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Man arrested after

vehicle chase

STEUBENVILLE – Jonathan Peterson, 50, of 215 Cadiz Road, Wintersville, is facing multiple charges after City Police said he led officers on a brief chase in the South End around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Police reported being notified by Weirton Police to be on the lookout for a van involved in a hit-skip in Weirton and possibly heading toward Steubenville.

City officers saw the van on South Street and it accelerated when an officer turned on the cruiser’s lights. The vehicle drove for several blocks before wrecking into a concrete stoop on a house in the 400 block of South Sixth Street, police reported.

Peterson was charged with fleeing and eluding, reckless operation, one way street, failure to control, driving with a suspended license and operating a vehicle under the influence.

Boil order lifted

in Follansbee

FOLLANSBEE – A 48-hour boil order issued for the city’s downtown water customers has been lifted.

City Manager John DeStefano said the order was issued so water samples could be taken following repairs to line breaks on Mahan Lane and near the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Ohio Street on Monday.

The breaks disrupted service to customers from Mahan Lane south to Mahan Avenue for a few hours and other areas for shorter periods, DeStefano said. He said another break occurred on Hooverson Heights but didn’t affect service.

The boil order also affected Follansbee Middle School, and pupils and staff were provided bottled water, said Marty Bartz, assistant superintendent.

Bartz said the school’s breakfasts and lunches are prepared at Brooke High School and weren’t affected by the disruption.

Grammy-nominated vocalist to perform

STEUBENVILLE – Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Sacred Music Program is hosting a concert featuring mezzo-soprano Misty Bermudez. The concert will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Peter’s Church, Fourth Street.

The program consists of Baroque music of the 17th and 18th centuries, including works of Bach, Vivaldi and Monteverdi.

Bermudez, a founding and current member of the Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble, Seraphic Fire, has captivated audiences with her “ravishing” voice and her “compelling concert performances,” according to reviewers of her performances. Her recent performances include Handel’s Messiah and Dido and Aeneas with Seraphic Fire and Firebird Orchestra.

Bermudez will be accompanied by Marina Nielsen on baroque cello and Paul Weber, Franciscan University of Steubenville associate professor of music, on organ and harpsichord.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Annual Cattelmen’s banquet slated

BLOOMINGDALE – The Jefferson County Cattlemen’s Association and the Carroll County Cattlemen’s Association will hold their annual beef banquet at 7 pm. Wednesday at Ohio Catering’s The Countryside, 91 township Road 262.

The year’s guest speaker will be Steve Boyles, an Ohio State University Extension beef specialist.

The menu will include roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, salad, roll and dessert.

The cost is $15 per person. Individuals may pay at the door; however, call the OSU Extension office at (740) 328-7997 to RSVP.

Author to speak at Bethany event

BETHANY – Author Rick Lowery will be the featured speaker for the 58th-annual Oreon E. Scott Lectures to be held April 8-9 at Bethany College’s Mountainside Conference Center.

Lowery is a dean and adjunct professor of Hebrew Bible at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky and author of several books on Biblical studies and social and ecological justice.

He is writing a book titled “Genesis and Human Rights,” which will be the focus of this year’s event, and his many writings include blogs for the Huffington Post.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on April 8 at the conference center.

The Timothy Luncheon will be held at noon and the day will include dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. worship service led by Lowery at Bethany Memorial Church and a reception with Bethany College President Scott D. Miller at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights.

The Oreon E. Scott Lectures are funded through the Oreon E. Scott Foundation.

To register or for information, call (304) 829-7723 or by e-mail jpyle@bethanywv.edu.

Asian beetles to be discussed

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County West Virginia University Extension Office and Brooke County Public Library will present a discussion of Asian longhorn beetles and emerald ash borers at 1 p.m. March 12.

Pathologist Patty Gundrum will discuss the insects’ negative impact.

Those interested in attending the free program are asked to call (304) 737-3666 so sufficient materials may be prepared.

Harrison Hills registration dates set

Kindergarten registration for children who plan to enter Harrison Hills City School District during the 2013-14 school year has been scheduled at the following places:

Harrison East Elementary, 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 20 and April 8.

Harrison North Elementary, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 22 and April 12.

To be eligible for kindergarten a child must be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 30.

