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Police ask for help in ‘peeping Tony’ case

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Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 1.21.41 PMGahanna Police are asking for help in the case of a registered sex offender.

Three weeks ago, detectives say that Anthony Hopper went into a home goods shop in the Stoneridge Plaza and followed a woman who was wearing a sundress around the store. According to the woman, when she stopped in the bedding department, she noticed that Hopper was holding his cell phone camera under her dress. A witness yelled for him to stop and Hopper ran from the store.

He is also a suspect in similar voyeurism cases in Newark and Heath. Today, he’s sitting in the Licking County jail facing charges of voyeurism, assaulting a police officer and fleeing.

Gahanna Police believe that there may be other victims or witnesses and they would like to speak to those people. They ask that if you have any additional information on ‘peeping Tony’ that you call them at 614-342-4240.  (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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