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By Austin Vaught
Contributing Writer 

CPR and Narcan training for area police


Last updated 9/19/2016 at 6:09pm

Overdoses and drug-arrests were once again the primary topic of conversation last Monday at the monthly Carrick / Overbrook Block Watch meeting in the Concord K5 auditorium on Brownsville Road.

As a result of the perpetual heroin issues in Carrick and across the city, Zone 3 officer Christine Luffey said she and other officers are receiving CPR training and being instructed on the administration of Narcan, an opiate antidote used to reverse overdoses.

Many officers will also begin to carry Narcan while on duty.

“I noticed that our station is starting to document overdoses,” Officer Luffey said. “And I agree with it.”

Officer Luffey opened the meeting with a monthly crime report which detailed two overdoses and four drug-arrests as well as a few other notable incidents occurring between August 5 and September 11.

One overdose was on September 10 in the 2000 block of Westmont Avenue. Another on September 11 in the 300 block of Spencer Avenue. In both cases, medics were able to administer Narcan to save the individual.

On September 8 at 7:30 p.m. police observed a 31-year-old female lying on the sidewalk along Brownsville Road. The women was attempting to swallow disposable razorblade heads. Police discovered five stamp bags among her belongings. She was taken to the hospital and will be criminally charged.

On September 4 at 10 p.m. police responded to a domestic report in the 1600 block of Leolyn Street for the second time that day. Police stopped a man attempting to flee out of the front door. The man provided police with a false name and date of birth. The man was charged with possession of contraband and false identification.

Another man was arrested on August 22 at 8 p.m. after he was found administering heroin on the parking pad of a private residence on Clifton Street.

Zone 3 narcotics detectives arrested a man on August 5 at 1:30 p.m. after he was observed staggering from side to side on Brownsville Road. He entered a vehicle with a female driver. When police stopped the vehicle, they discovered 50 stamp bags of heroin. The man was sent to the hospital and then arrested.

A few criminal incidents unrelated to drug activity were also discussed.

A victim was struck by a black Toyota Avalon near Rite Aid in the 1200 block of Brownsville Road on August 12 at 4 p.m. The victim attempted to break the driver-side window before the driver tried to run over the victim a second time. Police are investigating the incident.

On August 8 at 1:30 p.m., police responded to a report of two men firing shots on Stewart Avenue and Batista Street. Police and paramedics arrived at the scene to find a man’s foot had been grazed by a bullet. One individual was arrested at the scene.

Police received multiple complaints about a sex offender with a history of child abuse living with four children in the 100 block of Kirk Avenue. The man was arrested for failing to register his home address which is a requirement of Megan’s Law.

Many Carrick residents continue to receive scam calls from an individual impersonating an IRS officer. Officer Luffey reminded block watch members that the IRS only corresponds through the mail and not to provide personal information to the caller.

A block watch member said he also received a scam call in which the impersonator said he’d been selected for jury duty and requested personal information.

After the crime report, several community events were announced.

The Carrick Business Association will host a shredding event on September 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1917 Brownsville Road. Residents are welcome to bring any sensitive materials that they’d like to shred.

There will be a “Bites & Brews” event at the Carrick Historic Dairy District Pavilion at 1529 Brownsville Road on September 30 from 8 to 10 p.m. The event will feature food and live music.

A meeting to discuss a status update on the Carrick Library will take place at the library on September 29 at 6:30 p.m.

The next Carrick / Overbrook block watch meeting will be on October 10 in the Concord K5 auditorium.


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