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Neighbors relieved as Bedford couple arrested in connection to heroin death

Todd Jay died of heroin and alcohol overdose. (Source: Bedford Police) Todd Jay died of heroin and alcohol overdose. (Source: Bedford Police)
Barry Kuminkowski charged in friend's death. (Source: Bedford Police) Barry Kuminkowski charged in friend's death. (Source: Bedford Police)
Kimberly Kuminkowski charged in friend's death. (Source: Bedford Police) Kimberly Kuminkowski charged in friend's death. (Source: Bedford Police)
BEDFORD, OH (WOIO) -

A married couple is behind bars charged with involuntary manslaughter, after a man overdosed and died from heroin use in their home more than a year ago. 

Neighbors in Bedford were so relieved to have the alleged drug house shut down, they thanked police when the couple was arrested. Now they hope things can get back to normal.

Barry Kuminkoski was frantic as he called for help for his wife, heard in 911 calls obtained from Bedford Police.

"911, where is your emergency?" asked the 911 operator. 

"I need an ambulance," Kuminkoski said. "She just overdosed on heroin."

Emergency crews arrived in time to save his wife, Kimberly, from an overdose at her home near Broadway Avenue and Columbus Road last November. But five months earlier, their friend, Todd Jay, wasn't so lucky. 

In June 2014, police say Kuminkoski called 911, reporting he thought Jay had died at his house. Jay later died from a heroin and alcohol overdose at University Hospitals.

Kuminkoski called 911 again for his wife, just three months after her first overdose. She survived that overdose in February.

Neighbors have had enough.

"This has been ongoing for a long time. Drug trafficking day in, day out, all day, all night," said one neighbor, who asked not to be identified.

"It's unfortunate. It's a nice neighborhood, but you just never know," said another neighbor.

Even after the arrests, neighbors say drug addicts are driving up and down their street looking for their heroin fix. One neighbor sees the damage heroin can do on a daily basis.

"It's a horrible epidemic right now. I'm actually a pediatric nurse and I take care of babies that are born with heroin, and it's very hard to see those children. I wish there was an answer," she said.

They hope these arrests chip away at the problem.

"It's an epidemic. It shouldn't be in our neighborhoods," one neighbor said.

A grand jury could hear this case some time next week. Police say there could be more arrests and charges.

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