Ohio Headlines

Ramp work prompts I-275 rerouting

CINCINNATI — Interstate 275 repairs and resurfacing began steering Ohio motorists this weekend into what transportation officials call the Texas Turnaround. The Ohio Department of Transportation says it’s basically an extended U-turn while ramps are closed.

In the first step, southbound I-275 traffic to eastbound I-74 will continue onto the Ohio State Route 128 exit for a dedicated lane that will carry traffic to east I-74. Then the ramp from westbound I-74 to northbound I-275 will be closed and traffic diverted to S.R. 128 to access the turnaround to eastbound I-74 to reach northbound I-275.

The work is part of a two-year project on I-275 in Hamilton County. WIRE REPORT

Columbus-area judge accused of OVI, hit-skip

COLUMBUS — A judge from suburban Columbus has been charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence and hit-skip after he was accused of driving into a city bus in the Arena District.

Sixty-year-old Dean Wilson of Roseville was arrested Aug. 31, the Columbus Dispatch reported. No one was injured.

Wilson is a Perry County municipal judge who has driven home the dangers of drunken driving by conducting trials for DUI suspects at a high school near Columbus.

He is accused of driving away after hitting the bus while changing lanes around 9:30 p.m. He was tracked by a police helicopter and pulled over on Interstate 70, the Dispatch reported. Wilson refused blood-alcohol and field sobriety tests.

Wilson’s attorney declined to comment on Saturday. WIRE REPORT

Ohio to get new area code to meet phone demands

COLUMBUS — People who live in the 740 area code will have to dial 10 numbers for local calls next year as a new area code is established.

The 220 area code is needed in a 30-county region that includes central and southeast Ohio because available 740 numbers are expected to run out in April. Both 740 and 220 will cover that region in what officials call an overlay plan used successfully elsewhere.

Callers can use seven or 10 numbers for local calls for six months starting Sept. 20 but will need to dial the area code after that.

The 614 area code that covers Columbus is expected to have the same problem in late 2016. A 380 area code will be added there. WIRE REPORT

Woman drives stolen vehicle into Cleveland bar

CLEVELAND — Police say a woman driving a stolen car badly injured a man after she ran a stop sign, struck another vehicle and then plowed into the patio and front entrance of a Cleveland bar.

Two women who were in the vehicle that was struck were treated for minor injuries in an incident that occurred around 7 p.m. Friday at the Clark Bar in the popular Tremont neighborhood, Northeast Ohio Media Group reports.

A 52-year-old customer was pinned by the stolen vehicle inside the bar but was quickly freed. He was in stable condition at a hospital on Sunday, NEOMG reports. The 18-year-old driver of the stolen car and three teenage passengers were arrested.

The bar was open for a pre-Cleveland Browns game breakfast on Sunday morning. WIRE REPORT

Ohio to hold lottery for bow hunting deer at park

COLUMBUS — A drawing will be held this month for bow hunters seeking deer-hunting privileges at a southwest Ohio state park.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says 20 hunters will be picked in the Sept. 13 drawing at Kiser Lake State Park in Conover about 35 miles north of Dayton. Winners will be assigned to one of five zones within the park.

Winners will be assigned time periods to hunt during the statewide bow season for deer that runs from Oct. 15 to Feb. 1, 2015.

Applicants must be present to participate in the drawing and have a current Ohio hunting license and deer tag. A parent or guardian must be present to sign permits for applicants under 18. WIRE REPORT

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