Morning Journal, 23 Feb 2016 - COLUMBUS (AP) - Authorities say a central Ohio police detective who was arrested last week on federal drug charges killed himself in jail. The Delaware County Sheriff's Office says 43-year-old Tye Downard hanged himself in his one-person cell early Monday. Downard had been an officer in the Columbus suburb of Reynoldsburg.
Dayton Daily News, 23 Feb 2016 - Prosecutors dismissed the first of what could be many more drug cases tossed because they involved a police detective accused of selling seized drugs who hanged himself in jail early Monday. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said his office was auditing the cases in which Reynoldsburg Officer Tye L. Downard participated as a Reynoldsburg officer or as a member of the county's drug task force from 2013 until now. So far, investigators have found 50 cases, O'Brien said.
The Day, 23 Feb 2016 - No one of these steps will solve the crisis, but collectively they can achieve progress. This will take time. Drug addiction will never go away, but as a community and as a nation, we can do much better. In recent weeks our community has had an extraordinary discussion about the heroin crisis that confronts it. That discussion has included families touched by the disease of addiction, law enforcement, educators, the medical and substance abuse and treatment community, and elected leaders. The conversation has provided some consensus, if not universal agreement, on a way forward. Addressing the problem will take time and persistence will be paramount.