Before enrollment can be completed, it will be necessary that a legal birth certificate, Social Security number and immunization record be presented.

Parents are asked to bring a gas bill, water bill or electric bill that shows a physical address for proof of residency.

Also bring custody and/or court papers, if applicable.

Each parent should contact their child’s school for an appointment prior to the registration date. Children are asked to accompany their parent to the registration.

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Charlie Wilson suffers stroke

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Former U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson suffered a stroke while in Florida last week, according to a statement released Tuesday by Wilson’s family.

Wilson reportedly suffered a brain aneurysm Friday while vacationing in the Orlando area and has been in a medically induced coma while he is being treated.

Wilson, a two-term Democrat, lost a re-election bid in 2010 to Republican Bill Johnson. Wilson attempted to unseat Johnson in a rematch election in 2012, but lost.

Prior to his tenure in Congress, Wilson served in the Ohio House of Representatives and in the state Senate.

Wilson turned 70 on Jan. 18.

Thursday last day to make tax payment

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said Thursday is the last day to pay tax bills without penalty for the first half of 2012.

Persons who have not received a bill 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 www.officialpayments.com and use code 4577. Agresta said Official Payments, the service provider, charges a convenience fee for the service.

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.

Grave decorations need removed

RICHMOND – Salem Township trustees have asked that all winter decorations be removed from the graves in Richmond Union Cemetery and Quaker Cemetery by March 25.

Buckeye Local policy overview provided

Buckeye Local School District officials 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 can be reviewed for adoption. Parents’ comments and recommendations will be accepted. All meetings will be held in the respective school buildings.

The schedule is as follows:

8 a.m. Friday, Buckeye Local Junior High School.

10 a.m. Friday, South Elementary School.

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

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Two arrested in shooting hoax

WINTERSVILLE – Three people were arrested Tuesday by Village Police after a text message hoax that claimed a man was stabbed and a shot was fired.

Officers were called to an apartment on Canton Road after a father in Columbus said he received a text message that his daughter had stabbed a man and the man fired a shot at her.

Officers quickly discovered the text message was a hoax.

Police arrested Levone L. Winston, 22, and Tara Monroe, 28, both of Apartment 17, 430 Canton Road. Winston was charged with obstructing official business and falsification. Monroe was charged with obstructing official business. A third person, Robert L. Winston, 58, of the same address, was arrested on a bench warrant out of Steubenville Municipal Court.

Woman assaulted with hammer, knife

STEUBENVILLE – A woman was treated Tuesday at Trinity Medical Center West for injuries City Police said came from a man attacking her with a hammer and knife.

Police said the woman said she was assaulted around 8 p.m. Monday at a home in the 1400 block of Maryland Avenue. Officers said the woman had a 2-inch claw hammer wound in her thigh area and a cut on her finger she said she received trying to avoid a knife. The woman also said she was kicked and punched about the head, police reported.

A felonious assault warrant was issued against the alleged attacker.

Two arrested in copper wire theft

STEUBENVILLE -Two men were arrested Monday by City Police in connection with the theft of copper wiring from the Herman Strauss Inc. property.

Police received information that the copper stolen from the former steel plant property would be in a van. Officers pulled the van over in the 600 block of Logan Avenue Monday and found several containers of copper wire.

Joseph Marshall, 50, of 612 Ross St. and Zachary Search, 21, of 512 S. Fifth St., who were in the van, each were charged with breaking and entering. They were being held on a $10,000 bond at the county jail.

Traffic limited on Sinclair Avenue

STEUBENVILLE – Traffic on Sinclair Avenue will be limited to one lane between John Scott Highway and Lovers Lane from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

City Engineer Mike Dolak said motorists can expect delays and are urged to use alternate routes.

Dolak said the street closing is needed to allow a plumbing contractor to install a sanitary sewer connection for a new medical building at 1799 Sinclair Ave.

Financial report available for review

AMSTERDAM – The village’s annual financial report for 2012 is complete and available for review by the public at 103 Springfield St.

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Man charged with aggravated arson

STEUBENVILLE – John E. Adams, 48, of 181 Talbott Drive, Wintersville, was arrested Sunday on an aggravated arson charge in connection with allegedly lighting his house on fire on Bantam Ridge Road on Jan. 11.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department reported the state fire marshal’s office investigated and found the fire was lit in two places. Gasoline cans also were found inside, the sheriff’s department reported.

