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Fairborn paramedic overdoses driving OD patient to hospital

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 11:52 AM

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A Fairborn firefighter-paramedic driving a suspected overdose patient to the hospital Thursday night began showing symptoms of an overdose himself, prompting his partner to jump into action and stop the ambulance in the middle of the road. 

This is the latest — and perhaps most dramatic — case of a public safety employee exposed to an opioid.

“He was not feeling right. He was having issues seeing the speedometer controls,” said David Reichert, division chief for Fairborn fire. “His partner in the back was immediately able to stop the medic in the middle of an intersection.”

MORE: Officer’s overdose leads to public health warning

The partner administered Narcan to the firefighter-paramedic. He and the 49-year-old woman patient were taken to Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek, Reichert said. The woman and firefighter, whose names have not been released, have recovered.

“There’s nothing like going to the hospital and seeing one of our guys in the hospital bed who has just been given Narcan to pull him away from dying,” Reichert said.

MORE: Soaring overdoses strain emergency crews from neighboring cities

Evidence collected at the scene was sent to a crime lab, where investigators should learn which chemical caused the overdoses, Fairborn police Capt. Terry Bennington said. 

The woman who overdoses could face charges, he said.

“It really depends on whether or not this was an accident,” he said. “My recommendation is we look at assault and inducing panic.” 

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The president of Fairborn Professional Firefighters Union Local 1235 commended his colleagues. 

“The members of 1235 and the members of the police department did an incredible job,” said John Howard. “The people at Soin, the nursing staff and the doctors went over and above and treated us amazing.”

The full details of what happened at Soin remain unclear, including an apparent incident involving the hospital’s staff. 

Reichert said once fire department personnel arrived at the hospital “it was determined that we needed to ramp up our decontamination process” after he said an additional six firefighters had to be decontaminated using showers.

Reichert also referenced something that “happened with Soin Hospital and Soin Hospital staff,” but neither he nor other city officials would elaborate. 

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“We were advised that there were some issues at the hospital, but I don’t think anyone up here is at liberty to speak for Soin,” Bennington said. However, the police captain added, “If we can get evidence to prove that she (the overdose patient) willfully overdosed, potentially those charges could carry over to the hospital.”

Elizabeth Long, a spokeswoman for Kettering Health Network, declined multiple requests for comment. 

By phone before a news conference, Fairborn City Manager Rob Anderson said he believed several employees at Soin were affected. He retracted his statement at the press briefing and said the incident was still under investigation. 

“I don’t want to speak for the captain, but we’ll follow up with our normal protocols, assign a detective to investigate this, talk to witnesses like normal police work, and file whatever charges we feel are appropriate,” Anderson said. 

“I was under the maybe false impression that someone at the hospital was affected by this, when in fact we’ve not confirmed that,” Anderson said with an apology. 

“Certainly we will look into it and confirm it if it happened,” he said.

Ohio Attorney Gen. Mike DeWine feared just such an incident in July 2016 and issued two bulletins within a week warning agencies to take precautions against coming into contact with drugs, including foregoing field testing of evidence. 

One of DeWine’s alerts was for the drug carfentanil, used to sedate elephants and other large animals. A small quantity of these powerful drugs absorbed through the skin or inhaled by a human can lead to overdose and death. 

An eastern Ohio police officer overdosed in May and was revived with four doses of Narcan after he came into contact with suspected fentanyl during a traffic stop. 

“None of our guys and gals think when they come to work that they may die of a drug overdose,” Reichert said.

 

Driver, dog killed in 3-vehicle crash in Greene County

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 12:54 PM

SKY 7 FOOTAGE: Driver, dog killed in 3-vehicle crash in Greene County

UPDATE@2 p.m.:

The motorist killed in the crash has been identified as a 25-year-old man whose name has not been released. 

He was traveling east on Clifton Road in an SUV when he drove in front of a dump truck that was northbound on state Route 72. The dump truck struck and pushed the SUV in front of a southbound semi, killing the 25-year-old man and one of his two dogs, police said.

Neither of the other two drivers was injured. 

UPDATE @ 1:14 p.m.:

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers confirmed a male driver and a small dog inside a SUV died at the scene of a three vehicle crash in Miami Twp. in Greene County Wednesday afternoon.

The accident occurred shortly after noon at the intersection of SR 72 and S. River Road. 

S.R. 72 and S. River Rd. in Miami Twp. in Greene County. A three vehicle crash is reported. Google Map

Our reporter on scene said it appears the SUV became sandwiched between a semi truck and a dump truck.

We will continue to update this site with new details.

FIRST REPORT

A semi truck, dump truck and SUV have reportedly collided near the intersection of S.R. 72 and S. River Rd. in Greene County.

Man, dog killed in Greene County crash

The driver of the SUV is unconscious, according to dispatchers, and a dog in the car is severely injured.

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A medical helicopter has been put on standby, and traffic is being diverted from the area.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Check this site for new information as it becomes available.

Woman pulled over by man impersonating law enforcement officer

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 4:47 PM



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A man impersonating a law enforcement officer pulled over a woman in Arkansas, according to the St. Francis County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident happened Saturday on Highway 38 near Hughes.

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Investigators said a man impersonating a game and fish officer stopped a woman and asked to check her vehicle for guns. He had a blue light on his dash and was in a dark-colored pickup truck.

The man did not show the woman a badge or a weapon. The incident happened during the daytime hours and appears to have been an isolated occurrence.

Investigators said they believe they know who the man is, but no arrests were immediately made.

Officials said the impersonator is not the same one who stopped people earlier this year.

