Four suspects arrested in Norwalk Tuesday, accused of trafficking heroin

Four people were arrested Tuesday afternoon on allegations of heroin trafficking. The Norwalk Police Department and Huron County Sheriff's Office conducted a joint operation, using two search warrants in Norwalk: one at 80 1/2 Benedict Ave. and the other at 237 W. Main St.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

Four people were arrested Tuesday afternoon on allegations of heroin trafficking.

The Norwalk Police Department and Huron County Sheriff's Office conducted a joint operation, using two search warrants in Norwalk: one at 80 1/2 Benedict Ave. and the other at 237 W. Main St.

Eric Harp, 33, and Andrew Kessler, 25, both were arrested and charged with trafficking in heroin. Christy Thornsberry, 30, was charged with possession of heroin and trafficking in heroin.

Krista D. Sheller, 27, was charged with complicity to trafficking in heroin.

All four suspects currently are in custody at the Huron County Jail. Police did not release the specific addresses for any of the defendants.

Christy's wife, Michael "Dusty" Thornsberry, 30, is wanted for questioning in connection with trafficking in heroin, Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Todd Temple reported. The officer expects to have a warrant issued for his arrest.

Four children, ages 6 to 10, were at the Benedict Avenue home during the arrests and were released to their grandmother, he said.

Temple wrote that "additional arrests are imminent" in the investigation that started about a month ago. METRICH, a regional drug task force, assisted in the arrests.

Comments

elizabeth gilbe...

they need to get all of these jerks who think drugs are cool and should never get those children back . you can't teach your children to say no to drugs when you use them ....what a waste of life.

C Stephens (Ano...

This story taken from Port Clinton News Herald. This is the same Christy Thornsberry in your story from 4-25-07

And more than likely this new drug charge will not be allowed to enter the court room. Someone
should check a little further into this story on her is all.

Aggravated vehicular homicide trial postponed
News Herald reports

The trial for a city woman charged with causing a car crash last year that killed her 8-year-old niece was moved from Tuesday to May 8.

Jury selection for Christy Thornsberry's trial begins at 8:30 a.m. in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court.

Thornsberry, 30, 222 E. Second St., faces one felony count of aggravated vehicular homicide. If convicted, she faces up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Her trial was supposed to begin Tuesday but was postponed because of a technical issue. Ottawa County Assistant Prosecutor Lorrain Croy said she could not comment because the judge issued an order prohibiting the attorneys to discuss details of the case.
The crash occurred in August on Northeast Catawba Road on Catawba Island, when Thornsberry lost control of the Jeep Cherokee she was driving.

Her license was allegedly suspended at the time.

Her niece, Tabitha Picklesimer, 8, of Fremont, was partially ejected from the Jeep and died at the scene.

Thornsberry was treated at a Toledo hospital and later released.

Not A Crackhead...

I hope all you druggies in Norwalk get caught...stop being welfare crackheads and start being parents. Our town use to be a nice one, but you all ruined it. Go to Cleveland or someplace you can fit in. Nobody likes you here.

Concerned (Anon...

The drug use in this city is unbelievable and way out of control. You'd think that the users would develop some kind of sense after losing their friends/loved ones due to this drug or others. I find myself asking why do people have to test their lives with substances. Why do they go back for more, does it make them feel that good? Do they not appreciate the value of life? Do they feel sorry for themselves? This community is in dire need of a re-hab facility...an inpatient rehab facility. Instead of having to travel far away to get help. Another thing that I think is ludacris is the cost of treatment. How are people who have an addiction supposed to pay for getting better? There is no hope for people if they cant afford treatment. Most places start at like $12,000.00 and up...if you want to send the person do a decent facility. I know there is no guarantee's in sobriety, but you have to give people who are willing to get help a better chance, so they can fight for their lives. It sickens me that there are people out there willing to get help and just cant because the funding is not available. There has got to be a way to help better these people.

ConcernedAG (An...

