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Woman transported following accident

FOLLANSBEE – The driver of a minivan was transported by medical helicopter after her vehicle and a tanker truck collided on state Route 2 north of the Wabash Bridge at about 2 p.m. Wednesday.

City firefighters worked for about a half-hour to extricate the woman, whose name and condition weren’t available, from her vehicle.

The van was traveling southbound on Route 2 and the truck was northbound when the accident occurred.

It’s under investigation by the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff’s department seeks suspicious man

FOLLANSBEE – The Brooke County Sheriff’s Department is seeking a man believed to have attempted to break into a home on Elaine Street on Hooverson Heights at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Brooke County Sheriff’s Department said pedestrians in the area said the man appeared to be attempting to gain entry through a front door to the home. They and others in the area described him as wearing a black Steelers jacket with a large Steelers emblem on it, having light brown or dirty blond hair and being about 5 foot 8 inches tall.

Brooke County school officials ordered a lockdown for nearby Hooverson Heights Primary School as well as Jefferson Primary School and Follansbee Middle School as a precaution. In keeping with the school district’s lockdown policy, staff members were advised not to admit visitors during the lockdown, which occurred over about 45 minutes.

Anyone with information about the man should call the sheriff’s department at (304) 527-1430 or (304) 737-3660.

One in custody after drug raid

STEUBENVILLE – One person was taken into custody Wednesday evening after a raid by the Jefferson County Drug Task Force and City Police.

The search warrant was executed at 494 S. Fifth St. around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The drug task force reported heroin, digital scales, a handgun and two assault rifles were confiscated.

A resident of the house was taken to the county jail on pending charges.

Man found passed out in parking lot

STEUBENVILLE – City Police arrested a Bethesda man Wednesday evening after they reported finding him passed out in a parking lot, apparently from a heroin injection.

Officers were called shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday to the Wal-Mart parking lot about a man laying outside a car. Police reported the man was initially unresponsive. Officers saw a hypodermic needle and drug paraphernalia inside the car. Police reported paramedics found a fresh puncture wound on the man’s arm.

Jonathan W. Kovacik, 20, was taken to Trinity Medical Center West for treatment and then booked in at the county jail on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic needle, police reported.

Board of elections to test equipment

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Board of Elections, 117 N. Third St., at 10 a.m. Friday will conduct the public test of tabulation equipment for Tuesday’s special election.

In person absentee voting will end at 4:30 p.m. Monday. The board of elections office will be open from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday for absentee voting.

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Shots fired at

car with teens

STEUBENVILLE – A car reported stolen out of Wheeling was hit several times with gunfire around 7:07 p.m. Tuesday in the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, City Police reported.

The 14-year-old female driver was arrested by police and charged with receiving stolen property. There were four teens in the car between the ages of 13 and 16, police reported.

The car was found abandoned several blocks away in an alley, police reported. The juveniles were stopped in the 1200 block of Wellesley Avenue and questioned, an officer said.

The front and rear windshields, a tire and doors were struck with bullets, police reported. Officers said they found six spent 9 mm shell casings in the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

City Police Chief William McCafferty said detectives and officers still are investigating what caused the shots to be fired at the vehicle and who was involved.

Trial date set in

child porn case

STEUBENVILLE – A trial date of March 18 has been set for Ryan D. Kasler, 31, of 24 Union St., Mount Pleasant, who recently was indicted by a federal grand jury in Columbus on three counts of receiving or possessing child pornography.

Kasler was arrested on Dec. 6 after a federal raid at his house.

Kasler’s name and address were uncovered during an investigation into a foreign company distributing child pornography, according to an affidavit for a criminal complaint filed in federal court.

Between Jan. 28, 2006, and Feb. 15, 2011, Kasler placed orders and made purchases of films and photos on 13 occasions, according to the affidavit filed by a U.S. postal inspector. The films and photos contained child pornography, the postal inspector said.

U.S. District Court Senior Judge James L. Graham scheduled a jury trial for Kasler on March 18.

Kasler pleaded innocent to the charges and is being held without bond.

Man transported

following accident

WELLSBURG – A Weirton man was transported by medical helicopter following a collision involving a tractor-trailer Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of state Route 2 and 27th Street.

City Police said Timothy Derby, 51, of Weirton was transported to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center after the pickup truck he was riding in struck the front tandem wheel of a tractor-trailer.

Police said the driver of the pickup truck was traveling south on the highway when he failed to stop for the large truck, which was northbound and turning onto 27th Street.

No one has been cited in connection with the accident.

Bethany names

graduation speaker

BETHANY – Ralph Baxter, chairman and chief executive officer of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, has been announced as Bethany College’s 2013 commencement speaker at 10 a.m. on May 18.

