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Girard patrolman on leave during underage drinking investigation

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GIRARD, Ohio - A Girard police officer is on paid administrative leave while authorities investigate reports of underage drinking parties at his home.

Police Chief Jeff Palmer tells 21 News that Patrolman Larry Neely is on leave pending an internal affairs investigation that could be completed by next week due to the amount of evidence in the case.

According to a police report, the department received tips over an approximately three week period, that people under the legal drinking age were gathering on Saturday nights to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana in the garage of the Mosier Road home owned by Neely.

The report says that the juveniles would park their cars on nearby streets, and walk to the location in order to avoid bringing attention to the residence.

This past Saturday night, police saw people parking their vehicles parking on nearby Iowa Avenue and walking to Neely's garage.

Police say when they approached, they could detect a strong odor of marijuana outside the garage.

Inside they found several juveniles and some 18-year-olds in a recreation room that is part of the garage. They also found several beer cans on a ping pong table.

No one has been charged, but Chief Palmer tells 21 news that the investigation is still ongoing.

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