Man admits to firearms charge

WHEELING — James Joseph Michaels, 52, of Wellsburg has admitted to a firearms charge, Bill Powell, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, announced.

Michaels, prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a prior conviction, admitted to having a .22 caliber revolver in March in Brooke County. He pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Michaels faces up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history..

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods which is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Danae DeMasi-Lemon is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. Mazzone presided.

Man sentenced for violating order

STEUBENVILLE — William J. Smith III, 52, of Weirton was sentenced to six months at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center on Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Michelle Miller after Smith pleaded guilty to a felony charge of violating a protection order.

Smith pleaded guilty in December to a bill of information, bypassing the grand jury, brought by county Assistant Prosecutor Stephen Lamatrice.

Smith was charged after repeated violations of a protection order issued in court.

Smith will be on probation for two years. He faces up to one year in prison if he violates probation. He will remain in jail until a space opens up at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center.

Ross Township report available

IRONDALE — The Ross Township financial report for 2019 is complete and has been filed with the state auditor’s office.

The report can be viewed by appointment with the township fiscal officer by calling (740) 765-4437.

Board’s finance committee to meet

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Prevention and Recovery Board’s finance committee will meet at 5 p.m. on Jan. 22 at the board office, 524 Madison Ave.

Public hearing is set

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities will hold a public hearing at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 at The School of Bright Promise, 256 John Scott Highway, Steubenville.

The hearing is for public input on the JCBDD three-year strategic plan.

Road to close for slip repair

IRONDALE — According to officials with the Ross Township Board of Trustees, township Road 290, McClain Hill, will be temporarily closed Saturday and Sunday for a slip repair.

The slip is approximately two-tenths of a mile north of County Road 53.


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