7-year sentence for Lebanon man who possessed child porn

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 4:24 PM


            Michael Kirkwood of Lebanon pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Dayton.
Michael Kirkwood of Lebanon pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Dayton.

A 60-year-old Lebanon man was sentenced on Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 7 years for possession of child pornography.

With time for credit served, Michael Kirkwood could be free in five years, according to the sentence ordered by Judge Walter Rice during a hearing in federal court in Dayton.

Kirkwood has been in jail since June 2016. He was arrested then when he met a federal agent who had posed as 13-year-old girl Kirkwood was to buy underwear at Victoria’s Secret for her to wear while they had sex, court documents said.

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Kirkwood was originally charged with coercion and enticement.

In January, Kirkwood pleaded guilty to the single charge, in a plea also recognizing he actually communicated via Facebook with the 13-year-old victim and admitted “chatting” on-line with about 20 other girls of similar ages.

The federal agent heading the investigation said Kirkwood seemed to be “grooming” the victim, according to Rice.

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On Wednesday, Rice said child pornography crimes were “never-ending” for victims wondering if pictures taken of them as children could viewed decades later.

Rice also noted Kirkwood’s otherwise law-abiding life, advanced age, low expectations he would ever commit another crime and multiple health problems as reasons he should be considered for release after five years.

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Since his arrest, Kirkwood’s wife has sought divorce and sold their house and he has lost his job as a machinist, according to statements during the hearing in federal court.

Rice also ordered Kirkwood to forfeit a handful of computer devices seized in the case. Investigation found 84 images of children having sex with adults on Kirkwood’s computers, Rice said during the hearing.

Kirkwood apologized but was unable to explain his motivation.

“I really can’t explain why I did it,” he said.

Rice fined Kirkwood $5,100 to go to victims of trafficking and other crime victims, while setting a hearing early next year to determine if he could pay additional fines from liquidation of the home he lived in before his arrest, a motorcycle and other property.

The judge urged Kirkwood to “work very, very hard” to determine “why this occurred.”

“It may give you peace in the years you have left,” Rice concluded.

Paid suspension for local teacher accused in fatal hit-and-run crash

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 5:41 PM
Updated: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 6:52 AM

Kristine Baggs was arraigned in Clark County Common Pleas Court.

UPDATE @ 1:00p.m. (Nov. 22):

Kristine Baggs, a Kenton Ridge High School science teacher, has been put on paid administrative suspension according to Northeastern School District officials Wednesday after making her first court appearance.

Baggs is facing charges related to a deadly hit and run pedestrian accident that killed Lawrence Mason, 45, of Medway, in September 2016.

The Ohio Attorney General prosecutor on the case against Baggs spoke about the charges filed against the educator in court Wednesday. 

Paid suspension for local teacher accused in fatal hit-and-run crash

“These are very serious charges,” prosecutor Leigh Bayer said. 

She asked the court to handle Kristine Baggs’ case like the court has handled similar cases in Clark County. 

"There was a victim who died as a result of being hit by a car driven by Ms. Baggs," Bayer said in court. "And the car was hidden from view several days afterward." 

She also asked that Baggs not be allowed in any establishment that serves alcohol as a condition of her bond. 

Baggs doesn’t admit to the allegations, her defense attorney Richard Mayhall said in court. He asked the court to release her on her own recognizes bond. 

“She has been employed as a teacher in Clark County for the last 15 years,” Mayhall said. “She’s married, she has two children, she has no prior record. Since this incident occurred nearly 15 months ago, she has had no other allegations.” 

A magistrate set Baggs’ bond at $100,000. 

UPDATE @ 12:00 p.m. (Nov. 22):

Kristine Baggs, a Kenton Ridge High School science teacher, has been put on paid administrative suspension according to Northeastern School District officials Wednesday.

Baggs made her first court appearance Wednesday morning on charges related to a deadly hit and run pedestrian accident that killed Lawrence Mason, 45, of Medway, in September 2016.

UPDATE @ 10:57 a.m. (Nov. 22):

Kristine M. Baggs appeared in court Wednesday morning for her arraignment.

Baggs pleaded not guilty and bond was set at $100,000.

UPDATE @ 6:53 a.m. (Nov. 21)

Our newsroom is working to gather more information on the arrest of Kristine M. Baggs, 40, of Springfield. She was booked into Clark County Jail Monday afternoon around 5 p.m. 

Kristine Baggs (Contributed Photo)

She is listed as a teacher in family and consumer science at Kenton Ridge High School. She made $52,788 in 2016, according to the Dayton Daily News and Springfield News-Sun Payroll Project.

EARLIER REPORT (Nov. 20)

A Northeastern School District teacher has been indicted in a deadly hit and run pedestrian accident that killed a man standing on North Tecumseh Road in Bethel Twp. last year.

Kristine Baggs is charged with failure to stop after an accident, tampering with evidence and two counts of vehicular manslaughter, according to the Clark County Common Pleas Court website. 

Lawrence J. Mason, 45, of Medway was struck and killed by a silver 2015 Dodge Durango in September 2016, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol crash report. The vehicle and driver left the scene, according to investigators.

The vehicle was later traced to the Baggs family, and Mason’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Baggs was arrested Monday afternoon, more than a year after the deadly accident.

"I'm hoping the family may have some justice for their loved one with Ms. Baggs going to jail for this indictment and charges," said Lt. Brian Aller, commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Springfield post. 

Kristine Baggs is a teacher in the Northeastern School District, Superintendent John Kronour said. 

Kronour said he couldn't comment until he knows more about the situation. 

She hasn't been suspended or put on leave at this time. 

"Not yet, but I anticipate that might be forthcoming," Kronour said.