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Man, 21, dies of suspected drug overdose; 2 others treated in separate incidents

April 19, 2017 News Extra

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A 21-year-old man died and two others were revived in three separate suspected drug overdoses in Butler within three hours Tuesday, authorities said.

Kade Shipkowski was pronounced dead at Butler Memorial Hospital after being found about 7:40 p.m. in woods near the North Side Cemetery on North Main Street Extension.

An autopsy was planned this afternoon, said Butler County Deputy Coroner Larry Barr.

Police administered the opioid overdose- reversal drug Narcan but it had no effect. Butler Fire Department and Butler Ambulance Service crews arrived and performed chest compressions and deployed an automated external defibrillator.

Rescuers carried Shipkowski out of the woods before taking him to the hospital.

A search found him carrying a crack pipe, a Chore Boy copper scrubber, which is commonly used to filter crack pipes, and plastic bags containing suspected drug residue on them.

“We’re still investigating,” said DavidAdam, deputy police chief.

“We haven’t determined a cause of death or what happened to him.”

Less than 30 minutes before that call, police were sent to Memorial Park for the report of a suspected overdose.

Police said they found John L. Mohan Jr., 34, of Butler lying on the walkway in front of the swimming pool.

Officers gave the man two doses of Narcan, which revived him. He refused further medical treatment.

The first of the day’s three suspected overdoses was reported to 911 at 4:43 p.m. The caller said she had returned to their East Wayne Street home and found her boyfriend, Michael Karch, 37, unconscious.

He was revived with Narcan that Butler ambulance paramedics administered, authorities said. He, too, refused any additional medical treatment.

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