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Crime brief: 14 alcohol-related incidents reported before Ohio State football game

There were 12 reports of open container and two reports of offenses involving underage persons on Saturday afternoon.

The incidents were reported in the parking lots of Ohio Stadium, at the French Field House and in the parking lot of St. John Arena and Buckeye Lot. The incidents took place from approximately 12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., which is when Ohio State’s homecoming game against Rutgers started. 

Tailgaters are not permitted to have open containers of alcohol by state and city laws.

A 19-year-old man was also arrested Saturday at 5:40 p.m. near the Journalism Building and charged with prohibited acts, offenses involving underage persons and criminal damaging/endangering. 

There was also a report of offenses involving underage persons at Siebert Hall on Oct. 11. An officer was called to the residence hall on a report of people carrying an unconscious person, according to a University Police report.

Three students — including one from Miami University (Ohio) and one from an OSU branch campus — said they were taking their friend home. They found him intoxicated on High Street and carried him home. He was lying face up in disheveled clothing and was insensate, the officer wrote in the report. The man, who was a Virginia Tech student, was taken to the OSU Wexner Medical Center.

A 58-year-old man was arrested Monday at about 2 p.m. near the Ohio Union Parking Garage North for receiving stolen property. He was also charged with obstructing official business, possessing a drug abuse instrument, resisting arrest, possessing criminal tools and criminal trespass.

A glass pipe with black residue and a scrubbing pad, a “leatherman”  — or a type of tool/knife set — three screwdrivers, four pieces of tinted auto glass, a backpack and a road bike were seized from the man. 

There was also a report of drug abuse during Hempfest at the Browning Amphitheatre on Oct. 11 at about 7:30 p.m. An officer became suspicious of two people smoking what appeared to be a hand-rolled cigarette, according to a police report.

The officer approached the two men who were passing the cigarette back and forth, and smelled marijuana. One of the men offered it to the officer without looking at him, but when the man realized it was an officer, he tried to hide the cigarette. One of the men eventually admitted the marijuana was his, and both men received a verbal warning.

There were 37 thefts reported on campus between Oct. 10 and Oct. 22, including four thefts of bicycles and six thefts from automobiles, according to the University Police daily log.

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