Ohio police warned about dangerous new substances used to lace heroin, fentanyl

Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 6:55 PM

Dangerous new drug being added to fentanyl, heroin

Law enforcement in northern Ohio is warning police agencies throughout the state about two substances dealers are using to lace heroin and fentanyl -- a powder called "Rizzy" and an analgesic substance called Bromadol. 

Rizzy is believed to cause flesh to rot and Bromadol is so powerful that specific side effects are not known. 

"Unfortunately, we find out after the fact, after somebody uses," Capt. Mike Brem, with the Montgomery County Sheriff's RANGE Task Force, told News Center 7's Kate Bartley on Wednesday. "A lot of times, unfortunately, that's the way we find out" about substances used to "cut" or "stretch" narcotics. 

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"There's not a recovery agent such as Narcan that's going to bring you back from this kind of thing," Brem said. 

Rizzy, supposedly used to dye flower petals, causes what appear to be skin necrosis to the drug injection area. This determination was made after the arrest of a 25-year-old man by police in Alliance, Ohio, in early January. The man, who said he was a heroin addict, said his injuries were caused by injecting heroin laced with Rizzy. 

Law enforcement agencies have been receiving safety bulletins because of uncertainty about the powder's true nature because those agencies have found research that suggests Rizzy is not used to dye flower petals. Additionally, officials with a florist company told a reporter they had no knowledge of a product known as Rizzy being used in the floral industry. 

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A north central Ohio drug enforcement unit called METRICH recently purchased Bromadol, an analgesic similar to an opioid, dropped it onto a Tylenol pill and found it to be extremely hazardous. 

According to the RANGE task force and the METRICH unit, various studies have shown that Bromadol, which has not been tested on humans, is estimated to be 30 to 10,000 times as potent as morphine, depending on he formulation. 

Law enforcement personnel are being encouraged to wear protective gloves on all searches, to avoid contact with Bromadol, because the chemical can be absorbed through the skin. 

Brem said if Bromadol comes to Dayton, it may be cut a couple of times before it gets here and the drug trafficker who's in the Dayton area can cut that as well. 

To compound the drug problem with Rizzy and Bromadol, Brem said law enforcement also is seeing the sale of cocaine laced with fentanyl. 

"Unfortunately," Brem said, "the addiction part of this disease is so strongly driven that you don't necessarily think just because it's going to eat some of my flesh that i'm not going to do it today."

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Coroner’s office identifies 2 men found shot to death at Harrison Twp. auto dealership

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:39 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 8:50 AM

Coroner’s office identifies 2 men found shot to death at Harrison Twp. auto dealership

UPDATE @ 8:50 a.m. (Feb. 20): 

The two men found shot to death in a Harrison Twp. auto dealership were identified by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office as Frank D. Buck, 71, and Lester Golson, 59, both of Dayton.

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Both men’s autopsies are taking place this morning.

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Originally, a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office captain said the men’s ages were 59 and 79. Buck was the operator of Buck-I Auto Sales on North Dixie Drive.

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UPDATE @ 6:37 p.m. (Feb. 19): Two men were found shot to death after an apparent struggle Monday at Buck-I Auto Sales on North Dixie, according to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

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Capt. Jeremy Roy said the bodies of men ages 79 and 59 were discovered inside the Harrison Twp. business at 2801 N. Dixie Drive after deputies were dispatched at 1:22 p.m. on a shots fired call. Roy would not provide any other details and said the deceased’s next of kin had not yet been notified Monday afternoon.

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Roy said deputies forced entry after seeing what they believed was at least one body. Roy said the coroner’s office was to take control of the bodies and evidence technicians were coming to photograph and diagram the scene. He said autopsies were scheduled for Tuesday.

“It looks like a struggle ensured inside the business prior to whatever happening,” Roy said, adding that he thinks the people involved knew each other. “I don’t believe that there’s anybody that we need to worry about right now. We think it was contained right here.”

In a 6-minute 911 call, a woman told a dispatcher that she went to the car dealer and saw two men who “started to tussle,” then saw one man pull a gun. As she was going to call police, she heard about three gunshots.

The woman said she saw one man’s face, then drove away and called 911.

At the scene during the sheriff’s investigation, a woman appeared to re-enact how she looked into the locked building and tried to get in.

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“We have someone secured that may have witnessed someone coming or going,” Roy said, saying that the cooperating witness was taken downtown to talk to detectives and was not considered a suspect.

The business next to the Traveler’s Motel and across the street from Ben’s Batteries is right next to a bridge that is being repaired. Construction equipment tearing up the road on the bridge and a jackhammer was operating nearby in the minutes immediately after deputies arrived on scene.

Roy said deputies will knock on business’ doors in the area to see if they have surveillance footage and added that people who had been interviewed had been helpful.

Montgomery County property records indicate the property was sold in 1999 by Sam Ashburn Sr. to a Frank D. Buck.

UPDATE @ 4:55 p.m. (Feb 19):

Two men found dead inside the Buck-I-Auto Sales dealership in Harrison Twp. appear to have been shot to death and there is no doubt there was a struggle inside the business, Montgomery County sheriff's Capt. Jeremy Roy said. 

The names of the victims, ages 59 and 79, have not been released as investigators are working to contact family members of the victims. 

Roy said deputies dispatched to the address on North Dixie Drive about 1:20 p.m. found the victims in a back area of the business and had to kick in the front door to gain entry. 

It's too early to say whether there was a robbery, the captain said, but investigators have "no doubt there was a struggle" inside the business. 

