Springfield man couldn’t use ‘Good Samaritan Law’ for reported overdose — it was his 4th


A Springfield man accused of overdosing four times since March 2016 was indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court this week.

James B. Wicks, 59, was indicted on counts of possession of cocaine and aggravated possession of drugs

Springfield Police Division officers were called at about 3 p.m. on Dec. 15 to a home in the 900 block of Cypress Street about Wicks, who had allegedly overdosed on heroin. Wicks also had an active warrant, the report said.

After Wicks was transported to Springfield Regional Medical Center, officers found a syringe at the scene with blood inside of it. After being taken into custody, police searched Wicks and found a plastic container with a white rock inside. Wicks told police it was cocaine, the report said.

RELATED: Progress made against drug overdoses in Clark County but war not over

Wicks did not fall under the Good Samaritan Law because he had overdosed previously three times between March and October of 2016 and is also on probation, officers wrote.

The law offers protection from prosecution for those calling for assistance with overdoses if they haven’t reached a certain number of overdoses in their lives.

Others indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court were: 

Derek A Borden, 29, 2217 Columbus Ave. in Springfield: possession of heroin and aggravated possession of drugs

Darlene Putty, 41, 627 S. Burgess Ave. in Columbus: two counts of forgery

William Green, 34, 216 S. Plum St. in Springfield: receiving stolen property

Andrew Peters, 35, 2945 Ashlar Rd. in Springfield: Two counts of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Stacy Strodes, 50: Two counts of violating protection order.

Aalesha Clarkston, 31: carrying concealed weapon, improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle

Laquan Jennings, 35: failure to comply with order or signal of police officer

Kendall Baccus, 44, 416 E. Euclid Ave. in Springfield: passing bad checks

Timmie Wells, 44, 403 Montgomery Ave. in Springfield: possession of cocaine

Michael Johnson, 29, 924 W. Pleasant St. in Springfield: carry concealed weapon



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