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Two Men Face Charges After Second Heroin Overdose Occurs In Apartment In Less Than a Month

This incident occurred in the same apartment where someone fatally overdosed in January

The same apartment on Halstead Avenue has been the site of two heroin overdoses in less than a month's time.

And both overdoses have led to investigations by Lakewood Police Department and criminal charges.

The first overdose occurred on Jan. 23.

On that day, Donald Lanum, 29, of Lakewood, is accused of accidentally killing a 44-year-old man named Freddie Fordyce by giving him a lethal injection of heroin into his arm.

Lanum has since been .

The second overdose occurred Saturday evening.

A 37-year-old man, a visitor at the apartment, is suspected of injecting himself with heroin. He overdosed but paramedics resuscitated him, and he survived, Lakewood Police Chief Tim Malley said.

He will now face charges charges of paraphernalia possession and occupying a drug premises.

The 30-year-old resident at the apartment, who was home at the time of the overdose, has been charged with permitting drug abuse, possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Furthermore, the owners of the building in which both overdoses occurred have been charged with maintaining a public nuisance, Malley said.

Amanda Gunnels February 13, 2013 at 01:35 PM
I don't know how I feel about the owners of the building being charged. I am in an apartment building. My landlady wouldn't know what was going on behind closed doors because she isn't legally permitted to come in whenever she feels like it. The people that live around me seem like they are law abiding people just like me, but I couldn't tell you for certain that was 100% accurate. Someone was arrested after the first OD... law enforcement is responsible for further investigation or, I don't know... maybe raiding the place? If you can prove the owners were aware of what was happening in there, or partaking in this illegal activity as well-- then yes. Charge them. Otherwise, get on it law enforcement. You are trained to handle and recognize such things.
Tracy Halloran February 13, 2013 at 02:01 PM
I live in Birdtown and the fact of the matter is every other house is a heroin house. The law abiding citizen you refer to are those of us that go to work daily and when we come home if we are out we asked for any change or if they can bum a smoke. I know that for myself I have called when I have seen something out of the ordinary and yes , we have police cars driving around the area. My hope is they too are aware of the activities going on as well. Unfortunately, we have a lot of landlords that just do not care who they rent to as long as they have the place rented. I live in a house where the landlord lives in a different city, so I have found that it is my responsibility that I feel safe there and I will inform my landlord of any activity that will jepordize that.
m.z.1 February 14, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Everyone knows this (about the drugs), but apparently the city doesn't give a sh*t - evidenced by the lack putting an aggressive capture, convict, and prevent program in place to stop the problem once and for all. The Mayor should have to live in Birdtown for a month this summer and see how he likes it.
DLSJR February 16, 2013 at 03:55 PM
I can't agree more, it amazes me the the police can't see most of the drug activity around my building/area. People sitting in a bus stop at 3am, hello.. As a landlord, I'm glad to see that they are charging the owners of the building too. Maybe this will be a wake up call to some of these slumlords around here. They should start charging the slumlords in my neighborhood, 118th and Clifton. i have spent the past 5 years renovating this building, and kind of regret doing so. Over the years I have had 2 sets of people dealing drugs out of their first floor apartment windows next door (one reason I forced AIY to put cameras up, I was going to sue them for this issue), countless ODs (same building), countless times of police going through my yard/my stuff looking for people (they found a gun and drugs on the roof of my garages so far), a tranny from Hidden village stealing our mail out of locked boxes, everyone and their uncle asks me for 10 cents while I'm working in my yard, and so on and so on. I would love a Police substation at the vacant office on the corner of Clifton and Hird. I would find away to help pay for the rental of the space.

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