Dealing in Death

The massive drug epidemic and its toll on human life are all too familiar to the people of the Valley. Promising young individuals are losing their lives all too often. Considering the enormity of the problem and the public will to overcome, RCNN was recently surprised to learn that a string of suspicious drug-related deaths may be traced back to one dealer – who in some cases was observed injecting his victims.

So, why does this murdering villain remain on the streets doing his dirty deeds and deals?

Witnesses believe their reports to police are not being taken seriously. Time and again they complain of being treated like “just another junkie”. Yet, the information they are presenting is both consistent and credible.

There are witnesses to these crimes. If you can’t share what you know with the police – or aren’t taken seriously – please know that we are trying to connect the dots and want to hear from you.

Already people are clamoring for RCNN to name a suspect. Not yet. We would not do anything to impede the police investigation if there is one. So, at this point, we are trying to learn all we can. Also, in this case, to name the suspect would also mean naming victims – and we do not want these families to be traumatized by our actions.

These lost young people and their loved ones deserve justice. And, our community deserves to be rid of this blight.

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About Callie Lyons

RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at Amazon.com and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of the Green Science Policy Institute at UC Berkeley, Lyons' book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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