Fairborn officer warned about social media posts

Updated: Thursday, February 11, 2016
By: Breaking News Team

A supervisor last year warned a Fairborn police officer about “social media behavior” after he posted a comment on Facebook. Now, that same officer was placed on leave for similar conduct.

  • Fairborn Police Officer Lee Cyr suspended for alleged Facebook comment
  • The alleged comment was about a Black Lives Matter activist who took his own life
  • Cyr was off duty when he posted the comment
  • The department launched an internal affairs investigation
  • Cyr previously been warned about “social media behavior,” his file shows

UPDATE @ 4:24 p.m. (Feb. 12)

Lee Cyr is the Fairborn police officer now on administrative leave because of a post he apparently made on Facebook about a Black Lives Matter activist who died by suicide.

Cyr was told by Sgt. Rod Myers said in a May 29 letter: “We have discussed the use of social media, and I have encouraged you to better familiarize yourself with the aforementioned General Order regarding Social Media and model your social media behavior to be consistent with that order.”

Myers’ letter to Cyr came in response to a call about a post on the Giovanni’s Facebook page to the Fairborn city manager.

“The thread started by the local restaurant asked, ‘What are your favorite things to do or places in Fairborn?’ ” Myers wrote.

“You replied with the comment, ‘Leave.’”

Cyr is on leave while the department investigates whether he posted the comment “Love a happy ending” on the Ohio Politics Facebook page two days after Black Lives Matter activist MarShawn McCarrel killed himself on the front steps of the Ohio Statehouse.

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m. (Feb. 11)

Fairborn police officer Lee Cyr will be placed on paid administrative leave for a Facebook comment he allegedly posted on a story about a Black Lives Matter activist who committed suicide, according the police chief.

The comment, “Love a happy ending,” was posted on the Ohio Politics Facebook page two days after MarShawn McCarrel killed himself on the front steps of the Ohio Statehouse on Monday.

Cyr, who also served as a West Carrollton Schools Board of Education member for about four years before moving out of the district in 2013, was off duty when the comment was posted, according to police. However, if the investigation determines Cyr is responsible for the post, he will have violated the police department’s social media policy.

“When we were made aware of a Facebook post that was linked to a Fairborn police officer, an internal affairs complaint was initiated,” said Fairborn Police Chief Terry Barlow.

The comment has been removed from the Facebook page. It was one of several on the Facebook post about McCarrel’s death that applauded the 23-year-activist’s suicide. The comments included remarks such as, “One less to worry about,” “One down, many more to go,” and “Good one down.”

Fairborn officers are not allowed to post to social media while on duty.

First report (Feb. 11)

Fairborn police officer Lee Cyr has been placed on administrative leave for a comment he allegedly made on Facebook about the death of Black Lives Matter activist MarShawn McCarrel.

The comment read, “Love a happy ending.”

McCarrel killed himself on the front steps of the Ohio Statehouse just before 6 p.m. Monday.

According to a press release issued today, the Fairborn Police Department was made aware of a social media post that was linked to Cyr.

“An internal affairs complaint was initiated and the department will be investigating further into the origin of the media post,” the release said. “The department takes these types of issues very seriously and will ensure that the professional standards of the department are upheld.”

The department said it will not comment any further, due to the ongoing investigation.

In 2014, Cyr made $75,611 in gross pay as an officer for the city of Fairborn, according to our I-team payroll project.

7 marijuana myths you may believe are true

Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            7 marijuana myths you may believe are true
Five Fast Facts: Marijuana

To toke or not to toke; that has become the question across the United States as attitudes about marijuana use continue to shift and cities and states determine whether to decriminalize the drug.

Memphis on Tuesday became the latest American city to take the first step toward decriminalizing marijuana, even as the federal government earlier this month opted to keep pot listed as a Schedule I drug – lumped in with dangerous and potentially deadly drugs like heroin, ecstasy and LSD. Meanwhile, support for legalizing the drug is at an all-time high, according to a study conducted in March by the Chicago-based Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that found that 61 percent of those U.S. residents surveyed were in favor of making pot legal.

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Proponents on both sides of the issue have all made their arguments. Unfortunately, many of those arguments are based on myths and tall tales that have gathered around the subject like, well, like a cloud of smoke.

