Block Watch Meeting Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ohio/Parsons Block Watch meeting Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

Starting at 7:00 p.m. We will be meeting at the police substation 950 East Main Street.

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

Officer Kalous will be in attendance

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Halloween Safety

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How safe are you in your neighborhood?

 

 

Just 15 miles separate the homes of Amanda Kirwin and Amanda Damman, but when it comes to crime in the city of Columbus, they couldn’t be farther apart.
Kirwin lives in Cruiser District 83, a Franklinton neighborhood where frustrated residents say their daily chores might include shooing prostitutes out of the vacant house next door or disposing of used syringes before schoolchildren stumble upon them.
Damman, a recent transplant from Toledo, lives in Cruiser District 170, among tidy apartment complexes and streets that meander through charming subdivisions on the Northwest Side, past cul-de-sacs named Otter Lane and Sable Court.
In a review of Columbus Police Division crime reports, The Dispatch found that Damman’s district had the lowest rate of serious crimes in the city last year after the numbers were adjusted for population.
Kirwin’s district had the highest rate, and she bore the full brunt of that on Aug. 12, when her 14-year-old daughter was killed by a bullet directed at someone else. Amanda, who shared her first name with her mother and dreamed of becoming a star, died before starting the ninth grade.
“If we had all the money in the world to get kids away from here to a better place,” her mother said, before pausing. “I was going to do that. I should have done it awhile ago.”
The Dispatch analysis of last year’s Columbus police reports focused on crimes that make residents feel most unsafe in their neighborhoods — burglaries, assaults, robberies, rapes and homicides.
In Cruiser District 83, those crimes were reported at a rate of 1,679 per 10,000 people. In District 170, the rate was 53 crimes per 10,000 people.
In raw numbers, police recorded 218 assaults, 111 burglaries and 46 robberies in District 83. District 170 logged 54 assaults, 46 burglaries and three robberies.
Neither district recorded a homicide in 2013. Another district — 122 on the Near East Side — had the highest homicide rate, with 22 per 10,000 people, the analysis found.
Three Downtown cruiser districts were excluded from the comparison for several reasons. The three districts have very low residential population (fewer than 1,000 people in each district) and a large daytime influx of nonresident workers and visitors. The occasional practice of using the address of police headquarters as the location for crimes that occurred elsewhere also skewed numbers in Downtown’s District 162, which is bounded by Nationwide Boulevard on the north, N. 4th Street on the east, E. Broad Street on the south and the Scioto River on the west.
Three of Franklinton’s cruiser districts were in the top five for worst crime rates in 2013: 83, 84 and 81. Also in the top five were District 54 in South Linden and District 122, a swath of the Near East Side between I-70 and E. Main Street between Downtown and Kelton Avenue.
District 83 in Franklinton also had the highest rate in 2012, and the third-highest in 2011, according to the analysis.
Franklinton landlord Bob Hughes pulled up to one of his rental houses in District 83 on a recent morning, immediately spotting the latest manifestation of crime in the neighborhood. Overnight, thieves had broken into the vacant house next door, plucking out the replacement windows and leaving empty sockets with ragged edges.
“This is my version of what’s going on in the neighborhood,” Hughes said. “I’ve been dealing with this crap for years. I’ve got a flat spot on my head from banging it into the wall.”
During a drive around the district, Hughes seethed as he explained the frustrations and fears that he and his tenants share. His well-kept houses stand out on their blighted blocks, but good tenants are hard to find and harder to keep.
“Your crime statistics are woefully short of what’s really going on here,” he said. “The petty crimes have just destroyed the neighborhood.”
James Robison, a handyman employed by Hughes, places the blame squarely on heroin. Robison, who has lived in Franklinton and on the Hilltop, said the surge in heroin abuse has claimed friends and family with stunning ferocity.
“Kids are breaking into their parents’ houses and stealing everything,” he said.
Prostitution, theft, violence: All of it in District 83 is driven by drugs, residents said.
And “all that s— is happening in front of your kids,” said Ilo Retherford, a mother of five.
Columbus Police Cmdr. Scott Hyland, who supervises patrol operations on the West Side, acknowledged that Franklinton’s 8th Precinct, particularly Cruiser Districts 83 and 84, have entrenched crime problems. Franklinton has logged eight homicides this year, unusual for an area that recorded only one homicide in each of the past two years.
“It doesn’t surprise me that the statistics indicate that those are some of the higher-crime areas on the West Side,” Hyland said. “We have a lot of people really hurting. When people are down and having a hard time, some of the social issues such as drugs and alcohol and whatnot start to become kind of pervasive.”
The neighborhoods that make up Cruiser District 170, in the area of Sawmill Boulevard and Hard Road, show no such signs of strain.
Empty houses there are marked by for-sale signs, not broken windows or head-high weeds. When a woman loiters on a street corner here, she is far more likely to be debating her jogging route than looking for the next trick. Olde Sawmill Park is free of the drug paraphernalia and condoms that often litter Cody Park in District 83.
The neighborhoods in 170 feel similar to the others that round out the five cruiser districts with the lowest crime rates, all in the northern half of the city.
Vladimir Nazlymov, Ohio State University’s head fencing coach, moved to District 170 about 15 years ago. He can’t recall a crime near his home, at least “not something serious,” he said.
The area is close to Ohio State and within the city but is quiet and secure, he said. His wife feels safe while he is away at fencing competitions. On the few occasions that they have left doors unlocked or left valuables outside, nothing bad has come of it.
“We are very happy here,” he said.
Taking a break from her run near Olde Sawmill Park with her Siberian husky, Koda, Damman, the former Toledo resident, said she and her husband moved to a nearby apartment complex largely because their research suggested the area was safe. He works for Big Lots; she has worked with psychiatric patients and is looking for jobs at area hospitals.
“Safety was one of our biggest things,” Damman said. “After a 12-hour shift, I don’t want to feel unsafe when I come home at night.”
When the couple were shopping for housing, they were warned away from some parts of the city, including Franklinton.
That unsavory reputation aggravates District 83 homeowners such as Susan Peters, a Dana Avenue neighbor of Amanda Kirwin and a former member of the Franklinton Area Commission. Peters insists that west Franklinton has all the ingredients of a wonderful neighborhood — hardworking, decent folks, a great location and affordable housing with tremendous potential.
“These homes, they are built like ships,” she said.
She and other residents concede that they face crime brought on by myriad problems: absentee slumlords, drug addiction, multigenerational poverty, parenting that can range from poor to nonexistent.
Peters appreciates the police but wants to see more of them, not only in cruisers but also on bicycles and on foot, locking up petty offenders.
“I don’t care whether you get the ‘big fish,’  ” she said. “These (street-level criminals) terrorize their neighborhood.”
Calling herself “the nosy, gray-haired b—- of the neighborhood,” she said fed-up residents must make a daily stand against crime, sending a unified message that they have had enough.
“The biggest thing you should be afraid of is being a prisoner in your own home,” she said.
Knowing the neighbors, staying alert and participating in crime-watch programs are among the ways residents can fight back, she said.
But many don’t call police to report crimes. “Anyone who lives in Franklinton will tell you that the police are overwhelmed,” said Hughes, the landlord.
Since becoming commander of Zone 3 this summer, Hyland has heard those complaints from West Side residents. The rash of homicides in west Franklinton suggests that the area has “got to be one of our highest priorities.”
It’s been 10 years since he was out on patrol, Hyland said, and he has been “blown away” by what he has seen this summer.
“As a society, have we started to become apathetic toward crime to the point where we’re not even reporting it? Getting these crimes reported is extremely important.”
Back on Dana Avenue, Kirwin said she appreciates the police, who quickly arrested a neighborhood teen and charged him in Amanda’s death.
She tries to visit the cemetery every day to speak to the girl who dreamed of making it on American Idol, who is now memorialized on her friends’ T-shirts and at a makeshift sidewalk shrine.
“She always wanted to be famous,” Kirwin said. “Now, she gets her dream, but it’s the wrong way.”
The shrine of candles, stuffed animals and trinkets has grown smaller as the days pass. People, one neighbor said, have been stealing from it.
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Eastside Community On a Mission

