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Aggravated robbery reported at off-campus Red Roof Inn

September 18, 2014
Two men forced a Red Roof Inn clerk to the ground and stole an undisclosed amount of money in an aggravated robbery near Ohio State’s campus Friday morning, a Columbus Division of Police press release states. The suspects have not been caught. The suspects implied they had a gun when they entered the Red Roof Inn, located at 441 Ackerman Rd., at 4:38 a.m. on Friday, the release states. They then forced the clerk to the floor, and one of the suspects took money from the register, according to the release. The suspects fled in an awaiting car, the release states. The first suspect is described as a black male,… Read more

University police have a new big dog on campus

September 18, 2014
The newest officer on the Ohio State University Police force doesn’t carry a gun. She doesn’t need handcuffs or a bulletproof vest. Her only gear is a bowl, a leash and her nose. Rita the K-9 is a German Shepherd and the newest member of University Police. As an officer, she’s tasked with one job and one job only: finding bombs. “Rita has one responsibility and that is to find explosive odor. That’s her single purpose,” said Joanna Shaul, University Police officer and Rita’s handler. “She just has one job and we just want her to be the best possible that she can be.” Although Rita only has one job,… Read more

Woman’s concern led to discovery of human remains

September 14, 2014
When a concerned woman stopped by an off-campus house to check on a friend she hadn’t seen in a while, the lights were out, the windows were busted and the place had a distinct smell to it, she told Columbus Division of Police dispatchers in a 911 call obtained by The Lantern. During the call, the woman said she was worried because the man who lived in the home — located at the corner of East 13th Avenue and 4th Street — was old, so she decided to check the place out. “He is old and I was kind of worried about him and I had stopped by,” the caller… Read more

Woman says she was kicked off COTA before reported rape

September 11, 2014
A woman who was reportedly raped inside an off-campus garage early Saturday morning told detectives that before her alleged assault, she was asked to get off the Central Ohio Transit Authority bus she was riding because she wasn’t wearing shoes, a detective with the Columbus Division of Police Special Victims Bureau said. The woman, whose name is not being released and who is not an Ohio State student, according to Columbus Police spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis, was riding a COTA bus headed southbound on High Street early Saturday morning, detective James Ashenhurst said. He said her flip-flop was broken, so she took off her shoes. “The bus driver said, ‘Hey, you… Read more

Ohio State students move into house where stranger in the basement was found

September 11, 2014
At the bottom of the basement stairs, behind a locked door, lived a man named Jeremy. For months, Jeremy lived in secret. He didn’t know his roommates, and his roommates certainly didn’t know him. So goes the famous story of “The Stranger in the Basement.” Last year, 10 Ohio State students living in an off-campus college house discovered a stranger living behind a locked door in their basement. They thought the door led to a utility closet, but the door was actually hiding a fully furnished bedroom where Jeremy had secretly been living for months. He never once paid rent.   Jeremy was immediately evicted from the house on East 13th… Read more

Rape suspect has years-long police record

September 8, 2014
A homeless man with a long list of criminal offenses, many of them near Ohio State’s campus, was arrested after a bike patrol reportedly caught him raping a woman inside an empty off-campus garage early Saturday morning, according to a Columbus Division of Police press release. Some students living in the off-campus neighborhood where the crime took place said they feel safe in the area, while others don’t. That crime happened just before 2 a.m. Saturday morning when Columbus Police patrol officers were making their rounds in the East 12th Avenue area. During the patrol, the officers shined their flashlights on what they thought was a vacant garage. Once their… Read more

Can nail polish prevent assault?

September 4, 2014
For some women, slapping on a coat of nail polish before a night out could now mean the difference between returning home safely and ending up in the hands of the wrong person. But some experts said it’s still not so simple. A new nail polish brand, Undercover Colors, is designed to change color in the presence of certain date rape drugs, and the product is quickly gaining popularity among college-aged women. “I honestly have told probably 10 people about it,” said Kendal Searer, a first-year in biology at Ohio State. “It just seems really simple to use. Just dip it in the drink without being too noticeable — act… Read more

Ohio State passwords now last twice as long

August 25, 2014
It’s been suspenseful. It’s been trying. Some might say it’s been a long time coming. The password expiration date at Ohio State is being extended. Bob Gribben, a director of service operations for the Office of the Chief Information Officer, announced OSU’s password expiration window will change from 90 days to 180 days via Twitter on July 24. Immediately after, a chorus of “HALLELUJAH” tweets sprinkled with prayer emojis from OSU students started flying. “I’ll kiss you when I see you,” Nick DaLonzo, a third-year in production and marketing, said he tweeted at Gribben. “I wouldn’t actually kiss him, but I was pretty excited.” Under the current 90-day password system,… Read more