Molinaro, new candidate, 45; Richard Rine, new candidate, 38; William “Zek” Keeder II, new candidate, 29; Suzie Zorbini, 24.
Not running for re-election were Don Bell, Carolyn Mercer, Ken Taylor and Ed Woods.
Livestock sale committee members, with two to be elected, were Jeff Wood Sr., 22 votes; Ralph Carter, 14; and Christopher King, six.
The Jefferson County Grange booth winners are Pleasant Hill, first; Unionport, second; and Liberty, third.
The Pomona Grange booth took a first-place award.
Man killed after
U.S. Route 22 wreck
BLOOMINGDALE -Brian L. Sullivan, 47, of 316 Garden Drive, Wintersville, was killed when the car he was driving went off U.S. Route 22, near the Broadacre exit, and flipped several times around 3 p.m. Sunday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.
Sullivan was operating a 2012 Dodge Charger west on U.S. Route 22 when the vehicle drove off the left side of the roadway striking a storm drain, the patrol reported. The vehicle then overturned several times before coming to rest on the eastbound side of U.S. Route 22. Sullivan, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle, the patrol reported. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation is continuing, but the patrol reported speed appears to have been a contributing factor in the crash.
Club meets Tuesday
RICHMOND – The Steubenville Saddle Club, which normally meets on the first Tuesday of the month, will meet instead at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the club grounds, state Route 152 north.
President Dale Holcomb will preside for the meeting that is open to members and prospective members who need not own horses to be involved.
The club has one remaining show for the 2014 season, which will be held Aug. 31, beginning at 9 a.m. with halter classes and finishing with a variety of contest classes that do not begin before 3 p.m.
The contest portion of the club’s July 13 show was canceled because of inclement weather, officials said, and class money that would have been awarded will be carried over to the Aug. 31 show.
The shows are open to the public. There is no admission, and a variety of food is available in the concession stand.
Membership in the club is open to anyone. An annual membership for a family is $25; $15 for an individual; and $10 for a youth. Checks can be made payable to the Steubenville Saddle Club and mailed to SCC, P.O. Box 431, Richmond, OH 43944, or brought to a meeting.
Two Knox Township
roads closed today
IRONDALE – Knox Township roads 224 and 247 will be closed to all traffic today for guardrail and culvert work, according to township officials.
Route 22 to be closed for bridge work
WEIRTON – A section of U.S. Route 22 near the Colliers Way Bridge will be closed to east- and westbound traffic for four days in the next two weeks while crews continue to build the new span.
State highway officials have announced lanes below the bridge will be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday through Friday and again on Aug. 25 while crews install steel girders for the bridge.
Traffic will be detoured to the Colliers Way exit and entrance ramps in each direction.
The old bridge has been removed and two-way traffic has been established on the completed half of the span, while crews work on the foundation and abutments for the other half.
Swank Construction of New Kensington, Pa., is the contractor for the $6.5 million project, which is slated for completion this fall.
Built in 1966, the old Colliers Way Bridge had deteriorated with age. It is part of the primary route to Weirton Medical Center.
Engineer releases work schedule
STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Engineer James Branagan released the work schedule for county highway department crews for next week:
Patching – Dillonvale-Longrun Road (county Road 7).
Chip seal – Main Street, Hammondsville (county Road 50A); Hollow Rock Road (county 51); Bergholz-New Somerset Road (county Road 53); and Monroeville-Irondale Road (county Road 55).
Bridge repair – State Park-Mooretown Road (county Road 54).
Road closings will be announced.
Mingo water service to be disrupted
MINGO JUNCTION – Residents on Lincoln and Summit avenues and residents on North Hill will experience low or no water pressure on Monday and Thursday as crews work to connect water lines as part of the Lincoln Avenue water and sewer project, the village administrator’s office reported.
County land bank to hold meeting
STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County’s land bank board is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the second floor conference room at the Towers, 500 Market St.
Airport authority schedules meeting
WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson County Regional Airport Authority will meet in special session at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the airport’s terminal building.
Buckeye board to meet
DILLONVALE – The Buckeye Local Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the administrative offices.
The purpose of the meeting is to meet with the bargaining unit of Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local 373 and discuss issues with the board’s legal counsel.
MRDD board meets Thursday
STEUBENVILLE -The Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities will meet in regular session at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
The meeting will be held in the conference room at the School of Bright Promise, 256 John Scott Highway.
Cross Creek trustees set meeting
WINTERSVILLE – The Cross Creek Township Trustees will meet at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 at 251 Airport Road.
The meeting has been changed to accommodate the Labor Day holiday.