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Eastside Community On a Mission

Eastside residents are taking back their neighborhood with a major push to get rid of problem carryout stores.  Click on link below to view video

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Eastside residents are taking back their neighborhood with a major push to get rid of problem carryout stores.

A neighborhood block watch is on a mission to shut down the establishments claiming they’re a breeding ground for illegal activity including drug dealing.

Resident Mike Moore is leading the effort to cleanup East Main Street near Champion Avenue.  He’s working with police to rid the area of problem carryouts, where illegal activity takes place and where officers say establishment owners shield drug dealers from the law.

“Illegal activity is not going to be tolerated,” said Moore.  “We don’t want you in our neighborhood.”

In an effort to stop drug dealing, the blockwatch got the liquor licenses of five stores revoked including this one on the corner of Champion.  Eventually the business closed, the owner abandoned the building, and now the push is on to have this eyesore demolished.

“They’re just tired of seeing that,” said Columbus Police Officer Terry Kalous.  “They want to be able to be able to walk down Main Street at night without having any issues”

Back in the 1800′s, East Main Street was part of the first historic road in the United States connecting Maryland to the Mississippi River in Illinois.

The stretch of road used to be a popular trade route.   And today residents are committed to bringing back that prominence and vitality this area once had during those glory days.

Jonathan Beard from Columbus Compact is part of the effort to revitalize the eastside and applauds the community effort to cleanup East Main.

