Regional roundup

CAC meeting

planned Wednesday

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Community Action Council will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the CAC Building, 114 N. Fourth St.

Ghost stories

set at library

CADIZ — Historian Paul Goebbel will share local legends and folklore that make up the paranormal stories of various Civil War sites during a discussion set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Puskarich Public Library, 200 E. Market St.

The ghost stories of the Civil War are stories of the sites and locations with a twist, according to library event organizers. The stories will feature first-person accounts of paranormal activities at the sites.

The event is free and open to the public.

For information, call (740) 942-2623 or visit

Weirton man admits

to firearms violation

WHEELING — Shannon C. Thornton of Weirton has admitted to illegally possessing a firearm, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Thornton, age 36, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. Having previously been convicted of felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in North Carolina, Thorton admitted to possessing a .380 caliber pistol, 9mm caliber pistol, and a .45 caliber pistol in January 2018 in Hancock County.

Thornton faces up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force investigated. Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. presided.

Edison Local board meeting moved

STEUBENVILLE — The Edison Local school board will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Old Pleasant Hill School House Museum, 3125 state Route 213.

Man gets decades in prison for shooting girl

AKRON — An Ohio man found guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of a 4-year-old girl has received at least 56 ¢ years in prison.

The Summit County prosecutor said after 32-year-old Darnell Bitting’s sentencing Wednesday she hoped it would bring Janaya Swain’s family some peace. A jury convicted Bitting of murder and other charges Friday.

Prosecutors said Bitting stood on his front porch and fired an AK-47 assault rifle at Janaya’s mother, who was trying to retrieve belongings and had broken out windows when he wouldn’t answer the door.

The shot missed and struck Janaya in the head as she sat in her mother’s car with her grandmother and three young siblings.

Bitting testified he thought he was under attack. His attorneys called it a warning shot.

Ohio Supreme Court rejects DNA request

COLUMBUS — A judge said additional DNA testing wouldn’t change the outcome of a condemned killer’s conviction and death sentence, and the Ohio Supreme Court has agreed.

At issue was testing requested by death row inmate Melvin Bonnell, sentenced to die for killing Robert Bunner in Cleveland in 1987.

Attorneys for the 61-year-old Bonnell argue that if DNA testing of his clothes failed to detect the victim’s blood it would rule him out as a suspect.

But the court noted in Wednesday’s decision that Bonnell already unsuccessfully argued that point at trial because the state said then the victim’s blood was not on the jacket.

From staff and wire reports CAC meeting