Police find loaded
gun in vehicle
STEUBENVILLE – A City Police officer found a loaded handgun under the seat of a car during a routine traffic stop Thursday evening.
The officer stopped the vehicle around 8:30 p.m. in the 900 block of North Seventh Street for an expired registration. Three people were in the vehicle.
One person, Lisa A. Baker, 40, of Steubenville was taken into custody on a failure to appear in court warrant out of Belmont County. The driver, Joseph Baker, 26, of Steubenville was given a citation for expired registration
The officer let Baker and Derrick A. Hall, 23, of Steubenville leave the scene, and, while doing an inventory of the vehicle, found a loaded .38-caliber revolver under a seat, police reported. The officer yelled at Hall, who was sitting in the seat, to stop as Hall was walking away. Police reported Hall was caught after a short foot chase. He was charged with obstructing official business and a failure to appear warrant out of municipal court.
Nobody was charged with possessing the gun.
Weirton man charged
FOLLANSBEE – A Weirton man was arrested by City Police on several charges following a chase through the city early Thursday.
Andrew J. Goysovich, 25, of 3615 State St. has been charged with reckless driving, fleeing from an officer, fleeing with property damage, obstructing an officer and no proof of insurance.
According to police, Goysovich was driving erratically while traveling on Main Street (state Route 2) near the Sheetz gas station and failed to stop when police pursued him from there to the south end of Main Street and back north to Highland Hills Drive, where he struck the mirror of a Wellsburg police car involved in the chase.
It’s not clear why he fled.
City Police Chief John Schwertfeger said Goysovich also struck several mailboxes during the pursuit, which also involved Brooke County sheriff’s deputies.
He is being held in the Northern Regional Jail in lieu of bond set in Brooke County Magistrate Court, where his case is pending.
Woman sentenced in
credit card scam
STEUBENVILLE -Taniesha N. Jones, 31, of Apartment 2, 601 Two Ridge Road, Wintersville, was sentenced by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. on Thursday to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after pleading guilty to five counts of identity fraud and four counts of theft.
The trial for Jones was scheduled to begin on Thursday, but she agreed to plead guilty.
Jones randomly entered numbers on an automated telephone system for credit cards until she discovered a legitimate card number.
Jones then called area restaurants for take-out orders and gave the credit card numbers over the phone.
Jones was ordered to make $971 in restitution.
She will be on probation for two years and faces up to five years in prison if she violates her probation.
set for Wednesday
STEUBENVILLE – Area Scrabble enthusiasts will gather Wednesday for their monthly game session in room 1502 at Eastern Gateway Community College.
Play time will run from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with newcomers welcome and encouraged to bring the board game if they have one.
No fees are charged.
Bonus words will be words related to Labor Day.
For information, call (740) 264-9893.
Civil Service Commission
approves job description
STEUBENVILLE – The Civil Service Commission has approved an updated job description for the utility collection office customer service representative position.
Commission Chairwoman Delores Wiggins said the existing job description was last updated in 1988.
“We reviewed and updated the new job description because the city plans to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Cindy McKay. The city will post the job internally and if no one wants the job it will be advertised,” said Wiggins.
“We also reviewed the test results for the maintenance worker I and maintenance worker II positions. I was a little disappointed because of the limited number of candidates interested in the jobs,” said Wiggins.
Mingo water service
to be disrupted
MINGO JUNCTION – Residents on Lincoln and Summit avenues and residents on North Hill will experience low or no water pressure on Monday as crews work to connect water lines as part of the Lincoln Avenue water and sewer project, the village administrator’s office reported.
Houses on Summit Avenue will not have water service for most of the day on Monday, the administrator’s office reported.
sets enrollment days
STEUBENVILLE – Eastern Gateway Community College will hold additional enrollment days Saturday and Aug. 23 at the Jefferson County Campus in Steubenville and at Valley Center in Youngstown. The free, public events will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On enrollment day, prospective students may apply, take placement testing, have transfer credit evaluated and enroll in courses all in one day.
Enrollment requirements include an official high school or GED transcript and any official previous college transcripts. After applying, the student may take free placement testing. If the student attended another college, testing may be waived when showing the college transcript.
Following testing, the student will meet with an academic adviser to plan courses for the chosen major and enroll in classes.
Program options include associate degrees and certificates preparing for careers in business, engineering, health and public services. Transfer options include guaranteed transfer of core courses to Ohio’s public universities.
For information, call (800) 68-COLLEGE, extension 1993.
PITTSBURGH – Local recreational boaters are being alerted by the Pittsburgh District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expect long delays on the Ohio River in some areas this weekend due to the closure of the primary lock chamber at Dashields Locks and Dam on the upper portion of the river.
