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Woman arrested for

leaving baby in cab

STEUBENVILLE – A woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon after City Police said she left her 5-day-old baby in the back of a cab while she went shopping inside Wal-Mart.

Brittany Richardson, 21, of 304 N. Third St. was charged with child endangering.

Police said they were flagged down by a cab driver around 4:30 p.m., who told them a woman took an older child with her into Wal-Mart but left the infant inside. The cab driver told police the woman said she would be back.

Police found Richardson at the checkout and took her outside to pay the cab fare.

Officers asked her why she would leave the infant with a stranger.

Police reported Richardson told them she had left a child inside a cab before while she went shopping. She also told officers she was only 21 years old and didn’t know what she was doing yet, police reported.

Children services sent a caseworker, and the children were turned over to a family member.

Richardson was being held at the county jail on a $3,000 bond.

Man charged in child molestation

WEIRTON – A 19-year-old Weirton man charged with sexually abusing a 2-year-old girl has been released from the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville after posting bond.

Tyler Graham of 309 Elizabeth Drive was charged by City Police on Tuesday with raping the toddler.

Police said the child’s mother had taken her daughter to the pediatrician for help with what she thought was a case of diaper rash. The pediatrician, however, examined the child and referred her to a gynecologist. The mother took her daughter to Weirton Medical Center, and personnel there notified police of the suspected sexual abuse.

The toddler had contracted a sexually transmitted disease and required surgery, authorities said.

Airport authority OKs

new business

WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson County Airport Authority gave Cloud 9 Aviation owner Phil Bender permission at a special meeting Wednesday to begin preparing a hangar for a new business venture.

The board emerged from a closed-door meeting with Bender and his business partner, former airport authority President Mike Menzel, to approve a memorandum of understanding allowing him to clean space in the “B” hangar in anticipation of renting it for his new venture, Pier Aviation. Bender currently rents space at the airpark, although not in “B” hangar.

Menzel had tendered his resignation to the board earlier this month to avoid a conflict of interest as he and Bender explored the feasibility of starting the new company.

A rental agreement for the new hangar space is being negotiated.

Economics club to host debate

WHEELING – The West Liberty University Economics Club will host a point-counterpoint discussion between two prominent political consultants at noon on Feb. 28 at River City Ale Works, 1400 Main St.

Participating will be John Brabender and Tad Devine. The moderator will be Wheeling talk show host Howard Monroe.

Brabender is managing partner and chief creative officer of BrabenderCox, a national political consulting and advertising firm. He was involved with the 2008 Rudy Giuliani ‘s presidential campaign, among many other election campaigns.

Devine is president of Devine Mulvey, a Washington-based media consulting firm. He was senior adviser in Al Gore’s 2000 and John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaigns.

The University Economics Club is sponsored by the Center for Economic Philosophy at WLU and is funded through a grant from BB&T.

The cost of lunch is $15 and can be paid at the door. Checks should be made payable to: WLU Research Corporation.

Reservations should be made by calling (304) 336-8301.

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City man sentenced

for drug possession

STEUBENVILLE -Michael K. Greathouse, 21, of 517 Highland Ave. was sentenced on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after pleading guilty to two counts of drug possession.

Greathouse was charged with being in possession of heroin and cocaine in October in the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue and the 900 block of North Seventh Street. Henderson also ordered Greathouse to forfeit to the county drug task force $2,387 confiscated during his arrest.

Greathouse was indicted in December 2010 on two counts of drug trafficking and single counts of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was allowed by Henderson to enter drug court and was placed on probation. The county prosecutor’s office filed a probation revocation motion in October. Greathouse was sentenced in January to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center, which will be served concurrently with the sentence in the case settled on Tuesday.

Board of elections

certifies candidates

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Board of Elections on Tuesday certified the list of candidates for the May 7 primary election.

Richmond has withdrawn its 4-mill levy renewal for current expenses for five years.

There are only two contested partisan elections on the May 7 ballot -2nd and 6th wards in Steubenville.

