Columbus Division of Police – Citizens Academy – Fall Class Registration

The CPD Citizens Academy is accepting applications for the fall (October) class.
I attended and graduated from this last year and learned a lot about CPD (even after going to college for Law Enforcement Tech).
If you have any questions about it, please contact me.
The Citizen’s Police Academy is a look into the values, philosophy, and operation of the Columbus Division of Police.  Designed for the residents of Columbus, the Academy educates citizens about the ‘how’s and why’s’ of the Division, and the citizen’s role in the Community Oriented Policing philosophy. Students are expected to share this realistic view of the Division with other citizens to improve the efficiency of law enforcement and order maintenance in their neighborhoods through shared responsibilities and resources.

The purpose of the Columbus Division of Police Citizen’s Police Academy is to provide information to the citizens who attend, so they may make informed judgments about the Columbus Division of Police, and police activity.  Understanding can dispel suspicions and misconceptions, and increase police/community rapport through this educational process.  The Division, in turn, becomes more aware of the feelings and concerns of the community through input from the students. This will help to establish open lines of communication and cooperation in our shared goal of achieving the best police service for the citizens of Columbus.

What topics are covered?
A wide variety of topics are covered in the Citizen’s Police Academy. Citizens examine training and related issues.  The application of the Community – Oriented Policing philosophy will be discussed.  The topics will address both parts of the Division — those which are seen by the public, and those areas seldom seen.

When does the Academy meet?
Send in your application now to reserve your place. The Citizen’s Police Academy meets on Thursdays (possibly changing) evenings for three (3) hours.  The Academy runs for nine (9) weeks and is held at various Police Division buildings. Classes meet from 6:30PM to 9:30PM, and require a substantial commitment from the student.  Any student who misses more than two meetings will not be able to graduate.  Once the applications are closed for a particular class, the selections will be made by the Academy staff, with the final approval by the Chief of Police.

There is no cost to students.  Casual clothing is recommended.
Who can apply?
Persons 21 years old and older
Persons involved in community activities (area commissions, business commissions, block watches, owners of businesses within Columbus)
Columbus residents
Persons able to make a commitment to attend the nine week course
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Ohio/Parsons Block Watch meeting tonight! Everyone is welcome to attend!

Block Watch Meeting tonight!

Ohio/Parsons Block Watch meeting
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 starting at 7:00 p.m.
950 East Main Street 43205-12Th precinct Police sub-station

Contact ohioparsonsbw@oteblockwatches.org for more information or by calling 614.525.9633

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Since Spring has finally made it to Ohio……

Since Spring has finally made it to Ohio, just a friendly reminder that you need to contact 311 if you have bulk items that need to be removed.

Remember the sanitation worker doesn’t get out of his truck and anything not inside the trash dumpster will not be removed including trash bags sitting by the dumpster.

You can contact 311 on your land line by just dialing 311, cellphone calls 645-3111 or on line at http://www.311.columbus.gov/

OldeTowne East Area Blockwatches's photo.
OldeTowne East Area Blockwatches's photo.
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Starting in April 2014 the Ohio/Parsons Block Watch will start holding meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Starting in April 2014 the Ohio/Parsons Block Watch will start holding meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. This change is being made so we can have better communication with our bike officers and all other officers.

Ohio/Parsons Block Watch meeting
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 starting at 7:00 p.m.
950 East Main Street 43205-12Th precinct Police sub-station

Contact ohioparsonsbw@oteblockwatches.org for more information or by calling 614.525.9633

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Theft Suspect Stopped By Neighbor and Caught On Camera

Theft Suspect Stopped By Neighbor, Caught On Camera

Posted: Mar 17, 2014 8:52 PM PDT Updated: Mar 18, 2014 3:52 AM PDT

By: Liz Adeola – email

A theft suspect was stopped by a bold neighbor outside ofan east Columbus home Monday morning, and the confrontation was caught oncamera.

The homeowners tell NBC4 incident occurred at their OakStreet home Monday morning.

“It was not under the cover of night and it was notduring a lull in the day,” said homeowner Joshua Snyder-Hill.

Snyder-Hill says the entire incident was caught on asurveillance camera at the home.

The male suspect, dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt andmaroon jeans can be seen checking to see if anyone was at the Oak Street homebefore he began removing the lawn furniture from the front porch of the home.He can be seen on the video moving the stools to a truck.

Snyder-Hill’s neighbor, Michele Winship had noticed thesuspect moving the furniture. She tells NBC4 she immediately threw her car inreverse and confronted the man.

“I stopped and I rolled down my window and I said, whatare you doing? And he said ‘uh, dude said I could uh take this’ and I said nohe didn’t. Put it back,” said Winship.

Winship said she took down the license plate number to thevehicle, which she then turned over to the police.

No arrests have been made at this time, but anyone with informationregarding the identity of the man is asked to contact Columbus police at 614-645-4545.

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Photo: What's up  OldeTowne East area residents.  Feel free to post this sign all over the neighborhood :)

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Neighbors watching out for Neighbors. This is part of what Block Watch is about.

Watch the video by clicking on the following link.

Hey all,
I was coming home from yoga and a guy in a late model white pick-up truck with gray trim around the bed was off-loading porch furniture from Josh and Steve Snyder-Hill’s house. I pulled up and asked what he was doing, and he said, “Dude said I could have this.” I told him, “No Dude didn’t. Put it back. I am calling the police.” He left two stools on the sidewalk, and said, “If you are calling the police, I ain’t putting it back.” He got into his truck, two stools still in the bed, and went west on Oak and turned south on 18th. Light-skinned African American, approximately 30-40 with a gap between his front teeth. Handicapped plate 461YPM. Check your porches. Josh and Steve have cameras so the police will get a good look at the perp. The officer who responded was driving around looking for the truck.

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498 South Ohio and East Fulton

We received a call regarding a house on the corner of East Fulton and Ohio 498 South Ohio is the address. Someone is knocking in the bricks to the basement. This is happening in the evenings and nights. Looks like squatters to the person who called. The house is in good condition. If your in that area keep your eyes open and please report anything out of the usual to the police at 645-4545. Thank you

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Air Conditioner Theft Prevention

This is an example of the preventative measures to protect ground units from theft.

1. There has been a motion detecting light installed above the units.
2.  The units have a fence placed around them.
3.  Each unit has metal slats covering 4 sides and bolted to the ground.
4.  The area above the fence has a heavy duty rubber wiring which is run through eye bolts in the brick wall and tied into the fence.

Thank you Officer Terri Kalous and Officer Scott Clinger for sharing this information.

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Avoid Being a Victim of Crime

One one to protect yourself against criminals is to take precaution in parking lots. When walking to your car at night, have your keys in hand to avoid being a target for crime. This makes for a speedy entry and your key can also be used as a weapon in the case of an attack.

When walking alone, stand tall and take strong, confident strides. Do not slouch. Aim to come across as assertive or even aggressive. When you appear physically able, a potential attacker is likely to shy away from you; no need creating violence with someone who can put up a fight.

Avoid using cash machines. Even with surveillance cameras, more and more people are experiencing criminal attacks while withdrawing money. Plan ahead and use the main part of your bank for your money exchanges to avoid robbery. If you do have to use a cash machine, choose one inside of a grocery store or other busy public areas.

Be alert. Always be perceptive of people who are acting suspicious, and remove yourself from situations and areas that make you uneasy. Those are good instances to go with your gut instinct and one of the biggest ways to take a step toward crime prevention.

When making a purchase, do not pull all of your money out of your wallet. When you give people an opportunity to see how much cash you are carrying, you make yourself a target for crime.

Vary your routines. Switching up your route home, parking spot, or jogging route makes it more difficult for a criminal to mark you.

It seems obvious, but never pick someone up in your car. Don’t even stop for a stranger who appears to be flagging you down for help. Quickly call and notify the proper authorities (police, 911, towing..) but do not make yourself vulnerable by getting out of the car. Unfortunately, there are people who set traps like this for well intentioned good Samaritans.

Always be aware of your surroundings. At night, stay away from alleys, parked vehicles, or trees where someone could hide. Use busy, well lighted streets. Research the crime rate in your area and get a grasp on the neighborhood’s crime statistics.

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Protect yourself against home burglary

According to FBI statistics, a house, apartment or condominium is burglarized once every 15 seconds.

Fortunately, burglary is probably the most preventable of crimes. By taking a few simple precautions, you can dramatically reduce the risks.

Of course, every home and every situation is different, and there are no guarantees.

Most home burglars do not give great amounts of thought to planning the job and assessing the benefits vs. dangers, but understanding how they choose a target can go a long way in reducing your chances of being a victim.

Most burglars look for:

•Something worth stealing

•Easy access combined with low visibility

•A home that is unoccupied

More residential burglaries occur during the day because homes tend to be vacant more often.

How to prevent break-ins:

•Fool them by making your home look occupied all the time.

•Use automatic timers on lights when away from home.

•Always park your cars in the garage with the garage door shut. A burglar may otherwise notice a pattern that a closed garage door or no cars in the driveway means no one is home. Closing the garage door and having curtains or blinds on the garage windows also hides some of your belongings.

•Place radios on automatic timers and raise the volume so they can be heard outside.

•Lower the sound of your telephone ringer and answering machine so that they can’t be heard outside.

•Never leave notes on your door that can tip off burglars and if your not going to be home make arrangements for your mail, newspaper and any packages you might be receiving.

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Columbus Police Recruiting-3 remaining application sessions

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Fair Avenue Block Watch Meeting April 2011

Monday April 11, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

Located at the Word Church 115 Wilson Avenue. 

Contact  fairavenuebw@oteblockwatches.org  for more information

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Ohio/Parsons Block Watch Meeting for April 2011

12th Precinct Police Sub-station

950 East Main Street Columbus, Ohio 43205

7:00 PM on Tuesday April 12, 2011

Contact ohioparsonsbw@oteblockwatches.org for more information

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Police get their grade cards

BY STEPH GREEGOR The Other Paper | Posted on April 14, 2011

  •  by Steph Greegor
  • On the heels of a weekend that produced five Columbus shootouts that left 12 people wounded, the Columbus police hosted a community forum Monday night, opening themselves up for public comment on their efforts as part of a national accreditation process.

    “It was excellent. I was very pleased that people would come out on a rainy, Monday night and support us,” said the CPD’s accreditation manager Lt. Craig Stone of the crowd at Chief James G. Jackson Columbus Police Academy.

    Those in attendance included representatives from eight different community groups. “All the citizens that showed up spoke positively about response time, the helicopter unit responding and assisting, and community liaison officers and how they assist.”

    One of the 13 speakers was Ohio Parsons Block Watch co-captain Mike Moore, who spoke on behalf of the 12th precinct.

    “I just wanted to reinforce with the accreditation board the exceptional involvement of the department with community policing,” he said during a phone interview Wednesday.

    Moore, who we presume wasn’t alleviated of any unpaid parking tickets for his comments, gave props to 12th precinct’s community liaison officer Terry Kalous and the Community Response Team Sgt. Howard Pettengill. “The exceptional job that they do working with the community, and getting involved with the community-they’re not just sitting behind the desk and letting things happen. They’re very proactive, not reactive, just like our block watch groups.”

    Moore said he felt it was important to speak up to the committee representing the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) because “you always hear about the bad stuff and never the good stuff.

    “I just wanted to make sure it was brought to their attention that community policing works in our community,” said Moore. “It’s a benefit to the department as a whole and they should look at more opportunities for community involvement.”

    Other groups represented at the public input session included the German Village Society and Civic Association, Sharon Woods Block Watch, I on U Block Watch, East Columbus Block Watch, Westgate Heights,Walnut Hills Block Watch, Beaumont Block Watch, Kingston Crossing, Miriam Block Watch and a Columbus field rep for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

    Stone said there was just one complaint during the public input session involving the number of prompts citizens must go through when calling the CPD’s non-emergency line before they get to a real person.

    “Public Safety Director (Mitch) Brown was already aware of that issue and they were looking into correcting that problem,” said Stone.

    The voluntary evaluation occurs every three years as part of a process to determine whether the Columbus Division of Police meets more than 400 professional standards for accreditation-a standard it has met since 1999, said Stone.

    “There was one foul (this time) that we had to fix,” said Stone of the lengthy checklist, explaining that CALEA wanted some different wording in how the division writes its notifications of emergency response.

    Stone said he expects the division to be fully accredited when it goes before the commission in July.

    “(CALEA) was very impressed,” said Stone of the week-long process that ended Tuesday. “These are the things we should be doing to have professional police services.”

    The mark of CALEA isn’t tied to any grants or funding, said Stone, but is helpful when creating policies and procedures.

    Before CALEA, policies and procedures were based on the U.S. Constitution and state and local laws that described use of force and the legal limitations of police officers. Obviously those still need to be heeded, but CALEA takes a more proactive approach, said Stone, which helps put into place best practices associated with supervisory oversight and a more professional force.

    The Columbus police will get its turn to host close to 900 participants for the July 2013 CALEA conference at the Hyatt Regency. Stone said he worked with Jamie Schafrath of Experience Columbus and the Hyatt’s Troy Hammond to prepare the bid that beat out Hersey, Pa., and Albuquerque, NM. Stone said he anticipates the conference to potentially bring just shy of $1 million into local coffers.

    Anyone wishing to comment on the Columbus Police force can contact CALEA at 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155

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    12Th Precinct stats for March 2011

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     4-29 Mar 11 stats – 12 pct

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    Fair Avenue Block Watch Annual Alley Clean-up – Saturday, May 7, 2011 9am – noon

    This Saturday, May 7 from 9am – noon, will be our annual alley clean-up. Please meet us behind 65 Wilson Ave (in the alley between Wilson and Sherman, Madison and Fair Ave) for some coffee and breakfast treats prior to our start.

    I will be bringing my weed wacker to try and take care of the back of any neglected/poorly maintained properties. I will also provide some:

    gloves
    grabbers
    garbage bags
    push brush
    rake
    vests

    Please bring any other items that you think we might need along with all of the volunteers you can muster up! It”s been proven that residential areas that are clean and well-maintained attract less crime. Let’s ensure that the back of our homes look as good as the front!

    If you have any questions, please feel free to email.

    fairavenuebw@oteblockwatches.org

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    Morrison Hill Block Watch Meeting May 7, 2011

    Morrison Hill Block Watch Meeting

    Saturday May 7, 2011 starting at 12:00 p.m.
    12Th Precinct Police Sub-station
    950 East Main Street Columbus, Ohio 43205

    Contact morrisonhillbw@oteblockwatches.org for more information or call (614) 887-8583

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    South of Main Block Watch Meeting May 7, 2011

    South of Main Block Watch Meeting Saturday, May 7, 2011 starting at 10:00 a.m.

    The 12th Precinct Police Sub-station
           950 East Main Street Columbus, Ohio 43205
         10:00 AM
          Contact
            southofmainbw@oteblockwatches.org
                for more information or call (614) 887-8583

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    Ohio/Parsons Block Watch Meeting May 10, 2011

    Ohio/Parsons Block Watch Meeting

    12th Precinct Police Sub-station

    950 East Main Street Columbus, Ohio 43205

    7:00 PM Tuesday May 10, 2011

    Contact ohioparsonsbw@oteblockwatches.org for more information or call (614) 887-8583

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    National Peace Officers Memorial Day May 15, 2011

    National Peace Officers Memorial Day is today May 15, 2011.  Thank a Law Enforcement professional today for his or her service. This year has been a very violent year so far in Ohio with 6 officers killed.   Take a moment to say a prayer for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and for their families and friends.

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    12Th Precinct stats for April 2011

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    5-20 Apr 11 stats – 12 pct

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    Memorial Day

     

    Take a moment to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. 

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    Division of Police Precinct 12

     

    Sub Station
    950 East Main Street
    Columbus, Ohio
     
    CALLS FOR POLICE SERVICE:   645 – 4545
     
    EMERGENCIES CALL 9-1-1
     
    Community Liaison Contact Numbers
     
           12th Precinct Community Liaison Officer Terry Kalous  645-1412
                Strategic Response Bureau General Information 645-4610
    Includes the following Neighborhoods:

    • Olde Town East
    • Bryden Road Historic District
    • Old Oaks Historic District
    • Driving Park

     

     

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    Our officers all night have been responding to one call after another

    Listening to the police scanner since 0115 this morning after being awaken from the spot light from the police helicopter and police cruisers in the alley and on the street.

    Our officers all night have been responding to one call after another.

    Want to say thank you C.P.D. for all your hard work and dedication not only tonight but every night!

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    12Th Precinct stats for May 2011

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    6-4 May 11 stats – 12 pct

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    Main Street Farmers Market

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    Three shot at McAllister and Champion

    Councilwoman Mills and all …

    Three shot at McAllister and Champion …

    Let me avoid any potential issue of liable by preferencing this email and its contents with the word “allegedly” …

    This was, unfortunately, so predictable. This is the same as last year. This is, in fact, the third time that 19 year old Robert Lawrence has been shot in one year (2x last year, all three within a block of this site). Robert Lawrence is the boy seated on the steps of the Transit Center at Main & Champion, flashing gang signs and rolling the joints in the video from our camera program that I showed you at our meeting in City Hall last month (see attached stills from that video). We were discussing his activity at the start of the meeting as something enforceable for him and the boys he was hanging with. You may remember that at our meeting, his illegal behavior in plain view on Main Street — and the behavior of those hanging with him – you referred to as simply “bad choices.” But they weren’t just “bad choices,” they were illegal and potentially lethal choices, as last night showed.