“This is a neighborhood where people care and that’s the first step in any turn-around,” said Beard.

Residents say the community spirit is on the upswing as a result of the progress.  And it is that spirit that will help the people here continue the fight to take back East Main.

The neighborhood is hoping in the very near future to get the carryout store on the corner of Champion Avenue demolished.

There’s already interest in the property from Central Community House, a neighborhood center located right next store.

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September 2014 Ohio/Parsons Block Watch meeting

After experimenting with moving the block watch meetings around to different days, it was decided starting in September 2014, the Ohio/Parsons Block Watch will be returning to meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

The next block watch meeting will be September 9, 2014 starting at 7:00 p.m. We will still be meeting at the police substation 950 East Main Street.

Office Kalous will be in attendance

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

 

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Block Watch Meeting Tuesday, August 19 starting at 7:00 p.m. The community is encouraged to attend.

Ohio/Parsons Block Watch meeting
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 starting at 7:00 p.m.
950 East Main Street 43205-12Th precinct Police sub-station

Community Officer Terri Kalous will be in attendance

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

 

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Shooting in the area of Lilley Ave and East Mound Street

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A 14-year-old boy was hospitalized after being shot during a drive-by shooting in southeast Columbus Sunday night.

Officers received a call regarding a shooting at about 10 p.m. in the area of Lilley Avenue and East Mound Street.

Upon arrival, officers found the teen victim with gunshot wounds to the right thigh and right elbow.

The victim was transported to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in stable condition.

Witnesses at the scene tell police a dark-colored SUV or Jeep stopped near the intersection and someone inside of the vehicle began shooting at the victim. The suspect vehicle then sped away from the area following the shooting.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Columbus police assault unit at 614-645-4141 or Crime Stoppers at 614-645-TIPS.

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Block Watch Meeting Tuesday, August 19 starting at 7:00 p.m.

Block Watch Meeting Tuesday, August 19 starting at 7:00 p.m. The community is encouraged to attend.

Ohio/Parsons Block Watch meeting
Tuesday, August 19, 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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Be safe and never walk alone unless you have no other option. Call the police if you feel unsafe.

I just wanted to let everyone know that last night (Wednesday night 13/Thursday morning August 14, 2014)  at 2:30am I was robbed at gunpoint by an approx. 25 year old African American man with dark skin and short hair wearing all black and dark blue baggy clothing including a dark blue or black beanie hat in which he concealed his gun(cheap looking 9mm with a red Truglo type sight.He pretended to be on his phone but quickened his pace and followed me as I turned into the alley toward my house. The robbery occurred on Gustavus Ln near the intersection of Franklin and S. Monroe. I escaped unscathed and without my phone but the situation surely could have been much worse. Please be vigilant and avoid being out at night alone. If you could please let everyone know about this and post it to the OTE facebook page that would be great. I will try to make it to the blockwatch meeting on the 19th. Thanks. Be safe
Morgan
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Two of our three dogs were recently poisoned

Two of our three dogs were recently poisoned, one of them fatally, and this appears to be an intentional act as we don’t keep any poisons at all and the vet said cleaning chemicals would not have reacted this way. Could be an attempt to clear the way for a break in. Your furry friends may be able to hold their own against a burglar, but they are unlikely to refuse poison-laden meat or treats. Be a…ware that there may be someone around OTE that is willing to kill your family dog to get to your stuff. Appalling, but true, and we are devastated. Don’t let your dog be next – supervise their outdoor time! If your dog loses a lot of weight suddenly, gets lethargic, refuses food and water, and begins vomiting & having diarrhea, take them to a vet immediately. We thought our dog had the flu!!
Jennifer
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Block Watch Meeting Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Block Watch Meeting Tuesday, August 19 starting at 7:00 p.m. The community is encouraged to attend.

Ohio/Parsons Block Watch meeting
Tuesday, August 19, 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

www.oteblockwatches.org

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A bicycle is a vehicle. This includes bicycles with 3+ wheels (2101.51/2010.04)

Update as to new city ordinance No. 1182-2014—the “Safe Streets Ordinance”—which came into effect on July 23rd, 2014, and modifies the traffic code. The following substantive changes are now in effect:

 

· A bicycle is a vehicle. This includes bicycles with 3+ wheels (2101.51/2010.04)

· The texting ban now applies to bicyclists (2131.44)

· The duties of vehicles approaching safety vehicles displaying emergency lights apply to bicycles (2131.271)

· When overtaking a bicycle, the safe passing distance for commercial trailers, commercial trucks, semitrailers, trailers, or buses is six (6) feet (2131.03(a)(4))

o The safe passing zone is now three (3) feet for other vehicles

· The six (6) foot buffer is reduced to three (3) feet for a bus operated by a transit agency that has implemented a training program promoting safe bus operation (2101.03(a)(5))

