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Off-campus gas leak closes part of High Street on move-in day

August 23, 2014
Students moving into Ohio State Saturday afternoon were greeted by billowing smoke and strong fumes coming from Puff N’ Stuff smoke shop, located at 1652 N. High St. Columbus police officers directing traffic during move-in activities smelled the fumes and reported it to Lt. Karl Barth of Columbus Police Division’s Traffic Bureau, Barth said. At around 3 p.m., OSU’s police department tweeted from its account, @OSUPOLICE, that “Columbus Police and Fire are handling (a) gas leak.” Barth said he is unsure of  what caused the gas leak, but no one was hurt. Pedestrians and vehicles were asked to stay away from the area “to avoid the possibility of an explosion,”… Read more

Columbus power outage reaches some Ohio State buildings

August 20, 2014
Some Ohio State students might have been affected by an area power outage Wednesday. There were more than 6,300 AEP customers without power in Franklin County as of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a power outage map on the AEP website, representing about 1.2 percent of its customers in the area. Paul Prater of AEP said the company is predicting the power will be back by about 9:30 p.m. because the area is relatively difficult to access. The outage was caused by a tree falling on some wires in the Clintonville area, according to a tweet from AEP’s account @AEPOhio. Clintonville Outage: Tree fell on wires. Crews working, estimate power… 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

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

Crane falls onto off-campus house, damages property

July 31, 2014
    The Columbus Division of Fire is trying to figure out how a crane tipped and fell onto an off-campus house while putting shingles on the roof. Lt. Chad Bair with the Columbus Division of Fire was part of the first emergency crew on the scene at Chittenden Avenue Thursday afternoon. “When we pulled up on the scene, we saw the crane laying on its side between the buildings with a chimney hanging partially off the building,” Bair said. Bair said a resident was the one who made the 911 call around 3 p.m. The resident told dispatchers a crane had hit a Buckeye Real Estate rental property located… Read more

55 students waitlisted for Ohio State housing; officials expect to accommodate all

July 23, 2014
Some Ohio State students looking for on-campus housing have found themselves on a waitlist. Fifty-five students who applied for residence hall housing were on the waitlist as of Friday, Student Life spokesman Dave Isaacs said. He added, though, that this has happened in past years and “we fully expect to be able to accommodate everyone.” “What we do with the waiting list is, as prospective students cancel, then we move people from the waiting list into those rooms,” he said. He added the cancellation rate this year has been consistent with previous years. According to Student Life Housing, Isaacs said, 10,882 students applied for housing for this school year. Of… 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

Rape reported near Ohio State’s campus garners national attention for 911 call

June 18, 2014
A 911 call made by a woman near Ohio State’s campus is receiving national attention after she reported she was raped and was told to “quit crying” by the dispatcher. Although the dispatcher’s handling of the situation was reported on by national outlets such as the Huffington Post and ABC, she was not punished for her handling of the call. The victim, who said on the call she was staying with friends at an off-campus house, called 911 at about 4 a.m. on June 8 after a man broke in and forced her to perform oral sex at gunpoint. He then stole her money and cell phone. The house is… Read more

Ohio State, Campus Partners purchase carryouts to improve neighborhood

June 18, 2014
Campus Partners and Ohio State teamed up to buy two carryouts on North Fourth Street in an effort to reduce crime in the neighborhood. OSU gave a $855,000 grant to help with the overall $1.1 million purchase of Kelly’s Carryout at 1521 N. 4th St. and D&J Carryout at 1395 N. 4th St. That money came from revenue the university generates from leasing properties, and did not come from tuition, university spokesman Dan Hedman said in an email. “This effort is directly in line with Campus Partners’ mission to support the revitalization of the surrounding community,” Keith Myers, associate vice president of Physical Planning and Real Estate at OSU, said… Read more