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Former Ohio state trooper sentenced to 5yrs

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Former Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper Bryan Lee was sentenced to five years in federal prison this week. Lee pleaded guilty last year to four counts of violating civil rights of women motorists and one count of cyberstalking. An investigation of Lee’s traffic stops from 2006 to Oct. 2013 revealed that he had been forcing women into performing sexual acts in exchange for him dropping traffic charges. (deb)

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Previously Oct. 31, 2014

Victim: she had alerted authorities of trooper’s actions

Four years ago, Natalie Shull was pulled over by Bryan Lee, the former trooper who pleaded guilty to violating civil rights as well as cyberstalking. She said she had been drinking when she got into her car accident, but what followed wasn’t routine procedure as Lee allowed her to leave after forcing sexual acts from her while she was handcuffed. After though, he let her go and Shull told her mother everything and they got a lawyer, who alerted Lee’s superiors, the Dispatch reported.

At the time, they didn’t seem to believe Shull. Finally after reviewing his dash cam and seeing suspicious activity, and after investigating further, they found he had touched other women when he pulled them over, ripped up tickets and sent one woman 30 messages asking for photos, the paper reported.

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Previously Oct. 30, 2014 

Was a former trooper letting women go for favors?

A former trooper was investigated for possibly letting women he pulled over leave without a ticket in exchange for sexual favors. Bryan Lee was investigated following a situation last fall when he began flirting with two women he pulled over and then turned off his microphone. Wednesday he pleaded guilty to four counts of violating the civil rights of four female motorists along with one count of cyberstalking, the Dispatch reported.

That plea could land him up to nine years in prison.

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Daily Perk: Ohio Champion of Sports Tickets

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Enter here for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the Ohio Champion of Sports exhibit at the Ohio History Center, presented by The Ohio History Connection! This interactive exhibit engages you in stories by athletes, owners, and coaches through recorded interviews. Head on over to their website for more info and to check out some blog posts, here.

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¡Ándele, check out these 10 Cinco de Mayo fiestas!

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The hangovers on Monday will be brutal, but the good times on Sunday for Cinco De Mayo will all be worth it. There’s plenty of ways to get down in the city this weekend, and we’re here to give you the scoop for all your various tequila-fueled dreams.

Balboa | 1312 Grandview Ave. | All Day!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the new and improved Balboa! With a new patio and improvements to the interior, Balboa’s tequilas, tacos, and nachos will taste a whole lot better.

Chuy’s | 4154 Seward Street | All Weekend Long

Only one day of Cinco de Mayo just isn’t enough, so Chuy’s is celebrating Cinco de Mayo ALL WEEKEND LONG! One buck floaters will be on tap Friday, $1 off perfect margaritas will be offered on Saturday, plus many, many more food and drink deals on Sunday.

Los Guachos | Multiple locations | All Day!

Chow on the BEST Tacos Al Pastor in town on Cinco de Mayo because Los Guachos is offering a BOGO deal! Chips and salsa/queso is also half priced for the holiday. Check out the Sawmill Road location for a live Mariachi band, full bar, and fresh made margaritas.

Rancho Alegre | Multiple locations | All Weekend!

Friday through Sunday, Rancho Alegre is throwing down with margaritas, authentic tacos, piñata, and a patio! $5.50 blue, mango, and strawberry margaritas; $7 Patron margaritas; $14.99 buckets of beer; $2.99 bottled beer, and so much more!

94th Aero Squadron | 5030 Sawyer Rd. | All Day!

When it comes to tequila, 94th Aero Squadron is making sure you have options. Whether you’re into Mexican Mules (house tequila with fresh lime, ginger beer, and agave) or satisfying your sweet tooth with the El Mariachi (house tequila with muddled berries, grapefruit juice, and sweet and sour), you’ll only be shelling out $5 for your drinks. Or spice up your classic margarita with the Fiesta Margarita which features house tequila with fresh watermelon, simple syrup, and fresh lemon.

The Goat in Hilliard | 4265 Brooklands Dr. | 12 p.m.

It’ll take a little work, but you’ll get rewarded for your efforts. Start and finish the 5K/3.1 mile course at The Goat where runners will receive a complimentary beer from the Marathon Brewing Company in Boston called 26.2. And if you’re looking to pinch a few pennies, use the coupon code CINCO to get $8 off your entry fee.

1400 Food Labs | 1400 Dublin Rd. | 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Holy guacamole—it’s a feast! This Mexican street food-themed features all of your favorites: toastadas, tacos al pastor, esquites, and cheese quesadillas of two variations. And that’s not even the full menu. For $40, you can feast like a king, plus the bar will be serving Ohio craft beers and margs by Simple Time Mixers.

Condado Tacos | Multiple locations | All Day!

Condado is throwing a two day-long party on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 with $1 off house margaritas, $20 house margarita pitchers, $3 draft cerveza, $5 Mi Campo Reposado tequila shots. The restaurant is also giving away five $100 gift cards per day, at each location and the full menu will be available all weekend.

Chile Verde | 4852 Sawmill Rd | All Day!

You won’t want to miss Don’t miss this annual Cinco De Mayo Fiesta.
The party includes exclusive brunch features, annual cinco quiz for money, photo booth, balloon artist, face painting, and much more!

Nada | 220 W Nationwide Blvd. | All Day!

Ready, set, Cinco! Nada will be throwing down margs, tacos, & all the usual favorites May 5th! Keep up with their social media for more details.

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The clock is ticking on your chance to win big with ColumBest!

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March is slowly but surely winding down, which means the clock is ticking on your chance to vote in our our yearly “best of” Columbus readers poll.

Not only does voting in ColumBest 2019 give you the opportunity to show your favorite local brands and businesses some love, it also offers a chance to win big. This year, one lucky ColumBest voter will win a $1,999 Easton shopping spree, a $2,000 home makeover from Value City Furniture, and a $250 Moo Moo’s car wash gift card.

You read that right – that’s all ONE prize! To make the reality of this amazing offer a little more tangible, let’s break down what could be in store for the lucky winner.

  • The “low fat” wash at Moo Moo is more than enough to knock a winter’s worth of salt off your ride in time for spring. At $8 a go, a $250 gift card will net a whopping 31 trips through the suds.
  • Among many great restaurants and retailers, Easton is home to a Cinnabon Bakery location. While we’re not suggesting you spend the entire $1,999 shopping spree on their delicious, gooey, cinnamon-frosted treats, the almost $2,000 prize would be good for around 531 of Cinnabon’s classic rolls. Please dine responsibly.
  • You know the old futon in your living room leftover from college that faces the TV stacked on top of milk crates? It’s time to upgrade. Thanks to the deals at Value City Furniture, the $2,000 prize will go a long way toward improving any room in your house.

Once you’re done voting for your faves, make sure to save your spot at our ColumBest Party at Express LIVE! on May 13th. You won’t want to miss this celebration of the best of the best in Columbus!

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