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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

Buckeye Interior: Live News Magazine

November 20, 2014
Buckeye Interior — Lantern TV’s first foray into feature journalism. We’re looking into the Mirror Lake jump, the new James cancer hospital, the back-to-back champ Women’s Rowing team, a Buckeye baseball player battling cancer, and an expansive look at sexual assault around campus. We’ll also have interviews with USG President Celia Wright and Vice Provost David Manderscheid. Each story is two to three times as long as our usual stories, so be sure watch this program for an in-depth look at the Ohio State experience.… 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

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

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

Crime brief: Rape reported in South Campus residence hall

October 31, 2014
Rape A female staff member reported a rape in a South Campus residence hall. The incident occurred Oct. 17 at about 4:30 p.m., but wasn’t reported until the evening of Oct. 22. Ohio State Police Captain Eric Whiteside said the investigation is ongoing and he couldn’t provide any more information. He said a public safety notice wasn’t issued because the police “have very limited information … and that was factored into the decision.” Whiteside later referred The Lantern to University Police’s timely warning policy. Public safety notices are issued when crimes occur that are considered to be a concern or a continuing threat to the OSU community. There have been… Read more

Crime brief: 14 alcohol-related incidents reported before Ohio State football game

October 23, 2014
There were 12 reports of open container and two reports of offenses involving underage persons on Saturday afternoon. The incidents were reported in the parking lots of Ohio Stadium, at the French Field House and in the parking lot of St. John Arena and Buckeye Lot. The incidents took place from approximately 12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., which is when Ohio State’s homecoming game against Rutgers started.  Tailgaters are not permitted to have open containers of alcohol by state and city laws. A 19-year-old man was also arrested Saturday at 5:40 p.m. near the Journalism Building and charged with prohibited acts, offenses involving underage persons and criminal damaging/endangering.  There was… Read more

Letter to the editor: People must be responsible for their own safety

October 19, 2014
Letter to the editor: The Lantern has been covering some pertinent stories on crime around OSU. However, it was editor Liz Young writing about the burglary of her apartment in the Sept. 28 Lantern that really got my attention, especially in how she wrapped it up: “I have an endless number of questions and I feel like none of them will be answered anytime soon. So for now, as the police told me, we just have to be extra careful. “Whatever that means.” Good point! What does it mean to be “extra careful”? I’ve read many a crime prevention handout echoing the sentiment: “Be alert.” A recent one I saw… Read more

Man caught living in Baker Systems Engineering

October 17, 2014
University Police Chief Paul Denton said a man was living in an Ohio State building, and he also said there have been multiple unrelated criminal trespassing arrests in the past few months. A 28-year-old man named Demarco Armstead wasn’t supposed to be in any OSU buildings after previous warnings, but he was arrested on campus on Oct. 4 for criminal trespassing after he was caught on camera entering Baker Systems Engineering. Michael Zazon, the IT manager for the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering — located in Baker — said he was involved in setting up the camera. He decided to set up the hidden camera after students and faculty working… Read more