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Birth mom of slain girl hospitalized for likely drug OD

Published: Fri, July 4, 2014 @ 12:09 a.m.




Jackie Bacher, birth mother of the slain Gina Burger, is recovering at St. Elizabeth Health Center after an apparent heroin overdose in her apartment.

Bacher was taken to the Youngstown hospital after the overdose Wednesday night. She was listed in critical condition early Thursday. But as of late Thursday, her condition improved and she was transferred to a room for patients not in need of intensive care.

According to a police report, a concerned neighbor called police about an unresponsive Bacher.

Authorities arrived at the apartment on the third floor of 987 Compass West at 7:51 p.m. Wednesday.

Bacher was found on a couch, going in and out of consciousness.

Lane EMS and Austintown Fire Department staff performed a medical evaluation and then Bacher was transported to St. Elizabeth by Lane.

Austintown Police Chief Robert Gavalier said there were no test results from the overdose case as of Thursday afternoon. “That’s why we’re not saying anything,” he said.

The report said, however, that authorities found three burnt spoons with suspected heroin residue on each and “several hypodermic needles” in the top drawer of a nightstand in one of the bedrooms. Also on top of that nightstand were torn bags, according to the report.

The report listed possible charges of misdemeanor possession of drugs and possessing drug-abuse instruments.

The neighbor told police two people “abuse drugs inside the apartment” and the neighbor “fears for” the safety of a 3-year-old living in the apartment, according to the report. Dog feces was found on the floor of the child’s bedroom.

Before authorities arrived, Ashley DiRenzo, 23, Bacher’s natural daughter, left the apartment with her 3-year-old boy, Jayden DiRenzo. The mother is also known as Ashley Stiles.

Randall Muth, executive director of the Mahoning County Children Services Board, said the agency received a report from Austintown police about DiRenzo and her son about 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

The agency, Muth said, found the two about 6 p.m. and are working with the family — who he described as being “very cooperative” — to “ensure the child is safe while their issues are resolved.”

He added, “We’ve achieved a good plan with the child,” but declined to discuss details because of confidentiality issues.

“We always try to engage a family voluntarily” because “the outcomes are more positive than going to court,” Muth said.

He explained that working with families and the resources through their organization are successful about 50 percent of the time. “The other half unfortunately need court intervention,” he said.

Gina Burger’s body was found June 25 in Tri-County Industries landfill in Grove City, Pa. Ricki D. Williams IV was arraigned Wednesday in Mahoning County Area Court on charges including aggravated murder and abuse of a corpse.

Authorities said she had been stabbed in the chest in a neighbor’s apartment and her body was dumped in a trash bin at Compass West on June 23.

The neighbor, who had been held captive, is a key witness.

The Vindicator obtained from police a list of calls to 987 Compass West since September 2012 that is eight pages long with 91 entries.

Within that document, there are incidents involving Williams and reports involving Burger, Bacher and DiRenzo.

Williams is mentioned in the breakdown of calls to the building two times: Jan. 24 for a domestic dispute call, and June 9 for an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The June 9 report said Williams would be warned off the property if seen at the apartment complex again. His return June 23 led to a misdemeanor criminal-trespass charge.

Bacher was listed only once in the breakdown of calls, for Wednesday night’s overdose, while DiRenzo was listed twice.

DiRenzo was listed on March 18 for an anonymous tip that she has “drugs going in and out of” the apartment and the second time for putting a hole in a wall on April 24.

The listing also has Gina Burger’s initial missing-person call on June 23 at 10:51 p.m.

Contributor: David Skolnick


1bmanresident(607 comments)posted 2 years ago

And now we will begin to learn the TRUE story behind this once seemingly "random" act of violence. Perhaps there wasn't any "tea bags" involved. Drug deal gone bad? Apples don't fall far from the tree. How tragic is it that a daughter loses her life because of a lifestyle she was unwittingly brought into.

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2kleener(52 comments)posted 2 years ago

And the plot continues to thicken. “We always try to engage a family voluntarily” because “the outcomes are more positive than going to court,” Let's see, that didn't work in Gina's favor, obviously, when her mother from Texas checked on the MINOR's well-being (not that she should've been permitted to go in the first place) by APD. And it sure as hell didn't work in Teddy Foltz's favor either. What a joke.

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3app68(22 comments)posted 2 years ago

I would hope to be wrong but wonder if she was going down to get her mother drugs? Why else would a few hours go by without her wondering where she was at.....waiting on her drugs to show up. I also would of liked to see more done when her real mother contacted police back in December. The only thing left is to hope that the death penalty is used in this case.

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4kleener(52 comments)posted 2 years ago

Although the teabag theory sounds ridiculous, I really don't think an addict would wait patiently for two hours to get their fix, unless she was already high & was in no hurry to get off her big ass to check. I hope for the death penalty too but also have high hopes of someone carrying out his death sentence before then. I won't get my hopes up, Danny Hill is still amongst the living.

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5Chessiedad(378 comments)posted 2 years ago

gdog4766, may I refresh your memory in regards to your post of June 28, 2014; "You reSCUMlicans completely lack empathy, sorrow for others". Not that I disagree that the "entitlement" system in our society begets these types of results, more often than not. Your hypocrisy is now noted, and any further posts and rants by you should be given little credibility. I know you've made thousands of posts, here, but a little tip: try and remember what you have written in the past, or at least review your posts, periodically, so you can at least be portrayed as "rational", in the future.

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6papa1(711 comments)posted 2 years ago

if she was sent to get drugs for her mother then that makes "mom" an accomplice to murder.

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7redeye1(5656 comments)posted 2 years ago

Gdog What political party started the BS known as welfare. Your party dumbass. They have made it easy for these kind of people to live rent free , with food stamps and free money. If the GOP tries to change things, the D party cry saying they are against these people. But here you are now saying that these programs should be revisited, Are you really a D party member or just acting like one. Or now you want it both ways . Which is it? As I see You are the JAGOFF here !!!!

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8Chessiedad(378 comments)posted 2 years ago

gdog, normally I wouldn't respond to the rantings of a proven hypocrite, but I can't help setting you straight on a few of your points. I don't "archive" anyones posts, the Vindy does that for us. I just have pretty good retention for what I read and thought that I remembered you accusing others of the same lack of empathy you displayed today when you hoped that a mother and child get thrown out of their government housing. Kinda puts you in the same category as us "ReScumlicans", no?

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9DACOUNTRYBOY(1220 comments)posted 2 years ago

If the libs had their way a drug voucher would accompany food stamps along with a monthly cash grant and free housing. We have seen what drugs do to people in this case but that will be quickly forgotten. After a few years when this case comes to trial and people are no longer livid over what happened I look for plea bargaining to give this young 18 year old boy another chance at a life of his choosing. Today this may be a death penalty case but tomorrow we will hear how he could better serve society when released. His being alive while Gina lies in the grave is not justice.

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10kensgirl(1060 comments)posted 2 years ago

The bottom line is that some POS murdered this girl in cold blood. He is worse than an animal. He smirked while in court. No feelings of remorse whatsoever. I bet he came from a home where love was never displayed. He is just the tip of an inner city neighborhood where women have chilren and society is left to raise them. They either end up dead or in prison. Most become addicts. The problem is only getting worse. I believe everyone on welfare should be drug tested. This is only fair to those of us who have to pay into it. After all the 4th of July festivities are over we can now get back to common sense and try to fix the problem. Those of us who don't take drugs or commit crimes need to be free from those that do. Try this idiot who killed this girl and then if convicted put him on death row. And not for 30 years. Waste of tax dollars, He'll have it better in prison that what he had at home.

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