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Three arrested in drug raid

STEUBENVILLE — Three men were arrested Wednesday evening during a drug raid at a house at 321 Slack St.

Members of the Jefferson County Drug Task Force and the special response team raided the house around 8 p.m.

Sheriff Fred Abdalla said cocaine, marijuana and a substantial amount of cash were seized.

Born Elder, 23, of 720 N. Seventh St., Lawrence Luke Jr., 31, of 321 Slack St. and Delvin Williams, 31, no fixed address, have all been charged with drug possession.

Assistant Prosecutor Steve Lamatrice said the charges are first-degree felonies because of the amount of cocaine. Lamatrice said Luke and Williams are still under state parole.

Event with new ag director set

STEUBENVILLE — There will be an opportunity to meet and talk with Dorothy Pelanda, the new Ohio Department of Agriculture director, at 10 a.m. April 5 at the Ohio Valley Mall community room in St. Clairsville.

The event, hosted by Jefferson, Harrison and Belmont Soil and Water Conservation Districts, will be short and informal, allowing Pelanda to introduce herself, share information regarding her background and listen to the thoughts and ideas from members of Ohio’s food and agriculture community, according to organizers.

It is open to all with no reservation required but recommended. To reserve a spot or for information, contact imoore@jeffersoncountyoh.com or call (740) 264-9790.

DeWine to outline budget

COLUMBUS — Children’s services and water quality are among Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s funding priorities as he outlines his proposed state operating budget Friday.

The Republican already revealed he wants to nearly double state funding for family and children services, including $90 million annually in child-protection funding to counties.

From staff and wire reports

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