Woman sentenced on gun charges

STEUBENVILLE — Vanessa R. Johnson, 26, of Steubenville was sentenced on Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. to 30 months in prison after Johnson admitted to gun charges.

Johnson pleaded guilty to a bill of information, which bypasses the grand jury, charging her with having a weapon as a convicted felon and theft of a firearm.

Assistant Prosecutor Steve Lamatrice said two men were fighting on June 7 at Pine and Jefferson streets. One of the men had a concealed carry permit and set his firearm down during the fight. Lamatrice said Johnson picked up the revolver and fled.

City Police caught Johnson a short time later hiding under a porch bench in the 600 block of Grandview Avenue.

Lamatrice said the gun was recovered and returned to the owner.

Johnson was not permitted to be in possession of a firearm because of a 2017 burglary conviction in Jefferson County.

Delays expected along Route 27

WELLSBURG – The West Virginia Division of Highways advises that there might be traffic delays along state Route 27 through Friday.

The delays will occur from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and are necessary for geophysical surveys being conducted by Southwestern Energy Two-way traffic will be maintained in one lane by flaggers.

Motorists are advised to reduce speed and expect delays. Inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances could change the project schedule.

From staff reports


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