Marijuana overdose investigated

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Tuesday that authorities are close to filing one or more charges against a teen in a drug overdose that sent a 15-year-old girl to the hospital.

Capt. Wesley Dellinger said members of the Sheriff’s Office were sent at 8:20 p.m. Friday to a medical emergency at a Fort Valley residence where they found the girl. Dellinger said she had eaten a marijuana brownie.

She was taken by ambulance to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released, Dellinger said.

A subsequent investigation led members of the Sheriff’s Office to the Strasburg High School student parking lot where they found a vehicle with a locked blade-folding knife inside. The vehicle, which belonged to a 17-year-old boy, also contained marijuana and related paraphernalia, Dellinger said.

Dellinger said authorities believe the boy is connected to the girl’s overdose, but he refused to specify what role the suspect played in the incident.

“He has not yet been charged,” Dellinger said of the suspect. “However, it’s more than likely charges will be forthcoming.”

Dellinger said the two teens are students at the high school and are “acquainted” with each other.

Dellinger said authorities are continuing to interview other juveniles who are suspected of having knowledge of the incident or involvement in it. Strasburg police and school officials have contributed to the Sheriff’s Office investigation.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com.