· Police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, parking enforcement officers, and special improvement district ambassadors may ride bicycles on sidewalks in the performance of their official duties

· Motor vehicles are prohibited from entering bicycle lanes (2131.08)

· Additional bicycle parking will be added to streets by the Public Service Director, and on-street bicycle parking is allowed if it does not impede the flow of pedestrian traffic (2151.01(2))

o Motor scooters with engines smaller than 150 cubic centimeters may also park on a sidewalk if they do not impede pedestrians (CCC 2151.01(2)/ORC 4511.68)

 

There are many additional smaller changes that the Safe Streets Ordinance makes to the city code. This includes several changes to definitions that were made to reflect new language in the ORC. The full new code with the changes indicated can be found at https://newords.municode.com/newordinances.aspx?productid=16219 under “Ordinance No. 1182-2014.” A full legal update will follow shortly with more details regarding the new code.

 

Originated by Jeff Furbee, Legal Advisor

Approved by Deputy Chief Timothy Becker

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9 Tips to Help You Protect Yourself and Family

It is never too early to prepare for your family’s future, but waiting to make arrangements could be disastrous. These tips are designed to explain legal and financial options that may help protect your family should something happen to you.

  1. Estate Plan – Protect your family’s financial interests with an estate plan.
  2. Guardian (Custodian) – If you have children, you will need to appoint a guardian in your will. The guardian you select will care for your children should anything happen to you and your spouse. Carefully consider the willingness, financial responsibility, age and health of a potential guardian. It may be beneficial to appoint a separate trustee (conservator) to govern your children’s finances. Talk openly to anyone you appoint about your wishes.
  3. Special Needs Children – With a host of immediate issues such as day-to-day care and education, the parents of special needs children may find it difficult to plan for the future. Advance planning is particularly important for special needs children. Laws regarding trusts, insurance and education vary greatly.
  4. Life Insurance – Term life insurance may be more affordable, but you should examine all available options and consider the amount of coverage your family will need if something happens to you. It may be beneficial for women to purchase life insurance before becoming pregnant. Some health issues that may arise during or after pregnancy could increase the cost or affect the ability to purchase insurance.
  5. Beneficiary Designations – Your will does not determine distribution of life insurance policies or any other accounts with a named “due on death” (DOD) beneficiary. Life insurance policies, retirement plans and investment accounts with a DOD designation are paid out to the beneficiaries who you selected. If you wish to change a beneficiary you must contact the insurance company or financial institution directly.
  6. Short-term Disability Insurance – Even a brief absence from work may create a severe financial burden on your family. Short-term disability insurance supplements wages lost during a short-term medical absence from work. Many plans require you to exhaust any leave paid for by your employer before benefits begin. Some plans reduce the coverage period for certain absences such as maternity leave. Before you sign up for coverage, review the policy terms, including the amount, duration of coverage and limitations.
  7. Long-term Disability Insurance – Long-term disability insurance is every bit as vital as life insurance. An extended illness or disability can be financially devastating. Should you become disabled, it may take a significant amount of time for any government assistance to take effect.
  8. Legal Documents - Keep your estate plan, insurance information and other important documents somewhere secure, such as a safedeposit box, and make sure your family knows where to find them if needed.
  9. Talk to Your Family – Discuss your wishes, arrangements and insurance coverage with your spouse, anyone you appoint in your will and older children. It is important that your family knows how to proceed should anything happen to you.
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Block Watch Meeting Tuesday, July 15 starting at 7:00 p.m.

Block Watch Meeting Tuesday starting at 7:00 p.m. The community is encouraged to attend.

Ohio/Parsons Block Watch meeting
Tuesday, July, 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

www.oteblockwatches.org

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*COMMUNITY ALERT*

*COMMUNITY ALERT*

 July 1st 2am my text alerting neighbors:

Neighbors: its 230am right now. Just before 2am my gut awoke me for whatever reason. I walked to the back of the house saw a neighbors silver cavalier with the trunk up so i looked around and within mins an individual came back dressed with dark green hoody, black pants, blacked out/covered face and same with hands so i couldn’t determine race or anything. Came from chapel was cleaning car out and headed back to chapel and West towards 22nd. I called 911 and went downstairs to grab my car keys to hit my car alarm and within mins the person was looking into an abandoned forest green Honda CRV with a flashlight. By this time I had my remote in hand and hit the alarm on my car to prevent the suspect from breaking in all while reporting to 911 officer. suspect fled to chapel and west towards 22nd that was the last I saw of them. cops arrived around 5-7 mins later drove gustavus east to ohio to bryden headed west using spotlights. police scanner has not indicated anyone caught as of now 240am. Continue to be alert and pass this along to any of your neighbors. My house cameras are on.

