Police chase suspect in house break-in
STEUBENVILLE - City Police chased a man around 11 a.m. Wednesday suspected of breaking into a house in the 300 block of Maxwell Avenue.
Officers were called to the home about a man with a large wrench in his hand breaking into the rear of an unoccupied home. As an officer was approaching the rear of the house, a man fitting the description of the intruder appeared behind the officer but took off running, police reported.
The officer chased the man but lost sight of him in the area of Henry Avenue, police reported. Other officers searched the area but the man wasn't found.
Officers reported finding the rear door of the house busted open and a window broken.
Colliers man sent to prison
WHEELING - Robert E. Phillips, 43, of Colliers has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to 14 months in prison for testing positive for the use of marijuana, possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, said U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II.
Phillips originally sentenced in August 2004 to 120 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to Ihlenfeld. His supervised release was previously revoked on July 1, 2008, for violations, and he was sentenced to five months in prison and 31 months of supervised release. On Jan. 3, 2011, Phillips' supervised release was again revoked for violations and he was sentenced to five months in prison and 26 months of supervised release.
Phillips was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a federal institution.
Students nominated for military academies
WASHINGTON -U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced he has nominated 60 Ohioans from 36 counties to attend U.S. military service academies, including two local students.
A nomination does not guarantee acceptance into a service academy, Brown said.
Each year, Brown uses the competitive nomination process and nominates 10 candidates for each academy slot available at each military service academy using an advisory committee made up of academy graduates, parents of academy students and community leaders throughout the state. The committee conducted interviews before selecting the final candidates, Brown said.
Zachary Ribbenbach of Adena, a Martins Ferry High School student, and Meadow Jackson of Steubenville, a Jefferson County Christian School student, were the area students nominated.
Discarded trees to be recycled
WEIRTON - Beginning Monday, Weirton residents can leave their live Christmas trees curbside for disposal.
Public Works Recycling crews will do curbside tree pickups through Feb. 28. The discarded trees will be taken to a local compost facility, where they'll be placed in a chipper to create reusable mulch. To avoid damaging the machine, residents are asked to make sure all lights, ornaments, tinsel and other materials have been removed from the tree prior to putting them out.
Residents should have their trees curbside by 7 a.m. on their regularly scheduled garbage collection day.
Meeting set for Relay teams
WEIRTON - The Brooke-Hancock Relay for Life Committee will hold a Relay University, a planning meeting for teams planning to participate in this year's event, at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Weirton Medical Center's Conference Room B&C.
The session will cover fundraising, registration, accounting and other issues. For information, call Tammy Hornick, committee co-chair at (304) 527-3748.
Area 16 meetings set this month
CADIZ - The Area 16 Workforce Investment Board will hold its quarterly meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 11 at the Puskasich Public Library.
The Area 16 Council of Government, meanwhile, will hold its quarterly meeting at 1 pm. Jan. 17 at the Harrison County Department of Jobs and Family Services.