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November 28, 2013
From staff and wire reports , The Herald-Star

Drug raid Tuesday results in no arrests

STEUBENVILE - A drug raid Tuesday by the Jefferson County Drug Task Force and City Police resulted in drugs and other paraphernalia being recovered but no arrests.

Jason Hanlin, narcotics detective, said the raid 1323 Ridge Avenue at 8:15 p.m. last night resulted in the recovery of 5 grams of heroin, a firearm, cash and drug paraphernalia. He added there were three adults and one juvenile living at the residence, and it wasn't clear who the drugs belonged to. No arrests were made, but the investigation will continue, said Hanlin.

Company to pay fine for parts price-fixing

TOLEDO - The Justice Department says a Japanese auto parts maker has agreed to pay a $120 million fine as part of a plea agreement to settle a pair of price fixing schemes.

The plea agreement and indictment filed in Toledo, Ohio, were finalized Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The government says Osaka-based Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. fixed the prices of anti-vibration rubber parts it sold to Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Corp. and the makers of Subaru.

It also says Toyo engaged in fixing prices of parts it sold to U.S. subsidiaries of a British parts supplier.

Toyo says in a statement that it has cooperated with the investigation and is committed to rebuilding the public's trust.

Toyo has subsidiaries based in Franklin, Ky., and White, Ga.

Ohio newspaper editor resigns after arrest

SIDNEY - A newspaper editor in western Ohio has resigned after authorities say he was arrested on a public indecency charge at a park.

The Sidney Daily News says editor Jeff Billiel resigned after his arrest on Tuesday. A message seeking comment was left at his home on Wednesday.

The Shelby County Sheriff's office says Billiel was one of nine men arrested following a two-month investigation. Chief Deputy James R. Frey says authorities had received numerous complaints about sexual activity at the park.

The 69-year-old Billiel had been with the Daily News since 1972. He spent the last 37 years there as managing editor.

Ski season opening with plenty of snow

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Snow is arriving in West Virginia just in time for the opening of the state's ski season.

Snowshoe Mountain is opening its 40th season Wednesday with at least three lifts and about 10 trails in operation.

Winterplace announced Wednesday that it's opening on Friday, two weeks earlier than planned, because of natural snow and good snowmaking conditions.

Following Friday's opening, Winterplace's trails will be closed Monday through Thursday for maintenance. The trails will reopen Dec. 6 for the remainder of the ski season.

The West Virginia Ski Areas Association says Canaan Valley, Timberline and Oglebay will open in early December.

Association spokesman Joe Stevens says in a news release that the weather has been perfect for snowmaking.

The state's ski and snowboard season typically runs from Thanksgiving through early April.

From staff and wire reports

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