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April 26, 2013
The Herald-Star

Man accidentally shot self in foot

STEUBENVILLE - A city man who initially said he was shot while taking out the trash Thursday evening later admitted he accidentally shot himself in the foot, City Police reported.

Tilal J. Johnson, 18, of 1124 Claire Ave. was driven to Trinity Medical Center West around 10 p.m. Thursday with a gunshot wound to the foot. Johnson told officers he was taking the garbage out on the side of the house when he was shot, police said. Johnson then admitted he was playing around with a gun and it discharged, police reported.

Man found innocent after bench trial

STEUBENVILLE - Ernest Robinette, 46, of 118 Spruce Lane, Mingo Junction, was acquitted of one count of complicity to possession of drugs after a bench trial before Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson on Thursday.

Robinette was arrested in August by the Ohio State Highway Patrol after a traffic stop and drugs were found.

Defense attorney Stephen Lamatrice said Robinette had removed scrap and other trash located outside a vacant doctor's office in Wintersville. There were samples of medication in the trash, Lamatrice said. He said Robinette didn't knowingly have the drugs in his possession.

Henderson dismissed a charge of tampering with evidence and another count of complicity to possession of drugs after the prosecution rested its case.

Friends of Smithfield group to meet May 4

SMITHFIELD - The Friends of Smithfield Community Development Corp. will meet at 11 a.m. on May 4 in the Smithfield Presbyterian Church social room.

Linda Helt and John Borkowski will give an update on the Northern Cemetery mowing and the status of the membership drive. Village Council updates will be given, and the group will be looking for ideas and projects.

The meeting is open to members and non-members.

Lightning strike causes house fire

COLERAIN - Lightning struck a house at 54151 Krob Lane Wednesday afternoon, damaging some siding, according to authorities.

Ty Wilson of the Colerain Volunteer Fire Department said his department was assisted by Barton, Brookside and Sunset Heights firefighters. Wilson said no one was home at the time of the incident and there were no injuries.

Health department announces schedule

STEUBENVILLE - The Jefferson County Health Department will offer immunizations and tuberculosis shots from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Nursing division program information is available by calling (740) 283-8530.

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