August 4, 2015


Lorain County agency to open heroin treatment center in Medina

Four newborn babies at Medina Hospital last month tested positive for heroin at one time, and the mothers were unable to take their babies home, Medina County Job and Family Services Director Mead Wilkins said. “We had to take custody of the babies,” Wilkins said. “Then we have to take the babies down to the Read More…

Four arrested for heroin trafficking, characterized as ‘mid-level’ dealers

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LORAIN – Four “mid-level” heroin dealers were arrested following a two-month investigation Thursday morning. Luis Ramirez, 26, Luciano Mercado, 31, Quinnton Bray, 26 and Amanda Thomas, 21, were charged in connection with a drug trafficking operation out of a house Thomas rents on the 4300 block of Camden Avenue. Police started the investigation around two Read More…

10 things to know, Tuesday, May 5

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Portraits of Texas gunmen emerge One of the suspects had been on the FBI radar for years for possible terror ties — but authorities say they had no indication he was plotting an attack. 2. Another migrant Read More…

Afghan poppy farmers say new seeds will boost opium yield

ZHARI, Afghanistan — It’s the cash crop of the Taliban and the scourge of Afghanistan — the country’s intractable opium cultivation. This year, many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall as they get ready to harvest opium from a new variety of poppy seeds said to boost yield of the resin that produces heroin. Read More…

Clearview opiate forum: ‘Nobody is safe from this drug’

Debbie Dosztal of Avon spoke Tuesday in a panel discussion at an Opiate Awareness Forum at Clearview High School in Sheffield Township. Pictured is Tiffany Dosztal, Dosztal’s daughter, who fatally overdosed on heroin at 26 in 2012. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — A 16-year-old Clearview High School student said she’s endured emotional and physical abuse because her father and mother are heroin addicts. A 22-year-old Westlake recovering addict said he robbed everyone he loved to get money for drugs. An Avon mother said she talks to her daughter, who fatally overdosed in 2012, in Read More…

Forum tackles local heroin crisis

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Loren Genson The Chronicle-Telegram CLEVELAND — More than 600 people from throughout Northeast Ohio gathered Thursday to confront the heroin problem that has swept through the region — claiming lives, destroying families and devastating communities along the way. The summit, staged by the Cleveland Clinic and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, featured law enforcement, judges, social Read More…