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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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Columbus rockstar lands spot on eccentric putt-putt show

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Photo by Medusa Lullaby McGee

Reality shows sure do attract their fair share of eccentric contestants, people who seem too bizarre for this world. That usually comes with the territory when you’re dealing with naked people trying to survive in the woods or game show contestants swallowing every species of worm imaginable.

Heading into its second season, extreme miniature golf competition show Holey Moley--hosted by NBA All-Star Stephen Curry and comedian Rob Riggle--does not sell you short on its bounty of peculiar putters. Columbus rock star Lizard McGee of indie rock band Earwig fits the mold of quirky golf professionals, internet influencers, and celebrities who are chosen for the show to a T.

“I was definitely not a shoo-in when I started, but I pushed the Rock Star angle,” McGee said. “The sharp David Bowie-inspired suit that I wore helped.”

It can be gathered that part of McGee’s selection on the show had to do with his work on the appropriately-named new duo The Müligans. The golf rock band (I thought math rock was going too far) also features Nashville singer-songwriter Trapper Haskins. McGee is also a suitable pick for the show given that he has a true Scottish-style 9-hole course on his remote property in Southern Ohio.

While waiting for the show to air, be sure to check out the debut single from The Müligans, “Heart Shaped Bruise.” The introspective track helps the listener gain the experience of getting hit by a wild golf ball, the perfect segue into Holey Moley’s uncontrolled chaos. You can download the song for free on Bandcamp by clicking here.

You can also watch a music video, which also serves as a Holey Moley promotion, by clicking here.

“I had a blast and I’m very happy with how I perform on the show,” McGee said. “It’s encouraged me to set even bigger goals for myself. The sky’s the limit.”

The second season of Holey Moley tees off this upcoming Thursday on ABC at 9 p.m. Make sure to tune in a week later to see McGee’s wacky performance on the season’s second episode.

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Veggin’ Out: Vegan chik’n and waffles from Lifestyle Café are a must-order

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Veggin' Out is a new series from 614Now taking you around the city finding vegetarian and vegan options that break the traditional mindset of eating plant-based. While there are plenty of great spots serving greens and salads, this series is focused on a different approach: plant-based food that serves to bridge the gap for meat eaters as well as vegheads looking to simply satisfy a craving.

With all the restaurants around the city specializing specifically in chicken and waffles, it's only fair vegetarians and vegans have an option, too. And thankfully Lifestyle Cafe, located on 891 Oak St., is here to balance the scales.

Lifestyle Cafe is an exclusively vegan restaurant started by Shanna "Chef Bae" Dean and Dawn Dickson where the menu spans breakfast, lunch, and dinner with options ranging from vegan breakfast BLTs to vegan shrimp quesadillas. But, the focus today is on the most important meal of the day, breakfast. And more specifically, we are looking at one of Chef Bae's specialties: the gluten-free Lifestyle Waffles served with oven-fried soy-based chik'n topped with red pepper infused maple syrup and vegan maple cream.

Photo by Olivia K. James

The dish starts with the waffles; a careful combination of Red Mills Gluten-free Flour with a cinnamon and coconut sugar brûlée. They are crispy on the outside while still light and fluffy on the inside. There's also many flavors complementing each other in this dish; the sweet coconut and the spicy cinnamon pair nicely with the sweet and spicy red pepper infused 100 percent maple syrup. It's all rounded out with the vegan maple cream which is drizzled atop the creation.

And not to be forgotten, there's also the vegan chik'n Chef Bae and her sous-chef Christi Jackson are making nearly every day (except Monday). While the chik'n is oven baked, it's exterior is crispy and salty just like its real meat counterpart would be had it been deep fried. And again, those flavors come back complementing each other. This time it's the chik'n providing salty contrasts against the sweet ingredients as well as soaking up some of the spice from the red pepper maple syrup.

Photo by Olivia K. James

As mentioned above, Lifestyle Café is open nearly every day of the week except for Mondays. During social distancing and shelter-in-place, delivery through third-party services are available as well as curbside pick-up.

To keep up with Lifestyle Cafe, visit facebook.com/PlantBasedLifestyleCafe.

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To mask or not to mask, that is the question

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As we near the Ohio peak of the coronavirus outbreak, government leaders are working to develop the guidelines around the re-opening of the local economy. One of the areas of debate is shaping up to be around the public wearing of masks.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that all New Yorkers will be required to wear masks or have their mouth and nose covered while out in public and where you cannot maintain the 6-foot social distancing rule. The governor said there could potentially be civil penalties if there is widespread non-compliance. 

As for Ohio, so far both Gov. DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton have only 'strongly suggested' the wearing of masks while out in public. However in Thursday's press conference, DeWine said wearing masks, "will be part of what we do until we're done with this virus in a year or so."

That has business owners expecting mandatory mask rules to be part of re-opening guidelines which the Governor says will begin slowly, starting May 1.

Despite the official urging as to the importance of wearing masks in public, a quick trip to the supermarket shows compliance rates fairly low as of this date. This may be due to the relative shortage of mask availability or to public confusion surrounding early declarations from public health officials, including the U.S. Surgeon General, that 'masks do not work for the general public'.

Yet Gov. DeWine in remarks Friday said the wearing of masks will be commonplace by both workers and consumers and 'part of our daily lives for some time to come'.

Adding to the confusion, the Surgeon General doubled down in comments to FoxNews Tuesday saying, ""What the World Health Organization and the CDC have reaffirmed in the last few days is that they do not recommend the general public wear masks," Adams told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "There was a study in 2015 looking at medical students. And medical students wearing surgical masks touch their faces on average 23 times. We know a major way that you can get respiratory diseases like coronavirus is by touching a surface and then touching your face."

Despite the changing narrative, state officials are widely expected to make the wearing of face masks part of our lives for the near future. The only question is whether this will come in the form of a legal declaration with enforcement penalties

Now it's your turn to tell us what you think...

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