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Update: Meyer placed on paid leave pending investigation

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Ohio State has placed football head coach Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the Zach Smith matter.

In a statement from Ohio State: “The university is conducting an investigation into these allegations. During the inquiry, Urban Meyer will be on paid administrative leave. Ryan Day will serve as acting head football coach during the investigation. We are focused on supporting our players and on getting to the truth as expeditiously as possible.”

Coach Meyer released his own statement supporting the decision.

“Gene and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion. This allows the team to conduct training camp with minimal distraction. I eagerly look forward to the resolution of this matter,” said Meyer.

Though he publicly denied knowing anything about domestic violence allegations against one of his coaches in 2015, new evidence has reportedly come to light that suggests Ohio State football head coach Urban Meyer may have lied.

College football reporter Brett McMurphy, the same guy who broke the news about OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s firing following multiple allegations of domestic abuse, posted screenshots of text conversations between Zach’s ex-wife Courtney and Urban Meyer’s wife Shelley, photos of Courtney’s injuries, along with an extensive report of his other findings on Facebook.

“Text messages I have obtained, an exclusive interview with the victim and other information I have learned shows Ohio State coach Urban Meyer knew in 2015 of domestic abuse allegations against a member of his coaching staff,” wrote McMurphy.

“Courtney said [Shelley] knew about the abuse that begin in 2009, continued in 2015 and culminated with Zach Smith being served a domestic violence civil protection order last week.

At the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago last week, Urban said he knew about the domestic violence allegations against Zach in 2009 but not 2015.

Urban said if he had, Zach would’ve been fired.

In an interview with McMurphy, Courtney reportedly said she and Shelley regularly talked about Zach’s abuse in 2015.

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She also told McMurphy that Shelley said she would have to tell Urban and Courtney encouraged her to do so.

Shelley never followed up with Courtney about whether or not she took the information to Urban.

Here is one script from an alleged text conversation between Courtney and Shelley in 2015:

Shelley: “I am with you! A lot of women stay hoping it will get better. I don’t blame you! But just want u to be safe. Do you have a restraining order? He scares me”

Courtney: “Restraining orders don’t do anything in Ohio-I tried to get protection order which is what started this whole investigation. And that should go through soon finally. It’s hard bc you have to prove immediate danger. Legal system is tough. Basically you have to prove he will kill u to get protective order”

Shelley: “Geesh! Even w the pics? Didn’t law enforcement come to your place ever??”

Shelley Meyer is a registered nurse and instructor of Clinical Practice at the Ohio State University College of Nursing.

Title IX—which applies to all Ohio State University faculty—prohibits “discrimination on the basis of sex, can include sexual harassment, rape, and sexual assault.”

Here is McMurphy’s full report:

Courtney sat down with Stadium to talk about what role Urban Meyer and his wife, Shelley, should have had in intervening.

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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.

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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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Rossi or Ratssi? Rodents force closure at Short North restaurant

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Someone is getting assigned to some “Charlie Work” after The Rossi Bar and Kitchen was served a red sticker by the Columbus Public Health Department.

The Short North restaurants was issued an emergency order yesterday because of “rodent activity in the basement prep area.” Reportedly, inspectors discovered dead rats in traps and excessive rat feces in the bowels of the 895 N. High St. building.

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Rossi will remain closed until the facility is cleaned, holes in the basement are repaired, and the rats are under control, according to a post from Tom Sussi, a local licensed and insured Private Investigator.

Sussi added that sources informed him that employees are not being paid on time.

Rats!The rodents forced a popular Short North restaurant to shut its doors.The Columbus Public Health Department…

Posted by Tom Sussi on Thursday, August 15, 2019

In an Instagram post, Rossi announced it’d be closed “for the next few days due to emergency repair.”

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Zoo welcomes “adorable, bright, alert” baby

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All anyone wants in life is to be described as “adorable, bright, alert” and the Columbus Zoo’s newest baby got those labels after only one month of life. Staff has been fawning over the female Siberian musk deer born on July 19.

The yet-to-be-named fawn was born weighing less than two pounds—normal for the breed. Her spots will soon give way to an all-over brown coat, according to the zoo.

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The zoo says the fawn and mom are currently behind the scenes while she continues to grow big and strong.

Siberian musk deer are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.

We’re fawning over this new baby! On July 19, a female Siberian musk deer was born to parents Lady Stetson (mom) and…

Posted by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Wednesday, August 14, 2019
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