    Robert’s (alleged) criminal activity (when I talked to him on the street three weeks ago, he said he was on probation with charges pending), which consists of hanging out on public streets with his crew selling dope, led to this – the third time he has been shot – each time within a stone’s throw of this location. This is where a stronger “loitering in aid of drug offenses” law – the type of initiative this neighborhood has been supporting — would have been helpful. Knowing this area has drug problems … knowing exactly who it is that is doing it and having cameras that can point to suspects and their affiliates, a “loitering in aid” law enforced in this area of known drug activity could have helped keep Robert and his partners from hanging out at all hours of the day and night, day after day, year after year, unchallenged when we all know they are illegally engaged in selling drugs on, or immediately adjacent to, city property. Last year we had an excellent and tremendous mobilization of resources by our local police and the Strategic Response Bureau – but we all know that level of intensity was not sustainable. And because we had nothing different in place when the police pulled out, after a brief period of quiet, here we are back to reacting to yet another shooting.

    If we had maintained the progress of the working group from last year, this shooting could have been prevented. How many city dollars were spent after-the-fact on the police response and helicopter search, and ultimately how many public dollars will be spent on the medical bills of the wounded. Let’s not forget that three lives have been impaired. One of Robert’s friends, “Mimi,” is already in a wheel chair for the rest of his 21 year old life. Is Robert or one of the other two shot next to be rolling up and down the street, still openly selling dope on city streets? When are we going to stand up as a community and make the tough choices that will ultimately help these kids learn that the City streets are not going to be tolerated as drug markets?

    Not so ironically, a member of last summer’s working group, called me to raise a red flag about this location getting hot again. She asked for our help focusing police resources again. She said there is shooting every night at Champion & McAllister, and that Monday night there were ten gunshots on McAllister right outside her window. She said it is now worse than last year – and last year was terrible. Last night, three were hit. Where did the rest of the bullets go. What if one had gone into a nearby house – as last year one went into a house at Champion and Cherry – just 500 feet north of this drive-by?

    When are we going to get on the front end of all this violence? When are we going to be proactive to protect our residents – long-term/multigenerational homeowners as well as families who are living here short-term in our affordable rental units?

    Councilwoman Mills, your expressed position in opposition to stronger loitering in aid action is unsupportable. I wish you had made it to the Olde Towne Block Watch meeting two weeks ago as invited to discuss this very issue. I would like you to work aggressively and productively with us immediately to jump-start those discussions on strengthening the City’s “loitering in aid of drug offenses” law. Some excellent work this community was doing in support of community policing and crime prevention last year languished through the council transitions last winter, with the clear indication that it would continue to languish indefinitely through our meeting in City Hall last month. This issue needs leadership. I am calling on you to approach this issue with an open mind, learn more about the issue and your constituents’ views, and as Chair of Council’s Safety Committee to lead the charge, to support our neighborhoods, our residents, and even those kids who are making “bad choices” by selling dope on street corners where they’ve been shot before. This legislative inaction on identified problems is why people are leery of our otherwise excellent neighborhoods. People don’t know that they will be safe in their homes – they hear of another shooting and run like hell away from our neighborhoods’ many positive people and many significant strengths. This issue affects every central city neighborhood suffering from gun violence. We organized around it last year and put forward a positive solution, but you need to carry it forward. What good is investing in a camera system if you don’t want to use it proactively? Let’s work together to develop an enforcement and prosecution strategy that works for the law-abiding citizens of Columbus who just want to be safe and secure on their blocks and in their homes.

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    Today’s Gangs: How to Recognize the Signs/Some Top Crip Gang Codes Symbols Knowledge for members

    Click on the “Gang Awareness” link below to view.

    Gang_Awareness

    Some Top Crip Gang Codes Symbols Knowledge for members

    $ is Power and money

    0-0 is Double ought buck shot or shot gun

    000 is Blood
    001 is Blood love

    006 is Silence (used by Black Gangster Disciples)

    013 is Get him; assault someone (Bloods)

    023 is Watch your back (Bloods)

    6-6-2 is MOB; Numbers represent letters on telephone keypad

    6-6-6 is Symbol for Aryan Brotherhood, Folks and Crips; also satanic cults

    6 Point Star (of David) – Symbolic to gangs within the Folk Nation

    6 Poppin, 5 Droppin – Folk Nation – Term used to disrespect gangs in the People Nation; Folk Nation (6) members shooting at People Nation (5) members

    7 is Refers to the 7th letter of the alphabet “G”; may represent G for Gangster or G for God (Five Percenters)

    7-4 is Code for Gangster Disciples (7th & 4th letters of alphabet) – G.D.

    737 is Numbers on telephone key pad representing PDS; Public Enemy Number One Death Squad

    025 is What rank are you (Bloods)

    031 is I am Blood

    041 is Kill the Crip (Bloods)

    13 is 13th letter of the alphabet-”M”; may be used for
    marijuana or methamphetamine

    13 1/2 is Represents: 12 jurors, one judge, half-ass chance

    14 or XIV or X4 is Used by Hispanic gangs for Northern
    California (14th letter of alphabet – N) – Norteño 14, Norte 14

    18 is 18th Street Gang

    18th Street – Hispanic Los Angeles street gang – aligned with
    Mexican Mafia

    211 is California penal code – robbery ; also Crip term meaning Blood Killer
    (2nd and 11th letters of alphabet – B K

    212 is NY City telephone area code (Manhattan); also Blood term
    (Tampa, FL) meaning Blood Love

    274 is Black Gangster Disciples (2nd, 7th and 4th letters of alphabet) – B.G.D.)

    2-15-19 is Brothers of Struggle (2nd 15th and 19th letters of alphabet) – B.O.S.

    2-7-4-14 is Code for Black Gangster Disciples Nation (B.G.D.N.- 2nd, 7th, 4th and 14th letters of alphabet)

    23/24 is Inmates on lockup – 23 out of 24 hours each day

    24/7 or 247 is Constantly -24 hours per day, 7 days a week

    3 R’s is Respect, Reputation, Revenge

    88 is White Supremacist – Heil Hitler (8th letter of alphabet – H)

    8-Ball – 1/8 is ounce of cocaine; alliance of Crips with the Folk Nation

    is911 Warning that police are coming

    311 is Used by Bloods meaning Crip Killer (3rd and 11th letters of alphabet -
    C K
    312 is Crip Love – 3rd and 12th letters of alphabet – C L

    360 is Folk Nation – numbers representing “full circle of knowledge”

    360 degrees – A “pure” Black Gangster Disciple

    5 – Number symbolic to People Nation
    The following slang terms are Blood terms, used to disrespect Crips and the Folk Nation

    5 BAGGIN 6/ HANGIN
    5 FLAGGIN 6/ DRAGGIN
    5 POPPIN 6/ DROPPIN
    5 BUCKIN 6/ DUCKIN

    5 in the sky…..6 must die – Revenge; a People Nation member was killed – a retaliation against the Folks Nation will take place

    5%, 5%er is Five Percenters

    5 Percent is Five Percenters

    5 Point Star – Symbolic to the People Nation

    5 Poppin, 6 Droppin – People Nation – Term used to disrespect gangs in the Folks Nation; People Nation (5) members shooting at Folk Nation (6)members

    5-0 is The police
    510 is Oakland, CA area code; used by some to identify the location of their gang or set

    50/50 is Neutral; non-gang member

    6 is Number symbolic to Folk Nation

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    Hand signs used by gang members to identify their membership or to antagonize members of other gangs

    Hand signs used by gang members to identify their membership
    or to antagonize members of other gangs.

     

    .  The “Primo” Sign “Power”
    “Victory”  Number One
     Piru Sign: “Blood” Kitchen Crip
     Bounty Hunters Crips: “Cousin”
     Bishop Brims
     Mafia Crips Athens Park Boys (APBs)
     ”C”: Crip “C-C”: Compton Crip
     “U”: Underground Crip H”: Harlem Crip
     “E”: East “0″: Number Zero
     “M”: Mafia Crip
    “H”: Hoover Crip  Black Stone

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    *Community Alert* 06/28/2011

    A small contractor at 18th and Oak was assaulted today.  A guy came in the building and hit him in the back of the head with a hammer (8 stitches). 

    Described as 50 year old, black male, dark complexion, about 130 pounds, with a 3” beard.  He was wearing short sleeves and jeans.  Took about $8 and some cigarettes and fled.

    If you have any information call police at 645-4545

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    *COMMUNITY ALERT* 06/28/2011-2

    *COMMUNITY ALERT*

    This morning a resident was leaving for work at 7:30 AM.  They had not stepped off of the front porch  when they noticed a man running down the middle of the street.  He was holding something in both of his hands in front of him that couldn’t be seen.  The resident’s instinct was something wasn’t right so they looked directly at him and he turned and made direct eye contact with them and then he disappeared behind some trees and ran between two buildings and out of view.  Just then an attendant at the Bell Center (813 Bryden Rd) came around the corner to say that he had just seen the running guy break into a car that was parked at the carriage house behind Ann DeWald’s old place. 

    The police were notified but doubt that there was an apprehension.  The suspect person is a tall (6′ – 6’2″) African American, medium to medium dark complected male, mid 30′s in age, somewhat well built, short black afro hair style, wearing a pair of grey sweatpants and a black short sleeved Tee shirt.
    There is quite a bit of brush growth around the parking pad at this carriage house which would give cover, just the same, this was a rather bold daytime act.

    If you have any information notify the police by calling 645-4545.

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    Vacation Home Security Reminders

    So you’re going on vacation and want your house and contents to be safe and secure while you’re gone? Well here are some tips that will reduce your odds of becoming a victim:

    Cancel all regular deliveries

    • Papers
    • Coupons
    • Get a neighbor to take in any free papers & mail.

    Before leaving, see that:

    • All outside doors, garages, & tool sheds are locked.
    • Turn off gas & water supplies when on extended trips (contact a qualified plumber or utility service provider).
    • Arrange for your pets to be looked after.
    • Have someone cut the lawn in your absence.
    • Let a reliable neighbor have a key to remove mail and papers from view and to keep an eye on the property for you when you are away.
    • Deposit all valuables such as jewelry in a safety deposit box or with trusted friends.
    • Do not lock any internal doors. In the event of a break-in it will mean more damage.
    • Try to make the house look occupied. Use a time switch for lighting a main room or hallway.
    • If your TV or stereo has a timer, use it.
    • Contact your C.P.D.Community Laison Officer and make them aware you will be on vacation. 

     

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    12Th Precinct stats for June 2011

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    7-13 June 11 stats – 12 pct

     

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    *COMMUNITY ALERT*

    Early Saturday morning on July 23, 2011 between 0200 and 0600, someone graffitied Cherry Street between Monroe and South 17Th.  A report has been filed.  Whoever did this left behind the cardboard top that the paint cans came in.  The  Detective retained this as evidence and said they will try to lift prints.  Here are a few pictures of the damage and the cardboard top of the plastic paint container.

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    National Night Out 2011 Olde Towne East Area Block Watch groups

    Come Show the Solidarity

    Tuesday, August 2, 2011

    Main and Champion

    6-7:30 P.M. 

       
    • US Attorney Carter Stewart
    • PR Coordinator for US Attorney, Fred Alverson
    • DEA
    • City Attorney Rick Pfeiffer
    • local resident
    • CCH’s Transit Arts group

     

    We’ve got some great kids in the Near East Side – come support them.

    Good food and community fellowship! Thanks JP’s

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    Safe Surrender Program

     
     

    LOCAL GOVERNMENT, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FAITH-BASED AND LEGAL COMMUNITIES COME TOGETHER FOR A SAFE SURRENDER PROGRAM

     
    (Columbus)—Franklin County residents with arrest warrants are being given a unique opportunity to surrender and move their case through the court system.
    Court and County officials, local law enforcement, the faith-based and legal communities have announced Franklin County’s first ever Safe Surrender Program.  The event, to be held over a three day period, will occur August 23rd from 1-5 p.m., August 24th from 9-5 p.m. and August 25th from 9-7 p.m.
     
    Individuals wanted in Franklin County on non-violent, misdemeanor warrants are encouraged to turn themselves in safely during this event and receive favorable consideration from the courts.
     
    In Franklin County, there are approximately 100,000 outstanding arrest warrants pending in the Municipal Court including traffic violations, criminal misdemeanors which do not involve the use or threat of violence, and some felony cases which do not involve the use or threat of violence.
     
    The Franklin County Public Defender’s office will be on-hand to provide legal representation to anyone charged with an offense who desires representation.
     
    Everyone’s case is different. However, most of the individuals who surrender during the program will NOT go to jail.  It is the goal of Safe Surrender to clear these warrants and to dispose of the case the same day, if possible.
     
    Individuals seeking additional information may call 614-645-6230 or go to http://www.franklincountyohio.gov/safesurrender/
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    Email from Judge Mark Serrott

    Dear Mr. Gray and all other residents of Olde Towne East.  Thank you for
    forwarding this video to me.  I would like to respond to the comments made
    below.  It does indeed appear from the video, if this is in fact Mr.
    Johnson, that he is engaging in a drug transaction.  I did show Mr. Johnson
    some compassion by letting him out  14 days early because his brother was
    murdered and it was requested that he be allowed to attend the funeral.  It
    appears that decision may have been a mistake.  But I would like to point
    out that even had he served his additional 14 days he would still have been
    released and out on the street.  Moreover, under the new statute passed by
    the Legislature there is s a presumption that lower level drug offenders
    should not be jailed at all.  See 2929.13 (B) (1) a.  Our prisons are
    overcrowded and it is costly to send people to prison or jail (about $82
    per day).  The Legislature apparently believes, given economic conditions,
    that it is better to send violent felons to prison rather than lower level
    drug offenders.  I am sorry that Mr. Johnson took advantage of my empathy
    and decided to apparently commit a new offense.  As you all know drug
    offenders and persons with addictions usually commit new drug offenses
    because it is hard to make a recovery from drugs such as heroin and crack.
    I understand that sometimes jail or prison is the only option for these
    repeat offenders.  I will certainly carefully reconsider my philosophy in
    light of this case.  Thank you for bringing this case to my attention I
    welcome input from citizens and obviously want to protect the public and at
    the same time impose fair sentences. 

    Mark Serrott
     

    Judge Mark Serrott
    369 South High St 8th Floor C
    Columbus Ohio 43215
    614-525-3811

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    “Back to School” Traffic Safety Reminders 2011

     

    “Back to School” Traffic Safety Reminders

    As students return to school the Block Watch groups want to remind motorists and pedestrians to observe applicable laws when in or near a school zone.

    Reminders for Drivers:

    When approaching a marked school crossing zone between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., on days when school is in operation and when schoolchildren are present, a driver must:

    1. Stop all wireless phone communications;

    2. Yield to any children or adults crossing in the crosswalk area;

    3. Reduce his/her speed to 20 mph; speeding in a school crossing zone could result in a fine.

    Reminders for Pedestrians:

    1. Pedestrians should cross at designated intersections and crosswalks, and such movement should only occur when the pedestrians have the right of way.

    2. No pedestrian should suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a moving vehicle, which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.

    Citizens wishing to notify the police department of traffic concerns may contact the department at 645-4545. 

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    Environmental Crimes hotline and website (www.itsacrime.com) also provides an opportunity for residents and businesses to report illegal dumping

    The Environmental Crimes Task Force


    You can fight back when you see someone litter along Central Ohio highways!
    When you see someone litter, call 614-871-5322. Operators at the 24-hour-a-day service will take the information (time of day, make of vehicles, what was littered etc) and turn it over to The Franklin County Environmental Crimes Unit which is funded by SWACO. Those who litter will receive a letter reminding them of the penalties for littering if an officer had seen the incident.
     
    The Environmental Crimes hotline and website (www.itsacrime.com) also provides an opportunity for residents and businesses to report illegal dumping. Deputies from the Environmental Crimes Unit will follow up and make every effort to prosecute the culprits.   
     
    The Environmental Crimes Unit is made up of representatives from The Franklin County Board of Health, The Franklin County Prosecutor’s office, The Franklin County Sheriff’s office and the Columbus Division of Refuse.

     

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    Coleman Warns Against Pulling Gun On Officers

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Mayor Michael Coleman had a message for the community on Tuesday in response to the six officer-involved shootings in the last 26 days.

    Four of the six shootings were fatal, 10TV’s Glenn McEntyre reported. 
     
    Coleman said it was part of troubling national trend. There had been a 31 percent increase in gunfire fatalities of police officers in the country.
     
    Coleman said that if someone pulls a gun on a police officer, they will be shot. 
     
    “Our officers have been instructed and trained to meet deadly force with deadly force,” Coleman said. “When you have an encounter with police you do not pull out a weapon. You do not pull out a gun.” 
     
    Coleman said there was a role for everyone to play in combating the violence. He said if your child or someone you know has a gun or is involved with criminal activity you should have an intervention with the person.
     
    He said that if a person shoots at police, or anyone else, they are writing their own death sentence. 
    Watch 10TV News and refresh 10TV.com for additional information.
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    12Th Precinct stats for July 2011

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    8-15 July 11 stats – 12 pct

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    12Th Precinct stats for August 2011

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    9-5 Aug 11 stats – 12 pct

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    Who is going to step up and show leadership on this issue? Councilmember Mills this isn’t a “bad decision”!

    Councilwoman Mills … this spring we watched in council’s conference room a video of 19 year old Robert Lawrence flashing gang signs and rolling joints on the front steps of the COTA Transit Center at Main & Champion, which you didn’t think was a crime, but simply “bad decisions” – and within a month young Robert gets shot for the third time in a year (along with two other people).  Last month we send around video of 22 year old Dominique Johnson selling drugs on a vacant lot at Main & Champion, and last night he got murdered within 30 yards of the spot he was standing when that video was shot.  Today’s attached video shows the driver/shooter as he shoots Dominique in the first 5 seconds of the video, then shows Dominique staggering across the street and collapsing about 30 seconds later.

