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Ezekiel Elliott’s dad suspected owner of escaped exotic cat in Central Ohio

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Ezekiel Elliot’s father is under Ohio Department of Agriculture investigators’ microscope following an escaped exotic cat being shot over the weekend.

Stacy Elliot’s home is adjacent to the neighborhood where a serval cat was shot and killed by a deputy over the weekend, reports NBC4. Ohio Department of Agriculture investigators are executing a search warrant.

While it’s legal to own exotics, owners must have a permit issued to them by Ohio Department of Agriculture and make sure the animal doesn’t escape. A spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Agriculture has told NBC4 no one in Fairfield County has a state permit for a serval. 

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It’s a first-degree misdemeanor to not have a permit and a fifth-degree felony to allow an exotic animal to escape.

The cat was first spotted on Saturday creeping through bushes and around houses in the Jefferson Farms subdivision southeast of Canal Winchester. Neighbors noticed the animal was wearing a collar but exhibited wild instincts, reports NBC4.

Then on Sunday, the serval allegedly attacked a dog. Deputies made the decision to shoot the animal when it appeared in an “attack stance.”

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“The time is right,” OSU president Michael Drake announces retirement

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After five years of serving the students, faculty, and staff at the Ohio State University, President Michael Drake will retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Drake cited good timing as his reason for retiring. 10TV reports Ohio State trustees approved a 2.5% raise for Drake this week, bringing his annual salary to nearly $892,000.

Below is the statement he sent OSU community:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
I am writing to share with you that I have informed the board that I will be retiring from my role as president of The Ohio State University at the end of the 2019-20 academic year.
Following many months of thoughtful consideration, Brenda and I have concluded that after a combined 15 years of campus leadership, here and in California, the time is right for a change in the trajectory of our lives.
We love our work, and we could not be more proud of the great progress the university has made through your leadership and the collective focus and efforts of the entire Buckeye Nation. But time does not stand still, and what better time to pass the baton than at the completion of our 150th and strongest year ever. The Ohio State University is positioned for nothing but continued success.
As we have considered this decision, we have been reminded time and again of the literally thousands of letters and other expressions of support, gratitude and encouragement we have received from so many of you over these past many years. They are sincerely appreciated and humbling. Working with you is an honor, a privilege and a blessing.
After my term, I will remain on the faculty in an active — although undoubtedly less intense — role. For now, it’s back to the task of celebrating our sesquicentennial and doing all we can every day to make our great university even better. Thank you all so much, and Go Bucks!
Sincerely,
Michael V. Drake, MD
President

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Polaris pop-up to offer “trendiest styles”

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A new pop-up at Polaris Fashion Place will be your destination for "the trendiest styles in interior furnishings and décor" this holiday season.

According to a release, a discreetly-branded Value City Furniture will open Saturday, November 23 and run through January.

"As guests walk through the discreetly branded retail space, subtle signs and hints will reveal that the designer looks featured in each room are in fact from Columbus-based furniture retailer Value City Furniture — proving guests can have the on-trend styles they want from high-end retailers without the designer price tag," said the release.

The pop-up will be located in the center court, lower level, at Polaris Fashion Place, right in front of Santa.

Value City Furniture Polaris will highlight many bestsellers from its Designer Looks collections. These pieces are crafted with quality materials, finishes and details, like hand-stenciled finishes, solid wood surfaces, and 100 percent feathers, per the release.

Guests of the pop-up will receive a discount code that can be used for any in-store or online purchase at Value City Furniture or VCF.com.  

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CPD writing huge check for Stormy Daniels debacle

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The Columbus City Council approved settlements in three lawsuits against the Columbus Division of Police totaling almost $800,000 Monday, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Among the settlements was a $450,000 payment to adult-film performer Stormy Daniels stemming from her wrongful arrest suit against the Division's disgraced vice unit.

Charges against Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, were dropped by Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein the morning after her arrest at Sirens Gentlemen's Club in July of 2018. The law Daniels was alleged to have broken applied only to regular performers at the strip club, making her arrest improper.

Daniels garnered national attention prior to the incident in Columbus when she claimed to have taken hush money from Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to cover up a sexual affair between the actress and the then-future president. Daniels had originally sued the CDP for $2 million.

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