Adams was arrested at the scene of the fire and charged with interfering with emergency personnel and menacing. Adams pleaded guilty to those charges in Toronto county court and was fined $350 and served seven days in jail.

Adams was being held without bond on the arson charge, pending a court appearance.

Water boil order issued for Bergholz

BERGHOLZ – The Jefferson County Water and Sewer District has issued a water boil order through 6 p.m. Tuesday for Bergholz and the surrounding areas.

Due to several water breaks in the water system in the area, customers may experience low or no water pressure, water and sewer district officials reported.

Student rescued after falling over hillside

STEUBENVILLE – A Franciscan University of Steubenville student had to be rescued by the City Fire Department Saturday evening after she fell over a hillside while hiking.

A university spokesman said the female student, who isn’t being identified, was hiking by herself at night behind a fenced area in the upper area near the dormitories around 8 p.m.

The fire department reported the student fell about 200 to 300 feet over the hillside.

The student had her cell phone and called her roommate, the university reported. Jefferson Security guards were able to locate the student over the hillside and helped direct firefighters to her, according to the university.

Firefighters used ropes and a stokes basket to rescue the student. She was flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital with head and facial trauma. The university reported the student had non-life threatening injures.

The fire department was on the scene for two and one-half hours.

April trial set in W.Va. track embezzlement case

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) – An April trial is set for a Virginia woman accused of embezzling more than $1 million in horse racing funds from a West Virginia casino and racetrack.

A superseding indictment issued earlier this month charges 49-year-old Anita Ambler of Reva, Va., with 11 counts of mail fraud, 10 counts of wire fraud and four counts of transacting in criminal proceeds. Ambler originally was indicted in December 2011 on 42 total counts, including 21 mail fraud counts.

She is charged with embezzling the money from Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort in Chester. Her trial is scheduled for April 23.

The Culpeper Star-Exponent reports that Ambler pleaded not guilty to the superseding indictment last week in U.S. District Court in Wheeling.

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Juvenile arrested in purse snatching

STEUBENVILLE – A 16-year-old male was arrested by Friday evening in connection with a purse snatching at Wal-Mart, City Police reported.

Officers said a woman was in the pharmacy area of the store when the teen grabber her purse around 9:50 p.m.. The victim and the teen struggled before the robber ran off with the purse, police reported. Wal-Mart employees chased after the male, police reported.

While investigating, another person told officers who might be involved, police reported.

Officers went to the teen’s house, who was identified as the robber, police reported. An officer reported the teen admitted to taking the purse. The suspect was taken to the county’s juvenile detention center on a robbery charge.

The purse was found in a Dumpster. The victim said it appeared nothing was taken, police reported.

Pair try to take vehicle outside house

STEUBENVILLE – A resident in the 400 block of Union Avenue told City Police two men tried to take his vehicle while it was warming up outside the house around 5:26 a.m. Saturday.

The resident said he looked out the window and saw two men get into his vehicle and start to pull away, police reported. The resident chased after the vehicle, with the two men getting out of the vehicle while it was still moving, police reported. The vehicle then hit a parked car, an officer said.

The men ran towards State Street, police reported.

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Two men arrested following break-in

STEUBENVILLE – City Police arrested two men Thursday afternoon following an investigation into a break-in of a vacant house on Sunset Boulevard.

Steubenville Police Chief Bill McCafferty said early today that charges are pending against John T. Nation, 32, 241 Clifton Ave., Mingo Junction, and Jess Lee Turner, 29, 704 Oakmont Ave.

McCafferty said officers were investigating a report of several individuals carrying items from a vacant house.

“The officers spotted a Ford pick-up truck described as the vehicle at the vacant house parked across the street in the Cashland parking lot. They approached the female in the truck and arrested her on a bench warrant. The officers then spotted two men wearing Carhartt coats running from the vacant house and apprehended Nation and Turner,” McCafferty explained.

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Pro-Life advocate to speak at Franciscan

STEUBENVILLE – International pro-life speaker and Live Action founder Lila Rose will present “What Do You Know about Abortion and Eugenics?” at 9 p.m. Monday in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery of the J.C. Williams Center at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

At age 15, Rose founded Live Action, a pro-life nonprofit organization that specializes in investigative journalism, media and youth education. She serves as president of Live Action, which works to expose abuses in the abortion industry and promote human rights for the pre-born.

