Overdoses spike in Hamilton County

Published: Sunday, March 19, 2017 @ 10:10 AM

32 overdoses in 24 hours in Hamilton County

Hamilton County health officials have issued an alert about a high number of drug overdose incidents since Thursday.

Over the past 24 hours there have been 36 drug-related emergency room visits by Hamilton County residents. The daily overdose reports from March 16 through today have indicated a continued spike in activity. Officials said the daily emergency visits and 911 dispatch counts are “over double the previous week average.”

Public health partners and the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition are recommending implementing protective measures which should include:

  • Having available and using necessary personal protective equipment
  • Avoid using street drugs alone
  • Carrying naloxone and being prepared to use multiple doses when necessary

The alert noted officials don’t know what may be driving this recent change in activity. However, they suspect it might have something to do with a change in the composition of illicit street drugs in our community, including mixtures of opiates, fentanyl, carfentanil, and other synthetics.

Family finds 7 horses shot, killed

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 10:10 AM

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(Mary Turner/Getty Images)

A Mississippi family is reeling after finding seven of their 12 horses dead after an apparent shooting in rural Chickasaw County.

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“My father-in-law got a call, said that some of his horses had been shot,” Tara Christian told WTVA on Tuesday. “This is cruel, absolutely cruel, to do this to animals. To do this to the poor kids.”

The horses, considered family pets and given names like Spot and Lineback, were shot in a field near the intersection of County Road 118 and County Road 119, Mississippi News Now and WTVA reported. The shooting appeared to have happened Monday night or Tuesday morning.

At least seven horses died. Three others were injured and two were missing, according to Mississippi News Now.

Chickasaw County Sheriff Jim Meyers told WTVA that the case is being investigated as animal cruelty. Deputies and officials with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks continued to investigate Wednesday, WPMI reported.

Father high on heroin pushes son in stroller down 7-foot hill, police say

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 6:30 PM

Police: Father High On Heroin Pushes Son Down 7-Foot Hill

A Butler, Pennsylvania, father was arrested and jailed Sunday after he was accused of putting his 5-year-old in son danger.

He allegedly pushed his son, who was in a stroller, over a 7-foot hill while high on heroin, according to the Butler City Police Department.

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Butler police said Charles Brookbank had his son strapped into the stroller. He had visitation with his son that day.

Detectives said that while he was walking with the stroller, Brookbank ran into telephone poles, bushes and stopped to buy heroin before taking the drug.

Multiple people said they saw the erratic behavior.

“He even left the child at a busy intersection at a stop sign for a while,” Butler City Deputy Police Chief Dave Adam said.

Police said that as they arrived on the scene, Brookbank was overdosing. He lost his footing, fell on top of the baby stroller and plummeted down a hill. 

Police said the boy was taken to the hospital to be checked out. He is OK and back with his mother.

“It’s the kids, it's the families, this is what heroin does,” Adam said. “These are the victims.”

Woman to change plea today in federal case involving 26 pounds of meth

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 6:31 AM

            Haley Bigelow
Haley Bigelow

A 20-year-old woman federally indicted on three counts related to law enforcement finding 26 pounds of methamphetamine in a vehicle is scheduled to change her plea today.

Haley N. Bigelow and co-defendant Waiman Yu were to go to trial Sept. 25 in Dayton’s U.S. District Court.

But Bigelow now is scheduled to appear for a change of plea, while Yu is scheduled for a meeting hearing, both today.

RELATED: 26 pounds of meth found in vehicle on I-70

In a motion to continue, Yu’s attorney wrote that plea negotiations are ongoing, but likely wouldn’t be completed before trial.

Another co-defendant, Dennis Olinger, pleaded guilty of knowingly and intentionally possessing with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. Olinger is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 12.

Olinger, 40, and Bigelow were charged after a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency task force wrote in a criminal complaint that the two were stopped on Interstate 70 after speeding.

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Assistant U.S. attorney Brent Tabacchi has said 26 pounds of meth could have a street value of nearly $400,000, though prosecutors say values vary greatly depending on several criteria.

The criminal complaint said that after the Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper stopped the blue Volkswagen Passat in the eastbound lane of the highway in Preble County, Olinger could not provide a driver’s license.

Olinger said he and Bigelow, whom he identified as his girlfriend, were on their way back from a fair in Missouri, according to the complaint.

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The DEA officer wrote that Bigelow could not provide Olinger’s name to the trooper and that she said they were just friends.

Within two “traps” or hidden compartments in the car, the officer wrote, troopers found 26 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and also located about $2,000 in Bigelow’s purse.

Yu, 39, was arrested July 17 after the DEA put a GPS tracking device on his car and stopped him with drugs in his Hyundai Elantra, according to a federal search warrant affidavit and return. Yu had been driving the Passat before Olinger and Bigelow were stopped in it.

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Middletown police: Beware tree-trimming scam

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 1:03 AM

Middletown police are warning residents of “unscrupulous tree trimmers” who have been taking advantage of elderly people.

The police department posted its warning Tuesday on its Facebook page.

One incident was thwarted, but the culprits were paid in another incident.

Police remind residents that door-to-door solicitors need a permit in the city. Call police if tree trimmers knock on your door uninvited.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine offers tips to avoid tree-trimming scams. Beware of a tree trimmer who:

  • Comes to your door unexpectedly
  • Says your trees are diseased
  • Requires a large down payment
  • Accepts only cash or check
  • Says nothing about your right to cancel
  • Starts work immediately