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Risk of sexual assault increases in certain time frames, environments

September 29, 2014
The beginning of a college student’s first semester, known as the “red zone,” is recognized across college campuses as a time when female students might be at an increased risk of becoming a victim to sexual assault. But there might be other periods of risk that are not covered within the red zone time frame that stretches from the first day on campus until Thanksgiving break, said Bill Flack, an associate professor of psychology at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. Since 2007, Flack has been conducting annual surveys on college campus sexual assault. “All campuses should be doing climate surveys,” he said. “Not that local numbers are perfect, but they are… 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

3 sexual assaults reported; 2 public safety notices issued

September 28, 2014
  After three reported sexual assaults promoted two public safety notices over the weekend, some students living in a South Campus residence hall where one of the incidents occurred said they still feel safe. The most recent notice was issued after two sexual assaults were reported off-campus in separate incidents. A female student reported being assaulted to Ohio State Police on Sunday. She said she had been sexually assaulted around East 12th Avenue and North Pearl Street on Saturday night at about 10 p.m. She described the suspects as two white men, ages 18-20, standing at about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing between 200-250 pounds, according to the… Read more

Columbus police: Unusual crimes reported on gameday

September 28, 2014
For many law enforcement officers, gameday isn’t marked in yards or touchdowns, or wins or losses — it’s marked by crime. And for Columbus Division of Police, crime on this past gameday was most unusual. Columbus Police Deputy Chief Thomas Quinlan said Saturday was unusual not because of a spike in crime, but rather, because of the types of crimes police saw. One of those crimes was so out of the ordinary that it’s since gone viral. Lantern TV video captured at Saturday’s game against Cincinnati shows OSU student Anthony Wunder getting tackled by assistant strength and conditioning coach Anthony Schlegel after he ran onto the field in the middle… Read more

2 reported sexual assaults off-campus spur public safety notice

September 28, 2014
A public safety notice has been issued after two sexual assaults were reported off campus in separate incidents. The notice is the fourth issued this year for a sexual assault-related incident. The female student who was allegedly assaulted reported the incident to University Police on Sunday. She said she had been sexually assaulted around East 12th Avenue and North Pearl Street on Saturday night at about 10 p.m. She described the suspects as two white men, ages 18-20, standing at about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing between 200-250 pounds, according to the notice. She also said they were wearing dark shorts and tennis shoes. In a separate incident,… Read more

Reported rape in South Campus residence hall prompts public safety notice

September 27, 2014
A rape reported in an on-campus residence hall early Saturday morning prompted a public safety notice. It’s the third time this year that an alleged rape on campus has led to a campus-wide alert. A female Ohio State student reported the incident to University Police at about 10:20 a.m. Saturday, saying the rape had occurred between 4 and 4:30 a.m. that morning, according to the notice. The suspect — who is described as a 22-to-23-year-old white male standing 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds — was invited into the dorm after meeting the woman earlier that evening, the notice said. The suspect was also described as wearing… Read more

Man robbed at knife point in broad daylight

September 27, 2014
A man was robbed at knife point in broad daylight near North High Street and Chittenden Avenue Friday afternoon, according to a Columbus Division of Police web report. The 18-year-old victim told police that as he was walking, the robber came up from behind him and displayed a knife before demanding his property, the report states. The robber then told the victim to get on a bus and leave the area, so the victim did. When the victim got off the bus, he called the police. The report states the suspect left in the opposite direction of the victim, heading southbound on North High Street. The suspect got away with… Read more

Fewer arrests for drinking violations on campus

September 26, 2014
Students are either drinking less alcohol on campus or are doing a better job at hiding it. Data from the 2013 annual campus security report and annual fire safety report — the most recent one — show that fewer students were arrested or received disciplinary referrals for illegally having alcohol at Ohio State. The most recent year with compiled data, 2012, showed 172 people were arrested on campus for alcohol law violations. Three were inside residence halls, according to the report. The same year, 1,917 people received disciplinary referrals on campus related to alcohol law violations, 1,891 of which took place in residence halls. Student Life spokesman Dave Isaacs said… Read more

Crime brief: Man’s suspicious actions draw attention

September 26, 2014
A University Police officer reported that a man obstructed official business after the officer thought he was acting suspiciously. The man was walking on Woodruff Avenue, away from Ramseyer Hall, and turned onto High Street at about 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 19. He was carrying a backpack that appeared “nearly full,” which the officer thought was suspicious because he was an older man and the officer noticed that he didn’t normally see older men walking around with backpacks, according to a University Police report. He decided to follow the man because there had been an increase in thefts at Arps Parking Garage, near where the man was walking. The man… Read more

Columbus Police: Off-campus sees ‘stunning increase’ in burglaries

September 22, 2014
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A spike in off-campus area burglaries has one Columbus Division of Police official warning students to lock their doors and windows.   Last week, two burglaries were reported that each took place at about noon when the residents were home. And those two reports are representative of a larger trend — there have been 47 burglaries  in the off-campus area since July 24, Columbus Police Deputy Chief Thomas Quinlan said. He said the numbers are “a stunning increase from last year.” “Of those 47, almost all were unlocked doors or windows and (the burglars) let themselves in,” he said. The burglaries were recorded in the area between North High and 4th… Read more