Rose’s talk is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Franciscan University Students for Life Club.

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Fire extinguished at steel mill site

STEUBENVILLE – City firefighters extinguished a trailer fire at the former RG Steel plant Sunday afternoon.

A fire department spokesperson said a worker was using a torch to cut steel beams prior to the building being demolished and accidentally ignited the 60-by-20-foot trailer. Firefighters had to use water from their fire truck because there were no working fire hydrants in the building.

No one was injured, and the fire was contained within an hour, officials said.

Crash sends area man to hospital

CALCUTTA – The right northbound lane of state Route 11 just north of the Route 170 overpass was closed for more than an hour on Sunday afternoon, as first responders worked to free a driver from the wreckage of a single-vehicle accident.

Detective Joseph Brophey of the St. Clair Police Department said Bryan Strauss, 40, of Tiltonsville was driving north in the left lane of Route 11 at approximately 3:30 p.m., when his 2008 Honda Accord drifted over the left yellow line toward the concrete center divider. Although the car did not contact the center divider, its tires did hit a patch of snow and ice at the foot of the divider.

According to Brophey, Strauss’ attempt to correct course resulted in a loss of control. The car slid sideways into the right-side guardrail face, crumpling several yards of guardrail before striking an embankment, which flipped the car onto its roof in a roadside ditch. Brophey says Strauss was wearing his seat belt and was not seriously injured, but could not free himself from the wreckage.

He was transported by Lifeteam EMS to East Liverpool City Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Health board to meet Feb. 25

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Board of Health will meet at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Brooke County Courthouse.

The appointment of a chairman, vice chairman and health officer are among items on its agenda.

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Harrison Hills school board to meet

CADIZ – The Harrison Hills City School District school board will meet in special session at 8 p.m. Sunday in the administrative office for a board work session.

School board calls special meeting

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Board of Education will meet for a hearing on staff receiving reduction in force notices or anticipating transfers at 3 p.m. Tuesday at 1201 Pleasant Ave.

GOP committee to meet Feb. 25

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Republican Executive Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Brooke County Library.

Plans for the coming year will be discussed.

High-income households missing

WEIRTON – The U.S. Census Bureau says the Weirton and Steubenville metropolitan area is one of two in the country with the lowest percentage of high-income households.

It defines high income as being in the top 5 percent of national income distribution, which is a household income of at least $191,469 per year.

According to the report, only 1.3 percent of households in the area that includes two counties in the Northern Panhandle and one in Ohio were considered high income.

Conversely, the New York City suburbs in Connecticut had the highest percentage of high-income households at 17.9 percent.

The report says coastal areas had large proportions of counties with high concentrations of high-income households. The area comprised of Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee, tended to have low concentrations of such households.

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Relay for Life meeting set

STEUBENVILLE – A Tuesday evening planning meeting of the 2013 Steubenville Area Relay for Life sponsored by the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society will get under way at 7 p.m. in lecture hall 2100 of Eastern Gateway Community College.

It is open to anyone interested in organizing a team or being a part of the event that raises money for cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services.

This year’s relay will be held June 21-22 at the Robert Kettle Memorial Stadium at Indian Creek High School in Wintersville.

Relay co-chairs Kyle Elder and Jaclyn Walters presided along with Bethani Barsch, ACS staff partner.

For information on participating, volunteering or donating to the Steubenville Area Relay for Life sponsored by the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society, call Barsch at (888) 227-6446, extension 2212; Elder at (740) 219-0147 or kyleelder@gmail.com; or go to the website at www.relayforlife.org/Steubenville.

Council to hold special meeting

WELLSBURG – Wellsburg Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall to address three election matters.

Council will certify candidates for the upcoming election, name ballot commissioners and consider eliminating the primary election slated for April 2.

Council eliminated the primary election during its last election year, noting there were not more than two candidates in any race and the move would save the city money.

PERI will meet Wednesday

WINTERSVILLE – Jefferson County Chapter 5, Public Employee Retirees, will hold their monthly meeting at noon Wednesday at Zelinski’s

The guest speaker will be Becky Foster, a recently retired teacher of the hearing impaired in the Steubenville City School District.

