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Grove City: Man charged with making threats over road work

A man threatening a "blood bath" over roadwork planned near his residence was charged with inducing panic by Grove City police last week.

At 12:46 a.m. July 31, a man called the police department's non-emergency line and told the operator that if the construction crew paving Broadway came near his house, there would be a "blood bath." An employee of the construction company also reported being approached by a man saying there would be a "blood bath" if the company worked in front of his house.

Using the cellphone of the caller, police learned the address of the phone's listed owner from the cellphone provider. The listed owner was a 58-year-old man with a residence in the 4100 block of Broadway.

Officers went to the man's residence and spoke with him. The man said he spoke with an employee of the construction company but did not make a threat. Police called the listed phone number, and the man's cellphone rang in their presence. He was then arrested and charged with inducing panic, a misdemeanor.

In other recent incident reports from the Grove City Division of Police:

* Between 10:20 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. July 31, a burglary was reported at a residence in the 3200 block of Townhouse Drive. Someone pried open a rear sliding glass door and stole a video game system valued at $300.

* Responding to a 911 hang-up call, police found a 25-year-old woman crying and pacing around at 1 a.m. Aug. 2, in a parking lot behind a residence in the 2900 block of Addison Drive. The woman told officers her boyfriend had hit, grabbed and thrown her to the ground during an argument and then cut himself with a pair of scissors. The boyfriend, a 24-year-old Washington Courthouse man, had three cuts about five inches long on his upper chest. After being treated by an EMS from the Jackson Township Division of Fire, he was arrested for domestic violence and assault. He was also charged with falsification after initially giving the police a different name and birth date.

* A 36-year-old resident of the 1400 block of Gateway Lakes North was arrested and charged with domestic violence and assault after an incident between 12:30 and 12:48 a.m. July 31, in which he reportedly hit his girlfriend.

* Warrants for domestic violence and assault were filed against a 23-year-old resident of the 2600 block of Walden Bluff Court after an incident at 4:44 p.m. Aug. 1, in which he reportedly grabbed his wife's throat, ripped necklaces off her neck and threatened to kill her and himself. He fled the scene on foot in the woods behind the residence prior to police arrival.

* Shortly before 6 p.m. July 31, a woman pulled into the drive-through of McDonald's, 3370 Broadway, and was followed by a 37-year-old Grove City woman she said had been threatening her for some time. When she parked to eat, she said, the suspect pulled alongside her and told her to get out of the car. She did so, but then, the suspect grabbed a crowbar for her trunk, and the woman got back inside her car as the suspect pounded on the window and said she was going to hurt her. In the car, the woman called police, and the suspect left the scene before officers arrived. Later, the suspect was issued a Grove City Mayor's Court summons for menacing.

* Officers responding to an attempted vehicle break-in about 5:45 p.m. July 31, in the 5900 block of Hoover arrested the suspect after his shoe gave him away during a traffic stop, police reported. Nothing was stolen, but an attempt to pry open a vehicle's window ended up breaking the window, causing $550 worth of damage. A witness saw the suspect get into another vehicle and leave the area.

Police saw a vehicle matching a description of the suspect on Buckeye Parkway near Lamplighter Drive and conducted a traffic stop. The vehicle had two Columbus men in it. A shoeprint found on the scene of the vehicle break-in matched the pattern on one of the detained suspect's shoes, and both were taken into custody.

One of the men, 25, was charged with criminal damaging, driving under a suspension and falsification because he initially gave police a different name. The other man, 20, was issued a traffic citation and charged with complicity.

* Between July 27 and 29, a resident of the 3400 block of Simmons Drive reported making an $800 debit card transaction and paying $540 cash to cover fees for a $15,000 loan he was trying to obtain from a company he found online. However, the person he spoke with and sent the money to, a "Christopher Swaby" in Canada, was not affiliated with the company.

* A 65-year-old resident of the 2700 block of Independence Court reported her credit card information was used to make several fraudulent transactions between July 28 and Aug. 2, in the Columbus area.

* On July 29, a resident of the 4600 block of Snowy Meadow Drive received an alert from a credit card company about a change of home and email and address request, although the resident didn't make any such request. The request was made over the phone by an unknown male who had access to the resident's date of birth and Social Security number. The change of address was made to a location on Younkin Court in Grove City, but the resident does not know anyone who lives there.

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