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June 28, 2011
Weirton Daily Times

Two injured in

state Route 7 wreck

STEUBENVILLE - Two people were transported to East Ohio Regional Hospital Monday morning after a two-vehicle wreck on state Route 7, near the southbound Tiltonsville exit, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.

A trooper reported a vehicle driven by Nicholas A. Frendes, 24, of Wellsville was driving erratically in and out of traffic around 6:20 a.m. Monday, when the vehicle struck a dump truck in the rear. The truck was driven by Steven De La Cruz, 50, of 2391 county Road 17, Rayland, the patrol reported.

The dump truck went off the right side of the road and overturned, and the other vehicle overturned and came to rest on its roof, a trooper reported.

Frendes was charged with reckless operation of a vehicle, the patrol reported.

The highway was closed for a couple hours after the wreck.

Judge orders

prison sentence

STEUBENVILLE - Joseph Salazar, 31, no fixed address, was sentenced to two years in prison on Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Salazar admitted to violating the terms of his probation.

Salazar was placed on two years of probation in January 2010 after pleading guilty to failure to notify the sheriff of his address as a convicted sex offender.

The county prosecutor's office filed a motion to have Salazar's probation revoked when Salazar failed to notify the sheriff of his address and failed to meet with his probation officer.

Salazar told Bruzzese he didn't have an address to report because he was homeless but also admitted he didn't meet with his probation officer.

Childhood fitness

promoted at park

STEUBENVILLE - The Jefferson County Health Department will continue to promote childhood fitness at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Jim Wood Park.

According to Health Department Public Information Officer Dino Orsatti, "65 people joined us for this activity on June 1."

Orsatti said the health department will provide free fruit, water bottles and fitness literature after the Wednesday walk in the park.

April retail sales

increase 10 percent

STEUBENVILLE - Piggyback sales tax receipts in Jefferson County for April increased by nearly 10 percent over the same period last year.

Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said retail sales for April totaled $61.01 million, generating $915,559 in piggyback sales tax revenue, Agresta said.

Piggyback sales tax receipts for April 2010 generated $833,040, based on retail sales of $55.53 million.

Retail sales for February and March each recorded a 5 percent increase over the same period last year.

The monthly retail sales average for 2010 was $53.49 million, up from $52.42 million in 2009.

January is historically the largest month for retail sales. Jefferson County had not posted a monthly retail sales total of more than $61 million, with the exception of January, since October 2008.

Camping registration closes July 8

SMITHFIELD - Camping registration and fees are due by July 8 for the Jefferson County Fair. All other types of fair entries are due by July 15, according to Debbie Hukill, treasurer. The fair board has expanded office hours starting Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. No entries will be accepted after the deadline.

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Douglas Olympic medals on display

BRIDGEPORT - It was a perfect match Sunday afternoon. The Riesbeck's Food Market chain wants to identify with the communities in which their businesses are located. Bridgeport High School and wrestling legend Bobby Douglas wants to promote his sport as well as athletics at his alma mater.

So, when Douglas came up with the idea of displaying the Olympic medals he won during the 1992 summer games in Barcelona, Spain, Riesbeck's was "excited" to serve as the host.

"We just learned of the medals on Thursday," said Riesbeck's Director of Retail Leo Braido. "We're going to display the medals in the front of the store, so they'll be visible to everyone who visits the store."

Douglas formally presented the medals to Bridgeport store Manager Jeannie Curry along with Braido and Conventional store Supervisor Joe Weigand during a ceremony.

The Bridgeport Riesbeck's pays tribute to all of the Bulldogs' athletic legends with pictures in the store, and Braido is hoping to have the medals' display erected by the middle of the week.

"Our aim is local," Braido said. "We've been firmly entrenched in all of the communities we do business in basically since 1926 when Grandma Riesbeck opened a store in Martins Ferry."

Douglas spent more than two hours Sunday signing copies of his biography, "Bobby Douglas: Life and Legacy of an American Wrestling Legend," during a special meet and greet at the Bridgeport store.

Steubenville board

changes meeting time

STEUBENVILLE - The city board of education is seeking to rehire a retired employee, which will take place during a special hearing to be held at noon on July 27 in the McKinley board room.

The regular meeting will follow due to a conflict in scheduling.

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