Author Archive: Michele Theodore

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Crime brief: Student tried to kick officers out of his room

November 20, 2014
Drug paraphernalia A male staff member called University Police after he smelled what he thought was burnt marijuana in a South Campus residence hall on Monday at about 11:30 p.m. When officers arrived at the room where the staff member smelled the marijuana, they saw the student who lived there coming out of the bathroom. The student, who was visibly shaking, then went into another room after pausing for a moment, according to a University Police report. The officers started knocking on the door, where they also smelled burnt marijuana. After a short time, the student came out of the other room he was in and told the officers they… Read more

Crime brief: People try to break into Ohio Stadium on Veterans Day

November 13, 2014
Criminal trespassing Two men tried to climb a fence and get into Ohio Stadium on Tuesday at about 1:30 a.m. When a police officer approached the two as they were trying to hop over the fence on the west side of the stadium, one of them jumped down and joined someone on the outside of the stadium, while the other one joined a fourth person who was already inside the stadium. The two on the inside ran south through the stadium, according to a University Police report. The officer had one of the people on the outside call the two who had ran through the stadium. They reached the two… Read more

Crime brief: Rape reported in South Campus residence hall

October 31, 2014
Rape A female staff member reported a rape in a South Campus residence hall. The incident occurred Oct. 17 at about 4:30 p.m., but wasn’t reported until the evening of Oct. 22. Ohio State Police Captain Eric Whiteside said the investigation is ongoing and he couldn’t provide any more information. He said a public safety notice wasn’t issued because the police “have very limited information … and that was factored into the decision.” Whiteside later referred The Lantern to University Police’s timely warning policy. Public safety notices are issued when crimes occur that are considered to be a concern or a continuing threat to the OSU community. There have been… Read more

Former band member disappointed in Ohio State for using suggestive calendar against Waters

October 24, 2014
A former Ohio State marching band member who was pictured in a suggestive pose on a calendar OSU officials found in former band director Jonathan Waters’ office said he’s disappointed in the university for using it as legal defense. The  2007 calendar found in Waters’ office depicted mostly nude photos of male band members in suggestive positions. Students posed with instruments and other band propaganda and in at least one case, a male band member was shown with only a small marching band flag covering his genitals. Jonathan Picking, a 2007 OSU Marching Band assistant squad leader, was one of the authors of the male calendar, according to a Friday… Read more

Crime brief: 14 alcohol-related incidents reported before Ohio State football game

October 23, 2014
There were 12 reports of open container and two reports of offenses involving underage persons on Saturday afternoon. The incidents were reported in the parking lots of Ohio Stadium, at the French Field House and in the parking lot of St. John Arena and Buckeye Lot. The incidents took place from approximately 12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., which is when Ohio State’s homecoming game against Rutgers started.  Tailgaters are not permitted to have open containers of alcohol by state and city laws. A 19-year-old man was also arrested Saturday at 5:40 p.m. near the Journalism Building and charged with prohibited acts, offenses involving underage persons and criminal damaging/endangering.  There was… Read more

Man caught living in Baker Systems Engineering

October 17, 2014
University Police Chief Paul Denton said a man was living in an Ohio State building, and he also said there have been multiple unrelated criminal trespassing arrests in the past few months. A 28-year-old man named Demarco Armstead wasn’t supposed to be in any OSU buildings after previous warnings, but he was arrested on campus on Oct. 4 for criminal trespassing after he was caught on camera entering Baker Systems Engineering. Michael Zazon, the IT manager for the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering — located in Baker — said he was involved in setting up the camera. He decided to set up the hidden camera after students and faculty working… Read more

University police records requests now go through Ohio State

October 13, 2014
Requesting police reports from the Ohio State University Police Department isn’t as simple as it used to be. Requests for police reports go through the police records department. And while The Lantern used to typically receive reports a few hours after requesting them, it’s recently taken as long as nine days. That’s largely because reports now have to go through the university’s Public Records office as well. Lizabeth Corrigan, the records manager at University Police, said all reports except traffic crash reports must go through the Public Records office. ”A few weeks ago, the OSU Public Records Office asked to review all report requests before we sent them out, as… Read more

Crime brief: Man caught with ‘base of operations’ in Baker Systems

October 10, 2014
A 28-year-old man who wasn’t supposed to be in any Ohio State buildings was arrested on campus for criminal trespassing. A professor became suspicious when he heard someone trying to operate a lock on a rarely used door in Baker Systems Engineering on Saturday at about 3 p.m. When a man entered, the professor approached him and the man left, according to a University Police report. The professor later found out that one of his peers has installed a camera in the Baker suite — which has offices, a kitchen and a central lobby area — to capture the man entering the building. The two reviewed the video and found… Read more

University Police identify suspect in sexual assault

September 29, 2014
A suspect was identified in one of the weekend’s three reported sexual assaults. The suspect is not an Ohio State student and is no longer on campus, according to a media release from University Police. A female student reported at about 10:20 a.m. on Saturday that a rape had occurred in a South Campus residence hall earlier that morning between 4-4:30 a.m. At the time, it was believed that the suspect was an OSU student, and the incident prompted a public safety notice. The suspect — who is described as a 22-23-year-old white male standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds — was invited into the dorm… Read more

Opinion: Spotlight on celebrities could be better shone elsewhere

September 29, 2014
Whenever my friends start discussing actors, I have to quietly look up who they’re talking about on my phone. While my sister kept up with the Kardashians and would occasionally talk about the finer points of their relationships, I was baffled that their names all started with the letter K. In short, half of the time I don’t know what’s going on in pop culture. And I’m perfectly fine with that. I think celebrity worship has stepped over some boundaries, and I don’t mean leaking nudes — that’s a whole other level of invasive. I just think people spend too much time worrying about overglorified stars. I think it can… Read more