    We came to a Council Safety Committee meeting to share our concerns about this issue … we invited Councilwoman Mills to our Block Watch meetings, we listened to councilwoman Mills appear to accept on camera an invitation to visit one of our affected residents — Ms. Rogers – but at no point has there been any follow up from council – not to emails, not to our testimony, and not to Ms. Roger’s personal invitation.

    We are serious people here.  We’ve got a great neighborhood, but we’ve got a problem, and we have brought it to your attention with irrefutable clarity.  Can we get serious about working on this “loitering in aid of drug offenses” law upgrade?, or is there another approach you can suggest that would be better?  Law enforcement — the 12th precinct in particular — has been doing a heck of a job, particularly over the past couple months … and we applaud the administration’s commitment, have seen the impact of more aggressive policing, and we greatly appreciate the excellent policing work.  But the police is only one aspect of this equation: they need council’s legislative support to help drive this violence out of our community, and we need judicial support to get, and keep, these repeat offenders off our streets.  

    What makes these last two situations so tragic, is that they were so predictable.  We all saw these boys committing crimes, we had discussion about these boys, yet they both end up on the wrong side of a bullet.  Those of us in the community have engaged in community dialogue, developed and published strategies, met with all the key elected and appointed constituents, provided testimony to council’s Safety Committee, implemented the first camera program in the City, voted the area dry, testified at liquor control license objection hearings …  but despite our efforts we have only received support from the policing side of government.  We believe we need, and we have sought, an integrated community response.  So what are we doing wrong?  When is help going to come from council and the courts?

    Who is going to step up and show leadership on this issue?

    Click on link below to view video

    Dominique Johnson Shot and Killed

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    Another violent weekend

    Another violent weekend: four people shot at Main & Lilley and the slaying of Dominique Johnson. 

    At the Council Public Safety Committee’s Trespass hearing earlier this summer, it seemed that the testimony of business owners was more important to council than the testimony of residents.  The Committee heard from our residents, but did nothing to follow-up … thus, this video includes comments from “John,” the owner of M&R Beer & Wine and Mama’s Pizzeria, both at Main and Lilley.  This is a business owner who has stepped up and prosecuted for trespassing on four separate occasions against members of the local drug gang.  He has put his neck on the line and taken responsibility for the activity that previously occurred on his small patch of parking lot, but he cannot control the bullets flying from the public streets.  This video does not include the fact that the operator he leased for Mama’s Pizzaria has now closed the store due to the violence – its frontage riddled with bullet holes.  Nor did we include the pictures of our newly-built $1.7M Old National Road Condominiums project, one unit of which received a rifle slug in the front door from a shot that missed Dominique; our new owner, a researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, while shocked has taken it fairly well — but these drug boys on the street and these drug and gang-related shootings are proving to be the major marketing challenge for this project.  John does refer to the violence driving residents from Main & Lilley, and the video provides a look at a deserted block, which is killing his business.

    We are sending this video to a small group of key public officials in hopes that it sparks some commitment to action to the serious conversation we have been trying to have over the past 18 months with the city attorney, county prosecutor, courts, police, City Council, and neighborhoods. (As of this posting 09/14/2011 no one from the City of Columbus or Columbus City Council has contacted us)

    We have got to come together around a strategy for these repeat drug sellers and violent offenders.  Drug-related gun violence is destroying our neighborhoods.  We continue to champion for an upgrade to the City’s current “Loitering in Aid of Drug Offenses” law.  These kids are getting shot on the street, because that is where we tacitly allow them to congregate and sell drugs.  We have to break up the open air drug markets by targeting both the drug sellers, and the network of spotters and runners who also profit from the drug trade.  We have to make sure that everybody on the periphery of a drug transaction has some level of risk – where hanging around with the dope boys while they are engaged in their illegal activity is cause enough for prosecution.  There is a social network around these drugs and guns that needs to be disrupted.  We will be proposing a joint demonstration project in the area bounded by Whittier, Parsons, Broad, and Alum Creek.

    Our understanding is that the next step in the “Loitering in Aid” discussion is up to City Council, through the Safety Committee.  We do not view it as the panacea, but as a critical step in controlling open air drug markets on our public streets.  We thought at the end of last year that we were on track to enter the legislative process.  Changes on council and committee assignments have derailed last year’s effort and progress.  We would call for all members of council to step up and insist that Columbus develop an effective and a constitutional law that addresses this open air drug market in public areas.  The courts have never held that Loitering in Aid laws are unconstitutional as a whole: the courts have been clear that well-written laws can survive constitutional challenges, and the courts in each decision have identified specific areas of local laws found to be unconstitutional.  We should use this direction from the Supreme Court to guide our legislative drafting efforts.

    The police have redoubled their efforts in response to our concerns.  We would rate the 12th Precinct’s actions over recent months as being spot-on and excellent.  But all of us neighbors who applaud the police action know that the police cannot do it alone We would love to hear from Council if there is a substantive reason why there is no need to address this legislative issue, which would make the local policing effort even more impactful. We believe if we work with the courts, this community has enough expertise to make an impact on the city’s currently ineffective and unconstitutional law.  The only return phone call we have received from councilwoman Mills’ office was a declined invitation to come to our block watch one day before our meeting.  Never a response to an email, and no follow-up to a meeting as promised.  There is a lot of applied experience out here on the street, and council would benefit from hearing it.  We hope – we expect – that council represents the interests of its constituents.  We haven’t felt that on this urgent issue for many months.

    Click on the link below to view video

    http://youtu.be/GUPFTGZcih4

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    Columbus’ crime rate remained almost level last year while rates nationally fell to their lowest levels in at least two decades, according to new FBI data. The statistics could become part of the debate as the City Council and mayoral campaigns heat up.

    Mayor Michael B. Coleman and the four City Council members running to retain their seats this year — all Democrats — still can point to city crime rates that remain among the lowest in more than a decade since Coleman took office.

    But Republican mayoral candidate Earl W. Smith, and two Republican and two Libertarian City Council challengers, say the city’s elected leaders are not doing enough to address crime in neighborhoods.

    Nationally, the violent- and property-crime rates fell to their lowest levels since at least 1991, the FBI said. Locally, the FBI numbers show 7.1 violent crimes and 64.9 property crimes per 1,000 Columbus residents last year, both up a fraction from 2009.

    “The media dubbed the summer of 2010 the ‘summer of violence,’ ” said Dan Williamson, the mayor’s spokesman. “Since then, we have seen a change. We have seen violent crime decrease significantly.”

    But in pockets of Columbus, people say they don’t feel any safer.

    “I realize, overall, that the trend is downward, but we have a neighbor over on Champion (Avenue) who has had to duck while going into her house; she has bullet holes in her house,” said Kathy Webb, captain of the Ohio/Parsons Block Watch on the Near East Side.

    Webb said the block watch tried to meet with Councilwoman Michelle M. Mills, who leads the council’s safety committee, but received no reply from her or her office for several months.

    Mills, appointed to the council in January, is one of the four incumbents on the ballot this fall. The others are President Andrew J. Ginther and Councilmen Hearcel F. Craig and Zachary M. Klein.

    Mills said she has met with many block-watch groups since she became the leader of the safety committee. She pointed out that the council took up the issue of stronger trespassing laws after meetings with groups on the Far East Side.

    Kathleen Bailey, chairwoman of the Near East Area Commission, said Mills is no worse than the rest of the council: “We get very little help from the council.”

    Ginther took exception to any suggestion that the council is not listening. He pointed to community meetings he set up throughout the city after he became council president in January.

    “This council and these council members have gone beyond what any council has done in the past as far as being accessible,” he said.

    The two Republican council candidates, Matt Ferris and Daryl Hennessy, did meet with Webb. They said they have a plan to help neighborhoods such as hers.

    “The City Council has just absolutely chosen to ignore them,” Ferris said.

    Ferris and Hennessy said they would work with police officers to determine what resources are needed, possibly moving officers from quieter neighborhoods to areas that need help. The Police Division brass reorganized precincts last year to place more patrol officers in the highest-crime areas.

    Then, the GOP candidates said, they would look for ways to stop the drug dealers and other criminals who congregate on street corners. Key to that, they said, is finding a way to enforce loitering laws.

    That’s something the council has hesitated to do. When the council took up tougher laws aimed at trespassing on private property this summer, the city attorney’s office said that arresting people for loitering on public property has been ruled unconstitutional: People have a right to use public sidewalks unless they are committing a crime.

    But Hennessy said such a law could be written to work. “It’s not unconstitutional to try to fix it,” he said.

    Mills said she’s been considering a loitering law. The problem, she said, is finding a way to word it so the city won’t get sued and that also would do what neighborhood groups want: allow police to pick up troublemakers on the street.

    In addition to allocating more than 70 percent of the city’s general fund to safety services, Coleman and the council Democrats point to steps they’ve taken recently to curb crime in troubled neighborhoods:

    • Coleman has ordered summer police strike forces since 2005 to tamp down violence on the streets.
    • Five high-crime neighborhoods — including the Mount Vernon area of the Near East Side — will have police surveillance cameras by the end of the year at a cost of about $2 million.
    • The mayor started a program this year to draw older teens off the streets and into the city’s recreation centers, where they can receive mentoring.
    • The council approved tougher laws this summer to crack down on those who trespass repeatedly at neighborhood businesses and vacant lots.

    It’s one thing to arrest people trespassing on private property, Libertarian City Council candidate Mark Noble said, but he doesn’t agree with loitering laws. “If there’s already a crime, you should go after that,” he said.

    He said he would advocate for the reform of drug laws — up to the legalization of drugs — to take away the violence that comes with a black-market drug trade. He’s running on a ticket with Robert F. Bridges Jr.

    Williamson said the mayor was unavailable to comment yesterday. But George Speaks, a deputy safety director, said the city has had 11 fewer homicides this year than at the same time last year and that other crimes are down as well.

    In the long term, all candidates said that the fix for the crime problem is a solid economy full of jobs and opportunity.

    Smith, a retired police sergeant, said that too many people living in the worst neighborhoods have no job training.

    “We’re going to have to do not just the training but mentoring to help them fit in a more-normal role in society,” Smith said.

    He called surveillance cameras and summer police strike forces “baloney.”

    “We’re going to have to try different things because, frankly, we’re not having success.”

    dcaruso@dispatch.com

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    Understanding Landlord Accountability and What You Can Do!

    Communities nationwide forge positive relationships with negligent property owners to instill pride, fight crime, and erase blight.
     

    Part and parcel of the American Dream, home ownership is a goal to which many in the United States aspire. However, for the 100 million who either cannot afford to purchase their own home, or simply wish to avoid the hassle of repainting that white picket fence, renting remains a vital and desirable housing option.While the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has outlined the rights and responsibilities of tenants who live in federal housing, private rental property laws differ by state and municipality. Problems commonly arise when landlords and tenants willfully or unintentionally ignore the law by allowing property to fall into disrepair or by failing to address crime and safety issues. This negligence, in turn, perpetuates further, often irreversible, decay. Like the proverbial bad apple, one blighted property can spoil the rest of the neighborhood.

    Rental-owner neglect is a serious issue that can hamper crime prevention efforts. However, with the right tools, Neighborhood Watch leaders can engage landlords, empowering them to become partners in the fight to reduce crime and improve safety. Ensuring resident satisfaction and well-being is a win-win proposition for all parties involved—for landlords, who enjoy low vacancy rates and high property values; for law enforcement; and for residents, who feel safe and secure in their rental communities.

    To continue  story, click on the following link.    http://www.usaonwatch.org/resource/publication.aspx?PublicationId=116 

     
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    Near East Side Crime Picking Up, Getting More Violent

    Near East Side Crime Picking Up, Getting More Violent video is located on the  right hand corner of the home page. 
     

    Trying to wrap ones mind around how to define Thursday’s meeting with Columbus City Council Chair Ginther and Safety Committee Chair Mills. “Discouraging” is the most printable term that comes to mind. We had two goals for the meeting:

    1. To confirm that Council agrees that drugs and gun violence in our community is a critical issue that Council will work on with us, and
    2. To develop an agreed framework for moving forward to address this issue, with clear milestones and deadlines.

    We accomplished neither of those two modest goals. While got a sense that Council heard us, we got no sense that Council would work with us. When we asked, what we heard was a commitment that Councilmember Ginther and Councilmember Mills would share our concerns with the Safety Director. No commitment whatsoever to work with us on these issues.

    We asked for an agreement in principle (with details to be developed over the coming six months) that Council would commit some funding in the City’s 2012 budget – now under development – to implement strategies to address the drug and gun violence issues. However, Council’s response was that they didn’t know if there would be money in the budget for this.

    Isn’t approving the budget Council’s job? – to make sure that priorities are allocated money in the budget? Why in the world is Council’s commitment to work on a problem with us subject to the Administration’s approval? Is there no initiative on that side of the government?

    The thing that is so irritating about that position, is that Council either doesn’t know its duties and its power, or Council is unwilling to exercise its duties and use its power. Former councilwoman Charleta Tavares set-aside an Emergency Human Services Fund because it was a priority for her. Other council members have had specific budgetary initiatives. Those were activities where Council was showing leadership – and in some cases taking heat for it – and thus helping drive City policy and practice.

    Why won’t this Council as a whole simply say: we can and we will address this drug and gun violence problem with you.

    What is the point of having an elected City Council if they are unable or unwilling to pursue policy initiatives that protect the citizens of Columbus? Isn’t one of the primary duties of government to assure for the safety of its citizens? From our perspective, if Council is unwilling to commit to funding a community strategy for our neighborhood in the midst of all this carnage, this issue is simply not a priority to Council.

    So we see a Council campaign commercial on TV, and hear it claim Council members are showing “strong leadership” and “fighting to keep our neighborhoods safe.” Frankly, that commercial is sickening after having  just sat in a meeting where Council was unable to articulate or support anything that would help our drug and gun violence problem.

    If “strong leadership” and “fighting” mean having a conversation with the Administration, then we are getting strong leadership and fighting. However, If “strong leadership” and “fighting” mean putting your butt on the line to make some real changes, then that commercial is a bunch of baloney. Nothing but hot air from politicians trying to get elected.

    We have worked on these issues for years. We have rookie Council members who have not. Why do we have to suffer from their inexperience and their unwillingness to learn from, and work with us? We need help, and we’re not getting it.

    -Ohio/Parsons Block Watch

    Olde Towne East

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    Near East and Near South Neighborhood Safety Survey

    Neighborhood safety survey for the Near East and Near South sides.

    The survey is located at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LPJ6XXP

    The 5-minute on-line survey asks for your thoughts on a variety of issues related to safety in our neighborhoods, and asks for recommendations on what needs to be done. We encourage you to complete the survey, and send the link to others in your neighborhood, and/or post to any list serves you are a part of.

    The results of this survey will be shared.

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    In Honor of Our Community Partner and Neighborhood Friend…..

     

    Members of the Compact family and extended family … I write with a heavy heart to you to inform you of the passing this morning of my long-time executive assistant, Cynthia Davis. Cynthia passed peacefully this morning at Mt. Carmel East, …after an extended serious illness. She fought the good fight with grace and determination, and is now at peace.

    As you know, Cynthia has been at the heart of our corporation and our mission since January 1, 1999. For nearly 13 years, she has been at the center of everything we have done—usually behind the scene, always making sure everything ran well. Because of her unassuming nature, only those closest to the organization will know the impact of her work with the Compact on this community. I will miss my executive assistant, my friend, and my confidante, and I say this to you: we are all immeasurably better for Cynthia’s pride, determination, and commitment over the years.

    On behalf of the Columbus Compact Corporation, I honor Cynthia for the life she lived so well, and for the love and joy she shared so fully: Cynthia’s spirit lives on in each of us who had the good fortune to walk with her. With hearts leaden for family and friends, even in this moment of grief we can say with certainty, “O death, where is thy victory?”

    -Jonathan C. Beard, President and CEO

    Columbus Compact  Corporation

    -The Olde Towne East Area Block Watch Groups

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    When Can A Person Use Deadly Force In Self Defense?

    By: Rick Reitzel
    Published: October 10, 2011
    BLACKLICK, Ohio –Columbus police said a Bollingen Street homeowner heard breaking glass and confronted a man who, police said, was breaking into cars. The homeowner told police he felt threatened and shot the man, who later died.

    Shooter in a 911 call: “I thought he had a gun, my life was in dange. I told him to get out of the car and stop. He’s over here right now.”

    Dispatcher: “You shot him?”

    Shooter: “Yes.”

    When police arrived at the Ravines at Waggoner Park condominums, they found 28-year-old Sean Stiffler shot dead inside a car parked directly behind another vehicle with a broken window.

    Shoot or don’t shoot? When you feel threatened, what are your rights?

    Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “The right of self defense exists regardless of location, which gives the right to use deadly force to protect the life of yourself or another. It does not exist to protect property outside a home,” he said. “There has to be a reasonable basis that if they don’t use deadly force someone will die or be seriously injured. The person must not have started the affray, must have sought to retreat and not used any more force than was necessary to protect themselves.”

    “I would do the same thing, I would do whatever I had to do to protect myself,” said a neighbor who asked NBC4 not to identify her. 

    She said she has lived in the Ravines for eight years and is friends with the man who shot Stiffler. She is also a member of the Waggoner Park neighborhood block watch.

    “I think he is a nice, loving, good guy and I can’t say anything bad about him,” she said.

