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January 15, 2014
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

City man sentenced in shooting case

STEUBENVILLE - William D. Ross III, 19, of Steubenville was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. for Ross' part in a shootout involving two other men.

Ross pleaded guilty to a felonious assault charge, with a firearm specification.

According to court documents, Ross fired shots at Torrance Lyda, 41, of Steubenville on Sept. 3 in the 800 block of South Street. Lyda returned fire and Ross was hit in the leg, according to the court file.

Anthony Elmore, 29, of Steubenville was with Ross when the shots were fired, according to Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin.

Elmore and Lyda also face a felonious assault charge, with a firearm specification. Their trials are pending in common pleas court.

A second case against Ross charging assault on a police officer was dismissed as part of Ross' plea on Tuesday. That case involved a City Police office on July 14 in the 500 block of Maxwell Avenue.

Peacock indicted for murder

WHEELING - An Ohio County grand jury Monday indicted Craig Tyler Peacock, 22, of Clewiston, Fla., for murder in the Sept. 1 death of former Wheeling Jesuit University senior Keven Figaniak.

Figaniak, 21, died of head injuries allegedly suffered during a Labor Day weekend altercation with Peacock and 24-year-old Jarrett Mathis Chandler.

Ohio County Prosecutor Scott Smith said Chandler of Winnfield, La., was charged with misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter through a bill of information Monday in Ohio County circuit court.

Peacock remains at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville under a $1 million cash bond. Smith said he did not know the status of Chandler, who also was being held under $1 million bond.

During Peacock's Sept. 12 preliminary hearing, a Wheeling detective testified that Figaniak and another WJU student were returning to campus from a Carmel Road bar late Aug. 31 when they encountered Peacock, Chandler and a third man, Tyler Witty - who has not been charged with a crime - outside an Edgington Lane establishment.

Trio arrested for shoplifting

CALCUTTA - Three Hancock County residents were charged Tuesday by St. Clair Township Police after employees of Dunham's reported shoplifters in the store.

Charged with multiple counts of theft and possession of criminal tools were Serena A. Jacobs, 21, and Gene B. Wright, 30, while Jacobs' mother, Kimberly Lynn Jacobs, 37, was charged with complicity to theft. All three are from New Cumberland.

Chief Donald Hyatt said the department was called shortly after noon about shoplifters reportedly stealing .303-caliber rifle ammunition from the store.

A description of the two women and one man and their car, including the license plate number, was broadcast and three township officers began searching for the suspects.

East Liverpool Patrolman Jim Krawiec reportedly spotted a car matching the description southbound on state Route 11 near the Jackson Street bridge and initiated a stop.

Inside, he found two women and a man matching the description of the shoplifting suspects and they reportedly had a bag that had been described by store personnel as being used in the theft of the ammunition.

The large-caliber ammo taken from the store was found inside the bag, according to Hyatt, who said the vehicle was towed to the township police department and drug paraphernalia related to the use of heroin was found inside.

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