Jury convicts man of gun possession
STEUBENVILLE - Quintae L. Stubbs, 22, of Steubenville was sentenced to 30 months in prison by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson on Tuesday after a jury convicted him of having a gun as a convicted felon.
County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin told the jury that Stubbs and another man were at the Fort Steuben Mall on May 23. An off-duty officer working security stopped both men and it appeared Stubbs was nervous. The officer discovered there was an warrant out for Stubbs but he had already left the mall, Hanlin said.
Other officers were searching the area and Stubbs was seen getting into a car in a parking lot off Main Street, Wintersville, Hanlin said. Stubbs was removed from the vehicle and a loaded handgun was found inside a bag on the floor below where he was sitting, Hanlin said.
Stubbs wasn't allowed to be in possession of a gun because of a prior drug possession conviction.
Defense attorney David Vukelic said officers didn't see Stubbs in possession of the gun. He said police didn't do fingerprint or DNA testing on the gun. Vukelic said Stubbs immediately denied it was his gun.
The jury deliberated about one hour before returning with the guilty verdict.
YORKVILLE - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and the state fire marshal's office are investigating suspicious fires at a vacant house at 1913 county Road 2, Yorkville, on Tuesday.
A deputy was called to the house Tuesday evening by the Yorkville Volunteer Fire Department. A beer bottle with a wick sticking out was found inside the house after the minor fire was extinguished, a deputy reported.
The deputy was at the Yorkville fire station when a second report of a fire at the same house was received. A burning plastic gas can and two beer bottles with wicks were found.
The sheriff's department reported a yellow liquid was inside the bottles. A sample of the liquid will be sent to the state fire marshal's office for analysis, the sheriff's department reported.
Man sent to prison
on drug charges
STEUBENVILLE - Lamar D. Johnson, 23, of 1502 Madison Ave., Toronto, was sentenced to one year in prison on Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Johnson pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges.
Johnson pleaded guilty to selling marijuana twice in April and May out of a house in the 800 block of Logan Avenue, Toronto. and selling marijuana on May 17 in Toronto within 1,000 feet of a school.
Johnson in February 2012 was sentenced by Henderson to nine months in prison after he violated his probation for drug trafficking charges by being charged with another drug trafficking charge.
Johnson was placed on probation in January 2012 and then sold prescription drugs to a police confidential informant 15 days later.
Mingo concert set for today
MINGO JUNCTION - The concert in the park series will continue at 6:30 p.m. today at Aracoma Park featuring Rich Grantonic.
Body discovery closes I-71
COLUMBUS - Police say a body found on a highway led officers to close several miles of a major interstate artery in the city during the morning commute.
From staff and wire reports