The 110-foot-by-600-foot primary lock chamber was closed Monday for scheduled maintenance. The closure will continue until 11 p.m. Sept. 19, with all navigation traffic re-routed to the 56-foot-by-360-foot auxiliary lock chamber.
The primary lock chamber at Montgomery Locks and Dam downstream also will be closed from 12:01 a.m. this coming Monday until 11 p.m. Sept. 5.
Recreational boaters are discouraged from locking through Dashields and Montgomery locks and dams during the lock chamber closures.
Boaters will experience extremely long delays since priority will be given to commercial passenger vessels and commercial tows.
Harvard Avenue work
to start Friday
STEUBENVILLE – The Harvard Avenue water line replacement project will start at 7 a.m. Friday with the saw cutting on Lovers Lane and Harvard Avenue where the new water line will be installed.
City Engineer Michael Dolak said Lovers Lane will be closed to through traffic from Fort Steuben Drive to Sunset Boulevard from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday so the contractor can excavate and locate the existing water line for a water connection tie-in.
“Local access to properties on Lovers Lane from Harvard Avenue to Fort Steuben Drive will be maintained on Fort Steuben Drive. Motorists are advised to use John Scott Highway and Sinclair Avenue as the detour,” said Dolak.
“We will post ‘No Parking’ signs on Harvard Avenue one day in advance. Vehicles left on the street will be towed and owners will be responsible for towing and storage fees. The patience and cooperation of all area residents are greatly appreciated during the water line replacement and hot mix paving. Anyone with questions can contact me at (740) 283-6000, extension 3303,” said Dolak.
Shelly & Sands Inc. of Rayland has been hired to do the project.
Man sentenced in burglary case
STEUBENVILLE – Kenneth R. Lucas, 26, of Cadiz was sentenced to four years in prison on Thursday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Lucas pleaded guilty to burglary.
Lucas was charged in connection with the April 9, 2013, burglary of a house on state Route 152, Toronto. Lucas told Bruzzese he didn’t go inside the house but was with other people who did. Lucas was caught by a neighbor.
Bruzzese said Lucas must cooperate in the investigation.
Lucas had a prior felony theft conviction.
SRG to meet Monday evening
STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville Revitalization Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Froehlich’s Classic Corner Restaurant.
The public is invited to attend the meeting.
Fire hydrant work set for Tuesday
STEUBENVILLE – The city water department is scheduled to replace a fire hydrant Tuesday near Oak Grove Avenue.
Assistant Water Superintendent Michael Wigal said Carnegie Street between Oak Grove Avenue and Wellesley Avenue will be closed until the hydrant replacement is completed. Motorists are encouraged to find an alternate route.
“Water customers who live in the Oak Grove Avenue, Arlington Avenue and Belleview Boulevard area of LaBelle may experience water service interruptions while the new hydrant is being installed. The replacement work should take several hours to complete,” said Wigal.
to meet Aug. 21
CADIZ -The Workforce Investment Area 16 Youth Council quarterly meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 21 at Harrison Community Hospital.
Oak Glen Middle sets
NEW CUMBERLAND – Oak Glen Middle School’s fifth-grade orientation is planned Aug. 19 at the school, 39 Golden Bear Drive.
The program will begin at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5:45 p.m.
Due to the number of pupils, it is requested that only two adults accompany each pupil.
The new fifth-grade class will have an opportunity to meet the principals as well as their teachers.
at Buckeye is Tuesday
RAYLAND – The Buckeye Local High School ninth-grade orientation is planned at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the high school’s theater.
OVRTA bus rolls
MOZART – An Ohio Valley Regional Transportation Authority bus carrying a driver and driver trainee Thursday dropped off the berm of Mozart Road and rolled over several times down an embankment.
The accident occurred shortly after 10 a.m. in the Mozart Road area of Marshall County. A witness who had been following the southbound bus said he noticed the bus move to the right side of the road to make room for an oncoming vehicle. Witnesses told law enforcement one of the rear tires slipped off the berm, causing the driver to lose control.
The 24-passenger bus rolled over at least two times before coming to a rest in a field. No passengers were on the bus at the time.
Several units from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department responded, as did members of the Bethlehem Fire and Rescue squad.
Neither man appeared to be seriously injured, but they were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
OVRTA Executive Director Tom Hvizdos, who responded to the crash scene, said buses have run the Bethlehem-Mozart area for at least 30 years.
“We are very fortunate that nobody other than the drivers were on board,” he said. “This matter will be investigated fully.”