As for your comment "Not a crackhead"....not all drug addicts are "criminals"...they have a problem that is bigger than themselves. Some resort to a criminal behavior and some dont. Also, not all drug addicts are on welfare either. There are plenty of "functional" addicts and alcoholics, with that being said they can hold a job and be parents. Not all drug addicts live in Cleveland either, as you can see they are everywhere. TV Celebs, Professional sports players, musicians...everyone is affected by it. Not just your vision of "scum". It's not just Borwalk Ohio...it's everywhere! Shame on you for turning your nose to these sick people. I used to be one of you, and am not anymore due to the fact that I know several people, and some being very close to me that have addiction issues. I have learned my lesson never to judge someone, because it can always end up coming back to haunt you. So my advice to you is to be careful what you say because you NEVER know if this will become an issue in your life. You need to have alittle compassion for these people because there are addicts out there that really do NOT want to be the way they are. It sounds like you need to get a little more educated on addiction. There are programs out there to help people like you understand what a person goes through on a daily basis due to their addiction. This region needs an inpatient rehab facility where people can go get help. Instead of sending loved ones miles away and paying oddles of money for help. You probably have know idea the cost of trying to get help. People cant get help because of the cost. It makes me sick that people like you condemn others because of their sickness. What if you had cancer or aids? Ever think about that? Just remember one thing.....What if? Get some education in your soul...you snob! I feel that the reason that I know people who are addicts is to help people like you understand the depth of it all. The sad thing is, is that you probably DO know someone with a problem but wont address it. So open your mouth and insert your foot!

Agree with Conc...

It disheartens me that so many people are still hanging onto that old stereotype of what kind of person an addict is. That means that people are not being educated enough on the problem. This tragedy affects our beloved children, parents, spouses, friends, etc. These people did not intend to lose themselves to addiction. A lot of it starts in their schoolage years when they "just try" something that they see their friends "having fun" with. I know that a huge percentage of people who put addicts down have tried some sort of mood altering substance themselves at some point in their life. They are just the lucky ones who it did not grab ahold of.

Without education, our community will continue to see this epidemic rise. Without a strong support system throughout the community, such as affordable in-patient treatment centers and counceling for families, the lost souls who suffer from addiction have little chance to succeed.

I know the devastation and hurt that results from addiction. However, we have a responsibility to help people succeed. It is only a matter of time before the people who are still hanging on to the old stereotype are dealt a heartwrenching blow. They too will be affected.

Most addicts do not have enough resources to succeed in recovery. Let's come together as a community. We need better education, affordable in-patient facilities, family counseing, and a community filled with God-like compassion.

just as concern...

People are hanging on to a stereotype of addiction, and it is standing in the way of real solutions. But the stereotype is that a person can "just try" something in a moment of poor judgment in high school and suddenly they're a junkie. That's just bull. The fact is, and I have some experience with this, that it takes a lot of work to be an addict. It's not something that happens to you, it's something you do -- it's a choice you make, over and over and over. And it's not like you can just say, "Okay, I'm an addict" every day. Drugs don't fall from the sky. It's a full time job to be a junkie. I'm not saying these people don't deserve compassion and help, but as long as we're treating them like they have a disease they are not in control of, the longer we enable them to keep having a problem.

Not A Crackhead...

As for everyone's comments...this is from my experience...and maybe not all are welfare people..but they cannot be good parents if they are addicts, no matter what you say. You can't care about people if you don't care about yourself. The people I know are on welfare. They don't work, and they get food stamps, and everything they have is free...you know what they do? They sell their food stamps for drug money. They get free gas cards from the welfare agency, and sell gas for half price so they get cash for drugs. Someone I know is getting a free brand new computer from Gateway from the welfare, and what do you think they will do with that? At the same time, the kids have to live in poverty. And you know what? They didnt all start out on welfare. They could've had it made. This is where they ended up...so why do you people feel sorry for them? It doesn't make sense. We all learn drugs are bad, so we all could make that choice. Some people are just dumb for doing it.

Not A Crackhead...

I would also like to say that the reason I feel like I do about this is that my family used to be good. Now I'm so ebarrassed to be in it. Every day I see my parents taken advantage of but the family druggie. They are very manipulative, and try to make people feel sorry for them. We were all raised the same exact way. For years we have done everything to help this person, and over and over we get taken advantage of. We've had thousands of dollars worth of stuff stolen from this person. I have cut them out of my life because I don't want my children around it. But this person and all their friends are the people I know, and they are exactly the same way. So maybe there are tons of "great" druggies out there that love their kids so much that they subject them to this kind of life...Great parents, workers, rich, good families...It doesn't sound right to me.

i agree with th...

