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August 20, 2013
The Herald-Star

Hearing continued in child porn case

WELLSBURG - A preliminary hearing for the Mingo Junction man charged with possession of child pornography has been continued at his request.

James Alan Sepik, 46, of 219 Petrick Ave., sought and was granted a continuance while appearing without an attorney Monday before Brooke County Magistrate Robin Snyder. A date hasn't been set for his next court appearance.

Sepik, who is being held at the Northern Regional Jail, also requested a reduction in the $500,000 bond set by Brooke County Magistrate Linda Viderman, arguing he hadn't committed a violent crime.

But the reduction was denied after Brooke County Prosecutor Joseph Barki III argued Sepik encouraged violent crimes to be committed against children by downloading pornographic images of them from the Internet.

Sepik, a former girls softball coach, was arrested by the West Virginia State Police on four counts of possession of child pornography after a woman turned in a flash drive containing hundreds of explicit images and several letters written by him.

According to court documents, the woman found the flash drive near the Follansbee softball field.

Barki said additional charges may be filed against Sepik in light of the many images found.

One arrest made in OVI checkpoint

STEUBENVILLE -One driving under the influence arrest was made at drunk driving checkpoints that were held Friday into Saturday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.

About 400 vehicles were stopped on Main Street in Wintersville, with a citation issued for driving with a suspended license. Another person was charged with possession of marijuana, the patrol reported.

At a later checkpoint on state Route 7, north of Logan Avenue, in Steubenville, the patrol stopped about 62 vehicles. One person was charged with drunk driving and another person was arrested on an outstanding warrant, the patrol reported. There were four people cited for driving with a suspended license, the patrol reported.

Store evacuated after gas leak

STEUBENVILLE - Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse on John Scott Highway had to be evacuated Monday after a contractor working on the roof hit a natural gas line, the City Fire Department reported.

The fire department contacted Columbia Gas and crews shut down the main gas supply.

The store remained evacuated for about 45 minutes, the fire department reported.

City man arrested on felony warrants

STEUBENVILLE - Donte Elvoid, 19, of 518 Maxwell Ave. was arrested by City Police on Monday on seven felony warrants out of Allegheny County, Pa.

Officers went to the house on Maxwell Avenue and a female came to the door, reports showed. Officers saw two people run out out the back of the house, but both were caught.

Elvoid was one of the people.

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