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Rossford man charged for Facebook comments

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A Rossford man is facing a serious charge after allegedly posting threats on the police department's Facebook page.

When Rossford Police Chief Glenn Goss checked his department's Facebook page, he didn't like what he saw.

"I definitely didn't want anything to come out of it, officers or neighbors or family members possibly getting hurt," he says.

The cause for alarm was a pair of messages. One stated: "So I guess it's that time for me. If you come to my house for any reason, you will die...sry"

The next: "What are you waiting for, the death of others? That should be only my curse."

"Whenever you make a threat like that, it's definitely going to be taken seriously," says Chief Goss.

The chief, who was on vacation at the time, instructed officers to go to the Charles Crest housing facility. That's where they found Justin Eckenrode, 27.

Officers put him in cuffs and took him to the Wood County jail.

Police also confiscated a high-powered, semi-automatic weapon, complete with rounds of ammunition and loaded magazines.

Rossford police say the case goes beyond cyber-bullying. They also consider it a cautionary tale: Before you post on the internet, think twice.

"Hiding behind a computer screen or a computer keyboard doesn't make it less of a crime or less of a threat," says Chief Goss.

Eckenrode now faces a misdemeanor charge of aggravated menacing. He was arraigned and released from fail on $5,000 bond.

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