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September 21, 2013
The Herald-Star

Man sentenced in sexual case

STEUBENVILLE - Talt D. Malone, 23, of 3101 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, was sentenced on Friday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after Malone pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Malone had sexual conduct with a 15-year-old girl in January.

Malone will be one two years of probation after his released from the Eastern Ohio Correction Center.

Bruzzese ruled that Malone is a Tier II sex offender, requiring him to report his address to the county sheriff where he lives or works every 180 days for 25 years.

County engineer releases work schedule

STEUBENVILLE - Jefferson County Engineer James Branagan released the work schedule for next week for the highway department:

- Patching - JFK Highway (county Road 47).

- Pavement repairs - Brilliant-New Alexandria Road (county Road 19).

- Warren Ridge-Smithfield-Rayland Road (county Road 15) will remain closed for a slip repair through 5 p.m. on Oct. 2 at a point 0.75 mile north of state Route 150. There is no through traffic at that point.

Hydrant testing set for next week

STEUBENVILLE - Fire Chief Carlo Capaldi has announced a fire hydrant testing, inspection and flow program will be conducted in the Pleasant Heights and Lincoln Heights areas of the city Monday through Friday.

"This activity will be done between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and is expected to be completed by Friday," said Capaldi.

"The Pleasant Heights area from Washington Street to Cardinal Avenue, the entire Lincoln Heights neighborhood and the McCauslen Manor neighborhood will be affected. Water customers in the tested areas may experience reduced water pressure and a slight discoloration in their water. Residents in those affected areas should refrain from washing clothes during the testing time for their area. Anyone who has any questions about the hydrant inspection process should contact the Steubenville fire office at 740-283-6000 extension 1802 for more information," Capaldi noted.

Sentence handed down in domestic case

WELLSBURG - A Follansbee man has been sentenced to two to 10 years in jail after being found guilty of malicious assault and third-offense domestic violence by a Brooke County jury.

The sentence was ordered for Michael L. Pustovarh, 42, of Follansbee, by 1st Judicial Circuit Court Judge Ronald Wilson on Wednesday.

The jury found Pustovarh guilty of the charges following a two-day trial that included conflicting testimony from Pustovarh and the victim, Pustovarhs' former girlfriend, about a June 2012 altercation between the two.

Peter Kurelac, Pustovarh's attorney, had argued his client acted in self-defense. He said Pustovarh struck his girlfriend because she had pushed him to the ground, causing him to injure his ankle, and was striking him.

Brooke County Prosecutor Joseph Barki III said after the woman pushed Pustovarh to the ground, he pulled her down, holding her in a chokehold and striking her repeatedly.

He presented photos of her with a swollen face and bruises around her eye, jaw and back.

While Pustovarh also claimed injuries from the incident, no evidence was presented to support that.

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