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NAACP meeting set Tuesday

STEUBENVILLE – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Hampton Inn on University Boulevard, according to state director Royal Mayo.

Head Start dances announced

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Community Action Council Head Start program will sponsor an “I Love Head Start Dance” on Thursday at all Head Start sites.

According to Sherry Petteway the festivities will include food, music, and fun activities.

Petteway said the dances will be held from 10 a.m. until noon at the Adena Head Start located at 189 Hanna Ave., and at the Tiltonsville Head Start located at 106 Grandview Ave.

The Wintersville Head Start dance will run from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the site at 587 Bantam Ridge Road as well as the St. Anthony’s Head Start at 243 S. Seventh St. in Steubenville.

Petteway said the dance is one of many parent, family, and community engagement activities offered by the Head Start program. Families with children three or four years old and not enrolled in our program are encouraged to attend and enroll their child in Head Start.

“There will be staff at each site to assist you. Recruitment for enrollment is held at every Head Start Activity and all Head Start activities are free,” noted Petteway.

W.Va. road work announced

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 Kings Creek, North Fork, Hudson Hill and Lick Run roads; and ditching along Hardins Run and Middle Run roads.

In Brooke County, crews will be patching U.S. Route 22, clearing ditches along state Route 2 and pulling shoulders and ditches along state Route 67.

Lauretta Drive

re-opened to traffic

STEUBENVILLE – City officials re-opened Lauretta Drive from John Scott Highway to St. Charles Drive Friday afternoon.

The street was closed in December to allow the James White Construction Company could replace a broken storm culvert pipe.

City Engineer Michael Dolak said approximately 92 feet of 66 inch storm culvert pipe was replaced.

Dolak said the work was delayed several days by inclement weather.

The project cost approximately $105,000.

An Ohio Public Works Commission provided $84,000 for the project.

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Water break on Orchard Street

WINTERSVILLE – A water line break occurred Thursday at 130 Orchard St. in the village, according to officials.

A 48-hour boil order will be in effect once the water has been restored, officials said.

Upcoming blood drives planned

The Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region, which includes the American Red Cross Jefferson County Chapter, has planned several upcoming blood drives:

Feb. 15: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Toronto High School, north Third Street, Toronto; and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Buckeye North Elementary School, 1004 Third St., Brilliant.

Feb. 18: Noon to 6 p.m., local Red Cross chapter, 81 Talbott Drive, Wintersville.

Feb. 21: Indian Creek High School: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 200 Park Drive, Wintersville.

Feb. 28: Wintersville United Methodist Church: Noon to 6 p.m., 702 Main St., Wintersville; and Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 244 Second St., Bergholz.

March 4: Noon to 6 p.m., local Red Cross chapter.

Area 16 Youth Council to meet

CADIZ – An Area 16 Youth Council meeting is planned at 10 a.m. Feb. 15 at the Puskarich Library.

The Youth Council is a committee of the Area 16 Workforce Investment Board and is provided through the Carroll County Department of Job and Family Services.

Pet adoption at mall Saturday

STEUBENVILLE -The Jefferson County Humane Society will host a pet adoption from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Fort Steuben Mall.

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Two sentenced in heroin drug raid

STEUBENVILLE – Two men arrested during a raid by the county drug task force on State Street on Oct. 23 were sentenced to prison on Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr.

Terrance Jones, 20, of Chicago pleaded guilty to possession of heroin and was sentenced by Bruzzese to a mandatory three years in prison.

Jovan A. Poe, 21, of Chicago pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin, with a school specification, possession of heroin and tampering with evidence and was sentenced to two years in prison. County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said the prosecutor’s office will not oppose Poe filing for judicial release after June. Poe was seen throwing heroin out a window into a gutter during the drug raid.

Hanlin said there were five people charged in the drug raid. The cases against the other three defendants are pending.

Tiltonsville man in jail on robbery charge

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – A Tiltonsville man is being held in the Belmont County Jail after he allegedly robbed a home during the weekend.

James R. Remhof, 29, of 414 Ohio St., was booked into jail on Saturday on a burglary charge. Bond was set at $15,000, according to reports.

According to police, the caretaker of the home on Beckleigh Addition Road caught the burglar red-handed.

Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas said his office received a call from the caretaker of a home at around 8 p.m. Saturday. Lucas said the caretaker caught someone inside the house, scared him off and was able to get a license plate and description of the car.

