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The alleged link between Les Wexner and millionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein

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Jeffrey Epstein, a 66-year-old millionaire financier and registered sex offender, was arrested on Saturday and charged with sex trafficking dozens of minors between 2002 and 2005. According to The Daily Beast, one of Epstein’s accusers is claiming to have been assaulted in the home of local billionaire Leslie Wexner.

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In April, a woman came forward accusing Epstein of sexually assaulting her in a New York mansion in the 1990s. Wexner purchased the property at 9 East 71st Street for $13 million in 1989. The Cut reports Wexner “turned over” the mansion to Epstein in 1995, but he didn’t claim public ownership of it until 1996. Property records show that the deed wasn’t officially transferred to Epstein until December 2011, though, reports Vox.com.

Wexner, whose net worth of $4.7 billion makes him the richest man in the state of Ohio, is Epstein’s only known client, according to The Daily Beast. Wexner hired Epstein to manage his multi-billion-dollar fortune in 1987, reports The Observer.

The Wexner family has yet to make a statement publicly, but L Brand shares tumbled by more than four percent on Tuesday, just days after Epstein’s arrest.

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At least 6 dogs affected by suspected poisoning attack on local neighborhood

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Several dogs are sick and a few have even died in a case being investigated by Columbus Humane as a possible poisoning attack in North Linden.

Gypsy was the registered support animal of Hannah Broadway, reports NBC4i. A Facebook post that Broadway was tagged it revealed Gypsy was discovered in a pool of her own blood, having suffered organ ruptures. She ultimately died from internal bleeding.

Broadway then posted an update of her own, saying she is "still at a loss for words as to what happened."

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But, before Gypsy or any of the other dogs got sick, an anonymous person made threats to another pet owner in the area.

Broadway's neighbor Elaine Putnam received a letter in the mail with no return address, threatening to give her dog "a couple rat poison meatballs" if she didn't get her dog to stop barking.

Putnam believes the person who sent the letter is also the person targeting other local animals.

The Franklin County Animal Care and Control anticipates more dogs in the area to show signs of being possibly poisoned. They advise dog owners to survey the yard before taking them out to use the bathroom.

Samples from the effected dogs are currently being tested to confirm or deny poisoning.

Columbus Humane is asking that anyone with any information come forward.

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Grandview-area shooting leaves 2 in critical condition

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A shooting near Grandview Heights early this morning left two people in critical condition.

Around 12:05am, a report came in about gun shots. Columbus police arrived on the scene to find two individuals with multiple gunshots near the Grandview Carry Out at 1355 Grandview Ave.

The victims were transported to local hospitals and are undergoing emergency surgery, reports 10TV.

Police continue to search for a suspect.

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South Columbus machete robber still on the loose

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A man is on the loose after allegedly attempting to rob two Donatos Pizza employees with a machete in south Columbus on Saturday.

According to 10TV, Columbus police say an unknown male carrying a machete entered the Donatos in the 1000 block of Thurman Avenue around 11:10am.

He approached an employee and demanded money from the register. The employee did not comply despite the suspect threatening to kill him.

The suspect then demanded money from a delivery driver in the parking lot. This employee refused, also.

Police say the suspect fled on foot and was last seen running northbound in the alley and turning westbound between houses around the area of 1267 Oakwood Drive.

The suspect is described as a white male between 20-40 years old, 150 pounds and 5'6". 10TV adds he had a black eye on the right and a shiny area on his face that appeared to be a skin graft.

Anyone with information on this incident or suspect is asked to contact Columbus Police Robbery Unit at (614) 645-4665 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-TIPS.

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