Fairborn officer warned about social media posts

Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 @ 9:43 AM
Published: Friday, February 12, 2016 @ 4:49 PM
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.

Trump Jr. to meet with students at Miami U.

Updated: Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 1:24 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

            Trump Jr. to meet with students at Miami U.
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The son of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump will visit with Miami University students on Monday.

The Trump-Pence campaign announced today that Donald Trump Jr. will be at the Brick Street Bar, 36 E. High St., Oxford, to “meet with students and Trump-Pence supporters” and encourage early voting.

The campaign stop is scheduled to happen at 2:30 p.m.

Wright State to eliminate 23 positions

Updated: Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 1:24 PM
Published: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 8:17 PM
By: Max Filby - Staff Writer

Wright State University is eliminating the positions of 23 employees, including six faculty members, as it continues to grapple with a budget crisis that has the board reviewing a number of options, including privatizing parking.

“I recognize that the uncertainty created by the university efforts to reorganize is real and impacts people’s lives,” President David Hopkins told faculty and staff in an email Thursday.

Wright State officials have been looking for solutions as its unrestricted reserve fund has dropped from more than $100 million in 2012 to $12.9 million as of June 30.

That fund is expected to be depleted by the end of the year, officials say.

The faculty positions being eliminated are instructors on one-year contracts who will leave the university after the spring semester finishes. Most of the instructors work in the College of Liberal Arts, WSU Spokesperson Seth Bauguess said.

One instructor who received notice that his position would be eliminated said the email did not come as a surprise. Faculty were told an announcement would be made by the end of October if positions were cut.

“I had pretty well seen it coming,” said the instructor, who said he could talk candidly only if he remained anonymous.

The instructor blamed the administration for creating the university’s budget crisis, and said cutting faculty sends a message to the students that they are not a priority at the school.

“The rhetoric is there but the follow through is not,” the instructor said.

Doug Fecher, chair of the financial committee and vice chair of the board of trustees, said in April that the budget shortfall was the result of the state cutting higher education funding while freezing university tuition.

The cuts will also include 17 hourly or salaried employees at the university. Bauguess said he did not know exactly which 17 jobs were cut.

Eliminating the 23 positions, Hopkins said in his email, will cut down on the overlap of programs and processes undertaken at the university. It will also end programs that are not considered “our highest priorities,” Hopkins said.

“We will make every effort to move through this process as diligently and compassionately as possible, ensuring that our primary focus remains on the respectful treatment of our people so that we emerge from this challenging time better positioned to meet our objective of becoming the best university for the world,” Hopkins said in his email.

The layoffs come as the university considers outsourcing its parking operation.

Provost Tom Sudkamp said officials have met with a company that helped Ohio State University better monetize its parking, though nothing has been finalized.

If parking is outsourced, Wright State would enter into a contract with a company that would pay the university to handle its parking, Bauguess said. It would allow the university to get the money it makes from parking upfront.

“Parking has the largest opportunity for cash,” said Jeff Ulliman, vice president of business and finance. 

The parking proposal was mentioned during a board of trustees financial committee meeting Friday as the board prepares to submit an updated version of its efficiency and affordability report to the state.

The university is already in negotiations to outsource management of student housing and the college’s child care development center.

Privatizing parking would initially cost the university $200,000 in negotiations, but it could bring in an estimated $6.8 million, according to the proposal.

“It makes sense we stay on top of any opportunity to augment our cash,” said Fecher. “I don’t want this report to become shelfware somewhere.”


Police searching for suspect in Target purse theft

Updated: Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 12:48 PM
Published: Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 8:06 AM
By: Breaking News Staff

Miami Twp. police are asking the public to help find a man they say robbed an elderly woman in a Target parking lot Thursday.

In surveillance video from the store at 2300 Miamisburg Centerville Road, a man can be seen approaching the woman and grabbing her purse before running away.

The woman attempts to run after the man and after a few steps falls in the parking lot.

Police said the man appears to have numerous tattoos on his arms and legs and was last seen leaving the store in a gold and silver 2-door car.

Anyone recognizing the man in the video is asked to contact Detective Dan Wessling at the Miami Township Police Department at 937-531-4046.


When Rae Carruth is set free, son he ordered dead may be at prison gates

Updated: Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 12:03 PM
Published: Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 11:41 AM
By: Erica Bryant - WSOC

            When Rae Carruth is set free, son he ordered dead may be at prison gates
When Rae Carruth is set free, son who he ordered dead may be at prison gates

A former Carolina Panthers player sentenced to prison for ordering the murder of his pregnant girlfriend is set to be released in 2018, and anchor Erica Bryant learned that the son he wanted dead will be there when he walks out of prison.

Chancellor Lee Adams, 16, is the son of Cherica Adams and former Panthers player Rae Carruth.

Chancellor has been raised by his grandmother, Saundra Adams, and she told Bryant Friday that they want to try to be there in two years when Carruth is released from prison.

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Chancellor said soon she and Adams plan to start to reach out to Carruth, first by mail. She hopes that Carruth will respond to her letters favorably and agree to a meeting and to spending some time with Chancellor when he gets out.

She said if the response is not favorable, or if there is no response at all, she and Chancellor will still be there for Carruth's exit, standing among what will likely be a crowd.

Chancellor is an excellent student and works tirelessly at his physical therapy, which helps with his cerebral palsy. The cerebral palsy is the result of Chancellor having been deprived of oxygen in the womb after his mother was shot and killed in a murder plot planned by Carruth.

That plot was also meant to kill Chancellor, but he survived and is thriving.

Adams said her hope is that one day all three of them can share a ministry together, speaking to groups about the power of forgiveness.