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Westerville JH aide, coach busted for child porn

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A Westerville man who coached and aided minors has been charged with pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor.

Donte Martin, 29, was arrested at Walnut Springs Middle School as part of a countywide investigation into alleged cybercrimes, conducted by the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, reports 10TV.

He was immediately terminated upon arrest.

Martin was employed through the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio and had been working at Westerville since 2016.

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He was an instructional aide at Blendon Middle School during the 2016-17 school year and an instructional aide at Walnut Springs Middle School for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years.

Martin coached wrestling and eighth-grade football at Walnut Springs during the 2017-18 school year, and he coached seventh-grade football at Walnut Springs during the current 2018-19 school year.

He also has served as an assistant girls track coach at Blendon Middle School since 2016.

A letter released to the community by Westerville City Schools said in part:

Needless to say, this is a shock to everyone. At this time, students have not been informed of this situation. We will have additional counselors on site for anyone who may need support. We have asked our staff members to keep a watchful eye for any students who may be struggling to process this unfortunate situation.

As this is an ongoing investigation, we do not have many details. Law enforcement officials will determine what we will be able to share in the future. We pledge our continued cooperation during the investigation and support to our students, staff and families as we move forward.

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One hospitalized after Clintonville-area Kroger shooting

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One person was taken to the hospital after being shot at the Clintonville-area Kroger Wednesday night.

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There are no details surrounding the shooting or information about the suspect(s) yet, but the victim was taken to Riverside Methodist Hospital in stable condition, reports 10TV.

The shooting happened around 10:40 PM in the parking lot of the Kroger, located on the corner of North High Street and North Broadway.

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VIDEO: Stay Puft man stolen from 16-Bit by “sly motherf&[email protected]

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This is why we can’t have nice things. According to a post shared to the 16-Bit Bar+Arcade Facebook page, a heist team of caucasian YoPros made off with the establishment’s beloved Stay Puft Marshmallow man statue.

As security footage of the scene shows, several tank-topped bros distracted the door man with the old “will you take our picture” bit, while a female associate clumsily fumbled the figure out the door concealed under a jean jacket.

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The incident took place at the Dublin location of 16-Bit Bar+Arcade over Memorial Day weekend.

If you think you recognize anyone in the footage, please share your tips with 16-Bit by DMing them on Facebook or Instagram (@16bitbar) or emailing [email protected]. Please help spread this video around and see if we can’t bring Stay Puft home where he belongs!

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Gahanna man charged with beating uncle to death with bat

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A Gahanna man has been charged in the beating death of his uncle over a game of pool.

Police say 34-year-old Cameron Goodrich and his uncle, identified as 59-year-old Dino Goodrich, got into an argument at 285 Muskingum Drive just before midnight on Tuesday.

10TV reports the disagreement escalated until Cameron grabbed a baseball bat and struck his uncle.

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Dino was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Gahanna Division of Police is investigating this death as a possible homicide. Cameron has been detained by police and will be charged with murder.

Anyone who may have additional information is asked to contact the Gahanna Division of Police Investigative Bureau at 614-342-4240.

On June 4, 2019 at approximately 11:49 pm the Gahanna Division of Police received a 9-1-1 call of a domestic fight…

Posted by Gahanna Division of Police on Wednesday, June 5, 2019
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