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October 27, 2011
Weirton Daily Times

Woman found driving car reported stolen

STEUBENVILLE - A Richmond-area woman was arrested by City Police early today after she was found driving a stolen car with crack cocaine inside, City Police reported.

An officer saw a vehicle that had been reported stolen on Wednesday to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, and stopped the vehicle around 12:44 a.m. today on North Fourth Street near North Street.

The officer took Laurie Hanlon, 45, of 79 township Road 1285, Richmond, into custody after finding crack cocaine inside the vehicle. The officer reported Hanlon appeared to be under the influence. Hanlon was taken to Trinity Medical Center West for a urine test but hospital personnel wanted to keep Hanlon for observation for other medical conditions, police reported.

Hanlon was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, receiving stolen property and possession of drugs.

Hanlon's boyfriend called the sheriff's department on Wednesday to say Hanlon had borrowed his vehicle and didn't return it when she said she would. The car then was entered as being stolen, the sheriff's department reported.

City man assaulted, robbed of cash

STEUBENVILLE - A resident in the 300 block of Summit Avenue was assaulted and robbed of cash inside his home around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, City Police reported.

The victim said a man known to him came to the house and asked to use the bathroom, police reported. The victim came out of the bathroom and demanded the victim's wallet, police reported. The man kept showing the victim the handle of a handgun inside his clothing, police reported.

The two men then began to wrestle, which lasted about 15 minutes, an officer said.

During the struggle, the assailant tried to put a cat bed over the victim's head and tried to strangle him with a shoelace, police reported. At the end of the struggle, the robber took about $700 to $800 from the victim, police reported.

A warrant for the assailant's arrest has been issued, police reported.

Victims of fatal crash on I-70 identified

Mary Jane Portis of Steubenville died as a result of a crash on Interstate 70 Monday.

Several other people were seriously injured, according to police reports.

According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, a red Plymouth Voyager operated by Portia Mayes, 60, of Cleveland was headed east near milepost 213 in Belmont County when she lost control and entered the grass median, according to reports. The vehicle overturned and slid into the westbound lanes, where it was struck by a Volkswagon Beetle driven by Glenn Elliott of Wheeling, according to reports.

Emergency squads from Cumberland Trail Fire Department and neighboring stations responded and found one of Mayes' passengers, Portis, 40, of 213 Walnut St., Steubenville, was killed in the accident. There were six people in Mayes' vehicle. One was flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital. Another was flown to a Morgantown medical facility. Two others were hospitalized at Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling with head and neck injuries, according to reports.

According to Lt. Jeff LaRoche, Post 7 commander, there also was a baby inside the van. He said the baby had some minor scrapes, "but is in good condition."

WVU Extension committee to meet

WELLSBURG - The West Virginia University Extension Service Committee for Brooke County will meet at noon Nov. 4 at the extension service's office at 840 Charles St.

A candidate for the vacant 4-H coordinator position will be presented at that time.

Friends of Smithfield will meet Nov. 5

SMITHFIELD - The Friends of Smithfield Development Group will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 5 at the Gathering Place for a business meeting and planning session.

A fundraising spaghetti dinner will be held after the meeting from noon to 5 p.m.

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