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85-year-old man faces drug trafficking charge

Columbus resident Nathan A. Hodge, 85, was charged by Grove City police with drug trafficking after officers responded to reports of a shooting about 7 p.m. Oct. 24, in the rear parking lot of McDonald's, 1989 Stringtown Road.

According to witnesses, two vehicles, a Chrysler and a Saab, met in the lot, and there was yelling followed by the Saab driving off rapidly as an older white male, later determined to be Hodge, stood by the Chrysler and fired a single shot with a gun, before he drove off to a residence in the 4200 block of Kathryn's Place. A shell casing and a syringe were found on the scene.

Police located Hodge, and he told officers he had met with a man named "Lee" to sell him heroin, but "Lee" tried to rob him. He consented to a search of his vehicle where a gun was located and agreed to a voluntary transport to the police station for an interview where he was arrested and charged, police reports said.

In other recent Grove City police incident reports:

* Warrants were issued after an incident at 7:25 p.m. Oct. 24, in the 2200 block of Stringtown Road, in which a man was reported to have assaulted his wife in a vehicle, grabbing her by her purse and pulling her back into the vehicle as she tried to leave, scratching her arm. The pair is reported to be separated.

* Police were notified after a phone message was left at 6:38 p.m. Oct. 25, at Our Lady Center Preschool, 3764 Broadway. According to reports, a deep, raspy male voice said he was going to burn the church down and "will murder you all," and "I don't care if children are inside." Similar messages had been reported in the past, but it is unknown if it's the same caller, reports said.

* Another warrant was issued on Oct. 25, after a resident of the 6300 block of Windcliff Drive reportedly shoved his wife by the throat during an argument sometime during the previous night. He is also reported to have punched his adult son when the son tried to get him to leave the residence.

* A Central Crossing High School student was arrested for arson after a fire was reported at 2:50 p.m. Oct. 22, at a Porta-John in West Grove Park, 3574 Magnolia St. The Porta-John was fully engulfed in flames, resulting in $500 worth of damage before being extinguished by the Jackson Township Fire Department, reports said. On the ground nearby, police found a burned piece of paper with the student's name, a South Western City Schools schedule of tests and a lighter, police reports said.

* Vandalism and breaking-and-entering was reported between 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25 and 7:39 a.m. Oct. 26 at the athletic field of Central Crossing High School, 4500 Big Run South Road. The main ticket booth, the press box and the doors, windows and other areas were reported to have been spray painted with vulgarities and references to Westland High School. Buildings were reported to be permanently damaged, requiring repainting to hide the damage.

* At 2:40 a.m. Oct. 28, a 39-year-old Grove City woman was arrested for OVI and hit-and-skip after an incident in the 3200 block of Ventura Boulevard.

According to police reports, she entered an unlocked residence without permission, apparently believing it was her own home, after first driving into the owner's vehicle in the residence's driveway. Then she went outside, vomited in the driveway and attempted to drive away, but her vehicle was disabled when she backed up into a ditch. She jumped a fence and walked away but was identified by her vehicle's license plate and arrested as she attempted to enter her residence, police said.

* Between 8 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25, a man reportedly exposed himself to an employee at the drive-through window of a restaurant in the 4000 block of Hoover Road. He drove off after receiving his food as the employee tried to act like nothing was wrong, reports said. The man was described to be of mixed-race, about 45 years old, with a black mustache and goatee, black hair and brown eyes, and drove a light-colored vehicle.

* Between 1 p.m. Oct. 27 and 10 a.m. Oct. 28, a burglary was reported at a residence in the 3400 block of Stephen Street. Two televisions and a DVD player, with a total value of $1,700, were reported stolen.

* A burglary between Oct. 12 and 26, resulted in the theft of $1,000 worth of copper piping from a residence in the 3200 block of Kingswood Drive. An additional $500 worth of damage was reported to a window.

* Between 7 and 7:10 p.m. Oct. 22, a juvenile was reportedly assaulted in the 3300 block of Parlin Place South by three unknown males after they asked him for a cigarette and he told them he didn't have one. One of the suspects punched, the juvenile, and then the others joined in, according to reports. Cuts were reported to the victim's lip and hands.

* Between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Oct. 24, a student at Brookpark Middle School, 2803 Southwest Blvd., was reported assaulted by another student after he got off the bus. He was thrown against the bus and punched in the face several times. According to the victim's mother, the suspect had been bullying her son for a week prior to the assault. He suffered bruises to his face and a cut lip.

* At 8 a.m. Oct. 23, a student at Grove City High School, 4665 Hoover Road, was charged with possession of a deadly weapon after he was found to be in possession of a knife. The knife was confiscated, although the student was never reported to have threatened anyone with it.

* A vehicle was reported broken into between 7:16 and 7:55 p.m. Oct. 23, when it was parked in the 4200 block of Marlane Drive. A briefcase, laptop computer, backpack and cash were reported stolen, for a total loss of $4,000.

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