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Sheriff proposes using jail to house people with addiction

Sep. 28, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts sheriff has proposed turning a part of his jail into a treatment center to help ease the drug use and homelessness in an area of Boston hit hard by the opioid epidemic. Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins last week said he wants to house...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Sep. 27, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

Columbus Dispatch. Sept. 24, 2021. Editorial: Disingenuous Ohio Republicans disregard will of people to maintain dominance Ohio voters, we have egg all over our faces. How silly of us to think that the state’s top elected...

Autopsy: Actor Michael K. Williams died of drug intoxication

Sep. 24, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Michael K. Williams died of acute drug intoxication in what New York City's medical examiner said Friday was an accidental death. Williams, known for playing Omar Little on “The Wire” and an Emmy Award nominee this year, had fentanyl,...

Nebraska drug deaths traced to state patrol evidence locker

Sep. 24, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An investigation into a spate of drug overdose deaths in the Lincoln area was traced back to fentanyl-laced cocaine stolen from a Nebraska State Patrol evidence locker, leading to two arrests, authorities announced Friday. Lincoln police and the...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 24, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

Hartford Courant. September 19, 2021. Editorial: In Guilford, making white people afraid and bashing ‘critical race theory’ proves a winning political strategy School board primaries rarely get much attention, but this year’s Republican Board...

Alleged Mexican drug cartel boss charged in California

Sep. 22, 2021 20:05 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An alleged top lieutenant of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel has been accused of helping smuggle tons of methamphetamine, fentanyl, heroin and other drugs into the United States, federal authorities said Wednesday. A 2018 indictment by a federal grand jury...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Sep. 22, 2021 13:53 PM EDT

Kingsport Times News. Sept. 17, 2021. Editorial: Volunteer hoax suspect should be extradited Who would have thought a citizen of another country would be responsible for the hoax 911 call that brought dozens of law enforcement personnel to a...

Police in northern Virginia sound warning after 6 overdoses

Sep. 21, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Police in northern Virginia are warning the community about a potentially fatal batch of cocaine laced with fentanyl after six people overdosed early Tuesday morning. At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin...

Maine towns vote on development of retail marijuana stores

Sep. 20, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine (AP) — Maine towns are proposing ordinances to decide whether to ban or allow recreational marijuana stores because most of the state’s towns still do not permit retail weed sales. In the state, only 47 of Maine's 500 towns allow recreational...

Chesterfield inmate dies in jail after medical emergency

Sep. 19, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — An inmate in the Chesterfield County Jail died Saturday night as a result of a medical emergency, the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office announced. WRIC-TV reports that a fellow inmate notified jail staff at about 10 p.m. Saturday that...