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Police investigate death in Topton

Death of Walter Fox III possibly caused by heroin overdose

Another death in Topton possibly caused by heroin overdose

TOPTON, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police have launched an investigation into the death of a young man found inside an apartment in Berks County.

Walter Markley Fox III was found dead Saturday in Topton, and officials are calling it another suspected heroin overdose.

"It's just a shame these kids don't realize what they get themselves into," said Debbie Brunner, who was at a loss for words.

The powerful drug has taken a stronghold over the tiny town. Three other deaths in a matter of weeks have been linked to heroin.

The Brandywine Heights Area School District organized a community meeting two weeks ago to educate the public on the deadly drug. Now, others, like Jim Konopelski's landlord, are taking action.

"We got a letter in the bathroom saying he heard about drugs happening around town and he wanted to let the tenants know something was going on," said Konopelski, who was shocked by another tragedy in Topton.

Berks County District Attorney John Adams said the problem is nationwide and its effects are being felt in Berks. He said you can't arrest your way out of the problem, so his office is trying to combat it locally with awareness.

On Monday, authorities presented, "Heroin - Its Long, Deadly Reach" on the Berks campus of Penn State University. The presentation highlighted statistics, the growing demand and the deadly consequences associated with heroin.

"These kids need to know if you're using these types of controlled substances or street drugs, you could die," Adams said. "We need to control this problem by education and prevention, but also we need to arrest those involved in delivering these drugs in our communities."


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