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Storm returns to Columbus police, lawsuit filed for conspiring to protect Trump

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Though the charges against adult film star Stormy Daniels were dropped within hours of her arrest at a central Ohio strip club this past summer, the Columbus Police Department has not heard the last of her.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has filed a federal lawsuit against four Columbus Vice officers who made the arrest at Siren’s Gentlemen’s Club in July 2018, accusing them of conspiring to protect President Donald Trump, reports NBC.

Daniels claims to have had an affair with Trump more than 10 years ago and is suing him to end a non-disclosure agreement.

“Defendant Officers believed that Ms. Clifford was damaging President Trump and they thereafter entered into a conspiracy to arrest her during her performance in Columbus in retaliation for the public statements she had made regarding President Trump,” reads the lawsuit filed Monday in a federal court in Ohio, per NBC.

Daniels was charged with three misdemeanor sex offenses for allegedly inappropriately touching a female undercover officer under a seldom-enforced law.

This law applies only to regular strip club performers and since Daniels was a guest performer, the charges against her were dropped.

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The Fayette Advocate reports that after Daniels was let off, a whistleblower came forward with emails exchanges between several high-ranking detectives prior to the raid that included news clippings about Daniels’ planned appearances in Columbus, pictures of Daniels with President Donald Trump, videos of her dancing, and even a map to Sirens where she was going to perform.

Many of these emails provided by the whistleblower were allegedly from the email account of Detective Shana Keckley, who was one of the lead-arresting officers at Sirens and also one of the four officers Daniels is suing.

The other three are Lt. Whitney Lancaster, Det. Mary Praither and Det. Steven Ratner.

Columbus Vice Detective Shana Keckley

“Defendant Officers also arrested Ms. Clifford because they believed that doing so would damage her credibility in relation to any statements she had make or might in the future make against President Trump. Damaging Ms. Clifford’s credibility in this way was another purpose of Defendant Officers’ conspiracy,” reads the lawsuit filed Monday in a federal court in Ohio, per NBC.

A spokeswoman for the Columbus Division of Police released the following statement regarding Daniels’ lawsuit.

“We’ve been made aware of the lawsuit filed by Stephanie Clifford,” said spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis. “The Columbus Division of Police internal affairs bureau continues its investigation. Therefore, it would be inappropriate for us to comment on this matter at this time.”

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Short North parking to change once again this fall

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As part of the Columbus Division of Parking Service's commitment to continually review the Short North parking plan’s performance and making improvements accordingly, hourly rates in some areas will be changing.

Effective Oct. 7, rates in the mobile pay only zones will decrease or increase by 25 cents to 50 cents per hour from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM based on a zone’s average on-street parking occupancy data.

The specific 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM changes by zone can be viewed on the Mobile Pay Only Zone Rate Change Map at columbus.gov.

Hourly rates at all Short North parking meters will remain unchanged at $1 per hour from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and $2 per hour from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

“This latest update reflects our continual evaluation of data and community feedback to optimize parking accessibility and efficiency in the Short North,” said Robert Ferrin, Assistant Director of Parking Services. “We want to continue to be responsive to the community by appropriately setting rates so parking is available for the arts district’s residents and their guests, businesses and visitors.”

According to a Department of Public Service release, the Short North parking plan’s overall compliance rate is averaging 85%.

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A note from the (614) Editorial Staff

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There is no place for hate at (614). 

The editorial team has made the unanimous decision to remove the content formerly published on this page. The gravity of removing a post from our site is something we take very seriously, but we feel it is necessary in this case to ensure we are not continuing to give a platform to this group. We denounce all of the messages made by the Proud Boys, and furthermore, apologize to anyone who was belittled, attacked, or isolated by those words we wrongfully chose to publish.

The content did not meet our editorial standards and here’s why:

  • We did not challenge the voice of this group, and as gatekeepers it is our duty to do so. We failed in this regard.
  • We allowed an anonymous person to make a broad and inaccurate statement without context that is not consistent with our voice or purpose.
  • We did not work hard enough to seek out and obtain respected voices from within our community to offer a critical lens on this sensitive topic.

We can and will do better and here’s how: 

  • We plan to slow down our historically quick-to-publish style.
  • We plan to establish more editorial oversight by and between our content team to promote sound journalism. This includes ongoing training and education to both better our team and the information we present to you, our audience.
  • We plan to employ a more thoughtful approach to future stories and work harder to get fair and honest points of view.

It is with the utmost sincerity that we apologize for allowing our platform to promote groups that are involved in hate speech.

Thank you all for your support over the years and we will strive to always seek the truth, to keep you informed, engaged, and entertained. We understand your trust in us has been eroded, and we will work hard to regain that trust.

The (614) Editorial Staff

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PENZONE becomes first salon in Columbus to offer CBD beauty products

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Just weeks after the manufacturing and sale of CBD products became legal in Ohio, Columbus' premier spa had adopted the natural remedy to offer new experiences for the local community.

PENZONE Salons + Spas and Seventh Sense Botanical Therapy have partnered up to offer self care products infused with CBD. This is the first and only salon and spa in Columbus to offer such goods.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is an active ingredient in cannabis derived from the hemp plant touted for its therapeutic effect on conditions like pain, insomnia, and anxiety. CBD products can contain just .3% THC under Ohio law.

According to a release, Seventh Sense products are crafted with high-quality botanicals and CBD to create a full self-care routine that lets the customer reach new levels of wellness.

Among the products are eye cream, facial moisturizer, face oil, lip balm, muscle balms, foot cream, and bath bombs. They will be offered at all PENZONE locations and LIT Life + Yoga.

PENZONE was recently named Salon of the Year at the North American Hairstyling Awards—not a bad 50th anniversary present. Click here to read more about the salon.

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