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Two transported following ATV accident

WELLSBURG – A woman was transported by medical helicopter to an area hospital following an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle on Genteel Ridge Road Sunday afternoon.

The Brooke County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Acacia Gaudio, 22, of Midland, Pa., was flown for treatment after the ATV she was riding ran into a hillside at about 1:35 p.m.

The driver – John M. McGowan, 36, of Wellsburg – was treated for injuries, but it wasn’t clear if he had to be transported from the scene.

McGowan was cited for speeding, carrying a passenger when the vehicle wasn’t built for that and riding on a lined road.

The Brooke County Ambulance Service and firefighters from Franklin Community and McKinleyville also were called to the scene.

Hydrants to be flushed today

WELLSBURG – City crews will flush hydrants this week, beginning at 11 p.m. today, as part of ongoing upgrades to the city’s water treatment plant.

The flushing will begin today on Marianna, Main and Yankee streets and continue Wednesday with Commerce Street (state Route 2), Pleasant Avenue, 22nd Street Extension, Forest Hills, High Street, Duvall Heights and White Bell Circle; and Thursday on state Route 27 to Park Addition.

It will be done between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., during which customers may experience discolored water and low water pressure. Water customers should check their water before doing laundry.

For information, call (304) 737-2143.

Teepee open to guests at downtown library

STEUBENVILLE – As part of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County’s summer reading program, a teepee will be set up in front of the main library on Fourth Street from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The public is invited to visit.

State Route 7 bridge jobs set to begin

MINGO JUNCTION -Work will be starting on two bridge projects on state Route 7 at Mingo Junction, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction at both bridges.

For the first bridge project over McLister Avenue, just south of Logan Avenue, the northbound off-ramp to Logan Avenue will be closed during the first phase of the project, which is expected to begin later this month. The cost of that project is $2.55 million, ODOT reported.

For the second bridge project, located over Gladys Avenue just north of state Route 151, the northbound on-ramp to state Route 7 at state Route 151 will be closed during construction, also expected to begin later this month, ODOT reported. On-ramp traffic will be detoured on county Road 7D and Commercial Avenue, according to ODOT. The cost of the project is $1.7 million. Shelly and Sands Inc. of Zanesville is the contractor for both of projects, ODOT reported.

Jefferson County Fair Books are available

STEUBENVILLE -The 2013 Jefferson County Fair Books are now available at the following locations: OSU Extension Office; Jefferson Landmark in Bloomingdale, Cadiz and Dillonvale; Kuester Implement; McConnells Meat Market; Pytash Tractor Sales; Thompson’s in Dillonvale; Smithfield Hardware; Kwik King in Toronto; M&M Hardware; Kenco in Richmond; Super C in Smithfield; Smith Oil on Cadiz Road; and Richmond Hardware. The book also is available on the fair’s website,

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Road work announced

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

Crews in Hancock County will patch Laurel, Meadow and Dominic drives; Bristol and Crumitt lanes, Willow and Oak streets; Marks Run; Stewart Run and Smith roads; Marilyn and Russell lanes; Glen Elm and Fox Run roads; Mount Royal Boulevard; Clifford Street; and Wylie Ridge Road.

They also will ditch along Race Track Road and mow along several roads.

Crews in Brooke County will patch May, Woodcrest and Lee roads and mow along several roads.

SRG to meet today

STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville Revitalization Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at Froehlich’s Classic Corner Restaurant.

The meeting is open to the public.

PERI to meet Wednesday

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

The program will be presented by the members and will feature “Memories of Dad.” Yvonne Habowski will give a report on Tuesday’s district meeting. All public employee retirees and spouses are welcome.

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Trial date set for homicide case

WELLSBURG – A Nov. 13 trial date has been tentatively set in the case against a Burgettstown, Pa. man for the shooting death of 30-year-old Jason Lee Pratz at his McKinleyville home in February.

Rocco Jesse Zuccaro, 28, of Burgettstown, who has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge for which he was indicted, appeared with his attorney, Michael Nogay, for a status hearing Friday.

First Judicial Circuit Court Judge Ronald Wilson set the trial date, pending a psychological evaluation to determine Zuccaro’s competence to stand trial.

Wilson also set a Sept. 30 pre-trial hearing for the case and deadlines.

At an April 31 hearing, Nogay was granted a court order seeking medication he said Zuccaro needs for treatment of “a serious mental condition.”

Zuccaro was arrested by the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department following his release from a mental health facility where he had voluntarily undergone treatment.

He is being held at the Northern Regional Jail in lieu of $1 million bond set in circuit court.

