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Local man sentenced for dealing carfentanil-laced heroin, plotting to murder witness

A local man was sentenced Wednesday for dealing heroin laced with carfentanil and also attempting to murder a witness. Thirty-four-year-old Phillip Watkins was sentenced to 25 years in prison. The Department of Justice said Watkins was conspiring to distribute the drug with others in 2016 from a home in Elmwood Place. Carfentanil is an animal […]

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Lake County sees fentanyl and its analogs take hold

The scene looks peaceful at first glance.  The young couple is cuddled under a blanket on a stormy November Sunday in Painesville.  But a closer look tells a more tragic story.  On the table in front of them is a line of white powder with a straw nearby.  The couple was found dead in their […]

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Man sentenced to 5 years for Fentanyl-related overdose death

As the holidays approach, Traci Cunningham said the emptiness inside of her caused by the loss of her son nearly 10 months ago hasn't faded. "I can't hug a memory, I can't hug a photo," Cunningham said. "My pain is never going to go away, it's always going to be here." Cunningham's son, 22-year-old Chance […]

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Prosecutors Treat Opioid Overdoses as Homicides, Snagging Friends, Relatives

After Daniel Eckhardt’s corpse was found on the side of a road in Hamilton County, Ohio, last year, police determined he died of a heroin overdose. Not long ago, law enforcement’s involvement would have ended there. But amid a national opioid-addiction crisis fueling an unprecedented wave of overdose deaths, the investigation was just beginning. Detectives interrogated witnesses and […]

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Suspects named in huge Columbiana Co. drug case face judge

As police continue looking for suspects named in a huge drug indictment in Columbiana County, dozens more are all free on bond Wednesday night. A day after authorities announced the largest drug case ever in the county, about 40 suspects made their first appearances in front of a judge. One by one, they walked up to […]

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