Ohio is celebrating its 212th birthday with special events at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
11 people in Columbus recently pleaded guilty for their involvement in sham marriage schemes. The pleas are the result of an investigation by local and federal officials led by the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency. Prosecutors say foreign nationals paid thousands of dollars to wed Americans in hopes of longer stays and boosting citizenship chances in the United States.
Work crews are installing more noise walls on the city’s north side. The pre-cast barriers are being put up around Sharon Woods Metro Park near the Interstate 270 and 71 interchange. Much of the north side from Easton on the east to the Sawmill road interchange on 270 and on I-71 north of 161 is now walled in. The Ohio Department of Transportation says barriers are designed to reduce traffic noise but some northeast side residents say they make little difference.