County engineer releases schedule

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Engineer James Branagan released the work schedule for next week for the highway department.

Pavement repairs – Pleasant Hill Road (county Road 45).

Patching – Pleasant Hill Road; Timothy Ridge Road (county Road 58); and Monroeville-Irondale Road (county Road 55).

Road closings will be announced.

Church to host blood drive June 15

WELLSBURG – The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church, 1340 Washington Pike, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15.

Walk-ins are welcome.

Drug and alcohol committee to meet

STEUBENVILLE – The finance and drug and alcohol committee of the Jefferson County Prevention and Recovery Board will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the board’s office, 524 Madison Ave.

Road worker rescues drowning kittens

DILLONVALE – A road worker is being called a hero after rescuing three day-old kittens that a woman had stuffed in a plastic bag and thrown into a creek, according to officials.

Reports said crews were laying asphalt when workers saw the women throw the bag into the creek. They could see the kittens moving and heard meowing. One of the workers, Bobby Bumgardner, went into the water and got them out.

The kittens were safe and recovering at the Jefferson County Humane Society, where Humane Officer Cassandra Howell said Bumgardner is a hero.

The county sheriff’s office is investigating, but the woman accused of throwing the baby cats in the water hasn’t been charged.

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Route 22 closed

by diesel spill

WEIRTON – U.S. Route 22 was closed from the Harmon Creek exit to the Main Street exit late Thursday and remained reduced to one lane early today after diesel fuel was spilled from a truck, according to the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department.

The highway was expected to be re-opened at noon today.

The section of the highway east of that area, from the Harmon Creek exit to Three Springs Drive, already had been reduced to one lane while crews resurfaced it with a skid-resistant material.

Man sentenced to

prison in assault

STEUBENVILLE – Lamont Whatley, 47, of 1533 Euclid Ave. was sentenced to nine months in prison on Friday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after pleading guilty to an amended indictment charging aggravated assault.

Whatley was indicted on two counts of felonious assault in connection with Whatley allegedly attacking a woman with a hammer and knife on Feb. 25.

Police said the woman said she was assaulted around 8 p.m. on Feb. 25 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 that she said she received trying to avoid a knife.

Steubenville man

sentenced to prison

STEUBENVILLE – Jeffrey L. Hawkins Jr., 38, of Steubenville was sentenced to two years in prison on Thursday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Hawkins pleaded guilty to charges of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, drug trafficking and possession of methadone.

Hawkins was arrested on June 1 by City Police after a man said Hawkins took his vehicle at gunpoint from a home on Clinton Avenue. Officers were searching for the car when it was pulled over at Adams and South Fourth streets. A handgun was found between the driver’s seat and center console.

Crew House open

for summer series

RICHMOND – The Crew House Museum on Main Street operated by the Richmond Community Historical Society will kick off its summer open house series from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Don and Becky Swickard will serve as hostesses.

Visitors can tour the facility that features a variety of Richmond memorabilia and check out the Jefferson Union room of school items, including yearbooks, uniforms and trophies.

There will be Richmond pottery on sale and newly available T-shirts from Memorial Day for $15 bearing the logo “In Richmond, We Remember.”

The open houses will be held on the second and fourth Sundays in June, July and August.

Phil Judy is president of the historical society. For information, call (740) 765-4534.

Tire collection, cleanup set in Wayne

BLOOMINGDALE – Wayne Township trustees, along with the JB Green Team, have scheduled a township-wide tire collection and community cleanup Thursday and June 14 at the township garage on county Road 26.

The free collection is set from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is for Wayne Township residents only.

Items that will be collected include household junk, furniture and debris; small household appliances; yard decorations; toys and bikes; used motor oil/oil filters/antifreeze; scrap metal and old appliances with freon removed; car batteries; lawn mowers; air conditions; and car and small truck tires with or without rims.

Items that won’t be accepted are chemicals or pesticides, paint, trash, yard waste, televisions, computers, monitors and semi truck tires.

Also, materials from commercial and industrial establishments will not be accepted.

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House hit by overnight gunfire

STEUBENVILLE – City Police are investigating an incident in which a house in the 1300 block of Jefferson Street was struck with bullets Wednesday evening.

Officers were called to the area about shots fired. Witnesses said they saw two men run into an alley.

Shell casings were found on the ground, and bullet holes were discovered in the house, police reported.

City Council to talk about FOP negotiations

STEUBENVILLE – The City Council Finance Committee will meet in executive session at 5 p.m. today to discuss personnel and current contract negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 1 Ohio Labor Council.

