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Former Niles firefighter faces drug charge

January 29, 2008
By MARLY KOSINSKI Tribune Chronicle
WARREN — A Niles man, who recently was fired as a Niles firefighter, is due back in court Feb. 7 to face drug charges after twice being found passed out in his vehicle over the weekend, according to reports.

Dana Cicero, 40, 995 Orchard Place, was arrested about 5:30 a.m. Saturday after Warren police found him passed out behind the wheel of a silver Dodge Magnum in front of Dunkin’ Donuts in the 3500 block of Youngstown Road S.E.

Cicero was charged with drug paraphernalia and was arraigned Monday in Warren Municipal Court, where he posted bond.

Police said the car was stopped on the roadway in the right lane with its engine running, doors locked and gear in drive, according to the report.

The man who called to report the idled car pulled behind the Magnum and activated his hazard lights until police arrived. The report states officers knocked on the window continuously for about a minute to wake up the driver, the report states.

He unlocked the door and rolled down his window so he could talk to officers, but the report states he was “out of it” and unable to figure out what was happening. The man was then searched by officers, who said they found a glass crack pipe on the floor near the driver’s seat, police said.

An earlier similar report taken by Warren police about 12:20 p.m. Friday states Cicero was found passed out in his car at a car wash in the 2300 block of Youngstown Road S.E. Police called a tow truck to open Cicero’s vehicle.

Cicero was taken to St. Joseph Health Center for treatment, and police noted in their report that both front doors of the Magnum were damaged.

Cicero was issued a court summons for drug paraphernalia following a Jan. 21 traffic stop at Paige and Dana Street. He was released on a personal recognizance bond following his arraignment Jan. 22 in Warren Municipal Court, according to court records.

Niles Fire Chief Gary Brown said Cicero was sent a termination letter more than a week ago. He said the decision to fire him was made after Cicero violated a written agreement with the city regarding his “ongoing problem” with drugs.

Brown said Cicero was in his 11th year as a firefighter and has the right to appeal his firing.



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