STEUBENVILLE - The city's Civil Service Commission learned Monday Police Chief Bill McCafferty is still interviewing candidates for a vacant police dispatcher position.
Commission Chairwoman Delores Wiggins said the commission sent a list of qualified candidates to McCafferty, who will make a decision on the successful candidate.
Wiggins also said the city is facing a budget deficit and may initiate a hiring freeze in the near future.
Follansbee woman sentenced Monday
STEUBENVILLE A woman was sentenced to four years' probation and restitution Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Bruzzese in connection with embezzlement of funds from the Steubenville Kennel Club.
Michelle DiCola-Parks, 52, of 213 Rockdale Road, Follansbee, previously was indicted on felony theft and felony unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after allegedly stealing $45,381 from the club. She pleaded guilty to theft Monday in a plea agreement with the Jefferson County prosecutor and was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay back $42,000 in restitution.
A co-defendant, Joyce M. Firm, 72, of 310 Forest Drive, Toronto, previously was placed on probation for five years by Bruzzese after Firm pleaded guilty to felony theft. Firm was charged with taking $15,700 as an officer with the Steubenville Kennel Club. Both woman could go to prison if they fail to make restitution and complete the terms of their plea agreements.
Sheriff offers safe
STEUBENVILLE - Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said hunters during hunting season must use common sense and caution.
Abdalla said homes in the past have been damaged by errant shotgun slugs. He said windshields of vehicles traveling on state Route 7 also had been hit. Abdalla said those incidents were the result of careless hunters hunting too close to homes and the highway.
Abdalla urged hunters to use caution when taking a shot and not to hunt near homes or roads.
Abdalla also reminded hunters not to leave shotguns in open view inside vehicles because it is an invitation for a thief. Make sure the weapon is unloaded prior to placing the gun in a vehicle.
Deer season begins in Ohio on Monday and runs through Dec. 2. A two-day deer season also will be held on Dec. 15-16.
patrolling store lots
STEUBENVILLE - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department will begun its annual holiday safety program for shoppers on Friday.
Sheriff Fred Abdalla said deputies through Dec. 24 will patrol parking lots at the Fort Steuben Mall, including Wal-Mart, Tri-State Plaza and the Hollywood Plaza. He said deputies will provide safety to holiday shoppers, assist stranded shoppers with vehicle problems and cite violators of handicap parking restrictions.
Abdalla also advised shoppers to remain safe by not flashing a lot of cash, parking in a well-lighted area, not carrying too many packages at one time, keeping packages locked in the trunk and out of sight and walk to your vehicle with the door key in hand.
Cera appointed to coal committee
COLUMBUS - State Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, has been appointed to serve on the Coal Technical Advisory Committee.
The special committee is assigned the task of assisting the Ohio Coal Development Office in achieving coal development plans, project proposals and research and development projects. It also provides guidance is reviewing proposals for grants, loans and loan guarantees.
The committee is made up of members representing the Public Utilities Commission, various coal production companies, the United Mine Workers of America, electric utilities, manufacturers that use Ohio coal, various environmental organizations and two people with a coal research and development background, one of which is employed by a state university. Additionally, the committee is comprised of four legislative members.
"The committee not only reviews and makes recommendations concerning technical solutions to problems, it helps guide specific strategies, innovations, industry trends and regulatory compliance.
While Ohio looks at different avenues to secure energy sources for future generations, it is important that we continue to invest in coal technology,
This committee helps keep Ohio's coal development progress moving forward, and I am happy to play a small part in helping Ohio determine the production of environmentally safe and reliable electric power through coal," said Cera.
Residents can win composter
NEW CUMBERLAND - The Hancock County Solid Waste Authority is holding a recycling bin drawing for Hancock County residents who use the recycling center.
Residents who visit the center, 832 Gas Valley Road, can enter a drawing to win a tumbling composter or one of 40 recycling tubs. A drawing will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 22.
Residents wishing to enter the drawing must show a valid driver's license and a copy of their most recent trash bill.
The address on the driver's license and trash bill must match. Identification will be required to claim any prize, but winners do not have to be present for the drawing.
A list of winning entries will be posted at the facility by Dec. 29, and the names of winning entrants will not be given out over the phone. The recycling center opened in December 2010 and is now open six days a week. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
From staff reports