A recent traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a 17-year-old Columbus girl after officers found her vehicle contained a loaded gun that had been reported stolen, according to the New Albany Police Department.
The girl was arrested for improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property after the traffic stop at 6:21 p.m. Aug. 27 at state Route 161 and New Albany Road, police said.
The firearm found in the vehicle had been reported stolen, according to the police report.
The girl also didn't have a license to carry a concealed handgun, Sgt. Curtis Baker said.
Other than law-enforcement officers and others with special permission, only concealed-carry license holders can possess loaded or concealed handguns in a vehicle, per Ohio law.
All others must transport firearms unloaded, which means the gun has no ammunition in the chamber and no loaded magazines or speed loaders inserted into it, according to section 2923.16 of the Ohio Revised Code.
Unloaded firearms must be in a closed package, box or case; a compartment that could be reached only by leaving the vehicle; or in plain sight with the action open if it's a long gun, according to section 2923.16.
If loaded gun magazines or ammunition that could be used in the gun are in the vehicle, they must be "stored in a compartment within the vehicle in question that cannot be accessed without leaving the vehicle or ... stored in a container that provides complete and separate enclosure," according to section 2923.16.
In other New Albany police incident reports:
* A 27-year-old Newark resident was arrested for possession of controlled substances and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia after officers responded to a report of an impaired driver and made a traffic stop at 4:48 p.m. Sept. 2 at state Route 161 and Johnstown Road.
* Two 24-year-old men were arrested for assault after police were dispatched on a fight report at 10:17 p.m. Aug. 31 to the 8800 block of Smith's Mill Road. The case was referred to the Licking County Prosecutor's Office, according to the police report.
* A 54-year-old Gambier man was arrested for improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and carrying a concealed weapon after a traffic stop at 5:50 p.m. Aug. 31 at Harrison and Jug Street roads. The man didn't have a license to carry a concealed handgun, Baker said.
* Theft of banking checks was reported at 12:11 p.m. Aug. 31 on the 7200 block of Biddick.
* Two Dublin-Granville Road residents reported identity theft Aug. 30 and 31.
* The theft of a cellphone valued at $999 from New Albany High School, 7600 Fodor Road, was reported at 6:34 p.m. Aug. 28. A juvenile will not be charged for the crime if a diversion program is completed and restitution is made, Baker said.
* A laptop computer valued at $1,799 and dock for the computer were reported stolen at 6:24 p.m. Aug. 28 on the 5900 block of Carters Grove.
* A 21-year-old Dublin man was cited for open container after a traffic stop at 1:14 p.m. Aug. 27 at state Route 161 and Babbitt Road.