I just want to say that i agree with the comments from Not A Crackhead. You know i have been in this situation and i know someone who is a drug addict and it really hurts me to see the way their life is. It doesn't hurt me that this person can't fix their addiction but what hurts me is to see this person's children suffer. this person i know hardly keeps a job and does sell foodstamps for drug money. I do know not all people on welfare do this but she does. she makes NO effort to better her family's life because it is easier not to. It is easier to get your rent, utilities, food etc. paid for than to keep a job and make an effort to better your life. In this situation the person i know also admitted she had a problem and these so called expensive treatments were offered to her for FREE. and guess what, she turned them down and didn't take advantage of what she was offered. she would rather sell her children's food stamps and make them go hungry so she could get blazed one more time and forget about the treatment, she would rather continue doing these terrible things to her family. it makes me sick to see our children grow up seeing all that they see these days because they don't deserve that. But our system makes it all to easy for these addicts or junkies. It is sad when i want a job and have to take a drug test to get the job to be able to pay for the things i need in life. But then you see people receiving metro, foodstamps, etc. for free because they can't manage to pay for day to day living. But did you ever wonder why it is they can't buy their children diapers but they can afford to buy a bag of weed or some heroin? I know the answer... because things are handed to them way to quickly and easily. I think we should have a new law. If a person wants to recieve free or reduced housing or foodstamps they should also be given a drug test and if they can't pass it then they should have court ordered drug and alcohol counseling in order to recieve these benefits. I can tell you this, if they had to pass a drug test we would save a LOT of money on the welfare system. so think of that the next time you want to just talk about someone like NOT A CRACKHEAD for saying how they feel. If you didn't realize this person may have also been hurt by someone who is an addict so they know firsthand what drugs do to a family. They don't just affect the addict... they affect the WHOLE family!

been there (Ano...

I just read the comments that has been wrote and believe me I know from experience addiction is not a easy thing...and no there isn't anything around here to get affordable help...I lost my husband to drugs a few years back..and now I see a good friend going through addiction...and I have called several places to try to help him get help...but either he can't afford it...or they have even told us if he was on welfare they would help him...he is a very educated man works etc. I know some people think well if he can afford to buy drugs why can't he afford to get help...well drugs are cheaper and you would be suprised how the dealers and so called friends will give you free drugs just to keep you coming back...I know he wants help I see him loosing everything...and I hope he can find help before it is to late...before my husband died 1 week before he died he tried to get help went to the hospital and guess what we didn't have insurance..we both worked but we didn't have enough money in our savings for them so they sent him home..1 week later he was dead and this was a local hospital. not all addicts are on welfare..and some people on welfare are there because they couldn't get help and lost everything. so know one should judge anyone. you never know what someone is going through until you walk in thier shoes. don't get me wrong I don't feel sorry for them. The choices they made they made on thier own...but I'm sure most if not all of them didn't plan on becoming addicts...so I guess what I'm saying one way to controll the drug problem is getting affordable help for anyone no matter what they do for a living no questions asked. people might as well relize this problem isn't going to go away it si only going to get worse.

sick of the exc...

After reading the comments about rehab and there are addicts out there that want help and can't get it and that's very sad. What people don't realize is there are others out there that have been to rehab more times than they can remember. Those are the users that I am sick of. Those that have used rehab as a way to suck their family back in so they can rob them blind again. Not many people ever get clean and stay that way from crack or heroin. I think the last thing I read was something like less than 10% stay totally clean. When the person I know went to rehab they came out with better drug dealer contacts and an excuse "I have a disease". It's been 10 years and 6 rehabs later and they are still using. I finally had to cut them out of my life. There is nothing wrong with feeling bad for someone that is in a bad place...they need a lot of prayer. The most dangerous thing you can do is let an addict know that pitty them. They will use it against you. Being the sober person in an addicts life is the true hell but you never hear that side of it. As far as drug dealers go...anyone caught selling drugs needs to get more than a slap on the wrist. I am sick of them poisoning the world that I am trying to raise my children in. Sending them to prison to get 3 meals a day, an education and anything else they want on my dime is more than irritating. Send them to an island in the middle of no where...sounds good to me. So bravo to law enforcement for all the drug related arrests.Keep up the good work.

recovered (Anon...