Baxter has held his position since 1990, during which he expanded Orrick, extending its geographic reach and transforming the company from a domestic firm with California origins to one of the world’s largest and most prominent law firms, with more than 1,100 lawyers in offices across the United States, Europe and Asia, according to officials.

He has been recognized as one of America’s “100 Most Influential Lawyers” by the National Law Journal and is the founder of the Law Firm Leaders Forum, a gathering of law firm leaders that annually examine issues facing the profession. In addition, he was named a California Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer magazine.

Baxter received a bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University in 1968, a master’s degree in 1970 from Catholic University of America and a juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1974.

Baxter serves on the advisory board of Harvard Law School’s Center on Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry and is active in numerous civic leadership and public interest organizations, particularly in California and West Virginia.

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Wellsburg man sent to prison

WHEELING – Lindsey Oiler, 27, of Wellsburg was sentenced to four months in prison on Monday by U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. in connection with Oiler admitting to taking and using an ATM card.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Oiler will be on three years of parole after his release and was ordered to make $7,083 in restitution.

Oiler pleaded guilty to stealing an ATM card and used it 42 times in July 2011 totaling $7,083.

Oiler was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending designation to a federal prison.

UMWA chapter to meet Saturday

HOPEDALE – The United Mine Workers of America Local 1304 will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Capraros, according to Don McLaughlin, recording secretary.

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Woman hit by car on county Road 22A

WINTERSVILLE -A woman was flown by medical helicopter to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sunday evening after she was struck by a car on county Road 22A, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.

A trooper reported Susan U. Caniff, 55, of 311 Woodview Lane, Wintersville, was crossing the county road at Malone Drive around 6:38 p.m. Sunday when she was struck by a car driven by James B. Truax, 68, of 137 Churchman Circle, Wintersville.

The accident remains under investigation, the patrol reported.

Oven gas line causes fire

STEUBENVILLE – A gas supply line on a stove cracked and caused a fire around 3 p.m. Sunday at 449 S. Seventh St., the City Fire Department reported.

The fire department reported a person was cooking at the stove at the time and used a fire extinguisher to knock down the flames.

Firefighters responded and disconnected the gas line at the meter. Only a kitchen cabinet was damaged, the fire department.

Loose flue causes house fire

STEUBENVILLE -A flue pipe came loose on the outside of a house at 913 Merryman Ave. around 8:34 a.m. Sunday causing a fire that burned from the outside in, the City Fire Department reported.

The fire department reported the fire came inside the walls and went up into the attic. Firefighters had to cut holes in the walls to make sure the fire was extinguished.

The fire department reported it had problems with frozen hydrants, so a tanker truck from Hillndale Volunteer Fire Department was called as a precaution. Mingo Junction Fire Department also provided assistance.

The American Red Cross Jefferson County Chapter provided the family with housing assistance.

Boil order issued for Wellsburg

WELLSBURG – A 48-hour boil order was issued at 4 a.m. today for all Wellsburg water customers and those in suburban areas, including Washington Pike and White Bell Circle.

The order was issued after crews were called to repair a line break at 12th and Charles streets at about noon Sunday. The break left the city without water until early today.

A corroded part in the line is believed to have been the cause, according to officials.

Council to meet in executive session

STEUBENVILLE – City Council’s finance committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in executive session to discuss personnel.

A regular council meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

Council calls special meeting

WELLSBURG – Wellsburg Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall to consider cost estimates and financing for repairs and improvements to City Hall.

Buckeye Local board to meet Friday

DILLONVALE – The Buckeye Local school board will meet in special session at 8 a.m. Friday in the administrative office, 6899 state Route 150, to place an emergency levy on the May ballot, officials said.

Wayne financial report available

BLOOMINGDALE – The Wayne Township trustees’ 2012 financial report is complete and available for viewing by calling Sue Campbell, fiscal officer, at (740) 944-1482, for an appointment.

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Man shot inside an East Liverpool home

EAST LIVERPOOL – A 47-year-old Michigan man was shot late Thursday night at a Dresden Avenue home after two men wearing masks entered the residence and demanded drugs and money.

The victim, who was not identified, was shot in the hand and also suffered a head injury when he tried to fight off the armed men at 1060 Dresden Ave.

He was taken to the local emergency room then transferred to a Pittsburgh hospital.

Five people present in the home corroborated his account that the two men came in and demanded the drugs and money, with one of the men carrying a Tech 9 and the other a semi-automatic handgun.

The victim was concerned about his girlfriend staying at a local motel, and police went there, where a search turned up suspected heroin, which will also be sent for testing.