Sentence given in
STEUBENVILLE – A Toronto man who admitted to firing shots at another man in a dispute was sentenced Wednesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. to six years in prison.
Randall L. Fazio, 21, of Toronto pleaded guilty to felonious assault, with a firearm specification.
Fazio was charged after he fired six shots at a vehicle on Oct. 25 in the 500 block of Euclid Ave., Toronto.
Fazio said the shots were fired after an argument with another man. Fazio said he felt threatened by the other man but Bruzzese pointed out the other man was in the process of leaving in a vehicle. The other man wasn’t injured.
Three of the six years in prison will be mandatory because of the firearm specification.
Fish fry Friday
at Legion post
STEUBENVILLE – The Sons of the American Legion of the David Walker Post 274 will hold a fish fry from 2 p.m. until whenever on Friday.
The post is located on the corner of North Seventh Street and Franklin Avenue.
For takeout orders, call (740) 284-2044.
to meet Aug. 22
CADIZ -The Workforce Investment Area 16 Workforce Investment Board quarterly meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 22 at the Belmont College Harrison County Center in Sally Buffalo Park.
caught in Wheeling
WHEELING – A juvenile is in custody after he allegedly stole a car at gunpoint from two men at a popular fishing spot in Wellsburg Wednesday afternoon.
Wellsburg police Lt. Lester Skinner said the incident happened just after 3 p.m. near Wellsburg’s sewer treatment plant, located at the south end of town. Wheeling Police, who are not releasing the suspect’s name because he is only 17, caught up with the alleged carjacker a short time later in the Warwood area.
The boy is lodged at the Lincoln Juvenile Detention Center in Wheeling pending a court hearing, police said.
Skinner said the car, a red Mitsubishi Eclipse, was parked near the treatment plant, which is located along the Ohio River near the mouth of Buffalo Creek. He said the two victims, both males, were fishing when the suspect approached them.
“The guy walks up to the top of the bank. … He pulls a gun – a small revolver is how they described it,” Skinner said.
After showing the weapon, the suspect reportedly asked the two victims if the Mitsubishi was their car.
When they replied that it was, the suspect demanded their keys, wallets and cellphones before speeding away in the vehicle.
Wheeling police Lt. Michael Anderson said officers found the stolen car parked in the Warwood area and took the suspect into custody without incident on Wheeling Heritage Trail.
He said officers did not recover a weapon, and were unsure of the motive for the carjacking.
Skinner commended the victims for their assistance in providing a detailed description of the suspect.
Jury e-mail scam
WHEELIING – U.S. District Court Judge John Preston Bailey is warning the public about a new federal jury e-mail scam that could lead to identity theft.
According to Bailey, the scam involves a jury phishing e-mail that asks recipients to provide personal identifiers such as social security number birth date, mother’s maiden name and other information on an attached PDF form that is to be mailed back to the originator.
The e-mail is fraudulent and has no connection to the federal courts or e-Juror, the online registration program used by federal courts.
According to Bailey, federal courts using eJuror never request personal identification information be sent directly in an e-mail response.
Requests by courts to complete a juror qualification would be initiated by formal written correspondence, not an e-mail, Bailey said, and would provide instructions for the juror participant to be authenticated over a secure connection.
Anyone suspecting they have received a fraudulent juror e-mail requesting personal identification information should contact the clerk’s office at (304) 637-2144 to report the incident.
Additional sentence given to drug offender
STEUBENVILLE – Devon Bellum, 27, was sentenced Monday to nine months in prison by Jefferson County
Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Bellum pleaded guilty to possession of heroin.
Bellum was arrested in September after a state parole officer found heroin inside Bellum’s home in Mingo Junction.
Bellum is serving a prison sentence of one to 15 years in a West Virginia prison stemming from a drug possession charge out of Hancock County. Bellum is not scheduled to be released until 2020, according to the West Virginia Division of Corrections
The Ohio prison sentence will be served concurrently to the West Virginia sentence.
Annual health fair planned
WEIRTON – Numerous health providers will be under the same roof this week for the fourth-annual Passport to Health Wellness Fair sponsored by C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. and DaVita Dialysis.
The wellness fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Serbian-American Cultural Center, Colliers Way.
In addition to various free health screenings, those in attendance can receive comprehensive blood tests for $40 – including a complete blood count, TSH for women, PSA for men, lipid panel, complete metabolic panel, microalbumin and BUN creatinine.
Also available is a 3-D fetal sonogram for a $5 fee.
Free transportation will be provided, with pickups at the C.H.A.N.G.E. offices on West Street, Freedom Place and Overbrook Towers on Wednesday. To make use of the transportation, sign up by today at one of the pickup locations, or call (304) 797-7733.
