More information on alleged overdoses in area reported
Toxicology test results have revealed that Oscar J. Hepburn Jr., a hospital nurse, died of a drug overdose on the morning of Feb. 20, when he was found dead in a car near Second and Memorial avenues in the city, Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. confirmed Wednesday afternoon.
Hepburn, 38, of South Williamsport, suffered a lethal dose of heroin, Kiessling said, adding that test results also revealed that Hepburn had cocaine and other drugs in his system. He had a blood alcohol content level of .18, Kiessling said.
Concerning another death investigation, Clifford W. DelJanovan, a 49-year-old excavator and construction worker, suffered a cardiac arrest that likely was brought about by a number of factors, including “untreated hypertension, the use of illegal drugs, such as opiates, likely heroin, and alcohol,” Kiessling said.
DelJanovan was found dead in his bedroom at 619 First Ave., about 10 a.m. on Feb. 25, city police said. Blood tests revealed his blood alcohol content level was .11 at the time of his death, Kiessling said.
DelJanovan was staying illegally in a home where only the owner, Frank Steckel, was permitted to stay, according to city codes officials. The property had been on and off the city’s blighted property list, and only Steckel was permitted to live there as he made improvements.
Steckel briefly was evicted and the property condemned after DelJanovan’s death. It was unknown how long he had been living at the house.
Kiessling released Wednesday the identities of a 42-year-old woman who died from an apparent drug overdose on Scott Street and also that of a Pennsylvania College of Technology student found dead in his off-campus apartment last month.
Karla Parker, 42, of Log Run Road, Loyalsock Township, was pronounced dead at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center after she was found unresponsive in the 1300 block of Scott Street about 4 a.m. on April 17.
Test results revealed cocaine in the the woman’s urine, Kiessling said.
Investigators still are awaiting toxicology test results on Penn College student Jonathan Meyers, 23, of Huntingdon, who was found dead in his apartment in the 900 block of Vine Avenue on April 21, Kiessling said.
Investigators still are awaiting toxicology test results on 26-year-old Thomas Castle, of Roaring Branch, who collapsed March 21 at 916 Arch St. in the city after purchasing seven bags of heroin from a dealer, court records state.
It was at least four hours later that Castle was loaded into a car and driven by a female acquaintance to the hospital where he was “dropped off” and declared dead by medical staff.
Kiessling said it likely will be several weeks before investigators know if drugs played a role in the death of Eugene Mullay, the 34-year-old Watsontown man found dead in a guest room at the Kaba Hotel in South Williamsport about 7:20 a.m. Sunday. Based on information they obtained from the man’s roommate at the hotel, police said they believe Mullay likely died of a drug overdose.
Emergency responders continue to have their hands full coping with drug-related calls. City police confirmed that they and paramedics responded to Wendy’s parking lot on Maynard Street, where a man suffered an apparent heroin overdose about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The man was taken to the hospital and recovered, police said.