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UA murder suspect’s bond dropped, released on own recognizance

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The man charged with the stabbing death of a restaurant employee in Upper Arlington was released from custody on his own recognizance last night.

Jeffrey Lamar Smith’s attorney, Joseph Landusky II is saying his client is a victim of mistaken identity and a video will reveal he was in a different part of town during the time of the incident.

The murder of Charles McCoy, 31, happened outside China Dynasty restaurant in the Shops on Lane in Upper Arlington on Monday.

Allegedly, McCoy had talked with Smith’s girlfriend earlier that day.

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Both McCoy and Smith’s girlfriend worked at China Dynasty.

Reportedly, Smith later got into an argument with McCoy at the restaurant about the conversation he had with his girlfriend.

After police discovered McCoy’s body, they got a warrant for Smith arrest. Smith turned himself into police Tuesday.

This Week News reports Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien asked that Smith be released on recognizance bond Wednesday rather than the original $1.5 million bond.

Attorney Landusky sees the recognizance bond as an indication that O’Brien realized something was amiss in his client’s arrest, furthering his argument that Smith is innocent.

Read more about the case here. 

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

Mike Thomas

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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:

https://twitter.com/ColumbusPolice/status/1163521235692740609

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

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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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Disturbing: Hundreds of animals seized from local pet shop, home

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In a scene that's being described as "disturbing," hundreds of animals, both dead and alive, were removed from a local pet store and residency Tuesday.

Columbus Humane agents seized about 100 reptiles, more than 90 dogs and puppies, and more than 50 livestock animals (turkeys, goats, pigs) from the Petting Zoo Pet Shop on West Broad Street and the owner’s residence on Demorest Road, reports 10TV.

The rescue and recover mission was the culmination of a months-long investigation into multiple complaints of improper caring of animals.

Columbus Humane will soon make available a list of supplies needed to care for the surviving animals.

Once the owner is in custody, charges will be filed.

https://www.facebook.com/columbushumane/posts/10157012717698591
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