Wayne Township to discuss budget

BLOOMINGDALE – Wayne Township trustees will meet in special session at 6 p.m. June 25 at the township garage on county Road 26 to discuss the budget. The regular monthly meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m.

ODNR investigating alleged brine dumping

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ordered Harch Environmental Resources to cease its operations in the state after an inspector reportedly uncovered evidence it dumped brine illegally at a Belmont County farm.

The company had been contracted by Gulfport Energy Resources to dispose of the brine from its oil field operations.

According to ODNR, a field inspector reacting to an anonymous tip visited a farm on Vineyard Road near St. Clairsville on May 16 and allegedly found “standing water and what appeared to be oil based mud that had been discharged directly onto the ground.” Further evidence indicated trucks had backed up to the crest of a hillside and released fluid into a private pond, the inspector reported.

Soil and water samples collected from the farm were reportedly high in chlorine and sodium, identifying the material as oil field waste, according to ODNR.

The ODNR order requires Harch to immediately cease all illegal dumping activity, begin containment and remediation efforts on the property and halt operations at its St. Clairsville storage facility. State officials said they are consulting with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office concerning possible civil or criminal action against both Harch and Gulfport, noting it is Gulfport’s responsibility to “monitor oil field waste from inception to injection.”

Harch Environmental Superintendent of Operations Matthew Farmer said the company is cooperating with ODNR and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and has requested a hearing before ODNR’s Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management to demonstrate why its permit to haul brine should not be revoked.

72 drilling permits sought in Columbiana

LISBON – Hanover Township remains Columbiana County’s epicenter for new oil and gas well activity, with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources recently receiving a 12th drilling permit application.

The permit is being sought by Chesapeake Exploration to drill a well on the Zehentbauer farm off Lindesmith Road in Hanover Township.

This brings to 72 the number of new drilling permit applications issued in the county since mid 2010s, when the shale gas boom took off. Chesapeake remains the major player, holding 61 of the permits.

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Jury finds man guilty of drug charges

STEUBENVILLE – Timothy M. Fuller, 32, of 559 Linden Ave. was found guilty of drug charges Tuesday by a Jefferson County Common Pleas Court jury.

Fuller was found guilty of two counts of trafficking in cocaine and one count of possession of cocaine.

Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said the county drug task force made two buys of cocaine from Fuller. A search warrant was served at his house and more than 27 grams of cocaine were found in March.

The jury also found Fuller must forfeit $2,642 in cash confiscated.

“The prosecutor’s office would like to thank the Jefferson County Drug Task Force, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Marshals Service for their assistance in removing this drug trafficker from the streets of Steubenville,” Hanlin said.

Fuller faces up to 10 years in prison.

Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson will hold a sentencing hearing at a later date.

The jury deliberated about an hour before returning with the verdict.

Fire does not interrupt operations at Sammis

STRATTON – No injuries were reported in a small fire Tuesday at FirstEnergy’s W.H. Sammis Power Plant, according to officials.

Operations at the Stratton plant were not interrupted, following a fire that occurred in a breaker room around 9 a.m., according to officials.

Stratton firefighters responded to the scene.

Early voting available for Follansbee voters

Registered voters in Follansbee and Wellsburg who are unable to vote during the cities’ general elections Tuesday may still vote early today, Friday and Saturday.

Follansbee voters may vote at the City Building from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Wellsburg voters may vote at City Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday.

Follansbee voters with questions should call (304) 527-1330. Wellsburg voters with questions should call (304) 670-5567.

Special work meeting called

FOLLANSBEE – A special work meeting has been called for Follansbee Council at 6 p.m. Thursday in council chambers in the City Building.

Council will review surveys submitted to city employees seeking ways for the city to cut costs.

Steubenville trustees meet Thursday

MINGO JUNCTION – The Steubenville Township trustees will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The meeting was moved from 6 p.m. because of a scheduling conflict.

Wayne Township to discuss budget

BLOOMINGDALE – Wayne Township trustees will meet in special session at 6 p.m. June 25 at the township garage on county Road 26 to discuss the budget. The regular monthly meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Vendors sought for Community Days

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Community Days Committee is accepting applications from food and craft vendors for this year’s festival set July 12-14 at the Follansbee Park parking lot.

Applications can be picked up at the City Building at 872 Main St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through June 21.

No vendors have submitted applications for booths selling pizza, ice cream, popcorn or pastries.

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Weirton man sentenced

WHEELING – A Weirton man already on supervised release for racketeering has been sentenced to five months in prison followed by two years of supervised release on a state domestic battery charge, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II reports.