First off I'd like to say that there is hope out there for these addicts, junkies, or whatever else you'd like to call them. I used to be one myself. I have been clean now for over 3 years, and would never go back. I believe that you do have a choice to pick up that drug the first time. You never plan on becoming an addict, it just happens. If you don't get your daily fix, you can't function like the normal human does. That's where you get trapped into the addiction and the lifestyle of crime and lies. You know what you're doing is wrong and effecting others around you, but you just want the pain to go away. You will do anything, and I mean ANYTHING to make it better. Whether it hurts you, your parents, children, friends, or the society. WIth this you lose your self respect and dignity. To support your habbit you turn to selling drugs to make a profit to help you get those drugs. But I really feel that the best thing for addicts is to get some kind of help. I'm not saying a few days in rehab or anything like that. That will hardly ever work. The addict needs to reach the low in their life that they have lost everything, and will never want to go back to the lifestyle they were living. I know this from experience. I have watched my sister go through this for a few years now. Looking back, I am no better b/c I was in her shoes at a point in time. But the last thing these addicts need are people looking down on them.. if thats how you feel - then you are not any better than them. Everyone has made poor decisions in their lives, and if you can't see that this is what these addicts have done, then you are no better to the society than they are. I wish the best for these people and my prayers are with them.

totally agreein...

I too have a job that does random drug testing. I think regular drug tests should also be given to those in government housing (our tax dollars pay for that too). Too many people scam the system anymore, keeping the ones who really need help from getting it.

to recovered (A...

I applaud you for taking the proper steps to get clean. BUT, I must disagree about something. Becoming a drug addict doesn't just HAPPEN. We all went to school and learned what addiction does to a person. Teenage kids will try about anything that other kids have. What happened to the days where the biggest worries parents had was their teenagers getting offered some pot or alcohol or having sex with other teenagers? Now kids are being offered heroin, crack or crystal meth... And getting pregnant isn't as likely anymore as kids contracting aids or something else they can't get rid of. Any teenage girl or grown woman getting pregnant now a days also NEEDS to worry about the Autism epidemic. One in 150 babies born now WILL become Autistic. I am the mother of a 17 yr. old Autistic boy. I have had to deal with him for 17 yrs. and I never became a drug addict! Why would anybody make excuses for these people? Are there really people out there that expect anyone to believe that they didn't know hitting a crack pipe was a bad idea, or that injecting heroin into their veins might get them hooked? I think when a drug dealer gets busted selling crack or heroin, especially to our kids, there should be stiffer penalties. We should make them register like the sex offenders as a potential threat to our children. I like the idea of the yellow license plates for the drunks. Drug dealers should have their own color.

to "to recovere...

I think the convicted drug dealers should get black plates with white numbers and letters. If someone sold one of my kids crack or heroin they wouldn't make it to trial.

recovered (Anon...

first off everyone has made mistakes - yes i dont believe its right that these people are selling to kids or whoever to support their habbit. But I also believe that everyone should be given a second chance in life. It's people that look down on them that the addict believes that it would just be easier for them to go back to their old lifestyle. Don't they deserve to be given another chance to prove themselves??? And you may disagree with me, but I still believe that noone plans on becoming a hardcore addict. Yes they know that they are making a bad choice when they first pick up that drug - any drug.. but they don't pick it up that first time with intentions of never being able to put it back down. Maybe some do, but for the most part NO. You had said that if one of these dealers had sold to your child, they wouldn't have a chance to make it to prison. So, murder is okay?? How are you any better. I don't feel sorry for these people - they got what they deserve. But I believe that there is hope for them to become productive people in this society.

tc (Anonymous)

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yep yep (Anonymous)

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recovered wrote on April 29, 2007 12:09 PM:"first off everyone has made mistakes - yes i dont believe its right that these people are selling to kids or whoever to support their habbit. But I also believe that everyone should be given a second chance in life. It's people that look down on them that the addict believes that it would just be easier for them to go back to their old lifestyle. Don't they deserve to be given another chance to prove themselves??? And you may disagree with me, but I still believe that noone plans on becoming a hardcore addict. Yes they know that they are making a bad choice when they first pick up that drug - any drug.. but they don't pick it up that first time with intentions of never being able to put it back down. Maybe some do, but for the most part NO. You had said that if one of these dealers had sold to your child, they wouldn't have a chance to make it to prison. So, murder is okay?? How are you any better. I don't feel sorry for these people - they got what they deserve. But I believe that there is hope for them to become productive people in this society."

to "to recovered" wrote on April 28, 2007 2:25 PM:"I think the convicted drug dealers should get black plates with white numbers and letters. If someone sold one of my kids crack or heroin they wouldn't make it to trial."