April 8 is the last day to register to vote in the primary election.

Planning meeting

set in Bergholz

BERGHOLZ – Planning for the local observance of the 150th anniversary of John Hunt Morgan’s raid will continue Thursday with a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Bergholz Volunteer Fire Department.

A meeting was held Feb. 7 with 15 members attending, and future meetings are scheduled every two weeks until the commemoration date during the weekend of July 27-28.

Planners will be working with Carroll County historians and officials with the Wellsville River Museum to make this a two-day event to include dedications, guest appearances and re-enactors.

Morgan’s Raid was an invasion into Union territory by a group of Confederate cavalry in the summer of 1863 led by Morgan.

Building demos

remove eyesores

WEIRTON – With demolition of four dilapidated structures completed, it’s up to City Council now to recoup the costs through liens.

At Tuesday’s Building Enforcement Agency meeting, members were told properties at 116 Gullett Lane, 1410 County Road, 214 Avenue D and 3118 Orchard St. had been razed and could be removed from the agenda.

Liens are already in place on two of the properties – on County Road and Avenue D. Council will be asked to place liens on the other two at the next meeting.

Shale workshop Saturday in Canfield

CANFIELD The Ohio State University Extension Service is hosting a workshop at Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Entitled “Shale and You: A Workshop for Landowners,” registration is $15. It’s designed to help landowners and community leaders “make the best decisions possible,” said Peggy Hall, OSU Extension field specialist in agriculture and resource law.

“As an educational institution, OSU Extension is focused on providing relevant information to help those who are dealing with shale energy development,” she said. “We don’t set policy or make decisions for people.”

Topics include an update on Ohio shale development and activity; what landowners need to know if problems arise; taxation and wealth management of oil and gas income; when and why to test water supplies; pipeline construction; and one family’s experience with shale development.

The workshop is partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s North Central Region Risk Management Education Center. For information, contact Chris Hogan with OSU Extension’s Agriculture Law Program at (614) 247-7898 or e-mail

Woman injured after highway stop

EAST LIVERPOOL – A woman was injured Tuesday night after stopping in the middle of a busy highway to see what was happening on the Jennings Randolph Bridge, where a person had reportedly jumped into the water.

East Liverpool Patrolman Fred Flati reported Angeline M. Carter of East Liverpool was eastbound when she noticed Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies and city police officers on the bridge with lighting trying to locate a jumper.

“With all that was going on on the bridge, (Carter) decided to stop in her lane to gawk,” according to Flati.

He said Carter stopped her van in the middle of the right lane, where it was struck by an eastbound vehicle driven by Darlene G. Snyder, Price Street, who crested a hill and could not see the stopped vehicle.

Flati said the impact trapped Carter inside her vehicle until he and Patrolman John Headley were able to force the driver’s side door open and move the steering wheel away so she could be extricated. Carter had two children in the van with her, while Snyder had another adult with her.

Carter was transported to East Liverpool City Hospital by ambulance. There were no other injuries reported. Carter was cited for a slow/stopped vehicle violation.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene. The city fire department also responded.

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Crews battle

E. Springfield fire

EAST SPRINGFIELD – Fire crews were busy Friday evening battling a structure fire on County Road 60 near East Springfield.

Details were not available at press time.

Graham named to

state committee

STEUBENVILLE -Jefferson County Commissioner Thomas Graham has been named to the taxation and finance committee of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio.

The committee discusses tax policy, user fees, auditing and accounting, budget procedures, purchasing and investment policy.

Work scheduled at

Bryden Road

STEUBENVILLE – The city’s wastewater department will be working on the pumps and electrical system at the Bryden Road lift station starting Tuesday.

Wastewater Collections Foreman James Jenkins said the work will continue through Friday. “The wastewater department will be temporarily using a diesel motor pump to bypass the lift station during the work. It may be noisy at times. And area residents may see minor traffic delays on Bryden Road during the delivery of equipment and truck traffic. We are asking all motorists to use caution in the work area,” he said.

