Appeal of smoking violation dismissed

LISBON -A Columbiana County Common Pleas Court judge has dismissed a Salem bowling alley’s attempt to appeal a citation for violating Ohio’s smoke-free workplace law, ruling the appeal had been filed in the wrong court.

James J. Miller, doing business as Hunt Club Lanes, Salem, was reportedly cited by the Ohio Department of Health for an alleged violation involving an ashtray found in the establishment on Feb. 28, 2012. The bowling alley does have a room where some tobacco products are sold.

According to court documents signed this week by Judge C. Ashley Pike, the appeal should have been filed in Franklin County Court. An associate assistant attorney general, Angela M. Sullivan, had filed the motion asking for the case to be dismissed due to a lack of jurisdiction for the case to be heard in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.