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High Street sees an uptick in homeless population around campus

October 30, 2014
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Every day on his way to class, Alex Castrey walks by rows of Greek houses, stores on High Street and homeless people. But lately, he’s noticed something different on his route. “I think there’s been an increase, definitely,” Castrey, a second-year in finance, said of the homeless people he passes each day. Castrey isn’t the only one to take notice of this rise in the off-campus homeless population. It’s a difference officers on the Columbus Division of Police force have reported to their commander, too. Columbus Police Commander Christopher Bowling said that since the spring, many of his officers have told him about more and more homeless individuals establishing roots… Read more

The Scarlet Scoop: COTA bus fares to increase, pending approval

October 24, 2014
The Central Ohio Transit Authority, or COTA, is discussing raising bus fares throughout Columbus. This week’s “The Scarlet Scoop” investigates how that change could affect students.… Read more

12 Ohio State students evacuated after off-campus apartment fire

For Samuel Massari, a fifth-year in computer science and engineering, Sunday morning’s wake up call came a little sooner than expected.  “We all were asleep, and somebody was pounding on our doors and windows. We assumed it was drunk kids so I went out to tell them to stop,” he said. That’s when Massari realized there was no joke, but rather a fire that would later temporarily evict him from his off-campus residence. “When I opened the door, there was a guy standing there saying I needed to get out, and I looked behind him and the whole porch was ablaze,” he said. That off-campus apartment fire — which forced… Read more

Columbus Division of Police bike patrol aims to be more accessible than cruisers

October 19, 2014
While some students might be out bar hopping on a Friday or Saturday night, one group of watchdogs is out riding bikes to make sure those students — and the general public — stay safe. That group is made up of 12 uniformed officers and a sergeant working for the Columbus Division of Police. They’re known as the campus walkie crew, and their goal is to be bicycle-borne for most of their time on duty, Columbus Police Commander Christopher Bowling said. Sgt. Patrick Shaffer of the Columbus Police bike patrol said the patrol is the best there is. Several days a week, these officers are out pedaling and patrolling, mainly… Read more

Landlord: Off-campus apartment fire was arson

October 19, 2014
An off-campus apartment fire that forced a dozen Ohio State students from their residences early Sunday morning wasn’t an accident, the landlord of the property said. Bryan Dulle, 1st Place Realty landlord, said three pedestrians saw a white man set fire to a couch on the front porch of his property at 1706 Summit St. at about 3 a.m. on Sunday. “It appears that it was definitely arson,” Dulle said. But Columbus Division of Fire Battalion Chief Tracy Smith said investigators had not determined a cause of the fire as of Sunday morning. She said the fire is still under investigation. Dulle said the fire started with the couch on… Read more

The Scarlet Scoop: OSU student fined $100 for running on field

October 17, 2014
The Ohio State student who bolted out onto the Ohio Stadium field in the middle of a football game issued an apology for his actions while in court Thursday morning. Lantern TV reporters were in the courthouse when a judge handed down his punishment. That story and more on this week’s “The Scarlet Scoop.”… Read more

Ohio State student tackled on field faces $100 fine, counseling

October 17, 2014
About 5 seconds. That’s roughly the time Ohio State student Anthony Wunder spent sprinting down the Ohio Stadium field in the middle of an OSU football game, but that’s all the time it took to land him a court-ordered fine and months of required counseling. Wunder, a fourth-year in mechanical engineering, appeared in Franklin County Municipal Court on Thursday morning on one count of criminal trespassing, a fourth-degree misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of 30 days in jail and a $250 fine. He pleaded guilty to the charge. “He’s taken responsibility for his actions,” said Mark C. Collins, the attorney representing Wunder. “He made the poor choice to go out… Read more

Masturbation, public indecency incidents reported off campus

October 16, 2014
The knock on the basement window couldn’t have come at a worse time. It was past midnight and Lauren Tepe and her roommates had just finished watching “American Horror Story” in the basement of their off-campus house, Tepe recalled. “We have a big window in our basement and we hear this knock,” said Tepe, a third-year in psychology. “We were like, ‘What was that?’” At first, Tepe said it looked like someone was waving at the girls from behind a closed window. But when the girls got closer, Tepe said they realized it was a man masturbating while staring into their room. “I was just scared and confused and creeped… Read more

The Scarlet Scoop: Students less likely to attend religious services 1 year into college

October 10, 2014
A new study found college students are less likely to attend religious services or pray after just a year of college. Lantern TV has that story and more on this week’s episode of The Scarlet Scoop.… Read more

Man throws rock at Buckeye Donuts, cracks window

October 9, 2014
Buckeye Donuts was still open for business and serving doughnuts Thursday after a manager said a man hurled a rock at the storefront and cracked a window. Manager Eric Bretschneider said the window was only cracked, not shattered, early Thursday morning, but he wasn’t too concerned about the incident. “I do understand a lot more has been made of it than is actually the story,” Bretschneider said, referencing other media outlet reports he’d heard. A Columbus Division of Police dispatcher said someone inside Buckeye Donuts, located at 1998 N. High St., called 911 shortly before 12:40 a.m. The caller told a 911 dispatcher that a white man in a white… Read more