The defendant, 25-year-old Josh Smith, had originally been sentenced in July 2008 to 60 months in prison and three years of supervised release for interstate travel in aid of racketeering.

U.S. Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. remanded Smith to the custody of U.S. marshals pending his assignment to a federal prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard handled the revocation hearing.

County treasurer to mail tax bills

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

The last day for payment of this tax without penalty is July 10.

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 1-800-2PAY-TAX (1-800-272-9829) or online at and use jurisdiction code 4577. Agresta said Official Payments, the service provider, charges a convenience fee 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.

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Kitchen fire reported Saturday morning

STEUBENVILLE – A fire at 1047 Main St. Saturday morning resulted in the kitchen of the residence being destroyed and heavy smoke and heat damage, according to the city fire department.

Firefigters were called to the residence at about 2 a.m. Saturday to find the fire already partially extinguished, according to reports.

Fire crews examined the structure and extinguished hot spots, according to the department. The fire was determined to have been caused by a grease, although it’s still under investigation. No injuries were reported, and the Jefferson County Unit of the American Red Cross was contacted to assist the dweller, according to reports.

Buckeye Local announces screening

CONNORVILLE – The Buckeye Local School District will hold a screening during the week of June 10 for all children entering Early Childhood Education.

The screenings will start at 9 a.m. at Buckeye Local High School.

Any child entering Early Childhood Education, formerly known as pre-school or kindergarten for the first time this fall should bring all necessary forms including a birth certificate, a complete shot record and social security card to Buckeye Local High School.

Registration forms will be accepted on June 10 starting at 9 a.m. A screening time will be given at that time.

Information about the screening process is available by calling 740-546-4900, 740-598-4160, 740-769-7395 or 740-769-2234 and ask for Diane.

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C.H.A.N.G.E. opening Wintersville center

WINTERSVILLE – C.H.A.N.G.E., Inc., will celebrate the grand opening of its second Family Medical Care Center at 200 Luray Drive, Wintersville, with an open house June 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For information or directions, call (304) 797-7733.

County engineer lists work schedule

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County Engineer James Branagan released the work schedule for next week for the highway department.

Ditching -Timothy Ridge Road (county Road 58) and Monroeville-Irondale Road (county Road 55).

Pavement repairs – Pleasant Hill Road (county Road 45)

Patching -Pleasant Hill Road; Timothy Ridge Road (county Road 58); and Monroeville-Irondale Road.

Road closings will be announced.

Camp Logan Road to be closed for work

HAMMONDSVILLE – Camp Logan Road (Saline Township Road 285) will be closed from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. Tuesday for culvert repair, according to the Saline Township trustees.

Brady traffic reduced starting Tuesday

STEUBENVILLE – Traffic will be restricted to one lane on Brady Avenue between Oregon and Roosevelt avenues starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday and continuing through Friday.

City Engineer Michael Dolak said the one lane restriction is needed to allow a plumbing contractor to install a new sewer connector for a new townhouse development on Brady Avenue.

“We are urging motorists to use alternate routes during the week,” said Dolak.

Cadiz yard sale set June 7-8

CADIZ – The 15th-annual Cadiz Community Yard Sale will get under way June 7-8 with sales throughout the village. Families, businesses and organizations around Cadiz are participating in the event, which is sponsored by the Cadiz Business Association.

Participants are encouraged to hold yard sales, porch sales or garage sales on the same weekend, while merchants can hold sidewalk sales and groups can schedule fundraising car washes, bake sales and other activities.

A $3 registration fee for yard sale participants ensures location, and sale information will be included in advertising and on flyers distributed that weekend. Yard sales may be held on either, or both, of the schedule days, and registration forms will be available at Ormes Hardware, Coffy’s, Shurfast, DiAngelo’s, Utica Safety Apparel and the Cadiz/Harrison County Visitors Center. Forms also may be downloaded from the Cadiz Business Association Facebook page. The deadline to register is Friday, and forms may be dropped off at Utica Safety Apparel on 154 S. Main St.

For information, contact Theresa Posada at (740) 942-0093.

UMW Local to meet Monday

CADIZ – Members of United Mine Workers of America Local No. 7690 are to meet at 9 a.m. Monday in the Harrison Community Hospital cafeteria. All members are urged to attend.

Wells Township cleanup set for June 7-8

BRILLIANT – Wells Township officials have announced the community cleanup is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and June 8 for township residents only.

Items can be dropped off at the old township garage on Market Street across from Matthews car dealership. Batteries, paint, tires from businesses or semi trucks, as well as hazardous waste, TVs or other electronic items will not be accepted.