Plunderbund beat every major Ohio paper and news source to the Mecklenborg drunk driving stripper story, the Mecklenborg license application fraud story and the Kris Jordan gun waving domestic violence story.

But I have to give the Dispatch and the Dayton Daily News full credit for kicking our ass on the story about State Rep. Jerrod Martin.

You guys were down two, but you came back BIG TIME.

DDN hit first with a story about Martin being arrested for an OVI with his kids in his car.

The Dispatch hit back this morning, revealing Martin ” was found intoxicated and unresponsive in the House parking garage” and had been “passed out drunk on then-GOP Minority Leader’s William G. Batchelder’s Chevy Suburban.”


They also released the dashcam video of Martin’s arrest (see below).

Not to be outdone, DDN’s Laura Bischoff powered back into tying position with this great piece of investigative reporting:

On May 16, 2010, the night manager at the Residence Inn in Beavercreek called police about guests yelling and fighting on the fifth floor at 4:30 a.m. Officers found Martin and six other men “highly intoxicated” at a bachelor party. The men said they weren’t fighting; just having a “friendly wrestling match in their hotel room,” a Beavercreek police report said.

Martin’s parents were called to pick up the men and their belongings

I honestly don’t know whether to laugh or cry at the fact that one of the men responsible for the legislative future of our great state was arrested for having a friendly drunken wrestling match at a Residence Inn – or that he had to call his mom and dad to pick him up.

Right now I’m going to call the Dispatch/DDN match 2-all. And that may be where we stop. But I really hope this lesson sparks a full-on, investigate reporting competition between Ohio’s papers.

Welcome back, serious, in-depth, investigative reporting!

We all missed you.

  • jamesd

    Not only am I pleased to see none of these idiots are Democrats, but none are from northern Ohio either.  I think it is time for all property north of the turnpike to secede.

  • dlw

    No audio?! Bummer. I got such a laugh out of listening to Meck on his dash cam video!

    These guys are so beyond out of control. I cannot believe this is who runs our state.

  • WestParkGuy

    The picture of him being handcuffed will do wonders for his re-election campaign.

    Dude, you need to resign.

  • dlw

    And a full bar in the Statehouse seems wiser by the day… how long until the slot machines are installed?!?

  • Progessive Willy

    I’ll try to fill in some audio for you.  At the 1:30 mark, Martin is asking the officer to be careful with the cuffs on his left wrist…he injured it in a wrestling match at the Residence Inn about  a year ago.  

  • omglol. obviously the comment of the week!

  • Anonymous

    And will the legislators write in laws that allow them to write off slot losses as a business expense?

  • Anonymous

    Oh, give it 10 more miles. We can cut off at Rt 18. Water draining into Lake Erie can be one state, water draining to the Ohio River is the other.

  • Anonymous

    I see they had to use two sets of handcuffs on Mr. Widebody.

  • Anonymous

    I see they had to use two sets of handcuffs on Mr. Widebody.

  • Anonymous

    See what happens when frat boys go into politics?  The GOP is going to have to find a new area to recruit from.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately, the audio portion where he was shouting “Mommy, mommy, make it stop!” was lost.

  • Rgtmwlly

    Jarrod Martin is a completely worthless drunk moron. I agree with Plunderbund on this!

    Did hell just freeze?

  • H*** has been frozen for a long time, most of my life.

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