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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.”

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SUV hits buggy: Woman killed, husband, 2 infants critical; driver jailed in Shelby Co.

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:11 PM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

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UPDATE @ 4 p.m.

A Sidney man is facing aggravated vehicular homicide charges in connection to a fatal crash involving an SUV and horse-drawn buggy.

Steven Eugene Hunter, 42, was booked into the Shelby County Jail early this morning. He is being held without bond.

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A 23-year-old woman was killed, and her husband and two infant children all remain in critical condition at hospitals in Dayton.

The Amish family who lives in the Maplewood area all were ejected from a buggy that was struck from behind just before 9 p.m. Friday on state Route 47 near Tawawa-Maplewood Road in Shelby County near the Logan County line.

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UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m.

A 23-year-old woman was killed and two infants and a man critically injured Friday night after they were ejected from a buggy in an alcohol-related crash.

“The preliminary investigation indicated that the buggy was westbound, properly lit, on state Route 47. A westbound SUV struck the buggy from behind,” Lt. Tim Bender of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said of the deadly crash involving four members of a local Amish family.

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The crash happened just before 9 p.m. in the 22000 block of state Route 47 West near Tawawa-Maplewood Road in Shelby County near the Logan County border.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Two infants were flown by CareFlight to a Dayton hospital, and a man was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. The infants and man “are in critical condition at this time,” Bender said.

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None of the victims’ names have been released.

The SUV driver, whose name also has not been released, attempted to flee but his vehicle was stuck so he ran on foot, the lieutenant said.

“He was apprehended by Logan County Sheriff’s deputies about a mile from the scene,” Bender said. “It is possible the driver of the vehicle was alcohol-involved.”

The SUV driver suffered minor injuries.

“The horse (pulling the buggy) also had minor visible injuries and was taken to a farm nearby,” Bender said.

The 911 call originally went to Logan County because the crash happened so close to the county line,and both agencies are handling the crash jointly, Bender said.

The SUV driver will be cited for assured clear distance and likely will face more charges in the fatal crash.

FIRST REPORT

Crews were called tonight to a serious crash between a vehicle and buggy.

The collision was reported just before 9 p.m. in the 22000 block of state Route 47 West, near Township Road 33 North.

According to initial reports, there are at least three people injured.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office dispatch said no other information was available at this time.

Two CareFlight medical helicopters have been requested.

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Victims in double fatal shooting outside Dayton club ID’d

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

Crews were dispatched around 3:40 a.m. to 1824 Lakeview Ave. at the Blue Note Jazz Club on a report of a shooting, according to Sgt. Schloss of the Dayton Police Department.

UPDATE @ 10:15 a.m.:

The two victims who died after a shooting this morning outside a Dayton nightclub been identified.

Darion Harris, 29, of Dayton died at the scene and Ashley James, 28, of Dayton died of her injuries at Miami Valley Hospital, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

INITIAL REPORT

Two people were killed in an early morning shooting outside Rick Jazz Lab.

Crews were dispatched around 3:40 a.m. to the 1800 block of Lakeview Avenue on a report of a shooting.

A 27-year-old man died at the scene and a woman was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where she died, Sgt. Thomas Schloss of the Dayton Police Department said.

The victims were found shot inside a blue Ford pickup truck outside the club, Schloss said.

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Police are not releasing if they have any suspects at this time

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP(7867.)

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2 arrests made during OVI checkpoint in Greene County

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 3:31 AM


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Two drivers were arrested on suspicion of impaired driving Friday night in patrols in the area of OVI checkpoints held in Beavercreek and Fairborn.

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The sobriety checkpoints took place on Colonel Glenn Highway from 8 to 10 p.m. in Beavercreek and 10 p.m. to midnight in Fairborn, Lt. Matt Schmenk of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Xenia Post said.

Five motorists were evaluated for impairment during the checkpoints but no arrests were made. Two OVI arrests were made during the checkpoints through extra patrols in the area for the checkpoint, Schmenk said.

The checkpoints were held by OSP, Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the Beavercreek Police Department and the Fairborn Police Department.

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Police: Motorist drives into house, flees scene in Troy

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:07 AM

Police are looking for a suspect who drove into the side of a house early this morning.

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Crews were dispatched around 2:15 a.m. to the 400 block of East Staunton Road on reports of a vehicle into a structure.

The motorist didn’t stay at the scene and drove away after causing significant damage to the house, Sgt. Zac Mumford of the Troy Police Department said.

The vehicle was found unoccupied a couple blocks away with significant damage.

Residents were home at the time but no one was injured, Mumford said. 

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