Middletown on pace to double drug overdoses from last year

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

Middletown has challenging news regarding heroin

Two years ago, Middletown City Manager Doug Adkins told a group at the Heroin Summit that his goal was to reduce the “heroin epidemic” by the first half of 2016.

On Monday, during the 10th Heroin Summit, Adkins said he had some “ugly” statistics to report as it appears heroin’s grip on the city and the region is getting tighter.

Middletown is on pace to double the number of drug overdoses this year, compared to 2016, according to Adkins.

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic narcotic that is estimated to be 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin, and 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to state officials.

Through June 17, the city has experienced 526 overdoses, 51 of them deadly, he said. During 2016, there were 458 overdoses in the city, 74 of them fatal, he said during the summit at Atrium Medical Center.

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The numbers continue to rise despite the “best practices” being used in the city, including implementing a Public Safety Quick Response Team and Needle Exchange Program.

The epidemic is draining the city’s public safety departments, overcrowding the city jail, and costing the city hundreds of thousands of dollars, officials have said.

Fire Chief Paul Lolli said he’s concerned about the amount of money his department is spending on Narcan, which is used to revive those who overdose.

At the current rate, the city will spend up to $100,000 this year on Narcan. The city only projected spending $10,000 to $15,000.

The city is hoping to receive some state grants to offset the additional cost of Narcan, according to Lolli.

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When Lolli shared those numbers at the summit, Adkins said to purchase $100,000 worth of Narcan, the city would have to generate $5.7 million in payroll.

Lolli said the department was “caught by surprise” by the additional doses of Narcan it has had to use on many residents who overdose due to more potent forms of fentanyl.

One dose of Narcan is 2 milligrams, but the department has used up to 18 milligrams — nine doses — to revive one person, according to Lolli.

The region’s opioid crisis has become “more challenging” due to an increase in potent substances being mixed with heroin, Lolli said. Most notably, he said, this includes fentanyl, carfentanil, and synthetic opioids.

Many times, he said, there’s no heroin in the opioid being used.

Last year at this time, the city started its Quick Response Team where a police officer, paramedic and social worker meet with someone who has overdosed, hoping to get them into treatment.

Public Safety Quick Response Team member, Fire Captain David Von Bargen, speaks during the City of Middletown heroin summit at Atrium Medical Center, Monday, June 19. At a time when the illegal drugs are getting more powerful, overdoses continue to rise and leaders are still struggling to find a way to reduce the impact on public safety services. GREG LYNCH / STAFF(Staff Writer)

In the first year of the program, 140 have sought treatment, according to Capt. David Von Bargen of the Middletown Fire Department. He was unable to provide statistics on how many of those people remain in treatment and for how long.

He said the team goes into the community once a week, and so far, the cost has been about $24,000.

The number of overdoses are rising at a time when the police department is arresting more drug dealers, said Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw. He said his department in working regionally with neighboring agencies because Middletown is located near Interstate 75.

Muterspaw said he’s constantly approached and asked why his department doesn’t arrest anyone who overdoses.

“Jail is not for addicts,” he said.

Those who provide the drugs are different, he said.

“We have no sympathy for dealers,” Muterspaw said.

Eclipse causes strange shadows during totality

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 5:18 PM
Updated: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 5:12 PM

Total Solar Eclipse 2017

While people were gazing upward to witness Monday’s spectacular solar eclipse, shadows on the ground were just as fascinating. Some of them even looked like crescents.

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According to World Book, in the minute or two before and after the sun is totally blocked, people may notice thin stripes of dark and light shadows moving rapidly, as if in waves.

They are called shadow bands or snake bands. Scientists are unsure what causes it, but it is the same phenomenon that causes stars to twinkle, World Book reported.

Woman charged with groping University of Texas police officer said he was 'hot,' report says

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 6:04 AM

Bonnie Fay Terraciano, 43, is charged with grabbing a University of Texas police officer by his genitals.
University of Texas police/American-Statesman Staff
Bonnie Fay Terraciano, 43, is charged with grabbing a University of Texas police officer by his genitals.(University of Texas police/American-Statesman Staff)

A woman who was arrested Friday on outstanding warrants picked up another charge for allegedly grabbing the genitals of a University of Texas police officer and calling him "hot."