All questions about the project should be directed to the wastewater department at 740-283-6150 or 740-283-6000 extension 5001.

ESC reschedules

special meeting

STEUBENVILLE – The Educational Service Center Governing Board has rescheduled a special meeting for 9:30 a.m. Monday at the board offices.

Council committees set meetings

STEUBENVILLE – City Council has scheduled a Service Committee meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the city’s street program.

The Finance Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the city’s 2013 budget.

Road work


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

In Hancock County, crews will be patching Lyons and Kingsdale roads, Princess Drive and Patricia Avenue; and ditching along Patterson and Smith roads.

In Brooke County, crews will be patching U.S. Route 22 and pulling shoulders and ditches along state Route 2.

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Water outage


WELLSBURG – Wellsburg water customers will be without water from about 11 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday while crews repair a valve at the intersection of 12th and Charles streets.

Crews will be repairing an old valve that broke on Jan. 27, leading to an outage then.

The outage will affect all customers, including suburban and Washington Pike residents. It will be followed by by a 48-hour boil order in effect until a water sample has been tested.

Residents may experience water discoloration and should refrain from doing laundry. For information, call (304) 737-2143.

Absentee ballots


FOLLANSBEE – Applications for mail-in absentee ballots for Follansbee’s primary election set for April 2 are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the City Building, 872 Main St.

The City Building will be closed Monday for Presidents Day.

The deadline for voter registration is March 19 at the Brooke County Courthouse. Ballots will be mailed beginning Wednesday.

For information, call Dave Kurcina or Karla Kafton at (304) 527-1330.

ESC announces

special board meeting

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Educational Service Center Governing Board will meet for a special meeting at 10:30 a.m. Monday. ESC Treasurer Don Donahue said the board will meet in executive session to discuss personnel.

Health department sets nursing activities

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Health Department will offer immunizations, flu shots and TB testing from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at their offices on Market Street.

Physicals will be offered at the health department on Wednesday. An appointment is necessary. Information about the county health department services is available by calling (640) 283-8530.

The county health department will be closed Monday for Presidents Day.

Buckeye Local policy, information available

RAYLAND – Officials in the Buckeye Local School District will provide an overview of the Title I Parent Involvement policies and the school-parent compacts at the junior high and elementary schools. Title I is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The 2013-14 parent involvement policy and school-parent compacts will be reviewed, and parents’ comments and recommendations will be accepted, officials said. The meetings are as follows:

Buckeye Local Junior High: 2:30 p.m., Wednesday.

South Elementary: 4 p.m., Wednesday.

North Elementary: 4 p.m., Feb. 21.

West Elementary: 4 p.m., Feb. 22.

Contact Angela Hicks, administrative assistant/director of federal programs, or Cindy Schooler, parent involvement coordinator, at (740) 769-7395 with questions.

Indian Creek Council to meet

WINTERSVILLE – The Indian Creek Curriculum Improvement Council/District Leadership Team is to meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the gymnasium at the Bantam Ridge board offices.

The meeting is open to the public.

Discussions concerning curricular issues make up the monthly agenda items.

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Judge issues order

to keep club closed

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. signed a permanent injunction Tuesday that prevents Derek Smith from occupying or using a building he owns on South Street as a social club until he gets a city permit.

The city filed for the injunction to stop Smith from operating a business in the building known as Club 106.

The injunction request was first heard in October, but Bruzzese gave Smith more time to obtain the necessary permits from the city. His attorney, Gary Stern, has argued the city is thwarting Smith’s attempts to get the permits.

City Police reported there have been several incidents of shots fired around the club.

Smith did get a zoning variance to cover the issue of parking. Smith has yet to file the paperwork for the city to inspect the building to make sure it complies with zoning laws for the use as a social club. Once that is done, Smith can apply for an occupancy permit.

Bruzzese ruled that Smith can’t use or occupy the building as a social club or any other enterprise until he receives the occupancy permit.

