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Two repeat offenders are sentenced

STEUBENVILLE — Two repeat offenders have been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to bills of information filed by Police Prosecutor Steve Lamatrice.

¯ Shawn B. Henderson, 52, of 1218 Lincoln Ave., was sentenced by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzeze to serve a minimum of seven years in prison after being caught with 45 grams of cocaine in his possession on June 8. He also agreed to forfeit $3,235 seized by the Jefferson County Drug Task Force, Lamatrice said.

Henderson had prior felony convictions and had served four prison terms, Lamatrice said.

¯ Jermaine Donte Readus, 30, of 833 Helmsdale Road, Cleveland Heights, was sentenced by Bruzzeze to a minimum of four years behind bars for possessing 73 grams of cocaine on July 10. He also agreed to forfeit $4,120 that the drug task force seized, Lamatrice said.

Court records indicate Readus had one prior conviction, in 2016, for trafficking drugs, but wasn’t sentenced to prison.

Both men have been assigned to the Lorain Correctional Institution.

Search for suspect is on

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies are on the lookout for a middle-aged male who fled an old industrial property in Yorkville with a handcuff dangling from one wrist after a Tiltonsville police officer allegedly spotted him trying to steal copper wire, while a younger man believed to be an accomplice was taken into custody at a nearby park.

Gabriel Harkins, 20, 606 Market St., Yorkville, was charged with receiving stolen property Wednesday after a witness reported seeing him and an older man carrying items into a garage. Deputies allege Harkins had a reciprocating saw, a Craftsman cut-off wheel, an extra battery and a bag in his possession at the time of his arrest.

Officers reported finding boxes in the garage that corresponded to the items Harkins allegedly had in his possession at the park, as well as “a large piece of wire which contained copper with what appeared to be fresh mud” when they searched the garage. They allege Harkins eventually told them he’d dropped the older male off at the plant site, returned to pick him up after he collected the wire and then took him to the garage where he stashed the items.

The older man escaped after a scuffle with the Tiltonsville officer.

Attempted break-in gets thwarted

STEUBENVILLE — One North Hollywood Boulevard business was entered Wednesday, and an attempt made to break into another next to it.

Employees at the Target Shop, 140 N. Hollywood, said someone threw a rock through the front window to gain entry Wednesday. No further information was available.

The staff at Dollar General, 144 N. Hollywood, reported finding pieces of rocks laying in front of the doors and marks on the glass where a rock hit the door. Video surveillance caught an individual on tape wearing a white or grey hooded sweatshirt, with the hood pulled over his head, pants and white sneakers pulling at the door, trying to force it to open.

Paving work to begin in Steubenville

STEUBENVILLE – The city will begin the Seventh Street Resurfacing Improvement Project starting at 7 a.m. Monday.

Crews from NLS Paving Inc. in St. Clairsville will work each day through the week, weather permitting.

The initial work will involve the installation of ADA handicapped ramps and replacement of catch basin drainage structures. Traffic will be maintained with the use of flaggers, however motorists are advised to use alternate routes to avoid delays. After preparation, a new asphalt surface will be placed a few weeks later.

No parking signs will be posted at least one day in advance. If vehicles are left on the street, vehicles will be towed and owners will be responsible for towing and storage fees.

The project includes Seventh Street from South Street to Franklin Avenue.

For information, contact City Engineer Michael Dolak at (740) 283-6000, ext. 3303.

The project is funded through revenue from the the city’s 0.7 percent income tax and the Ohio Public Works Commission.

Weirton Council to hold workshop

WEIRTON — Weirton Council will meet in a work session at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Room 201 of the Weirton Municipal Building. The workshop is open to the public.

Agenda items will include a review of the Aug. 10 regular council meeting, a financial update for the city, questions regarding the proposed water rate increase and discussion on a proposed garbage fee ordinance and a proposed parades and speech permit ordinance.

From staff reports

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