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Fatal stabbing reported near Ohio State’s campus

March 1, 2015
A homicide was reported near Ohio State’s campus Sunday morning. Officers responded to a report of a stabbing near Summit Street and Northwood Avenue on Sunday at about 3 a.m., according to a Columbus Police Department media release. They found 21-year-old John Austin Snyder “critically injured” in front of 2142 Summit St., the release stated. Snyder was transported to OSU’s Wexner Medical Center, but he died at approximately 4 a.m. Detectives arrested a suspect, 23-year-old Alexander N. Delap of East Frambes Avenue, and are in the process of executing a search warrant at the suspect’s residence. The investigation is still ongoing, according to the release. This incident is the 12th… Read more

UDF near North Campus robbed

February 26, 2015
A United Dairy Farmers store near campus was robbed Tuesday morning. An unknown suspect wearing a tan ski mask, camouflage jacket, dark pants and tan boots entered the store, located at 2094 N. High St. by Frambes Avenue, at about 7 a.m. Tuesday. He implied he had a weapon and took money from the cash register, according to a Columbus Police Department media release. The suspect is described as a man in his 30s, between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-8, of medium build. The media release did not say how much money was taken from the cash register, but the incident was caught on the UDF security cameras. Police encourage anyone with… Read more

Ohio State aims to increase patrols off campus

February 22, 2015
As part of a university initiative to increase security near off-campus student housing, Student Safety Service has extended its high-visibility patrols east of North High Street for another semester. Operation Safeguard, which began as a pilot program for the Department of Public Safety in September, allows student officers from Student Safety Service to conduct high-visibility nightly patrols in neighborhoods east of High Street every day with extended hours on Friday and Saturday. “We are trying to make the area saturated with security presence so that anybody who would seek to do a crime would think otherwise,” said Student Safety Service program coordinator Sean Bolender. “It’s more about deterrence than anything.”… Read more

Student Safety Service seeks to be a steady force

February 15, 2015
Student Safety Service vehicles are often seen shuttling students around campus late at night, but the program does more than chauffeur students from the Union to residence halls on chilly evenings. Student Safety Service recently wrapped up a year of crime deterrent practices, which introduced a bus security program and an off-campus high-visibility patrol initative. In 2014, Student Safety Service provided escort services to 20,496 people. However, program coordinator Sean Bolender said the program provided a variety of services to students last year. He said Student Safety Service worked 3,014 hours, or more than 125 days, outside of escort services in 2014. It worked at sporting events, concerts and other… Read more

Human trafficking a close-to-home problem, expert says

February 10, 2015
President Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery in the 1860s, but it wasn’t until about 140 years later that the federal government criminalized another form of slavery, human trafficking. Human trafficking was the topic of discussion at the first of four lectures in a series called “Tuesdays @ Thompson,” hosted at Thompson Library. Tuesday’s speaker was Michelle Hannan, the director of professional and community services for the Salvation Army of Central Ohio. “What has happened with human trafficking, with the absence of the law saying it’s OK to own someone and benefit from their labor, other ways of keeping people enslaved have developed,” Hannan said in her presentation speech. “The good news… Read more

Nosker House learning community aims to promote sustainability

February 2, 2015
Some students in Nosker House are going green and striving to live sustainable lifestyles while staying in a residence hall on Ohio State’s campus. The SUSTAINS Learning Community, currently located in Nosker House on North Campus, is a program that was established in August seeking to educate about and promote sustainability within the OSU community. SUSTAINS, which stands for Students Understanding Sustainability and Taking Action to Improve Nature and Society, is a collaboration between University Housing, the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, and the School of Environment and Natural Resources, said Gina Hnytka, the academic lead for the program. “What makes this community different than other scholars or… Read more

Crime Brief: Soccer match spurs disorderly conduct police report

February 1, 2015
A fight between friends during a soccer match turned into a disorderly conduct report with University Police. Two friends got in a fight during a soccer game on Jan. 17. After one of the friends scored a goal, he celebrated by running over to his other friend, a 21-year-old student, and squeezing his stomach, according to a University Police report. The student didn’t like being touched, so he reciprocated the gesture by pinching his friend’s stomach. His friend then put the student in a headlock. When the student had difficulty breathing, he grabbed his friend’s leg and the two men fell to the ground. They then continued the soccer game,… Read more

Tear gas use questioned after National Championship celebrations

January 14, 2015
Students celebrating Ohio State’s National Championship victory streamed out into the cold night air in a sea of scarlet and gray, only to be obscured minutes later by white clouds of tear gas. “We were all on the sidewalk. No one was really in the street, and we were all just cheering,” said Jacob Knock, a second-year in finance. Shortly after the College Football Playoff National Championship ended Monday night, students crowded campus — including Mirror Lake and High Street, particularly in front of the Ohio Union — to celebrate OSU’s 42-20 victory over Oregon. Officers from the Columbus Division of Police and a SWAT team wore gas masks and… Read more

Crime brief: Goal post damage estimated at $4,000

January 14, 2015
There could be $4,000 of damage to the ‘Shoe after about 200 people forced their way in to celebrate Ohio State winning the National Championship, according to an estimate from the building coordinator for Ohio Stadium. The group snapped a padlock in half when they broke in a gate at South Stands at about 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday after the title win. The approximately 200 people who made their way into the stadium were part of a larger mob that was “held at bay by police using crowd control tactics,” according to a University Police report. The group made their way to the goal post at the south end of… Read more

Goal posts torn down, tear gas used, several arrested after National Championship win

January 13, 2015
While confetti rained down on the national champions in Arlington, Texas, tear gas filled the air in Columbus. Columbus Division of Police used pepper spray and a SWAT team deployed tear gas on High Street as Ohio State fans swarmed the campus area — High Street, Mirror Lake and Ohio Stadium in particular — in a celebration over a national title victory. OSU won against Oregon, 42-20, to win the National Championship on Monday night in Arlington, Texas. According to a Tuesday press release from Columbus Police, approximately 200 people were involved in a break-in at Ohio Stadium, which resulted in damage to an entrance gate and a goalpost being… Read more