Project Linus Make a Blanket Day event set

TORONTO – The Main Street Gallery, 212 Main St., will host Project Linus for National Make a Blanket Day, set from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the gallery. Those attending may work on a current project or turn in new, handmade blankets for local children in need. For information, call Alicia Joynson at (740) 219-9433 or the gallery at (740) 537-3451.

Property dispute

hearing set

NEW CUMBERLAND – A hearing has been scheduled for a property dispute between Hancock County commissioners and attorney Lawrence Manypenny.

The hearing is set for 10 a.m. Feb. 20 in Courtroom 1 of Hancock County Circuit Court.

Commissioners filed a motion for an injunction against Manypenny last week after caution tape, pylons and signs appeared on the strip of land, adjacent to the Hancock County Magistrate Court, that Manypenny claims ownership of. His law office is next door to the court building.

Manypenny wants compensation for the county’s use of the land. Commissioners appeal to a 30-year-old arrangement that has ensured public access to the court.

The case has been assigned to 1st Judicial Circuit Court Judge James P. Mazzone.

Alumni dinner set


STEUBENVILLE -Eastern Gateway Community College’s Alumni Association is inviting the 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979 graduates to a get-together on Feb. 21 in Steubenville.

An informal dinner will be held at 6 p.m. at a local restaurant for graduates to meet with former classmates, to renew friendships and to share fun and interesting stories.

To participate, graduates should call the college’s career services office at (800) 68-COLLEGE, extensions 113 or 110.

Man falls through ice saving dog

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – A man trying to save his dog that fell through a pond’s icy surface also needed rescued Monday morning.

The accident occurred at 9:35 a.m. on a small pond off Hammond Road behind Belmont College, said Cumberland Trail Fire District Assistant Chief Mark Sommers. The man and his wife, whose names Sommers declined to give because of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act laws, were walking their canine around the pond when the dog took off chasing some geese.

”The dog got out, but he had to be helped out. He was in the water for 10 minutes. … He was having signs of hypothermia, but there were no other injuries that were apparent,” Sommers said.

An off-duty paramedic and a Richland Township police officer were the first at the scene and gave the man directions on how to get closer to the shore.

”He probably had to break the ice with his hands and then he swam toward the shore. He had to be helped out of the water because his legs were numb,” Sommers said.

The man, who Sommers estimated to be in his 50s or 60s, was taken to East Ohio Regional Hospital for treatment. Sommers said if the man had been in the frigid water for any longer, the rescue would have been more difficult. He would have been too numb to even use a rope, and he would have been disoriented.

Registration set for city schools

STEUBENVILLE – City school officials have announced preschool and kindergarten registration for the 2013-14 school year will start Feb. 25.

According to Melinda Young, registration will be held daily from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Pugliese West Elementary, East Garfield Elementary and Wells Academy.

The registration will continue from Feb. 25 through March 1.

Children do not need to be present and individual screening appointments will be scheduled for later dates.

According to Young, eligibility requirements include children entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before Aug.1. Children entering preschool must be at least 3 years old by Aug. 1.

At the time of registration parents are requested to bring the child’s legal birth certificate, Social Security number and immunization records.

Each child must have state minimum immunization requirements.

Incomplete immunizations should be taken care of through a family physician or through the Steubenville Health Department.

Information about the preschool and kindergarten registration is available by contacting Young at (740) 283-3767.

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Council to meet

in executive session

STEUBENVILLE – City Council will meet in a closed door executive session at 7 p.m. today to discuss personnel.

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

Water outage

set for weekend

WELLSBURG – Wellsburg water customers will be without service from 11 p.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Saturday while crews repair a valve at 12th and Charles streets that broke Jan. 27, causing an outage.

After service has been restored, there will be a 48-hour boil order in effect until a sample of the water has been tested. Residents will experience discolored water at that time and should refrain from doing laundry.

For questions, call (304) 737-2143.

Patrol presents

dispatch award

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Ohio State Highway Patrol Dispatcher Melissa J. Rath of Steubenville was selected for the 2012 Ohio State Highway Patrol Telecommunications Award at the St. Clairsville Dispatch Center and also for the patrol’s Cambridge District.

