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February 5, 2014
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

Man sentenced in child rape case

STEUBENVILLE - Grady L. Franklin, 33, of Steubenville was sentenced to 10 years to life in prison on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Franklin pleaded guilty to two counts of rape.

Franklin was charged with two separate incidents of rape in August 2012 and November 2012 involving a then 12-year-old girl.

Henderson ordered that Franklin is classified as a Tier III sex offender, requiring him to report his address to the county sheriff every 90 days for life.

Sentence given for heroin possession

STEUBENVILLE - Nicholas J. Pickford, 28, of 631 Buena Vista Blvd. was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Pickford pleaded guilty to possession of heroin.

Pickford was arrested by City Police on Aug. 9 following a disturbance outside the Fort Steuben Mall and had heroin in his pocket.

Pickford was fined $300 and placed on two years of probation after his sentence at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center. He faces one year in prison if he violates probation.

Blood drive at CCHS

STEUBENVILLE - An American Red Cross blood drive is planned from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 18 in the Catholic Central High School gymnasium, 320 West View Ave.

The drive is being sponsored by the school's Key Club. To schedule an appointment, call (800) RED-CROSS or go online at

Walk-ins are welcomed.

Energy Fest coming back to Carrollton

CARROLLTON - The Country Energy Fest will be back in Carrollton for a econd year, according to Yvonne Ackerman, committee member.

The event is scheduled to be held May 31 at the Carroll County Fairgrounds. It will include a ribs burn-off followed by a country music concert.

The event will open at 11 a.m., with the ribs burn-off and continue until 9 p.m. There will be a car show, an antique tractor show, motorcycle show and entertainment for children.

Several area musicians will perform throughout the day. Additional activities are being added daily, according to Ackerman.

Concert information will be released Feb. 24. Tickets go on sale on March 1. Bookmark and follow the committee on Facebook and Twitter for festival information and giveaways.

Country Energy Fest is a community event first organized by the Caroll County Agricultural Society as a fundraiser for fairground needs. The committee has grown to include business professionals and local residents who share a common interest in making the community a better place, officials said.

For information, contact the County Energy Fest Committee at (330) 627-2300 or go online at

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