to recovered wrote on April 28, 2007 12:32 PM:"I applaud you for taking the proper steps to get clean. BUT, I must disagree about something. Becoming a drug addict doesn't just HAPPEN. We all went to school and learned what addiction does to a person. Teenage kids will try about anything that other kids have. What happened to the days where the biggest worries parents had was their teenagers getting offered some pot or alcohol or having sex with other teenagers? Now kids are being offered heroin, crack or crystal meth... And getting pregnant isn't as likely anymore as kids contracting aids or something else they can't get rid of. Any teenage girl or grown woman getting pregnant now a days also NEEDS to worry about the Autism epidemic. One in 150 babies born now WILL become Autistic. I am the mother of a 17 yr. old Autistic boy. I have had to deal with him for 17 yrs. and I never became a drug addict! Why would anybody make excuses for these people? Are there really people out there that expect anyone to believe that they didn't know hitting a crack pipe was a bad idea, or that injecting heroin into their veins might get them hooked? I think when a drug dealer gets busted selling crack or heroin, especially to our kids, there should be stiffer penalties. We should make them register like the sex offenders as a potential threat to our children. I like the idea of the yellow license plates for the drunks. Drug dealers should have their own color."

Surprising wrote on April 28, 2007 12:37 AM:"I kind of think that if ya'll are going to admit you made a mistake you should make your apology a little more obvious than a little italicized script at the top of this article. Guess we should all be glad you acknowledged it at all."

Frightening wrote on April 28, 2007 12:11 AM:"It's frightening to see that drugs are alive and abundant in Norwalk Oh. "

to recovered again wrote on April 28, 2007 12:10 AM:"oops. my friend just told me it's rude, like you're yelling at someone, if you type in all capital letters. didn't mean to appear harsh. just wanted to let you know your story touched me"

TO RECOVERED wrote on April 28, 2007 12:09 AM:"THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR STORY. I'M SURE THAT IT'S INSPIRING TO MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE EVER BEEN IN YOUR SITUATION. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AND BEST OF LUCK STAYING CLEAN!"

Congratulations wrote on April 28, 2007 12:02 AM:"Good for you recovered. Looks like you recognized you had a problem, took the appropriate steps to overcome it and won. I'm proud for you-thanks for sharing!"

recovered wrote on April 27, 2007 11:19 PM:"First off I'd like to say that there is hope out there for these addicts, junkies, or whatever else you'd like to call them. I used to be one myself. I have been clean now for over 3 years, and would never go back. I believe that you do have a choice to pick up that drug the first time. You never plan on becoming an addict, it just happens. If you don't get your daily fix, you can't function like the normal human does. That's where you get trapped into the addiction and the lifestyle of crime and lies. You know what you're doing is wrong and effecting others around you, but you just want the pain to go away. You will do anything, and I mean ANYTHING to make it better. Whether it hurts you, your parents, children, friends, or the society. WIth this you lose your self respect and dignity. To support your habbit you turn to selling drugs to make a profit to help you get those drugs. But I really feel that the best thing for addicts is to get some kind of help. I'm not saying a few days in rehab or anything like that. That will hardly ever work. The addict needs to reach the low in their life that they have lost everything, and will never want to go back to the lifestyle they were living. I know this from experience. I have watched my sister go through this for a few years now. Looking back, I am no better b/c I was in her shoes at a point in time. But the last thing these addicts need are people looking down on them.. if thats how you feel - then you are not any better than them. Everyone has made poor decisions in their lives, and if you can't see that this is what these addicts have done, then you are no better to the society than they are. I wish the best for these people and my prayers are with them."

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debbie wrote on April 27, 2007 9:40 PM:"i love cats"

sick of the excuses wrote on April 27, 2007 9:01 PM:"After reading the comments about rehab and there are addicts out there that want help and can't get it and that's very sad. What people don't realize is there are others out there that have been to rehab more times than they can remember. Those are the users that I am sick of. Those that have used rehab as a way to suck their family back in so they can rob them blind again. Not many people ever get clean and stay that way from crack or heroin. I think the last thing I read was something like less than 10% stay totally clean. When the person I know went to rehab they came out with better drug dealer contacts and an excuse "I have a disease". It's been 10 years and 6 rehabs later and they are still using. I finally had to cut them out of my life. There is nothing wrong with feeling bad for someone that is in a bad place...they need a lot of prayer. The most dangerous thing you can do is let an addict know that pitty them. They will use it against you. Being the sober person in an addicts life is the true hell but you never hear that side of it. As far as drug dealers go...anyone caught selling drugs needs to get more than a slap on the wrist. I am sick of them poisoning the world that I am trying to raise my children in. Sending them to prison to get 3 meals a day, an education and anything else they want on my dime is more than irritating. Send them to an island in the middle of no where...sounds good to me. So bravo to law enforcement for all the drug related arrests.Keep up the good work."

