Traverse City Record-Eagle

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August 13, 2013

Heroin overdoses hit Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY — A string of heroin-related incidents culminated with the rescue of an overdose victim in the Traverse City Police Department’s parking lot.

Traverse City Police Capt. Brian Heffner said two officers heard a knock on the police station’s door Sunday at 11:40 a.m. A woman outside told officers her friend, a 20-year-old Traverse City woman, was dead from a heroin overdose.

The officers ran outside and found the female victim inside a vehicle with a syringe still in her arm. She was not breathing and had no pulse, but the officers were able to revive her with CPR.

“They literally resuscitated her in the police parking lot,” Heffner said.

The overdose was the third heroin-related incident in Traverse City this weekend.

The first incident occurred Saturday at 12:30 p.m. when a 43-year-old Harbor Springs woman locked herself in the outside bathroom of the Marathon gas station on South Garfield Avenue, injected heroin and became unconscious. Responders from the Traverse City Fire Department and North Flight EMS found her with a syringe still in her arm and resuscitated her before she was transported to Munson Medical Center for treatment.

Heffner said heroin was also a factor in a domestic assault complaint on Sunday. A 29-year-old Traverse City man was arrested in the 1000 block of Barlow Street after an investigation showed he physically assaulted his girlfriend. Police said both used heroin. Police requested more charges in the case, but the suspect has not been arraigned.

The victim in the police parking lot overdose was transported to Munson Medical Center for treatment. Det. Evan Warsecke and Officer Adam Verscheave -- who revived the victim -- declined to comment on the rescue.

Heffner said police believe all the incidents are tied to a potent batch of the narcotic confiscated from a room at Country Inn and Suites on Friday. He said hotel staff found the drug while cleaning the room and contacted police.

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