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Briefs

Man charged with obstructing, assault

STEUBENVILLE — A Euclid Avenue resident was taken into custody Saturday on multiple charges after he tried to prevent an officer from ticketing a vehicle that had been parked in an area in the 1300 block of Park Street that is posted no parking.

Police report Myron D. Harton, 32, 1535 Euclid Ave., tried moving one of two vehicles they say had been parked illegally while the officer was writing the other driver a ticket, despite being warned not to. As he was writing the second ticket, the officer said Harton became highly upset and walked towards him “in an aggressive manner several times.”

Despite being warned that his actions were obstructing the officer from doing his work, police allege Harton tried to block the license plate from his view and several times told the officer he’d have to “move him” if he wanted to read it.

When he advised Harton he was under arrest for obstruction, the officer said he struggled and hit him in the stomach. The officer alleges at one point, Harton propelled them both into the cruiser, denting the fender. Police noted a “large angry crowd” surrounded the officers, who eventually were able to transport Harton to the county jail.

Harton has been charged with obstructing official business, resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.

Man arrested on weapons charge

STEUBENVILLE — A man reportedly wielding a handgun caused a disturbance outside the American Legion at Seventh Street and Franklin Avenue, Saturday. Witnesses said the man had been involved in a fight inside the Legion and went outside, where bystanders said he waited by the door with the gun. Subjects in the area told police they thought he’d fired a couple shots before leaving on his motorcycle.

Later, Matthew L. Edwards, 34, 809 Oakmont Ave., Steubenville, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon after residents in the 700 block of North Fourth Street said someone was trying to get in their home. Edwards was on the front porch when police arrived, and said he wanted to visit his sister. Police told him his sister didn’t live at the location, and, after noting the odor of alcohol on him, pointed out he could be cited for public intoxication. Police agreed to give him a ride home, but when they searched him before letting him in the cruiser, they reportedly found a small black .22 Ruger in his pocket.

Police said Edwards admitted he’d been in a fight inside the Legion but told them he’d found the gun on the ground.

Toronto school board to meet

TORONTO — The Toronto Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Toronto Junior-Senior High School library.

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