2 Carson men overdose on heroin; 1 dies | RecordCourier.com
by Teri Vance
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2 Carson men overdose on heroin; 1 dies

A former Gardnerville Ranchos man with a history of drug use and theft was arrested Wednesday evening in Carson City after rescuers responded to a heroin overdose on Imperial Drive.

Richard Vonderscher, 45, was hospitalized and taken into custody after deputies received their second heroin-related call of the day.

While Vonderscher survived, a 23-year-old Carson man died of an apparent overdose on Wednesday morning on Menlo Drive in the capital.

Sheriff Ken Furlong said drug paraphernalia was found at the scene.

Two others were arrested in the Imperial Drive apartment where Vonderscher was found. Bath salts were allegedly found at the scene, along with seven hypodermic needles and more than 60 prescription drugs.

Ann Syphus-Freed, 48, was arrested suspicion of maintaining a drug house, a felony. She was also on suspicion of possession of prescription drugs without a prescription, a gross misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Her bail was set $20,000.

A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $1,000.

Vonderscher was arrested on suspicion of unlawful use of a controlled substance, a felony, and misdemeanors possession of a hypodermic device and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $2,500.

Two overdoses in a day is uncommon for Carson City, Sgt. Brian Humphrey said.

"It makes you wonder what's in the heroin," he said. "What are they putting in it?"

Vonderscher was convicted of misdemeanor theft in August 2011 after he was videotaped breaking in to a neighbor's vehicle and taking the GPS system. He told a deputy that he didn't remember taking the item because he was too drunk. The GPS was returned to the neighbor.