Jail time ordered in criminal case
STEUBENVILLE - Timothy Taylor, 28, of Mingo Junction was ordered to serve 30 days in the county jail on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Taylor admitted to a probation violation.
Taylor was placed on probation on Feb. 4 after pleading guilty to receiving stolen property and criminal trespass. He was arrested by City Police 10 days later on a charge of petit theft.
Taylor will be back on probation after he is released from the county jail.
Toronto man sent to prison
STEUBENVILLE - Leslie A. Palmer III, 31, of 1310 Madison Ave., Toronto, was sentenced to seven months in prison on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after pleading guilty to felony theft.
Palmer and another man were arrested on Oct. 21 by Saline Township Police after the officer saw them walking on a road near Hammondsville.
The men claimed their car had broken down. It was found on Brush Creek Township Road 299.
The officer saw a large amount of scrap metal inside the vehicle and contacted the sheriff's department.
Palmer admitted to taking scrap metal from the Dando Brick Yard on state Route 213 and breaking into a trailer on Brush Creek Township Road 299.
Palmer has a prior theft conviction.
Retail sales show increase in November
STEUBENVILLE - Retail sales in Jefferson County decreased by 6 percent in December compared to the same period last year.
Jefferson County Treasurer Raymond M. Agresta said retail sales for December totaled $57.72 million, generating $865,630 in piggyback sales tax revenue for the county.
Agresta said piggyback sales tax receipts for December 2011 generated $921,386, based on retail sales of $61.42 million.
October and December were the only two months in 2012 that had a decrease in retail sales compared to 2011 figures.
Retail sales in Jefferson County have averaged $60.20 million a month in 2012, compared to $54.97 million a month during the prior four years.
Woman given probation for drugs
STEUBENVILLE - Charney Young, 26, of Steubenville was placed on two years of probation Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Young pleaded guilty to permitting drug abuse.
Young was charged after a raid on the house she was living in the 1000 block of Claire Avenue in March 2010.
She faces up to 12 months in prison if she violates probation.
County commissioner appointed to group
STEUBENVILLE - Jefferson County Commissioner Thomas Graham was appointed to the health and human services committee of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio.
The committee addresses such issues as human services, children services, child support, health, developmental disabilities, mental health, alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, county homes and aging and Medicaid.
Soil and water photos contest set
WINTERSVILLE - The Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting 8-by-10-inch photos for its annual photography contest.
The photos must be taken in Jefferson County; however, the photographer is not required to reside in the county. A total of three prints may be submitted per photographer, according to officials.
The categories are animals on the farm, culinary bounty and on the waterfront. Adult and youth entries will be judged in the same division. There will not be a separate black and white category; however, black and white photos will be accepted in each of the categories.
The first round of entries will be judged by professional photographers to select the five winners in each category. Those 15 top winning photos will be displayed and voted on by the attendees during the soil and water conservation district's upcoming annual meeting and banquet. The meeting and banquet are open to the public.
For information and a copy of the rules and application, call the office at (740) 264-9790; visit the office at the new location of 587 Bantam Ridge Road, Suite A, Wintersville, or visit the district's website at www.jeffersonswcd.org.