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Update: No plans to enforce new law against underage smoking in Grandview

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smokingnowGrandview City Council members tell the Columbus Dispatch that they have no plans to charge smokers under the city’s recently-passed ban. The law prohibits the selling of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 and it makes the use of those products by anyone under 21 a low-level misdemeanor. Both the seller and the smoker would be subject to punishment including fines and other actions.

Officials say that they have no interest in prosecuting the underage smokers, but that they felt the need to include them in the bill so as to make things ‘more fair.’

So essentially, they’ve enacted a law for the sole sake of public perception? Smooth move, Grandview.  (jj)

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Following in the footsteps of Upper Arlington and Bexley, both having passed similar measures earlier this year, the Grandview Heights City Council voted Monday night to ban the sale of tobacco products to people under the age of 21. The ordinance passed by a vote of 6 – 1.

The new Grandview law does, however, contain one added component absent from the U.A. and Bexley laws. In Grandview, the actual use of tobacco products by people under 21 will now be considered a criminal act.

Businesses caught selling tobacco products to those under the age of 21 will receive a first offense warning. A second offense could mean up 30 days in jail and a $250 fine.

For people under the age of 21, those caught smoking could be charged with a misdemeanor. At prosecutor discretion, the underage smoker may have to take a tobacco education course, perform community service or pay a fine of $100.

The new law will go into effect in 30 days.  (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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