A Highland Heights cop & the downside of yapping about a suicide attempt


It must be cool having a cop for a dad. You get to hear his war stories, bring his gun to show-and-tell, and be the first to hear incredibly dirty jokes. But the best part is that you get the inside scoop on all the dark, private lives of your neighbors – whose dad is a wife beater, which teacher got hit with a DUI, or how many marijuana plants the “retired” dude down the street is growing to “soothe his arthritis.” ... Witness Peter Joseph, the son of Highland Heights sergeant Mark Joseph. Last week, Dad told him something so so juicy he couln’t help but post it on his Facebook page. Turns out that one of his Mayfield High classmates had attempted suicide. Wrote Peter: “As many of you may know, my father is a police sergeant in the city of Highland Heights and he gets the whole scoop on most things.” He went on to detail how the kid and his girlfriend were caught having sex by their parents, who then forced them to have a “meeting.” The kid was so mortified, Peter, wrote, that he attempted to hang himself in his closet. “I will try to keep you posted with whatever comes up on the subject. Unfortunately, he probably did die, but there may be a miracle if we pray.” The suicide would prove unsuccessful, according to Highland Heights Police Chief Jim Cook. But young Peter had greater success getting Dad in a whole lot of trouble. Sergeant Joseph is now being investigated for violating confidentiality laws, says the chief. Seeing as how the case involved juveniles, Joseph was supposed to keep his mouth shut -- or at least convince his kid to do so. – Denise Grollmus


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