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February 25, 2013
The Herald-Star

Man charged with aggravated arson

STEUBENVILLE - John E. Adams, 48, of 181 Talbott Drive, Wintersville, was arrested Sunday on an aggravated arson charge in connection with allegedly lighting his house on fire on Bantam Ridge Road on Jan. 11.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Department reported the state fire marshal's office investigated and found the fire was lit in two places. Gasoline cans also were found inside, the sheriff's department reported.

Adams was arrested at the scene of the fire and charged with interfering with emergency personnel and menacing. Adams pleaded guilty to those charges in Toronto county court and was fined $350 and served seven days in jail.

Adams was being held without bond on the arson charge, pending a court appearance.

Water boil order issued for Bergholz

BERGHOLZ - The Jefferson County Water and Sewer District has issued a water boil order through 6 p.m. Tuesday for Bergholz and the surrounding areas.

Due to several water breaks in the water system in the area, customers may experience low or no water pressure, water and sewer district officials reported.

Student rescued after falling over hillside

STEUBENVILLE - A Franciscan University of Steubenville student had to be rescued by the City Fire Department Saturday evening after she fell over a hillside while hiking.

A university spokesman said the female student, who isn't being identified, was hiking by herself at night behind a fenced area in the upper area near the dormitories around 8 p.m.

The fire department reported the student fell about 200 to 300 feet over the hillside.

The student had her cell phone and called her roommate, the university reported. Jefferson Security guards were able to locate the student over the hillside and helped direct firefighters to her, according to the university.

Firefighters used ropes and a stokes basket to rescue the student. She was flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital with head and facial trauma. The university reported the student had non-life threatening injures.

The fire department was on the scene for two and one-half hours.

April trial set in W.Va. track embezzlement case

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) - An April trial is set for a Virginia woman accused of embezzling more than $1 million in horse racing funds from a West Virginia casino and racetrack.

A superseding indictment issued earlier this month charges 49-year-old Anita Ambler of Reva, Va., with 11 counts of mail fraud, 10 counts of wire fraud and four counts of transacting in criminal proceeds. Ambler originally was indicted in December 2011 on 42 total counts, including 21 mail fraud counts.

She is charged with embezzling the money from Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort in Chester. Her trial is scheduled for April 23.

The Culpeper Star-Exponent reports that Ambler pleaded not guilty to the superseding indictment last week in U.S. District Court in Wheeling.

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