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July 16, 2013
The Herald-Star

City man faces prison in drug case

STEUBENVILLE - Eugene D. Hopkins, 23, of 1609 Moreland Drive was sentenced to 16 months in prison on Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Hopkins pleaded guilty to two counts of drug possession.

Hopkins was in a vehicle stopped by the Ohio State Highway Patrol on Dec. 6 on the Wellesley Avenue Extension. Troopers found cocaine near Hopkins, and a female juvenile was in possession of heroin.

The county prosecutor's office dismissed two counts of corrupting another with drugs when Hopkins pleaded guilty. One of the drug possession charges was that he conspired with the teen for possession of heroin.

Hopkins served a prior prison sentence of 18 months for drug trafficking.

Man sentenced to serve six months

STEUBENVILLE - Wade L. Manns, 19, of 1632 Oregon Ave. was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center on Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Manns pleaded guilty to a drug charge.

Manns pleaded guilty to felony possession of heroin and tampering with evidence and misdemeanor theft, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest.

Manns was caught shoplifting at the Fort Steuben Mall on Dec. 22 and threw a bag when approached by an officer. The officer reported finding a handgun and eight bags of heroin inside the bag. Manns tried to pull away from the officer as he was being escorted to a cruiser, police reported.

Manns will be on probation for 18 months. He faces up to nine months in prison if he violates probation.

Christmas Clothes Closet giveaway set

JEWETT - The Christmas Clothes Closet will offer clothing for people in need with a special summer giveaway Thursday and Friday.

The doors will be open for the organization at its location in the former Jewett school building.

Founder Kelly Bozeman said monetary donations will be accepted for anyone who wants to make a donation.

Clothes of all sizes for men, women and children will be available, including shoes, she said.

"I want to emphasize that this is for people in need. We do not want to have people coming in to pick up clothes and reselling them," she said.

The organization also is accepting donations of children's clothing and backpacks for a back-to-school giveaway to be held in August.

For information, call (740) 424-6059.

Weirton water plant schedules shutdown

WEIRTON - The Weirton Area Water Board has announced a scheduled shutdown of the water plant from 10 p.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday.

The shutdown will allow crews to replace sluice gates at the water treatment plant.

Customers in the higher elevations of downtown Weirton may experience a loss of water or low water pressure during the outage.

Water officials have determined storage levels are at adequate amounts for fire protection throughout the downtown area, and the city fire department has been notified.

Customers also may experience discolored water throughout the city during this time and should refrain from washing laundry through Friday morning.

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