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JT Update: 180-day license suspension, $400 fine

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shutterstock_110257877Buckeye QB JT Barrett appeared in court this morning to answer to charges related to his recent OVI arrest. The 20-year-old Buckeye football star was stopped by Columbus Police near campus in the early hours of October 31st. His blood-alcohol content was measured at .099 or nearly five times the legal limit for someone his age.

Barrett entered a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Municipal Court Judge H. William Pollitt Jr. suspended Barrett’s driver’s license for 180 days, fined him $400 and ordered him to attend a 3-day alcohol education program.

In court this morning, JT offered apologies to the football program and to fans of Ohio State.

Barrett’s arrest resulted in a one-game suspension from play. (He missed this past Saturday’s match-up with Minnesota.) On Monday, coach Urban Meyer said that if Barrett performs well in practices this week, he will start in this Saturday’s game vs Illinois.  (jj)

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Columbus firefighter on leave after attempting sexual conduct with teen

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A Columbus firefighter is being charged with attempted sexual conduct with a minor.

According to court documents per 10TV, 54-year-old Walter Lash is on leave without pay following conduct involving a 15-year-old girl on Feb. 26.

Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin released a statement to 10TV on the charge:

“We have been aware of the charges against Lash. This is devastating to the division and is in no way representative of the values that define us as public servants. Lash will be afforded due process in court as anyone would be and then will face appropriate actions by the division of fire.”

Lash being held at the Franklin County Jail, and is due to be arraigned on Thursday.

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2 former OSU football players facing rape, kidnapping charges

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Two Ohio State University football players have been arrested and charged with rape and kidnapping.

Amir I. Riep, 21, and Jahsen L. Wint, 21, were charged late Tuesday by Columbus police and are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning in Franklin County Municipal Court, reports Columbus Dispatch.

The incident is alleged to have occurred the evening of Feb. 4 at the apartment Riep and Wint share on Sawmill Place Boulevard.

The two men have been dismissed from the Ohio State football team.

To read more from the affidavit filed by Columbus police about the alleged incident, visit The Dispatch.

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Police investigating Short North shooting, 2nd in 3 days

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Police are investigating a shooting in the Short North, the second in the area in just three days.

According to 10TV, two men got into an argument with two other men just after 3am this morning in the 700 block of North High St. One of the men walked back to a vehicle to get a handgun and fired eight shots.

One man was shot in the back, and another man was cut on the ear by a knife.

A witness told police the suspects left the scene in a silver Ford F-150 pickup truck.

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On Friday, a bystander was shot in the face by a stray bullet outside Monarch Lounge located at 700 North High St.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to call police at 614-645-4141 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.

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