    Neighbors said everyone looks out for each other in the area and that they were not surprised when they heard their neighbor tried to stop a crime.

    “I believe he was just protecting the neighborhood,” said Amanda Meffley. “I think he saw something that he thought was wrong, obviously someone breaking into a car and just tried to go out and stop it. I don’t think he had any intention of harming anyone.”

    Columbus police homicide detectives are still investigating the shooting and Detective Pat Dailey said, “We are not releasing the shooter’s name at this time and so far he has not been charged.”

    She said that once the investigation is complete, it will be given to prosecutor’s office and possibly a grand jury.

    For additional information, stay with NBC4 and refresh nbc4i.com.
    To submit a story idea or news tip, e-mail stories@nbc4i.com.

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    East Side Neighbors Voice Crime Concerns To City Council

     

     http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2011/10/12/columbus-old-towne-east-neighborhood-crime.html

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Residents in the Old Towne East neighborhood told City Council members on Tuesday that they felt that their crime concerns were being ignored by the city.

    Neighbors claim that gun violence, drug activity and gang issues are getting worse, 10TV’s Danielle Elias reported.

    A council spokesman said that they are looking at the complaints and will address the issues but would not provide any specifics as to how it will be accomplished.

    “We’re living in an epidemic of drugs and violence in this area,” said Mike Moore, an Old Towne East resident.

    Another resident, Teresa Lee, said that the crime has taken its toll on her physically and mentally.

    “I’m to the point now (where) I’m frightened,” Lee said.  “We’re all frightened because you never know what’s going to happen. You never know where the bullets are flying.”

    The resident who attended Tuesday’s meeting said that they would not stop pushing for a safer neighborhood until things change and would continue to work with City Council.

    Stay with 10TV News and 10TV.com for additional information.

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    Near East Neighbors Seaching For Safety Answers In Survey

    By: Marcus Thorpe
    Published: October 13, 2011

    COLUMBUS, Ohio –

    For months, neighbors on the east side of Columbus have watched violence take over.

    There have been shootings and deaths, and it has left many of those living in the area worried and looking over their shoulders.

    But the real challenge is trying to gauge just how everyone in the area is feeling and what they can do to make things better.

    Enter a new survey brought forward by neighborhood leaders like Mike Moore.

    Moore and others put together a survey that is  focused on what the neighbors see as the biggest problems, where they are, and what can be done to make things better.

    You can find the survey here.

    It focuses in on not only the near east side, but the near south side too.

    For additional information, stay with NBC4 and refresh nbc4i.com.

    http://www2.nbc4i.com/news/2011/oct/13/near-east-neighbors-seaching-safety-answers-survey-ar-785078/

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    Neighborhood Safety Press Conference, Wednesday, October 19th @ 11:00 will be indoors

    In light of tomorrow’s rainy weather forecast, Wednesday, October 19, 2011 press conference will take place indoors, in the offices of Columbus Compact Corporation, 1000 E. Main Street, in the 2nd floor conference room. Thank you.

    PRESS RELEASE: PUBLIC SAFETY PRESS CONFERENCE FOR NEAR SOUTH AND NEAR EAST NEIGHBORHOODS

    (Columbus, OH) Columbus Compact Corporation (“the Compact”), in conjunction with Olde Towne East Block Watch, will hold a Press Conference on Wednesday, October 19th at 11:00, at the corner of E. Main Street and 18th Street, in Olde Towne East. In the event of rain, the press conference will be moved to the conference room (2nd floor) at 1000 E. Main Street.

    Both groups, along with many other neighborhood groups, have been seeking to engage the City of Columbus in developing a comprehensive action plan targeting illegal drug activity and its associated gun violence in Columbus’s central city neighborhoods. To date, this initiative is supported by the Franklin Park Area Association, Bronzeville Neighborhood Association, Driving Park Civic Association, Fair Avenue Block Watch, Franklin Park Block Watch, Miami Avenue Civic Association, Morrison Hill Block Watch, Livingston Park Civic Association, Ohio-Parsons Block Watch, Old National Road Business Association, Old Oaks Civic Association, Olde Towne East Neighborhood Association, Woodland Park Neighborhood Association, and Near East Area Commission, with other groups being added daily.

    At the press conference, we will release findings from a recent attitudinal survey conducted of Near South and Near East area residents, business owners, and other stakeholders. The survey reports the perspectives of these area stakeholders on various issues related to public safety, the specific problems these area stakeholders observe in their community, and the perceptions of where strategies and accountability for change should be placed. We will also release the rationale and outline of a comprehensive, multi-agency demonstration project that would attack illegal drug markets and the attendant gun violence. The Franklin County Prosecutor and Administrative Judge for the Franklin County Municipal Court have agreed to participate in a multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency effort – but we need the City of Columbus to engage as well.

    We have invited all candidates seeking election to Columbus City Council to attend the press conference, hear our discussion of the problems, see our recommended solutions, and react or respond with a plan of their own. Each interested candidate will have 3-5 minutes to address the press and our community. In our discussions with other neighborhood leaders across the city, we understand that these issues are not unique to our neighborhoods in the Near East and Near South areas – but we are mobilized here and prepared to address them we are waiting to see if a leader will emerge from the City of Columbus to help us attend to these issues.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan C. Beard, Columbus Compact Corporation, at 614-251-0926 ext. 201; Michael Moore, Olde Towne East Block Watch, at 614-887-8583; or Kathy Webb, Olde Towne East Block Watch at 614-887-8583

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    OldeTowne East Area Blockwatches and Columbus Compact Corporation- A summary of the Press Conference.

    The OTE Block Watches and the Compact hosted a Press Conference on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 to announce the release of a neighborhood safety strategy we seek to implement with the City and other key stakeholders. A great thank you to the 56 people who came to the conference — you inspired us with your energy and enthusiasm. A summary of the Press Conference, along with materials distributed (which include the recent Neighborhood Safety Survey for the Near East and Near South side neighborhoods, are available by clicking on the link above titled “Compact and OTE Block Watch Release Public Safety Strategy” located on the home page top in the black paragraph section. 

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    12Th Precinct crime stats for September 2011

    Click on link below to view

    10-10 Sep 11 stats – 12 pct

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    COMMUNITY ALERT!

    Maebull was taken during a robbery at 6pm Saturday night from a neighbors house at Garfield and Bryden. Their alarm was going off and a White male and White female, approx. 30yrs. of age was running out with items and the puppy.  The car was white four door with no tags.  The police were here in minutes with the helecoptor. They did not catch them. Our hopes are high someone will see little Maebull and get her back to her very sad Mommy and Daddy.  Please repost to anyone who could help. Thank you!  If you have any information please email info@oteblockwatches.org and we will forward the information.

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    Neighbors living on Columbus’ troubled east side are fighting back against crime, from shootings to corner drug deals.

    East Side: Enough is Enough
    COLUMBUS — Enough is enough.
    Neighbors living on Columbus’ troubled east side are fighting back against crime, from shootings to corner drug deals.
    They say they’re sick and tired of the shootings that have littered their streets of their home with bullets and blood in the last six weeks, in speaking to ABC6/Fox28 News’ Steve Levine Monday.
    At Monday night’s Columbus City Council meeting, members are expected to be asked to sign on to a plan that will help business and homeowners take back their streets.
    The Columbus Compact Corporation is a non-profit community development corporation working to improve the quality of life in the central city neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. Their office is located in the 1000 block of East Main Street.
    They’re calling on the city’s leaders to join the fight to keep the east side safe. In the last six weeks, four people have been gunned down and four other people wounded in six separate shootings.
    Neighbor Larry Ellman said, “A lot of shooting, constant shooting, don’t matter time of day, morning, evening.”
    Neighbor Debbie Cochran said, “It’s pretty bad. Hopefully, it’ll get better.”
    Over on East Main Street, neighbors are standing together, creating a plan that they say would reduce gun violence and drug sales. Now, they are asking City Council to join the fight.
    Jonathan Beard, of Columbus Compact Corp., said, “This is where we are saying ‘It’s time to take action. We’ve been doing a lot of talk. Talk is cheap. Let’s get to work on this.”
    The neighbors are asking the local lawmakers to create safe neighborhood target areas that would beef up city loitering laws related to open-air drug sales and increase gun crime penalties.
    “We want to be aggressive and give police tools to rid drug sales on the corners.”
    “We are in low-income part of town. We don’t have resources. If we can’t get response, [then] what kind of help are we going to get?”
    The residents says they hope to have at least some parts of the neighborhood target zones up and running by next March.
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    Reporter: Walter Allen
    Web Producer: Sean RoweEast Side
    Posted: Monday, October 24 2011, 06:27 PM EDT
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    Joint Effort By 20 Organizations Of Columbus’ Near East And Near South Support Call For Action

    PRESS RELEASE ON NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY

    CONCERNED CITIZENS DEMAND ACTION BY PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE

    Joint Effort By 20 Organizations Of Columbus’ Near East And Near South Support Call For Action

    Columbus, OH — Wednesday, October 26, 2011, EMBARGOED UNTIL 2:15 PM — In the form of a letter delivered to the offices of Columbus City Council today, concerned citizens of the Franklin Park Area Association, in a coordinated effort with 19 additional organizations of the Near East and Near South, request action by Columbus City Council to combat the criminal activities experienced in their communities.

    In the letter, addressed to Council President Andrew Ginther, the groups have united to request that the Public Safety Committee begin work on revisions to City Ordinance cc 2317.50 “Loitering In Aid of Drug Offenses” first enacted in 1994. The groups also protest inaction to date by the Public Safety Committee Chair, Michelle Mills.

    In the opinion of the City Attorney, Richard Pfeiffer, the existing ordinance on Loitering in Aid of Drug Offenses cc 2317.50, is felt not to pass constitutional muster. A representative of the City Attorney’s office indicates that the Division of Police has been directed not to enforce the existing ordinance.

    Loitering in Aid laws are typically applied to drug offenses and prostitution. The joint effort asks for action by Council to provide updated tools necessary for the police and courts to combat open drug sales, criminal gun activity, violent crime and prostitution in their communities.

    In 2010, representatives from Columbus City Council, the Public Safety Committee, the Division of Police, the City Attorney’s Office, the Municipal Courts and neighborhoods, met to explore options to help stop criminal activity in the Near East and Near South. The Council was expected to contribute by revising the ordinance as outlined in the report “A Comprehensive Approach to Addressing Issues Caused by Trespass and Loitering: Recommendations to Columbus City Council.” However, no action has yet been taken by Council.

    The groups request that Council act in conjunction with other working group stakeholders to revise the ordinance and to provide funding for the Division of Police to enforce the revisions, in combination with other existing ordinances, to combat the criminal activities experienced in the communities..

    The organizations represent residents, block watch groups and businesses of the Near East and Near South. In addition to the Franklin Park Area Association, the grassroots effort by the many organizations includes:

    Bronzeville Neighborhood Association
    Driving Park Civic Association
    Fair Avenue Block Watch
    Franklin Park Block Watch
    Livingston Grove Block Watch
    Livingston Park Neighborhood Association
    Long Street Business Association
    Miami Avenue Civic Association
    Morrison Hill Block Watch
    Mt. Vernon Avenue District Improvement Association
    North of Broad Resident Association
    Ohio/Parsons Block Watch
    Old National Road Business Association
    Old Oaks Block Watch
    Old Oaks Civic Association
    Olde Towne East Neighborhood Association
    Schumacher Civic Association
    South of Long and North of Broad Block Watch
    Woodland Park Neighborhood Association

    Rarely have these organizations joined together to present a request in such a unified approach. The joint request of Council has received additional endorsement of their combined effort by both the Near East Area Commission and the Livingston Avenue Area Commission representing these and other Near East and Near South residents, businesses and organizations.

    Copies of the letter were also delivered to the members of the Community Safety Working Group, which includes officials from the Franklin County Common Pleas Court, the Franklin County Municipal Courts, the Columbus City Attorney’s Office, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Public Safety, and the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office.

    For More Information Contact:
    Jonathan Beard
    Olde Towne East/Main Street Community Safety Working Group
    Columbus Compact Corporation (614) 251-0926; ext. 201

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    Recent Neighborhood Survey

    Columbus, OH) Columbus Compact Corporation presented Columbus City Council on October 24th with a proposal for the Columbus Safe Neighborhoods Target Zone, a proposed demonstration project to reduce illegal drug activity and gun violence in Near East and Near South neighborhoods of Columbus.

    If adopted by Columbus, the Columbus Safe Neighborhoods Target Zone is focused on the area between E. Broad Street (N), Frebis Avenue (S), Alum Creek (E), and Parsons Avenue (W) – an area that has seen sharp increases in gun violence over the past year.

    The Safe Neighborhoods project is built from resident concerns expresses through a recent neighborhood survey, conducted through October 14th.  Key findings of the survey are as follows:

    • 98% of respondents believe illegal drug activity and/or gun violence is an issue in their neighborhood
    • 89% believe Main Street has a drug and gun violence issue
    • 66% believe Livingston Avenue has a drug and gun violence issue
    • 93% of those who responded to the question believed the problems on Main Street have gotten worse over the past year
    • 72% of those who responded to the question believe the problems on Livingston Avenue have gotten worse over the past year.
    • 83% believe that certain stores contribute to their neighborhood’s drug and gun issues
    • 2% believe local elected officials are paying enough attention to their neighborhood
    • 97% believe Columbus City Council should strengthen laws designed to reduce drug and gun violence
    • 76% of respondents felt “Unsafe” walking to a corner store at dusk.
    • 80% and 79% respectively, thought it was “Essential/Critical” for the City of Columbus to take a more aggressive stance toward criminal gangs and open air drug markets.  Other high priority items were: harsher sentencing of repeat and violent criminals; more mentoring programs for young people; more activities for young people to do; a jobs program targeting young, first time offenders; and raids on drug houses and boot joints.

    As a result of this community sentiment, the Compact and the Olde Towne East Block Watch have asked Columbus City Council to implement a program that involves Franklin County Municipal Court; Franklin County Common Pleas Court; Columbus Department of Public Safety; Columbus Division of Police; the U.S. District Attorney; Columbus City Attorney; Franklin County Prosecutor; and a coalition of neighborhoods including Olde Towne East, Driving Park, Old Oaks, Southern Orchards, Livingston Park, South of Main, Morrison Hill, and Franklin Park.

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    The Voters of 4-A have spoken…

    Thank you Heather and the troops for working so hard for so long on the 4A liquor options. The vote wasn’t even close and Sam’s and Super Saver will loose their liquor licenses and cease selling alcohol 30 days after the election results are certified. The stop date should be just before the Christmas holiday.
    The results printed in the Columbus Dispatch today are NOT correct and corrections will be in Thursday’s paper. Mike Moore verified the results with the Board of Elections and the votes against alcohol sales at Sam’s/Super Saver were 162/167 against the sale of alcohol and 65/62 for alcohol sales respectively.
    Heather, Mike, Jon and everyone who played a part in letting the neighborhood speak: a million thank you’s!!
    Kathy
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    November 11th, is Veteran’s Day. It is important that we remember the service these special men and women have given our country. Please take the time to thank a Veteran and remember the sacrifices they have made.  To all Veterans everywhere Thank you!

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    12Th Precinct crime stats for October 2011

    To view stats click on link below.

    11-4 Oct 11 stats – 12 pct

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    Safety is everyone’s business! TOP 10 Personal Safety Tips

    Columbus Division of Police

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    PERSONAL SAFETY

    Safety is everyone’s business!

    TOP 10 Personal Safety Tips

    To view document click on the following:

    Columbus Division of Police_11_2011

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    Columbus City Council Discusses Loitering Law Wednesday, December 14, 2011

    Columbus City Council Discusses
    Loitering Law
    WHO:
    Councilmember Michelle M. Mills
    City Attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer, Jr.
    WHEN:
    Wednesday, December 14, 2011
    5:00 pm
    WHERE:
    City Council Chambers
    Columbus City Hall
    90 West Broad Street
    WHAT:
    Councilmember Michelle M. Mills, chair of the Public Safety and Judiciary Committee, will hold a public hearing to discuss and clarify important points regarding Columbus’ existing loitering law and explore additional ways to protect neighborhoods. The meeting will be broadcast live on CTV, Columbus’ channel 3 on local cable outlets. Speaker slips will be accepted until 5 pm per the general rules of Council.
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    C.P.D will not respond to a theft complaint/call if the value of the property is

    C.P.D will not respond to a theft complaint/call if the value of the property is LESS then $3,000.00 and also if you are calling to report property destruction and it is less then $3,000.00.

    Please remember that officers are not the ones who created this policy and they are not acting upon their discretion.  Officers are only doing what they have been instructed to do, just like you at your job have policies that you must follow.
    If you wish to comment when an officer doesn’t respond to the above situation please email the following with your concerns about this policy.
    MMMills@columbus.gov City of Columbus Safety Chair/Council Member
    AEMarsico@columbus.gov Council Member Mills assistant
    mjbrown@columbus.gov City of Columbus Safety Director
    WDistelzweig@columbuspolice.org City of Columbus Cheif of Police
    Welcome to the Columbus Division of Police  Citizens Online Police Reporting System. If this is an Emergency please call 911. Using this online citizen police report system allows you to submit a report immediately and print a copy of the police report for free. Please note the following:
    You CAN NOT file a report if:
    • This is an Emergency. (Please call 911)
    • This is a Motor Vehicle Accident.
    • This incident occured OUTSIDE the Columbus City limits.
    • There is suspect (s) information.
      • Suspect information is name and address.
    • You are reporting a theft offense, and the value of the stolen property is more than $3,000.
    • You are reporting a theft offense, and the stolen property is a firearm (gun), license plates, a stolen motor vehicle, or hazardous material.
    • You are reporting Property Destruction, and the damage is valued at more than $3,000.
    • There is evidence to indicate that this is a hate crime or bias relate.
    • There is any physical evidence connected to the crime that needs to be collected (i.e. blood, obvious fingerprints).
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    Judge Mark Serrott will be speaking at the December 2011 Ohio/Parsons Block Watch Meeting

    Judge Mark Serrott will be speaking at the December 2011 Ohio/Parsons Block Watch Meeting on Tuesday, December 13th starting at 7:00 p.m.