According to the affidavit, Bonnie Fay Terraciano, 43, was loitering outside a CVS drug store at 2200 Guadalupe St. in Austin, Texas, when the officer approached her at about 11 p.m. and asked about an open can of beer sitting next to her.

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When a background search revealed Terraciano had outstanding warrants for public intoxication and interfering with a roadway, she was arrested and placed in the back seat of the officer’s vehicle, an arrest report says. But the woman reportedly fell over and landed on the ground. As the officer assisted her back into the vehicle, the affidavit says Terraciano grabbed him and twisted.

The officer, Alan Martin, reported that it hurt.

On the ride to jail, Terraciano allegedly told the officer, “Why are you good looking but so mean? You’re hot, man, that’s why I grabbed you!” She added that she figured Martin would enjoy it.

Terraciano, who is homeless, was charged with assault on a public servant, a third-degree felony. She was booked on $15,000 bond.

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Couple gets engaged on live TV during total solar eclipse

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 5:42 AM

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Viewers of KOKI-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma, witnessed an engagement live on air during coverage of the total solar eclipse on Monday. 

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Man who shot Ohio judge is father of HS football player convicted in rape

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 1:46 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 1:46 AM

Northern Ohio judge shot

The gunman killed after shooting and injuring a Jefferson County, Ohio judge was the father of former Steubenville High School football player Ma’Lik Richardson.

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  • The shooter was identified as Nathaniel Richmond, the father of Ma’Lik Richmond, according to Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin.
  • Ma’Lik Richardson was convicted of raping a 16-year-old unconscious girl in 2012.
  • The high school rape case gained international attention when the players involved posted an image on Instagram of the unconscious girl being dragged.

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The victim

Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese underwent surgery at a Pittsburgh-area hospital, and is expected to survive. 

Bruzzese was transported by a medical helicopter to a hospital for treatment. A city official said Bruzzese was talking after the shooting and is believed to be in stable condition. 

RELATED: Judge shot, wounded outside Ohio courthouse

RELATED: Fellow judge says shooting of Ohio judge was no accident

The Ohio Bureau of Investigation will investigate the Jefferson County Courthouse shooting at the that resulted in a judge injured and a suspect killed, according to a statement issued by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. 

The attack

Steubenville City Manager James Mavromatis told CNN affiliate WTOV-TV the deceased suspect ambushed Judge Joseph J Bruzzese Jr. outside the courthouse, when Bruzzese and a probation officer returned fire. 

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“We’re starting to put this whole picture together, but basically what you have is the judge is going to work, these subjects were waiting for them. He comes up, shoots at the judge. The judge returns fire,” Mavromatis said. “We also have a probation officer that was behind the judge. He returns fire as he is shot at. The subject is deceased that he shot at.” 

“This probation officer has done his job. He reacted to the threat, trying to save the judge and any other bystander that may have been in the area.”

Commissioners told the station the courthouse is shut down for the day and employees will not be permitted inside. 

Officials have declined to identify the suspects, but Mavromatis said both suspects have served prison time. 

Jefferson County Juvenile and Probate Judge Joseph Corabi told the Associated Press the shooting must have been intended because people know where the judges park. 

The AP reports Corabi and other judges park in reserved spots next to the courthouse and walk a few feet to a side entrance in what’s known as “Courthouse Alley.”

We’ll continue to update this story as we learn more. 

The suspect’s son — Ma’Lik Richmond

Ma’Lik Richmond served around 10 months in a juvenile prison after he and another high school football player were convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl at a party. 

Hanlin told the AP authorities were not aware of a connection between the rape case and the shooting. 

RELATED: Player jailed for rape will sit out a year at Youngstown State

Ma’Like Richmond made headlines earlier this month after he attempted to walk-on to the Youngstown State University football team. 

Following community outcry and a petition, the school announced Ma’Lik would sit out a year before attempting to play football for the school.