Here are seven myths that you may or may not have heard about marijuana:

Myth: Driving while high on marijuana is as bad as driving while drunk
Fact: Driving while high on pot is not as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. Time reported last year that researchers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have found no evidence to support claims that drivers under the influence of pot are significantly more likely to crash.
See the results of that survey here.

Myth: Marijuana kills brain cells
Fact: A study released in 2015 by the Journal of Neuroscience debunked a previous study that claimed regular marijuana use causes abnormalities in the brains of adolescents and adults. According to the researchers, they were unable to replicate that study, which was published in April 2014 by Northwestern University.

Myth: Marijuana is a “gateway drug” that leads to use of more dangerous illegal substances
Fact: The Institute of Medicine found that, while many users of drugs like heroin or cocaine do use marijuana prior to trying the harder drugs, there does not appear to be a causal link. Instead, marijuana is a typical precursor to heavier drug use because it is the most widely used illegal drug.

IOM researchers also state that marijuana is rarely the first “gateway drug” in the chain of events that leads to heavy drug use. That title goes instead to underage smoking and alcohol use.

Research has also shown that, while users can become physically dependent on marijuana, the symptoms of withdrawal are much milder. While marijuana users who stop smoking may suffer irritability and a slightly elevated heart rate, those who are withdrawing alcohol, opiates or benzodiazepines could suffer everything from elevated heart rate and blood pressure to hallucinations, seizures and even death.

Myth: Marijuana causes more damage to a person’s lungs than cigarettes
Fact: Researchers with the University of California San Francisco and the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that, while long-term, heavy marijuana use could take a toll on a person’s lungs, the air-flow rate of a person’s breathing actually increases with increased exposure to marijuana – up to a certain level. The reason, the researchers said, is likely due to the difference in the number of joints marijuana smokers consume versus the number of cigarettes a typical smoker consumes on a daily basis.

Myth: Marijuana cures anxiety in people
Fact: While this myth might actually hold some truth for some people, research has found that marijuana has the opposite effect on the majority of users. A 2014 study authored by a Vanderbilt University professor found cannabinoid receptors in a part of the brain that regulates anxiety and a person’s flight-or-fight response.
The study found that, while marijuana’s cannabinoids can reduce anxiety, chronic use “down-regulates” those receptors and paradoxically increases anxiety

Myth: You can overdose on marijuana
Fact: Don’t believe everything you read on Facebook. Remember those cannabinoid receptors? According to the National Cancer Institute, those receptors – unlike a person’s opioid receptors – are not located on the body’s brain stem that controls respiration.

In other words, while taking too many painkillers can slow a person’s respiration so much that they die, that cannot happen with marijuana.

Myth: The munchies are not real
Fact: Though one argument against marijuana use for malnourished cancer patients is that the “munchies” are a figment of the imagination, science has proven that argument wrong. Smithsonian Magazine reported in 2014 that research has shown that THC fits into the receptors in the brain’s olfactory bulb, a neural structure involved in the sense of smell.
What that means for pot smokers is that marijuana significantly increases their sense of smell and taste, which leads them to eat more food after smoking.


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Large turtle killed by M-80 firecrackers; 3 charged

Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Large turtle killed by M-80 firecrackers; 3 charged
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Police in Pennsylvania arrested two adults and a 17-year-old on Wednesday after they allegedly used a pair of firecrackers to blow up a large turtle earlier this month.

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The Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department identified the suspects as a 17-year-old young man, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, and 21-year-old Manheim residents Taylor James Geib and Austin Mathew Garner.

The trio is accused of killing a turtle on Aug. 3 by blowing it up with two M-80 firecrackers.

Police found bone fragments, what appeared to be “biological membrane” and the remains of a large turtle in a small crater in Manheim after they were called to investigate a reported explosion.

Authorities determined three people put a pair of firecrackers on the turtle's shell before lighting them and ultimately killing the turtle.

Witnesses gave police a description of the suspects and the truck they were in at the time of the explosion, which led investigators to the three young suspects.

They were charged with criminal conspiracy and prohibited offensive weapons.

Juvenile involved in gun complaint at Wayne H.S.

Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A school resource officer discovered a loaded handgun in a Wayne High School student’s car Friday, according to a Huber Heights police report.

The gun was a 9MM Keltic handgun; it was loaded with a bullet in the chamber and there were seven loaded magazines, a total of 42 rounds, according to the report.

The unidentified student was not arrested or taken into custody, Sgt. Charles Taylor of the Huber Heights Police Department said Wednesday, noting that the school may have turned the student over to their parents. However, the case was turned over to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s office and they will determine in a couple of weeks if the student should be charged, he said. The student could face an illegal conveyance of a fire arm into a safety school zone charge if the prosecutor opts to file charges, Taylor said.

“Any time a weapon is brought on school ground, we have to take it seriously, he said. “In today’s age there’s no not taking it serious. It has to be done and it has to be done in a particular way. What we try to do is make sure we eliminate any potential threats. And we did Friday and removed that weapon.”

According to Huber Heights City Schools Superintendent Sue Gunnell, the district’s security director was in the parking lot and saw a gun safe on the floor of a car. Gunnell said the gun safe was locked.

“(The security director) was in the parking lot and had seen on the floor of a car a gun safe,” Gunnell said. “He contacted the administrators at the high school, as well as the police. He was able to bring the student down. At that point in time, police were involved and high school administrators followed the student code of conduct. We’re currently going through disciplinary procedures.”

Gunnell said the school district was not tipped off about the gun.

David Ford, safety director of Huber Heights City Schools, said the district was tipped off about marijuana possibly being in a car, and during a search of the parking lot, the gun was discovered while officials were looking in cars.

Gunnell added that discipline according to the student code of conduct for such an offense includes suspension with recommendation for expulsion up to a year.

Gunnell declined to provide any details about the student, other than she was not aware of any other disciplinary issues with the student.

The district did not notify parents after the incident because there was not a threat, Gunnell said.

“The staff involved and the police involved handled the situation very quickly and very promptly,” Gunnell said. “There was no information that indicated that there was any type of threat or ill will toward anybody.”

Ford said the male student could not open the gun case because it was a combination lock. A parent was contacted, and the parent opened it up.

“It was the parent’s weapon,” Ford said. “The student did not know what the case contained. Apparently, it had slid out from underneath the seat and was visible. Had we not been looking for one thing, this would never have been discovered.”

Ford said the parent was distraught and emotional.

“He became quickly aware he had put his son into a lot of jeopardy,” Ford said. “The system will play itself out. … But I don’t think the student will lose his education and I don’t think he’ll be dealt with severely with the juvenile system.”

Ford said there was no threat: “It didn’t really affect anybody else.”

“Parents need to be more aware of what their kids are doing,” Ford said. “We were there because of a concerned parent who was looking through her child’s social media.

“Having any type of weapon on any school environment is a serious offense. Under no circumstances do we tolerate any type of weapons in our school environment.”

About 250 cars were searched, and the marijuana was never found, Ford said.

News Center 7’s Caroline Reinwald is working on this story, and will have more later today.

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Fisherman finds 75-pound pearl that could be world's biggest

Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Fisherman finds 75-pound pearl that could be world's biggest
Some of the World's Most Valuable & Rarest Gemstones

A fisherman's good luck charm of 10 years might be the biggest natural giant clam pearl in the world.

NPR reported that Aileen Cynthia Maggay-Amurao, a tourism officer in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, revealed the existence of her relative's pearl after he gave it to her for safekeeping when he moved out of his home.

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"He'd almost forgotten everything about the pearl until he was moving out, and he remembered he had something under his bed," Maggay-Amurao told CNN. "We are not actually (confirming) the pearl is really rare until such a time as it is subjected to a thorough examination."

It weighs 34 kilograms, or about 75 pounds.

The pearl, photos of which were posted to Facebook by Maggay-Amurao Friday, "would likely earn another prestigious title and a record breaker for having the world's biggest natural giant pearl from a giant clam after being certified for its authenticity," she said in the post.

BBC News reported that the current record is held by the Pearl of Lao Tzu, which weighs 6.4 kilograms.

The pearl is currently on display at Puerto Princesa city hall, and is being called the "Pearl of Puerto."

It is still property of the fisherman who found it, because he has not signed it over to the city.