    Judge Serrott will be speaking about the new sentencing guidelines recently enacted by the state legislature and will be answering questions from the public. Contact ohioparsonsbw@oteblockwatches.org or call (614) 887-8583 for more information.

    Ohio/Parsons Block Watch Meetings are held at:

    The 12th Precinct Police Sub-station
    950 East Main Street Columbus, Ohio 43205
    7:00 PM on the 2nd Tuesday of each month

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    How to Spot Suspicious People in Your Neighborhood

    How to Spot Suspicious People in Your  Neighborhood

    When it comes to keeping your home safe, how can you judge if those you see  in the neighborhood are supposed to be there? Whether you have joined a  Neighborhood Watch group and are tasked with keeping an eye on the community, or  are just trying to watch out for the safety of your own home, it’s important to  catch suspicious behaviors so that you can report them to the police. It’s not  just someone spray painting graffiti on a fence or throwing a rock through a  window that you have to worry about. Though you may think that you’d immediately  be able to tell that something is wrong, this is not always the case. Here are a  few ways to spot those who might be trying to blend in as they prepare to break  in or commit a crime:

    Someone going house to house, ringing door-bells. While there are lots of  legitimate reasons to go door to door, there are some burglars who dress up as  solicitors or repairmen as a ruse so that they don’t look out of place on the  porch. If they knock and get no answer, they can assume that the home is  unoccupied. If any of the people walking through the neighborhood go to a back  or side yard after ringing the doorbell, this is particularly suspect.

    Someone hanging around a home you know to be empty. Whether the owners are on  vacation or have moved away, make a point to strike up a conversation with  anyone who’s around the home. Even if they are simply taking care of the home  while the owners are away, you should make an effort to notice them. People  hanging around an empty house may be a sign of a burglary in progress.

    Anyone carrying anything large out of the home. Sure, it’s possible that  someone has purchased that TV from your neighbor, or that your neighbor is  moving. It’s also possible that they are stealing the TV. If you see anything  valuable being carried away from a home, go see what’s going on. This is  especially true if it’s after dark, because there are fewer legitimate reasons  for carrying large items out of the home.

    Look for people constantly coming or going from a particular house. Sure,  they may just like to invite lots of friends over, but it may be the sign of a  drug house or other vice activities. If you see someone who shows strange mental  symptoms wandering around the neighborhood, they may be under the influence of  drugs or alcohol. In both situations, it’s best to call the police rather than  approaching anyone yourself, as they may behave in unpredictable or irrational  ways.

    With all of the above situations, move cautiously and with common sense.  Don’t get in the middle of a violent confrontation or a burglary in progress – instead, call 911 and let the police deal with it. If you feel that you must  approach them, or that the situation is not that dangerous, carry pepper  spray or a stun gun.  That way, if it does take a bad turn, you’ll be prepared to defend your safety.  While there could be a perfectly innocent explanation for any of these  potentially suspicious behaviors, it’s also possible that you have just stopped  a crime in progress or kept one from occurring.

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    12Th Precinct crime stats for November 2011

    To view stats click on link below

    12-9 Nov 11 stats – 12 pct

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    Thank you Judge Serrott for taking the time Tuesday evening to attend the Ohio/Parsons Block Watch and discussing/explaining the new sentencing guidelines recently enacted by the state legislature and answering questions regarding these changes.

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    Have A Happy and Safe Holiday Season

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    Avoid being a victim of crime this Holiday Season

    Holiday Greetings! Just a reminder to the community, please break down and dispose of any boxes you may have during this Holiday Season. Don’t just set outside or place by your trash can or dumpster.  Drop off boxes at a recycling location or break down and place inside the public dumpsters. Don’t make criminals aware of what Holiday gifts could be inside your home. Criminals are patrolling neighborhoods looking for the empty boxes.  Avoid being a victim of crime this Holiday Season.
    Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!

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    Make sure criminals don’t have a Happy Holiday Season!

    When you leave your home for the holiday weekend or just the evening, leave your house with the “at home” look by removing any mail, newspapers or fliers outside the front of your house.  Leave a light(s) on or place on a timer to turn on during the evening.  Make sure you close your blinds and curtains.  Leave a TV or a radio on or place on a timer to turn on and don’t forget to turn on an outside light so when you arrive back home in the late evening you will have light to see your surroundings before exiting your car with family and any packages you may have.

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    Have A Safe and Happy New Year

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    City code enforcers don’t track problem landlords

    City code enforcers don’t track problem landlords

    By  Mark Ferenchik

    The Columbus Dispatch Sunday January 8, 2012 11:31 AM

    Columbus’ code-enforcement office does not keep track of the problem landlords the city repeatedly cites and hauls into court for not fixing dirty, dangerous properties.

    “We’re not in the business of making a list of who’s bad and who’s good,” city code-enforcement administrator Dana Rose said.

    Nor does the city have any policies requiring code officers to make sure people are not living in unsafe properties ordered vacated.

    One of those properties was 90 Wisconsin Ave. in Franklinton.

    City officials ordered the house vacated in 2009 after discovering several hazards and didn’t know anyone was living there until Christmas Eve, when three people were killed in a fire that started because a space heater was too close to a mattress.

    Other cities routinely check vacated properties to make sure no one is living there. In Cincinnati, for example, houses that have been ordered vacated are visited every 30 days by code-enforcement officers. Cincinnati also requires owners of those properties to obtain a vacated-building maintenance license that costs $900 to $3,500 a year and to maintain the properties.

    Anyone can go to the city of Cincinnati’s website and look up properties that have been ordered vacated.

    In the wake of the Dec. 24 tragedy, Rose said Columbus might try to track such properties in the future.

    Twenty years ago, Columbus leaders adopted a “get-tough” plan to deal with problem landlords, including filing both civil and criminal charges against the worst offenders.

    The plan followed a 1991 Dispatch series that found how holes in the system allowed landlords to skate for months and avoid repairs with scant fear of being penalized.

    But many of those same problems continue today and are exacerbated by the financial and foreclosure crises that left neighborhoods with vacant and abandoned houses. The city has more than 6,000 vacant and abandoned houses.

    The prosecutor’s office filed 553 complaints in 2010 to try to get owners to fix blighted houses, but it filed fewer than 300 last year because the glut of complaints wasn’t getting rid of the nuisances.

    The city says it tries to work with violators to fix problems before taking them to court.

    Columbus officials have again vowed to get tough since the Christmas Eve fire that killed Jerrica Francisco, 22; her son Dashawn, 4; and her boyfriend, Demetrius Chappel. The Columbus City Council also is looking at tougher penalties for landlords who violate vacate orders.

    In Columbus, those who ignore orders to vacate a property can be sentenced to up to 60 days in jail and fined $500. In Cincinnati, scofflaws face as long as six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

    There, code officers filed 400 cases in 2010 for failing to license and maintain vacated buildings, said Ed Cunningham, Cincinnati’s manager for property–maintenance code enforcement.

    “We have a pretty good system of data management,” Cunningham said.

    He said Cincinnati is tracking 2,340 buildings that had been vacated. Since 2006, the city has issued 186 licenses to property owners whose buildings were ordered vacated. The cost is $900 the first year and $3,500 by the fifth year.

    The money helps pay for the inspections as well as police and fire runs.

    Cincinnati also requires property owners to maintain liability insurance. They must keep properties secure, watertight, litter-free and structurally sound.

    Linda LaCloche, a spokeswoman for the Columbus Department of Building and Zoning Services, said the city’s database can be improved so that city officials can more easily identify vacated properties.

    Columbus City Attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer Jr. was Franklin County’s first environmental judge after the court was created in 1992 to deal with housing and nuisance cases.

    He said that new policies, requirements and laws are fine, but more staff members are needed.

    “There are no easy answers,” Pfeiffer said.

    The city has 43 code-enforcement officers to cover almost 230 square miles, including nine officers who are in various stages of training, Rose said. Columbus plans to hire two more this month, he said.

    Cincinnati has 22 code-enforcement officers who cover 78 square miles. Bryan Wagner, the chief environmental specialist for the Franklin County Environmental Court, monitors 50 people on probation for code violations and 1,000 more on probation for animal-cruelty, graffiti and other violations.

    He said he’d like some help.

    Wagner also said he’d like to see stiffer penalties for those who repeatedly violate vacate orders, especially after someone loses a life.

    The Wisconsin Avenue house that caught fire on Christmas Eve is one of

    21 rental properties that Sam Vazirani owns.

    Columbus has cited many of those properties, often for tall grass and weeds and trash, but also for houses that should have been boarded up but weren’t. The city said Vazirani usually complied within 60 days.

    But Vazirani never went back to the city to show whether he had repaired the problems at the Wisconsin Avenue house or to get authorization to move people back into the building.

    Gas service had been shut off Dec. 24 because of a leak.

    Building inspectors ordered the property vacated on Oct. 22, 2009, after they discovered that the gas meter was missing and electrical and plumbing work had been done without inspections.

    The Christmas Eve fire prompted a group of Franklinton leaders and residents to meet last week at St. John Episcopal Church to talk about problem landlords.

    Resident Jed Dearing said many tenants don’t know what to do or where to go if they run into problems with their houses or landlords.

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    Violent confrontations lead to increase in police shootings

    Violent nature of people blamed for big increase

    Confrontations with increasingly violent people drove up the number of police-involved shootings last year, police say.

    The Columbus Division of Police reported 19 shootings by officers in 2011, the second-highest total in the past 15 years. Eight of the people shot were killed, the most in any year since 1997, division records show.

    And the confrontations leading to police shootings haven’t ebbed as this new year begins, with two people shot in the first week of 2012.

    A 19-year-old man was shot and injured by police who responded to gunfire on the Near East Side on Wednesday; a 36-year-old man was fatally shot early Friday after police say he struck an officer with his SUV during an auto-parts-theft investigation.

    “We’re not the ones choosing to do this,” said Sgt. Rich Weiner, a Police Division spokesman. “The suspect has chosen to do something that necessitates our using that kind of force.”

    Last year’s police-involved shootings peaked in August, when six people were shot, four of them fatally.

    During the past 15 years, police have averaged

    13.5 police-involved shootings per year, according to division records. The number has been trending mostly upward since 1997, records show. The highest total since then was 21 in 2008.

    More U.S. officers were killed by firearms last year than in traffic fatalities for the first time in 14 years, said Steve Groeninger, senior director of communications and marketing for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

    According to the group, 177 law-enforcement officers across the country were killed in the line of duty last year. Seventy-one died in gun violence, 64 in traffic crashes, and 42 in other incidents. Firearms-related deaths rose 20 percent from 2010.

    Noting those numbers and the frequency of deadly ambushes of police last year, Groeninger said police work is growing more dangerous.

    Sgt. Jim Gilbert, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge No. 9, said that seems to be the case in central Ohio, where suspects appear to be more willing than ever to confront and assault officers.

    “There are things that should be looked at beyond just officer-involved shootings,” Gilbert said.

    “It seems like the bad guys are more brazen,” Weiner said.

    Police are not cavalier in using deadly force, he said. Officers go through rigorous training to react along a use-of-force continuum that changes as a suspect’s actions escalate, he said. Deadly force comes last on that arc.

    “It’s still a human life, and you think of it that way,” Weiner said.

    In his work with the grass-roots group Men for the Movement, Cecil Ahad speaks directly to some of the most at-risk young men in Columbus. He also counts police officers among his friends.

    “I know they’re not out here wanting to shoot nobody,” he said.

    He sees the police-involved shootings as a symptom of the rift between the police and the community, and of the desperation of young men who believe they have little to live for.

    The people who are aggressively confronting police are dealing with poverty, frustration, mental illness and a loss of hope, he said.

    A cultural shift away from violence as an accepted form of conflict resolution would require teamwork involving government agencies, police and members of the community, he said.

    “Some of these guys out here now, they don’t care,” Ahad said. “They think they don’t have much longer to live.”

    Some, he suspects, see death by police gunfire as a way out.

    “They want to escape,” he said. “It’s that bad. It’s that kind of mentality out here.

    “We call this the ‘culture of death.’ ”

    sczekalinski@dispatch.com

    tdecker@dispatch.com

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    Secure Your Outside Air Conditioning unit

    Outside air conditioners are particularly vulnerable to vandalism or theft because of their location outside the home. The copper used in air conditioning units is frequently stolen for resale on the scrap metal market and as a result, you could have to replace your unit because of damage. Securing your air conditioner against compromise can save you thousands of dollars while also providing peace of mind. Equipment on the market aids in protecting your outsider air conditioner against theft or damage.

    Place an alarm on your air conditioning unit. Alarm systems are designed to attach to an AC that is difficult to remove and they emit a high-pitched scream when the unit is tampered with. This helps scare away potential vandals or thieves who want to find an easier target.  Consider the location of the alarm system. A system installed within a home or commercial building lowers the possibility of a thief bridging wires or  bypassing the alarm system. Determine where and how wiring is concealed before  choosing an alarm system company.

    Lock a protective cage around your air conditioner.   Cages are designed as anti-theft devices that are difficult to remove or saw through. A thief would not be able to access the copper in your air conditioner without first bypassing the cage and most thieves won’t want to risk the added time and effort. This also helps protect the alarm on the system if you installed one.

    Buy a steel or iron work air conditioning cage that cannot be cut with bolt cutters or sawed through with a miter saw. If you opt for a different material, such as polymer, make sure it can withstand cutting.  All cages should contain a UV coating to prevent rusting, fading and  cracking.

    Air conditioning cages are made for ground and window units and come in sizes  to accommodate both large and small residential and commercial.

    Light your air conditioner at night. Thieves generally prefer darkness since it helps reduce the chances of being seen and caught. Security lighting will activate either because of a lack of sunlight or because it detects motion and either option will help secure your system.

    Install a fence around your property. Ideally the fence should be at least 7 feet high to be more difficult to climb over. This provides another barrier between a thief and your air conditioner, helping reduce the risks of vandalism or damage.

    Put up signs in visible locations that deter crime. Such signs include “Beware  of Dog,” “Premises Protected by (fill in the blank) Alarm System,” “We Call  Police” and “Neighborhood Watch.” Even if you don’t have a home alarm system or  dog, broadcasting that you do will make criminals feel less comfortable choosing  you for a burglary attempt.

    Install visible surveillance cameras around the premises whether they work or  not. Make criminals think that you are recording their activities. This will  make them choose an easier target.

     

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    Columbus NAACP Criminal Justice Committee Meeting

     Columbus NAACP Criminal Justice Committee Meeting
    Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012
    6:00 pm
    1030 Alum Creek Dr. (Off E. Livingston Ave @ Alum Creek)
    We will begin meeting this month and will meet every 4th
    Tuesday of the Month @ 6:00 pm
    AGENDA:
    NAACP CJC Toolkit/Issues
    2nd Chance Conference & Job Fair Update
    Building A budget for 2nd Chance Conference Annual Event
    Facebook / Email for CJC
    Gina Hawthorne-Hill, Chair
    Columbus NAACP Criminal Justice Committee
    1030 Alum Creek Dr., Suite 215
    Columbus, Ohio 43209
    (614)769-0542
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    **COMMUNITY ALERT** 02/14/2012

    **COMMUNITY ALERT**
    There have been more thefts of outdoor air conditioning unit guts as recently as 02/14/2012. Thefts seem to be occurring between the hours of 10 AM to 2 PM. The thief/thieves climbed a tomato trellis to get out of a backyard today.  Call the police if you see suspicious activity or you see something that just doesn’t look right or out of place.

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    *COMMUNITY ALERT* Car was being broken into at Main & Ohio

    Caught one of the car sneak criminals. Reported from a block watch business owner. A car was being broken into at Main & Ohio, and a neighbor from S. Champion Avenue saw it and came to get me. They chased him up to Fulton and then down to S. Carpenter St. Police responded and arrested him, most items were recovered (CD’s and Amplifier from car) and he is going to jail.

     

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    Air Conditioner Thefts On The Rise

     http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2012/02/16/columbus-air-conditioner-thefts-on-the-rise.html

     

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – A crime to net quick cash is on the rise in Columbus, 10TV’s Danielle Elias reported on Thursday.
    Police said that they have had a number of air conditioner thefts reported this year.
    Columbus resident Heather Worthington said her A/C units were stolen from her backyard quickly.  She did not see or hear thieves, but found a number of items out of place after returning to hear Near East side home, Elias reported.
    “I pretty much knew instantly that a crime had happened,” Worthington said. “They had put the covers back on the air conditioner but this one was lifted up slightly, so I could see the wire sticking out.”
    Worthington said that wires were out of place, pipes were cut and pieces of her fencing were pulled down.
    “You know, your stomach goes up into your throat, you just wonder how safe you and your children are,” Worthington said.
    Paul Williams of Favret Heating and Cooling said that thieves took the copper lines and the inside coils that contain aluminum and copper from Worthington’s unit.
    Thieves also have targeted rental units, vacant homes and churches in the area.
    Mike Moore, a co-captain of the Ohio/Parsons Block Watch, said there is a pattern to the thieves.
    “They’re doing the same thing,” Moore said. “They’re hitting during the day, when most people are gone at work.”
    Moore said that he took his fight to social media and had gone door-to-door to warn his neighbors.
    Police said on Thursday the Environmental Protection Agency was taking a closer look at air conditioner thefts because cutting the copper lines releases Freon into the ozone.