According to Lucas, the car sped off eastbound on I-70. A call was placed into central dispatch and information was sent to the sheriff’s department and area police departments.

Lucas said Bridgeport Police stopped the car and held the suspect until deputies arrived. Items stolen were found in the vehicle, according to the sheriff. He said watches, jewelry, money and some prescription drugs were found.

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Man arrested after shots fired

STEUBENVILLE – Christopher J. Prentice, 23, of 1312 Park St. was arrested by City Police Saturday evening after he allegedly fired an assault weapon outside the house in which he was staying.

Police during the investigation interviewed a woman who said Prentice became upset, pointed the weapon at her and then hit her in the head with the gun. Police said Prentice then fired shots from the gun.

Officers went to the Park Street duplex and found Prentice there. The residence was searched and a full clip of bullets and the weapon were found, police reported.

Prentice was charged with domestic violence and discharging a weapon within city limits.

Fire damages home during Super Bowl

WINTERSVILLE – A grease fire in the kitchen of a home at 309 Orchard Place during the Super Bowl Sunday evening caused extensive damage to the kitchen, according to Wintersville Fire and Rescue officials.

Fire Chief Robert Herrington said residents were inside the house watching the game around 8:50 p.m. when the fire started.

Fire crews were at the house for about 90 minutes. Belvedere and Richmond fire departments assisted.

There were no reported injuries. A dog in a kennel in the basement was rescued unharmed.

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Man charged for domestic incident

STEUBENVILLE – A Steubenville man has been charged with domestic violence following an incident in which the alleged victim was seen knocking on the doors of nearby residences for help early Saturday.

Cameron Petteway, 24, of 1329 West Adams St., is being held at the Jefferson County Jail on the charge.

According to police reports, City Police found the alleged victim screaming in the 500 block of Lawson Avenue at about 3 a.m. The reports said the woman told police Petteway, whom she knew, threatened to harm her and himself with knives and attempted to prevent her from leaving her home.

The case is pending in Steubenville Municipal Court.

Area road work plans announced

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 state Route 2 and U.S. Route 30 and ditching along Hardins Run Road.

In Brooke County, crews will be patching U.S. Route 22, clearing ditches along state Route 2 and pulling shoulders and ditches along state Route 27 and Rabbit Hill Road.

Extension committee to meet Wednesday

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County West Virginia University Extension Service Committee will meet at noon Wednesday at the extension office at 840 Charles St.

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Sentence ordered for escape, perjury

STEUBENVILLE – Matthew D. Lanham Jr., 21, of 125 Springfield Township Road 275, Bergholz, was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Lanham pleaded guilty to escape and perjury

Lanham escaped Oct. 20 from the Eastern Ohio Correction Center outside Wintersville, and was apprehended four days later. The county prosecutor’s office also reported Lanham lied during testimony at a preliminary hearing.

Lanham will be back in court on Tuesday before Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson to face a probation violation charge.

Lanham was on two years of probation out of Henderson’s court for theft and complicity to breaking and entering. Because of his conviction in Bruzzese’s court, a probation revocation motion was filed. Lanham faces up to 30 months in prison in Henderson’s court.

Man pleads in child sex case

STEUBENVILLE – Rusty E. Workman, 52, of 55 Diamond St., Irondale, was placed on four years of probation by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. on Friday after Workman pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual conduct of a minor.

Workman was charged with the crime after an incident in August 2011 involving a then 15-year-old girl.

Workman faces one year in prison if he violates probation. Bruzzese ruled that Workman is a Tier II sexual offender requiring him to report his address to the county sheriff every 180 days for 25 years.

Indian Creek school registrations set

WINTERSVILLE-The Indian Creek Local School District’s registration of preschool and kindergarten age children, eligible to enroll for the first time, is planned at the following schools:

– Wintersville Elementary: March 4-5.

– Hills Elementary: March 6-7.

– Wayne Elementary: March 8.

Sessions are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Wintersville Elementary. All sessions at Hills and Wayne elementaries are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Records of birth certificate, immunizations and evidence of Social Security number are required for registration. Children ages 3, 4 or 5 on or before Aug. 1 are eligible to enroll.

Children age 4 will receive priority placement into the preschool classes.

