WILMINGTON — A Blanchester woman was taken to the hospital last week after Wilmington police responded to reports of a woman screaming for help.
The woman had apparently overdosed. Meanwhile, bystanders attempted to use ice cubes to revive the woman instead of calling 911.
When police arrived at the Doan Street residence on Tuesday, June 21, they found the woman unresponsive from a possible drug overdose.
The woman was “slumped in a chair in the kitchen facing the sink,” read a police report narrative written by Wilmington Police Department Sgt. Ron Fithen. “She was unresponsive but had agonal breaths and it appeared as if someone had doused her with water and ice cubes.”
An ambulance arrived and revived the woman with two doses of Narcan, an opiate antidote that reverses an overdose.
The report went on to say that the woman, who has a prior drug conviction, would be charged with possession of a hypodermic needle allegedly found in her pocket. As of press time Monday, she had not yet been arrested.
WPD Detective Bob Wilson questioned a bystander, who allegedly told Wilson he didn’t use drugs and that he wouldn’t answer anything.
“I finished by telling him that ice cubes don’t bring people back from a drug overdose,” wrote Wilson in his narrative. “He said that he was just trying to help and he didn’t know what else to do.”
Wilson told the man to call 911.
In the past, people have attempted to use ice cubes to revive someone suffering from an overdose. Authorities say the desperate tactic doesn’t work and only delays necessary medical aid, such as CPR or Narcan.
The following report is generated from reports provided by the Wilmington Police Department. All those arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. Incidents are presumed to be under investigation. Charges may be dropped or changed in court.
Wilmington police recently received the following reports:
• Saturday, officers and firefighters responded to a purple 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt on fire on Fairland Avenue. There, officers found the vehicle fully on fire, secured the scene and spoke with the owner of the vehicle.
• A Lancaster woman reported Sunday that her laptop was stolen June 18 while on High Street in Wilmington.
• Friday, a Southridge Avenue man told police he believes someone is stealing his outbound and inbound mail. He said several checks he mailed to pay bills have not yet cleared, he has not received some bills and that three pairs of shorts he ordered never arrived.
• Wednesday, a Wilmington man reported that his 2005 Cadillac DeVille was apparently struck with a hammer or similar object multiple times on Westfield Drive. The windshield and hood were reported as damaged.
• Also on Wednesday, two North Lincoln Street men reported the theft of several items form their vehicles, including a convertible top, a sub-woofer, a knife and trading cards.
• On Tuesday, June 21, a theft was reported on Garden Circle. Additional details were not included in the report.
• A theft was reported at a Rombach Avenue business on Tuesday, June 21.
Wilmington police recently arrested or charged the following people:
• Keauna Strickland, 26, of Wilmington, on Monday on a warrant alleging possession of drugs and failure to show. Strickland was arrested when officers responded to a report of chemical odors on Doan Street.
• Jordan Slone, 24, of Wilmington, for alleged theft of food from a Fairway Drive business on Saturday.
• Taylor Hamilton, 21, of Wilmington, for alleged theft of food from a Fairway Drive business on Saturday.
• Alexandria Doyle, 21, of Wilmington, for alleged misuse of 911 system on Doan Street on Tuesday, June 21.
• Walker Worthington, 18, of Wilmington, for four counts of alleged complicity concerning an incident where a dump truck was allegedly damaged with rocks on Linton Avenue on Tuesday, June 21. Juveniles are also under investigation related to the alleged incident.
• Christopher Fisher, 34, of Wilmington, for allegedly operating a vehicle under the influence and driving under suspension after allegedly passing out from an apparent overdose while his vehicle was in the roadway.
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