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Robbery, sexual assault reported off-campus

September 1, 2014
A robbery and gross sexual imposition were reported early Sunday morning in an off-campus neighborhood, according to a police report on the City of Columbus’ website. The woman listed on the report was identified as an Ohio State student through the OSU directory, Find People. The crime allegedly took place at about 1:15 a.m. on East Maynard Avenue, according to the report, and a dark-colored purse valued at about $30 was reported stolen. A dispatcher at the Columbus Division of Police said no further details were available as of Monday afternoon. He said a detective will be assigned to the case within the next couple of days. The report posted… Read more

Summer crime news: 2 public safety notices and 2 fires reported

August 28, 2014
It’s easy to get lost in numbers. There were about 310 reports of theft this summer on Ohio State’s campus, 15 reports of assault and four reports of robbery. But what does that mean? It means that in the span of this summer — from April 30 through Tuesday — there were about 2½ thefts every day. It means 15 people told police that they were violated in some way — and many of those reports came from the Wexner Medical Center. And it means that two public safety notices were sent over the course of the summer because there were crimes that were considered to be of a “concern… Read more

Crime brief: 5 underage offenses reported in 1 week

August 28, 2014
Classes are back in session and students have moved back on campus, but it hasn’t been a happy homecoming for everyone. There were five reports of offenses involving underage persons reported between Aug. 19 and Wednesday afternoon. “Offenses involving underage persons” refers to people under 21 years old buying or consuming alcohol. There were also two assaults reported this week and three reports of disorderly conduct on campus. In one incident, a male student reported an assault at Lincoln Tower on Friday shortly after 8 p.m. He said he poured water in his roommate’s ear while his roommate was sleeping. The sleeping roommate awoke and became angry before punching and… Read more

Ohio State dog sitter reportedly stabs OSU student in ownership dispute

August 19, 2014
When Zheng Chen went back home to China for summer break, he said he asked fellow Ohio State student Austin Farley to watch his French Mastiff, Roger, while he was away. On the day Chen returned to the states for the start of Fall Semester, he came to campus and went to pick up Roger. When Chen got to Farley’s apartment, though, he said he couldn’t believe what happened. Farley refused to give Roger back, and soon a dispute between the two students over ownership of the dog quickly escalated from a mere argument to a crime scene, Chen said. “I feel weird,” Chen, a fourth-year in finance who plans… Read more

Crime brief: Criminal mischief reported at Ohio State construction site

August 19, 2014
An assistant hall director of a North Campus residence hall reported criminal mischief after two men acted suspiciously at a construction site. The hall director saw the two men sitting in a piece of machinery last Thursday at about 1 a.m. and asked them if they were construction workers. The men said they were but didn’t provide any identification and quickly left the site with two other people who had been playing basketball nearby, according to a University Police report. When an officer arrived at the scene, she found that three vehicles had been entered. Two of the vehicles had lights on or doors open, and the third had paperwork… Read more

Dispute over dog leads to off-campus stabbing

August 15, 2014
An Ohio State student stabbed another OSU student during a dispute over the victim’s dog, a Columbus Division of Police report states. Zheng Chen, a 22-year-old finance major, told Columbus Police he was stabbed by Austin Farley, a 20-year-old economics major, at an off-campus apartment Wednesday night. The stabbing occured outside Farley’s apartment at 22 E. 12th Ave. just before 11 p.m., according to the report. Farley was arrested and charged with felonious assault. Farley is currently being held at the Franklin County Jail, a Franklin County Jail dispatcher said. Farley’s bond has been granted and he will likely be released Friday night, the dispatcher said. The report does not… Read more

Crime brief: Disorderly conduct reported twice in Ohio State parking garages

July 16, 2014
There were two incidents of disorderly conduct in parking garages this week. Both garages are located on South Campus near the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. The first incident occurred July 7, but was reported three days later. A hospital nurse was walking in the Neil Avenue Parking Garage when a middle-aged man blocked her way on the stairwell, according to a University Police report. She said the man complained about her driving and grabbed her name badge, which she pulled back on the lanyard holding it. The nurse said she threatened to call the police and the man left. The second incident was reported Tuesday at about 9:30 a.m.… Read more

Crime brief: Trespasser accused of feeding swine at Ohio State facility

July 9, 2014
Someone might have fed the pigs at Ohio State’s swine center without permission. A male staff member reported criminal trespassing after finding that there were buckets of feed on the ground at the swine facility on Kays Avenue in Dublin. He said an unauthorized person had fed the pigs sometime between the evening of June 29 and the next morning, according to a University Police report. Another employee met with an officer on July 1 at the horse facility, which is also in Dublin. At the same time as the incident with the pigs, a male staff member said there were several gray buckets outside of horse stalls that were… Read more

Crime brief: Disorderly conduct reported outside police station

July 4, 2014
A woman reported disorderly conduct in the parking lot near the University Police station at Blankenship Hall. She said she was talking to her husband while she sat in her car on June 24 when another woman pulled into a spot next to the passenger side of her car. The first woman then reported that the second woman hit her passenger side car mirror when she opened the door to get out of her car, according to a University Police report. The first woman hung up the phone and got out of her car to investigate and take pictures of the damage, which made the second woman agitated. The second… Read more

Ohio State students urged to lock doors in wake of increased summer crime

June 25, 2014
Melissa Brooks, a fourth-year in integrated systems engineering, said she will never leave her off-campus home unlocked again following two break-ins that occurred at her residence within the same week. Although she said she doesn’t normally leave the door to her Chittenden Avenue home unlocked, Brooks said she had no other choice after her roommate’s house key and wallet were stolen during an unrelated incident after a night out a few days before the first break-in. “I was leaving the door unlocked for her, for those two or three days, so that way she could get in,” Brooks said. It turns out, the unlocked door allowed for someone else besides… Read more