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Update: Storm is over, strip club charges dropped

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Update: The charges against Stormy Daniels have been dropped.

A release from Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein states, “I’ve determined that these crimes were not committed, based on the fact that Ms. Clifford has not made regular appearances at this establishment as required under the law.”

“Regular appearances” is referring to this bit of Ohio law: “No employee who regularly appears nude or seminude on the premises of a sexually oriented business, while on the premises of that sexually oriented business and while nude or seminude, shall knowingly touch a patron who is not a member of the employee’s immediate family…”

A similar inquiry will be made into the cases of the two other individuals arrested last night at Sirens.

The statement wrapped up with, “My office was not involved in this sting operation, so any additional questions about it must be directed to the Columbus Division of Police.”


Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress who gained notoriety after suing President Donald Trump regarding an alleged affair, reportedly got stung in a Columbus strip club last night.

Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, is being accused of fondling patrons during her onstage performance Wednesday night.

She is facing three misdemeanor counts of illegally touching a patron but plans to plead not guilty.

According to CNN, detectives present at the Sirens Gentlemen’s Club at 6190 Cleveland Ave witnessed Daniels remove her top and shove patrons’ faces into her chest.

Franklin County Municipal Count records also show she was fondling the breasts of females.

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Then, detectives reportedly approached the stage and in doing so, got a face full of Daniel’s breasts.

She grabbed the buttocks of another detective according to court documents.

According to Ohio law, “No patron who is not a member of the employee’s immediate family shall knowingly touch any employee while that employee is nude or seminude or touch the clothing of any employee while that employee is nude or seminude.”

Daniels, along with two others, were arrested at Sirens last night.

Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, tweeted, “She was arrested for allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while on stage in a nonsexual manner! Are you kidding me?”

He added, “They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this? There has to be higher priorities!!!


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2 recent attempted abduction reports raise human trafficking concerns

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Two recent police reports have local families questioning whether they had a brush with human traffickers.

The first incident involved 18-year-old Kennedy Stokes, who said she and her cousin were approached by two men at a Walmart on November 21, reports 10TV. Stokes said the men tried talking to them several times and felt they were following them.

The next day, Strokes was experiencing car problems on her way home. She made it to the entrance of her apartment complex and got out to check under the hood. That's when a man approached and began grabbing at her.

Stokes noted he was wearing gloves and appeared to have a box cutter in his hand, reports 10TV. She was able to escape his grasp and suffered scratches on her chest.

Stokes believes it was one of the men from Walmart.

The second incident happened 14 miles away at a UDF on Indianola on the same day Stokes said she was attacked, reports 10TV.

A mother and her 12-year-old son were filling up at the gas station. She then went inside to pay, leaving her son in the locked vehicle.

When she returned, she said her son was visibly shaken up. He told her a man was yanking on the door handle, trying to get inside the vehicle. According to 10TV, the man didn't say anything, he only looked inside at the boy.

A security camera captured the incident, and police are currently reviewing the footage.

Both incidents have those involved wondering if they narrowly escaped a case of human trafficking. 10TV reports police are investigating both reports, including identification of suspects and motives.

For more on human trafficking, visit humantrafficking.ohio.gov.

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Man charged with killing wife in 13th OVI offense

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A Central Ohio man is facing vehicular homicide charges after police say he committed his 13th OVI offense.

Robert Ellis, 53, was arrested and charged Tuesday after the October 16 crash in Prairie Township that killed his wife Dawn.

Ellis claimed he was not to blame for the accident, telling reporters another car went left of center, which caused him to lose control and crash into a pole. Investigators, however, say Ellis was at fault.

The accident marked his 13th OVI offense. Ellis maintains that he was not intoxicated during the time of the crash. He even told ABC on a phone call that he had only two beers at lunch.

An arraignment had yet to be set.

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Learn more about bizarre disappearance of Brian Shaffer

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"Brian Shaffer was supposed to be enjoying a night out with friends on April 1, 2006. Instead, he vanished. 13 years later, the mystery of what happened that night still endures."

That's the description for Crime Junkie Podcast's newest episode. The installment focuses on second-year Ohio State medical student Brian Shaffer, whose disappearance has left his family, friends, and the entire community baffled for over a decade.

Listen below.

https://open.spotify.com/episode/7ht38SavqfnVViI0WYyLoe

To read more about Brian Shaffer's disappearance, click here. To read different theories about what could've happened to him, check out the Podcast Junkie Fan Club page. To view Brian's MySpace, click here.

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