    Watch 10TV News and refresh 10TV.com for more information.

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    *COMMUNITY ALERT* More A/C units stolen

    Following  the air conditioners being stolen in Olde Towne East,  it is now happening in Old Oaks. Last Friday a tenant reported an AC stolen from the home he rents on Ohio Avenue. Then yesterday a neighbor on Ohio Ave had a  AC was stolen. Don’t know why the City (or the State if need be) can’t crack down on the places that accept scrap metal!
    A house on Main and McAllister  reported an A/C unit was vandalized sometime in the last few days. They didn’t seem to actually get anything, all the lines were cut and the casing was  destroyed, but the copper and the compressor are still there.
    Take the time today and check your air conditioning units and secure them if possible!
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    Air conditioning thefts and House Bill 390

    Ohio/Parsons Block Watch have been in contact with the offices of Courtney Combs, State Representative -sponsor of HB 390 and State Representative Mark D. Okey -co-sponsor of HB 390 in regards to the metal and air conditioning thefts the area.    Below is a copy of HB 390 (revised as of 2/23/2012).  This HB will be set for hearing before the Ohio House of Representatives in late March-early April 2012.   Block Watch Captains and members are planning on attending to testify regarding the impact these thefts have had in our area.
     If you have been a victim of these crimes and wish to give a victims impact statement or to express your support or concerns regarding this bill,  please take a few moments and email Michael.Cunnington@ohr.state.oh.us   Legislative Aide, Rep. for Courtney Combs.
    Here is the link and relevant language http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_390
    (7)(a) In addition to complying with all other applicable requirements of this section, no scrap metal dealer shall purchase or receive either of the following: (i) Copper pipe of any sort used in plumbing from a person unless the person provides proof that the person is licensed as a plumber under Chapter 4740. of the Revised Code, licensed as a plumber by a municipal corporation located in this state, or licensed as a plumber by another state; (ii) An air conditioning unit from a person unless the person provides proof that the person is licensed as a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning contractor under Chapter 4740. of the Revised Code, licensed as a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning contractor by a municipal corporation located in this state, or licensed as a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning contractor by another state. Divisions (E)(7)(a)(i) and (ii) of this section do not apply if the scrap metal dealer is purchasing or receiving copper pipe or an air conditioning unit from the owner of the parcel of property from which the copper pipe or air conditioning unit is derived. (b) With respect to a sales transaction involving copper pipe of any sort used in plumbing or an air conditioning unit, the exemption established under division (D) of section 4737.043 of the Revised Code as it relates to businesses does not apply unless the business is licensed as required by division (E)(7)(a)(i) or (ii) of this section, as applicable.
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    Justice Department and FBI Raise Awareness of Disaster Fraud Hotline

    For Immediate Release Thursday, March 8, 2012 WWW.JUSTICE.GOV

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    Voice (202) 514-2007
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    Justice Department and FBI Raise Awareness of Disaster Fraud Hotline

    Washington – The Department of Justice, the FBI and the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) remind the public there is a potential for disaster fraud in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Suspected fraudulent activity pertaining to relief efforts associated with the recent series of tornadoes in the Midwest and South should be reported to the NCDF hotline at 866-720-5721. The hotline is staffed by a live operator 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the purpose of reporting suspected scams being perpetrated by criminals in the aftermath of disasters.

    NCDF was originally established in 2005 by the Department of Justice to investigate, prosecute and deter fraud associated with federal disaster relief programs following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. Its mission has expanded to include suspected fraud related to any natural or man-made disaster. More than 20 federal agencies, including the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the FBI, participate in the NCDF, allowing the center to act as a centralized clearinghouse of information related to disaster relief fraud.

    In the wake of natural disasters, many individuals feel compelled to contribute to victim assistance programs and organizations across the country. The Department of Justice and the FBI remind the public to apply a critical eye and do its due diligence before giving to anyone soliciting donations on behalf of tornado victims. Solicitations can originate from e-mails, websites, door-to-door collections, mailings and telephone calls, and similar methods.

    Before making a donation of any kind, consumers should adhere to certain guidelines, including the following:

    • Do not respond to any unsolicited (spam) incoming emails, including clicking links contained within those messages, because they may contain computer viruses.
    • Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as surviving victims or officials asking for donations via email or social networking sites.
    • Beware of organizations with copycat names similar to but not exactly the same as those of reputable charities.
    • Rather than following a purported link to a website, verify the existence and legitimacy of non-profit organizations by utilizing various Internet-based resources.
    • Be cautious of emails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas in attached files, because the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders.
    • To ensure that contributions are received and used for intended purposes, make donations directly to known organizations rather than relying on others to make the donation on your behalf.
    • Do not be pressured into making contributions; reputable charities do not use coercive tactics.
    • Do not give your personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions. Providing such information may compromise your identity and make you vulnerable to identity theft.
    • Avoid cash donations if possible. Pay by debit or credit card, or write a check directly to the charity. Do not make checks payable to individuals.
    • Legitimate charities do not normally solicit donations via money transfer services.
    • Most legitimate charities maintain websites ending in .org rather than .com.

    In addition to raising public awareness, the NCDF is the intake center for all disaster relief fraud. Therefore, if you observe that someone has submitted a fraudulent claim for disaster relief, or any other suspected fraudulent activities pertaining to the receipt of government funds as part of disaster relief or clean up, please contact the NCDF.

    If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud by a person or organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of tornado victims, or if you discover fraudulent disaster relief claims submitted by a person or organization, contact the NCDF by phone at (866) 720-5721, fax at (225) 334-4707 or email at disaster@leo.gov.

    You can also report suspicious e-mail solicitations or fraudulent websites to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

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    12Th Precinct stats for February 2012

    3-14 Feb 12 stats – 12 pct

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    6 Tips to Secure Your Smartphone

    The number of Americans using smartphones is rising dramatically. As smartphone speed and technology improve, individuals are using their phone to access personal information. Many users now access and manage business and personal email as well as banking and other financial data from their phone. This can make a hacked or stolen phone a one-stop shop for would-be thieves and scammers. These tips will help protect personal information on your phone.

    1. Set a screen lock and password for your phone. Leaving your phone without a password is asking for trouble.
    2. Enable the remote location feature on your phone. This may help you track a lost or stolen phone. Not all phones have this feature built in, but there are apps available for purchase. Some will allow you to remove personal information from your phone after it has been stolen.
    3. Only allow your phone to join trusted networks. Scammers sometimes set up fake wireless networks in  public places to lure users into joining the network. This may allow the scammer to track any data to and from your phone.
    4. Update your phone’s software. Software updates frequently include security patches. Failing to update your phones software may leave you vulnerable to hackers.
    5. Do not “jail-break” your  phone. The practice of “jail-breaking” a phone involves opening up the operating system to applications that were not designed to work on it. This will make your phone vulnerable to hackers.
    6. Only download well-reviewed and tested applications. Some apps may include malicious software designed to capture your personal information.
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    *COMMUNITY ALERT*

    Residents in the area of Oak Street, South 17Th, South 18Th and Gustavus keep your eyes open and make sure you secure your home and items in your yard.  A few breakin’s have occurred in the past 24-48 hours.  Police reports have been filed and our officers are aware!

    Call the police if you see any suspicious behavior.  645-4545 and after the recording starts to play, hit the star key on your phone and it will connect you through to a dispatcher.

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    Columbus Police Citywide Dispatch Live Scanner

    www.radioreference.com

    Columbus Police Citywide Dispatch Live Scanner Audio Feed on RadioReference.com
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    ABC 6/FOX 28 will be Moving In & Fighting Back with our friends in Olde Towne East

    The house has been rented and wired with webcams, and the furniture is on its way! Starting Thursday, ABC 6/FOX 28 will be Moving In & Fighting Back with our friends in Olde Towne East.   For 30 days we’ll be living, eating, and working side by side with neighbors as we learn what they have been doing to make their streets safer.  A groundbreaking project all of us at ABC 6/FOX 28 are excited about.
    We are moving into a former drug house that’s been given a makeover by the folks at Columbus Compact, a non-profit group that’s refurbishing vacant and condemned homes in East Columbus.
    Over the past few years, neighbors have seen their fair share of gunfire, drugs, and violence, and have been working hard to not only take back their streets, but to do it in a unique and creative way.      Thanks to The Olde Towne East Block Watch, Central Community House, and The First English Lutheran for rolling out the welcome mat, even before we’ve moved in.
    We hope you share in our experience by taking a peek inside our Fighting Back house through our 24-hour webcams, joining our weekly online chats, or checking us out on Facebook our twitter!  If you have a story you’d like to share drop us a line
    Thanks for joining us as we move in and fight back!

    http://abc6onyourside.com/newsroom/features/moving-in/

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    Join your neighbor’s to greet our month long guests from ABC6/FOX 28 on Friday, April 27, 2012 starting at 4:30 p.m. till 6:30 p.m.

     

    Join your neighbor’s to greet our month long guests from ABC6/FOX 28 on Friday, April 27, 2012 starting at 4:30 p.m. till 6:30 p.m. on the corner on East Main Street and Champion Avenue. What a great opportunity we have to promote the upcoming Tour of Homes, block watch groups in our area, our businesses old and new, Hot Times, along with all the wonderful residents who call Olde Towne East home. We are going to be showcased for the next month on ABC6/FOX 28. Join in, tune in and visit http://www.abc6onyourside.com

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    ABC 6/FOX 28 is highlighting Olde Towne East as part of its “Fighting Back” segment, in recognition of the work and successes of the 12Th Precinct Officers, C.R.T Officers, block watch groups, businesses, churches and residents of OTE working together to take back our streets.

    Food, family, and fun.  Police playing football with kids, adults conversing over hot dogs, this is a neighborhood that works together.  Great community cook-out to welcome WSYX-Channel 6 to Olde Towne.  WSYX is highlighting Olde Towne East as part of its “Fighting Back” segment, in recognition of the work and successes of the 12Th Precinct Officers, C.R.T Officers, block watch groups, businesses, churches and residents of OTE working together to take back our streets.

     

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    ABC 6/FOX 28, 12Th Precinct Officers, C.R.T Officers, block watch groups, businesses, churches and residents of OTE working together.

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    Low-Cost Security Options

    COLUMBUS — ABC 6 is on your side with some inexpensive ways to fight back against crime.
    Columbus Police Officer Jason Jackson tells us that making sure your shrubs and hedges are less than seven-feet-tall will prevent thugs from hiding in your backyard.
    Light timers can be bought for under $5 and they can be programmed to turn off and on when you’re out out. Motion detectors or flood lighting are also recommended.
    Security pens and black light flashlights are available to Columbus City Block Watches. Homeowners can write their serial numbers on their property with invisible ink that can easily be read by police with a black light. If there is not a block watch in your area, contact Columbus Police to borrow the crime fighting kit.   http://abc6onyourside.com/shared/newsroom/features/fightingback/videos/wsyxvid161.shtml

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    Bike patrol police officers-Olde Towne East

    Watch the video player above as Steve Levine talks to bike patrol police officers about the turnaround seen over the past years in the streets of Olde Towne East.

    http://abc6onyourside.com/shared/newsroom/features/fighting_back/videos/wsyx_vid_163.shtml

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    12Th Precinct Clean Up Tuesday, May 22,2012

    12Th Precinct (950 East Main Street) Clean Up Tuesday, May 22,2012 from 4:30PM-6:30PM. We will be meeting at the sub-station to pick up trash,cut down over grown hedges along the sidewalk and fence and spreading new mulch.
    We’ll provide some tools and trash bags, but  feel free to bring your own as well. Hedge trimmers and pruners will be  especially helpful!
    We want to express to the officers of the 12Th how much our community appreciates what they do in and around Olde Towne East by not only “sprucing up the sub-station” grounds but also presenting the officers of the 12Th with a special thank you to be presented at this time also.
    Look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, May 22, 2012.
    Any questions contact Kathy Webb or Mike Moore at
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    National Police Week 2012 Official Dates May 13-19, 2012

    www.NationalPoliceWeek.com

    National Police Week 2012 Official Dates May 13-19, 2012

    *** Events in Washington, D.C will be held from May 13-May 16 ***

    Click here for Official C.O.P.S. and National Police Week merchandise

    National Police Week activities in Washington, D.C.

    Saturday, May 12 Early Arrival Day

    Sunday, May 13 Official Arrival Day 24th Annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

    Monday, May 14 First Day – National Police Survivors’ Conference Alexandria, VA

    Tuesday, May 15 National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service United States Capitol

    Wednesday, May 16 Second Day – National Police Survivors’ Conference

    Thursday, May 17 Official Departure Day

    Click here for Official NPW information from COPS

    For more information, contact Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. www.nationalcops.org 1-800-784-COPS cops@nationalcops.org

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    Find out how Olde Towne East neighbors used a liquor option to fight back against crime in the area.

    Find out how Olde Towne East neighbors used a liquor option to fight back against crime in the area.

    http://abc6onyourside.com/shared/newsroom/features/fighting_back/videos/wsyx_vid_169.shtml

    Meet a former gang member who is doing his part to steer kids away from a life of crime.

    http://abc6onyourside.com/shared/newsroom/features/fighting_back/videos/wsyx_vid_172.shtml

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    Message from Jim Gilbert F.O.P. President

     Jim Gilbert Thank you for all the support you continue to demonstrate to our rank/file CPD member, your officers!!! Looking forward to seeing you all tomrw. Evening!

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    12Th Precinct (950 East Main Street) Clean Up Tuesday, May 22,2012 from 4:30PM-6:30PM. We will be meeting at the sub-station to pick   up trash,cut down over grown hedges along the sidewalk and fence and spreading new mulch. We’ll provide some tools and trash bags, but feel free to bring your own as well. Hedge trimmers and pruners will be especially helpful!   We want to express to the officers of the 12Th how much our community appreciates what they do in and around Olde Towne East by not only “sprucing up the sub-station” grounds but also presenting the officers of the 12Th with a special thank you to be presented at this time also. Look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, May 22, 2012.

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    Neighbors show officers their appreciation by helping with some spring cleaning at the 12th precinct.

    12Th Precinct Officer appreciation.  With heartfelt gratitude to the officers who serve and protect the residents of the 12Th precinct.

    -From the Olde Towne East Block Watch Groups

    Thank you Columbus Compact, Lowe’s, ABC 6/FOX 28 and all the volunteers who made this possible.

    http://abc6onyourside.com/shared/newsroom/features/fighting_back/videos/wsyx_vid_175.shtml

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    Take the time and remember! Memorial Day Monday, May 28, 2012

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    12Th Precinct stats for February and March 2012

    3-14 Feb 12 stats – 12 pct (1)

    4-13 Mar 12 stats – 12 pct

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    Columbus Police Zone / Precinct Maps updated 2011

    Columbus Police Zone / Precinct Maps

    http://www.columbuspolice.org/Maps/Citywide%20Overview%20Maps%20-%20Revised%2011-2011.pdf

    Car (cruiser)Numbering System 

    The 1st, or 1st & 2nd digit, denote the precinct.  The last digit is the cruiser district. District “8″ cars are paddy wagons

    Examples:  Car 14 is 1 precinct, cruiser district 4.   Car 102 is 10 precinct, cruiser district 2.   Car 168 is 16 precinct, wagon

    Numbers preceded by a “9″ are Mid-Watch Cars.  (Overlapping Shifts)  Examples:  9014,  9102

    Sergeants are “S” followed by the precinct number.   Lieutenants are “L” followed by the zone number

    600 Units are Freeway Patrol and Motorcycle Officers

    CPD currently has 6 Jet Helicopters, armed with a Nightsun Searchlight & FLIR Infrared Imaging

    Helicopters identify as “Chopper”

     

     

     

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    File and review police reports on line

    To file a police report on line click the link below:
    To review a police report that has been filed click the below link:
    Please Read
    The following application has been created by the City of Columbus, Division  of Police for informational purposes only. In no way does the following  information represent an official police report. If you require a copy of an  official police report please contact the Records Section at 614-645-4747.

    The Division of Police advises against using the following information for  statistical purposes or crime trends. The information is not representative of  all crime in Columbus and due to Division policy the information displayed is  subject to several restrictions.

    1. Only basic information from official police reports will be displayed.
    2. Only suspect information of arrested suspects will be displayed.
    3. At no time will domestic violence information, juvenile crime victims, or  sex crime victims be displayed.
    4. The crime information displayed should never be represented as an official  police report for ANY purpose.
    While every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information,  the Division of Police makes no warranties or representations regarding its  accuracy or completeness.
    Due to staffing shortages in the Columbus Division of Police  Records Section, reports filed with the Telephone Reporting Unit may not be  available for as many as 14 days.

