Heroin suspicions cause alert

Cierra Thompson

Herald Staff Writer

The Barberton Fire Department sent out an alert through the city of Barberton’s public safety announcement service, Nixle, warning residents about a dangerous batch of fentanyl/heroin. The message, released June 5 around 9:30 p.m. read, “Barberton Fire believes there is a stronger than normal or laced batch of heroin/fentanyl in the city. Please check on relatives and friends.” Nixle is a service governed by the city to alert residents of emergencies and notices.  Barberton Fire Chief Kim Baldwin said this particular alert was directed by the on-duty fire officer Michael Corll. Baldwin said his firefighters were trying to be proactive. “I believe EMS crews prematurely suspected an increase of overdoses based on information from Cuyahoga County about a week ago,” Baldwin explained.  Chief Baldwin said the department responded to four overdose calls two days prior to the alert. He noted that is more than they’ve seen over the past couple of weeks but said the Nixle message was worded poorly. Fire Department Captain Michael Corll released a statement to news sources stating, “There was a “rash” of overdoses in the last few hours and there was a bad batch going around.” According to Barberton Police Department reports, in the 24 hours leading up to the alert, there was one confirmed overdose on Eighth Street Northwest and one possible overdose at McDonald’s. The chain of command to send out Nixle alerts from the police department requires the chief and/or the lieutenants approval. Mayor Judge confirms,”We use Nixle a lot; boil alerts, precautionary boil alerts, BOLO (be on the lookout). When there is an emergency and time is of the essence, it’s important to get the information out, there is discretion of the use of Nixle in order to get important information out to the public.”Judge said he was not notified before the alert was sent out. “Our EMS and first responders felt there was a potential for emergency that’s why it was issued,” said Judge. Judge explained that he doesn’t mind being overly cautious if it means saving a life. 


  1. Deb on June 15, 2019 at 5:12 pm


  2. Anonymous on June 13, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Yes! This^^^^

  3. Coach on June 13, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    You’re welcome. Remember, every professional occupation in this state does answer to someone.

  4. Anonymous on June 13, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Thank you so much!!! I didn’t have any idea who I could report a judge’s conduct to at all!

  5. Anonymous on June 13, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    The primary dealer is on two years probation in Akron now. He has been repeatedly arrested but keeps getting breaks from the courts. The Medina judge disposed of the case in Medina, but that judge was worthless anyway. The other dealer has a warrant out in Akron and has for over a year. The police know their faces. We know their faces. I don’t understand why they stay free.

  6. Coach on June 13, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    The Office of Disciplinary Counsel investigates allegations of ethical misconduct made against attorneys, judges, and magistrates, as well as the unauthorized practice of law.

    Office of Disciplinary Counsel
    Supreme Court of Ohio
    250 Civic Center Drive, Ste. 325
    Columbus, Ohio 43215-7411

  7. Coach on June 13, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    The conduct you mention needs to be documented and reported.

  8. Anonymous on June 13, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Exactly. I read an article where the same judge who keeps releasing this dealer actually made a joke about crime paying his mortgage. The judge mocked every prisoner EXCEPT for the dealers, and those he treated with the utmost respect every time. Judge Christopher Collier of Medina needs oversight in his courtroom. Something very wrong is going on there when he lets a convicted dealer and a probation violater go free so many times. Detectives raided the house at 280 East Paige in Barberton a couple days after the renters sold to my son in Jan 2018 and the police know who they are even though they used fake ID’s to rent and didn’t go back later. We know their names.

  9. Coach on June 13, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    With the amount of crime in barberton why wont the city conduct safety/sobriety checkpoints? There is case law to support running dogs at them.

    They, for whatever reason choose not to. Not to mention city leaders dont have the police backs, and the cops know it. I have some sympathy for barberton police.

  10. Coach on June 13, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    The biggest problem is, in this country, crime pays, and I mean that literally, look at how many jobs criminals create. Lawyers, judges, police, corrections officers, private prisons, nurses, doctors, hospitals, counselors, rehabs, inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, etc etc, this country could end 99% of crime in 48 hours, officials simply don’t want to. It hits their pocketbooks. That is FACT.

