Author Archives: Callie Lyons

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.

MMH Fires 150+

Marietta Memorial Hospital is laying off more than 150 employees in a massive reorganization. RCNN contacted MMH for comment, but has yet to receive a response. The news began to break last Friday when the hospital released a video to … Continue reading

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Rings Plays Hide and Seek with Public Records

The Washington County Prosecutor’s office is playing a ridiculous game of hide and seek. More than two weeks ago, RCNN made a FOIA request of the Washington County Commissioners – specifically that they release a number of emails originating with disgraced … Continue reading

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Commentary: Marietta City Schools and Realignment

  Over the Christmas break my phone has been ringing off the hook with story tips. Surprisingly, the most prevalent under-reported topic has not been the IEI Fire or the Kevin Rings corruption case. The largest numbers of calls I … Continue reading

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COMMENTARY: The People vs. Prosecutor Kevin Rings

Since RCNN broke the story in October about an ongoing investigation against Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings, victims have been coming forward in droves leaving many members of the community wondering why he is still in office and responsible for … Continue reading

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WVDEP: IEI Document Dump

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection today posted the following data regarding the IEI fire and the inventory of harmful substances contained in the building. (See the link below.) The agency did not indicate that the documents were sufficient … Continue reading

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Ohio AG Appointed as Special Prosecutor in Rings Case

The retired judge assigned to adjudicate the complaint against the Washington County Prosecutor who is accused of “sexual molestation” has appointed Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine as special prosecutor. Former Summit County Judge Patricia Cosgrove was assigned the case in … Continue reading

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The Ring Text Messages: the First 50

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Every effort has been made to protect the identity of minors and to present the text messages in chronological order. The information may appear to be incomplete in parts, but that is not due to RCNN editing. It was received that way. Continue reading

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Is the Washington County Prosecutor Marietta’s own Harvey Weinstein?

On October 27, RCNN first reported that Prosecutor Kevin Rings is under investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation following allegations from a victim/suspect that he “sexually molested” her.  Rings refused to respond to the allegations. Early in October … Continue reading

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Ohio Supreme Court Appoints Judge to Oversee Proceedings Against Washington County Prosecutor

Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings is under investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for allegations involving an inappropriate relationship with the female victim of a crime. After months of investigating, the River City News Network was able to … Continue reading

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Ames Fire: Hazardous Contents 

It was a disaster waiting to happen – a regulatory nightmare and a hazardous scene even on good days. A look at Intercontinental Export Import’s environmental record speaks volumes about the “recycling” business and its operations at the old Ames … Continue reading

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