     

     

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    City of Columbus 311 call center

    http://311.columbus.gov/

    The City of Columbus Call Center provides a way for you, the resident, to  submit a request for City Services. The Call Center is the single point of  contact for requesting all non-emergency City services and is available to  residents, City businesses, and visitors.
    The Columbus Call Center is  also known as “3-1-1″; its mission is to provide access to City services and  City information with the highest possible levels of customer service. The  “3-1-1″ initiative strives to help City agencies provide efficient service  delivery by allowing them to focus on their core missions, manage workloads  efficiently, provide insight into the needs of residents, and measure how well  services are delivered. Click here to see  a video overview of the 311 Service Center
    For emergency issues regarding Columbus public utilities, please  contact the Department of Public Utilities directly: For water  emergencies during non-business hours, call 645-7788. For electric  emergencies during non-business hours, call 645-7627. For sewer emergencies  during non-business hours, call 645-7102.
    FEATURED SITES
    Submit Service Request
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    Schedule Bulk Pickup Online
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    To view the status of your existing Service Request please click the link  below. Note: you will need a valid Service Request number.
    Click Here>>>
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    REPORT LITTERING AND ILLEGAL DUMPING

    To report illegal dumping and littering click the link below:
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    Crime Stoppers: Burglary in Old Town East

    Burglary in Old Town East

    COW 25-35 2
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    On Thursday, April 12, 2012, at approximately 11:15pm, an unknown male broke into the front door of a residence in the Old Town East area of Columbus.  This is the second time this residence has been burglarized within a two-day timeframe.  Both times, flat screen televisions were stolen.  Surveillance photos of the suspect may be viewed on our website, www.stopcrime.org.

     

    The suspect is described as: Male/Black, light complexion, late 50s, 5’10”, 235lbs, graying sideburns which connect to his mustache, wearing a light colored toboggan and a light colored hooded jacket.

    Crime Stoppers has posted a reward of up to $2,000.00 for any information received by June 27, 2012, leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the persons responsible for this crime.  Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-645-TIPS (8477) or go to our website at www.stopcrime.org and e-mail your tip.   You can text a tip to “CRIMES” 274637, key word CMH.

    Crime Stoppers does not use Caller ID or record telephone conversations.  A special coding system protects the identity of the caller.  Crime Stoppers also takes calls from persons with information about any felony.  Information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of a felony suspect could qualify the caller for a reward as determined by the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors.  For more information on Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, visit our website at www.stopcrime.org.

    Crime Stoppers is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization.  Reward money comes from private individuals, businesses, and foundations that see Crime Stoppers as an integral tool in the community’s fight against crime.  Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Central Ohio Crime Stopper’s, Inc., and P.O. BOX 16038, COLUMBUS, OH 43216-6038.

    Watch for the depiction of each “Crime of the Week” during newscasts on WCMH NBC 4, Sunday morning 7a.m., 9 a.m. and at 6 p.m., as well as Monday 12 Noon.  Also watch for the depiction to be aired on WBNS 10TV, WSYX ABC 6, WTTE FOX 28, and featured in The Columbus Dispatch every Monday.

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    July 2012 Olde Towne East area Block Watch meetings

    South of Main Block Watch Meeting
    Saturday July 7, 2012 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    12th Precinct Police Sub-station
    950 East Main Street Columbus, Ohio 43205
    Contact southofmainbw@oteblockwatches.org or by calling 614.525.9633
    Quarterly Fair Avenue Block Watch Meeting
     Monday July 9, 2012 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Word Church – 115 Wilson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    Contact  fairavenuebw@oteblockwatches.org   or by calling 614.525.9633
    Ohio/Parsons Block Watch Meeting
    7:00 PM Tuesday July 10, 2012
    12th Precinct Police Sub-station
    950 East Main Street Columbus, Ohio 43205
    Contact ohioparsonsbw@oteblockwatches.org  or by calling 614.525.9633
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    12Th Precinct June 2012 stats

    To view stats click on the following link:

    7-9 June 12 stats – 12 pct

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    Download and use this form to conduct your own home security survey!

    NCW_Home_Security_Survey

    Thank you to Officer David Byers for providing us with this Home Security Survey.

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    Stop the texts. Stop the Wrecks

    http://youtu.be/dGUea4fcagc

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    August 2012 Olde Towne East area block watch meetings

    South of Main Block Watch Meeting
    Saturday,  August 4, 2012 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    12th Precinct Police Sub-station
    950 East Main Street Columbus, Ohio 43205
    Contact southofmainbw@oteblockwatches.org or by calling 614.525.9633
    Ohio/Parsons Block Watch Meeting
    7:00 PM Tuesday, August  14, 2012
    12th Precinct Police Sub-station
    950 East Main Street Columbus, Ohio 43205
    Contact ohioparsonsbw@oteblockwatches.org  or by calling 614.525.9633
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    The ABC’s of the CPD and CFD: Violent Crime 7/25/12 (On demand video in the middle of the page.) Vice and street prostitution. Watch this video for more information.

    http://ctv.columbus.gov/CTVProgram.aspx?pid=763

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    12Th Precinct July 2012 stats

    To view click on the link below.

    8-6 July 12 stats – 12 pct

     

     

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    The C.P.D next Citizen Police Academy will be starting!

    The Next Citizen Police Academy will be starting

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

    The session will run every Tuesday for nine (9) weeks at the CPD Academy

    Applications need to be in to CPD by August 17th 2012

    http://www.columbuspolice.org/CommunityInteraction/CitizensAcademy.html

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    South of Main Block Watch Meeting September 1, 2012

    South of Main Block Watch Meeting September 1, 2012
    12th Precinct Police Sub-station
    950 East Main Street Columbus, Ohio 43205
    10:00 AM on Saturday, September  1, 2012.
    Contact southofmainbw@oteblockwatches.org for more information
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    Posted in 12Th Precinct, 12Th Precinct stats, block watch meetings, blockwatch, columbus, community alerts, crime prevention, downtown columbus, Events, ohio, Olde Towne East | Leave a comment

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    Ohio/Parsons Block Watch meeting Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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    August 2012 12Th Precinct monthly stats

    To view click on link below.

    9-12 Aug 12 stats -12 pct

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    12Th Precinct Tire Dumpster Day!

    Officer Kalous has received  requests about tire pick up’s in the area, due to dumping and mosquitoes. Liberty Tire has been gracious enough to help us with this project. We are arranging a tire drop off that will be at Main and Kelton in the gravel lot next to Churches Fried chicken.

    We are going to have a dumpster there the second Saturday of October for you all to drop off tires. This is plenty of time to arrange alley clean ups and get rid of those tires that has been lying around.

    Please remember this is FOR TIRES ONLY no other dumping will be allowed! Officer Kalous will be sitting there making sure nothing is dumped but tires. The hours that will be available to drop these tires off are going to be 11:30 am to 2:30pm on October 13, 2012.   Any questions email info@oteblockwatches.org

    Thanks to Liberty Tire and Officer Kalous!

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    South of Main Block Watch Meeting October 6, 2012

    South of Main Block Watch Meeting

    12th Precinct Police Sub-station

    950 East Main Street Columbus, Ohio 43205

    10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 6, 2012

    Contact southofmainbw@oteblockwatches.org for more information

    http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=950+East+Main+Street+Columbus%2C+Ohio+43205

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    Fair Avenue Block Watch Meeting October 8, 2012

    Fair Avenue Block Watch Meeting
    Monday, October 8, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
     Located at the Word Church 115 Wilson Avenue
     Contact fairavenuebw@oteblockwatches.org for more information
    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=115+Wilson+Avenue+Columbus%2C+Ohio&hl=en
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    Ohio/Parsons Block Watch Meeting October 9, 2012

    12th Precinct Police Sub-station
    950 East Main Street Columbus, Ohio 43205

    7:00 PM on Tuesday, October 9, 2011
    Contact ohioparsonsbw@oteblockwatches.org for more information
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    2012 Halloween Trick-Or-Treat Times

    October 25
    Amanda 6-7:30 Athens 5:30-6:30 Bremen 6-7:30 Heath 5:30-7 Lancaster 6-7:30 Newark 5:30-7
     October 28
    Ashville 4-5:30
    October 30
    Bucyrus 5:30-7:30 Circleville 5-6
    October 31
    Bexley 5:30-7 Canal Winchester 5:30-7:30 Chillicothe 6-7:30 Columbus 6-8 Coshocton 5-6:30 Dublin 6-8 Gahanna 6-8 Galena 6-7:15 Grandview Heights 6-8 Groveport 5:30-7 Granville 5:30-7 Grove City 6-8 Hebron 5:30-7 Hilliard 6-8 Johnstown 6-7:30 Lewis Center 6-8 Liberty 6-8 Marion 5:30-7:30 Marysville 6-8 New Albany 6-8 Orange Township 6-8 Ostrander 6-8 Pataskala 6-8 Pickerington 6-8 Plain City 6-8 Powell 6-8 Reynoldsburg 6-8 Sunbury 6-8 Upper Arlington 6-8:25 West Jefferson 5:30-7:30 Westerville 6-8 Worthington 6-8
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    Fair Avenue Block Watch meeting has been rescheduled

    Fair Avenue Block Watch meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, October 15, 2012.

     The meeting that would normally be scheduled today is scheduled for next Monday, October 15, 2012.  Contact fairavenuebw@oteblockwatches.org for more information

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    12Th Precinct Tire Dumpster Day-A huge success

    On Saturday, October 13, 2012, 12Th Precinct residents and block watch members collected 111 abandoned and unused tires from our alleys and other locations.

    Thank you to all who participated and disposed of these tires properly.  Special thanks to Liberty Tires and Officer Kalous!

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    12Th Precinct stats for September 2012

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    10-12 Sep 12 stats – 12 pct

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    We have the Checklist to the most secure home.  Can you pass the test? Find out how safe your home is today! http://bit.ly/R6pisF

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    A “Dry” Olde Towne East Improves Quality Of Life, Residents Say

    http://wosu.org/2012/news/2012/11/12/a-dry-olde-towne-east-improves-quality-of-life-residents-say/

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    Let your blue lights shine for law enforcement during the holidays!

    Let your blue lights shine for law enforcement during the holidays! The idea be…
    gan in 1989 when Mrs. Dolly Craig wrote to C.O.P.S. that she would be putting two blue candles in her living room window that holiday season. One of the candles was for her son-in-law, Daniel Gleason, who had been killed in the line of duty on June 5, 1986, while serving with the Philadelphia (PA) Police Department, and one was for her daughter and Danny’s wife, Pam, who had been killed in an automobile accident in August 1989. Danny and Pam had 6 children. Dolly Craig is now deceased as well, but her idea is her legacy. Project Blue Light now burns bright in the hearts of the nearly 30,000 survivors of America’s fallen law enforcement officers during the holiday season. C.O.P.S. adopted this idea as a way that everyone could honor the officers who serve and protect us while remembering those who have been killed in the line of duty. Project Blue Light has grown steadily as a way of remembering our departed law enforcement officers across America and beyond. The concept is a simple one. Place a single blue light in your window in memory of fallen officers.  Join us as part of “Project Blue Light,” and let your blue lights shine for law enforcement during the holidays.  Remember, the color blue is also a symbol of peace.  When you display your blue lights, you’ll be sending a dual message to everyone driving by that you support America’s peacekeepers, and that you hope the coming year will be a time of peace.

     

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    Columbus Graffiti Sends Gang Messages With Symbols, Designs

    http://www.10tv.com/content/sections/video/index.html?video=%2Fsites%2F10tv%2Fvideos%2F2012%2F11%2F15%2Fgraffiti-decoder.xml&cmpid=share

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    Super Saver AKA Champion Market declaired a PUBLIC NUISANCE 1130 East Main Street

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    These tips could help prevent home burglaries and car theft during the holidays.

    These tips could help prevent home burglaries and car theft during the holidays.

    When you think of the holiday season, “car theft” and “home burglaries” aren’t exactly the first words that come to mind.

    But it turns out that New Year’s Day, New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve are among the top-ranked holidays for car theft in the United States, according to the National Crime Information Center. Home burglaries increase during the holidays, too, according to law enforcement officials.

    Don’t let thieves spoil your holiday season! Follow these tips to keep your home and car secure.

    Prevent Car Theft and Break-Ins

    Whether you’re shopping at the mall or on main street, keep these tips in mind to prevent thieves from stealing or breaking into your car.

    Park smart: Park in well-lit areas, away from dumpsters or large vehicles that can serve as hiding places for thieves or carjackers. If you’re going do more shopping after putting purchases in your car, change parking locations, so thieves don’t see you leaving your car full of gifts.

    Stow your stuff: Keep your purchases hidden in the trunk, and consider using blankets, garbage bags or boxes to camouflage gifts.

    Use common sense: When parking your car, lock it, close the windows, and always take your keys with you. Never hide a second set of keys in your car, or leave it running unattended.

    Don’t get towed: To thwart thieves who use tow trucks to steal cars, use your emergency brake when parking, or turn your wheels toward the curb when parking on a street.

    Holiday Burglary Prevention Tips for Your Home

    Thieves love houses full of holiday gifts, especially when no one’s home. These tips can help prevent home burglaries.

    Lock it, trim it: Lock all doors, and securely fasten windows. Specifically, use deadbolt locks, and place metal rods or wooden dowels in the tracks of sliding doors. Trim bushes and trees so they don’t provide cover for burglars.

    Keep up appearances: Don’t post social media updates (or notes on your front door!) revealing you’re not at home. When you’re out, make your home appear occupied by using timers on lights, radios or TVs.

    Out of sight, out of mind: Avoid displaying holiday gifts so they can be easily seen through windows. Schedule package deliveries for times that you’re home. After the holidays, break down boxes for high-value gifts so they fit in your garbage can and are not visible.

    Neighborhood watch: When you’re away from home for extended periods, have a trusted neighbor keep an eye on things, and stop mail and newspaper deliveries.

     

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    RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. Surviving an Active Shooter Event

    http://youtu.be/5VcSwejU2D0

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    Kent Street Market Hearing

    The hearing will be Tuesday, January 22, 2013.  It is on the docket to start at 1:00 p.m. in room 15C at 375 South High Street.  Judge Hale  (The old court house)

    We need members of the community from Driving Park, Livingston Avenue and community members from the Near East Side to appear at the hearing below regarding the Kent St Market before Judge Hale on 01-22-2013.  Judge Hale is really good about listening to the community and it will help keep this problem market closed.  It is good to show support for the officers and everyone involved in getting this criminal blight removed from our community.  Numbers matter!!!!!! Please attend!

     

    There is a hearing on 1-22-13 with Judge Hale to determine if these building will remained closed for one year. The State Agents traded EBT Food Stamp Cards for marijuana and crack. Informants from SRB made street level drug purchases in and near the store. PRU informant conducted 3 covert sales of property.

     

    On 01/11/2013, at 10:45 am, In-Tac and State Liquor agent executed a search warrant at 1655 and 1656 Kent St . Liquor agents seized 5 EBT cards 3 of which were bait, bath salts, and a .38 caliber revolver from the owner.

    Arrested from the Market at 1656 Kent St. were UMER MUBARAK MOHAMED, 1/7/80, and TIRHAS B. YEBOYD, 1/15/68. Two other warrants have been filed for two more people associated with the market. No arrests for those two warrants have been made.

    From 1655 Kent St , 4 children were taken to Children’s Services and a pit-bull was taken by animal control.

    A nuisance abatement was obtained through Franklin County and 1655 and 1656 were both boarded up by the county.

    Property Recovery detectives also searched the market and were not able to recover anything from the 3 covert sales that were done.

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    COTA PROPOSED BUS STOP REMOVAL

    North side of East Main Street 18Th and East Main

    South Side of East Main  18Th and East Main
     South side of East Main Street 18Th and East Main

     

     

     

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    12Th Precinct Stats for December 2012

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    1-22 Dec 12 stats – 12 pct

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    Kent Street Market trial is set for Monday, March 4, 2013

    The Kent Street Market trial is set for Monday, March 4, 2013 starting at 10:00 a.m. located at 375 South High Street room 15 C with Judge Hale.
     2 accused of trading drugs, booze, cash for food stamps-Kent Street Market
    Employees of a South Side market traded food-stamp funds for cash, alcohol, cigarettes and drugs over much of the past year, according to a search warrant filed last week.
    Two employees at the Kent Street Market illegally sold beer, wine and cigarettes to undercover patrons paying with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cards, investigators say. They also bought and sold the cards — collectively worth thousands of dollars — and traded marijuana and crack cocaine for them.
    “They were trading drugs for SNAP benefits,” said SuAnn Cook, agent-in-charge for the Ohio Investigative Unit. “What’s supposed to be food for families is now marijuana and crack.”
    Umer Mubarak Mohamed, 33, who is listed as living at the market at 1656 Kent St., is charged with 24 counts of trafficking in food stamps, a fifth-degree felony, and five counts of trafficking in drugs. He also is facing two misdemeanor counts of receiving stolen property.
    Tirhas B. Yeboyd, 44, of 1734 E. Long St., has been charged with nine counts of trafficking in food stamps and two counts of trafficking in drugs.
    Both Mohamed and Yeboyd were arrested on Friday, and each was released on $5,000 bond. Another person also was charged with selling drugs at the market.
    SNAP, known for years as the food-stamp program, is a federal program that provides a way for low- and no-income people living in the United States to purchase food. It is administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with benefits distributed through the states.
    Recipients previously were issued paper stamps to buy food, but in the late 1990s, that was switched to a debit card that could be used to pay for items.
    A search warrant filed in Franklin County Municipal Court details the undercover operation, conducted by the Ohio Investigative Unit and Columbus police.
    It began on April 25 when a confidential informant sold 40 packs of cigarettes and 24 Red Bull drinks, which he said were stolen, to Umer Mohamed for $200.
    Criminal activity progressed to allowing customers to illegally use their SNAP benefits to buy beer, wine and cigarettes, investigators say. Employees, they say, later began paying cash for SNAP cards or trading them for cash, then drugs.
    Mohamed and Yeboyd were blatant in the request for cards and the exchanges, Cook said, offering 50 cents on the dollar for a card. On Oct. 22, Yeboyd’s son — who hasn’t been charged — gave an undercover agent a small bag of marijuana as partial payment for $380 in SNAP benefits on a card, according to the warrant. On several visits after that, the clerks traded SNAP cards for marijuana.
    Undercover agents or informants visited the market 28 times from April through last week. The search warrant was executed on Friday.
    Though the store’s owner, Mohamed Mohamed, hasn’t been criminally charged, prosecutors requested a nuisance hearing against the property in Franklin County Environmental Court.
    In addition to Yeboyd and Mohamed, a third man, Thomas Clayton, 47, of 694 Carpenter St., has been charged with trafficking in drugs and a warrant was issued for his arrest last week. Investigators say that Clayton, who wasn’t employed at the store, sold $100 worth of crack cocaine to an undercover agent at the store on Dec. 5.
    In addition to the criminal charges, the market will face violations on its liquor permit, which could bring a fine or cause the permit to be revoked or suspended.
    Food-stamp fraud is regularly investigated by state agents, Cook said. Buyers sell the cards as cash, trade them for drugs or use them to buy food to resell in stores.
    She said this particular case was significant in its blatancy and impact on the neighborhood.
    “Those retailers who don’t want to follow the rules or provide for a community’s needs, we’re going to investigate,” she said. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/01/15/2-accused-of-trading-drugs-booze-for-food-stamps.html
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    Ohio/Parson Block Watch group will start holding meetings on the 3rd Monday of each month

     

    Starting in March 2013, the Ohio/Parsons Block Watch group will start meeting on the 3rd Monday of each month. 
    The March 2013 meeting will be March 18, 2013. 
    The time and location of the meetings will remain the same.  
    Police Sub-station 950 East Main Street starting at 7:00 p.m. 
    Please mark your calendar now regarding this change.  We look forward to seeing you at the March 18Th meeting. 