The girlfriend, Linda Shaw of Detroit, was charged with drug possession.

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Probation ordered in domestic case

STEUBENVILLE – Ajani N. Lawrence, 33, of 707 Market St. was placed on one year of probation on Friday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after pleading guilty to felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor domestic violence.

Lawrence was indicted in September on a felony charge of felonious assault. The county prosecutor’s office dismissed that charge and filed a bill of information charging him with aggravated assault and domestic violence.

Lawrence was charged with assaulting a woman on July 21 in an apartment on Two Ridge Road, Wintersville.

He faces up to 18 months in prison if he violates probation.

City man sentenced in drug, gun cases

STEUBENVILLE – Robert L. Banks, 28, of Steubenville was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center on Friday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after pleading guilty to drug and gun charges.

Banks pleaded guilty to trafficking in crack cocaine, which occurred in November 2010. He wasn’t arrested on the indictment until September 2012. He was arraigned on Sept. 12 and released on his own recognizance.

Banks was arrested on Sept. 21 by City Police after allegedly threatening a person with a gun in the 300 block of Lawson Avenue. Police reported seeing Banks exiting a vehicle and he was arrested trying to enter a home. Officers reported finding a loaded handgun in a bag under the seat of the vehicle.

Banks will be on probation for two years after his release from the Eastern Ohio Correction Center. He faces up to six years in prison if he violates probation.

WSX Management Club to meet

WEIRTON – The Weirton Steel Managment Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at Giovanni’s Restaurant (former Gio’s Family Restaurant) in the banquet room.

All members and former members are invited to attend the dinner and social time.

Cera named to house committee

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, will serve as the ranking member of the Ohio House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and will help to lead the Democratic Caucus on issues coming before the legislative panel.

Cera said he requested the assignment, citing his experience on the committee during his previous tenure in the Ohio legislature.

According to Cera, legislation that affects the industries and communities associated with the production of oil and gas will also come before this committee.

“As the ranking member on the committee, I am committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to create public policy that protects Ohioans and that moves us forward in the production of energy and agriculture. I enjoy working with Dave Hall, R-Millersburg, the chairman of the committee, and I am eager for the committee process to begin,” said Cera.

Cera will also serve on the public utilities and policy and legislative oversight committees.

Road work announced

The West Virginia Division of Highways has announced minor road work that is scheduled to be performed next week, pending suitable weather.

In Hancock County, crews will be patching Pennsylvania Avenue and stabilizing shoulders along U.S. Route 30.

In Brooke County, crews will be patching U.S. Route 22, sealing Cross Creek Road and clearing ditches along state Route 2.

Gentile calls for delay in plans

COLUMBUS – State Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, has expressed his objection to a recent announcement to consolidate several Ohio Department of Job and Family Services unemployment claims call and processing centers.

Among the major offices scheduled to be closed is The Plains facility, located in Athens County, and the Bridgeport office in Belmont County.

“The workers and families in Southeast Ohio are who I am most concerned about during this consolidation process. A consolidation of this magnitude has many more negative implications on the workers and the quality of service that will be provided to the people in my district,” Gentile said.

“There are multiple factors that call for delaying this consolidation. The Ohio Civil Service Employee Association representatives did not have the opportunity to weigh in on this decision that will affect over 500 Job and Family Services employees across the state. The employees in my district affected by this consolidation will have a much longer commute, additional travel related costs and possibly less safe working conditions. It is important that all parties are involved in the discussion to avoid negative future consequences,” said Gentile.

Utility assistance now available

WEIRTON – C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. is accepting applications for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resource’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program through Friday.

Applications can be completed on the third floor of the community action agency’s office at 3136 West St. Applicants should bring a copy of residents’ current heating bill and proof of income.

For information, call (304) 797-7733.

Group sought for festival parking

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Community Days Committee seeks a nonprofit group to handle public parking during Follansbee Community Days, July 12-14.

The group will direct people parking at the youth football practice field near Jo-Jon’s and collect a parking fee set by the city, which the group may keep.

The group will be selected through a drawing. Interested Follansbee organizations should submit their name; organization information and contact number in writing to the Follansbee City Building; P.O. Box 606, Follansbee WV 26037 no later than 5 p.m. April 1.

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Retail sales show increase in November

STEUBENVILLE – Retail sales in Jefferson County increased by 4 percent in November compared to the same period last year.

Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said retail sales for November totaled $59.43 million, generating $891,555 in piggyback sales tax revenue for the county. Agresta said piggyback sales tax receipts for November 2011 generated $851,994, based on retail sales of $56.79 million.

Retail sales in Jefferson County have averaged $60.43 million a month in 2012, compared to $54.97 million a month during the prior four years.

