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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

Masturbation, public indecency incidents reported off campus

October 16, 2014
The knock on the basement window couldn’t have come at a worse time. It was past midnight and Lauren Tepe and her roommates had just finished watching “American Horror Story” in the basement of their off-campus house, Tepe recalled. “We have a big window in our basement and we hear this knock,” said Tepe, a third-year in psychology. “We were like, ‘What was that?’” At first, Tepe said it looked like someone was waving at the girls from behind a closed window. But when the girls got closer, Tepe said they realized it was a man masturbating while staring into their room. “I was just scared and confused and creeped… Read more

Ohio State policies have similarities to ‘yes means yes’ sexual consent law

October 16, 2014
“The adequacy of every state’s response to sexual assault is being called into question,” said one lawyer on what he believes will be a rippling effect of California’s recent adoption of the “yes means yes” law. It focuses on the importance of affirmative consent, rather than the absence of a no, during sexual activities. Although the state of Ohio has not adopted the “yes means yes” law that California did in late September, Ohio State has similar affirmative consent language woven through its Code of Student Conduct and Student Wellness Center’s resources. These policies, however, do not hold the legal weight that a state law does. The Code of Student… Read more

Required crime reports vary in detail by university

October 13, 2014
While all colleges are required to release annual reports detailing certain crimes that were reported on-campus, not all reports are the same. Federal law dictates which crimes must be included, but some Big Ten universities go beyond that. Indiana University, for example, breaks nonforcible sex offenses into categories of statutory rape and incest, beyond the forcible sexual assault offenses. Penn State University has specifics on embezzlement, forgery, fraud and prostitution. Rutgers University’s report includes statistics on fondling and serving alcohol to people under the age of 21. Not all of those additional categories are technically part of the school’s Clery data, but they are notably included in the same documents.… Read more

University police records requests now go through Ohio State

October 13, 2014
Requesting police reports from the Ohio State University Police Department isn’t as simple as it used to be. Requests for police reports go through the police records department. And while The Lantern used to typically receive reports a few hours after requesting them, it’s recently taken as long as nine days. That’s largely because reports now have to go through the university’s Public Records office as well. Lizabeth Corrigan, the records manager at University Police, said all reports except traffic crash reports must go through the Public Records office. ”A few weeks ago, the OSU Public Records Office asked to review all report requests before we sent them out, as… Read more

Opinion: No one is safe on- or off-campus around Ohio State

October 13, 2014
I am just your average student. I live off campus in an apartment. I often spend weeknights at the library and weekend nights out around Columbus. And when I finish my homework or leave the party I’m at, I walk home.  Recently I took my usual walk down Pearl Street back to my apartment at about 7 p.m. As I reached the intersection of 17th Avenue and Pearl Street, a cop pulled up next to me and asked me to please be careful walking alone. I was thankful he stopped. I felt protected knowing that a higher authority, this police officer, was looking out for me.  However, when I really… Read more

Annual crime report adds data on stalking, domestic violence, dating violence

October 2, 2014
Ohio State’s annual crime report isn’t simply an update on last year’s — it’s been expanded to include additional information on crimes reported on campus. Domestic violence, dating violence and stalking are all included on the report in response to changes to a federal act. OSU is required by law to publish the report, which was released earlier this week. And while reports of some crimes rose and others decreased, some students had mixed reactions about how safe they feel on campus. The report compiles crime data on and around campus to comply with the Clery Act. The act requires colleges and universities to disclose information about crime on and… Read more

Ohio State report: Sexual assaults reported on campus increased in 2013

September 30, 2014
The number of forcible sexual offenses on Ohio State’s campus that didn’t occur in residence halls doubled in 2013 from 2012, according to OSU’s 2014 Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports, released Tuesday. That number went to 14 in 2013 from seven in 2012, according to the report. There were nine reported in 2011. University Police Chief Paul Denton said of those 2013 offenses, six reportedly occurred at the OSU Wexner Medical Center; two at Mirror Lake; one at Ohio Stadium; one at Thompson Library; one at Curl Drive and Peasley Street; and one at College Road and 12th Avenue. Denton said these offenses didn’t necessarily take place in the… Read more