Archives for June 2015

Clean-Up And Festival Successful Over The Weekend

It may have been a rainy day, but the 26th annual River Sweep on the Ohio side of the Ohio River Saturday, hosted by JB Green Team, was a big success. The nearly 50 participants who showed up, picked up garbage and debris near the Steubenville Marina, Mingo Junction and Costonia. The rain also didn’t dampen the spirits of those who turned out for the downtown Steubenville Dean Martin Festival and the Steubenville Hometown Celebration. Officials say there was a decent turnout as the sky threatened rain all afternoon, and all of Saturday’s activities were great for the city to show off, whether it be the Greek Festival, Steubenville Hometown Celebration or the Dean Martin Festival.

Red Cross Schedules Golf Outing

The American Red Cross in Jefferson County will hold its annual Fore Man Scramble June 28 at Spring Hills Golf Course. First tee time set for 8:30 a.m. Snacks, beverages and a meal are all included with the registration fee of $300 per team. For more information, call (740) 264-7244.

“Naked Woman” Pleads Not Guilty

A woman, who prosecutors allege had sexual relations with a 16-year-old boy in Beatty Park, entered a not guilty plea in municipal court. A heaering on the matter is now set for June 30th. 39 year old Estelle Hilliard of Wintersville was discovered around noon on June 1 at the last shelter in the park… naked. For that, she faces an indecent exposure charge. The 16-year-old boy was initially charged with falsification and carrying a concealed weapon after the police found a handgun in his backpack. That boy was scheduled to appear in court on Monday, but the hearing was continued. No date has been set for that hearing. Hilliard claims the gun was stolen from her house during a party. She said she sent out a mass text message to the kids at the party asking for the gun to be returned. She then claims that the 16-year-old contacted her and wanted to talk but didn’t tell her he had the gun.

Steubenville Man Headed To Prison For Robbery

A Steubenville man was sentenced to 36 months in prison this week after pleading guilty to a robbery. 47 year old Calvin Edwards pleaded guilty to robbery and theft in connection with the robbery last November 27th at the Best Western on University Boulevard. Prosecutors told the court that the clerk told cops that it was believed that Edwards had a gun when he came crashing in, demanding money. Surveillance video backed up that claim, by showing that Edwards did indeed have something in his hand at the time. Edwards however, has consistantly denied that claim, although he can’t explain what he did have in his hand.

Naked 39-Year-Old Woman Caught Having Sex With 16-Year-Old Boy In Steubenville

In Steubenville, a 39-year-old woman was found naked on top of a 16-year-old boy, in a car that was parked car in Beatty Park around noon on Monday. An officer saw the woman totally naked having sexual relations with the juvenile. Taht’s when he told the woman to get dressed. Estelle Hilliard of 130 Gumps Lane, Wintersville was then asked if there was anything in the car she wanted to remove, and she said she wanted a backpack. She told the officer that her ex-husband’s handgun might be inside the backpack. The officer checked and sure enough, found a loaded handgun inside the bag. There was also a prescription belonging to the 16-year-old inside the backpack, along with some of his clothes. The 16-year-old was taken to the Jefferson County juvenile detention center and was charged with falsification and carrying a concealed weapon. Hilliard was charged with expired plates and falsification. Additional charges are pending.

Area Takes Big Hit With Job Losses

It’s a big economic hit for the area… The 754 Murray Energy jobs that were cut recently, represent an estimated $61.7 million in lost annual wages for Ohio Valley residents. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average coal mining salary in West Virginia… where Murray is wiping out 505 jobs at its Benwood and Cameron mines – is $84,959 per year. In Ohio, where Murray has laid off a total of 249 workers at its Powhatan Point and Beallsville mines, the average coal miner earns $75,613. For the hundreds of miners who are now unemployed, WorkForce West Virginia has some assistance on its website,

steubenville Paving Underway

In Steubenville, the hot-mix asphalt resurfacing program got underway this morning, and it will continue through the week. Traffic will be maintained, but drivers are advised to use alternate routes to avoid delays. Project Streets will be posted “no parking” at least one day in advance. If vehicles are left on the street, they will be towed and owners will be responsible for towing and storage fees.
Streets included in the work are: Woodlawn Road from Oregon Avenue to University Boulevard; Pershing Avenue from Brady Avenue to Woodlawn Road; Pershing Avenue from Woodlawn Road to Columbus Circle; Roosevelt Avenue from Brady Avenue to Woodlawn Road; Roosevelt from Woodlawn Road to Kendall Avenue; Columbus Circle from Kendall Avenue to Pershing Avenue; Opal Boulevard from Sunset Boulevard to Braybarton Boulevard; Glendwell Road from Opal Boulevard to its south terminus; and Central Avenue from Johnson Road to Glendwell Road.

Wheeling Man Facing String Of Charges Following Escape & Re-Capture

Wheeling police arrested a man on Sunday morning, who they say was wanted for allegedly escaping from a work release in Huntington West Virginia . David Wayne Richardson was found during the investigation of a possible storefront break-in on Market Street. Police arrived to find a broken window, and Richardson with cuts consistent with broken glass. Richardson at first, tried to conceal his identity by giving cops a false name, but they quickly figured out just who he was. He was arrested and charged with breaking and entering. Charges of escape were also added to his original charges of forgery of public record. According to investigators, even more charges may be pending against Richardson.