been there wrote on April 27, 2007 4:27 PM:"I just read the comments that has been wrote and believe me I know from experience addiction is not a easy thing...and no there isn't anything around here to get affordable help...I lost my husband to drugs a few years back..and now I see a good friend going through addiction...and I have called several places to try to help him get help...but either he can't afford it...or they have even told us if he was on welfare they would help him...he is a very educated man works etc. I know some people think well if he can afford to buy drugs why can't he afford to get help...well drugs are cheaper and you would be suprised how the dealers and so called friends will give you free drugs just to keep you coming back...I know he wants help I see him loosing everything...and I hope he can find help before it is to late...before my husband died 1 week before he died he tried to get help went to the hospital and guess what we didn't have insurance..we both worked but we didn't have enough money in our savings for them so they sent him home..1 week later he was dead and this was a local hospital. not all addicts are on welfare..and some people on welfare are there because they couldn't get help and lost everything. so know one should judge anyone. you never know what someone is going through until you walk in thier shoes. don't get me wrong I don't feel sorry for them. The choices they made they made on thier own...but I'm sure most if not all of them didn't plan on becoming addicts...so I guess what I'm saying one way to controll the drug problem is getting affordable help for anyone no matter what they do for a living no questions asked. people might as well relize this problem isn't going to go away it si only going to get worse."

i agree with the NON crackhead wrote on April 27, 2007 2:51 PM:"I just want to say that i agree with the comments from Not A Crackhead. You know i have been in this situation and i know someone who is a drug addict and it really hurts me to see the way their life is. It doesn't hurt me that this person can't fix their addiction but what hurts me is to see this person's children suffer. this person i know hardly keeps a job and does sell foodstamps for drug money. I do know not all people on welfare do this but she does. she makes NO effort to better her family's life because it is easier not to. It is easier to get your rent, utilities, food etc. paid for than to keep a job and make an effort to better your life. In this situation the person i know also admitted she had a problem and these so called expensive treatments were offered to her for FREE. and guess what, she turned them down and didn't take advantage of what she was offered. she would rather sell her children's food stamps and make them go hungry so she could get blazed one more time and forget about the treatment, she would rather continue doing these terrible things to her family. it makes me sick to see our children grow up seeing all that they see these days because they don't deserve that. But our system makes it all to easy for these addicts or junkies. It is sad when i want a job and have to take a drug test to get the job to be able to pay for the things i need in life. But then you see people receiving metro, foodstamps, etc. for free because they can't manage to pay for day to day living. But did you ever wonder why it is they can't buy their children diapers but they can afford to buy a bag of weed or some heroin? I know the answer... because things are handed to them way to quickly and easily. I think we should have a new law. If a person wants to recieve free or reduced housing or foodstamps they should also be given a drug test and if they can't pass it then they should have court ordered drug and alcohol counseling in order to recieve these benefits. I can tell you this, if they had to pass a drug test we would save a LOT of money on the welfare system. so think of that the next time you want to just talk about someone like NOT A CRACKHEAD for saying how they feel. If you didn't realize this person may have also been hurt by someone who is an addict so they know firsthand what drugs do to a family. They don't just affect the addict... they affect the WHOLE family!"

Not A Crackhead wrote on April 27, 2007 11:04 AM:"I would also like to say that the reason I feel like I do about this is that my family used to be good. Now I'm so ebarrassed to be in it. Every day I see my parents taken advantage of but the family druggie. They are very manipulative, and try to make people feel sorry for them. We were all raised the same exact way. For years we have done everything to help this person, and over and over we get taken advantage of. We've had thousands of dollars worth of stuff stolen from this person. I have cut them out of my life because I don't want my children around it. But this person and all their friends are the people I know, and they are exactly the same way. So maybe there are tons of "great" druggies out there that love their kids so much that they subject them to this kind of life...Great parents, workers, rich, good families...It doesn't sound right to me."

