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Ezekiel Elliott’s dad facing 21 charges over escaped exotic cat in Central Ohio

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UPDATE: 10TV is reporting that Stacy Elliott, Father of former Buckeye and current Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, is facing 21 charges in connection to a serval cat that was killed by police after allegedly escaping his Canal Winchester property in October.

The charges include failure to notify of dangerous wild animal (DWA) escape, falsification, obstruction of official business, allowing a DWA animal to escape, failure to have DWA signage at property entrance, possession of a DWA, and failure to obtain DWA permit, among others.

Eight charges Elliott faces are first-degree misdemeanors, while the charge of obstruction of official business is a second-degree misdemeanor. A first-degree misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1000 fine.

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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.”

Check back to 614NOW as this ongoing story develops.

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11 Months Missing: Investigation Discovery picks up case of missing Easton man

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It has been almost exactly 11 months since Tyler Davis vanished from the Easton area while on a getaway with his wife. Since then, Dateline and True Crime Garage have picked up the story, shedding more light on the mystery in hopes of one day solving it.

Now, Tyler's wife Brittany is sharing her story with a new audience.

As part of a series of missing people, Brittany and the lead detective on the case sat down with Investigation Discovery, a TV network that features documentary-style programming dealing with true crime subjects.

Megan Moore, and admin for the "BRING TYLER DAVIS HOME" private Facebook group, posted the news, adding the exact air time for the episode has not yet been provided.

"Please continue to SHARE these posts and pictures of Tyler so we can bring this man home to his family safely," wrote Moore.

To read more about Tyler's disappearance, click here.

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Kahoots suit blames disbanded Vice unit for closure

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The fallout from Columbus' embattled former vice squad continues, as a new lawsuit has been leveled against officers by the owners of Kahoots.

According to WOSU, Icon Entertainment Group, which owned club operations at the now-closed gentleman's club on Kenny Road, has sued former Columbus Vice officers Steven Rosser and Whitney Lancaster. The suit claims that Rosser and Lancaster's improper enforcement activities are the reason that the club went under.

Rosser and Lancaster were among the officers who arrested porn star Stormy Daniels at Columbus' Sirens Gentleman's Club in 2018. In addition to this new suit, several former Kahoots dancers sued Rosser and Lancaster for unlawful arrests, claiming the officers targeted the dancers in retaliation for the club firing a police informant.

The Columbus Vice Unit was disbanded in the spring of 2018 following multiple FBI investigations into its officers' conduct. Rosser and Lancaster are still employed by the department in other roles.

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Dublin will never be the same with new pedestrian bridge, opening soon

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Get those walking shoes ready because we have an official open date for the pedestrian bridge connecting the city of Dublin's historic district to the Bridge Park development.

According to 10TV, the new bridge spanning the Scioto River will open to the public on March 13. A community celebration and dedication will take place that day from 7pm- 11pm at the West Plaza.

Opening celebrations for the new bridge will land right between Dublin's annual State of the City address on March 12 and the "Greenest, Grandest" St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 14.

“We couldn’t be prouder to open this pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Scioto River, which has been a vision of the Dublin community and Dublin City Council for decades,” says Megan O’Callaghan, Deputy City Manager and Chief Operating Officer in a news release.

“We know the end result is something Dublin residents can be extremely proud of. From the sleek main tower and suspension design to the 'S' shaped bridge deck and special lighting features, this is truly a unique bridge that will serve as one of Dublin’s defining City icons.”

For all the latest info on the bridge and its progress, click here.

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