Man, 32, dies in Greene County Jail possibly after ingesting drugs

Published: Thursday, March 02, 2017 @ 6:21 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 02, 2017 @ 6:21 PM

Man, 32, dies in Greene County Jail possibly after ingesting drugs

A convicted drug trafficker died Tuesday in the Greene County Jail of a suspected overdose from drugs he likely ingested during or after his arrest, according to Sheriff Gene Fischer.

Jeremy P. Withers, 32, of Xenia, was pronounced dead at 6:46 p.m. Tuesday after jail personnel tried CPR and paramedics gave Withers three doses of Narcan. Fischer said it was the first fatality in the jail in at least 26 years.

“We believe that Mr. Withers actually ingested drugs and the (plastic) bag — we’re assuming — we believe that the bag would have opened up after he ate dinner and that was the cause of death,” Fischer said during a Wednesday press conference.

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“We’re doing an administrative review of everybody involved in this. I was in (Tuesday) night talking to all the CO’s, the nursing staff that was on duty and it appears that we have followed our procedures very well. I am standing by the employees in this incident.”

Fischer said that three weeks ago at the jail, a female inmate ingested drugs inside a plastic bag, brought it up later and shared drugs with other inmates.

Fischer said the jail doctor works in an emergency room: “He told me that if there would have been an ingestion of the drugs and the bag broke, that they wouldn’t have been able to save him in an emergency room, either.”

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Withers was convicted in 2005 for drug trafficking, according to Greene County court records. He also had several arrests for domestic violence, menacing, obstructing official business and driving under suspension.

Montgomery County court records show Withers was charged with escape when he left a transitional corrections facility in September 2015 and didn’t report back. Withers was indicted for that in April 2016.

Withers was a passenger in a car that was stopped on Hawkins Road by a Greene County deputy Tuesday morning, Fischer said. The sheriff said Withers was arrested at 11:22 a.m. for giving false information and having an active warrant from Xenia Municipal Court. Suspected drugs were found during the traffic stop.

Fischer said Withers was brought to the jail in downtown Xenia at 12:29 p.m., booked in at about 2:30 p.m., fingerprinted at 3:42 p.m. and made a couple phone calls ending at about 4:30 p.m.

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“He ate dinner just after 5 p.m. and spoke to a nurse at about 5:30 p.m,” Fischer said. “Right around 6 o’clock he was complaining about some things and the nurse and the corrections officers, deputies in the jail escorted him to the first floor where they could keep a closer eye on him in what we call the glass house.

“And at that point, things went bad. He was given CPR, we did apply an AED (defibrillator), which did not require any shocks. The fire division was called. They administered Narcan and he was pronounced dead, once again, at 6:46 p.m.”

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Fischer said Withers never told the nurse the nature of his discomfort.

The county is in the process of getting a body scanner at the jail that likely would have detected drugs, Fischer said. The sheriff said county commissioners had basically approved the purchase of a $120,000 scanner before this incident. “Two years ago, we had it in budget,” Fischer said. “We had it rejected the last two years.”

Fischer said Withers should have been searched at the traffic stop and when he was booked into the jail.

“Did he bring it in? We’re usually pretty thorough about checking everybody, the sheriff said. “If he had it hidden in a body cavity, we wouldn’t have caught that. I would have guessed he would have ingested it at the traffic stop.”

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Ironically, Fischer said National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) officials on site Tuesday remarked how long it had been since the jail had an in-custody death.

“Sad,” Fischer said. “Sad to sit here in front of you guys and report something like this. We need to figure out what the problem is with heroin and get that addressed.”

2 rape trials scheduled to start in Greene County on Monday

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 7:02 AM

Two separate rape trials are set to begin Monday in Judge Stephen Wolaver’s courtroom in Greene County Common Pleas Court.

Myron Marquice Walker, 20, is charged with rape and gross sexual imposition and has been held in the Greene County Jail since his arrest in October.

A grand jury indicted Walker on the charges on Oct. 20, and Walker pleaded not guilty to the charges on Oct. 27.

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This is not the first trial for Walker on rape charges. On Jan. 12, 2017, a jury found him not guilty of rape and did not reach a verdict on a charge of gross sexual imposition. 

Myron Marquice Walker

The case stemmed from an incident that allegedly happened in November 2015 in a Hawthorn Hall dormitory at Wright State University, according to Greene County court records.

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Jury selection is scheduled to start first thing Monday morning, according to Wolaver’s office.

If Walker’s case is delayed, the jury trial of David P. Coleman, 34, who has been held at the Greene County Jail since his arrest in April 2017, is scheduled to begin with jury selection, according to Wolaver’s office.

David P. Coleman

On April 28, 2017, a grand jury indicted Coleman on charges of rape, felonious assault and abduction, according to Greene County court records. On May 5, 2017, Coleman pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to the court records.

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Coleman’s trial will have to be rescheduled, if Walker’s case gets started as planned, according to Wolaver’s office.

This news organization is working to gather more information on these cases.

Lanes reopen after two-vehicle crash on I-70 in Clark County

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 6:51 AM

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UPDATE @ 8 a.m: Lanes have reopened on westbound I-70 near the 48 milemarker after a two-vehicle crash occurred early Sunday morning, according to OHSP.

INITIAL REPORT

Two lanes are blocked on westbound I-70 near the 48 milemarker after a two-vehicle accident early Sunday morning. 

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The Ohio Highway State Patrol-Springfield Post, responded to the crash around 4:45 a.m., per initial reports.

According to officials, two vehicles, a mini-van and a pick-up truck, were traveling west on I-70 when a crash occurred, causing both vehicles to hit the median.

The driver of the mini-van was reportedly trapped in the vehicle before crews were able to free him by cutting the door off. 

One driver was transported to Miami Valley Hospital and the other was transported to Soin Medical Center.

Both drivers suffered from minor injuries and are expected to be okay, according to sheriff’s. 

The crash is still under investigation.

We will continue to monitor when lanes will reopen and update this story. 

Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:35 AM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 4:51 AM

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  • On westbound I-70 near the 48 mile-marker in Clark County, reports of a two-vehicle injury accident with a vehicle on its top around 4:50 a.m.

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  • No incidents to report. 

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Rain showers start the week, possible snow flurries Tuesday 

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 4:29 AM

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  • A few showers expected today
  • More rain likely Monday
  • Colder with the chance for snow Tuesday

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TODAY: A few showers are expected throughout the day today. While it won’t be a wash-out, you’ll want to make sure you have an umbrella handy if you have plans to be out. Temperatures will be on the mild side in the mid to upper 40s. 

TONIGHT: A few light showers can’t be ruled out overnight, but more dry time is expected. Lows will be in the lower 40s.

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MONDAY: More rain expected for the day, especially in the afternoon and early evening. Rain could be heavy at times with highs peaking in the lower to mid 50s. 

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TUESDAY: Colder air returns with highs in the upper 30s early in the morning. Temperatures will likely fall through the entire day with a chance for snow showers or flurries. 

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WEDNESDAY: Another cool day expected with partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid to upper 30s. 

THURSDAY: Partly sunny skies as temperatures peak in the upper 30s again.