Roy also said investigators have in custody a woman who may have witnessed something that happened prior to the slayings. She is being cooperative, he said. 

The captain said the sheriff's office doesn't believe there is a danger to other businesses in the area even though there has been no apprehension or arrest.

Shooting North Dixie

FIRST REPORT

Two people have been found suffering from gunshot wounds near a car dealership on North Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp. Monday afternoon. 

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Emergency crews requested medics to the 2800 block of North Dixie Drive, near the Keowee Street bridge, on reports of at least one person suffering a gunshot wound. 

Deputies have surrounded and placed crime scene tape up around the Buck-I Auto Sales dealership. 

Additional details were not available. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

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Woman indicted for making threats on social media

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 4:49 PM

A Xenia woman was indicted Tuesday on six felony counts related to threats she is accused of making toward Dayton area residents.

Jillian Sticka, 39, was indicted on six counts of menacing by stalking, according to a grand jury indictment.

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The Greene County Prosecutor's Office said Sticka was making threats or intimidating at least two different victims on Twitter.

Jail records show Sticka was arrested on Feb. 2 and her bond is set at $200,000.

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Rain returning, flooding threat increasing

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:36 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 12:40 PM

Tree down on East Dorothy Lane

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Rain, few storms late tonight
  • Chance for freezing rain early Thursday
  • More rain, heavy at times Friday into the weekend

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

This evening: Clouds will be on the increase with gusty winds. Temperatures will stay in the 70s. 

Tonight: Rain will develop, mainly after midnight. A few thunderstorms will be possible. Temperatures will drop into the upper 50s by morning. It will remain breezy.

Record breaking warmth will fuel strong storms tonight.

Wednesday: Rain likely. A rumble of thunder possible early, mainly south. Temperatures will fall through the 50s into the 40s by evening. As temperatures drop, rain may change to freezing rain late at night across the northern Miami Valley.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

Thursday: Rain will be around in the morning and may begin as freezing rain, mainly north of I-70. Temperatures will start the day in the lower 30s and climb into the middle 40s. The afternoon should dry out.

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Friday: Rain returns. The rain may be heavy at times. It will be milder with highs in the upper 50s. Heavy rain may lead to flooding issues.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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Saturday: Rain likely. The rain may be heavy at times. A rumble of thunder will also be possible, mainly south. Heavy rain may lead to flooding issues. It will also become windy at times with highs near 60 degrees.

Sunday: There will likely be rain in the morning with clouds lingering into the afternoon. It will be windy with highs cooling into the middle 50s.

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Cox Washington Bureau investigates veterans charities

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:27 PM

Stock file photo
Photographer: Joshua Nathanson
Stock file photo(Photographer: Joshua Nathanson)

The stack of fundraising letters grows every week in Butch Kelly's home. Kelly said he is on a fixed income but he gives when and what he can. When he first got a letter from Disabled Veterans National Foundation, he sent a check.

"You see disabled veterans and think wow, these people are doing good works," said Kelly, a veteran from Florida. 

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Disabled Veterans National Foundation's website is slick and there are videos and testimonials of work to help vets. However, when you look at the organization's tax filings, out of every dollar donated, less than a quarter is actually going to programs that support veterans.

"They're basically taking money away from needy veterans," said Daniel Borochoff, of Charity Watch, a non-profit group that gives Disabled Veterans National Foundation an "F" rating. Another watchdog, Charity Navigator, gives it a "0" out of "4" stars. 

"They should be embarrassed and ashamed of themselves," said Kelly. 

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The majority of the 27-million dollars DVNF raised in 2016, went to telemarketers and mailings. More than a month ago we reached out asking to talk with them about their finances, but they have repeatedly refused our requests for an interview. They did send up a letter. It talks about the military record of Purple Heart winning CEO Joseph Vanfonda who has been, "working to revamp the organization's operations, programs, staff and fundraising practices." The letter said, "DVNF is committed to transparency and accountability." 

Vanfonda has refused to talk to us and for Charity Watch, the proof is in the numbers. 

"You're really helping the telemarketer more than you're helping the veterans," said Borochoff.

Our investigation found that Disabled Veterans National Foundation is not alone. We also looked at the Veterans Support Foundation. Here too, less than a quarter of every dollar goes to veterans. The President of Veterans Support Foundation, Keith King, said his organization provides housing for veterans in need.

"We're proud of what we do once we have the money in the house, how we take care of that money, what we do with that money," said King. "I think that is as important if not more important than what it costs me to raise that money in the first place." 

King also told us that money problems forced his charity to turn to telemarketers that now get half of every dollar that he raises. 

"We had gotten to the to a point to where we were looking seriously to simply shut our doors," King said.

That is what Charity Watch said should happen. 

"They should go out of operation," said Borochoff. "They're just siphoning money out of the giving pool."

Experts said money can be raised efficiently. Look at the National Military Family Association for example. Out of every dollar donated, 80 cents goes to programs. 

"It's important to ask the question, how much of my dollar is going to support the people you say you serve?" said Joyce Raezer, of the National Military Family Association. 

That is why Butch Kelly now said he has a particular file to place the mail that keeps coming from Disabled Veterans National Foundation.

"I just put it in the shredder," Kelly said. 

Disabled Veterans National Foundation did in the past few days, send us a letter from their attorney and an advance copy of a press release they plan on issuing tonight after our story airs, announcing tremendous progress in effectiveness, governance and transparency. You can read the letter in the word document attached to this story. 

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