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Close to home: What it’s like to be a victim of an off-campus crime

November 21, 2014
From the beginning of the school year to Thursday, University Police have recorded a total of 923 crime reports at both on- and off-campus locations, according to University Police’s daily log. Those reports included everything from public urination and underage drinking to burglaries, sexual assaults and disorderly conduct. And those crimes don’t even include the reports that Columbus Division of Police officers also took in off-campus areas. The Lantern spoke to some of those victims about what it felt like to be the target of a crime, and about what they want other people in the OSU community to know. Armed robbery It was cold outside. That’s one of the… Read more

Crime brief: Student tried to kick officers out of his room

November 20, 2014
Drug paraphernalia A male staff member called University Police after he smelled what he thought was burnt marijuana in a South Campus residence hall on Monday at about 11:30 p.m. When officers arrived at the room where the staff member smelled the marijuana, they saw the student who lived there coming out of the bathroom. The student, who was visibly shaking, then went into another room after pausing for a moment, according to a University Police report. The officers started knocking on the door, where they also smelled burnt marijuana. After a short time, the student came out of the other room he was in and told the officers they… Read more

2 women held at gunpoint off-campus

November 16, 2014
An unidentified suspect held up two women at gunpoint Thursday night and then robbed one of them, according to a Columbus Division of Police web report. It happened around Waldeck and East Frambes avenues shortly before midnight Thursday, the report states. The report said the suspect brandished a gun and then demanded one of the women give up her wallet. The woman threw her wallet at the suspect, who then fled the scene without taking anything from the other woman. The suspect took an estimated $30 worth of property from the victim, including her wallet, cash, credit cards and ID, according to the release. Both women appear to be Ohio… Read more

James Baker to law students: ‘Know what you stand for’

November 14, 2014
From overcoming a shyness for public speaking to learning the ropes of presenting at a principals meeting on his first day on the job, James E. Baker said a strong adherence to personal integrity is what guided the decisions he has made throughout his legal career. Baker, who currently serves as chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, addressed approximately 50 OSU students and faculty members in his national security simulation keynote speech, held in the U.S. Bank Conference Theater this afternoon. “Know what you stand for,” Baker said, addressing the audience at the end of his hour-long speech. “There will come a time… Read more

Crime brief: People try to break into Ohio Stadium on Veterans Day

November 13, 2014
Criminal trespassing Two men tried to climb a fence and get into Ohio Stadium on Tuesday at about 1:30 a.m. When a police officer approached the two as they were trying to hop over the fence on the west side of the stadium, one of them jumped down and joined someone on the outside of the stadium, while the other one joined a fourth person who was already inside the stadium. The two on the inside ran south through the stadium, according to a University Police report. The officer had one of the people on the outside call the two who had ran through the stadium. They reached the two… Read more

Student gets worldwide support after he was attacked for being gay

November 9, 2014
“Hi babe — I just got punched in the face. A guy ran up to me, called me a fag and punched me.” Jerad Williams recalled that his boyfriend’s phone call shocked him. A photo of the incident, though, would go on to shock the Internet. About 20 minutes before the Thursday evening call, Williams — a first-year in zoology — had just parted ways with his boyfriend of one month, Cole Ledford, a third-year in business real estate. Returning from a friend’s house, Williams and Ledford traveled down the university stretch of High Street at about 11 p.m. in the rain, planning to eventually split and go back to… Read more

Roommates help take down band of burglars

November 9, 2014
When one of the men living at 444 E. 16th Ave. awoke to the sound of footsteps running up and down his stairs, he turned on the lights — and realized his house had been burglarized. Once the other housemates were aware of what happened, they didn’t call the cops. They didn’t even take an inventory of all the stuff that was missing. Instead, they grabbed a crowbar and a baseball bat and jumped into action. “Our adrenaline’s going, and we’re mad,” recalled Dominique Ybanes, a second-year in strategic communication and one of the renters of the property. “So if we see them, we’re going to take the opportunity.” It… Read more

Band of burglars arrested for reportedly targeting off-campus homes

November 6, 2014
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For a band of burglars that admitted to targeting at least one off-campus residence — but is suspected of hitting several more — six might have been their unlucky number. The quartet had already robbed at least five off-campus homes and gotten away with it before they tried to rob a sixth, Columbus Division of Police Commander Christopher Bowling said. But it was during this sixth attempted robbery when the bandits were caught red-handed. “The next thing we know is we’ve got at least one burglary, which multiplied up to at at least six,” Bowling said. “Whether there are more or not, I don’t know.” CPD officers arrested three of… Read more

Crime brief: Another case of trespassing reported at Baker Systems

November 6, 2014
A man who was previously arrested after he was caught living in Baker Systems Engineering appears to have returned. A female staff member reported criminal trespassing at Baker Systems on Friday at about 12:30 p.m., and officers dispatched to the area found clothes in an unlocked locker and a court notice that belonged to a man who was previously warned against trespassing in OSU buildings, according to a University Police report. The report notes that the man was previously arrested in early October at Dreese Lab — the Department of Computer Science and Engineering — for trespassing. Some of that man’s personal belongings were found in a locker when he… Read more

Public safety notice delayed because of ‘technical difficulties’

November 5, 2014
A public safety notice issued to the Ohio State community Monday night showed up for many as a blank email message because of “technical difficulties,” an official with the Department of Public Safety said. “Our IT Department has corrected the program error and we have since issued a text message alert directing students, faculty and staff to the Department of Public of Safety website for details on the crime alert,” said Vernon Baisden, assistant vice president and director of the Department of Public Safety, in a Tuesday email. Many received that text message at about 8 a.m., however, hours after the initial email was sent before midnight. The notice was… Read more