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Local pastor’s home targeted with violent LGBTQ hate message

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A local pastor’s home was the target of anti-LGBTQ message of hate this week.

Don Wallick, pastor at Crossroads United Methodist Church and outspoken supporter of the LGBTQ community, was the victim of crude vandalism on Monday.

10TV reports the rainbow flag Wallick flies outside his home, the church parsonage, was torn down and the word “kill” followed by a gay slur was scrawled across the garage door.

He told 10TV he was both saddened and angered by the vandalism. Wallick identifies as straight, but he says his faith has taught him to be accepting and loving towards all. He added that there is no place for hate at his home.

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Despite feeling targeted, Wallick wrote on Facebook that he will not let Monday’s incident intimidate him.

“We are, of course, unwavering in our support of the LGBTQ community and will continue to be,” he wrote. “This is a reminder that the fight for equality is far from over.”

View Wallick’s post here (Warning: some readers may find the image disturbing).

With the help of church member Bob DeWood, Wallick replaced the rainbow flag, allowing the symbol of love and support to fly once again on his home.

The Wallicks have filed a report with Columbus Police.

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Columbus firefighter on leave after attempting sexual conduct with teen

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A Columbus firefighter is being charged with attempted sexual conduct with a minor.

According to court documents per 10TV, 54-year-old Walter Lash is on leave without pay following conduct involving a 15-year-old girl on Feb. 26.

Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin released a statement to 10TV on the charge:

“We have been aware of the charges against Lash. This is devastating to the division and is in no way representative of the values that define us as public servants. Lash will be afforded due process in court as anyone would be and then will face appropriate actions by the division of fire.”

Lash being held at the Franklin County Jail, and is due to be arraigned on Thursday.

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2 former OSU football players facing rape, kidnapping charges

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Two Ohio State University football players have been arrested and charged with rape and kidnapping.

Amir I. Riep, 21, and Jahsen L. Wint, 21, were charged late Tuesday by Columbus police and are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning in Franklin County Municipal Court, reports Columbus Dispatch.

The incident is alleged to have occurred the evening of Feb. 4 at the apartment Riep and Wint share on Sawmill Place Boulevard.

The two men have been dismissed from the Ohio State football team.

To read more from the affidavit filed by Columbus police about the alleged incident, visit The Dispatch.

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Police investigating Short North shooting, 2nd in 3 days

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Police are investigating a shooting in the Short North, the second in the area in just three days.

According to 10TV, two men got into an argument with two other men just after 3am this morning in the 700 block of North High St. One of the men walked back to a vehicle to get a handgun and fired eight shots.

One man was shot in the back, and another man was cut on the ear by a knife.

A witness told police the suspects left the scene in a silver Ford F-150 pickup truck.

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On Friday, a bystander was shot in the face by a stray bullet outside Monarch Lounge located at 700 North High St.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to call police at 614-645-4141 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.

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