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Law enforcement seeks help in catching the ‘Buckeye Bandit,’ allegedly involved in 20 bank robberies

March 20, 2015
A man in the Columbus area has been robbing banks wearing, in some instances, Ohio State apparel, law enforcement officials said at a Friday press conference. His actions and fashion choices have led to those officials giving him a nickname: the “Buckeye Bandit.” At the press conference, the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Columbus Division of Police and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office appealed to the public for assistance in finding the Buckeye Bandit. The man has allegedly been involved in at least 20 Columbus-area bank robberies since 2013. According to to an FBI Cincinnati Division press release, the Buckeye Bandit is a suspect in robberies… Read more

Third-years creating app to help students report suspicious activity

March 3, 2015
Austin Hartman, a second-year in chemical engineering, said he didn’t even know his neighbor had been stabbed to death over the weekend in their off-campus neighborhood until he read about it on Twitter hours after the incident. Columbus Police found 21-year-old John Austin Snyder “critically injured” in front of 2142 Summit St. on Sunday, a Columbus Police Department press release stated. Snyder was transported to Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, but he died at approximately 4 a.m. Detectives have arrested a suspect, 23-year-old Alexander N. Delap of East Frambes Avenue. Snyder was a student at Columbus State Community College and Delap is an OSU student, according to The Columbus Dispatch.… Read more

Some students worried after fatal stabbing reported off campus

March 2, 2015
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  Some students are concerned about off-campus safety after a homicide was reported near Ohio State’s campus on 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… Read more

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