Not A Crackhead wrote on April 27, 2007 10:53 AM:"As for everyone's comments...this is from my experience...and maybe not all are welfare people..but they cannot be good parents if they are addicts, no matter what you say. You can't care about people if you don't care about yourself. The people I know are on welfare. They don't work, and they get food stamps, and everything they have is free...you know what they do? They sell their food stamps for drug money. They get free gas cards from the welfare agency, and sell gas for half price so they get cash for drugs. Someone I know is getting a free brand new computer from Gateway from the welfare, and what do you think they will do with that? At the same time, the kids have to live in poverty. And you know what? They didnt all start out on welfare. They could've had it made. This is where they ended up...so why do you people feel sorry for them? It doesn't make sense. We all learn drugs are bad, so we all could make that choice. Some people are just dumb for doing it. "

just as concerned wrote on April 27, 2007 9:06 AM:"People are hanging on to a stereotype of addiction, and it is standing in the way of real solutions. But the stereotype is that a person can "just try" something in a moment of poor judgment in high school and suddenly they're a junkie. That's just bull. The fact is, and I have some experience with this, that it takes a lot of work to be an addict. It's not something that happens to you, it's something you do -- it's a choice you make, over and over and over. And it's not like you can just say, "Okay, I'm an addict" every day. Drugs don't fall from the sky. It's a full time job to be a junkie. I'm not saying these people don't deserve compassion and help, but as long as we're treating them like they have a disease they are not in control of, the longer we enable them to keep having a problem."

Agree with Concerned wrote on April 27, 2007 7:06 AM:"It disheartens me that so many people are still hanging onto that old stereotype of what kind of person an addict is. That means that people are not being educated enough on the problem. This tragedy affects our beloved children, parents, spouses, friends, etc. These people did not intend to lose themselves to addiction. A lot of it starts in their schoolage years when they "just try" something that they see their friends "having fun" with. I know that a huge percentage of people who put addicts down have tried some sort of mood altering substance themselves at some point in their life. They are just the lucky ones who it did not grab ahold of. Without education, our community will continue to see this epidemic rise. Without a strong support system throughout the community, such as affordable in-patient treatment centers and counceling for families, the lost souls who suffer from addiction have little chance to succeed. I know the devastation and hurt that results from addiction. However, we have a responsibility to help people succeed. It is only a matter of time before the people who are still hanging on to the old stereotype are dealt a heartwrenching blow. They too will be affected. Most addicts do not have enough resources to succeed in recovery. Let's come together as a community. We need better education, affordable in-patient facilities, family counseing, and a community filled with God-like compassion."

ConcernedAG wrote on April 26, 2007 5:30 PM:"As for your comment "Not a crackhead"....not all drug addicts are "criminals"...they have a problem that is bigger than themselves. Some resort to a criminal behavior and some dont. Also, not all drug addicts are on welfare either. There are plenty of "functional" addicts and alcoholics, with that being said they can hold a job and be parents. Not all drug addicts live in Cleveland either, as you can see they are everywhere. TV Celebs, Professional sports players, musicians...everyone is affected by it. Not just your vision of "scum". It's not just Borwalk Ohio...it's everywhere! Shame on you for turning your nose to these sick people. I used to be one of you, and am not anymore due to the fact that I know several people, and some being very close to me that have addiction issues. I have learned my lesson never to judge someone, because it can always end up coming back to haunt you. So my advice to you is to be careful what you say because you NEVER know if this will become an issue in your life. You need to have alittle compassion for these people because there are addicts out there that really do NOT want to be the way they are. It sounds like you need to get a little more educated on addiction. There are programs out there to help people like you understand what a person goes through on a daily basis due to their addiction. This region needs an inpatient rehab facility where people can go get help. Instead of sending loved ones miles away and paying oddles of money for help. You probably have know idea the cost of trying to get help. People cant get help because of the cost. It makes me sick that people like you condemn others because of their sickness. What if you had cancer or aids? Ever think about that? Just remember one thing.....What if? Get some education in your soul...you snob! I feel that the reason that I know people who are addicts is to help people like you understand the depth of it all. The sad thing is, is that you probably DO know someone with a problem but wont address it. So open your mouth and insert your foot!"

Concerned wrote on April 26, 2007 2:56 PM:"The drug use in this city is unbelievable and way out of control. You'd think that the users would develop some kind of sense after losing their friends/loved ones due to this drug or others. I find myself asking why do people have to test their lives with substances. Why do they go back for more, does it make them feel that good? Do they not appreciate the value of life? Do they feel sorry for themselves? This community is in dire need of a re-hab facility...an inpatient rehab facility. Instead of having to travel far away to get help. Another thing that I think is ludacris is the cost of treatment. How are people who have an addiction supposed to pay for getting better? There is no hope for people if they cant afford treatment. Most places start at like $12,000.00 and up...if you want to send the person do a decent facility. I know there is no guarantee's in sobriety, but you have to give people who are willing to get help a better chance, so they can fight for their lives. It sickens me that there are people out there willing to get help and just cant because the funding is not available. There has got to be a way to help better these people."

