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Learn more about bizarre disappearance of Brian Shaffer

Regina Fox

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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.

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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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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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Suspect in shocking Upper Arlington Halloween murder pleads not guilty

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Update: The Upper Arlington woman accused of killing her father and injuring her mother in a Halloween shooting has pleaded not guilty to all five charges against her.

According to Franklin County Clerk of Courts records per This Week News, Kristin C. Roth, 31, was arraigned November 8 and was being represented by the Franklin County Public Defenders Office. Her next court appearance has not yet been scheduled.

Stay tuned for more as this develops.

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10/01/2019: Halloween turned horrific in Upper Arlington after a woman killer her father and injured her mother in a shooting.

According to NBC4i, Kristin Roth, 31, has been charged with the aggravated murder of her father and felonious assault of her mother.

Police were called around 6:30pm on October 31 (during Upper Arlington's trick-or-treat) on the report of a shooting on Colchester Rd. Officers found James Roth, 61, and his wife Elizabeth Roth, 60, both shot multiple times.  

They were transported to an area hospital where James Roth was pronounced dead. Elizabeth Roth is reportedly in stable condition.

Witnesses on the scene provided key information, which led officers to Kristen Roth's home Merrifield Pl. She was arrested without incident and taken to the Franklin County Jail.

The City of Upper Arlington posted the following message on its website:

The Upper Arlington Police Division would like to thank residents in the area of Colchester Rd who cooperated with first responders and helped officers quickly clear the streets of children and families just as Beggar’s Night was beginning. This was instrumental in keeping everyone safe.

Additionally, we would like to thank all of our law enforcement partners who also responded to this tragedy, specifically Hilliard Police Division, Columbus Police, and the Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation (BCI).

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Community Relations Officer at 614-583-5197.

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