S 22nd St

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*COMMUNITY ALERT*

*COMMUNITY ALERT*

A neighbor on Oak Street across from 946 was robbed last night
while they were home. The people broke in and stole a bunch of stuff
including a TV. They also stole the car which was a 2005 dodge neon license: DZC 5472. Attached is a screenshot of the location from an iphone. This has been turned into the local police, but please keep an
eye out for the car, and watch leaving your doors unlocked. We had someone
walking around Oak the other day looking in open doors.

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7 Legal Tips for Settling Disputes with Your Neighbors

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7 Legal Tips for Settling Disputes
with Your Neighbors

The first step toward resolving a dispute is to understand the laws where you live.

  1. Try a Friendly Approach – You may avoid turning a disagreement with your neighbor into a prolonged legal battle by starting with a friendly conversation. Speak with your neighbor calmly about your concerns and together you may come up with a resolution that works well for everyone. Remember, it is likely you will be living next to this person for a long time and starting with a civil conversation may make things much easier.
  2. Disturbances – We all expect to have some peace and quite in our own home, particularly at night. Many localities have noise ordinances that dictate specific hours for quiet. These hours may be extended on the weekends. If talking with your neighbor is unsuccessful, your LegalShield provider law firm may be able to draft a letter on your behalf informing the neighbor of the local noise restrictions. If this too is unsuccessful, you should contact local law authorities to file a noise complaint.
  3. Dangerous or Mistreated Animals – A dangerous animal can cause you to fear for your family’s safety. It may be heartbreaking to see an animal abused or mistreated. In some localities animal matters may be handled by the police, while others may have a dedicated animal control department. Find out the rules where you live and if necessary file a report or formal complaint. If an animal has injured you call your LegalShield provider law firm.
  4. Property Line Disputes – Disputes over the exact location of a property line can become contentious and may require a great deal of expert research to resolve. This may include surveying the property and locating old deeds or property records, some of which may be conflicting. If you are involved in a dispute over a property line, contact your LegalShield provider law firm.
  5. Illegal Activity – Avoid confrontation with a neighbor you believe is involved in illegal activity. In such circumstances, you should contact local law enforcement. If you fear retribution from a neighbor, you may file an anonymous report. Always confirm with law enforcement that your report will be anonymous.
  6. Dangerous Trees – At best a half dead tree or large limb swaying dangerously close to your house may keep you up at night; at worst it could cause injury or property damage. Laws about fallen or dangerous trees vary greatly in different localities. Contact your LegalShield provider law firm to learn more about the laws where you live.
  7. Home Owners Association (HOA) – If you live in a neighborhood governed by an HOA, many common issues may already be addressed in the bylaws. HOA bylaws may contain rules about noise, building on your property and pets. Some bylaws may even require mediation to resolve disputes between neighbors.
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Block Watch Meeting Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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Block Watch Meeting Tuesday starting at 7:00 p.m. The community is encouraged to attend.

Ohio/Parsons Block Watch meeting
Tuesday, June 17 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

www.oteblockwatches.org

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Block Watch Meeting May 20, 2014

Ohio/Parsons Block Watch meeting
Tuesday, May 20, 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

The meeting is open to the public.  You don’t need to be in the boundaries of the Ohio/Parsons Block Watch to attend.  All are welcomed.

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Another example how a security camera can help protect your home and property.

Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2014 8:46 PM
Just wanted to update everyone.  If you are wondering our cameras are the Logitech alert cameras and they are worth their weight in GOLD.  You can purchase them from www.logitech.com, pick the system builder it is cheapest.  You don’t need to wire them, just plug them into power and the video signal goes through the power lines.
We just captured another thief escaping the red cross security.  I can’t believe the stuff they have caught, but if you don’t think they are worth it check out this compilation (this is only a little over a year worth of footage).
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Columbus Division of Police 2014 Community Survey

SRB Logo Columbus Division of Police 2014 Community Survey

 This survey is being conducted for and on behalf of the Columbus Division of Police in an effort to solicit input from members of the community we serve gauging the quality and level of police services throughout Columbus.

This survey is completely anonymous and your participation will allow the Division to asses its efforts, target resources better, and receive input from the community.

This survey consists of 17 questions and should take only a few minutes of your time, but the more details and information you provide, the better the results for us to utilize.

The Division welcomes ALL input and will compile the results into a usable format for command staff personnel to utilize moving forward.

Any questions, comments, or concerns about this survey can be directed to CPD Sgt. Steve Livingston, Strategic Response Bureau, Community Liaison Section via email slivingston@columbuspolice.org

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014CPDCommunitySurvey

 

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Did you know……….

As warmer weather is upon us the Block Watch groups want to remind you to make sure you mark your mowers, weed eaters, grills, outdoor furniture and any other items that could be stolen.  You can mark your mowers with paint and take a picture as one ideal.

