Sheriff asks public help in fight against heroin

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Two defendants held in overdose death

Times Herald Staff

The Oconto County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance reporting any tips on the illegal sale and distribution of narcotics in the community.

Brian A. Blasing and Chasity M. Denny, both of Oconto, were back in court Thursday, facing first-degree reckless homicide charges in the Sept. 12 heroin overdose of Jeffrey Pecha. Judge Jay N. Conley scheduled Blasing’s preliminary hearing for May 20, while Denny’s initial appearance was continued until June 13 pending appointment of a public defender.

Both are being held in the Oconto County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bond.

A news release from Sheriff Todd Skarban acknowledges the help of the Northeast Tri-County Drug Enforcement Group in the investigation that led to the arrests of Blasing and Denny, including the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office and the Marinette Police Department.

“The Oconto County Sheriff’s Office is committed to promoting a safe, healthy and drug-free community,” Skarban said. “Help us pursue those who traffic these dangerous drugs.”

Drug sales may be reported by calling the sheriff’s office at 920-834-6900.

Skarban said authorities also want to help people struggling with addiction to seek help and begin recovery.

“If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please reach out for more information to start the process of recovery,” he said.

Oconto County residents can contact the Health and Human Services Department at 920-834-7000, he said. Residents of other counties can contact Wisconsin Narcotics Anonymous at 800-240-0276 or