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TBT: The Short North Posse – Columbus’ most notorious gang

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To look at the Short North in 2019, it’s hard to imagine that it was once the stomping grounds of one of the most notorious and violent street gangs in Columbus history. Though the area is hardly free from crime today, nothing matches the scope and intensity of the offenses brought to bear on the neighborhood by the Short North Posse in the 1990s.

For those unaware of the Posse and its reputation, Columbus Monthly once called the nationally-known street gang “the biggest, baddest, gun-totingest, drug-slingingest, most murderous bunch in town.” The group’s activities were serious enough to draw the attention of local and federal authorities, resulting in over 60 arrests of posse members, many of which carried hefty sentences.

According to court records, the Short North Posse was formed by a group of cocaine dealers who wanted to carve out an area of Columbus as their own turf – the area just north of downtown Columbus. Like any gang, the Posse offered protection to its members while keeping rival gangs and drug dealers at bay.

Though its members were eventually proven guilty of everything from drug charges to racketeering and murder, some claim The Short North Posse were simply administering their own brand of street justice in a neighborhood that had long been neglected by polite society.

Utilizing undercover detectives and covert drug stings, Columbus Police began targeting gang activity in the Short North area in 1993. By May of 1994, the scope of the investigation expanded to include federal authorities.

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In March of 1995, a sweeping federal investigation resulted in more than 200 charges from drug dealing to money laundering being leveled against alleged Posse members. More than 40 members of the gang were arrested and tried, with many receiving maximum sentences.

In spite of these wide-ranging convictions, the Short North Posse was far from finished, as a new generation of members stepped up to replace those who were incarcerated. Two more major waves of arrests followed, with ten more Posse members facing charges in 2006.

19 additional arrests in 2010 effectively marked the end of the Posse’s presence as a criminal force in the city. Of the 19 charged, 13 pleaded guilty and six others were convicted by juries and sentenced to life without parole. In all, the final wave of arrests yielded 31 murder-related convictions.

Short North Posse leader Robert Ledbetter

The final conviction associated with the Short North Posse came in 2017. Robert Ledbetter, a Posse leader, was sentenced to several consecutive life sentences for the revenge killing of 23-year-old Alan Johnson in 2006, who had allegedly murdered Ledbetter’s brother. He was also convicted for his role in the death of drug dealer Marschell Brumfield Junior, and for ordering the murder of his then girlfriend while he was in custody in 2011.

While the violent nature of the crimes committed by Posse members is a matter of record, some say there are two sides to the long-standing gang’s saga.

Was the Short North Posse really as bad as their rap sheet would suggest, or were they unjustly targeted by powerful interests? Whatever the case may be, the Short North of today bears little resemblance to the streets run by Posse members two decades ago.

 

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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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