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By STEPHANIE MOJICA and smojica@amnews.com | June 8, 2012
LANCASTER - The Garrard County man found dead outside of Burger House in April died of an accidental drug overdose, according to the autopsy report. Curtis W. Davis, 34, was found dead in his truck in the restaurant's parking lot on April 26. Some had speculated he died from choking on a hamburger, as he suffered from a swelling and inflammation of the esophagus known as esophagitis. But he died of an “acute and chronic” intoxication of drugs, including methamphetamine, amphetamine and the painkiller oxymorphone, according to the autopsy.
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June 30, 2008
Barry Justin Bell, 30, of Junction City died Friday at his home of an accidental drug overdose, Boyle County Coroner Dr. James W. Ramey said today. Ramey said one of his deputies, Dr. Don Hamner, investigated Bell's death and determined from drug screenings that drug overdose was the cause of death. Bell had been undergoing treatment for drug problems, Ramey said.
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GEORGE LEWIS | September 21, 2006
Trey VanHook, 22, of Waynesburg, died Sunday at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. Pulaski County Coroner Richard New said hospital records show the cause of death as a drug overdose. Toxicology results are expected to be completed within a month, he said. Van Hook was preceded in death in similar circumstances by his 18-year-old cousin Josh VanHook on May 14. "This is the third young adult in the past six months that I've buried in similar situations," said Lincoln County Coroner Bill Demrow.
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BOBBIE CURD | September 19, 2006
WAYNESBURG - A 22-year-old's untimely death brings a word of warning from the Pulaski County coroner to teens who experiment with drugs. Trace VanHook III died Sunday at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital due to a drug overdose according to hospital records, said Coroner Richard New. "It's always such a sensitive matter," New said, in reference to releasing information on drug-related deaths. "On the other hand, the public needs to know how serious of a problem it is, and how many lives are lost by drugs.
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TODD KLEFFMAN | June 26, 2006
LIBERTY - Authorities are investigating Sunday's death of a Casey County man as possibly the sixth prescription drug overdose victim in the county this year. Brandon Spears, 24, was pronounced dead at Casey County Hospital at 12:05 p.m., said Deputy Coroner Betty Clark. His body was sent to Frankfort for an autopsy and results will not be available for six to eight weeks, Clark said, declining to comment further. Kentucky State Police Trooper Dwaine Barnett, a public affairs officer at the KSP post in Columbia, said this morning that investigators believe Spears' death is among three overdose deaths that occurred over the weekend, with the other two being in Clinton and Cumberland counties.
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March 20, 2008
Sheriff's Deputy Danny Gilliam responded to a caller from Old Fall Lick Road in Crab Orchard Friday afternoon who stated a young woman was at her house demanding things and acting very strangely. The caller turned away the woman, who then drove her car across the street and to the Hopkins Cemetary. When Deputy Gilliam arrived, he found the Garrard County woman unresponsive and cold and speculated that she had taken a drug overdose. Members of Lincoln County EMS took the victim to Ephraim McDowell Hospital, where she died.
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By STEPHANIE MOJICA and smojica@amnews.com | September 17, 2012
LANCASTER - A Garrard County woman whose body was found on her porch this summer died of an accidential drug overdose, officials said. Angela “Ann” Salata, 47, was found dead on the porch of her 118 Ridgecrest Drive home on July 10, said state Trooper Paul Blanton. She had been dead for several days; the level of decomposition of her body due to the length of time she was dead as well as the July heat wave made conducting an autopsy lengthier and much more difficult than usual, said Garrard Coroner Daryl Hodge.
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STEPHANIE SCHELL | June 17, 2007
LANCASTER - Police in Lancaster are investigating the Friday death of a Crab Orchard woman who was found dead inside a friend's home in Lancaster. A drug overdose is suspected in the death of Jessica Marie Manuel, 23, said Garrard County Coroner Daryl Hodge. Her body was discovered about 10 a.m. Friday by her friend at his residence at 103 Totten Ave. There were no signs of trauma and foul play is not suspected, Hodge said. The results of a preliminary autopsy, which was performed Friday afternoon in Frankfort, came back inconclusive, Hodge said.
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BRENDA S. EDWARDS and TODD KLEFFMAN | March 3, 2006
LIBERTY - The Wednesday death of a Liberty man is the fourth being investigated as a possible drug overdose in the past three weeks in Casey County, authorities said. An autopsy was conducted today on Mark Anthony Sharp, 31, of 197 Lewis Lane, at the state medical examiner's office in Frankfort, said Deputy Coroner Betty Clark. The results are pending toxicology reports, according to information she received this morning from the medical examiner's office. Officers were called to Casey County Hospital at 9:07 a.m. Thursday.
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By KYLE WOOSLEY and kwoosley@amnews.com | August 20, 2013
The woman who died Sunday after being found unconscious in Millennium Park has been identified as Rachel Lutherbeck, 22, of Kings Mountain. A cause of death has yet to be determined, according to officials. Lutherbeck was found unconscious by the restrooms near the soccer field at the park Sunday evening. She was taken to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center that night where she later died. Danville Police Chief Tony Gray said authorities are currently investigating the death as a suspected drug overdose.
