Regional Roundup

Man sent to prison in city stabbing case

STEUBENVILLE – Curley Clarke, 65, of 1643 Ridge Ave. was sentenced to six months in prison on Wednesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Clarke pleaded guilty to an amended indictment charging aggravated assault.

Clarke was indicted on two counts of felonious assault in connection with a stabbing on March 4.

City Police were called to Ridge and Pittsburgh avenues about a stabbing. Police reported the victim told police he saw his girlfriend being held by her hair by Clarke with a knife to her neck outside a house on Ridge Avenue. The victim went outside and was stabbed by Clarke, police reported.

The county prosecutor’s office amended the indictment when Clarke agreed to plead guilty to the lesser charge.

Settlement conference set in property dispute

NEW CUMBERLAND-A property dispute between Hancock County commissioners and attorney Lawrence Manypenny may be nearing a resolution.

Visiting Judge David W. Hummel Jr. of Marshall County Circuit Court scheduled a settlement conference for the two parties at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Hancock County Courthouse.

The dispute came to a head last year when Manypenny asked the commissioners to compensate him for the county’s use of land he claims to own. Manypenny’s law office is adjacent to the Hancock County Magistrate Court, and Manypenny claims ownership of the land up to and including the Magistrate Court sidewalk and enclosed staircase.

In February, Manypenny’s office erected caution tape, orange pylons and “no trespassing” signs on the land between the two buildings. The action prompted commissioners to ask a judge for an injunction ordering Manypenny to remove the barriers.

In a hearing in February, Hummel ordered that public access to Magistrate Court not be hindered until the case is resolved.

Hancock County Commissioner Jeff Davis said Assistant Prosecutor William Fahey will represent the commissioners at Tuesday’s conference. Any settlement offer will have to be approved by commissioners, Davis said.