We have ultra violet pens that you can use to mark not only your outdoor but indoor possessions.   If you have metal that can be easily taken you can mark this also.  The scrap yards and pond shops are required by law when receiving items to use a black light to see if items are marked.  Learn more about fighting crime by attending your local Block Watch.

 

 

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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/

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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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To Shovel Or Not? What Is Your Responsibility?

Can you be sued for shoveling if someone falls on your sidewalk?

CENTRAL OHIO – This week’s snow and ice storm left its mark on Columbus in more than one way, with many streets still difficult to navigate, and sidewalks too slippery to walk.There is a common perception that you’re more liable in a lawsuit if someone falls on a sidewalk that you’ve shoveled.

But NBC4 discovered that it’s just a misconception.

Residents are no more liable to being sued regardless of if they’ve shoveled the sidewalk. In Ohio, it comes down to walking in the weather at your own risk.

“If the slip and fall is the result of a natural accumulation, not a maintenance issue with that property, the individual that owns that home will likely not be held liable,” said Mary Bonelli, of Ohio Insurance Institute.

If a person falls on your sidewalk, cleared or not, you are not liable – whether or not you shoveled.

“You are walking at your own risk in this inclement weather,” Bonelli said.

It’s a principle well known to people like Brad Davis, who was shoveling a friend’s sidewalk Thursday.

“If you live in Ohio, you expect this kind of weather,” Davis said.

Walking in that weather at your own risk was hashed out more than 20 years ago in a 1993 Ohio Supreme Court decision that found a Reynoldsburg family was not liable when their guest fell on their un-shoveled sidewalk.

“The [Ohio] Supreme Court ruled over 20 years ago that you, as a homeowner, are not required to shovel,” Bonelli said.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t shovel.

Several Central Ohio cities, including Bexley, Columbus, Dublin, Gahanna, and Worthington have ordinances requiring homeowners and businesses to clear a path.

Owners can be cited and fined for not shoveling the walk, but that doesn’t mean you’ll run a higher risk of a lawsuit either way.

Aside of the legalities, Bonelli said that shoveling your sidewalk is still the right thing to do.

Some ordinances, though, have exclusions for those who aren’t physically able to clear their sidewalk.

For more information and examples of some municipality policies, click here.

Columbus:
Shovel your sidewalk:  Under City Code, property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice off sidewalks that abut their properties or are on their properties.  This applies to both residences and businesses (City Code Section 902.03)

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On the House: Earth home still rare even with its merits

Roy Slaymaker is one of our area Block Watch captions.  Way to go Roy!

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Chris Russell | DISPATCH
Roy Slaymaker is shopping around the concept of his EarthArch home, pictured here in a model, and hopes to begin building one this summer for his first client: his mother.

 

By Jim Weiker The Columbus Dispatch • Sunday February 2, 2014 5:42 AM
Roy Slaymaker thinks the future of homebuilding lies in the distant past

Slaymaker, a 56-year-old draftsman from Columbus, has come up with a modern take on the most ancient form of housing — the cave.

He is seeking investors for his invention, a concrete block that Slaymaker says can be formed into an arch that can be covered in dirt to create an underground home.

Slaymaker is shopping around a model of the home, which he calls the EarthArch, but otherwise his home is little more than a concept. He does, however, have his first client: his mother in northern Indiana.

“My mother is 76, and she wants an underground house in the worst way,” he said.

Slaymaker hopes to start work this summer on his mother’s 2,000-square-foot two-story home, which will be full of sunlight from an 810-square-foot atrium and windows at the ends of the arch. The estimated cost (not including the land): $160,000.

EarthArch is the latest incarnation of underground homes, sometimes called earth-sheltered homes or earth-berm homes.

Caves may have been our first home, but once humans emerged from them, they didn’t look back. Despite all the advantages of underground homes, they have never truly caught on, although they did enjoy a bit of a heyday during the 1970s energy crisis.

Some of the obstacles are physical. Earth is a useful insulator, but it’s very heavy and damp, requiring an extremely strong and watertight shell.

Rob Roy, who has written books on earth-sheltered homes and teaches others how to build them at his Earthwood Building School in upstate New York, thinks poorly built homes during the 1970s scared consumers away from the concept.

“There were people building houses that leaked, with structural problems,” he said. “That gave earth-sheltered housing a bad reputation. It got very big very quickly, then died off just as fast. But done properly, it really works well.”

The biggest advantage of earth shelters is the energy savings they can offer. Dirt creates a natural insulator, dramatically narrowing the temperature extremes inside the shell.

Another advantage is their resistance to tornadoes or other storms.

That’s a virtue that Rick Ohanian, a Columbus man who runs Home Sweet Earth Home (www.Underground Homes.com), hopes to capitalize on. He has been building earth homes for 30 years.

“I’m doing two right now, one in Wyoming and one in Oklahoma,” he said. “I think the market has picked up a tad. It was in a lull last year.

