SIDNEY — The man arrested Tuesday during a marijuana-eradication operation has been placed on administrative leave from his job with Fairlawn Local Schools.
According to Fairlawn Superintendent Steve Mascho, Mark Ward, of Sidney, is employed by the district as an afternoon custodian.
“The sheriff,” said Mascho, has kept the district up to date on the events that led to the arrest and the ongoing investigation of the charges pending against Mr. Ward.
“Mr. Ward has been placed on administrative leave as the district awaits the results of the investigation,” Mascho continued. “Upon the completion of the investigation, the district will schedule an administrative hearing regarding the facts of the case to determine what action will be recommended to the Board of Education regarding Mr. Ward’s continued employment.”
Ward was arrested after deputies discovered marijuana plants growing on his property. A subsequent search of Ward’s residence yielded a marijuana-grow operation inside the home. Deputies seized several items used in growing marijuana, as well as about 10 pounds of marijuana. Ward was placed in the county jail on charges of cultivating marijuana and possession of criminal tools, both felonies. Further charges are pending a review with the Shelby County prosecutor.
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