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

614now Staff



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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Bizarre Crime: Woman breaks into Franklinton home to bathe toddler

Regina Fox



You may think you've been part of a bizarre situation, but I guarantee it will pale in comparison to what one Franklinton mother experienced recently.

Areica Hill woke to find another woman inside her home, getting ready to give her 2-year-old son a bath.

Elizabeth Hixon, 22, was arrested and charged with burglary.

NBC4i reports Hixon claimed she entered the home to provide care to the young boy, who was outside the residence. During a phone call with NBC4i, Hixon's mother said she believes her daughter's heart was in the right place.

Hill, who had never met Hixon, hopes additional charges will be filed against her.

Hixon has posted bond.

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Horny hoodlums snatch $2,000 worth of merchandise from adult store

Mike Thomas



Columbus Police are seeking the public's help in identifying four individuals who stole lingerie and other, um, "goods" from the Lions Den store at 1144 Alum Creek Drive late Monday night:

Staff at the store estimated the value of the stolen goods at around $2,000.

Is that a banana in your pocket, or did you just rip off a $600 "item" from Lion's Den? Police are asking anyone with information to contact detectives at 614-645-2072, or to email [email protected]

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Crime Spree: Man accused of committing 12 crimes in 30 minutes

614now Staff



In a criminal rampage worthy of the Grand Theft Auto series of video games, Columbus police say a local man racked up a dozen crimes in just 30 minutes earlier this month.

29-year-old Rodney Edward King, Jr. allegedly committed his sprint of misdeeds on Aug. 6 between 9:54 PM and 10:15 PM.

King allegedly robbed the residents of five different apartments before throwing a rock at a cab on the street. He then threatened a COTA bus driver with a screwdriver, striking him on the foot.

King faces 10 felony charges and 2 misdemeanors, including aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, felonious assault, aggravated menacing and Criminal Damaging or Endangering.

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