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Bridge inspection to affect traffic lanes

Oct. 29, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- An annual bridge inspection will require periodic lane restrictions on the 91-year-old Ironton-Russell Bridge starting Nov. 4, according to a news release from the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The inspections will take about two weeks, according to the release.

Crews from Richland Engineering will begin the inspection starting Monday, Nov. 4. The inspections will be held daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting, according to the release.

One lane of the two-lane span will be closed to traffic next week as part of the inspection. Both lanes of the bridge will be open during the second week of the inspection starting Nov. 11, according to the release.

Woman pleads guilty to injuring trooper

CHARLESTON -- A woman faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to hitting an off-duty West Virginia State Police trooper with her car.

Media outlets report that Jennifer Garretson pleaded guilty to malicious wounding on Monday in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

State police say Sgt. Aaron Nichols attempted to stop Garretson for shoplifting at a store in the St. Albans Mall on Dec. 31, 2012. He chased her outside and was struck as Garretson fled in her car.

Garretson is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 9.

Police arrest 45 during Ohio U. Halloween party

ATHENS, Ohio -- Athens city police say they arrested 45 people, mostly for alcohol violations, during Ohio University's annual Halloween block party.

City police said 13 OU students were arrested during the annual costume bash in uptown Athens Saturday night and early Sunday. Another 13 were students from other colleges, and 19 were non-students.

Disorderly conduct by intoxication topped the list of charges. One person was arrested for assaulting a police horse.

The Ohio Investigative Unit, which enforces alcohol laws, cited or arrested another 55 people for offenses such as underage drinking. The number of arrests by Ohio University police was not available.

Athens police said ambulance crews responded to 53 calls for assistance during the event.

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