  11. Coach on June 13, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    All law enforcement agencies are subject to oversight, if you feel the local agencies are ineffective or impotent, report them to the state. There are MANY elements of recourse at your disposal.

  12. Coach on June 13, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Put their names out. Screw them. 4 levels you need to work to influence. Local, county, state and federal. I truly wish you success

  13. Anonymous on June 13, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    I appreciate that, Coach. I’m still pursuing it in any legal way I can. It won’t bring my boy back, but hopefully getting even a couple dealers off the street will save lives. They were dealing in Barberton then and they are still free so they could even be the same ones pushing the last lethal batch. I would write their names here if I could.

  14. Coach on June 13, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    I cannot effect change, nor will arguing here. I hope you relentlessly pursue policymakers.

  15. Coach on June 13, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    I’m sorry your child passed away. The system only makes excuses and failures. My family has its share of addiction as well. Unfortunately that doesent change the facts. I do recant the loser remark, you arent a loser. And I understand your anguish.

  16. Anonymous on June 13, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Wow, “Coach”. You’re right. I’m a loser. A loser who spent time with their loved one in many treatment meetings. Much more time than I have spent here debating politely with you. And ultimately my loved one, my only son, died.
    You nailed it.
    God forbid it ever happens to anyone you love.

    Bassmaster, I agree the dealers should have to use their own products they test on others.

  17. Coach on June 13, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    Perhaps you should have stayed off your back?

  18. Coach on June 13, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    If you had the same passion you use to argue anonymously with strangers to force your loved one to treatment, or when you had the chance to do it, perhaps you would have or have had success. Loser

  19. Deadbassmaster on June 13, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    there goes an ambulance now!! like clockwork!!

  20. Deadbassmaster on June 13, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    the dealers should be shot up with their own product!!!

  21. Anonymous on June 13, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    I don’t understand why you other commenters don’t hold the dealers in the same contempt as you hold the addicts. The addicts ultimately will die sooner or later and then you can be happy you no longer have to pay for their Narcan, right? In the meantime, call the police on the suspected dealers with all the traffic in and out of their traphouses. Or the same guy riding his bike all over Snydertown doling out dope. I hate these dealers who lace their drugs so they can buy the latest Nikes with their blood money. Problem is, Barberton Police DO know who the dealers are and the corrupt and/or naive judges let the dealers back out again and again.

  22. Coach on June 13, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Well spoken amBASSador! I do it for you brother!

  23. Deadbassmaster on June 13, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    this is the batch the junkie will seek now!!! they know they’re shooting death in their veins.the “good” stuff!!! nice alert!!

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  27. Coach on June 13, 2019 at 3:01 pm


  28. Anonymous on June 13, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    And to “Coach”…anybody can be an addict, even somebody close to you in your life who you would never suspect of being one. And when your loved one dies, it’s a pain that never goes away. The judges need to keep the sources of the drugs in jail and just maybe it will help.

  29. Anonymous on June 13, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    The judges need to keep the dealers in jail. And if the police know who the repeat dealers are, they should detain the dealers every time they so much as jaywalk, because they’ll have drugs on them again. The police need to keep trying, because one of these days a decent judge will throw away the key on these dealers who only care about making money to throw away on stupid designer clothes, etc…

  30. Coach on June 13, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    “Opioid use disorder” pathetic. Call a spade a spade. It’s a junkie. Plain and simple.

  31. Coach on June 13, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    What a disgrace

  32. Coach on June 13, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    And of course the “harold” is going to remove my comments again, why? Because it’s a “news” that censors the first amendment. Cowards.

  33. Coach on June 13, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Its heroin wtf. Shame on you people is there such a thing has a “good batch” it’s an illegal, scheduled narcotic. PERIOD. Stop wasting taxpayer money on narcan. And stop making good people wait for emergency services while you people are at the same addicts house for the second overdose of the day.

  34. Coach on June 13, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Let the junkies die!

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