Heroin addicts using while driving

Published: Thursday, November 13, 2014 @ 5:13 PM
Updated: Friday, November 14, 2014 @ 4:52 AM

A driver suspected of using heroin at the wheel ran a stop sign this week, causing an accident that involved a school bus and cut a car in half.

The crash, which sent one victim to the hospital in critical condition, was just one in a rising number of drug-related car accidents.

“We have people shooting up as they drive down the road,” Sgt. Chris Colbert of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. “In the last four or five years, that’s not uncommon at all. They use it as soon as they get it, which often means in the car.”

Kelly Hooks, 35, of Celina is facing potential criminal charges after she drove through a stop sign Tuesday afternoon on North Diamond Mill Road and struck a car driven by 27-year-old Christopher Biddle. Biddle, whose car was cut in half, remained in serious condition Thursday. Troopers believe Hooks was under the influence of heroin at the time of the crash.

Colbert said drugged driving has been on the increase over the last four years, and today, heroin is the drug of choice.

“Heroin does a lot of the same things as alcohol. It slows you down, slurs your speech, affects your motor skills,” Colbert said. “It’s an opiate. But it’s a lot faster acting than alcohol. If you’re snorting or injecting it, it’s in your blood stream within seconds.”

The Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center has taken 219 overdose calls just this month, according to Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer. Out of 1,011 drug-related arrests in the area, more than half of them involved heroin, he said.

“The heroin is so addicting, that as soon as they get out and get it in their hands, they have to shoot it,” Plummer said. “So it could be while they’re driving, or while they’re at a gas station, shooting up in a bathroom or at a convenience store.”

Lori Erion with Families of Addicts, a support organization for families and recovering drug users, said an increase in levels of fentanyl, a prescription painkiller, may be making users more impaired.

“They pull over, shoot up , and drive off a few minutes later,” Erion said.”A lot of accidents are happening because of the increase in fentanyl in heroin. Users are more impaired than they used to be.”

The number of heroin overdoses at the Circle K gas station on U.S. 35 east of Dayton has earned it the unflattering nickname, “Heroin Highway,” according to Greene County Sheriff Gene Fisher.

“We know that people pull in to the Circle K and shoot up in the bathroom, then take off driving down the road, which is dangerous,” Fisher said.

Erion said the car accidents are a symptom of a larger problem.

“The only thing I can say is that the same heroin causing these accidents is also killing the people who use it,” she said. “They’re just not dead yet.”

Owner of dogs that killed ponies pleads guilty to misdemeanor

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:02 PM

            Howard Campbell’s grandchildren play with Simon, a miniature horse. Simon was one of three miniature horses attacked by dogs in St. Clair Twp. CONTRIBUTED Staff Writer
Howard Campbell’s grandchildren play with Simon, a miniature horse. Simon was one of three miniature horses attacked by dogs in St. Clair Twp. CONTRIBUTED Staff Writer

The owner of dogs that attacked miniature horses in St. Clair Twp. has pleaded guilty to failure to restrain the canines.

Terry Foister, of Wichita Drive, and formerly of Sipps Lane in St. Clair Twp., pleaded guilty in Hamilton Municipal Court today to the the minor misdemeanor. He was fined $150 by Judge Dan Gattermeyer.

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For several days in December, Merbs was looking for two dogs that were part of an attack on pet horses in one week. Merbs said that sheriff’s office detectives questioned Foister, the suspected owner of the dogs, and he confessed the animals where his.

“He has no idea they were getting out or were going off the property,” Merbs said. He added Foister thought the dogs may have killed raccoons.

FIRST REPORT: Dogs killed 3 minature horses in Butler County

When Foister learned of the death of the horses, he killed the dogs, according to detectives.

A trio of dogs, described as either pit bulls or a pit bull mixed breed, attacked and killed one horse and mortally maimed another horse Dec. 16 at Mike Powell’s farm in the 1900 block of West Elkton Road, according to Merbs.

Eight-year-old Bella and 6-year-old Pablo died as a result of their injuries.

The remaining two dogs, one still stained with blood, attacked another miniature horse at a neighboring residence in the 2100 block of West Elkton.

“They went after his face and his tail. Just tore him up,” Howard Campbell told this news outlet about the attack on his miniature horse, Simon. “I was at work, my wife was out there. She was throwing rocks at (the dogs) trying to get them off (the horse).”

A veterinarian came to the aid of Simon, sewing him up, but by Saturday morning it was apparent the 16-year-old horse would not make it, according to Campbell.

