City man admits to burglary
STEUBENVILLE - Steven S. West, 24, of 742 Kendall Ave. was sentenced to one year in prison on Wednesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after West pleaded guilty to complicity to burglary and obstructing official business.
West and two co-defendants, Dustin Schockow, 21, of 3953 county Road 16, Rayland, and Cody Francis, 22, of 109 township Road 381, Steubenville, were charged with breaking into a home in the 1500 block of Pershing Avenue in October and taking a computer. The three were arrested a short time later by City Police. Schockow also was in court for a plea change on Wednesday but the case will proceed to trial. Francis has not been served a copy of his indictment.
Probation revoked in criminal case
STEUBENVILLE - Craig Merrin, 25, of Bloomingdale was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Wednesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Merrin admitted to a probation violation and a subsequent crime.
Merrin was sentenced to 20 months in prison in December 2010 after pleading guilty to attempted burglary and complicity to burglary. Bruzzese granted Merrin early release from prison in March 2011 and ordered Merrin to complete a four-month program at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center. Merrin was placed on probation for three years.
Merrin admitted to failing to report to his probation officer, admitted to using drugs and was in possession of drug paraphernalia.
Merrin on Wednesday also pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property - jewelry - in August. He will be on probation for two years on that charge after he is released from prison. He faces an additional year in prison if he violates probation.
Friendship Room to be open weekly
STEUBENVILLE - Organizers of the Warming Center, opened during recent bitterly cold weather, will open the Friendship Room Fridays at the Urban Underground facility at the corner of south Fourth and Market streets.
Molly McGovern said the Friendship Room will open every Friday morning and will continue to accept nonperishable groceries, clothing and blankets for those in need.
"The nonperishable groceries we don't give away are donated to the Samaritan House every week along with the clothing donated to the Warming Center. We welcome everyone who wants to stop by for some conversation and friendship to stop in Fridays," McGovern stated.
Mingo Junction street closed for work
MINGO JUNCTION - Lincoln Avenue will be closed beginning Monday during the day and limited to one lane at night as the sewer separation project begins, the village administrator's office reported. There will be no through traffic during the day. Residents are not permitted to park vehicles on Lincoln Avenue, the administrator's office reported.