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“It was in the best interest of our team,” Meyer on firing alleged domestic abuser




Update: During OSU football head coach’s address at the Big Ten’s media days in Chicago, he admitted to knowing about some of the domestic abuse allegations against his wide receivers coach but not all.

Meyer said he knew about the allegations against Zach Smith’s in 2009 when they were coaching at Florida but did not know about the claims in 2015.

According to Eleven Warriors, Smith was arrested in 2009 for battery on his three-month pregnant wife at the time, Courtney Smith.

However, Courtney decided not to file charges and Meyer stood by Zach, who was a graduate assistant for the Gators at the time.

“In 2009, Zach was an intern,” Meyer said. “As I do any time, and I imagine most coaches or people in leadership positions, when you receive a phone call, first thing you do is tell your boss. Let the experts do their jobs. We’re certainly not going to investigate. It came back to me that what was reported wasn’t what actually happened. So Shelley and I actually both got involved with the relationship with that family, and provided counseling, and wanted to help them moving forward.”

As far as the firing, Meyer said:

“It was in the best interest of our team,” Meyer said. “It wasn’t just my decision, it was a group effort with some of the people that I rely on.

“Core values are very strong,” Meyer added. “So that was a big part of it.”

An Ohio State football coach accused of hitting his wife is hitting the road.

Wide receivers coach Zach Smith, grandson of former head coach Earle Bruce, has been fired following multiple allegations of domestic abuse.

The university made a short announcement Monday night but did not specify why Smith was fired.

College football reporter Brett McMurphy uncovered Smith’s checkered past and made a Facebook post detailing his findings.

“Smith, 34, was arrested Oct. 26, 2015 by the Powell (Ohio) Police Department on felony counts of domestic violence and felonious assault against Courtney Smith,” he wrote.


The couple divorced September 1, 2016.

But then just this Friday, Courtney Smith filed a domestic violence protection order against Zach Smith.

The ruling, per McMurphy, states: “the court finds that (Courtney Smith) is in immediate and present danger of domestic violence and for good cause the following temporary orders are necessary to protect the persons named (Courtney Smith and her two young children) in this order from domestic violence.”

Besides 2015, Zach Smith was also arrested in 2009.

He was on Urban Meyer’s coaching staff then, too, at the University of Florida.

According to a Gainesville, Florida Police Incident report, Courtney Smith, then 24, stated her husband Zach Smith, then 25, “picked her up by grabbing her T-shirt and threw her against the bedroom wall located upstairs in their apartment.”

Though he denied accusations, Zach Smith was arrested. Courtney chose not to press charges eight days later.

Meyer is scheduled to speak Tuesday at Big Ten’s media days in Chicago.

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Unsolved Ohio: Who killed Peggy Andrews near OSU in 1962?

Regina Fox



How does a well-liked, 19-year-old, small town girl wind up dead in a Columbus garage? Unfortunately, even after nearly 60 years, no one knows.

The lifeless body of Mary Margaret “Peggy” Andrews was found in a garage near the Ohio State campus on September 20, 1962. She was shot three times in the face and—judging by the condition of her clothing when investigators arrived—sexually assaulted.

Peggy moved out of her parents’ home almost immediately after graduating from her Catholic high school near Steubenville, Ohio in 1961. Along with two other young women, Peggy lived in a boarding house on 18th Avenue near Buckeye Donuts. She enrolled in night classes at the Columbus Business University (now Bradford School) and worked full time as an accountant’s secretary.

She was smart, well-liked, and deeply religious. People close to her described her as “carefree” and “lighthearted,” reports Columbus Monthly.

It was a Thursday at 5:00 PM when Peggy left her downtown workplace before heading to class. She met up with her two roommates, Carol Maxwell and Carol Eick, and two male classmates outside her office. Typically, Peggy would’ve taken the bus with her roommates, but she wasn’t feeling well that day. Instead, she caught a ride with her friend and classmate Ron Negutt to avoid the uncomfortable bus commute.

He pulled up to Peggy’s boarding house and watch her walk to her door under the streetlamp light. Negutt took off before she had gotten inside, eager to meet his buddies at the 7-11 Club. He arrived at the bar around 9:30 PM, reports Columbus Monthly.

This was also the time Maxwell and Eick say they arrived back at the boarding house. Both women, along with the housemothers, waited for Peggy’s signature high-heeled entrance through the back door, but she never came.


Meanwhile, Columbus Business University student Gary Ontko was moving into his new apartment on Woodruff Avenue. Around 11:30 PM, Ontko volunteered to help out his roommate who had forgotten to roll up his car windows.

He approached the garage cautiously as he was new to his surroundings. As he grew closer, that’s when he saw them: a pair of human legs illuminating in the moonlight.

Peggy’s purse contents were strewn about, her long red coat was covered in dirt, but the small black bow remained pinned to her curly brown hair. Her school books were discovered neatly stacked on the ground behind her boarding house.

Everybody in Peggy’s life, including Negutt who was the last known person to see her alive, were cleared as suspects. Police expanded their search to registered sex offenders in the area, which garnered a possible link. A .22-caliber pistol found in a university district drain spout in 1963 supported the link, but did not cement it.

Another break in the case occurred decades later in 2000. Forensic scientists extracted DNA from a stain on the back of Peggy’s shirt and tested it against DNA samples obtained at local, state, and federal crime scenes. The tests garnered no results.

This stain just may be the key that unlocks the entire mystery. Now, if they could only find a match.

Anyone with additional information or questions regarding this case should submit a tip.

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The alleged link between Les Wexner and millionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein




Jeffrey Epstein, a 66-year-old millionaire financier and registered sex offender, was arrested on Saturday and charged with sex trafficking dozens of minors between 2002 and 2005. According to The Daily Beast, one of Epstein’s accusers is claiming to have been assaulted in the home of local billionaire Leslie Wexner.


In April, a woman came forward accusing Epstein of sexually assaulting her in a New York mansion in the 1990s. Wexner purchased the property at 9 East 71st Street for $13 million in 1989. The Cut reports Wexner “turned over” the mansion to Epstein in 1995, but he didn’t claim public ownership of it until 1996. Property records show that the deed wasn’t officially transferred to Epstein until December 2011, though, reports

Wexner, whose net worth of $4.7 billion makes him the richest man in the state of Ohio, is Epstein’s only known client, according to The Daily Beast. Wexner hired Epstein to manage his multi-billion-dollar fortune in 1987, reports The Observer.

The Wexner family has yet to make a statement publicly, but L Brand shares tumbled by more than four percent on Tuesday, just days after Epstein’s arrest.

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Park Street Punk: Robber makes off with bar money




The search continues for a thief who made off with an undisclosed amount of cash from Park Street Tavern Sunday morning.

According to Columbus police, a man forced his way into the 501 North Park Street bar around 10:50 AM Sunday. Unable to get inside the registers, the suspect waited inside the building until an employee arrived.

The employee complied with the suspect’s demands for money, according to NBC4i. The man left Park Street Tavern on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.


The suspect is described as a black man, 25-40 years old, approximately 6-feet tall with a heavy build and should-length dreadlocks pulled back into a loose ponytail. He was wearing a black jersey.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Columbus Police Robbery Unit at 614-645-4665.

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