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Regional Roundup

July 27, 2013
The Herald-Star

Man arrested on drug charges

STEUBENVILLE - A man has been arrested following a drug raid at about 2 p.m. Friday at the Oregon Avenue home where he was living.

Robert Jackson, 32, of 1525 Oregon Ave., and formerly of Chicago, has been charged with three counts of trafficking heroin following the raid, which involved the Jefferson County Drug Task Force, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and U.S. Marshal's Service.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said three controlled buys had been conducted at the house prior to his arrest, and $1,500 in cash was confiscated during the raid.

Abdalla said the investigation may lead to other arrests.

OVI checkpoints to be conducted

STEUBENVILLE - The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and Wintersville and Steubenville police departments, will be conducting two drunk driving checkpoints tonight.

The first will be on Main Street in Wintersville from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. today and from midnight to 2 a.m. Sunday morning on state Route 7 in Steubenville.

The drunk driving checkpoints, funded by federal grant money, are planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers, said Lt. Joseph Fetty, patrol Steubenville Post commander.

The checkpoints also will be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat alcohol-related injury and fatal crashes, Fetty said.

The patrol is urging people, prior to consuming alcohol, to designate a driver or make other travel arrangements.

City man placed on probation

STEUBENVILLE - Jesse N. Birden, 20, of 415 Union Ave. was placed on two years of probation on Friday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Birden pleaded guilty to possession of heroin.

Birden was arrested by City Police on April 11.

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

County engineer issues work schedule

STEUBENVILLE - Jefferson County Engineer James Branagan released the work schedule for next week for the highway department.

Chip seal - Timothy Ridge Road (county Road 58); Wolf Run Road (county Road 75); and township roads in Brush Creek and Knox townships.

Pavement repair - Warren Ridge-Smithfield-Rayland Road (county Road 15).

Road closings will be announced.

Road work announced

The West Virginia Division of Highways has announced road work to be performed next week, pending suitable weather.

In Hancock County, crews will be patching Race Track, Middle Run and Hardins Run roads and ditching along Shepards Valley and Arner roads.

In Brooke County, crews will be making repairs to U.S. Route 22, patching state Route 2 and sealing Pierce Run Road.

Crews also will be mowing along several roads in both counties.

Paving work set for U.S. Route 250

CADIZ - Resurfacing work is expected to begin Tuesday on U.S. Route 250 through the Tappan Lake area in Harrison County, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

More than 7 miles of U.S. Route 250 will be resurfaced from just east of the dam to just east of Mizer Road.

Traffic will be maintained with flaggers, according to ODOT. ODOT's contractor for this $2.26 million project is Shelly & Sands Inc. of Zanesville. All work will be completed by mid-November.

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