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May 7, 2008
Unattended cooking

blamed for city fire

STEUBENVILLE — Unattended cooking on a stove was blamed for a fire Tuesday around 7:42 p.m. that destroyed a kitchen at a house at 1248 Oregon Ave., the City Fire Department reported.

The fire department reported the kitchen was fully engulfed in flames upon arrival. Firefighters had some difficulty with a fire hydrant that wasn’t working.

The fire department reported all the occupants of the house got out safely.

The kitchen was destroyed and there was damage to the outside walls. There was heavy smoke damage throughout the home, the fire department reported.

Firefighters remained on scene for more than one hour.

Man treated for stab

wounds after fight

DILLONVALE — A man reportedly stabbed himself several times in the chest with a knife after a domestic dispute with his girlfriend around 4:12 p.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of Rhodes Street, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department reported.

A deputy reported an emergency call came in from the girlfriend who said the boyfriend was in the bedroom and had stabled himself.

Deputies arrived to find the man on the bed and a knife on the floor. The man admitted to deputies stabbing himself during the dispute. The man was taken to Trinity Medical Center West for treatment of the stab wounds and then was going to be admitted for psychiatric evaluation, the sheriff’s department reported.

Toronto man sent

to prison for theft

STEUBENVILLE — A Toronto man who admitted to a gambling problem was sentenced to nine months in prison on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr.

Albert A. Burkey, 54, of Toronto admitted to a probation revocation and an additional charge of theft. Burkey had pleaded guilty in September to theft for writing $810.38 in bad checks to a city business. He was placed on probation by Bruzzese for two years.

Burkey then was indicted by the grand jury in January on another charge of theft in connection with writing $3,906.66 in bad checks to another city business.

The county prosecutor’s office filed a motion to have Burkey’s probation revoked on the first theft charge after his arrest on the second theft charge.

WVNCC graduation

events set for Friday

WHEELING — West Virginia Northern Community College will honor its graduates at its 36th-annual commencement ceremony set for 7 p.m. Friday at WesBanco Arena.

The ceremony will be preceded by a concert at 6:30 p.m.

The college will provisionally award 78 certificates, 32 associate in arts, nine associate in science and 219 associate in applied science degrees, according to officials.

Some students will receive more than one degree or certificate.

Gasoline prices

continue upward march

PITTSBURGH — AAA East Central said gasoline prices rose by 3.5 cents a gallon on average to a record high of $3.62 a gallon across South Central Ohio.

AAA’s weekly Fuel Gauge Report said the national average hit $3.62 Thursday and has dropped about a penny since then, but noted oil had rose to $122 a barrel as of Tuesday.

Across the region, the highest average prices were in the Ironton area. The lowest were in the Steubenville area.

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