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April 18, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

Arrest made in threats to deputies

STEUBENVILLE - A Toronto-area man was arrested and lodged in the county jail early today after allegedly making threats to blow up that very building and kill county sheriff's deputies.

Najee Tucker, 23, of 757 township Road 428, Toronto, called the sheriff's department around 1:20 a.m. today, making threats to blow up the justice center and shoot deputies, the sheriff's department reported. Tucker said he was somebody else and gave a different address, the sheriff's department reported. A deputy said they believe Tucker was trying to get somebody else in trouble.

Deputies were able to trace the phone call back to Tucker's home. The cell phone he used in making the calls was found, and Tucker admitted to making the threats, the sheriff's department reported.

Threat at school being investigated

STEUBENVILLE - City Police responded Wednesday morning to a bomb threat to the Catholic Central High School and Bishop John King Mussio Middle School facility after a hand-written note was discovered on a teacher's desk in the middle school.

High school Principal Rich Wilinski said the students were evacuated from the high school building to the Bishop John King Mussio Elementary School gymnasium while a search was conducted.

Wilinski said City Police and school staff cleared the building after approximately one hour and the students returned to their classrooms.

Diocesan spokesperson Pat DeFrancis said school officials are cooperating with City Police as the investigation into the threat continues.

Tack swap to raise funds for new barn

CADIZ - The Harrison County 4-H Horse Committee is hosting a tack swap from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 4 at the Harrison County Fairgrounds.

The tack swap is being held inside the junior fair building, rain or shine.

"This is a great opportunity to 'spring clean' your tack box and closet to get ready for the new show season" stated Laynette Shively, committee chair. Vendors of tack, horse equipment and show clothing are invited to reserve tables at $10 each. Admission to the event is $1 per person.

Proceeds go toward the replacement of the horse barn at the fairgrounds.

Vendors can reserve tables by calling Sherri VanTassel at (740) 546-4706 or via e-mail at Reservations are requested to ensure all have adequate space. Food, beverages will be available.

The committee also is hosting a horse show starting at 10 a.m. on May 11 at the fairgrounds. A variety of classes will be offered with per-class and all-day fees.

For a copy of the show bill, e-mail VanTassel.

Training canceled by housing programs

STEUBENVILLE - The fair housing programs of Steubenville and Jefferson County and the Ohio Valley Fair Housing Center has canceled training for case managers, social workers and other social service professionals set for Wednesday.

The training will be rescheduled at a later date.

Health fair to be held

WEIRTON - The Brooke County Health Department will hold a health fair with a variety of vendors, screenings and door prizes from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 25 at Freedom Place Apartments at 3744 Main St. Balanced lifestyles supporting good health and the prevention of chronic diseases will be among topics covered. For information, call (304) 737-3665.

Ramp to Route 22 closing Monday

PITTSBURGH - The ramp from Old Steubenville Pike onto U.S. Route 22 eastbound at McDonald will be closing Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced.

In addition to the long-term ramp closure, a long-term closure of the right lane on U.S. Route 22 East will occur in the area of the McDonald interchange.

The closure is slated to begin at 7 a.m. Monday and will continue through late August.

The closure is part of a $2 million project including bridge superstructure and interchange rehabilitation, resurfacing, patching and related improvements. Work at the interchange is to conclude in late fall.

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