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August 23, 2013
The Herald-Star

Man held in truck incident

MINGO JUNCTION - Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies say theft charges are pending against a 28-year-old Adena man who allegedly stole a fuel truck from his employer to satisfy a drug debt.

Travis Knight, 340 S. Bridge St., is currently being held In the Jefferson County jail on two warrants for failure to appear.

Deputies said the fuel truck, stolen from Oxford Mining, had initially been hidden in the woods off Montwell Drive before it was moved to county Road 26 (Coal Hill Road), where it was located Thursday near a cemetery.

Man sentenced in injuries to child

STEUBENVILLE - James Howard, 25, of 610 Pine St. was sentenced to nine months in prison on Thursday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Howard pleaded guilty to child endangerment.

Howard was arrested after his 2-year-old daughter was brought to Trinity Medical Center West on May 15 with bruises and a swollen forehead. The child was later transferred to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Howard told Henderson in court the child soiled her underwear and he was running upstairs to get her cleaned up when the girl's head hit the wall.

County Assistant Prosecutor Jeff Bruzzese said there was probably more anger involved.

Bruzzese said the child has since completed recovered.

Smithfield VFD plans photo fundraiser

SMITHFIELD - The Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department is conducting a fundraising drive to support the department and to help provide special training and life-saving equipment and items not covered by available tax revenue.

For those making donations of $25 or more, a special portrait studio session will be offered Sept. 14. There will be a free 10-inch-by-13-inch portrait and with extra orders, the department will receive an additional $10 for each portrait session. Brochures have been sent to those in the areas reached by the fire department.

Crew House open house Sunday

RICHMOND - The Crew House Museum on Main Street, operated by the Richmond Community Historical Society, will continue its summer open house series from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors can tour the facility that features a variety of Richmond memorabilia and check out the Jefferson Union room of school items, including yearbooks, uniforms and trophies.

There will be Richmond pottery on sale and newly available T-shirts from Memorial Day for $15 bearing the logo "In Richmond, We Remember." Phil Judy is president of the historical society. For information, call (740) 765-4534.

Fires under investigation

BLOOMINGDALE - The state fire marshal has been called to investigate separate fires overnight that destroyed a barn and a vacant home.

Belvedere firefighters say they were called to a barn fire at around 11 p.m. Thursday in the 2500 block of state Route 152, Bloomingdale. The structure was fully involved by the time they arrived, but neighbors were able to save three horses that had been inside.

While crews were still at the scene of the barn fire, firefighters said they were called to a house fire in the 1700 block of Delia Drive. The fire, in a vacant house, was reported around 5:07 a.m. today.

Also responding to the call were firefighters from Unionport, Wintersville and Richmond, as well as the American Red Cross.

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