All posts for the month March, 2013

Anonymous confused pamphleteer against Mayor – (G.W.)

Published March 20, 2013 by justicewg

phamplet_scanThis repost from 2008 reported on one of the most bizarre political acts ever in Grandview.

Some unknown person (or more likely a group, from the number distributed) went around in the middle of the night and stuck a very odd sheet of paper under the windshields of cars. It was a political screed criticizing Mayor Ray DeGraw, done in a style that  made you visualize a tea-bagger type, convinced that there is a grand conspiracy to hide the truth about the president – and the mayor, for some reason. It started with complaints about the plowing of snow and the closing of the Grandview Theater. What was he supposed to do about that, offer them money? Which would have inspired even more hate from this group. The warning about NRI has some basis in reality, but explaining something as complex as TIFs is not going to fit on a single sheet of paper.

Nobody ever came forward to claim responsibility for papering the city. Unless you count the time the Mayor was asked who he thought printed and distributed the sheet, he replied “I think my wife might have done it” 🙂 Ray was elected to the office of Mayor for the third time in 2011 with no mention of this pamphlet.

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Robbery on Second Avenue

Published March 20, 2013 by justicewg

A woman on  Second Avenue in Grandview reported a robbery March 10, according to a TVN report the man demanded money (and got less than $20) from her as she walked from her car. Police later charged Clinton Agbor, 20,  with robbing two women at gunpoint, in Clintonville and in Grandview. At the time of the arrest he was on bail and wearing an ankle bracelet that was supposed to track his movement. Police said he was cleared to be out of the house to go to work. He had been charged with robbing five women at gunpoint last year.

More from the police Beat

A student was charged with possession of marijuana at the High School after the principal noticed the smell of pot in a hallway. There is no great surprise in this kind of bust, but it is unusual for police to be called just because of a smell in the halls.

A point of comparison, one time at a school meeting at which the use of drugs by students was under discussion, a school guidance counselor talked about the use of drugs back in the late 70’s at the high school. She said that the smell of  marijuana would be wafting out of the boy’s restrooms on a regular basis, and implied that nothing was done about it.

Sucks to be a stoner kid these days.

The Skeletons of Grandview

Published March 2, 2013 by justicewg
Photo by Zen on Flickr

Photo by Zen on Flickr

Grandview police reported that a couple walking a dog found a body in a wooded area behind 1000 Edgehill Rd . The body, found March 2, had identification papers that connected the deceased with a mid 2012 missing person report.

A Dispatch story said the couple walking their dog found a skeleton along a fence line behind a Grandview warehouse. This area is not in the direct vicinity of the construction going on in Grandview Yard, but given all the buildings that are scheduled to be removed in the near future, it may explain the lack of inspection of the area around these buildings. The story quoted Grandview Heights police officer Ryan Starns (named 2011 officer of the year). “Starns said a lot of people walk their dogs in that area so he was surprised the body hadn’t been found sooner given the foot traffic there.”

Although this is an unusual story, it is not the first skeleton found in Grandview in recent years.

A body was found in January 2009 along the banks of the Olentangy River. Though a quirk of the mapping of the city boundaries, Grandview Heights owns a small section of the riverbank. This sliver of the city can be seen on the bike path between the two railroad bridges.

Police had trouble identifying the body at first, but later were able to connect the case with a missing person from the West African country of Ghana.

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