Grove City Record

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Man places gun near counter, robs gas station

Grove City police reported a man with a gun robbed a local gas station.

The man at 11:48 p.m. Oct. 5 walked into the United Dairy Farmers gas station, 2516 Southwest Blvd. and took out a gun. He placed the gun close to the counter and demanded all the money from the clerk, who gave him about $67 in small bills. The suspect then left the store in an unknown direction.

Described as a black man about 6 feet tall, the suspect had a goatee, weighed about 160 pounds and was in his early 20s. He wore a Cincinnati Reds cap and blue hoodie.

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

* Residents experienced a near-miss after someone fired a bullet that passed through their bedroom wall at 10:37 p.m. Oct. 9, in the 1700 block of Epic Way.

A couple in the home was lying in bed when the bullet passed through the wall, penetrating a closet and striking a jewelry box. In the process, the bullet traveled over them by a few feet. The residents told police they were shaken up by the incident, but no one was hurt. The residents' children reportedly heard a few shots coming from the west just prior to the house being shot.

Police conducted a search of the neighborhood but found no suspect or other witnesses.

* Officers responded to reports of an unconscious man lying in a parking lot in the 3000 block of Southwest Boulevard at 10:45 p.m. Oct. 10, and found a 35-year-old South Point man with a cut above his eye, bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol.

Jackson Township paramedics treated him at the scene, but while they treated him, police reported he began yelling cuss words at another person who had attempted to help him prior to police arrival. The officers handcuffed him and placed him in the back of a cruiser where he repeatedly hit his head against the vehicle, necessitating one of the officers to deploy pepper spray into the suspect's eye. He was taken to the hospital where he was released after being charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

* A student throwing rice set off a fight in a Grove City High School classroom, 4665 Hoover Road, at 9:48 a.m. Oct. 10, leading to assault charges against one student.

According to police reports, a student had been throwing rice that was part of a class activity when some of it hit an 18-year-old classmate. The teacher, seeing the student who was struck by the rice was upset about it, asked him to go to the hallway and escorted him. While doing so, she looked back at the student who had thrown the rice, and he asked "Why do you have to look at me like that?" The other student, thinking the question had been directed at him, took off his backpack and punched the rice thrower in the face and head. Both students were taken to the school office and disciplined, but assault charges were filed against the 18-year-old.

* Shortly before 9 a.m. Oct. 9, a student was charged with possession of marijuana after he was found to have a cigarette box containing three cigarettes and a marijuana seed at Grove City High School. The student received a Mayor's Court summon as well as school discipline.

* Police arrested and charged a 19-year-old Columbus woman for criminal damaging and aggravated menacing after she attacked an ex-boyfriend's current girlfriend at 1:09 p.m. Oct. 10, in the 3400 block of Southpark Avenue. The suspect reportedly hit the victim's vehicle repeatedly, causing $300 worth of damage to it while yelling that she would kill the woman, who had locked herself inside.

* Between Oct. 3 and 10, someone stole a trailer, valued at $6,000 and containing more than $40,000 worth of tools, from a construction site in the 5000 block of Hoover Road. A receiver ball lock on the trailer was cut and left on the ground.

* On Oct 7, a resident of Tamara Drive reported he had put up a time-share property he owns in Florida up for sale, and he had been contacted by a man identifying himself as an agent with a financial services agency Aug. 7, telling the resident he had a buyer for the property. He referred the resident to another firm purportedly to broker the deal and the resident also was contacted by a man who represented himself as the buyer.

The resident reported having several conversations with all the men in August and September, and that to broker the deal, he sent them a total of $7,252 in in three cashier checks. Since then, the men haven't returned his calls and their voicemails have changed. The number the first man provided for his company is not a working number.

* Someone stole a $3,000 gold necklace and a $300 electronic device from a book bag in the back seat of an unlocked vehicle parked in the 4900 block of Buckeye Parkway between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 6.

* Between 10:25 a.m. Oct. 6 and 10:25 a.m. Oct. 7, someone stole a GPS unit valued at $150 form an unlocked vehicle parked in a driveway in the 4600 block of Clayburn Court.

* Another GPS unit was stolen from a vehicle between 11 p.m. Oct. 6 and 6 a.m. Oct. 7, in the 2500 block of Hoover Crossing Way. The vehicle was reported to have been locked, but there was no sign of forced entry. The value of the GPS was $100.

* While on patrol at 4:14 p.m. Oct. 9, an officer saw a vehicle with expired registration near the intersection of Kelnor Drive and Old Stringtown Road, and a system check revealed the owner had a suspended license and warrants for his arrest through the Grove City Mayor's Court and Franklin County Clerk of Courts.

After stopping the vehicle, the officer arrested the driver, a 44-year-old Grove City man, for the warrants. While retrieving the driver's wallet for him, the officer saw a marijuana pipe in plain view, and a search of the vehicle yielded two baggies of marijuana. The driver was charged with three counts of driving under suspension, an expired license plate, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

* During a traffic stop at 2:24 a.m. Oct. 10 in the 1900 block of Stringtown Road, for failing to use a turn signal, officers found the driver, a 22-year-old Kentucky man, to be under the influence of marijuana, and after searching the vehicle, they found a baggie of marijuana, three pipes, two packages of rolling papers and a metal grinder. The driver was issued a Mayor's Court summons for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and released at the scene.

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