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September 6, 2013
The Herald-Star

Marijuana found in man's vehicle

WINTERSVILLE - Village Police arrested Matthew Allen, 28, of Pittsburgh on Thursday after a traffic stop revealed seven pounds of marijuana.

Police were alerted Thursday about a package being delivered to a business that contained marijuana. Police then contacted the Jefferson County Drug Task Force for assistance. A GPS tracking device was placed inside the package. Allen drove to Wintersville to get the package, and Wintersville officers then pulled him over for an alleged traffic violation.

The marijuana was discovered after Allen gave inconsistent answers to questions by the officer.

Chicago man arrested in heroin investigation

STEUBENVILLE - A Chicago man was arrested Thursday in possession of 100 grams of heroin as part of an investigation by the Jefferson County Drug Task Force.

Diondre Jones, 40, of Chicago was charged with possession of drugs. Sheriff Fred Abdalla said an investigation led to the drug task force asking the Ohio State Highway Patrol to stop Jones' vehicle. The patrol stopped the vehicle around 2:30 p.m. at North Seventh Street and University Boulevard.

Man arrested in assault on officer

STEUBENVILLE - William D. Ross III, 18, of Steubenville was arrested Thursday on a warrant in connection with an assault on a police officer.

An officer stopped Ross on Maxwell Avenue on July 14 because he looked like a person who had been involved in a shooting case. As the officer was asking the man questions, the man began to run away, police reported. The officer grabbed the man's arm, and the officer was dragged along the ground, police reported. The man was able to break free and eluded capture, police reported.

Police Chief William McCafferty said the officer suffered a shoulder injury.Officers were contacted Thursday about Ross being at a house in the 1300 block of Jefferson Street. Ross wasn't in the house but a witness said he was seen running into a neighboring house. That house was searched and an attic door was seen ajar, police reported. Ross came out of the attic when ordered by police, McCafferty said.

Former clinic operator pleads guilty

WHEELING - The 62-year-old operator of the former Weirton Chiropractic Clinic has been sentenced in U.S. District Court in Wheeling to 18 months in prison plus two years of supervised release after pleading guilty in October to insurance fraud and income tax evasion.

Joseph W. Yurigan of New Alexandria, Pa., was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment to be followed by two years of supervised release.

Yurigan, a chiropractor, had pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud and one count of income tax evasion for calendar year 2008. As part of his plea, he agreed to make restitution of $513,373.92 for the health care violation and $322,692.03 for the tax evasion violation. Currently free on bond, Yurigan, who also operated the Wheeling Spine Center, will self-report to federal prison on Oct. 7.

Vice president to speak at dinner

CHARLESTON - Vice President Joe Biden will serve as key speaker at the West Virginia Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Oct. 12 at the Charleston Civic Center.

West Virginia's Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio said U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin invited Biden to speak at the dinner, which will honor U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller for his 50 years of service to the Mountain State.

Tickets are $75 each or $1,200 for a table of 10. To make reservations or for information, call (304) 342-8121 or visit

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