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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

Charlie Bear: Land of Dance denied liquor permit renewal

September 19, 2014
  Charlie Bear: Land of Dance is now a land of desolation, as the dance club has been denied renewal of its liquor permit. The bar, located at 2885 Olentangy River Road, was notified of the denial by the Ohio Division of Liquor Control earlier this month following a wave of violent crimes inside and outside the club in recent years. Some offenses included assault, fights, rape, public intoxication, drug use and public urination from a balcony. A man was shot and killed by police outside the bar last December after the man shot at another man following an argument inside the club. Calls to Gary Jones, who is representing… Read more

Woman’s concern led to discovery of human remains

September 14, 2014
When a concerned woman stopped by an off-campus house to check on a friend she hadn’t seen in a while, the lights were out, the windows were busted and the place had a distinct smell to it, she told Columbus Division of Police dispatchers in a 911 call obtained by The Lantern. During the call, the woman said she was worried because the man who lived in the home — located at the corner of East 13th Avenue and 4th Street — was old, so she decided to check the place out. “He is old and I was kind of worried about him and I had stopped by,” the caller… Read more

New policies aim to increase police visibility

September 12, 2014
Two new initiatives from University Police and the Columbus Division of Police aim to make students safer, according to a joint announcement by the two departments Thursday. The announcement was part of the first “Rolling Roll Call,” where University Police seek to provide recent crime information to the OSU community in a public setting. “Operation Safeguard” was announced where Student Safety Service, which currently escorts students home between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m., will hire a moderate number of extra security to help the extra patrols to increase police visibility. The new initiatives will not cost either police division extra money. Student Safety Service, however, will receive… Read more

Police: Human remains found off-campus aren’t of an Ohio State student

September 11, 2014
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Human remains taken out of an off-campus residence overnight are not believed to be those of an Ohio State student, a Columbus Division of Police spokesman said late Wednesday afternoon. The remains could have been in the home — located at the corner of East 13th Avenue and 4th Street — for up to several months, Columbus Police Sgt. Richard Weiner said. “There’s extreme decomposition that’s presenting challenges for the investigators,” he said. So far the cause of death is unknown and will require additional collection of forensic evidence, he said. “There’s nothing at this point that leads us to believe that this was a homicide, however, we are treating… Read more

Ohio State students move into house where stranger in the basement was found

September 11, 2014
At the bottom of the basement stairs, behind a locked door, lived a man named Jeremy. For months, Jeremy lived in secret. He didn’t know his roommates, and his roommates certainly didn’t know him. So goes the famous story of “The Stranger in the Basement.” Last year, 10 Ohio State students living in an off-campus college house discovered a stranger living behind a locked door in their basement. They thought the door led to a utility closet, but the door was actually hiding a fully furnished bedroom where Jeremy had secretly been living for months. He never once paid rent.   Jeremy was immediately evicted from the house on East 13th… Read more

Human remains found in off-campus residence

September 10, 2014
An off-campus house has been taped off by the Columbus Division of Police since Tuesday night after human remains were found in a residence, according to local media reports. CPD officers on the scene, located at East 13th Avenue and 4th Street, said they had no further details Wednesday morning. As of Wednesday afternoon, calls to CPD public information officers have gone unreturned. Officers are treating the death as a homicide until they can rule out foul play, 10TV said. It is typical protocol for homicide officers to respond to scenes like this one. A Lantern TV employee who lives in the area said he overheard a CPD officer say… Read more

Rape suspect has years-long police record

September 8, 2014
A homeless man with a long list of criminal offenses, many of them near Ohio State’s campus, was arrested after a bike patrol reportedly caught him raping a woman inside an empty off-campus garage early Saturday morning, according to a Columbus Division of Police press release. Some students living in the off-campus neighborhood where the crime took place said they feel safe in the area, while others don’t. That crime happened just before 2 a.m. Saturday morning when Columbus Police patrol officers were making their rounds in the East 12th Avenue area. During the patrol, the officers shined their flashlights on what they thought was a vacant garage. Once their… Read more

Sorority’s house renovations met with protests

September 8, 2014
Union workers have taken to the streets to protest an Ohio State sorority hiring non-union workers to renovate its house. The Indiana-Kentucky-Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters set up a banner recently outside of Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Beta Nu chapter house on East 15th Avenue that stated, “Kappa Kappa Gamma SHAME, SHAME ON YOU!” IKORCC also passed out fliers stating that the group is protesting the chapter for hiring Cleveland Construction Inc. for the renovation. Cleveland Construction specializes in general contracting, construction management, design-build and interior trades, according to its website. The IKORCC flier said Cleveland Construction does not pay its carpenters a fair wage or provide them with proper fringe… Read more

Man caught sexually assaulting woman in off-campus garage

September 6, 2014
A man was caught sexually assaulting a woman in a vacant off-campus garage early Saturday morning by a Columbus Division of Police bike patrol, according to a CPD release. The officers were patrolling the E. 12th Avenue area shortly before 2 a.m. when they shined flashlights in the vacant garage and saw a white man on top of a woman on the ground in “what appeared to be sexual intercourse,” according to the release. After intervening, the officers learned the 21-year-old woman was coerced into the garage by 36-year-old Randy Graham Jr., who was arrested and charged with rape and kidnapping. The man frequents the Ohio State campus area, according… Read more