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By KYLE WOOSLEY and kwoosley@amnews.com | August 20, 2013
The woman who died Sunday after being found unconscious in Millennium Park has been identified as Rachel Lutherbeck, 22, of Kings Mountain. A cause of death has yet to be determined, according to officials. Lutherbeck was found unconscious by the restrooms near the soccer field at the park Sunday evening. She was taken to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center that night where she later died. Danville Police Chief Tony Gray said authorities are currently investigating the death as a suspected drug overdose.
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August 19, 2013
A woman died Sunday afternoon after she was found unconscious at Millennium Park. Danville police declined to release the woman's name, pending notification of the family. Danville police and Boyle County Emergency Medical Service were dispatched at 5:37 p.m. to a report of a woman who was passed out near the soccer field restrooms. EMS performed CPR on the woman before transporting her to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. Police and detectives found drugs and drug paraphernalia in the woman's purse.
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By Fred Petke | June 27, 2013
A Nicholasville woman was indicted for wanton murder, first-degree assault and other charges Thursday for a fatal accident on Boonesboro Road in February. Holly Britz, 28, was allegedly impaired by prescription drugs when the crash occurred on Ky. 627 just outside Winchester on Feb. 4. Britta Richmond, 25, of Berea, was killed in the crash and 56-year-old  Edward Robles of 675 Wades Mill Road was injured. Britz was never charged in connection with the crash prior to Thursday's indictment.
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By Fred Petke and The Winchester Sun | November 15, 2012
After an hour-long hearing in District Court, the judge couldn't justify the murder charge against an alleged drug dealer. Instead, she reduced the charge to reckless homicide and sent the case to the grand jury. Harold Wayne Salyers, 52, of 1815 Old Ruckerville Road, was arrested earlier this month after police received the toxicology results for Wade Dickerson, who died from a drug overdose Aug. 8. During Salyers' preliminary hearing Wednesday afternoon, Winchester Police Sgt. Tom Beall said Salyers admitted to selling Dickerson the drugs prior to his death.
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By STEPHANIE MOJICA and smojica@amnews.com | September 17, 2012
LANCASTER - A Garrard County woman whose body was found on her porch this summer died of an accidential drug overdose, officials said. Angela “Ann” Salata, 47, was found dead on the porch of her 118 Ridgecrest Drive home on July 10, said state Trooper Paul Blanton. She had been dead for several days; the level of decomposition of her body due to the length of time she was dead as well as the July heat wave made conducting an autopsy lengthier and much more difficult than usual, said Garrard Coroner Daryl Hodge.
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By STEPHANIE MOJICA and smojica@amnews.com | June 8, 2012
LANCASTER - The Garrard County man found dead outside of Burger House in April died of an accidental drug overdose, according to the autopsy report. Curtis W. Davis, 34, was found dead in his truck in the restaurant's parking lot on April 26. Some had speculated he died from choking on a hamburger, as he suffered from a swelling and inflammation of the esophagus known as esophagitis. But he died of an “acute and chronic” intoxication of drugs, including methamphetamine, amphetamine and the painkiller oxymorphone, according to the autopsy.
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By Katie Perkowski and The Winchester Sun | January 20, 2012
State Rep. Donna Mayfield (R-Winchester) and state Sen. Minority Leader R.J. Palmer, (D-Winchester) have both introduced legislation to tighten controls on “pill mills” and reduce the illegal purchase of prescription drugs in the state. House Bill 251 and Senate Bill 98 would both offer specific definitions for pain management facilities, along with their own unique requirements. HB 251 would also prohibit these facilities from accepting cash as payment, and would require a person trying to purchase prescriptions to show photo ID. Under the legislation, a first offense violation of the law would be a Class B misdemeanor, which carries a maximum 90-day jail term.
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By Mitch McConnell | February 24, 2011
The numbers are staggering: We’re losing 82 Kentuckians a month to drug overdose, from the cities to rural areas in Appalachia. Nearly 1,000 of our fellow Kentuckians died from drug overdoses in 2009, more than those killed in traffic crashes. Last year, law enforcement responded to 1,100 meth lab sites across the state, up from 738 in 2009. And Kentucky ranks in the top three of marijuana-producing states. Too many of our children are experimenting with drugs. Kentucky ranked eighth in the nation for abuse of prescription pain reliever drugs among 12- to 17-year-olds, and in Eastern Kentucky the average age when a child first gets high on prescription pills is 11. Drug abuse persists as a serious problem in all 120 counties of the commonwealth.
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RICK LELAND | May 22, 2009
"I don't care if I go to hell," Autumn said. The thread of our conversation began a couple of mornings earlier. Autumn had called, telling about her brother-in-law: "He died of a drug overdose. " As we talked she injected, "I don't think he went to heaven. " Autumn is like a daughter to me. Every aspect of her life is important to me - especially her spiritual life. Maybe God was opening a door for me to talk to her. Instantly, I discovered she was unconcerned about her eternal destination.
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Katheran Wasson | October 30, 2008
Interim Coroner Robert Gayheart, a Democrat, and his opponent, Republican Paul Hollingsworth, have different goals to pursue if elected as Clark County coroner next week. Gayheart hopes to establish a statistical database and awareness programs in local schools. Hollingsworth wants to get more involved with disaster preparedness, and one day get the office its own facility. But both men are similar in some ways too. Gayheart and Hollingsworth are both men of faith. Gayheart is an ordained minister, and Hollingsworth is on staff at First Church of God in Winchester.
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