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Woman found dead of apparent heroin overdose

Westerville police report a 34-year-old Columbus woman died of a suspected heroin overdose Dec. 28 at a residence in the first block of East Home Street.

According to Westerville police, one of the residents of the home called 911 about 6:35 p.m. to report that a female houseguest was found unresponsive.

Police and medics arrived to find the man performing CPR on the woman. The man told police that the woman had taken heroin, and police were supplied with a plastic bag containing the drug paraphernalia she reportedly used.

Medics transported the woman to Mount Carmel St. Ann's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

In other recent Westerville Division of Police incident reports:

* Jewelry and prescription medication were stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Merris Court during a burglary between 4 and 9 p.m. Jan. 2. Police said the residents left the home during that period of time and upon returning, they found the glass to service door to the home's garage broken out.

Two jewelry boxes, containing both fine and costume jewelry, were stolen from the master bedroom, and the medication was stolen from a closet. A tire iron not belonging to the couple was found on the floor of the bedroom.

* Two Westerville businesses were broken into between 3 p.m. Dec. 14 and 9:30 a.m. Dec. 16. Police said the glass was removed from doorways adjacent medical offices in the 100 block of West Schrock Road. The two offices obviously were searched by the burglar, police said, but nothing was stolen.

* Someone entered Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Ave., and set off a fire alarm just after 2:30 a.m. Jan. 5.

A member of the school's maintenance staff called police to report someone must be in the building because the alarm was going off. There were two other maintenance workers in the building at the time, but no one was in the area of the activated alarm.

A garage door had been left open by the maintenance staff, and a broken door within the garage space would have allowed access to the rest of the school, maintenance workers told police.

The school was searched, but no one was found. Police did find footprints outside of a door believed to have been the entry point.

* A woman's purse was stolen from her car between 4 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 26 at Alum Creek Park, 290 W. Main St. According to police, the window of the car was smashed and the purse was taken while the woman was sledding with her family at the park.

* A counterfeit $100 bill was tendered at Certified Oil, 131 S. Sunbury Road Dec. 25. A manager discovered the bill while going through the previous day's deposits.

Surveillance video from the store shows a man purchasing a gallon of milk with the bill and leaving with the change, police said.