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.

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Car crashes into the side of Sunlight Village counseling center in Dayton 

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 3:35 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 5:30 AM


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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.

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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.

Dayton police and fire crews on scene of a car accident into the side of Sunlight Village counseling center on 3320 West Third St. in Dayton.(JEFFREY BROWN / STAFF)

FIRST REPORT: 

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. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com. 

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Man upset over 97-cent coffee throws it at McDonald’s manager, police say

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 4:18 AM

Lacey, Washington,  police are asking the public to help identify a man who they say threw hot coffee at a McDonald's manager Friday morning. (KIRO7.com)
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Lacey, Washington, police are asking the public to help identify a man who they say threw hot coffee at a McDonald's manager Friday morning. (KIRO7.com)(KIRO7.com)

Police in Lacey, Washington, are asking the public to help identify a man who they say threw hot coffee at a McDonald’s manager Friday morning. 

Investigators with the Lacey Police Department said a man walked into the restaurant and ordered a cup of coffee, but was upset over the 97-cent price.

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After he received his coffee, the man poured it into his to-go mug and then demanded a refill from the manager. 

Investigators said the manager asked the man to leave after he got verbally abusive about the price of the coffee.

The man then got upset and threw the cup of hot coffee into the manager’s face and fled. 

Police said the manager had burns on her neck. KIRO reported that the manager was being treated for third-degree burns.

The man is being sought for simple assault, according to Lacey Police.

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Elementary school principal praised for helping serve breakfast to students

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 3:43 AM

A Texas elementary school principal handed out breakfast to students when the cafeteria was short-staffed (not pictured). (Micah Sittig via Flickr (CC BY 2.0))
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A Texas elementary school principal handed out breakfast to students when the cafeteria was short-staffed (not pictured). (Micah Sittig via Flickr (CC BY 2.0))(Micah Sittig via Flickr (CC BY 2.0))

A principal at Dr. Martha Mead Elementary School is getting praise after she was photographed helping serve breakfast to her students.

KSAT reported that Principal Annette Lopez stepped into action when she was told that the cafeteria would be short staffed Thursday. Many employees were out on sick leave.

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“What happens when the cafeteria is short staffed? The principal puts on a hair net, gloves & apron to help serve breakfast,” Mead Elementary captioned a photo posted to the school’s Twitter page.

“When you serve that many students, there is no way that one line is just going to do it,” Lopez told KSAT. “I loved it and the kids had fun, (and) one of the kids said, ‘Hey, I know you,’ and I said, ‘Yes, I’m the principal.’”

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According to Lopez more than 400 students are served meals at the school  .

“(The students) kept saying, ‘But, you’re the principal.’ And I kept saying, ‘It doesn’t matter what your job title is, if someone needs help, then you do it,’” Lopez said.

By lunch time, the cafeteria was fully staffed, but the photo posted of Lopez serving students made a lasting impression.

“Not surprising,” one reply read. “This principal is one of the best.”

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Power restored along U.S. 35 in western Montgomery Co.

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:23 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 2:36 AM

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.

INITIAL REPORT

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. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

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