Post peers chose Rath based on technical job knowledge and ability, enthusiastic work attitude, teamwork and prompt and courteous response to the public’s requests for information and assistance, according to the patrol.

She joined the patrol in 2009 as a dispatcher assigned to the St. Clairsville Dispatch Center. Prior to that she was a dispatcher for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

Rath and husband, Sean, a sergeant at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, have two daughters Payton and Karysn.

Harrison grand jury

issues indictments

CADIZ – A Harrison County grand jury on Friday returned indictments, including one for an Adena man involved in assault following an argument, according to officials.

Steven Brokaw, 26, 41 Sycamore St., was indicted on a felonious assault charge. It is alleged an argument at the victim’s home resulted in serious injuries, including broken bones.

Others indicted were:

Curtis Golsby, 54, 207 Roan Ave., Cadiz, one count of burglary.

David M. Howard, 24, 697 Country Club Road, Cadiz, one count of having weapons while under disability.

Secret indictments also were issued, according to officials.

Former store slated for demolition

SMITHFIELD – Terri Barath, Village Council member and representative to the Regional Planning Commission, reported the former Mortland Store on Main Street will be one of 28 homes slated for demolition due to nuisance complaints.

Ohio Valley Title is working on the title research for all the buildings slated to be torn down and, once completed, a 30-day legal notice will be sent out, officials said. In the meantime, consultants are in the process of conducting asbestos surveys.

Officials want the Mortland house to be taken down sometime after April.

Barath also reported the Ohio Neighborhood Stabilization has seven of the 11 homes on the agency’s report, including the Sparks property on Third Street.

Regarding the home repair program, Smithfield received 10 of the applications and about $70,000 is available for seven or eight homes to be selected for repair in the county. The applications are for individual families for repairs on their homes. No village is involved, Barath noted. Homeowners must be aware of the requirements involved and the application is to be filled out by the homeowner.

Cera announces funding for EGCC

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, announced the release of $89,495 by the State Controlling Board for Eastern Gateway Community College.

According to Cera, $76,500 will be used for roof replacement, while the remainder, $12,995, will help meet contractual obligations with the architect providing design and construction administration for the restoration project at EGCC Pugliese Center Parking Lot. The college parking lot is in need of restoration.

“Being able to complete the roof repairs, especially since they leak, will help maintain the stability of this facility for years to come. Restoring the parking lot and making sure it is up to code helps keep the facility operational for the professors and students attending the school,” said Cera.

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County 911 board

reschedules meeting

WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson County 911 board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the county’s 911 emergency operations center at the agency’s building at the Jefferson County Airpark.

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Fire damages booths

at flea market

WINTERSVILLE – A sprinkler system helped extinguish an electrical fire that broke out around 9:40 a.m. Tuesday at the Treasure Island Marketplace on Main Street, according to Wintersville Fire and Rescue.

Chief Robert Herrington said the fire damaged two booths and caused smoke and water damage.

None of the businesses in the upstairs part of the building had to be closed, he said.

Herrington said the cause of the fire appears to be electrical, but he is going to ask for the assistance of the state fire marshal’s office in investigating.

Township meeting

date changed

RICHMOND – The Salem Township trustees’ monthly meeting has been changed because of a scheduling conflict.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the township garage located on township Road 216.

The trustees usually meet the third Monday of the month.

Hancock document available for review

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Board of Health recently reviewed and approved the environmental fees for permits to be in effect for 2013-14, according to officials.

The fees for permits schedule is available for public review during business hours at the health department, 102 N. Court St., New Cumberland; and at the Mary H. Weir Public Library in Weirton; Swaney Memorial Library in New Cumberland; and Lynn Murray Library in Chester.

A 30-day written comment period begins Feb. 18. Written comments must contain the writer’s name, address and telephone number. For information, contact Jackie Huff, administrator, at (304) 564-3343.