     

     Contact info@oteblockwatches.org or by calling (614) 525-9633 for more information

     

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    CPD hopes to have a Spring 2013 Citizen’s Police Academy class

    CPD hopes to have a Spring 2013 Citizen’s Police Academy class starting Monday, April 8, 2013 to run for 9 weeks.  The hours will be 6:30p to 9:30p at the academy – 1000 N. Hague Ave. , Columbus .  Usually it is held in room 133.  Anyone… who is interested – fill out an application and have it to me by Friday, March 15, 2013.
    Thanks and be safe, betty
    Officer Betty Schwab #871
    Advanced Training Columbus Division of Police 1000 N. Hague Ave. Columbus, OH 43204
    http://www.columbuspolice.org/CommunityInteraction/CitizensAcademy.html 614-645-4800
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    12Th Precinct stats for January 2013

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    2-22 Jan 13 stats – 12 pct

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    March 2013 12Th Precinct stats

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    4-18 Mar 13 stats – 12 pct

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    The Ohio/Parsons Block Watch meeting for Monday, May 20, 2013

    The Ohio/Parsons Block Watch meeting

    for Monday, May 20, 2013 starting at 7:00 pm will be held on the patio of the Olde Towne Tavern located at 889 Oak Street

    Columbus, Ohio 43205

    For questions please email info@oteblockwatches.org or call (614) 525-9633

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    Police looking for suspect in Near East Side rape this morning

    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/05/31/police-looking-for-rape-suspect.html

    A Near East Side woman was beaten and raped in her bed by a stranger early today, Columbus police say.
    The rape was reported to police at 6:40 a.m.
    Police said the 27-year-old woman, who lives in the area of Franklin and Sherman avenues, awoke to the stranger standing at the foot of her bed. He jumped on the bed and assaulted her, but police said she alerted a neighbor.
    The neighbor called police, but the man was gone by the time officers arrived.
    The assailant was described as a black man between 24 and 32 years old, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 160 pounds with a fade haircut. He wore a denim vest with snap buttons and no shirt.
    Anyone with information is asked to call the sexual-assault unit at 614-645-6865.

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    PLEASE HELP CATCH THIS THIEF! This guy stole directly from our porch not minutes after a delivery.

    PLEASE HELP CATCH THIS THIEF!  This guy stole directly from our porch not minutes after a delivery.  If you recognize him PLEASE contact me directly Joshua@marriageevolved.com

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeBxb1J_HkY&feature=youtu.be

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    Police identify Near East Side rape suspect

    Columbus police say they have identified the man who beat and raped a woman in her Near East Side bedroom last month.
    Officers are looking for Antiwonne M. Goins, 35, of 398 Miller Ave. He is charged with aggravated burglary, rape, kidnapping and felonious assault in the May 31 attack on Franklin Avenue.
    Police say Goins might still be in the South Side neighborhood surrounding E. Livingston Avenue between 18th Street and I-70. Anyone with information is asked to call the sexual-assault unit at 614-645-4701.
    The 27-year-old woman told police that she awoke to a stranger standing at the foot of her bed. He jumped on the bed and assaulted her, but police said she managed to alert a neighbor.
    Police were called at 6:40 a.m., but the man was gone by the time officers arrived. The woman was treated at a hospital.

    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/06/11/Police-seek-rape-suspect.html

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    Special Story This Wednesday, June 26, 2013 on WBNS 10tv

    From: Glenn McEntyre <glenn.mcentyre@10tv.com>

    Sent: Mon, Jun 24, 2013 5:19 pm

    Subject: Special Story This Weds

    Hello Friends,  Just writing to you to give you a heads up on a special story I’ve been working on for more than a year now.   Some of you already know that I’ve been working on a long-form piece on Human Trafficking.  That is still in the works.    But this Wednesday, we are airing a story on CATCH Court, Franklin County’s program to help trafficking victims break free from their traffickers and life on the streets.  The women of CATCH were incredibly open and brave in allowing us to share their stories.   They really opened my eyes, and I think they will yours as well.
    I hope you will tune in at 7pm for “10tv News Presents” and I hope you will help me get the word out to your networks and friends.  These are important stories that we are fortunate to be able to work on, the kind of stories everyone tells us they want to see more of.  No other station in Central Ohio (and none I’ve heard of ANYWHERE) has committed its time and resources to these kinds of complex, in-depth stories.   For us to keep doing this, we need people to watch!
    I appreciate your help spreading the word this week.  Wednesday 7pm!
    Thanks, Glenn McEntyre Reporter, WBNS-TV 614-460-3346 (office) 614-496-8656 (cell)

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    Gangs using Net to set up attacks

    While girls and boys gulped cold lemonade and navigated their bicycles through the crowd gathered at Franklin Park, police said, a teenage gunman waited to carry out a brazen attack as officers stood nearby.

    Moments before the shot rang out, about 30 teens who had gathered on a hill in the park suddenly began waving their arms and running in different directions. The teens were trying to distract the officers providing security at the Juneteenth Festival on June 15 — interference that was orchestrated by the shooter through social media and text messaging, Columbus police said.

    Lovauntea J. Mickens, 15, allegedly fired his gun once but missed his target; instead, an 11-year-old boy was hit in the leg, police said. The injured boy will recover. Mickens has been charged with felonious assault.

    Violent crime is down in Columbus, but police say gang attacks such as this one organized through social media are on the rise.

    “As quickly as the hashtags appear (on Twitter), they disappear overnight,” Police Chief Kim Jacobs said. “This definitely seems to be a trend, and the brazenness of it seems to be from people that don’t necessarily fear for their life anymore or care.”

    In January, Kaewaun D. Coleman, 15, was shot and killed in what police said was a hit in broad daylight near Linden-McKinley High School.

    The violence mirrors an increase in teen parties held in vacant storefronts and strip malls across the city. The parties usually consist of hundreds of teens crammed into a vacant commercial property, a DJ and little or no adult supervision. Police said they breed violence.

    “These parties are kind of feeding into this subculture of rough thugs,” said Corey Leftridge, who oversees the city’s gang-violence intervention team. “These squads show up to perform their videos or theme songs or something, and it’s kids 13, 14 and 15 years old trying to build reps, and they are not listening to those that are telling them this isn’t the right path.”

    The Juneteenth shooting stemmed from one of these parties.

    Police said Mickens and his friends had a confrontation with another group of teens the night before the shooting at a party on the East Side. Mickens knew police officers were going to be at the festival the next day, so he organized the distraction, police said.

    Gang-violence intervention counselors, part of Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s initiative to reduce gang violence, did not attend the festival. Instead, they were holding a party in the Linden neighborhood with free food and music meant to provide teens and gang members with a peaceful, alternative gathering spot.

    Coleman said last week that the counselors should also have been at the Juneteenth Festival. He said he has since ordered the group to attend any event where there is a chance of violence.

    “The group has been very successful in stemming the tide of violence when they are present, and I know everyone is stretched thin in the summer, but we need to make that happen,” he said.

    Five of the eight intervention-team members hired through a $460,000 contract with the Columbus Urban League last year were let go earlier this year. City officials said some of the counselors were unprofessional. Urban League President Stephanie Hightower, however, said adjustments were made because the program was in its inaugural year and kinks needed to be worked out.

    “So we reconfigured and realized that some new people would be a better fit,” she said. In March, the city approved a $294,000 contract with the Community for New Direction to hire counselors on the North and West sides. The Urban League will continue to handle the East and South sides.

    Coleman said that, despite the few bumps in the program, the city’s declining crime rates, including homicides, show that the police and mediation programs are working.

    He said police will adapt to the new trend of teens’ using social media to organize violence and parties where violence occurs.

    Chief Jacobs said parents and friends need to get more involved and ask teens where they are going and who is going to be at parties or gatherings. Officers are monitoring and, at times, patrolling areas outside parties, and they have increased surveillance of social media.

    Hightower said there needs to a be a community discussion and potential legislation from the Columbus City Council to better regulate the promoters or the permits they receive to host the parties.

    “But I also want to know where the parents are at,” she said.

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    @DispatchSully

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    South of Main Block Watch Meeting

    South of Main Block Watch Meeting
    Saturday, July 6, 2013 starting at 10:00 a.m.
    12th Precinct Police Sub-station 950 East Main Street Columbus, Ohio 43205
    Contact southofmainbw@oteblockwatches.org
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    Ohio/Parsons Block Watch meeting Monday, July 15, 2013

    Ohio/Parsons Block Watch meeting
    Monday, July 15, 2013 starting at 7:00 pm
    The meeting will be held at the home of Mike Moore
    For questions, address or directions please email info@oteblockwatches.org or call (614) 525-9633
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    2013 Summer Tour of Historic Homes

     

     

    Sunday, July 14th, 2013 1pm-6pm

    Beginning at the Scotts MiracleGro Company Community Garden Campus

    Located at 1820 Franklin Park South

     

     

     

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    Ganthers Place 9th Annual Garden Tour

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    Columbus Police Look To ‘End Demand’ Of Prostitution

    Columbus Police Look To ‘End Demand’ Of  Prostitution

    Posted: Jul 24, 2013 3:53 PM EDT   Updated: Jul 24, 2013  4:01 PM EDT

    By: Joe Clark – email
    COLUMBUS, Ohio –

    The Columbus Division of Police  is starting a campaign to “End Demand” of prostitution.
    According to Columbus police,  officers will be joining other cities throughout the United States to shift the  focus from the female suspects to the buying customers, to end the demand for  prostitution.
    Police said this campaign will  not only reduce the demand for prostitution but also help focus attention to  human trafficking.
    A recent 30-day effort focusing  on male customers of prostitution, conducted by vice officers resulted in 71  arrests, including three for narcotics trafficking, one recovered firearm and  numerous contacts with female suspects who may be victims of human trafficking. 
    Police said they will also be  targeting suspects who use the Internet, strip clubs and houses of prostitution,  in an effort to “End Demand.”

     

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    South Of Main Block Watch Meeting

    South of Main BW Mtg

    The 12th Precinct Police Sub-station
    10:00 AM Saturday September  7, 2013

    Contact southofmainbw@oteblockwatches.org for more information or by calling 614.525.9633

    When
    Sat Sep 7, 2013 10am – 12pm Eastern Time
    Where
    950 East Main Street Columbus, Ohio 43205 (map)
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    Ohio/Parsons Block Watch Meeting Monday, September 16, 2013

    Ohio/Parsons Block Watch Meeting
    Monday September, 16,2013 starting at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at 950 East Main Street 43205 12Th Police sub-station Community Liaison Officer Terry Kalous will also be present.
    Tina Mohn, Manager  from Columbus Parks and Recreation will be in attendance to discuss security and aesthetics.  Contact ohioparsonsbw@oteblockwatches.org for more information or by calling 614.525.9633
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    Short videos from the graffiti paint out at Super Saver-AKA-Champion Market on East Main St

    click on the numbers below to view

    002 005 004 007 008 009

     

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    Keeping our history alive in 43205

    The items pictured were stolen from 1765 Bryden Road the in the last 30 days but thanks to Alex Macke, Kathy Webb, Kim Barrett and Mike Moore they are now back where they belong.   Not only do we report crimes in the neighborhood but when possible retrieve the stolen items.   Were not done yet this story is still being written.

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    Hank is missing 3 year old Boston Terrier-Chihuahua mix in Olde Towne East

    UPDATE:  Hank was found and he is back home!

    Hi Neighbors, We lost our dog this morning from our house on Oak near Garfield. His name is Hank and he is a 3 year old Boston Terrier – Chihuahua mix. Let me know if you see him. Thanks! Corrie and Jack

    Contact info@oteblockwatches.org or by calling 614.525.9633

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    A team approach in motion and this is showing! New signage is up at Blackburn Park

    Tina,
    On behalf of the block watch group I would like to thank you for all you have done in the park and helping us with the issues we were having.  The signage at the entrances of the parking areas regarding  no parking are in place and look great.  Also having the tables around the spray park removed has helped.
    Mike Moore.
    Ohio/Parsons Block Watch co-captain
    Hi Mike-
    We have a wonderful team approach in motion and this is showing!  Thanks so much to the Blockwatch in being such wonderful stewards.  Together, we’ll support the intended use and space for Blackburn.
    Tina M. Mohn
    NATURAL RESOURCE AND PROPERTY MANAGER
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    Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday

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    Holiday Shopping Tips from the Community Liaison Unit

    To view click on the following link:

    Holiday Shopping Tips

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    Charity Donations Tips For The Holidays from the Community Liaison Unit

    To view click on the following link:

    Charity Donations

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    Project Blue Light

    “PROJECT BLUE LIGHT”

    The color blue is symbolic of “PEACE”
    By displaying your blue light(s) you send a message that you support
    America’s Peacekeepers, your light is guiding them to safety, and you
    hope the year will be peaceful.
    Shine it for the holiday season or let it shine all year long.

    Project Blue Light is a nationwide recognition of those Police Officers who have died in the line of duty. It began in 1988 in Phila when Dolly Craig wrote a letter to Concerns of Police Survivors stating that she would be honoring her late son-in-law, Philadelphia Police Officer Danny Gleason, during the holiday season by placing a blue light in her window. In 1999 the Horsham Township Police Department planted a tree in Deep Meadow Park on Horsham Road as a memorial to those officers. The evergreen tree is decorated every holiday season with 1,000 blue lights representing all Law Enforcement Officers. We would like to ask each of you to please consider placing a blue light in your window during the holiday season to show your support for your police officers.

    http://www.fallenofficersremembered.org/events/project-blue-light/

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    South of Main Block Watch meeting 12/7/2013

    South of Main Block Watch Meeting

    Saturday, December 7, 2013 starting at 10:00 a.m.
    12th Precinct Police Sub-station
    950 East Main Street Columbus, Ohio 43205

    Contact southofmainbw@oteblockwatches.org or by calling 614.525-9633

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    City officials are asking for help to find a convicted animal abuser who is wanted for a probation violation.

    City officials are asking for help to find a convicted animal abuser who is wanted for a probation violation.

    According to the Columbus city attorney’s office, 35-year-old Steve Jason Hamilton is being sought for violating probation following his animal cruelty conviction in a case that involved the death of two dogs and mistreatment of several other dogs.

    Hamilton uses at least seven aliases and is reportedly from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

    Following an investigation into a citizen complaint that an individual referring to himself as Dr. Fuqua Chang was using Craigslist and other web sites to advertise “Cajun rules” for dog fighting and “gas chamber bloodline” pit bulls for sale, members of the Franklin County Sheriff’s special investigative unit raided Hamilton’s home in March 2010.

    Deputies, who were accompanied by humane agents, found two dead, emaciated pit bulls in a plywood dog pen in the backyard of the house. They also found two underweight adult pit bulls roaming inside the home, and three malnourished juvenile pit bulls tied up in the basement.

    According to reports, Hamilton claimed that “someone poisoned” the pit bulls found penned up and dead. Subsequent necropsies indicated that the animals likely died from starvation.

    Hamilton also alleged that he used an unknown vet “somewhere on Hudson Street” to care for the other animals found on the brink of starvation. He also reportedly claimed he posted the dog fighting rules on his web site for “information purposes” and claimed no knowledge that “gas chamber bloodlines” indicated aggressive dogs illegally bred for fighting.

    Hamilton’s criminal record also includes charges of domestic violence, assault, rape, and failure to register as a sex offender.

    Hamilton has been known to use the names Fuqua J. Hamilton, Alton Carter, Kevin F. Williams, Kevin Jason Williams, Kevin Fuqua Williams, or Dr. Fuqua Chang.

    He is described as a black male, 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighing 301 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. His last known address is listed as a home in the 1100 block of East Livingston Avenue.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Bill R. Hedrick at 614-645-8874 or brhedrick@columbus.gov.

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    The Dollar and More carry-out 860 East Main Street is responsible for this trash!