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November 16, 2012
The Herald-Star

Test messages

are a scam

STEUBENVILLE - Jefferson County Sheriff's Department is advising residents that text messages received on cell phones about bank cards being deactivated is a scam.

Several residents reported receiving the text messages during the past several days about bank cards being deactivated and advising customers to call in their bank card numbers.

Peoples National Bank of Mount Pleasant said customers of the bank, as well as employees with cards at different banks, have received the message. The bank stated it would never solicit information by this method.

Anyone getting such a message about a bank card is asked to contact the sheriff's department at (740) 283-8600.

Group to discuss

Social Security

WELLSBURG - A nonpartisan group aimed at protecting Social Security and Medicare will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the River Room of the Brooke County Public Library.

Wellsburg resident Michael Traubert, who is heading the group, said, "Social Security is our money and an American promise. It's a social insurance program funded by American workers with every paycheck to ensure against poverty in the event of old age, disability or the death of a wage-earning parent."

Traubert said Americans are tired of proposals in Washington to cut those benefits and will ask attendees to write to their representatives in Congress and to get involved through the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

St. Stans Polish

kielbasa orders taken

STEUBENVILLE - Orders are being accepted for Catholic Central Home and School's second-annual homemade St. Stans Polish kielbasa sale.

Pre-paid orders are being taken through Nov. 23 and can be send to Catholic Central High School, Attention: Home and School Sausage, 320 W. View Ave., Steubenville, OH 43952.

Checks may be made payable to CCHS H&S Sausage. The homemade sausage is $5 per pound.

Orders may be made by sending a check with the number of pounds ordered noted on the memo line of the check or by including a note with the number of pounds to be ordered. Cash orders may be dropped off at the high school office in marked envelopes.

The sausage can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 8 in the CCHS cafeteria in the back of the high school building. For information, call Mary Godich at (740) 944-1249 or Kathie DiCarlantonio at (740) 264-4144.

Domestic violence

charges filed

WEIRTON - A 32-year-old Weirton resident is being held in the Northern Regional Jail on two counts of domestic abuse, hostage taking, child abuse and resisting arrest, authorities report.

Andrew Alexander Drosdow, 3716 Marlamont Way, was arrested Sunday after police responded to calls of a domestic disturbance.

Upon arriving at the scene, Hancock County Prosecutor Jim Davis said officers "observed a female who was obviously injured, bleeding." Inside the residence they encountered Drosdow, who Davis said appeared to have been drinking and was dangling an infant over his head in an attempt to avoid arrest.

"He (allegedly) picked a 4-month-old baby up and held the baby over his head," Davis said. "They were able to get hold of him and get the baby safely away."

Drosdow allegedly spit blood and mucous onto the responding officers, he said. Davis said a second woman at the scene appeared to have been struck in the face. Drosdow is being held in Northern Regional Jail on $216,500 bond.

Special meeting in Toronto

TORONTO -The ordinance committee of City Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers.

The meeting has been called to pass pending legislation, officials said.

China workers await contract

NEWELL - Unionized employees at the Homer Laughlin China Co. are awaiting word of whether they have a new labor contract with one of the Tri-State Area's largest employers.

Homer Laughlin's contract with the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers International Union Local 419, was set to expire at midnight, according to employees.

The five-year contract, negotiated in 2007, maintained medical coverage, allowed for incremental wage increases and improved vacation and pension benefits, according to GMP Horizons, a union magazine. Representatives with Local 419 are in the process of negotiating a new contract with the company. Neither union nor company officials could be reached for comment at press time.

An estimated 585 members of Local 419 are employed at the Homer Laughlin plant on Fiesta Drive in Newell.

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