Three-person art show at EGCC

STEUBENVILLE – Eastern Gateway Community College is hosting a three-person art show through Feb. 1 in the lobby of the Jefferson County Campus.

The exhibit features the work of Steubenville Art Association members Robert S. Martin, Laura Thrasher and Jim Watson. The free exhibit is open to the public.

Visitation day at JCCS set for Feb. 1

WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson County Christian School in Wintersville will host a visitation day from 8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on Feb. 1 to visit with students and staff.

Interested families with students entering kindergarten through 12 for the 2013-14 school year can register for visitation day by calling the school at (740) 275-4326, extension 203.

A parent or guardian must attend with their student(s). Registration deadline is Wednesday.

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County treasurer to mail tax bills

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said tax bills for the first half of 2012 are to be mailed on Friday.

The last day for payment without penalty is Feb. 28.

Persons not receiving a bill in the next several days should contact the county treasurer’s office at (740) 283-8572.

Credit card payments are only accepted by telephone at (800) 2PAY-TAX (1-800-272-9829) or online at and use jurisdiction code 4577. Agresta said Official Payments, the service provider, charges a convenience fee.

Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 398, Steubenville, OH 43952, or dropped in the drop-off box located on the alley side of the courthouse. Persons wanting a receipt must return the entire statement along with a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Payments also can be made at the treasurer’s office on the first floor of the courthouse or at the following banks: Huntington National Bank in Steubenville (Hollywood Branch), Bergholz, Richmond, Wintersville, Toronto and Tiltonsville; and Peoples National in Mount Pleasant.

Ross trustees’ report available

RICHMOND – The Ross Township trustees’ annual financial report is complete and available to view at the office of Fiscal Officer Odessa Pethtel at 128 township Road 286.

Knights cancel tonight’s session

STEUBENVILLE – The Knights of Columbus Council No. 472 has canceled the family estate planning informational session that had been planned tonight because of questionable weather conditions.

Grand Knight Don Hall will reschedule the meeting.

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Man sentenced in domestic case

STEUBENVILLE – James R. Smallwood, 37, of 631 Garrett Ave. was placed on probation for two years on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Smallwood pleaded guilty to felony domestic violence.

Smallwood also pleaded guilty to resisting arrest. He was arrested on July 22 by Mingo Junction Police.

Smallwood was charged with felony domestic violence because of a prior domestic violence conviction. He faces up to 18 months in prison if he violates probation.

Weirton Council sets special meeting

WEIRTON – Weirton Council will meet in special session today to consider a resolution asking the state of West Virginia to address the “potentially hazardous and confusing direction of traffic flow” at the intersection of Three Springs Drive and U.S. Route 22 west.

The meeting is slated for 6:30 p.m. in council chambers.

Richmond report available for viewing

RICHMOND – The village’s annual financial report for 2012 is complete and can be viewed at the city building, 37 W. Main St.

To make arrangements to view it, call (740) 765-5372.

Hospital enforcing visitor policy

WHEELING – With influenza still spreading across the country, one local hospital is reminding people that only two patients per visitor are permitted at one time.

At Wheeling Hospital, Medical Director Dr. Vic Perrone said it is in the patients’ best interests to limit the number of people who visit them.

“We fully understand how important it is for our patients’ friends and relatives to visit them. But given the severity of the flu this year, we are being extra vigilant in enforcing our two-visitors-per-patient policy. Obviously our patients already have some type of medical issue. Further complicating their condition by a visitor bringing in a cold or flu to a patient’s room can be lessened by limiting the number of visitors,” Perrone said.

“This policy is in effect year-round, but we really need to emphasize it during cold and flu season,” he added. “We ask that patients, friends and relatives cooperate and understand this measure is to protect the patients. Most visitors are fine with visiting patients in shifts of two.”

People also are being asked to use hand sanitizing stations when they enter and exit the facility.

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Arrest warrant issued in stabbing

STEUBENVILLE – A felonious assault charge has been filed against a woman City Police believe stabbed her ex-boyfriend in the shoulder Sunday evening.

Police were called to the 1500 block of Euclid Avenue around 10 p.m. about a man stabbed in the shoulder. The man said he was at his ex-girlfriend’s house on Kendall Avenue when the two began to argue. The man said the female threw a punch at his face and then he thought she just punched him in the shoulder, police reported.

The man left and felt a wetness on his shirt while he was driving away and discovered the knife was still in his shoulder and he was bleeding, police reported. The man told officers he pulled out the knife and took it to the Euclid Avenue house, police reported. Officers said they searched the home but couldn’t locate the knife.

