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Regional Roundup

July 9, 2013
The Herald-Star

Police investigating Labelle shooting

STEUBENVILLE - City Police are investigating a shooting late Monday that left a man with a gunshot wound to the knee area.

Police reported Donnell Turner, 20, of 1223 Wellesley Ave. was walking home around 11 p.m. Monday when he saw a group of about five men standing on his porch, with one of the men holding a gun. Turner told officers he briefly talked to the men and then he jumped off the porch and began to run away when he heard gunshots and felt a bullet hit his knee, police reported. Turner went to a friend's house and a family member drove him to Trinity Medical Center West.

Officers located seven spent shell casings, including five on the porch of Turner's house.

Man sentenced in officer assault case

STEUBENVILLE - Vincent J. Atwood, 35, of 158 Union St., Mount Pleasant, was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center on Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson involving an altercation between Atwood and police officers.

Atwood pleaded guilty to four counts of assault on a police officer and one count of failure to comply with the order of a police officer.

The county prosecutor's office reported Atwood was involved in a bar fight and went to his home. Officers surrounded the house on March 9 when Atwood came out of the house with mace and sprayed the officers. The officers took Atwood into custody but one officer suffered a dislocated thumb in the struggle, according to the prosecutor's office.

Atwood will be on probation for one year after his release from the Eastern Ohio Correction Center.

Republicans to hold annual picnic

STEUBENVILLE - The Jefferson County Republican Party will hold its 2013 picnic from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 3 at Jim Wood Park.

The event will be held at Shelter B.

All guests are asked to bring a covered dish. The local Republican Party will supply the hamburgers, hot dogs, beverages and tableware.

The cost of the event is $10 a person or $25 for a family.

Local Republican Party Chairman Dr. Brian Wilson is requesting checks be made payable to the Jefferson County Republican Party and sent to Fran Rensi, P.O. Box 2081, Wintersville, OH 43953.

"Reservations for the picnic can be made by e-mailing Fran Rensi at or calling or texting Fran at (740) 381-4352. And we are asking interested persons to please respond as soon as possible to assist us in the picnic planning," said Wilson.

New Cumberland raises fiscal budget

NEW CUMBERLAND - City Council revised the city's budget for fiscal year 2014 in a special meeting Monday, adding almost $50,000 in available funding.

West Virginia municipalities and counties usually submit their budgets to the state auditor in March and have until July to make revisions, City Clerk Tammy Jenkins said. The new fiscal year started July 1.

Council was able to adjust the general fund budget upward from $148,335 to $196,837 because of a carryover balance, Jenkins said.

Council also adjusted the coal severance tax revenue from $2,000 to $2,728. The latter is dedicated for streets and highways.

In addition, council approved an expenditure of up to $500 to make repairs to the city's Kubota tractor, including new tires and new blades.

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