Tag: crime


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

Crime brief: Police confiscate handgun from intoxicated man

September 18, 2014
Police confiscated a handgun from a man not affiliated with the university after an Ohio State football game on Saturday. Officers first noticed the man at about 7 p.m. when he was carrying a traffic cone through the Neil Avenue Parking Garage, according to a police report. They saw him carry the cone onto an elevator and later, when they saw him riding in the passenger seat of a car that was on its way to the garage exit, they asked the driver to stop. The man said he picked the cone up near Ohio Stadium, and the officers asked him where he had put it after carrying it onto… Read more

Aggravated robbery reported at off-campus Red Roof Inn

September 18, 2014
Two men forced a Red Roof Inn clerk to the ground and stole an undisclosed amount of money in an aggravated robbery near Ohio State’s campus Friday morning, a Columbus Division of Police press release states. The suspects have not been caught. The suspects implied they had a gun when they entered the Red Roof Inn, located at 441 Ackerman Rd., at 4:38 a.m. on Friday, the release states. They then forced the clerk to the floor, and one of the suspects took money from the register, according to the release. The suspects fled in an awaiting car, the release states. The first suspect is described as a black male,… Read more

Crime Brief: Two people reported missing

September 12, 2014
There were two reports of missing persons on the same day. The first case was at 11 a.m. on Sept. 3 at University Hospital East on Broad Street. A patient who was on special watch left the hospital without permission. Hospital officials were worried about him and sent an officer to see if he could be located, according to a University Police report. The officer didn’t find any leads and reported the patient as missing. The patient returned to the hospital the next day. In the second report of a missing person, a mother reported her 14-year-old son missing after he ran away from her in Postle Hall at about… 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

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

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

Public indecency reported at concert

September 4, 2014
A 62-year-old man was advised to leave the Welcome Week concert for public indecency Friday. Two plainclothes officers saw that the man had his hand inside of his pocket and appeared to be moving it while he was watching girls dance nearby, according to a University Police report. When the man saw a uniformed officer nearby, he untucked his shirt and kept his hand in his pocket. When the officers approached the man and asked for his ID, they realized he had come in contact with police in 2013 when he made female students feel uncomfortable in the Ohio Union. The man tried to speak in sign language but the… 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