Florida college student says man tried to touch her leg in on-campus parking garage

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 10:42 AM

Florida College Student Says Man Tried To Grab Her In Parking Garage

Police at the University of Central Florida are warning students to be on their guard after a woman said a man tried to assault her in a campus parking garage Monday.

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UCF police said a woman who attends the university was approached around 6 p.m. by an unknown man who asked for help with his car in Garage C. 

During the exchange, the man tried to touch the student's leg, police said, causing her to scream and run away. 

The student immediately called police and described the man as 5 feet 7 inches tall. He was wearing glasses, a gray sweater and dark pants, she told authorities.

UCF police said the description of the incident closely matches two similar incidents that happened on campus within the past month and a half. 

In December, a student reported that she was inappropriately grabbed by a man inside the Business Administration II building, the UCF Police Department said.

The student told investigators that the incident happened at about 5:50 p.m., UCF police spokeswoman Courtney Gilmartin said.

The man, who she did not know, was lingering near a vending machine and started talking to her before grabbing her, Gilmartin said.

"It's just unfortunate that we have to deal with that here at UCF. I feel like we're so close as a family and as a university. It's incredible that we have to do this," UCF student Ponatoyas Jusakus said.

Investigators said the woman ran from the building and reported the incident about an hour later.

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The man was described as being dark-skinned with a thin build and about 5 feet 7 inches tall. He was wearing a gray hoodie and jeans at the time of the incident, police said.

A similar incident happened in the same building Dec. 4, Gilmartin said. The victim in that case provided a similar description of the culprit, but no one was arrested.

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Police said they do not believe the two incidents are related to a similar encounter at Valencia College this week.

"Detectives are currently revisiting the case from last month and reviewing surveillance video from last night," Gilmartin said. "In regards to the incident at Valencia College Tuesday night, at this point, the circumstances and suspect descriptions do not match."

Report: Parents of 13 siblings allegedly kept captive were moving to Oklahoma

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 10:26 AM

Details Emerge About 13 Siblings Rescued From California Home

A report says David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin, the California couple accused of allegedly holding 13 siblings captive in their home, were planning to move to Oklahoma.

ABC News reported that the parents was moving from California to Oklahoma days before they were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment, citing multiple unnamed sources.

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David Turpin was getting a job transfer with a defense contractor he was working with, according to ABC News. Moving boxes were reportedly found at the residence. The report says the family has moved to multiple places over the years, including a home in Texas.

The couple’s 17-year-old daughter had escaped the home early Jan. 14 and called 911, saying her 12 siblings were “being held captive” at a Perris, California, residence by her parents.

Related: Parents accused of holding their 13 children captive appear in court

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said in a Jan. 15 news release that the siblings, ranging in ages from 2 to 29, “appeared to be malnourished and very dirty.” Six of the siblings are minors.

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were charged with 12 counts of torture and a lewd act on a child by force or fear of duress. The siblings could only have one meal a day and take one shower a year.

Related: DA: Captive siblings limited to one meal a day, one shower a year

Two dogs were found by authorities in the home, according to city spokesman Joe Vargo. Vadrgo said in a statement that the two Maltese terrier dogs were in much better condition than the siblings.

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“The animals, one white and one black, appear healthy and friendly and are leash-trained, according to Christina Avila, a senior animal control officer,” a news release from the City of Perris said.

The parents made their first court appearance Thursday and entered not guilty pleas to all charges. Their bail is set at $13 million. They are scheduled to appear in court again Feb. 23.

Florida woman, 81, smashes car into McDonald's: 'Glass flew everywhere'

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:54 AM

Woman Smashes Car Into McDonald's Window

An 81-year-old woman suffered minor injuries after she lost control of her Toyota Solara and backed into the glass windows of a McDonald’s west of Boynton Beach, Florida, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

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The woman will be charged with careless driving, PBSO spokesperson Teri Barbera said Monday.

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The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. at Military Trail and Boynton Beach Boulevard when the woman backed up and inadvertently drove through the window.

“Glass flew everywhere,” said a witness, who said she was drinking a soda inside when the car plowed through the window.

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The witness, who asked not to be identified, said the glass cut her fingers. She said the driver then drove forward and hit her parked Volkswagen. The driver continued about 150 feet and hit a tree next to a canal, Barbera said.

A McDonald’s representative declined to comment. The store and drive-through remain open.