The man was taken to Trinity Medical Center West for treatment, police reported.

Kitchen fire causes minor damage

STEUBENVILLE – A cooking fire in the kitchen of an apartment at 720 N. Seventh St. was quickly extinguished early today and caused minor damage, the City Fire Department reported.

Firefighters were called around 3:06 a.m. today to the third-floor apartment. Another resident on the floor used a fire extinguisher to knock down the flames to prevent it from getting worse, the fire department reported.

The building was ventilated to remove smoke and odors, the fire department reported.

Most of the building’s residents had evacuated to the first floor hallway because of the fire alarm sounding, the fire department reported.

Road work announced

The West Virginia Division of Highways has announced minor road work to be performed this week, pending suitable weather.

Crews in Hancock County will patch Crescent Lane, Pleasant Hills and Virden Heights roads and Huffs Lane and ditch along state Route 2.

Crews in Brooke County will patch Tent Church/Grisby Road and work on minor drainage structures along Hiddenwood Lane.

Free dinner at Jewett UMC

JEWETT – Jewett United Methodist Church located at 202 W. Main St. and Rumley will be the site of a free dinner from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The menu will include pork, sauerkraut, baked potato, dessert and beverage.

The dinner is part of the church’s Olive Branch Program.

Scrabble session set for Wednesday

STEUBENVILLE – Area Scrabble enthusiasts will gather Wednesday for their monthly game session in room 1504 at Eastern Gateway Community College.

Play time will run from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., with newcomers welcome and encouraged to bring the board game if they have one. No fees are charged.

Bonus words will be words related to Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.

For information, call (740) 264-9893.

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Catholic CEO to speak on moral leadership

STEUBENVILLE – Christopher Donahue, a Catholic and the chief executive officer of a leading investment management company, will speak on “Moral Leadership in the Marketplace.”

He will speak at 11 a.m. on Jan. 28 at Franciscan University of Steubenville in the J.C. Williams Center’s Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery.

His presentation is sponsored by Franciscan University’s Department of Accounting, Business Administration, and Economics, and Students in Free Enterprise.

Donahue serves as president and CEO of Federated Investors Inc., one of the nation’s largest investment management and financial service companies, according to officials. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Donahue also directs most of the organization’s international and domestic equity mutual funds and international and domestic fixed-income funds.

Donahue’s talk is free and open to the public.

Wintersville’s financial statement available

WINTERSVILLE – The village’s 2012 fiscal year financial statement is available for inspection at the Municipal Building at 200 Grove St.

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Power disrupted following accident

FOLLANSBEE – Power for part of Hooverson Heights was disrupted after a vehicle struck, and cut in two, a utility pole near 408 Rockdale Road at about 8:40 p.m. Friday.

The Brooke County Sheriff’s Department charged Jeremy Charles Cercone, 22, of 574 Scenery Hill Road, Wellsburg, with driving under the influence after his vehicle struck a parked vehicle and then the utility pole.

Cercone told sheriff’s deputies he had swerved to miss an animal that had run into the road.

Firefighters from Hooverson Heights and Follansbee were called after Cercone’s vehicle and the pole were reported on fire.

‘Mary’s Gift of Mercy’ to be shared

STEUBENVILLE – The Rev. Michael Gaitley, MIC, will speak at Franciscan University of Steubenville on the Blessed Mother, her son’s divine mercy and how these elements guided Pope John Paul II throughout his pontificate on Jan. 22, the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision to legalize abortion.

Titled “Mary’s Gift of Mercy: John Paul II and the Second Greatest Story Ever Told,” Gaitley’s lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Gentile Gallery of the J.C. Williams Center.

During his talk, Gaitley will draw connections to Mary’s role in the pro-life cause and he will pass out free copies of his book on Marian consecration, “33 Days to Morning Glory.” Gaitley, who graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1999, is a member of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, the religious order entrusted with the Divine Mercy messages given by Jesus to St. Faustina Kowalska of Poland in the 1930s. Their mission includes spreading devotion to Mary as the Immaculate Conception and promoting the Divine Mercy message and devotion. The Marians have been official promoters of the authentic Divine Mercy message since 1941.

The talk is sponsored by Franciscan University’s chapter of Students for Life and is free and open to the public.

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Woman hospitalized with head injury

STEUBENVILLE – A 31-year-old woman was transported to a Pittsburgh hospital Thursday with a serious head injury and her husband has been jailed on a pending charge of domestic violence, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Anne Rippee, 31, of 127 Euclid St., Amsterdam, was transported to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center from Trinity Medical Center West after she came to Trinity saying she had a headache and was vomiting, a deputy reported. The sheriff’s department was contacted after Rippee told a doctor she was in a domestic altercation with her husband.

