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Theft Suspect Claims Debt to Drug Dealers

July 25, 2013

Charles Larry Leroy told a sheriff’s deputy Steubenville drug dealers ordered him to steal merchandise from a store at The Highlands to pay a debt he owes to them....

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Jul-25-13 7:31 AM

Little income but still wanting and buying drugs! If the welfare system is monitored correctly then Leroy should lose all food stamps paid by we taxpayers. All druggies should lose all benefits, housing, food etc.

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Jul-25-13 9:23 AM

So are the 10 and 11 year old children of this ****** addict robber welfare recipient still in his custody? THERE'S the problem. He's raising the next generation of ****** addict robber welfare recipients for YOUR children to deal with.

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Jul-25-13 9:23 AM

her oin

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Jul-25-13 4:09 PM

If the guy is truly addicted, his body is "needing" it not "wanting" to buy. Im not advocating nor do I personally understand addiction like this, but nothing ever changes, crime is rooted in addiction. TrollSlayer-the alternatives are more costly. There are not enough foster homes for kids in these situations, and if there were, the state pays (I think) about $1200 per kid if they go through a secondary agency, $600 if through DHHR. Much more than the crappy parents get. Nobody seems to want to be foster parents. Most are not reported. Those reported eventually get investigated but hard to prove. Amazes me the situations they leave these kids in. Not much future for the kids.

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Jul-25-13 4:17 PM

I had a friend who did foster parenting as a full time job. She was wonderful with the kids but eventual burn out. The kids have so many issues, fire setting, bed wetting, violence, etc. They have many appointments for counseling and get visitation with natural parent, them come back with lice and scabies. Who would take a kid like this for $600, and they often want you to take siblings so there may be 2 to 4 kids in the family. Would have to buy a mini van too. Very sad situation. We should be concentrating on this because this is a much bigger problem than the interest on student loans and other popular issues. There will only be more drugging and violent crime left alone.

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Jul-25-13 7:24 PM

bloomin, the alternatives are more costly in the short term, but after a generation of strict adherence to laws protecting children and removing them from dangerous homes, in the long run the problems caused by a culture of drug use and crime among that segment of society would decrease and the total long term cost to society would be much less.

Protecting citizens, especially children, is one of the few constitutional functions of the Federal Government. And we seem to be doing everything BUT that.

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Jul-25-13 9:33 PM

TrollSlayer-agree completely. The lack of services is why these kids are being raised in homes such as this and it is too common. We are almost desensatized to this as it is so common. We look at short term costly solutions. The highest cost is the lives of our youth. If people dont want to foster, then we need more group homes to place youth in and stricter laws protecting these kids.

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Jul-26-13 8:13 AM

lose welfare this lose welfare that. easy for a lot of you who have a silver spoon stuck up your a s s. I fought my way from the bottom to the top..i know a lot of these people don't want to be where they are now but didn't have the support of anyone to help them. I only hope one day those of u who whine about welfare find yourself on it one day. It can happen and will. been a long, long time since those days an I am getting ready to sell my company and never have to work a day again and still live like a king. I had someone step in and show me the way of the world. I was one of the lucky ones.

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Jul-26-13 2:30 PM

whgfeeling, so your position is we should continue to supply drug addicts with welfare to purchase drugs so they don't have to commit robberies to pay for the drugs? And that will make things all better for their kids? Apparently one too many blows to the head when you were "fighting your way to the top." The top of what? This should be fun. LOL

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Jul-26-13 3:46 PM

Even the drug man wants paid! LOL

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Jul-27-13 11:04 AM

i'm glad this happened in ohio.this doesn't sound like something he just made up.funny.

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