“Prompted by a tornado in Oklahoma last year, I thought if I could beef up materials on the front wall of the home, we could have America’s first tornado-proof home.”

Ohanian and Roy don’t dismiss Slaymaker’s version of the earth home — without having a home or even the concrete block to examine, there’s nothing really to evaluate — but they point out that building earth homes from concrete block or from arches isn’t new.

Roy included a striking arch home in Colorado in his 2006 book Earth-Sheltered Houses.

Ohanian builds his homes from poured concrete and is confident enough of his method to offer a lifetime guarantee against leaks.

Still, he is well aware that earth-sheltered homes aren’t likely to put conventional builders out of business any time soon.

Among other challenges, underground homes require large lots and are difficult to finance because finding comparable homes for appraisals is nearly impossible.

But Ohanian is also well-versed in the virtues of earth-sheltered homes.

“No. 1, you’ll save 80 or 90 percent on heating and cooling. No. 2 is the tornado-proof aspect, and No. 3, the temperature without any heat source never goes below 40 and above 68. You can survive in one of these without any heat source with a sweater.”

Given this winter’s arctic chill, that’s a virtue Ohioans can understand.

Jim Weiker writes on home and garden topics. Reach him at 614-461-5513 or by email.

jweiker@dispatch.com

 

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Ohio/Parsons Block Watch scheduled for this evening Monday, January 20, 20014 is cancelled

The Ohio/Parsons Block Watch scheduled for this evening Monday, January 20, 2014 is cancelled due to a medical issue. Contact Kathy or Mike if you have any issues that need attention. email info@oteblockwatches.org
Thank you

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Ohio/Parsons Block Watch Meeting January 20, 2014

Ohio/Parsons Block Watch Meeting

Monday, January 20,2014 starting at 7:00 p.m.
Meetings are held at 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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Winter Warming Stations Open In Columbus

Winter Warming Stations Open In Columbus

Posted: Jan 06, 2014 7:45 AM PST

Updated: Jan 06, 2014 8:54 AM PST

By: Candice Lee – email

    • Winter Warming Stations Open In Columbus

    • COLUMBUS, Ohio -

Central Ohio temperatures have been sent into the deep freezer by what experts are calling a “polar vortex.”

Wind chills are expected to reach -37 degrees Monday night, into Tuesday morning.

To help people get out of the cold, the Community Shelter Board announced the opening of more than a dozen warming centers throughout Columbus.

“These are about a dozen or so churches that have agreed to allow people to get out of the cold,” said Sara Loken with the Community Shelter Board.

Warming centers are activated when temperatures, actual or wind chill, drop to 25 degrees or below.

Residents can stay warm by visiting the following Columbus Recreation and Parks’ community facilities open to the public as warming centers during traditional operating hours:

  • Dodge, 667 Sullivant Ave.
  • Gillie, 4625 Morse Centre
  • Martin Janis, 600 E. 11th Ave
  • Lazelle Woods, 8140 Sancus
  • Marion Franklin, 2801 Lockbourne
  • Whetstone, 3923 N. High Street

NBC4 will have more on this story coming up tonight on NBC4 at 5 p.m.

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Have A Safe and Happy Holiday Season

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Ohio/Parsons Block Watch meeting that was rescheduled for Thursday, December 19, 2013 is cancelled

Our community liaison Officer was injured this morning (12/18/2013) on I-670 while assisting a motorist with two babies inside the vehicle. She is currently at the hospital and after during x-rays she is currently having an MRI. I will keep you posted on her condition and what is happening.

Due to this accident, the Ohio/Parsons Block Watch meeting that was rescheduled for Thursday, December 19, 2013 is cancelled. We will meet at our regular time and place starting in January 2014.

Any questions/concerns please contact us @ info@oteblockwatches.org or by calling 614-525-9633

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OHIO/PARSONS BLOCK WATCH MEETING FOR THIS EVENING HAS BEEN CANCELLED

*ATTENTION*
THE OHIO/PARSONS BLOCK WATCH MEETING FOR THIS EVENING MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2013 HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER!

The Ohio/Parsons Block Watch meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, December 19, 2013 starting at 6:30 p.m. Please note the change in time. If your unable to make it until 7:00 p.m. come anyways. See you Thursday, December 19, 2013.

 

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SLUMLORD PROPERTY MANAGER

slumlord – Definition [sluhm-lawrd]
(n.) Landlord who owns slum buildings, esp. one who fails to maintain or improve the buildings

Here again we are faced with the property management company:

Golden Gate Real Estate
Corey LaVeris, Property Manager
614 946-0747
www.goldengaterealestate.org

Who continues to neglect, monitor and clean up the property located at 281 South 18Th Street. The lovely picture you see from their web site isn’t what you see from this property they manage. This shows how much consideration Golden Gate Real Estate, Corey LaVeris,  has towards our neighborhood.  How long do the neighbors who live around the 6 unit must put up with seeing this?

