Regional Roundup

Colliers resident is

sentenced for assault

WELLSBURG — A Colliers man was sentenced to three years of probation, including 18 months of home confinement with work release, on a charge of malicious assault after entering a plea agreement on Monday.

Christian D. Parr, 34, of Colliers entered a Kennedy plea, meaning no admission of guilt, because of conflicting statements among the parties involved, said his attorney, Pete Kurelac.

First Judicial Circuit Court Judge Ronald Wilson advised Parr that regardless of the plea, he could be sentenced to two to 10 years in jail if he violates the terms of his probation.

They include having 25 percent of his net income applied to restitution for the victim.

Brooke County Assistant Prosecutor Bill Cipriani said the amount could be as much as $15,000 and includes dental work needed for damaged or missing teeth for the victim.

The costs are expected to be divided between Parr and Dustin L. Sperringer, 27, of Wellsburg, who has pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting unlawful assault in connection with the same incident.

Sperringer is slated to be sentenced on Dec. 17.

Cipriani said an altercation between the three arose from an accusation of theft.

Vets, active military

invited for free lunch

STEUBENVILLE — Texas Roadhouse invites veterans and active members of U.S. military to enjoy a free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

For the eighth year, every Texas Roadhouse location across the country will participate in the free lunch event to honor the men and women of our armed forces.

All veterans, including all active, retired or former U.S. military, can choose one of 10 entrees from the Veterans Day menu.

Proof of service includes military or VA card or discharge papers.

The local Texas Roadhouse is located at 100 Mall Drive.

Ex-mayor of Niles

appeals conviction

NILES — A former northeastern Ohio mayor sentenced to 10 years in prison argues in an appeal that his conviction should be overturned and he should get a new trial.

Longtime Niles mayor Ralph Infante was accused of running an illegal gambling house and taking bribes in exchange for jobs.

He was convicted on more than 20 charges, including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

In a court filing this week, his attorney alleges among other things that there wasn’t sufficient evidence for a conviction on that charge.

Prosecutors accused Infante of misusing the mayor’s office beginning shortly after his election in 1992.

Infante spent 24 years as mayor of Niles.

Portion of I-270

renamed for officers

WESTERVILLE — A portion of an Ohio interstate road has been renamed for two police officers who were killed in a shooting earlier this year.

Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering, who died in the line of duty Feb. 10, 2018, are now honored by the portion of I-270 in Westerville bearing their names. WBNS-TV reports the Ohio Department of Transportation installed the signs this week.

Westerville officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering were shot Feb. 11 responding to a 911 hang-up call at a townhome in the Columbus suburb.

Westerville City Council says it will present the families with replica signs next Tuesday.

From staff and wire reports

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