Sheriff to investigate heroin deaths as homicides - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Sheriff to investigate heroin deaths as homicides

Posted: Updated:
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio sheriff says his office will begin investigating heroin overdose deaths as homicides and pursue murder charges against dealers who provided the drugs.

Lucas County Sheriff John Sharp has dedicated three full-time and one part-time detective to investigate overdoses in his county, where heroin deaths have jumped from eight four years ago to 80 last year.

Tharp tells WTOL-TV in Toledo Thursday that his agency will gather the facts and turn them over to the county prosecutor.

The tactic is new in Lucas County but familiar to state and federal prosecutors elsewhere trying to reign in a heroin epidemic that continues to grow.

The state Health Department says heroin-related deaths soared 60 percent to 680 in 2012, the most recent year of available data.

Information from: WTOL-TV, http://www.wtol.com

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • US job growth eases but tops 200K for a 6th month

    US job growth eases but tops 200K for a 6th month

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:59:07 GMT
    U.S. employers extended this year's hiring surge into July by adding a solid 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are shedding the caution that had...More >>
    A sixth straight month of solid 200,000-plus job growth in July reinforced growing evidence that the U.S. economy is accelerating after five years of sluggish expansion.More >>
  • GM boosted June sales with discounts to dealers

    GM boosted June sales with discounts to dealers

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:42 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:42:40 GMT
    By TOM KRISHER Associated Press Auto Writer As General Motors prepares to report monthly sales results on Friday, a look its numbers from June show just how intent the company is on keeping...More >>
    By TOM KRISHER Associated Press Auto Writer As General Motors tackles a safety crisis, a look its numbers from June show just how intent the company is on keeping new-car sales on the rise during a record...More >>
  • Group: homeless assaults should be hate crimes

    Group: homeless assaults should be hate crimes

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:23 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:23:08 GMT
    CINCINNATI (AP) - A southwest Ohio homeless advocacy group wants assaults on homeless people to be considered hate crimes under the law. The Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition says the designation of homeless people as a protected group would enhance penalties for offenders and help deter attacks. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that homeless coalition executive director Josh Spring says the proposal comes on the heels of the beating of a homeless man last weekend. Spring said one of the t...More >>
    CINCINNATI (AP) - A southwest Ohio homeless advocacy group wants assaults on homeless people to be considered hate crimes under the law. The Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition says the designation of homeless people as a protected group would enhance penalties for offenders and help deter attacks. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that homeless coalition executive director Josh Spring says the proposal comes on the heels of the beating of a homeless man last weekend. Spring said one of the t...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms