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Ohio State Ticket Scammer At It Again

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When your mother told you not to talk to strangers, it was for good reason.

According to NBC4i, a man posing as Mark Dinardo, tried to sell OSU vs. Michigan State tickets to a woman for $100, with a down payment of $20. After “Dinardo,” actually Martin Alper, didn’t meet the woman again after taking her $20, police got involved and the case was investigated.

Apparently, this guy has a history of ticket scams and ran a similar scam back in 2007, according to NBC4i.

No news yet as to whether that woman is getting her money back, or anyone else who may have gotten scammed. CPD could not be immediately contacted.

Investigators said to NBC4i to contact police at 614-645-2073 if you think you may have been scammed.

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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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Man shot in face by stray bullet in Short North

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Police are investigating after a man was struck by a stray bullet in the Short North early Friday morning.

10TV reports the shooting happened in front of a bar called Monarch at 700 N High St. around 2:15am.

The victim suffered one gunshot wound to the face, and was taken to Grant Medical Center for treatment. He is expected to recover.

Authorities believe a fight broke out between two individuals when people were leaving the business. Investigators per 10TV say someone pulled a gun and fired at least three times.

A suspect has not been identified.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Columbus Police Felony Assault Unit at 614-645-4141 or Crime Stoppers at 645-TIPS (8477).

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