Powell Police Called Twice to the Home of Zach Smith's Ex-Wife for Domestic Incidents in 2015

By Kevin Harrish on July 24, 2018 at 6:33 pm
Zach Smith was fired on Monday after a history of domestic assault allegations.

Powell Police responded to a public records request from Eleven Warriors Tuesday by releasing two police incident reports from 2015 that list fired Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith's ex-wife as the victim.

The first report, dated Oct. 26, 2015, matches an earlier account of that incident first reported by Eleven Warriors Monday morning.

The incident report lists charges of "Domestic Violence" and "Felonious Assault" with Courtney Carano Smith as a victim and a narrative that reads: “The victim reports that a domestic incident happened last night at her home and that she has been a victim of sustained physical abuse by the suspect.”

The status of that incident is still open.

Fourteen days later, on Nov. 9, 2015, Powell Police again responded to a call to Courtney's apartment and filed an incident report with an offense of "Menacing by Stalking."

The status of that incident is closed due to the victim, Carano Smith, refusing to cooperate.

No charges were filed in either case. Because of this, the suspect's name and information in both reports was redacted, which masked the suspect's name in database searches by the Powell Police Department.

At Big Ten Media Days Tuesday, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said he was aware of an earlier domestic incident, dating to 2009 in Gainesville, between Courtney and Zach, but was unable to find anything on an incident in 2015.

Following the emergence of the two incident reports, ESPN's Dan Murphy caught up with Urban Meyer, tweeting, “Saw Meyer on his way out today after receiving the reports. He seemed genuinely surprised and reiterated that when his staff called police last night they were told there was no records from 2015.”

Since the suspect's name was redacted in the records and masked in database searches, this may explain why Ohio State had trouble finding any records of an incident or incidents in 2015.

A Powell Police spokesperson confirmed to Murphy that the subject of both reports was Zach Smith, who was fired by Urban Meyer Monday after spending six seasons on Ohio State's coaching staff.

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