Judge revokes parole
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- William J. Ware, 23, of Shenango Street was resentenced Wednesday to a state prison sentence of 19 months to five years. Ware originally was sentenced by Judge Dominick Motto of Lawrence County Common Pleas Court on July 3, 2002, to six to 18 months in the county jail for carrying a loaded firearm without a license. He served his time and was placed on parole.
His parole was revoked Wednesday as a result of his admitted use of drugs and alcohol, failure to pay fines and his arrest Feb. 26 for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
Ware's parole revocation was his fourth since being sentenced in 2002. District Attorney Matthew Mangino said the revocation sends a message that even convicted criminals will be held accountable, even after sentencing. Ware's new sentence requires additional jail time, as well as requiring that he serve his new sentence in a state prison.
Work on sewage plant
EAST PALESTINE -- Since improvements at the sewage treatment plant will begin in October, the city won't have to immediately repair some of the flood-damaged equipment at the plant, City Manager Gary Clark said.
City council awarded contracts of $2.5 million Monday to Conti Corp. and $140,300 to Enertech Electrical Inc. for improvements that are to begin Oct. 15 and be completed in June 2005. Both contractors are based in Lowellville.
City Manager Gary Clark said part of the work includes replacing the chlorination and dechlorination system with an ultraviolet system. The dechlorination system was damaged earlier this year when heavy rains caused flooding several times at the plant. Other work will include construction of two clarifiers, each 55 feet in diameter, Clark said.
The improvements are funded through grants and loans, including a $684,000 grant from Ohio Public Works, Clark said.
WEST POINT -- Morgan's Monument is back home although not in place.
Timothy R. Brookes, the president of the East Liverpool Historical Society, said he arranged to have the monument moved Monday to its original site.
The monument had been placed by the society on a small parcel of land on state Route 518. It was later moved at the suggestion of the Ohio Department of Transportation to a roadside park nearby. ODOT wants to close the roadside park permanently, however.
Some site preparation must be done before the monument is lowered into place. No date has been set for the final placement.
The monument marks the northernmost march by the Confederate army during the Civil War.
SHARON, Pa. -- Police said a Prospect Street resident saw two young men hanging around a house in the 300 block and witnessed one of them crawl through a window into the home, but he didn't call police for an hour. Police said the two young men apparently took a video game and its controllers from the home.
Caught in traffic stop
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police said a man stopped on Interstate 80 for a traffic violation gave a trooper a false identification and turned out to be an illegal alien.
Police stopped Abdoulie Leigh, 25, of Pawtucket, R.I., in the westbound lanes of I-80 in Wolf Creek Township around 9 a.m. Friday. After checking his identification, police determined he was in this country illegally. He was charged with identity theft, unsworn falsifications to authorities and making false reports to law enforcement. He was arraigned and remained lodged in Mercer County jail today on $20,000 bond. Federal immigration officials have filed a detainer against him as well, police said.