Det. Cornett, Officer Blaine, Officer Gruber honored as Officers of the Month

Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, along with the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge #9, is pleased to recognize Columbus Police Det. Eric Cornett as the recipient of the Bryan Hurst/Tony Luzio Officer of the Month Award for the month of September and Columbus Police Officers Derek Blaine and Shawn Gruber for the month of October.

On July 6, 2013, Central Ohio Crime Stoppers received a request from C.P.D. Sexual Abuse Sergeant David Pelphrey to have special attention given to the capture of Antiwonne Goins, wanted for Rape, Kidnapping, Felonious Assault and Aggravated Burglary. The new effort included displaying the photo and wanted person information for Antiwonne Goins on billboards in select Columbus neighborhoods. Along with this, Sergeant Pelphrey provided an investigative packet on Goins to C.P.D.’s Strategic Response Bureau. Detective Eric Cornett accepted the lead role in the effort and set about tracking and finding Goins. Antiwonne Goins proved to be resourceful and elusive, having evaded arrest attempts by street and S.W.A.T. officers and on August 15, 2013, managed to elude capture in a Columbus apartment complex, a surveillance and arrest effort organized by Detective Cornett. Detective Cornett continued surveillance for Goins the next day, monitoring the same location for 12 hours and continuously calling leads, tightening the circle around Antiwonne Goins. On August 16, 2013, tired, hounded by S.R.B. Officers, and with no place left to hide, Antiwonne Goins surrendered to Detective Cornett.

On Tuesday, April 2, 2013, Officers Derek Blaine and Shawn Gruber made a traffic stop at Scottwood Rd. and Crestwood Dr. on a vehicle for failing to signal prior to changing lanes and stopping beyond the stopping bar at an intersection. While making contact with the driver, Officers Blaine and Gruber smelled the odor of fresh marijuana coming from the vehicle. Officers Blaine and Gruber had the occupants exit their vehicle in order to conduct a protective sweep of the vehicle. The officers discovered a black bag lying on top of a cardboard box. The bag contained two zip-lock bags of marijuana, along with blocks of marijuana wrapped in plastic wrap. Officer Blaine looked in the cardboard box and discovered multiple large blocks of marijuana wrapped in plastic wrap (approximately 36 pounds of marijuana recovered). A Bersa .380 Thunder handgun, loaded with seven live rounds, was recovered from the vehicle along with $1141, which was seized.
The award presentations, which will tell the rest of the stories, will take place on Wednesday, October 2nd around 9:45am, at the Fire Fighters Union Hall located at 379 W. Broad Street.

Any questions, please contact Marilyn Smith at 614-645-4749.