A deputy arrested Daniel C. Rippee, 32, in the parking lot of the hospital.

Daniel Rippee said his wife was hitting him on Tuesday and he grabbed her arms, a deputy reported. The husband told a deputy his wife fell to the ground but he doesn’t remember how. The sheriff’s department reported there were bruises all over the wife’s body.

The Pittsburgh hospital notified the sheriff’s department Thursday evening that Anne Rippee was in serious condition with bleeding on the brain.

Boil order lifted

for water customers

FOLLANSBEE – A 24-hour boil order called for Follansbee’s downtown water customers Wednesday has been lifted.

The order was called after crews repaired a line break that occurred at Rose Street behind the American Legion Post Wednesday morning.

Council to meet in executive session

STEUBENVILLE – City Council will meet in executive session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Pugliese Conference Room to discuss personnel.

The regular council meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. in council chambers.

Village accepting shelter reservations

MINGO JUNCTION – Village officials will accept reservations from residents for shelter houses at Aracoma Park beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

The cost of the shelters are $100, large; $75, small; and $50, bocci court.

Woman claims armed robbery

STEUBENVILLE – A woman claims she was robbed at gunpoint around 1 p.m. Thursday in the alley between Maryland and Oregon avenues, City Police reported.

The woman said she was walking in the alley when a car pulled up and a man got out, police reported. The man pointed a handgun at her and demanded money, police reported. The woman said the man got back in to the car and fled the area, police reported.

Blood drives planned in coming weeks

American Red Cross blood drives are planned in the coming weeks, including the the 27th-annual Ohio Valley Media Blood Drive set from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling.

Other blood drives planned include:

Trinity Medical Center East School of Nursing, Steubenville – 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday.

Eastern Gateway Community College, Founders Hall Steubenville – Noon to 6 p.m., Jan. 22.

Indian Creek High School, Wintersville – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jan. 25.

Franciscan University of Steubenville, J.C. Williams Center – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 29.

New Manchester Elementary, New Manchester – 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Jan. 31.

American Red Cross Jefferson County Chapter office, Wintersville – Noon to 6 p.m., Feb. 4.

Franciscan University of Steubenville, St. Joseph Center – Noon to 6 p.m., Feb. 5.

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New York man sentenced in gun case

STEUBENVILLE – Davon Jones, 33, of Medford, N.Y., was placed on one year of probation on Wednesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Jones pleaded guilty to an amended charge of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.

Jones initially was charged with having a weapon as a convicted felon. Jones was arrested by City Police on Oct. 16 after a loaded handgun was found under a seat in a car in which he was a passenger.

The charge was amended Wednesday during a hearing before Henderson.

Jones faces up to 18 months in prison if he violates probation.

Boil order called for water customers

FOLLANSBEE – A 24-hour boil order remains in effect for Follansbee’s downtown water customers following a line break on Rose Street behind the American Legion Post Wednesday morning.

The order, which doesn’t affect customers at Parkview or Highland Hills, is in effect until further notice.

Among affected customers were Follansbee Middle School and Jefferson Primary School, which dismissed students three and a half hours early.

City Manager John DeStefano said the break was caused by the freezing and thawing that often affects older lines at this time of the year and was repaired by noon.

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One transported following accident

WEIRTON – One person was transported with an apparent minor injury following a single-vehicle accident in the eastbound lane of U.S. Route 22 at about 5:35 a.m. today.

The Brooke County Sheriff’s Department was called to two single-vehicle accidents on the highway at about that time. Other details weren’t available early today.

Prison ordered in probation violation

STEUBENVILLE -Michael Mazik, 34, of Mingo Junction was sentenced on Monday to three years in prison by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. for a probation violation.

Mazik pleaded guilty in December 2009 to identity fraud, misuse of a credit card and theft. Mazik, according to the sentencing entry, got personal information from a patient book his girlfriend had and used the information to obtain a credit card in the name of an elderly man. The entry stated Mazik ran up a bill of $9,355.

Mazik was sentenced to 23 months in prison. In March 2010, he was granted judicial release and placed on probation for five years.

The county prosecutor’s office filed a motion to have Mazik’s probation revoked because he wasn’t meeting with his probation officer and was arrested on Dec. 9 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol on a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence.

Former workers sentenced in theft

STEUBENVILLE -Two former employees of Dollar General in the Hollywood City Center were placed on probation Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after pleading guilty to theft.

Danielle M. Aycock, 21, of 226 Elaine St., and Mona I. Pehanich, 45, of 420 Dresden Ave. were charged with scanning merchandise without payment. Aycock was ordered to make $3,056 in restitution, and Pehanich was ordered to repay $5,500.

