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Paramedics use life-saving shot on heroin-user after overdose in Norwalk

Cary Ashby • Updated May 18, 2016 at 11:43 PM

A man who overdosed in Norwalk agreed to a plea deal Tuesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Former Norwalk resident Jordan Burke, 25, now of Youngstown, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of cocaine and Fentanyl. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed receiving stolen property from a separate case in which Stevie N. Trushel, 19, of Sandusky, is a suspected accomplice.

Burke and Trushel must pay $1,000 in restitution from the stolen property case. 

Trushel, during a May 11 hearing, pleaded guilty to complicity to receiving stolen property in connection with a Dec. 24 incident. However, since she’s been accepted into the intervention program, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway won’t impose the conviction unless the former Norwalk woman violates her probation and/or doesn’t complete a certified substance abuse treatment center.

Burke was out on bond “for a felony matter” in Lorain County when the local drug offense happened, Huron County Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said. That means he could be sentenced to prison.

On Aug. 16, the Norwalk Police Department received a 9-1-1 call about an overdose in someone’s residence. Kasper said the caller reported his friend — determined to be Burke — wasn’t breathing and when officers arrived, they found the unconscious man with “fresh track marks on his arm” and suspected drug paraphernalia nearby.

North Central EMS administered Narcan, which neutralizes the effects of opiates in the body and can revive an overdose victim.

“After a moment or so, Mr. Burke responded and admitted he’d used heroin,” Kasper said.

A lab test determined there was trace amount of cocaine and Fentanyl in a baggie discovered near Burke.

He remains out on a personal recognizance bond, which means he signed a court document in which he promised to appear for future hearings without paying any money. Burke’s sentencing date is July 13.

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