Two leave EOCC without permission
WINTERSVILLE — Two inmates walked away from the Eastern Ohio Correction Center Monday.
Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies said Curtis Glauser, 6869 State Route 800, Uhrichsville, and Bryan Bassett, 230 Wood St., Sistersville, W.Va., jumped a fence in the recreation yard and fled into the woods. The men were wearing black pants and camouflage shirts.
Glauser had been sentenced in Tuscarawas County for a probation violation, while a judge in Monroe County had sentenced Basset to EOCC for attempted failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer.
Steubenville’s new K9 officer, Puma, and his handler, Sgt. Rob Cook, tracked the pair north to State Route 646, deputies said.
Meanwhile, deputies were investigating the possibility that the escapees were responsible for the theft of a 2006 Ford Focus stolen from a property in Salem Township, Richmond, later Monday.
The owner said she left the keys in the vehicle, but not in the ignition, and was in her house when she heard the vehicle start up and saw it drive away.
Dennison police spotted the vehicle a few hours later but lost the trail, deputies said. Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers took up the chase but were unable to locate the car.
Officials noted the home’s proximity to Eastern Ohio Correctional Center, where two inmates had escaped earlier.
Search on for bank robbery suspect
STEUBENVILLE — City police are still looking for a man who robbed First National Bank, Hollywood Plaza, of an undisclosed amount of cash, Chief Bill McCafferty said Tuesday.
McCafferty said the robber entered the bank around 3:15 p.m. on Monday, wearing a mask. Employees believed he had a gun, he said.
McCafferty said the robber ran across Sunset Boulevard and made his escape in a silver car.