Driver arrested on OVI suspicion
STEUBENVILLE - The Ohio State Highway Patrol arrested a Brilliant man early today for allegedly driving drunk, snorting cocaine and driving in the wrong direction in a construction zone on state Route 7.
A trooper said he saw a vehicle coming at his cruiser in the construction zone in the city around 3:45 a.m. today. The vehicle drove around the construction barrels, with the trooper following with the cruiser's lights and sirens on. The trooper said the vehicle ignored the signal to pull over and drove into the city, ran a couple red lights and eventually pulled over on South Fourth Street.
James Winland, 48, of 1016 Gilchrist St., Brilliant, was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, red light violation, driving the wrong way, failure to comply with the order of a police officer, possession of cocaine and possession of a drug abuse instrument.
The trooper believes Winland, in addition to being intoxicated, was snorting cocaine while driving.
Winland was being held without bond today at the county jail.
Weir zoning board approves variance
WEIRTON - A city resident was given a variance Tuesday to build a garage at the front of his property.
Ed Grace, 395 S. 11th St., told the city zoning board his lot "is a little different than most lots. It doesn't really conform" to the norm.
Chief Code Official Rod Rosnick said Weirton's Unified Development Ordinance mandates accessory structures be placed behind the rear wall of any houses on a particular property, but Grace's lot "is unique, it's L-shaped."
Rosnick said because of the topography, "70 percent or more would be considered his front yard."
Grace assured the board the structure is for his personal use.
"With the topography of my land, it's better for me to have it there than back farther," he said.
The variance was approved by a 3-0 vote.
Federal indictment in bank robberies
WHEELING - A 32-year-old Marianna, Pa., woman was named in an federal indictment Tuesday in connection with bank robberies throughout the region, including a December 2010 robbery at the United Bank in Weirton.
U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Jessica L. Crawford was named in a three-count indictment. The first count states Crawford conspired to commit bank robberies from Sept. 13, 2010, to Dec. 10, 2010. That Crawford was the getaway driver for Rudolph T. Haladyna, who previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced, when they robbed the Charleroi Federal Savings Bank in Bentleyville, Pa., on Sept. 13, 2010, and the PNC Bank in Redstone Township, Pa., on Oct. 14, 2010, and again on Oct. 29, 2010. The second count states she committed a bank robbery by brandishing a firearm at the Huntington Bank, Cheat Lake Branch, Morgantown, on Nov. 23, 2010. The third count states Crawford committed a bank robbery by brandishing a firearm at the United Bank in Weirton on Dec. 3, 2010. The indictment seeks the forfeiture of $31,846 stolen by Crawford and Haladyna.
Cadiz man sentenced in burglary case
STEUBENVILLE - Malcolm L. Hython, 19, of Cadiz was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after pleading guilty to complicity to burglary.
Hython aided and abetted another person in the March 28 burglary at a residence on West Main Street, Adena.
Hython will be on probation for two years. He faces up to two years in prison if he violates probation.