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Regional roundup

July 26, 2013
The Herald-Star

Patrol to conduct OVI checkpoint

WINTERSVILLE - The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported it will conduct a drunk driving checkpoint Saturday evening in Jefferson County.

The location of the checkpoint will be announced Saturday morning.

Two sent to prison for violations

STEUBENVILLE - Two people were sentenced to prison on Thursday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after admitting to probation violations.

Thomas P. Riggs, 29, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for failing to report to his probation officer and being convicted of breaking and entering in Summit County. Riggs was sentenced to 90 days in jail and placed on two years of probation in May 2012 after pleading guilty to burglary.

Christy L. Tompkins, 38, of Mingo Junction was sentenced to 15 months in prison after being arrested on a drug possession charge and failure to pay fines and restitution to the victim. Tompkins was sentenced in June 2011 to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center and placed on two years of probation after pleading guilty to theft of a debit card and theft of a credit card.

Mother charged with driving drunk

DILLONVALE - Crystal M. Ross, 29, of 118 Holly Ave., Mingo Junction, was charged by the Ohio State Highway Patrol with driving drunk after a wreck Thursday afternoon on state Route 150 in which her daughter was later flown to a Pittsburgh hospital.

The patrol reported Ross was driving west on state Route 150, between Dillonvale and Mount Pleasant, when the car went off the side of the road and hit a utility pole.

Ross and her 7-year-old daughter were taken to Ohio Valley Medical Center, the patrol reported. The daughter later was flown by medical helicopter to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Ross was charged by the patrol with failure to control, operating a vehicle under the influence and child endangering.

The patrol was to meet with the county prosecutor's office today concerning additional charges.

Probation ordered in pornography case

STEUBENVILLE - Brian K. Wilson, 24, of Apartment 7, 627 N. Fifth St., was placed on four years of probation by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after pleading guilty to pandering obscenities involving juveniles.

Wilson was named in a bill of information charging him with 10 counts of pandering obscenities.

He admitted to being in possession of pornography involving juveniles between the ages of 12-15 from December 2009 through April 2010.

Bruzzese also ruled Wilson is a Tier II sex offender, requiring him to report his address to the county sheriff where he lives or works every 180 days for 25 years.

Wilson faces up to 15 years in prison if he violates probation.

Man sentenced in gun case

STEUBENVILLE - Randy M. Otis, 20, of 2225 Sunset Blvd. was sentenced Thursday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after pleading guilty to carrying a concealed weapon.

Otis was in a vehicle on May 1 when it was stopped by the county drug task force and a gun was found on him.

Otis will be on probation for two years.

He faces up to 18 months in prison if he violates probation.

Blood drive being held in Brilliant

BRILLIANT - The Brilliant Volunteer Fire Department, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and other police and fire departments are sponsoring a blood drive from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. today at the Brilliant fire station, 1001 Third St.

Regulator replacement delayed for Alikanna area

STEUBENVILLE - The city water department has delayed the replacement of a pressure regulator in the Alikanna area until next week.

The project originally was scheduled for this week.

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