Not A Crackhead wrote on April 26, 2007 2:20 PM:"I hope all you druggies in Norwalk get caught...stop being welfare crackheads and start being parents. Our town use to be a nice one, but you all ruined it. Go to Cleveland or someplace you can fit in. Nobody likes you here."

tc (Anonymous)

The opium poppy was cultivated in lower Mesopotamia as long ago as 3400 BC.[4] The chemical analysis of opium in the 19th century revealed that most of its activity could be ascribed to two ingredients, codeine and morphine.

Heroin was first synthesized in 1874 by C.R. Alder Wright, an English chemist working at St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, England. He had been experimenting with combining morphine with various acids. He boiled anhydrous morphine alkaloid with acetic anhydride over a stove for several hours and produced a more potent, acetylated form of morphine, now called diacetylmorphine. The compound was sent to F.M. Pierce of Owens College in Manchester for analysis, who reported the following to Wright:

Doses ... were subcutaneously injected into young dogs and rabbits ... with the following general results ... great prostration, fear, and sleepiness speedily following the administration, the eyes being sensitive, and pupils constrict, considerable salivation being produced in dogs, and slight tendency to vomiting in some cases, but no actual emesis. Respiration was at first quickened, but subsequently reduced, and the heart's action was diminished, and rendered irregular. Marked want of coordinating power over the muscular movements, and loss of power in the pelvis and hind limbs, together with a diminution of temperature in the rectum of about 4° (rectal failure).[5]
However, as is often the case with scientific discovery, Wright's invention did not lead to any further developments, and heroin's fame would only begin to grow after it was independently re-synthesized 23 years later by another chemist, Felix Hoffmann. Hoffmann was working at the Bayer pharmaceutical company in Elberfeld, Germany, where the head of his laboratory was Heinrich Dreser. Dreser instructed Hoffmann to acetylate morphine, with the objective of producing codeine, a natural derivative of the opium poppy, similar to morphine but less potent and held to be less addictive. But instead of producing codeine, the experiment produced a substance that was actually three times more potent than morphine. Bayer would name the substance "heroin", probably from the word heroisch, German for heroic, because in field studies people using the medicine felt "heroic".[6]

From 1898 through to 1910 heroin was marketed as a non-addictive morphine substitute and cough medicine for children. Bayer marketed heroin as a cure for morphine addiction before it was discovered that heroin is converted to morphine when metabolized in the liver. The company was somewhat embarrassed by this new finding and it became a historical blunder for Bayer.[7]

As with aspirin, Bayer lost some of its trademark rights to heroin following the German defeat in World War I.[citation needed]

In the United States the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act was passed in 1914 to control the sale and distribution of heroin. The law did allow heroin to be prescribed and sold for medical purposes. In particular, recreational users could often still be legally supplied with heroin. In 1924, the United States Congress passed additional legislation banning the sale, importation or manufacture of heroin in the United States. It is now a Schedule I substance, and is thus illegal there.

WAY TO GO BAYER! WAY TO GO BAYER! WAY TO GO BAYER! WAY TO GO BAYER! WAY TO GO BAYER!

anonymous (Anon...

WOW Very descriptive professor tc.

This should be ...

Like a lot of people in this state, I have a job. I work, they pay me. I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as they see fit.

In order to get that paycheck I am required to pass a random urine test, which I have no problem with.
What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don't have to pass a urine test.

Shouldn't one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check, because I have to pass one to earn it for them?

Please understand, I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet. I do, on the other hand, have a problem with helping someone sit on their lazy rear ends!!

Could you imagine how much money the state would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check.

real life (Anon...

I would say a few things to "recovered" first of all Christy Thornsberry has had her house raided at least three times Norwalk, Willard and Attica. She has small children that have to see this, the sad thing is these children would be better off with somebody who will take the time to love them she has been given plenty of chances to clean her act up drugs are a choice you make I would chose my children over drugs any day and think any decent person would, she will never change what would you think if that terrible accident she was the cause of would of been you or your child would you keep saying to give her another chance