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Officers involved in strip club raid may not weather the Storm

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It seems the officers involved in the controversial strip club raid last year may not weather the storm.

Five members of the now-dissolved Columbus Vice unit are facing discipline for their roles in the highly-controversial arrest of Stormy Daniels last summer. The punishment could range from a reprimand to firing, reports ABC.

The five officers charged include:

  • Commander Terry Moore
  • Lt. Ron Kemmerling
  • Sgt. Scott Soha
  • Detective Steve Rosser
  • Detective Whitney Lancaster

Daniels has sued the officers and the city of Columbus, alleging the Sirens sting that got her temporarily arrested was politically motivated because of her supposed affair with Donald Trump before his presidency.

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An investigation by the FBI’s Public Corruption Task Force was launched, but did not garner findings that supported Daniels’ allegations. However, 10TV reports the city prosecutor’s office warned vice officers that strip club raids were problematic because state law barring strippers from physical contact with patrons does not apply when officers are acting in an undercover capacity. These warnings were dealt prior to the July 2018 arrest of Daniels.

In a video statement released late Wednesday afternoon to reporters, Interim Chief Tom Quinlan said:

“I made this decision because these officers violated our rules of conduct. The range of discipline for these officers could include reprimand, suspension, and or termination.” The Department of Public Safety could also have hearings with these officers.

In a statement issued Wednesday to 10TV, Stormy Daniels’ attorney Chase Mallory said, “In reviewing the facts after Stormy’s arrest, it was clear she was targeted for a high profile arrest. We aren’t surprised CPD is seeking discipline. We are looking forward to further showing the truth of Stormy’s wrongful arrest to a jury in her pending civil lawsuit.”

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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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