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News in Brief – 5/11/11

Man charged with theft following car thefts

IRONTON — The Ironton Police Department has arrested a man in connection with a series of car break-ins that left several residents without car batteries.

Travis Pennington, 22, of 1310 N. Third St., Ironton, was arrested Tuesday and charged with five counts of theft, drug possession and tampering with evidence.

Batteries were stolen from four cars on Karin and Charlotte streets in north Ironton Monday night, IPD Chief Jim Carey said. Sunday evening, batteries were stolen from three vehicles in the 1500 block of South Third Street.

“People are reminded one to not keep things in their vehicles and two to lock their vehicles,” Carey said. “It seems like they’re getting into unlocked vehicles, popping the hoods and attaining batteries.”

Police recovered six batteries and some tools, Carey said.

Carey added that there might be more arrests made in connection with the break-ins.

– Lori Kersey

ICC meeting set for Thursday

The following items are on the agenda for the regular meeting of the Ironton City Council scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday:

• The second reading of an ordinance authorizing the mayor to convey a piece of property to the State of Ohio. The property is around a bridge on Lawrence Street. Construction is planned for next year to elevate the bridge.

• The second reading of an ordinance authorizing the mayor to execute a collective bargaining agreement between the city and the International Association of Firefighters.

• The third reading of an ordinance establishing rules and regulations for the City of Ironton regarding disposal of material at the municipal garage and the landfill.

Ironton City Council meetings are held in council chambers, on the third floor of the Ironton City Center.

– Lori Kersey

SV graduate makes the grade at Rio Grande

Stephanie Cartmell completed her freshman year at The University of Rio Grande, achieving honor roll for both semesters. She is studying elementary education.

Stephanie is the daughter of Glea Cartmell and Steven and Marge Cartmell. She was a 2010 graduate of Symmes Valley High School.