Students receive scholarships
STEUBENVILLE - Several Catholic Central High School graduating seniors have received Franciscan University of Steubenville awards.
The students are Cuyler Ledyard, Dustin Bates, Mary Burton, Frank DiCarlantonio, Suzannah Evans, Samantha Giannamore, Haley McCalister, Michael Gotta, Richard Happ and Steven Kotur.
Kotur and Gotta received the John and Blanche King Music awards. The scholarship awards are presented to students who plan to attend Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Woman allowed to
get drug treatment
STEUBENVILLE - Virgie D. Breeden, 34, of 2570 township Road 378, Steubenville, was allowed to enter drug treatment in lieu of conviction by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. on Monday.
Breeden was charged with possession of heroin and possession of a hypodermic needle after an investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol into a wreck on state Route 213, Toronto, on Sept. 2.
Breeden pleaded guilty to the charges, which will be dismissed if she maintains drug rehabilitation treatment for two years.
Man sentenced in
STEUBENVILLE - Ryan M. Leeper, 22, of Urichsville was sentenced to one year in prison by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Leeper pleaded guilty to escape.
Leeper was serving a sentence in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center on state Route 43, Wintersville, out of Tuscarawas County for failing to report his address as a convicted sex offender.
Leeper walked through a kitchen door at the correction center on April 30 during a routine kitchen cleaning and walked out onto state Route 43.
A City Police officer saw Leeper later that day in the 400 block of Westwood Drive after responding to a call of suspicious behavior. The officer said Leeper at first gave a fake name but later admitted he was the person who walked away from the EOCC.
City man sentenced
in chase, gun case
STEUBENVILLE - Dallas Fleshman, 19, of 424 S. Sixth St. was sentenced to one year in prison on Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Fleshman pleaded guilty to improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.
Fleshman was in a vehicle stopped by City Police on Jan. 13. He took off running, and a city officer testified Monday that he saw Fleshman throw a handgun over a fence. Fleshman was caught and officers retrieved the loaded handgun.
Defense attorney Eric Reszke said Fleshman had never been arrested as an adult and no drugs were found on him or in the car. County Assistant Prosecutor Samuel Pate said Fleshman had a history of delinquency as a juvenile, which escalated to serious felonies as an adult.
cleared of accusations
NEW CUMBERLAND - A Hancock County sheriff's deputy has been cleared of accusations that he physically abused his child.
The deputy, whose name has not been released, came under investigation for physical abuse of a minor after his ex-wife leveled charges against him, authorities said. The deputy has legal custody of the child.
Sgt. Scott Adams, of the West Virginia State Police's Crimes Against Children Unit in Wheeling investigated the matter at the request of Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher. Adams said the case is closed.
"Based on statements from the alleged victim and other information provided, the complaint was unfounded and the charges were found to be not true," he said.
Adams would not release the name of the deputy or details about the allegations.
Fletcher could not be reached for comment but had stated previously the allegations were the result of a "messy divorce."
"This is a young officer, and you've got a person making these allegations, and it could end his career," Fletcher said.
Fletcher added he considered the dispute a civil matter but nonetheless referred it to the West Virginia State Police for further review. The child and its mother were both interviewed.
The deputy was kept on active duty while the investigation was pending, he said.
Tires, other materials to be collected
WINTERSVILLE - Used tires and rims are being collected from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 3-4 at the Cross Creek Township Police Station, 251 Air Park Road.
Also collected will be household junk appliances, furniture, yard decorations, yard furniture, play equipment, toys, bikes, box springs and mattresses, carpeting, household electronics, car and household batteries.
Tires from local businesses, semi-trailer tires or rims, paint, liquids or hazardous waste materials and items containing freon will not be accepted.
For information, call (740) 264-0131.
Energy audit to be Weirton focus
WEIRTON - Representatives of Honeywell will meet with City Council at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the recent energy audit. The meeting will be held in conference room 201 in the city building.