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Prison sentence ordered in gun case

October 30, 2012
By MARK LAW - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - Andrew M. Burton, 21, of Whitehall, Ohio, was sentenced to 24 months in prison on Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Burton pleaded guilty to single counts of having a weapon as a convicted felon, improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle and obstructing official business.

Burton was pulled over by City Police in the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue on Aug. 4 because of an expired vehicle registration. The officer searched the vehicle and found a pistol under a seat. Police reported Burton then took off running on Lincoln Avenue, into Beatty Park and then through a creek into a rainwater basin. An officer chased Burton in waist-high water until Burton ran out of energy and surrendered, police reported.

Burton also was ordered to pay $1,000 to police for a Taser that was destroyed when the officer ran into the water.

Jerek Q. Wesley, 23, of Steubenville was sentenced to six months in prison by Bruzzese after Wesley pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin.

Wesley was charged with selling heroin in a drug task force controlled buy on July 9 on Wilson Avenue.

Bruzzese also ordered a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer confiscated as a result of the drug buy forfeited to the drug task force.

Traci Yakemawiz, 48, was ordered by Bruzzese to serve 10 days in the county jail for a probation violation.

Yakemawiz pleaded guilty in 2009 to theft in connection with her taking more than $6,000 from the Indian Creek Junior High School Band Boosters.

Yakemawiz was serving as the treasurer of the band boosters at the time.

Yakemawiz admitted to Mingo Junction Police that she wrote checks to herself from June 2006 through July 2008 in the total amount of $6,221.45. She told Mingo Junction Police that she wrote the wrong information in the check ledgers to hide her thefts.

Yakemawiz was arrested on the probation violations that she failed to make restitution and wasn't reporting to her probation officer. She paid the remaining $3,971 owed on Monday. Her probation will be terminated after she is released from the county jail.

Myron D. Gibson, 29, of 1036 Cherry Valley Road, Hopedale, was sentenced by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson on Monday to three months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after Gibson pleaded guilty to an amended indictment charging attempted robbery.

Gibson was attempting to take items from Wal-Mart on June 28 when he was stopped by loss prevention officers at the store. He fought with the Wal-Mart employees and attempted to gouge their eyes during the struggle.

Gibson will be on probation for one year after his release from the Eastern Ohio Correction Center. He faces up to 18 months in prison if he violates probation.

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