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Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 6:55 PM
MONTGOMERY COUNTY — 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.
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.
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 9:38 AM
MASON — The Mason City Schools Board of Education this week unanimously approved hiring Robert “Bobby” Dodd as Mason High School principal beginning Aug. 1.
Dodd will replace Dave Hyatt, who is retiring at the end of the school year and moving to Vermont.
“We love Mr. Dodd’s commitment to connection, his experience, and exciting vision — especially his mantra of working collaboratively to find ways to say ‘yes’ to students in order to honor their ideas, hopes, and dreams,” said Jonathan Cooper, Mason’s deputy superintendent who will become superintendent on July 1.
“He is a student-centered instructional leader who is excited to co-create the next iteration of MHS.”
Dodd has served as the principal of Gahanna Lincoln High School since 2014 and was the principal of New Lexington High School for three years prior to that.
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Dodd developed digital academies, college summer camps, a fabrication laboratory that includes a graphics design lab which manufactures and produces products for sale around the world, Early College High School and personalized learning environments, Mason said in a news release announcing his hiring.
Dodd has received awards for his contributions as a connected educator including the 2016 NASSP National Digital Principal of the Year award.
“As difficult as it is to leave Gahanna Lincoln, I am excited to be a part of the Mason City Schools team. I can’t wait to start building relationships and help our students, staff and community do amazing things. Mason High School is one of the finest schools in the state and I hope to work with all of our stakeholders to continue the tradition of excellence,” Dodd said in the release.
Dodd received a bachelor’s degree in history from John Carroll University in 1995, a law degree from St. Thomas University in Miami Lakes, Fla., in 1999, a bachelor’s degree in information technology from DeVry University in 2000 and a Master of Arts in educational leadership from the University of Cincinnati in 2009.
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 6:04 AM
FRANKLIN TWP. — A man reportedly running along the area of Interstate 75 without clothes was taken to a hospital in Middletown Saturday morning.
Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatchers said they received a report of a man reportedly running southbound on the northbound side of I-75 south of the Austin Boulevard exit around 4:35 a.m. in Franklin Twp.
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 3:35 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 5:30 AM
UPDATE @ 5:30 a.m.:
Dayton police confirmed the driver of the vehicle that crashed into the side of a youth counseling center in the 3300 block of W. Third St. Saturday morning did not sustain any serious injuries.
The driver was traveling westbound when he lost control and jumped the curb, causing the vehicle to crash into Sunlight Village, a counseling and therapy center for young adults. The car then landed on its side after striking the building. No one was inside at the time of the accident.
The property belongs to Robert Lyons and his wife Jmila, pastors of The Marketplace Movement church next door to the building.
Jmila said this is the second time a car has crashed into properties they own. About a week and a half ago, a car crashed through the brick wall displaying the sign in front of Marketplace Movement church, Jmila said.
UPDATE @ 3:52 a.m:
A vehicle crashed into the side of a house in the 3300 block of W. 3rd St. Saturday morning.
The car turned over on its side after crashing into the west side of the home.
An ambulance left the scene at approximately 3:40 a.m.
The driver’s identity and extent of injuries is unknown.
It is unknown if anyone was inside at the time of the accident.
We are hearing reports of a car crash in the 3300 block of W. 3rd St. with possible entrapment.
According to Montgomery County dispatch, the 9-1-1- caller said the driver lost control and crashed through a house.
Officers were dispatched to the scene at approximately 3:05 a.m.
We are on our way to the scene and will update this story as more details become available.
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:23 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 2:36 AM
NEW LEBANON — UPDATE @ 2:36 a.m.:
Power has been fully restored to customers in New Lebanon, along U.S. 35, according to a DP&L worker who was on scene working on the outage.
The outage lasted for about 2 and a half hours and affected over 4,000 customers.
It’s not known what caused the outage.
UPDATE @ 2:23 a.m.:
According to the DP&L outage map, the number of affected customers has dropped to 1,084. The estimated restoration time is 3 a.m.
UPDATE @ 12:35 a.m.:
The number of reported outages now stands at 2,101, according to the DP&L online outage map.
More than 4,000 Dayton Power & Light customers in New Lebanon, along U.S. 35, are without power and we're working to find out why.
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According to the DP&L outage map, the outage is affecting 4,013 in the area of the Voyager Village Trailer Park and the Snickers Bar & Restaurant, between North Lutheran Church and Diamond Mill roads.
An email to our newsroom describes a "complete power outage, lots of emergency vehicles" near the trailer park and the bar/restaurant.
We will update this developing report as information becomes available.