Category Archives: Security

Security information, including Supplemental Security and C.P.D. liaison information

Online Police Report Guide – June 2015 edition

Officer Scott Clinger, our 18 Precinct Community Liaison, sends that latest Online Police Reports Guide: Online Police Report Guide – rev June 2015

Officer Scott Clinger
18 Precinct Community Liaison
Strategic Response Bureau
Columbus Division of Police

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Pipeline which crosses Forest Park

Perhaps you have received a mailing from Marathon Oil Co. regarding the pipeline which crosses Forest Park.


The pipeline crosses Cleveland Avenue and runs west between Minerva Park Place and Rolling Rock Drive, continues between Blackoak Avenue and Maplewood Drive, jogs south just east of Northtowne Boulevard, then resumes going west along the north side of Northcliff Drive until it crosses Tamarack Boulevard. It then jogs south a bit before resuming a westerly path just south of Riverbirch Drive and Penworth Drive. After crossing Karl Road the pipeline runs west along the south edge of Woodward Park (N. of Fahlander Dr N) until it crosses interstate 71. You can zoom in on a map at:


Safety Information:

Use your sense of sight, sound and smell to identify a potential pipeline leak.
Signs of a potential pipeline leak include:

  • A pool of liquid on the ground
  • A rainbow sheen on water
  • Dead or discolored vegetation
  • Continuous bubbling in water
  • Dirt or water being blown into the air
  • A dense white cloud or fog
  • An unusual hissing or roaring noise
  • An unusual odor such as gasoline, oil, sulfur or a rotten egg smell
  • Energy products transported in pipelines can be odorless. Use your sense of sight and sound as well as smell to identify a potential leak.

If you suspect a pipeline leak:

  • Leave the area immediately in an upwind direction and warn others to stay away
  • If you are near a school, hospital or large business, evacuate individuals from the area immediately as outlined in your emergency response plan
  • Do not light a match, start an engine, use a cell phone or turn on/off any electrical appliances
  • Once you are a safe distance away from the potential leak, use a telephone or cell phone to call 911 and Marathon Pipe Line LLC at 1-800-537-6644
  • Do not drive into an area where you suspect a leak, and do not touch or operate pipeline valves

Here are links to more information:

811 Ohio Pipeline Info
U.S. D.O.T. Pipeline Info
Marathon Additional Resources

Progress on A Nuisance Property – Club LaRue

Our work is starting to pay off!
Police shut down North Side after-hours club | The Columbus Dispatch
about progress in shutting down one area nuisance property.

Thanks to Bill Sperlaza at the City Prosecutor’s office, as well as Officer Scott Clinger and company at the Columbus Police. Thanks also to Rep. David Leland for working to get the bill in the Ohio legislature to give us more options.

Let’s keep the momentum, and keep building alliances with other community organizations on the legislative initiative.

CPD helicopter unit flying in to Block Watch Meeting!

Hello BW,

for the Tuesday Aught 26, 2014 meeting:

This month we will be having the CPD helicopter unit flying in, weather and mission status permitting.. I would highly suggest being a bit early as they plan to land at 7 and will be there about 20 minutes unless called to a mission.

We will also be going over new online CPD incident reporting system that I think you will find very helpful in tracking crime events throughout the city.

Bring a new neighbor or friend!

John Biteman
Forest Park Blockwatch
W 614-848-6360
C 614-205-2939

We meet the 4th Tuesday of the Month at Epworth United Methodist Church at 5100 Karl Road at 7.

AEP Phone Scam Alert

PHONE SCAM ALERT: Thieves are calling customers, telling them their power will be shut off if they don’t quickly make a payment over the phone. Before you pay, call AEP Ohio’s Customer Operations Center at 1-800-672-2231 to see if you have a payment due and to check the status of your account.

You also can check the balance of your account at

Ed. Note — this is the kind of thing that happens periodically, so it’s always good to practice discretion

Dear AEP Ohio Customer:

We are warning all of our customers of a payment scam being conducted via phone in various areas of our service territory. We continue to hear reports that customers are receiving calls threatening to shut off their power if they don’t make an immediate payment over the phone with a money card. This is a scam and people are using our name illegally. The people making these calls are not from AEP Ohio.

We work hard every day to make sure all of your interactions with AEP Ohio are positive. AEP Ohio enforces strict policies regarding customer interaction. Please remember:

  • We do not call customers to demand immediate payment.
  • We notify customers with delinquent accounts via their customer bill.
  • We contact non-responders via a recorded phone message to ask that the person responsible for the electric service call AEP Ohio.

If you doubt whom you are speaking to or the truth of what they are telling you, please hang up and call AEP Ohio at 1-800-672-2231.

In addition, please know that AEP Ohio employees work in marked vehicles, wear clothes with a company logo and will gladly show you company identification when asked. Again, if you are in doubt, please verify the legitimacy of the person’s employment by calling 1-800-672-2231.

We value our relationship with you and will continue to do our best to bring these types of situations to your attention. For more immediate AEP Ohio updates, please be sure to follow us on Twitter (@AEPOhio) and/or Facebook (


Karen L. Sloneker
AEP Ohio Director
Customer Services & Marketing