Golden Gate Real Estate, Corey LaVeris, Property Manager has knowing allowed a sex offender to live in one of these apartments and has been now for a couple of years.

According to the law a sex offender must live outside 1000 feet from a park. Blackburn Park and Recreation Center is not 1000 feet from this apartment.

Here is Mr. LaVeris statement to letting the offender continue to live in this 6 unit.

“From what I understand regarding the residency law, if the offense occurred prior to 2007, the daycare/pre-school restriction does not apply. Is this correct? Please advise. ”

Corey LaVeris
Golden Gate Real Estate
(614) 946-0747
www.goldengaterealestate.org

Yes Mr. LaVeris it does apply as you were told by Kristen M. Kroflich, MSW, Esq.
Assistant City Attorney

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New Year’s Eve – Columbus Police

www.columbuspolice.org
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Ohio/Parsons Block Watch Meeting Monday, December 16, 2013

Ohio/Parsons Block Watch Meeting

 

Monday, December 16, 2013 starting at 7:00 p.m.
Meetings are held at 950 East Main Street 43205 12Th Precinct Police sub-station

Contact ohioparsonsbw@oteblockwatches.org for more information or by calling 614.525.9633
http://www.oteblockwatches.org/

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

The Dollar and More carry-out 860 East Main Street is responsible for this trash. This was behind the dumpster on the lot and he paid someone to put it in the alley and then take it from that spot and put into a yard. Pictures don’t lie carry-out owner and neither does the person who spoke with you about it and you agreed it was yours and you would dispose of it properly. Your type of business isn’t what we want on East Main Street. According to code Officer Jill Watts nothing can be done about this even with the pictures that can be traced back to the same trash behind Dollar and More’s dumpster and a witness and the carry-out owner admitting it was his! Something is wrong with the laws in this city!
UPDATE: 12/13/2013
Received a return call back from the sheriff regarding Dollar and More and the situation with the trash. They ASSURED that not only will they take care of it but the property owner will not be paying to have it removed. Someone’s getting a visit. They have enough evidence with the pictures and witness. SHAME ON THE CITY OF COLUMBUS THAT A PERSON PAYS TAXES FOR CODE ENFORCEMENT AND THAT THEY WILL NOT ENFORCE THE LAW AND ONE MUST GO THE COUNTY FOR HELP. What’s the point in having code laws if no one will enforce them? Once again our city tax dollars at work! 
Thank you Nail-A-Dumper for picking up where the city of Columbus fails it’s community. 
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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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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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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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Charity Donations Tips For The Holidays from the Community Liaison Unit

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Charity Donations

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Holiday Shopping Tips from the Community Liaison Unit

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Holiday Shopping Tips

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Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ganthers Place 9th Annual Garden Tour

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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March 2013 12Th Precinct stats

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4-18 Mar 13 stats – 12 pct

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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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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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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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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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12Th Precinct Stats for December 2012

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1-22 Dec 12 stats – 12 pct

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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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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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RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. Surviving an Active Shooter Event

http://youtu.be/5VcSwejU2D0

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

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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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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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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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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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12Th Precinct stats for September 2012

Click on the link below

10-12 Sep 12 stats – 12 pct

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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August 2012 12Th Precinct monthly stats

To view click on link below.

9-12 Aug 12 stats -12 pct

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

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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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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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12Th Precinct July 2012 stats

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8-6 July 12 stats – 12 pct

 

 

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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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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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Stop the texts. Stop the Wrecks

http://youtu.be/dGUea4fcagc

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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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12Th Precinct June 2012 stats

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7-9 June 12 stats – 12 pct

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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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Crime Stoppers: Burglary in Old Town East

Burglary in Old Town East

COW 25-35 2
COW 25-35 1

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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REPORT LITTERING AND ILLEGAL DUMPING

To report illegal dumping and littering click the link below:
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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.
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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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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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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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Take the time and remember! Memorial Day Monday, May 28, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Columbus Police Citywide Dispatch Live Scanner

www.radioreference.com

Columbus Police Citywide Dispatch Live Scanner Audio Feed on RadioReference.com
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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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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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12Th Precinct stats for February 2012

3-14 Feb 12 stats – 12 pct

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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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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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*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 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* 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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**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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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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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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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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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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Have A Safe and Happy New Year

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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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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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Have A Happy and Safe Holiday Season

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

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PERSONAL SAFETY

Safety is everyone’s business!

TOP 10 Personal Safety Tips

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Columbus Division of Police_11_2011

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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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12Th Precinct crime stats for October 2011

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11-4 Oct 11 stats – 12 pct

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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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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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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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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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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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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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12Th Precinct crime stats for September 2011

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10-10 Sep 11 stats – 12 pct

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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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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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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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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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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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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,”