JobsOhio swallows liquor business

COLUMBUS – The sale of $1.5 billion in bonds to fund Ohio’s private job-creation entity is under way, and the transfer of the state’s liquor business to JobsOhio is complete.

JobsOhio bonds, backed by state liquor proceeds, went on sale Tuesday in two separate but related offerings.

An official circular posted on the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board’s website Friday says more than $1.1 billion are taxable revenue bonds while the other $400 million are tax-exempt. Also Friday, the state and JobsOhio completed transfer of the liquor business.

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Three arrested in check robbery

STEUBENVILLE -Three people were arrested by City Police Thursday afternoon in connection with the robbery of a checkbook from a person in the Hollywood Plaza.

Police had a description of the car and, by chance, City Police Chief William McCafferty pulled up behind it in a bank drive-through lane downtown.

Two females were inside and the man suspected of taking the checkbook was seen near the bank and took off running, police reported. He was caught by officers.

Daniel Gallahan, 29, of 1200 Main St., Wellsburg, was charged with robbery, tampering with evidence and receiving stolen property. Kathryn Dillon, 28, of township Road 267, Amsterdam, and Jamie Whitman, 22, of 100 Talbott Drive, Wintersville, each were charged with receiving stolen property.

Scholarship offered by action council

STEUBENVILLE -The Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development is offering a scholarship opportunity to eligible high school students in a 30-county service area of Ohio who want to attend an institution of higher education.

The scholarship is offered in collaboration with COAD-member Community Action Agencies and the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education.

The David V. Stivison Appalachian Community Action Scholarship Fund is in memory of the former COAD employee as a tribute to his pursuit of academic excellence and his commitment to help others achieve their fullest potential.

To be eligible, scholarship applicants must reside in a household with a total annual income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Interested persons may contact the Jefferson County Community Action Council Administration Office at (740) 282-0971, extension 110, for information or to request an application. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15.

UMWA Local 7690 to meet Monday

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

Health department sets nursing activities

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Health Department will offer immunizations, flu shots and tuberculosis testing from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the offices in the Ohio Valley Towers.

Information about the county health department activities is available by calling (740) 283-8530.

Cera announces recreation fund award

COLUMBUS State Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, announced Wednesday the State Controlling Board approval of money designated for recreational use at the Wintersville Village Field

The village will receive $15,000 for a new playground and picnic area.

“Bringing state dollars home and enhancing our local recreational facilities is always rewarding, and I am pleased this community will benefit from this opportunity,” said Cera.

According to Cera, this is the 19th round of grants through the state’s NatureWorks grant program.

“This funding opportunity allows local governments to develop and rehabilitate local recreational areas through state grants. The program provides up to 75 percent reimbursement assistance for local government subdivisions,” Cera noted.

Spay/neuter clinic to be held at airport

WINTERSVILLE – The Brooke County Animal Welfare League will hold its next spay and neuter clinic, Roaming Animal Sterilization Clinic at Low-Cost, March 2-3 at the Jefferson County Airpark.

Pre-payment is required. There will be no walk-in services or vaccinations available.

The clinic isn’t limited to Brooke County residents. Any interested pet owner may make an appointment by calling (304) 374-4443.

Introduction to developing apps course offered

WHEELING – A five-week workshop beginning Monday at the Innovation and Entrepreneur Center at Wheeling Jesuit University will provide an introduction to the process of developing apps for iOS devices – the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod – as well as insight from real-life app entrepreneurs.

The course will consist of five two-hour workshops, and the following topics will be examined at length:

Week 1 – Introduction to XCode; accessing online resources; the global app industry and market opportunities.

Week 2 – Interfaces.

Week 3 – Table-views.

Week 4 – Delegates.

Week 5 – Summary and Project Presentations.

Participants will be given advice and training to develop their own app project and present it for peer and instructor feedback during the final workshop.

Those interested in the course should call Ryan Wall at the IEC at (304) -243-4399, or via e-mail at rwall@wju.edu.

Participants who attend and participate in all five classes will receive an iOS developer course certificate of completion and will be eligible to apply for a discount from the course.

County health department sets nursing activities

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Health Department will offer immunizations, flu shots and tuberculosis testing from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the offices in the Ohio Valley Towers.

Information about the county health department activities is available by calling (740) 283-8530.