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July 27, 2012
The Herald-Star

Man arrested in

Mingo stabbing

MINGO JUNCTION - One man is in custody at the county jail today after a stabbing incident Thursday afternoon involving his uncle at a home on Montwell Drive, Mingo Junction, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department reported.

A deputy reported the altercation between Steven Hill, 20, and Donnie Morris, 35, both of 105 Montwell Drive, Mingo Junction, began after Hill broke a switch to an ignition of a recreational vehicle around 5 p.m. Thursday.

Morris grabbed Hill by the head and Hill dared Morris to do it again, a deputy reported. Morris then kicked Hill in the head, the sheriff's department reported. Hill pulled out a pocketknife and stabbed Morris three times, a deputy reported.

Morris was taken by friends and family to Trinity Medical Center West, where he was interviewed by the sheriff's department. Deputies went to the home on Montwell Drive and arrested Hill.

The sheriff's department reported charges of domestic violence and felonious assault are pending against Hill.

County Road 43

to reopen today

STEUBENVILLE - Ross Ridge-Alikanna Road (county Road 43) was to remain closed through 4 p.m. today at a point just east of Miller Lane for a slip repair project, the Jefferson County Engineer's Department reported.

Concert moved

because of weather

STEUBENVILLE - Because of Thursday's storm, a concert at Historic Fort Steuben featuring the Joseph Sisters and Zach Paxton has been rescheduled.

The free concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the fort's Louis and Sandra Berkman Amphitheater.

Bath salts conviction

a first in W.Va.

WHEELING - With his guilty plea Wednesday, Steven Kloh became the first person to be convicted in a West Virginia federal court for the distribution of the synthetic drug known as "bath salts."

Kloh, 35, of Columbus, pleaded guilty before Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. to aiding and abetting interstate travel in aid of a racketeering enterprise. He remains in custody pending sentencing and faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Kloh traveled from Columbus to rural Tyler County in September, selling about 180 vials of bath salts to a Tyler County Sheriff's Department confidential informant. The Drug Enforcement Agency also assisted in the investigation.

Bath salts are synthetic chemical compounds created to simulate the psychological and hallucinogenic effects of other controlled substances such as methamphetamine and ecstasy. They are addictive and are often sold at gas stations, convenience stores and over the Internet.

Although the substances are illegal, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said he believes they are still being sold at stores throughout the state. As long as distributors stand to gain a significant profit, he said he expects the illegal sale of bath salts to continue.

"This is the first federal conviction in West Virginia for a bath salts dealer but unfortunately it won't be the last, as synthetic drugs have become a major problem," Ihlenfeld said. "We have several pending cases involving the same type of conduct and many others under investigation."

Ihlenfeld noted how bath salts gained national attention when a Florida man was believed to be high on the drug when he attacked and chewed off most of a homeless man's face.

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