The health fair will feature food, giveaways and prizes throughout the day.
sewer meeting set
WINTERSVILLE – The village’s water and sewer committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Village Building, 200 Grove St.
Weather helps boost state fair attendance
COLUMBUS – Nearly perfect weather for most of the run of this year’s Ohio State Fair helped shatter an attendance record.
The nine-day run of the fair drew 903,824 people. That easily beat the previous record of 850,218 set in 2004.
This year’s fair ended Sunday with 98,612 coming out to the Columbus fairgrounds.
Tom Price, chairman of the Ohio Expositions Commission, tells The Columbus Dispatch that the great weather made it “almost a once-in-a-lifetime fair.”
Temperatures were mild and didn’t top 81 degrees. Rain fell on three of the 12 days, totaling just above a half-inch, but the sun appeared nearly every day.
Spokeswoman Alicia Shoults says spending on midway rides rose 17 percent this year from last year, and spending on food and beverages increased 10 percent.
Cincinnati officers fatally shoot suspect
CINCINNATI – Police in Cincinnati say they fatally shot a fleeing suspect who pulled a gun on officers.
Police officials said it happened during a traffic stop in the Walnut Hills section at about 1 a.m. Tuesday.
The man, a passenger in an SUV, declined to cooperate with police during the traffic stop and ran off, according to media reports.
Officers struggled with the suspect, and he pulled a pistol. Both officers fired at the man, who was pronounced dead later at a hospital.
No further details and no names have been released. A news conference was planned for later in the day.
From staff and wire reports
killed in crash
WINTERSVILLE -An Arkansas man who had just purchased a motorcycle was killed when the motorcycle went off the side of the road Saturday afternoon on U.S. Route 250 in Mount Pleasant Township and struck a car waiting to pull out of a parking lot, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.
Matthew Spencer, 33, of Kingland, Ark., was operating a 1983 Yamaha motorcycle around 3:17 p.m. Saturday when the bike went off the side of the road, striking a car operated by Dale Rothert, 73, of Adena, the patrol reported.
Spencer, who was not wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene, a trooper reported.
Rothert and a passenger in the car were not injured.
A crash reconstructionist with the patrol was on scene to assist with the investigation.
The crash remains under investigation.
Gas prices rise
COLUMBUS – Ohio gas prices are higher to start the work week.
The average price for a gallon of regular gas was $3.47 in today’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc.
That’s a dime higher than a week ago.
However, it’s still 12 cents lower than this time last month.
Today’s national average was $3.50, which is 2 cents lower than a week ago, and 16 cents lower a month ago.
Despite the spike in Ohio numbers, analysts say prices should stay lower during August as long as refinery production remains strong and oil prices don’t rise due to unexpected issues.
The lowest average price in the state was $3.35 in the Youngstown area.
Village in battle
against feral felines
BOWLING GREEN – A village in northwestern Ohio is trying to solve a problem that residents say is spreading fast.
Residents in the village south of Toledo say there are so many feral cats in Pemberville that they’ve lost count.
The village council is now considering a proposal from the Wood County Humane Society to trap, neuter and then return the cats to the village.
The council’s president said the big question is how to fund the program.
The Humane Society says it would cover half of Pemberville’s expenses for the first year and that the village must pay for the program after that.
Engineer releases work schedule
Patching – Rush Run Road (county Road 17); Fernwood-Bloomingdale Road (county Road 26); Reeds Mill-Bloomingdale Road (county Road 22A); Mingo Junction-Goulds Road (county Road 74); and Dillonvale-Longrun Road (county Road 7).
Bridge repair – Salem Township Road 136 and State Park-Mooretown Road (county Road 54).
Slip repair – Graham Road (county Road 18) will be closed 0.2 mile north of Rush Run Road from 6 a.m. through 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. There will be no through traffic at that point.
Road closings will be announced.
Brightway Day of Champions event set
SMITHFIELD – Brightway Center will present its third championship camp on Friday at the center’s activity center and surrounding fields. The event will start at 9 a.m. and continue through 4:30 p.m. There is no charge for youth of all ages from sixth through 12th grade, according to Cathy Takach, project manager.
“This will be an all-day competitive event to engage in physical fitness and educational activities. Teams will rotate from activity to activity, with each team comprised of between five and 10 participants. At the end of the day, the team who has won the most events will be crowned the ‘Champions of the Day,’ with each member awarded a medal.” she said..
A lunch will be served, as well as snacks and beverages throughout the day.
To register, call Takach at (740) 733-7480.
From staff reports