The women will be on probation for three years and face up to 12 months in prison if they violate probation.

Two appointed to Toronto posts

TORONTO – The precinct committee members of the county’s Democratic Party met Monday and appointed Joe Motto of 812 Ridge Ave. as the city’s auditor, replacing Bob Owen, who retired.

Motto, a former city auditor, was a councilman at large in the city and was replaced by the precinct committee appointment of Robert Anderson of 812 Euclid Ave.

Both Motto and Anderson were sworn into office on Monday by Mayor John Geddis.

Meeting set for Relay teams

WEIRTON – The Brooke-Hancock Relay for Life Committee will hold a Relay University, a planning meeting for teams planning to participate in this year’s event, at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Weirton Medical Center’s Conference Room B&C.

Rescheduled from Jan. 8, the session will cover fundraising, registration, accounting and other issues. For information, call Tammy Hornick, committee co-chair at (304) 737-3748.

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Police arrest man in heroin overdose

STEUBENVILLE – Brian Gautteri, 32, of 145 Barnhart St., Weirton, was arrested by City Police Tuesday after he was found passed out from an apparent heroin overdose in a vehicle in the Hollywood Plaza, police reported.

Officers arrived around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to find Ambulance Service Inc. medics treating Gautteri, who admitted to shooting up heroin about an hour earlier.

Officers searched the vehicle and found syringes.

Gautteri, after his treatment by ASI, was taken to the county jail on charges of possession of heroin and possession of a drug abuse instrument.

Island Creek annual report complete

TORONTO – Island Creek Township’s annual financial report is complete and available at the office of fiscal officer Darla VanFossen by appointment.

ShaleNET training planned at EGCC

STEUBENVILLE – Eastern Gateway Community College has scheduled a three-week ShaleNET Roustabout/Floorhand training for Feb. 25 through March 15 on the Jefferson County campus.

The enrollment process should be started as soon as possible to meet the registration deadline of Feb. 11.

The program runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and provides an in-depth orientation for people interested in entry-level labor positions in the oil and gas industry.

The program is offered tuition free to eligible participants through the college’s partnership with ShaleNET, a federal grant program to train workers for targeted jobs in the shale gas industry. However, applicants are responsible for the cost of a pre-enrollment drug screening, background check and physical exam. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and must pass a basic skills test prior to the Feb. 11 registration deadline.

Tracee Joltes, workforce outreach assistant director at Eastern Gateway, said the jobs in highest demand include general laborers, heavy equipment operators and commercial truck drivers, among others.

Information about the program and enrollment process can be found at Students can call (740)264-5591, extension 310, to request an application packet.

CCHS entrance test set for Jan. 23

STEUBENVILLE -Catholic Central High School’s guidance department has announced its pre-registration plans for the 2013-14 school year.

Present eighth-grade pupils not attending Bishop John King Mussio Junior High are invited to take the entrance placement test, which will be followed by a tour of the high school. Participants should report to the main lobby at CCHS at 7:45 a.m. on Jan. 23. The day will conclude at approximately 11 a.m.

In the event of a snow day or a two-hour delay, the test will be given on Jan. 24. To pre-register, call (740) 264-5538.

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Police investigating double shooting

STEUBENVILLE -City Police detectives are continuing an investigation into the shooting of two men around 1:40 p.m. Saturday at the Steubenville Marina.

Police reported three men were sitting in a vehicle at the far end of the marina when another vehicle pulled up. Police reported two men got out of the other vehicle and began firing shots. Officers reported the first vehicle was struck by bullets in the door and windshield.

Derrick Arsenio Hall, 22, and Lanal Buford, 20, both of Chicago, were wounded by the gunshots. One of the victims was flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital. The second victim was treated at Trinity Medical Center West. It wasn’t clear which victim was flown to Pittsburgh.

Police Chief William McCafferty said the men who were shot at said they didn’t know why they were targeted.

PERI to meet Wednesday

WINTERSVILLE – Jefferson County, Chapter 5, Public Employee Retirees will meet at noon Wednesday at Zalenski’s.

Mark Miller of the Herald-Star will be the guest speaker.

Boil order in effect in Wintersville area

WINTERSVILLE – A water break on Locust Street in the village has been repaired, but a 48-hour boil order is in effect until Wednesday morning, village officials said.

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Health department announces schedule

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Health Department nursing division announced today immunization shots, flu shots and tuberculosis testing will be available from 9 until 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the county health department on Market Street.

Township trustees cancel meeting

TILTONSVILLE – The Warren Township Trustees meeting scheduled for Wednesday has been cancelled.

