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Columbus Vice put under FBI corruption unit microscope

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Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs has officially transferred the investigation of the vice unit over to the FBI’s Public Corruption Task Force.

“Recent high profile incidents have brought forward a variety of allegations against the Vice Section via social media postings and other resources,” said a release.

These “high profile incidents” are referring to the arrest of adult film star Stormy Daniels in July and more recently, the August shooting of 23-year-old Donna Castleberry by undercover vice Officer Andrew Mitchell.

A potentially criminal complaint was filed against Mitchell before the shooting which caused him to be relieved of his duty Wednesday, reports Columbus Dispatch. He is a 30-year veteran of the division.

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Normal operations of the vice unit were suspended in early September after these two incidents and will remain that way until issues are resolved.

Details of the FBI investigation will not be released to the public, however the Division will announce when vice operations resume.

The release then urges people with knowledge of criminal activity inside Columbus Police Vice to call the investigation tip line at (614) 849-1777.

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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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