The trustees’ next meeting will be February 13 at 7 p.m. at the Warren Township garage, 302 Walden Avenue, Tiltonsville.

Weirton tree recycling coming

WEIRTON – The Weirton Public Works Department will conduct curbside collection of Christmas trees Monday through Feb. 28. Those wishing to take part are asked to have their trees curbside by 7 a.m. on their regular garbage collection day.

Christmas trees will be taken to a local compost facility, where they will be placed in a chipper to create reusable mulch. To avoid damaging the machine, residents are asked to remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel and other materials from their tree before recycling.

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Union local to meet Monday

CADIZ – United Mine Workers of America Local 7690 will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at at the Harrison Community Hospital cafeteria.

All members are urged to attend.

School board to meet Jan. 14

DILLONVALE – The Buckeye Local Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Jan. 14 to review job descriptions.

The board’s organization and regular meetings will be held that day at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. All will be held at the board’s administrative office on state Route 150.

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Police chase suspect in house break-in

STEUBENVILLE – City Police chased a man around 11 a.m. Wednesday suspected of breaking into a house in the 300 block of Maxwell Avenue.

Officers were called to the home about a man with a large wrench in his hand breaking into the rear of an unoccupied home. As an officer was approaching the rear of the house, a man fitting the description of the intruder appeared behind the officer but took off running, police reported.

The officer chased the man but lost sight of him in the area of Henry Avenue, police reported. Other officers searched the area but the man wasn’t found.

Officers reported finding the rear door of the house busted open and a window broken.

Colliers man sent to prison

WHEELING – Robert E. Phillips, 43, of Colliers has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to 14 months in prison for testing positive for the use of marijuana, possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, said U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II.

Phillips originally sentenced in August 2004 to 120 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to Ihlenfeld. His supervised release was previously revoked on July 1, 2008, for violations, and he was sentenced to five months in prison and 31 months of supervised release. On Jan. 3, 2011, Phillips’ supervised release was again revoked for violations and he was sentenced to five months in prison and 26 months of supervised release.

Phillips was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a federal institution.

Students nominated for military academies

WASHINGTON -U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced he has nominated 60 Ohioans from 36 counties to attend U.S. military service academies, including two local students.

A nomination does not guarantee acceptance into a service academy, Brown said.

Each year, Brown uses the competitive nomination process and nominates 10 candidates for each academy slot available at each military service academy using an advisory committee made up of academy graduates, parents of academy students and community leaders throughout the state. The committee conducted interviews before selecting the final candidates, Brown said.

Zachary Ribbenbach of Adena, a Martins Ferry High School student, and Meadow Jackson of Steubenville, a Jefferson County Christian School student, were the area students nominated.

Discarded trees to be recycled

WEIRTON – Beginning Monday, Weirton residents can leave their live Christmas trees curbside for disposal.

Public Works Recycling crews will do curbside tree pickups through Feb. 28. The discarded trees will be taken to a local compost facility, where they’ll be placed in a chipper to create reusable mulch. To avoid damaging the machine, residents are asked to make sure all lights, ornaments, tinsel and other materials have been removed from the tree prior to putting them out.

Residents should have their trees curbside by 7 a.m. on their regularly scheduled garbage collection day.

Meeting set for Relay teams

WEIRTON – The Brooke-Hancock Relay for Life Committee will hold a Relay University, a planning meeting for teams planning to participate in this year’s event, at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Weirton Medical Center’s Conference Room B&C.

The session will cover fundraising, registration, accounting and other issues. For information, call Tammy Hornick, committee co-chair at (304) 527-3748.

Area 16 meetings set this month

CADIZ – The Area 16 Workforce Investment Board will hold its quarterly meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 11 at the Puskasich Public Library.

The Area 16 Council of Government, meanwhile, will hold its quarterly meeting at 1 pm. Jan. 17 at the Harrison County Department of Jobs and Family Services.

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Woman charged with aggravated arson

STEUBENVILLE – A Steubenville woman has been charged with aggravated arson in connection with a fire on Kingston Avenue on Dec. 5.

Linda C. Lyons, 29, of 3827 Bristol Ave., has been charged with the crime in connection with a fire to the exterior of a house in the 200 block of the street that was reported at about 10:35 a.m.

The arrest was made following an investigation by City Police’s detectives division, who couldn’t be reached for further details Monday.

Break on Marshall Road affects residents

WINTERSVILLE – A water break on Marshall Road in the village will affect residents living on Marshall Road, as well as Bradley Avenue and Nimitz and Eisenhower roads from Bradley to Nimitz, officials said.

Once water has been restored, there will be a 48-hour boil order, officials said.

From staff reports